I’ve got a pretty card over at A Blog Named Hero today. Inspired by my Grandmother’s wallpaper. The one that didn’t give me nightmares. Ahem.
Happy Monday to you! I hope your week has started off well. It’s a new month. Let’s make it a good one!
We are collaborating with Honey Bee Stamps this month, and featuring watercolor techniques. They go perfectly together, so, phew. Honey Bee Stamps has a new release this month, you should definitely check it out, and maybe hide your wallet? That’s totally up to you.
This is a card showcasing the Playful Pups stamp set, which is adorable, and I couldn’t choose one, so I used almost every single pup included in the set. In my mind I was picturing the dog park. Where every dog is welcomed with open paws. That was one of my favorite things to do with our Golden Retriever. Take him to the park. He was the park greeter. He would make sure every single dog was welcomed at the gate, then go back to find someone with a thumb for petting him. Seriously. We’d look up and he’d be at one of the benches with his head on a human’s lap, nudging them to pet him. I’m fairly certain that’s typical Golden Retriever behavior. 🙂
Here are the steps to make this card:
- Stamp the dogs in grey ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
- Fill in the background with smaller stamps from the same set, also with grey ink and heat embossing.
- Color the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.
- Color in the background if you like. I did a pale blue, but a pale grey would have worked as well, or even a pale green. Since I was thinking dog park, I went with blue, for the sky.
- Die cut Welcome three times out of white cardstock. Adhere them on top of each other. Color the welcome with a Zig Clean Color marker. Add some Spectrum Noir overlay pen to the die cut, and also use that sparkle pen on the tennis balls, bones, and dog collars in the background.
- Add the die cut to the background. I used a sheet of adhesive called Artist-Tac, where you put the die cut down on it, peel it up, and it’s covered in adhesive. Great for intricate die cuts. I also used the negative of the die cut so that I could make sure it was placed properly. The word is in pieces, as you can see below.
- Cover that with glossy accents. I used two layers.
- Add some Nuvo drops if you like, or sequins. Whichever you prefer.
This is a close up of the double layer of glossy accents I added to the Welcome die cut. The set comes with “welcome”, “special” and “delivery”, so it’s a very useful set, and I love the font.
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Why, Hello Sunshine!
It’s gorgeous, right? I love the colors, and the cascading hearts. I didn’t have this stamp set, so I made do with some various floral elements, but I call them fireworks. Might be because I grew up in Philadelphia, and we take our fireworks very seriously in my hometown.
As you can see, I made a few versions of this card, in three color schemes. I wasn’t sure which one I would like, so I played around a bit, and ended up liking and finishing all of them. I really must play more often with Distress Inks, they’re so much fun and basically make you look like a crafting genius.
The first thing I did was blend three colors of distress inks onto a piece of watercolor paper. Then I found a coordinating ink color to stamp my fireworks. I did this stamping randomly, and just tried to have them fade down to the bottom. I may or may not have succeeded with that, but I am very happy with them. By the way, the green ink above is the new Fresh Lawn by Hero Arts, and I’m pretty sure everyone needs to have that in their stash. I think I’m going to just leave it on my desk, not even put it away. It’s that luscious.
I cut the Hello die three times for each card. Once I layered them all together I smooshed some versamark on top and then used the Ranger Gold Tinsel embossing powder. Which I love, and always forget I have. I like how it’s not perfectly smooth when melted, and in this case, I think it ends up looking like gold rope. As if I formed that hello freehand. I feel like I might spend some time making more of these hellos just to have on hand as an easy embellishment.
As a last step, I used the Spectrum Noir clear overlay marker to add some glitter to the stamped fireworks. It’s incredibly hard to capture with a camera, at least for me, so please imagine you can see it in this picture.
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Yes, I do make a lot of baby cards. Must be the season or something, but I’m a regular old factory here churning out baby blankets, and therefore I need baby cards. This one is made with some great new products from Concord & 9th. Click on the picture for all of the details.
This month it’s all about Clean and Simple and this is my card for the group challenge post. And I love it. There is a bear. Peeking through a window. Oh my gosh, it makes me giggle. I love his expression. He’s all “I know this might be creepy, but come on, I’m adorable. Let me in. Do you have snacks?” Now, I couldn’t exactly fit that on the card front as a sentiment, so I went with “congrats”. 🙂
This card is actually pretty simple. So, the card base is yellow cardstock that I clear embossed with a great background stamp from Hero Arts. The window is a die from My Favorite Things. The window frame is clear embossed on kraft card stock with a woodgrain stamp from Hero Arts. The background of the window, or, you know, the sky… I just used a wide marker Copic, BG10, and swiped that all over it to make it sky colored.
In this close-up you can see Mr. Bear again, in all his adorableness. And, you can also see that I used a star outline stamp from the Jane’s Doodles set to stamp some images in the sky. And then used a glitter pen to color those in for some interest.
This month we are collaborating with Right at Home stamps at A Blog Named Hero. And having so much fun. We got to play with some new stamp sets, and they’re right up my alley. Or should I say coffee cup? I needed to give some people gift cards for the local coffee shop, and this set was just perfect for it. I ended up making four, so I’ll have an extra for future use.
It might be a bit hard to tell, but I have that coffee cup up on some foam adhesive for dimension. I was very excited to paper piece that cup, it’s just darling. And I can see me repeating that almost every time I use this set.
Some easy die cutting for the frames, and these cards basically put themselves together. My favorite sort of card.
I have a feeling that I’ll be copying myself and this design for future gift card cards. Holidays, birthdays, I should make a bunch of these to have around. And they’re a great way to use scraps of both card stock and patterned paper.
I hope you’ll join us for this challenge. Try something new to you for our January challenge! One random entry will win a prize from our January collaborating company, Right at Home stamps!
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!