This card was created with a few items that I have not played with in a while. Sometimes I like to dig into my supplies and revisit some of my old favorites to get my creative inspiration flowing again! I also try to play around with different looks and styles than my usual feminine, clean and simple style.
This card is still quite simple, as it doesn't have a ton of embellishments, but the background makes it stand out.
I began with a Long and Skinny card base from Canvas Corp Brands. Then, I stenciled some Hickory Smoke Distress Ink over my TCW Gears Stencil. After removing the stencil, I added some Weathered Wood over the Hickory Smoke. It gave a grey-blue color that reminded me of metal gears.
Next, using my fingers and a paintbrush, I flicked on some water droplets to get the ink moving. After that was dry, Shabby Shutters Ink was blended over the top, highlighting where those droplets had been.
Then, to add just a little more interest, I also stamped some faded text using Black Soot Distress Ink.
Next, using some Lawn Fawn Circle Frame Dies, I cut out several different sizes of circles from vellum. The big circle was stamped with a polka dot stamp and embossed with some Brutus Monroe Penny Embossing Powder. I love this copper powder- it shines just like the metal!
I also embossed one of the frames to adhere around the circle so that it would make the big one stand out. The other circles where adhered in the background. They are very subtle, but the add some interest without taking away from the background.
The sentiment was also stamped and embossed in Penny, as well as a strip of black cardstock that was stamped with a striped pattern. To embellish, just a few bronze gears were added, and then a few gold sequins.
Like I had mentioned, its a different style than my normal girly cards, but I like it! It would be a great card to give to guys to celebrate and achievement.
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Did you get any fun crafting supplies for Christmas? I received a few items this year. The cute little squirrels on this card are from Lawn Fawn's Cheery Christmas stamp set. I stamped them out with Versafine Black ink and then colored them in with my new Prismacolor pencils. I have to say, I am LOVING these new pencils for coloring my stamped images. I am not that great at watercoloring, especially on regular cardstock. I dont like when the paper warps when you add water to it. These pencils blend great and work on my cheap cardstock.
I used the coordinating dies from the stamp set to die cut the squirrels and the little heart. Then, I used Lawn Fawn's Stitched Circle Frame Dies to cut out the circle from some blue paper. I adhered that down to some floral paper that I also die cut, using the Stitched Journaling Card die from Lawn Fawn, as well.
All my papers I pulled from my scrap bin. I am trying my best to use up scraps! I then cut the background white paper on an angle with the Stitched Border dies, and ahdered it over some red polka dot paper that peeks out on the bottom right corner.
I then added the sentiment, the squirrels, and some white twine to the front, and placed the whole stitched journal die cut piece to the front of the card with foam adhesive.
Cute, easy card that has a Valentine's Day feel to it, without being too overly red and white.
Thanks for checking out my card today! I have been slacking on making YouTube videos lately with the business of the holidays, but I hope to get back into it soon!
If you are interested in some of the items I used on this card, I've included some links below.
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I just love Lawn Fawn stamps. They have such cute images and clever puns! I recently got their "Love You A Latte" stamp set and Im in love! Its full of cute little coffee and tea stamps. When I was looking through the stamps I immediately thought of Canvas Corp's Beans and Bags papers. I thought they'd go well together so I went ahead and matched them up!
I built the background using a scrap of Beans and Bags papers. I also added a few other layers, including a piece that I Distress Inked to match, and a kraft piece that I stamped some little coffee beans on. I also added a scrap of burlap for some texture.
I also got the dies that coordinate with the stamps, so I stamped them out, colored them, and added them to the front of the card. I love how the background is so neutral, and then the stamps add a pop of brightness.
I had some of the die cuts leftover that I wanted to use, so I went ahead and created a gift card holder out of Canvas Corp's mini bags, as well!
Its so fun to take a plain white palate and stamp a pattern on it! I used Distress Inks to stamp the hearts and coffee beans on the background. Then, I layered some E-Flute paper in Chocolate brown over the pattern. I die cut the E Flute into a heart. I thought at first that maybe the E Flute wouldnt work so well being dir cut, but it went through my Sizzix beautifully!
I then just adhered the die cuts on top of the heart. It's so cute! I could see giving someone a gift card to their favorite coffee place in this bag.
So don't be afraid to match up some of your favorite brands and craft with them side by side! You might find that Canvas Corp pairs beautifully with a lot of stamps and products from other companies!
There's nothing more fun than shaker cards! However, the amount of foam adhesive that traditional shaker cards use makes it a little tricky to pull one off. This is a simple way to make a shaker card without messing with the adhesive!
First, I cut a piece of patterned paper down to slightly smaller than my card base and adhered it down. Next, I took a piece of vellum and cut it into a flag shape. I stamped and embossed some butterflies in gold embossing powder, and then also embossed around the edges. I used a little tape adhesive to adhere the flag down on top of the background paper. BUT I DID NOT PUT ADHESIVE ON THE TOP OF THE VELLUM FLAG. This is important, because you need to leave the top open in order to fill the pocket with your shaker goodies.
I then ran the card through my sewing machine to sew down the sides of the flag pocket, again leaving the top open. Then I filled the pocket with several colors of sequins and some tiny clear beads.
After your pocket is filled, go ahead and sew the top shut.
You;ve just made a fun shaker pocket card! I added a die cut "mother" to the front, and stamped and embossed the rest of the sentiment and adhered it below.
I hope you take a look at the process video to see how I did this in more detail!
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
I am also linking this card up with
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge
I haven't tried too many shaker cards yet, mostly because of the ridiculous amount of foam adhesive it usually takes. I recently saw one of Kristina Werner's shaker cards and just had to try my own version.
