I recently got some vellum, and I just love the look it brings to my cards. For this card, I started by blending some Distress Inks together for the background. I used Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, and Mermaid Lagoon. Then, I spritzed some Pearl Glimmer Mist over the inks to get them moving together and also for some shine.
The next step was to run my background through my Sizzix with an embossing folder. I first sprayed in some Chalkboard Glimmer Mist, which is similar to the regular Glimmer Mist but a little more opaque. Then, I embossed the background and dried it.
I then moved on to the vellum portion of the card. I die cut a piece of vellum with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Journaling Card die. I used some VersaMark ink to stamp the hippo and bird with, and then embossed them in white.
Then, I ran some Tombow correction tape down and stamped my sentiment over that. I then took a scissors and scratched a little of the correction tape off to give it a distressed look.
I then stamped the cute glasses and bowtie on the hippo with VersaFine Black Onyx ink. I used my Tombow Monotwin permanent marker to fill in areas that did not stamp very crisp.
After all that I adhered the vellum to the background using my Tombow Stamp Runner adhesive.
Thanks so much for checking out the card for today! If you are interested in some of the items I used I have included links below.
I'm not quite sure if its pure coincidence or if was meant to be, but it just so happens that World Card Making Day and my birthday are both today!! Just too perfect, if you ask me.
Anyway, I had so much fun making this card with the stamp set my husband got me for my birthday. If you have seen any of my recent cards you can probably tell Im kinda into puns lately. They just make me laugh.
I started by stamping the hippo in distress ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder over the top. It gives it a shiny finish and also doesn't run with the other colors while Im painting in the image. I used a brush and some more Distress Inks to color in the rest of the hippo. You can probably tell Im still working on my shading skills. Definitely needs improvement but I still have fun with it!
I added some Glossy Accents to the hippos glasses and set him aside to dry while I worked on the card base. I found some cute striped paper, and added some yellow stripes to the side. I then cut a stitched note card with my Sizzix and shaded it in with some Distress Ink to match the yellow on the sides. I adhered the hippo, added some string, and stamped the sentiment. Finally, I chomped the bottom corners and it was finished!
Definitely simple, but I think it turned out so cute!
Happy Card Making Day!!!
Im linking this project up with:
Simon Says Stamp!!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!
I had a lot of fun putting this card together. I've been practicing with my Distress Inks a lot lately, and trying to improve my blending. I thought I'd try to create a starry night sky. I blended a few shades of purples together, starting with the lightest shade at the bottom and working my way up, ending with the darkest shade at the top. Then, on top of the night sky, I stenciled in some dark stars with Heidi Swapp's Confetti Stencil.
Then, I cut a curved piece of cardstock for the grassy hill, and used some darker greens to ink that up as well. I stamped the little owls in black on top of the grass.
With my Sizzix I cut out some little white stars and adhered them up in the sky as well, finishing them off with some stickles. I used my white gel pen to add some dots in the sky, as well as coloring in the owls' eyes just to make them pop. Finally, I added some Glossy Accents to the owls' eyes, and popped the sentiment up with some foam squares.
I love how all the different elements came together to make a totally different style of card than I'm used to making!!
Im linking this card up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge
Simon Says Stamp's Work It Wednesday
Hello, and happy Monday!
I created this card over the weekend using one of my favorite stamp sets. The little skunk and his sentiment are just too adorable!
I started by blending some of my Distress Inks on some watercolor paper. Then, I used a heart stamp dipped in water and stamped it over the Distress Ink to create the background. I also added a few dots with my white gel pen. They can be hard to see but I think it adds some texture.
I cut the scalloped borders with my Sizzix, and adhered them to the bottom of the background panel. Then, embossed the card front and put the pieces together. I adhered the skunk with some foam dots, and added some Stickles to his tail and tummy. A little bakers twine finished it off.
I'm linking this project up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge!
I created this card with the "Stinkin Cute" stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I am just in love with this little skunk! Of course, stamping him on everything by himself made me a little sad that he was all alone. He must be lonely, right?
So, I decided to give him a friend. I stamped him on some watercolor paper so I could use my watercolor pencils to color him in. Then, I did some mirror stamping to create the flipped image.
If you haven't tried mirror stamping, you should. Its a really awesome way to get more out of your stamps. Look it up on YouTube.
Anyway, after I had both our skunks stamped and colored, I cut them out, chomped the corners, and adhered them to some fun background paper. Then I stamped the sentiment in black and embossed it with clear embossing powder.
Last but not least, I added a white satin bow.
Since this week's Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp is featuring animals, this was the perfect card to link to their blog today.
Some products I used:
I have been having so much fun with this new stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. Who knew a skunk could be so cute!
I started by stamping our little skunk friend and coloring him in with my watercolor pencils. I wondered if watercoloring on regular heavy cardstock would warp it any, but as long as I used only a small amount of water and didn't let it seep in too much it was fine. I felt like he needed a little something else, so I stamped and added a bow tie with some foam adhesive.
Who wouldn't want to see a skunk in a bow tie?
