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 got together with some friends on Saturday to do some crafting. We were trying out some faux metal techniques and bokeh backgrounds which are popular at the moment. Here are a couple of cards I’ve made with some of my results.
I have used Distress Inks blended onto white card for both of these backgrounds, although you can use a variety of mediums to create this first step, such as watercolours or spray inks. Then sponge through circle templates with white ink (Brilliance or pigment). I cut my circles from a piece of acetate which is handy as you can see precisely where you are putting them, but you could use card instead. On this card I have stamped the Doc Marten boots (by Deep Red) in black, used a die cut greeting, and finally added a few sequins. I will probably send this card to one of my friends as she told me she has always fancied a pair of pink Doc Martens!
On my second card I have added a die-cut ‘umbrella man’ (die by Tim Holtz) which was cut from card which I had covered with aluminium tape. then I embossed it with an embossing folder and finally added some colour using alcohol inks.
I love this technique using embossing folders & ink to print with, you can achieve some beautiful, loose watercolour effects. It’s very simple to do: open up the embossing folder and decide which side you want to use to print – depending on the design of the folder, it is usually best to use the side where the background is raised. Apply dye inks to the raised surface of the folder (I used Distress Inks), mist lightly with water, then press a piece of card onto the wet, inky surface.
On this first CAS example I have stamped the flowers (Lavinia Stamps) and sentiment in black.
I have stamped again in black on this second card – the quote stamp is by Tim Holtz and the flower by Visible Image.
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!
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 Craft Stamper magazine, it always includes lots of new ideas and techniques to try out. The August edition featured one called ‘Fold and stain background’ which I liked the look of and, as the new Stampotique Designers Challenge theme is to try a new technique, it was a perfect opportunity to have a go. I have used Stampotique’s Jasmin as my main image on this card, together with some Tim Holtz’s remnant rubs. So, here is how to do the background: take a piece of text weight paper, fold in half and crease with a bone folder, fold in half again and crease, repeat in the same direction until you have a narrow strip. Unfold the paper and repeat the folds in the opposite direction. Open the paper out and refold randomly along the fold lines until you have a small folded square or rectangle. Select a few colours of Distress Stains that will blend well together (I used blues and greens). Hold a Distress Stain bottle over the corners of the folded paper and press down until the ink soaks through. Unfold the paper and fold again so that ‘un-inked’ creases are at the corners. Take another colour of Distress Stain and repeat the inking process. Continue in this way until you have good coverage of ink along the creases of the paper. Leave the paper to dry flat and then use a Distress Ink pad and ink applicator to colour in any white areas. The finished background reminded me of camouflage fabric so it would be good for boys’ and men’s cards if you used the right colours.
Last week’s challenge on the Stampotique Designers blog was a colour one – to use shades of purple, orange and yellow. I thought I would have a go at a technique featured in the latest edition of Craft Stamper magazine and to use a new Inkylicious stamp of poppies. I stamped the poppies onto white card using Memento ink and coloured the centres with Copic pens. Then I blended three Distress Inks – squeezed lemonade, spiced marmalade and dusty concord – onto the card, then spritzed with water. While the card was wet I stamped a curly flourish stamp onto the background using Milled Lavender DI which had been tapped onto a craft sheet and spritzed with water. This created a lovely ‘wet in wet’ effect. When the card was dry I stamped the Inkylicious grasses along the bottom and the Hero Arts butterfly. finished off with a Tim Holtz chitchat sticker.
The new challenge theme this week on Stampotique Designers Blog is clean and simple so, as I was trying out my new Distress Paints, I decided to carry on and use them for this card. I created three streaks of colour across the middle of the card using Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Spiced Marmalade Distress Paints, then stamped the grasses and tiny birds (both stamps by Inkylicious). Finished off by adding the word ‘summer’ and last, but not least, Stampotique’s Strut Your Stuff.
This is my entry for the current Stampotique Designers Challenge on the above theme. I have only just bought the mushroom group stamp so of course I had to use that! I’ve teamed it with Stampotique’s Smile (peeking from behind the mushrooms… or are they toadstools?), and used Two Sticks as my flowers (I doodled the petals by hand), together with a quote stamp by Tim Holtz. The background was made by the wrinkle free distress technique using two DIs – I wanted a fairly watery wash and to leave some white areas. I don’t think you will be able see from this picture, but I have also added tiny drops of Glossy Accents as raindrops.