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.
Here are a couple of nice little projects I have been working on ready for my autumn classes at the WEA in Leicester – a concertina flag card and a concertina card in a matchbox.
For the flag card I used some mint green card which I stencilled over with a snowflake stencil and Cracked Pistachio Distress ink. I decorated the front with a stamped sentiment (stamp by Stampendous) and the flags inside with some die cut words and snowflakes. I used seam binding for the ribbon tie which I coloured using Dylusions White Linen spray and more of the pistachio ink.
I used a large matchbox for my second card, one that had contained extra long matches, although you can use any size and they are fun to make and to receive! I started off by giving the ‘drawer’ a coat of acrylic paint then covered the sleeve with patterned paper. The concertina card inside was made with cream card that has been stamped with trees (Sheltering Tree by Stampin’ Up). The houses (stamp by Crafty Individuals) were stamped on separate card, coloured and cut out, then added to the card. I have also applied some Polar White Flowersoft below the houses and in the trees for snow. The final touch was to decorate the top of the box: I have added a stamped greeting, some die cut foliage and a little bell attached to linen thread.
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’ve just made this card for the husband of one of my friends, whose birthday is coming up this month. The background is a piece of card left over after some experiments with Brusho. I was inspired to try out this technique after seeing some of the fabulous work by Amanda Southern on her blog. I sprinkled some grey Brusho onto a craft mat and sprayed with water, then pressed a piece of watercolour paper into the wet ink. Deciding to go a little further, I used a ‘squares’ stencil which I dipped into the ink left on the craft mat and pressed that onto parts of the paper as well. I liked the effect this gave me especially where the two wet inks overlapped. When it was dry I cut off what I thought was the best part for another project. However, when I came to stamp on it I completely messed it up and sadly it had to be binned!! So I thought I’d better use this bit which was left over at least. I’ve kept it very simple and just used 3 stamps on the background (all from Tim Holtz’s Road Trip set). Mmmmm, just thinking this would make a good 66th birthday card!
I haven’t been able to take part in the Stampotique Designers Challenge for quite a while but I couldn’t resist the latest one which is to use stencils. Not only do I love using stencils but I have recently bought some of the new Dylusions acrylic paints which I wanted to try out. I started off brayering three colours of the paint randomly over white cardstock. When the paint had dried I stamped the image (La femme aux oiseaux by Carabelle Studio) and the word (Dovecraft) in black ink. Then I used a Crafter’s Workshop stencil (mini daisy cluster) and more paint to add the flowers. I had to do these in layers, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next. As a final touch I added some Glossy Accents to the word and the woman’s eyes and lips. I love the vibrant colours of these Dylusion paints and they dry beautifully flat and smooth, so great for stamping on!
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.
I have been trying out some ideas using stencils to create backgrounds and here are a couple of cards using the results. I have used Distress Inks throughout to add colour.
I have used three stencils on this background: a clocks mask used all over, then the chevrons in two areas and in a different colour ink. Finally I used texture paste through a stencil for the numbers across the top.
The main image is one of Tim Holtz’s blueprint stamps.
For this card I used a chicken wire stencil and three colours on ink. While the stencil was still in place I stamped some text through randomly to add a little more texture.
Finished off with a stamped greeting and a die cut butterfly.
Both cards were relatively quick and easy to make – the most time spent waiting for things to dry!
I usually buy at least one new Christmas stamp each year and my latest purchase is a Stampin Up set called ‘Ornamental Pine’. Over the weekend I had fun trying out the stamps in a variety of ways to make some cards – from clean and simple to heat embossing.
Earlier this year Craft Stamper magazine featured a tutorial on making cascade cards (the easy way). I have been meaning to have a go at this for ages … finally made two for Christmas ( I am currently in full festive mode!).
The pink card was stamped with snowflakes before folding and then I added lots of punched and die cut snowflakes. I used Woodware ‘Huge Snow’ stamp for the hanging letters – these were cut out separately and then attached with thin strips of acetate on the back so that they float.
For the other card I used a sheet of lovely double sided printed card (so no added decoration to the surface required) and used die cut poinsettias to decorate.
I enjoyed making these cascades but I wouldn’t want to make hundreds for Christmas!!
I have been having a play making faux washi tape using strips of paper with inking, stamping and stencilling. I made some on which I used a ‘chicken wire’ stencil, using wild honey Distress Ink and, as it reminded me of honeycomb, it inspired me to make this card. The background was created by stamping with an embossing folder (another technique I have been meaning to try out for a while). I used a honeycomb folder by Stampin Up and dabbed wild honey DI inside, then pressed the card onto the surface. The lovely day stamp is the freebie with the latest (April) edition of Craft Stamper magazine.