I’ve got a post up at Where Creativity Meets C9 today. Just a short while left to join us in this month’s challenge. There are prizes! Come take a look.
I needed to make a Valentine’s Day card for my husband. We have a “tradition” for cards for Valentine’s and our anniversary, where I make a card, write it out to him, and then he writes back in it to me. I know, goofy, But I love it. So I like to keep them simple, and easy to write in on the inside. So nothing super dimensional on the front so the inside front isn’t lumpy.
I used my stash of bamboo felt and die cut two hearts each out of three colors. I figured out where they’d go on the front of the card and then stamped my sentiment beneath. Wow, that Perfectly Penned stamp set is very forgiving. I think I might be in love with it! I used versafine ink and then clear embossed over it; I figured this would help me cover up any mistakes I might have made.
Once the sentiment was finished I adhered the same color felt hearts to each other, on one side of the center, using a glue dot. Then I used another glue dot on the bottom, also to one side of the center, to adhere it to the kraft card stock. This was to keep them in place for sewing. Which is not my forte. Ahem. Let’s just say that there is a lot of muttering when it comes to me and sewing machines. And that’s just to get it threaded. Ahem ahem.
Sewed the hearts on, and removed the glue dots. I had planned to puff the hearts up with either some foam or a 3d glue dot, but after all the futzing I did with them, they were more than happy to just stick up on their own. I then used some foam tape to adhere the card front to a card base that I had stamped with the Barnwood background stamp.
And that’s my card. I love it. And it was simple enough where if you need to make multiples for kids or relatives, it would be very easy to do so.
I hope you have a month full of Love. Let’s just go big, a lifetime full of love. 🙂
The first new thing for my card is the stamp set! Have you seen the new release from Concord & 9th? It’s fantastic, as always. And requires a thorough browsing. 🙂 This set is called Best Banners. And it is awesome. So many things you can do with it, and the coordinating dies? To die for. Get it? I can tell that I’ll be reaching for these dies over and over.
For this card I used two of the banner stamps, and created a repeating background pattern, using some different colored inks. Easy, and somewhat meditative, at least for me. Then I cut the banner out of black card stock three times. Adhered those to each other, covered with some glitter marker, and then a layer of glossy accents, to finish it off.
Now, here’s the second “Try Something New” part of this card. I knew that I wanted to use a piece of vellum on this, and I needed to use vellum for two reasons. One, is that I wanted to get the rest of the sentiment somewhere on the card without distracting from that background. And two, ahem, is that I might have had a little ink boo boo from when I was positioning those banner stamps in the background. Okay, I did have an ink boo boo. It’s directly underneath the loop in the “b”. Can you see it? Nope, I didn’t think so.
How would I get the vellum to stick to the card base? That is the million dollar question in our hobby, and I had an idea.
I cut another banner from black card stock, after I applied Stick-it adhesive to both sides of the card stock. This would give me a banner with adhesive on both the front and back of the die cut.
Here’s what I did:
- Stamped the rest of the sentiment onto the vellum with black versafine ink and then used clear embossing powder on it, to make sure it didn’t smear on the vellum.
- Adhered the layered die cut in place on the vellum with Ranger matte medium.
- Turned this piece of vellum over and then removed the front adhesive from the front of that additional die cut.
- Placed that onto the back of the vellum directly over the already placed die cut.
- Removed the adhesive from the back of the die cut and adhered to the card front!
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Now, for my tag!
Using the Bags & Tags Dies, I cut out my tag from white cardstock. I used an image from Joy to add a bit of interest to the blank tag, and then the To and From from Perfectly Penned to make the tag an official gift tag. 🙂 Now, for the fun part.
I used distress ink to paint some tree colors onto watercolor paper. Then using the zig zag border die from Bags & Tags, I cut out some pieces and then adhered them to a piece of scrap office paper. Using the tree stitched die from Simon Says Stamp, I cut out this tree, and then turned up the edges with my bone folder.
I made two trees, as I knew I wanted the tree to hang over the edge of the tag, and wanted it to have a pretty back side, as well. Applied some red sequins as ornaments, and that’s the completed tree. Finished the tag with a reinforcement made from silver glitter paper and then used some satin embroidery floss to make the tie.
Thank you so much for stopping by, I wish you and yours a very happy holiday season!
It’s time for our first challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9, and this month it’s all about Celebrations. Our challenge sponsor is the awesome Concord & 9th and the prizes are a $25 gift certificate to a random winner plus a guest designer position offered to the best entry! You have until the 29th of this month to enter the challenge, so please make sure to do so.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do, as I had a friend get married recently, and she posted a picture of her wedding cake. Let me show it to you.