I've had two new, beautiful nieces in the last few months so I thought a baby card was appropriate. I stamped and colored the little elephant with my distress inks and watercolor brush, and set him aside to dry. Then, I watercolored a background and after that was dry, sewed a piece of clear acetate over the top, leaving one side open until after I filled it with glitter.
I then stamped the greeting, and adhered all the pieces on top of the acetate with my ATG. I did put a little piece of foam adhesive behind the balloon, though, to pop it up for a little dimension.
It was super simple to assemble, and I am loving this way to make shaker cards!
I am linking this card up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge!
Simon Says Stamp's challenge today was to use a big stamp. The biggest stamp I have is a polka dot background stamp. I decided to stamp the polka dots in Versa Mark and emboss them with clear powder on this blue shimmery paper. I love how it turns out- it looks like water droplets. Then, I drew a curved line and cut it out, and then repeated that curve on black, just to give it a more defined edge.
The bottom half I stamped with a dotted border stamp. I finished it off with some bright yellow-green ribbon, and a fun sentiment.
This next card I made for Avery Elle. Their challenge is to use these colors:
I searched through all my papers to find colors that closely matched and this is what I came up with.
I started with my blue papers, drew a curve, and cut them out (seems to be a theme with me right now). Then I found the big heart die that I had cut out a while ago and it just seemed to fit perfectly on the card. I stamped on it using Avery Elle's "Oh, Baby!" stamp set, and also used some stickers for the word "baby".
FYI: I have been asked if this is some kind of announcement, and I just want to clear the air here. ITS NOT.
The top portion of the card I dry embossed to give it some more texture. I like how it turned out!
Onto the last card of today! This one I made for Mojo Monday. I started using their card sketch and I think I veered off course a little, and came up with this.
I stamped a number of birthday sentiments on the side with Versa Mark ink, just to leave a subtle watermark look. Then, I found some coordinating patterned paper for the other side. The stars were stamped and fussy-cut, and I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment.
Kinda simple but I think it turned out pretty cute. I could see it being sent to either a boy or a girl.
Some products I used:
This was a fun card to make this morning. I used the sketch from Mojo Monday and the theme from Simon Says Stamp.
I started by searching through my papers to find anything green. I came up with a few fun, coordinating patterns.
I did a little scoring on the base of my card- some diagonal lines on one half of the card. It's subtle, but it gives it a little texture.
The clovers I made by using a heart stamp that I have. I just stamped them four ways to make it look like leaves, and then fussy cut them out. I have absolutely no St Patrick's Day themed stamps or anything, so I improvised. The stems of the clovers is just a bit of thick twine I cut and glued to the back.
I was so excited to be able to use these green/yellow rhinestones. I've had them forever but never used them since they never seem to match the cards I'm making.
The sentiment is stamped with Versa Mark and embossed in white.
***UPDATE- Wow! I'm so excited to announce that this card was selected as a challenge winner for Simon Says Stamp! ***
Some products I used:
Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown is about scrappy backgrounds.
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge is to make a mother/special girl card.
I decided to mash the two challenges together into this one card.
I started by cutting strips of paper from my Mariposa Matstack. I didn't measure my strips, I just cut them into similar sizes. Then I arranged the strips on my card so they would cover the whole front.
It started to look a little bit like a quilt to me, so I added some dash lines on some of the strips so make it have the look of being sewn.
The front window panel I cut with my Cricut. I added some faux stitching around the heart and bottom border as well.
The "Mother" sentiment was cut with my Cricut as well. I cut it three times and then adhered them together to give it a little more dimension. I really wish I had some glitter to add to the sentiment. I think that would make it really pop.
Some products I used:
I have a few fun cards to share with you today!
This first one I'm linking up to Mojo Monday's Sketch Challenge. I used their sketch to create the layout.
The background is just regular white cardstock. I added some paint splatters by mixing some of my yellow ink with a little water, and then using a paintbrush to flick some of the ink on.
Then I used some green carstock from The Shimmer Matstack by DCWV. I stamped a polka dot background onto it with Versa Mark, and embossed it with clear embossing powder.
Finally I cut out the speech bubble with my Cricut, and stamped and embossed the sentiment. The little yellow heart is also stamped and embossed. Its a pretty simple look, but I like how it turned out. I think it has kind of a comic book vibe going on.
This next card I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge Blog, and it has a totally different look.
The challenge was to use distressing in your project. I only own one shade of distress ink- Tea Dye. I used it to stamp the faded text background, and I also did a little more distressing around the edges.
I used a paper doily and a scalloped circle cut from my Cricut to cover the bottom corner. Then I inked up the purple flower, which is also cut from the Cricut. The two little flowers I bought somewhere, but I can't remember the brand. I added some fun brads to the center of all the flowers.
My sentiment is an epoxy sticker which I stuck to some paper and then cut out. The little pearls I glued on with some Glossy Accents.
So there it is! Two very different cards for today's challenges. Enjoy!
Some products I used:
Another OWH Sketch Challenge!
The sketch is for a vertical card but I turned it on its side. I've been doing a whole lot of vertical folds so I wanted to shake things up a bit.
I used a kraft cardstock as the base. Then I used black cardstock for the first layer. The patterned papers are from Kaiser Craft's Lush collection. I have their 6x6 paper pad and its just perfect for creating cards.
I stamped my sentiment and added some eyelets with my Crop-a-Dile. I like how the shiny gold gives the card another fun focal point.
Of course I also added dash lines with my gel pen and some string tied in a bow.
This next card isn't linked to any challenges, its just one I made alongside the first one.
I kept it very simple. I used the leftover cut-out from another card to create the window layer. I hate wasting any patterned paper so I like to try to use every bit of it. I heat embossed the sentiment with a white embossing powder.
The background is just white cardstock, and I stamped some flourishes with some Tea Dye Distress Ink.
Some products I used:
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