Well the temperature is dropping and it’s time to get out the thermal vests and woolly jumpers! With that in mind here are a couple of winter warmers for him and her… in card form! I recently bought a Claritystamp stencil called ‘Cable Knit’ so thought it would be perfect for my cardigan and jumper cards.
After half term my card making class will be making cards for men – at their request! So I have made a start on making a few examples to provide some ideas and inspiration (I hope). When I am making a card I usually reach straight for the rubber, but not everyone loves all things inky as much as I do, so I try to include a variety of techniques.
The card on the left was made using items from a Do Crafts pack of papers, toppers, borders and decoupage elements – this was a good bargain I picked up at my local craft shop at just over half price! The pack also included some alphabet stickers so I rolled up the paper at the bottom corner and added the recipient’s name.
The card on the right was inspired by one of Trish Latimer’s cards which was in Craft Stamper magazine a few months ago. I have used a stencil on the left side of the card, stamped a panel and added the die cut ‘umbrella man’. Stamps used are by Tim Holtz and Stampendous.
For the card in the centre I used a gorgeous Clarity Stamps image – I love this, it is a distressed landscape which has a hole in the middle so that you can add a greeting or a quote (here I have used another quote stamp by Tim Holtz). The feather stamp was a Craft Stamper freebie.
I love using torn paper and blending inks to create scenes and thought my new bicycle stamp would work well with this idea. I have also wanted to try out the ‘reflection’ technique using a brayer for ages, so I decided to go for it on this card. I began with the reflection of the trees first as I knew I’d never be able to get the image in the precise position afterwards!! I inked up the trees stamp and laid it down on my work surface, rubber side up. Then you carefully roll a brayer over the stamp to pick up the inked image, and roll it onto your cardstock. This creates a mirror image of the stamp. I rolled mine off onto some scrap paper first as I wanted a fairly light image. After this I was able to stamp the trees again just above the ‘reflection’, trim the card to size and build up the scene around it. I wanted a monochromatic colour scheme so I’ve used various shades of blue inks only.
Yes, I’ve moved home – I am still trying to learn about WordPress and trying to find my way round, but I thought I would start off with a couple of projects I’ve just made using some new stamps I have recently bought.
On this card I have used a word block by Darkroom Door as a background – I used various Distress Markers to add colours, then misted lightly with water before stamping onto white card. When it was dry I gave the card a quick spritz with two colours of Glimmermist. Then I used another of my new stamps, Juliette by IndigoBlu, stamped in black. The dream stamp is by Tim Holtz (Stuff to Say set). I finished it off with some lace at the bottom and tiny gems in coordinating colours in Juliette’s hair.