Seriously. Her cake was white with a satin ribbon trim and beautiful purple flowers. It was like this stamp set was made for this specific reason. Even her flowers draped over the cake the same way. I was so excited to use it to make a card for her and her groom.
I stamped the image with Hero Arts Intense Black ink onto Bristol smooth paper. I used a stamp positioning tool to do this, since I knew it was likely I’d have to stamp the image more than once. I used the coordinating Happy Day dies to cut the image out and then colored with Zig Clean Color markers. Just one color of purple for the flowers and the banner, and then two shades of green for the foliage.
I wanted to have a simple background, but elegant, so I used two images from the same Happy Days stamp set, the sparkler and the heart, and created my own background. I stamped with Versamark and used Hero Arts White Satin Pearl embossing powder. It’s so lovely on light colored cardstock. A must have, in my opinion.
Since my friend’s cake had some satin ribbons around the layers I thought I would simulate those using the Winsor & Newton Iridescent Medium. Not sure how different this ended up being vs. a Wink of Stella pen, but I like how it turned out. And I got to use a “new to me” supply.
I used lots of foam tape to adhere the cake to the piece of acetate, and then again to adhere the acetate to the card base. More foam tape for the sentiment banner. And last but not least, I used a Pearl pen to make some pearls. I love this thing, it’s so much fun. And a tip for you… if you mess up a pearl that’s on the acetate, say, by dropping something on to the wet card… you can use some rubbing alcohol to clean it off, and start over. Ask me how I know.
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I made a card today, just for fun. I’ve been wanting to use these two sets from Concord & 9th for a while, and sat down today to do it. That Sophisticated Script set is genius. Pure genius. Love the hand lettered yet imperfect look you get when using it. The imperfect part is all me, I’m sure there’s a way to make it perfect. But I love it as it is!
This is a close up up the “tile” that I made for my focal image. I cut the image out with a circle die, then used a Versamark Champagne pad on it, and did about seven or eight layers of clear embossing on top. You can see a bit of the shimmer in that picture. It’s a neat effect. Very subtle, which I like.
Concord & 9th has a new release, it’s just a day old. You should definitely take a look, see what you might “need”. 🙂
Today I am thrilled to be participating in an Instagram hop for my friend Jessica Frost-Ballas. She has more than 2,000 followers, and that’s a great milestone. Congratulations Jess!
If you happen to have come here on your own, be sure to check out Jessica’s instagram account, and her blog. I hear there’s a crafty package of stamps and dies from Concord & 9th to giveaway to blog readers. There will be a $35 Butterfly Reflections Ink gift certificate given away to someone who likes/comments on her instagram post and a $15 gift certificate to The Ton Stamps given away to someone who comments on one of the instagram hop posts. And there’s more, but I don’t want to give away all the secrets.
In case you don’t instagram, here’s the card I made to celebrate friendship. It’s funny, no matter what stage of life you’re in, you always have some friends to lean on, to help you through good times and bad, and just to chat with at 3am when you can’t sleep. So this is a card I hope to send to a friend that needs a little reminder of that.
This card was inspired by some wallpaper I saw recently. In the guest room bathrooms at the M Resort. It was so intriguing to me. I’m sure that it was just “stamped” by machine to get this texture, but I was determined to try to recreate it on a card.
Here are a few close-up shots for more details.
Background was simpler than it looks. I watercolored a piece of watercolor paper using the shimmery pearl paint from the watercolor palette. And then also dropped a few bits of the silver paint onto the watercolor paper. Once that dried I trimmed it into 3/8″ by 1 1/4″ strips.
To adhere to the background I used my ATG adhesive on just a bit of the strip, and pressed that down onto a piece of scrap cardstock. The reason it appears to be lifting is that I lifted it up a bit as I adhered down the other end. Didn’t curl it, or apply too much pressure, but just enough that it had some dimension. I adhered each row in a different direction, staggering alternate rows.
A few hours after I completed the card I realized that the wallpaper wasn’t staggered. Oops.
I let the dies decide on their own which pieces stayed and which pieces were discarded. I like the organic nature of that, especially on a flower and leaves. The top layer of the flower has some Wink of Stella applied, it’s just a bit hard to capture in the photographs.
Have you used Helmar Scrap Dots adhesive? I love this stuff. It’s liquid, comes in a tube, and is very thick. And will dry in whatever shape, or depth, you’ve applied it at, which you can better see in this picture.
Congratulations, Jess! Thank you so much for asking me to participate.