For the sentiment I knew I wanted it embossed in black, but I don't have any black embossing powder, so I used another trick that works if you dont have the color you are looking for. Ink up your stamp in Versa Mark, and then ink it with whatever color you want it to be. Stamp your image, and use clear embossing powder on it. Your sentiment will be embossed and will be in the color of ink you chose.
I put our skunk on a light blue background, and then on a black cardstock and rounded the edges. I brought in a few red hearts just for another pop of color.
Here's my next card, which goes in quite a different direction. I used my watercolor pencils to create a few flowers on some watercolor paper. I cut it into a square and adhered it with foam adhesive to give some dimension. You might not be able to see very well but I did score a frame around it on the card base.
Although I love how bright the card is, it still looked a little plain along the bottom, so I added a border with my pink watercolor pencils. This did warp the card a bit, but I let it set under a heavy book over night and that helped.
The sentiment is stamped in black, and its from Avery Elle's cupcake stamp set.
I'm also linking this card to Avery Elle's card challenge. The challenge is to use their stamps and do something with watercolors.
A few products I used:
Who doesn't love a good deal?
Yesterday I went out and the craft place I was at was having a sale on all their items. 50% off! I picked up a set of Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I've been itching to try some coloring on my stamps for a while, so I was pretty excited about these markers.
I got the brown set of 6 markers. I thought this cute little squirrel guy would be the perfect test subject for me to practice on. I definitely had to stamp and color him multiple times to get the colors the way I liked them. I'm sure you can tell I still have much practicing to do!
I used a green cardstock for the card base, and just dragged a little of my Cottage Ivy green Memento ink across to give it a little texture. I stamped the little acorns with Hot Cocoa brown, and adhered my squirrel friend and the sentiment with foam adhesive. The sentiment was stamped and embossed with gold.
The Spectrum Noir website also has a challenge asking to see our projects done with their markers. The theme is anything goes!
This card I did for Simon Says Stamp. Their Wednesday blog challenge theme today is birthdays!
I really love the gold embossing powder, and how fun it is on a birthday card! I cut the balloon with my Cricut and inked it with some Bahama Blue and Danube Blue Memento ink. The stars are stamped and embossed, as well as the sentiment. The white background is scored diagonally to add a little texture and interest.
Some products I used:
Get ready for a lot of links!
Since I was gone over the weekend, I decided to just wait until today to post a few cards and link them with several challenges.
For my first card, I used the sketch from Mojo Monday. I took a piece of white paper and did some distressing around the edges. Then, I took some of my Memento Hot Chocolate ink, mixed it with a little water, and splattered it on. For the coffee mug ring, I just took a small, round ink pad, inked the rim, dipped it in water, and stamped it on the paper. I also stamped some faded text very lightly with Distress Ink.
The letters were cut with my Cricut, as well as the coffee mug. I added a little Glossy Accents to the heart as my transparent element for Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge. Here's a closer look in case you can't see very well...
I was thinking of several coffee lovers I know that I'd love to have a reason to send this to. :)
My next card is very clean and simple. Definitely not as much inking as the first.
I cut three flower layers from my Cricut out of plain white paper. Then I used my Grape Jelly Memento ink and a cotton square to rub on the color. I stamped just the corner with yellow polka dots, and stamped the sentiment in black.
In the center of the flower I added a button with a baker's twine bow.
I'm linking this to House of Cards as a CAS with a button.
I used the color scheme of purple in yellow in response to OWH's Midweek Throwdown.
I used the button for SSS's Wednesday Challenge.
And... for the first time I'm participating in SSS's Work it Wednesday for March. They want to see what spring projects we are working on.
Whew! I think that's enough links for one post.
Some products I used:
I'm linking this one to two different challenge blogs today.
The first one is Mojo Monday. I used their sketch for the layout of this card.
The inspiration for the clock theme is from Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge blog. Their challenge was to create a project with the theme of "Time".
When I read the "Time" theme I immediately thought of these chipboard stickers I have. They were given to me, and when I first saw them I thought, "I have no idea how I'm ever going to use these". Now, I love them on this card. It's obviously a little bulky, so this card might be better off hand-delivered rather than sending in the mail.
I started with my chipboard elements since I knew I wanted to use them and then I picked coordinating papers to go with. The little watch was stamped and heat embossed with some metallic silver embossing powder. I had some glittery chipboard letters as well that I used for the sentiment, and some stickers I used for the word "cake".
I usually do a lot more stamping on my cards so this one is different for me just because the only stamping was the clock, and the word "for".
I had good intentions on making a few cards for various Wednesday challenges, but since I ran out of tape adhesive last night (while making this card), I might have to take a break for a few days. Or at least until I can run out and get some more.
I was inspired once again to try a tall and skinny card, like the one I made for Mojo Monday. This card is 3.5"x5.5" and will fit in a regular A2 envelope.
The cherry, sentiment, and tag were all cut with my Cricut. The only stamping I did was the little loopy border behind the sentiment. I used my white gel pen to add just a bit of detail to the cherries and to add a dash line around the top.
I used my Crop-A-Dile to add a red eyelet to the top of the tag, and ran some twine through for a bow.
The cherries are getting me thinking of all the fresh cherries that we will hopefully be able to enjoy this summer, as long as we don't move before they are in season!
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