I've been busy working on some cards to send out to the Lasting Hearts Card Drive. I just got them in the mail this morning, and this is the last set that I managed to put together.
I started with stamping out all the peonies and leaves. These flowers are from Avery Elle's stamp set, Peonies. Its an absolutely gorgeous set. After they were all stamped out, I colored them with my watercolor pencils, and then blended the colors using my waterbrush. I then used the coordinating dies and ran them through my Sizzix to die cut all the little pieces.
My next step was to stamp and die cut the word "Prayers" with my Prayers stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. After they were cut, I added some Wink of Stella to give it a little shimmer.
Then, I cut out three note cards using my Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card die set. I adhered the cards down on some green striped background paper using some craft foam to help give some dimension. Then I glued on the peonies, leaves, and "Prayers" dies.
Lastly, I used some of the mix and match sentiments from the "Prayers" stamp set to add a few more words around the die.
I find sometimes that keeping my cards simple really brings the focus to the sentiment, which is what I was going for here. These cards are going to such a sweet cause and I really want them to be an encouragement to the recipients.
Check out some fun products I used!
I have been playing around with gesso lately, and I did a little stamping with it on this card. You can see on the bottom left corner the scroll design that was stamped with gesso, and then over that I used several colors of Distress Inks to create a resist. After the ink was applied and blended, I stamped some scripted writing over the top of it, Then, to finish the background I spritzed it with some Tsukineko shimmer mist.
For the embellishments, I cut the heart first out of black cardstock, and then again out of acetate. The acetate I also ran through my Sizzix with an embossing folder to give it some texture. Then, I punched a hole at the top and tied some twine into a bow.
The polka dot flower I made by ruffling some washi tape onto a carstock circle and then adding a brad in the center.
My sentiment was stamped using Avery Elle's Peony stamp set. I also added a little scalloped border from a die from Lawn Fawn. I absolutely LOVE this die set. I have used it many times and it always looks fantastic! My sentiment was then adhered with foam adhesive to give it some dimension.
For a finishing touch, I added some black heart rhinestones.
Here's some fun products I used!
I'm also linking this project up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge!
I've been having a lot of fun with Avery Elle's Peony stamp set lately. I stamped it out on watercolor paper and colored it in with my water brush and Distress Inks. I decided to go with a fall-ish color scheme, so lots of orange, yellow, and some browns. I've also discovered that I love the combination of orange and teal together!! I added a little bit of teal with the banner that the sentiment is stamped and embossed on. The colors coordinate beautifully with the plaid paper I used from Witch Hazel's 6x6 paper pad, October Afternoon.
I cut the paper on an angle and also ran it through my sewing machine for a little extra texture and detail. Then, my polka dot stitched note card is popped up on some craft foam for some dimension. This stamp set also has an amazing selection of sentiments that you can mix and match to send cards for any occasion. This one will be going to a special friend to let them know I'm thinking of them.
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 just love it when I can use materials that I have had for a while. The little bow on the cupcake is some raffia that I've had forever (in fact I think I stole if from my mom when I moved out).
Anyway, I started by stamping the cupcake in brown, and then adding the little bow and cherry. To the cherry I added some Glossy Accents.
Then I stamped and embossed the sentiment in white.
Before adhering the cupcake down, I ran the background papers through my sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch. I just love the look of stitching on a card.
After all that, and when I got the cupcake on, I still felt like it needed something, so I added the three buttons on the right.
This card I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge blog. Their challenge was Easter or Sweet Treats. Obviously, I went with the sweet treats:)
This next card is for OWH's Sunday Sketch Challenge. I kept it simple with just a bit of patterned paper and the sentiment. Then I stamped some silver stars on the bottom. I did a little bit of diagonal scoring as well.
The design is flipped from the original sketch, but that's because I started scoring on the wrong side of the card. I had to fold it over so the raised part would be on the outside.
So note to self: think about which side is the right side before scoring!
A few 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:
Today's card challenges stumped me.
I read the challenges. At Operation Write Home the challenge is to make a Mother's Day Card. Simon Says Stamp's challenge is to create something with a tag. I decided to combine the two into the same card.
I knew what I wanted to do. I had it all figured out. I gathered my supplies and started... and I didn't like what I had. So I changed it, and it still looked horrendous. Since I had other things to accomplish today, I figured I'd leave my card, come back to it, and see if I had any better luck later.
So I left it again, and came back later. Still hated it.
Well, third time is the charm, right? I guess, but I'm still not sure if I'm loving it or just ok with it.
What do you think?
A Few of the Products I used:
This is this week's card sketch from Mojo Monday.
I wanted to use something other than a big heart on the tag, because I feel like I've been making a lot of Valentine themed cards, so I decided on this cute little dog die cut from my Cricut. After that, somehow, everything else went back to Valentine's Day with the colors and the hearts. Oh well, the whole month of February is about love, right?
Since I used a black background, I put a lining in the inside of the card so any writing done in this card will show up.
Happy Monday, everyone!
Over at Mojo Monday they post a new card sketch each Monday of the week. This was today's sketch so I thought I'd make an attempt at it.
You can probably tell I didn't quite follow it to the letter, but it definitely gave me some inspiration to come up with something a little different!
The hearts were heat embossed and the sentiment was stamped. I made a little rosette to use for an embellishment. The background is a piece of leftover burlap that I had from a previous project.
Of course I had to add some dash lines with my white gel pen and a string bow to finish it off.
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