The next 3 months are the busiest for me in terms of family’s & friends’ birthdays. I have 7 birthdays in September and several in October and November. Fortunately I have made most of the cards required – just finished this one for my nephew whose birthday is in November. I’ve used another current favourite stamp set – Stampin’ Up’s Sheltering Tree. Stamped images with Distress Inks (gathered twigs, spiced marmalade & fossilized amber). The background paper is also by Stampin’ Up.
A more summery theme to this post! A recent purchase is Stampin’ Up’s Garden in bloom set of stamps which I love – they are so versatile. Here are two cards using stamps from the set but completely different techniques.
On this card I have used heat embossing resist and Brusho. Started off by stamping the flowers, leaves and butterfly with VersaMark ink and embossed with white embossing powder. Then I sprinkled ultramarine and emerald green Brusho crystals over and spritzed with water.
The background for the second card is a gelli print. I brayered ink from a Kaleidacolor inkpad over the gelli plate and pulled a print, then stamped the flowers over the plate using the same inkpad and printed for a second time.
I have used other stamps from the set to create the finished card, including the sentiments. The little bees were coloured with a Pro-Marker and I added some glitter to their wings.
It seems very odd to be posting these cards when we are expecting a heat wave in the UK over the next few days! But, yes, I have made a start on my Christmas cards. This is partly because I am currently planning for my card making courses in the Autumn term and partly because I wanted to try out some new stamps and dies I have recently bought. These are two of my favourites so far.
This card was quick and easy to make, using various shades of Distress Inks blended onto white card for the sky (I used a punched circle as a mask for the moon), and blending very lightly over strips of torn paper for the snowy hills at the bottom. Then I stamped the trees (Stampin’ Up Lovely as a tree) and the sentiment at the top (this was from Woodware’s Huge Snow set).
The final touch was to add the die cut deer (die by Tim Holtz) – this was cut from cream card and then coloured with Distress Inks.
For my second card I started off by stamping Watercolour wash background stamp by Stampin’Up using 3 different blue DIs. Then I applied texture paste through a snowflakes stencil over the top. In this instance I used translucent paste into which I had mixed some glitter. Unfortunately it was impossible to get a good photo to show up the glistening snowflakes. This close-up shows them slightly better.
I die cut the word ‘wonderland’ (die by Tim Holtz) four times from white card, coloured three of them with blue ink and then glued them one on top of the other with the white word on top.
I have been wanting to try and make one of these cards for ages but had never got around to it! I think I lacked the inspiration and impetus before, but recently decided I really must get on with it!! So here is my first attempt at this 3-D card which, incidently , folds flat for posting! I found it much easier to make that I thought, although I have to admit that it is very helpful to use a score board for the score lines to ensure that they are all parallel. I decided that it would make a lovely mother’s day card (fortunately my Mum doesn’t have a computer so won’t see this post!). The flower stamps are by Stampin Up.