Have you guys checked out KINDRED STAMPS yet? If not, you are missing out! This company has some amazing and unique stamp sets that your SciFi and Pop Culture lover will adore!
I am so excited that I am able to participate in the new release from Kindred Stamps! If you are following along on the hop, welcome! If you aren't following the hop and would like to jump in, just follow the links at the end of the post.
KINDRED STAMPS is releasing a number of stamp sets, and I got to work with two of them- ROYAL THRONE and HEIRS TO THE THRONE
Take a look!
Now that you've seen the images, you can see why I was so excited to work with them! I made a number of projects with this release. I'll show you what I've been working on!
First up is this fun shaker card I created by first coloring in the images with my STYLEFILE alcohol markers. Then, I fussy cut them out.
To create the background I used a birch tree die that I cut out with white cardstock. I again cut the die out of some craft foam so I could pop it up perfectly and then fill in the gaps with some glitter. The purpley-blue sky in the background is Distress Ink that I blended together to make it look like a cold, SNOW-y day. Get it? ;)
This next card I wanted to look a little more cutesy. It would be a great Valentine's card for a guy OR gal! I ink blended a galaxy sky behind our characters, and then popped them up on foam adhesive in front of it. For the sentiment, I curved the stamps around the sky using my MISTI and then stamped them in RAVEN BLACK ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder.
Lastly, I added the dragon on an action wobbler. I think its so fun to see him flying above our characters!
This next card is such an epic birthday card! Wouldn't you or someone you know just love to receive this in the mail?
I stamped out the throne and again colored it in with my STYLEFILE MARKERS. Then, I fussy cut it out. I took a piece of black cardstock, cut it down to size, and then blended on some WHITE PIGMENT INK behind where the throne would be adhered. That just gave it the look of fog behind and also made the throne stand out a bit from the background. Lastly, I stamped and embossed the sentiment and added a few sequins. Pretty simple, but I could totally seeing this being the perfect masculine birthday card!
This last card for today is another shaker and perhaps my favorite of the bunch! I knew I just HAD to do a fire-y dragon with this gorgeous shaker mix, so I cut out a circle frame from my dies, and then cut out two more frames with some red craft foam. I stacked and glued them over the background that I created using a background stamp from Brutus Monroe and some RAVEN EMBOSSING POWDER. I love the tone-on-tone texture going on!
I then filled the foam circle with the shaker bits and sealed it up with some acetate. In the front, I added the dragon, an egg, and some gold leaves that are meant to look like fire. I left a sentiment off since I'm not sure if I want to use it as a birthday card, a thank you card, or something else yet. Sometimes I just love to create, and then I add a sentiment right before I send it out. This way, it gives me a little more freedom when choosing a card to mail.
There you have it! Several cards using the new stamps from KINDRED STAMPS.
NOW FOR MORE INFO ON OUR BLOG HOP, AND A WORD FROM KINDRED STAMPS:
Thank you for joining us in celebrating this month's release! We know a lot of you have been hoping for sets inspired from times when dragons wandered the earth freely and dire wolves once again moved amongst this land. We brought that to you, and then some. We brought spooky things from the deepest depths of the oceans, and we captured the night sky for you. All you need to do now is to let your inspiration reign! Where will these stories take your crafting?
Before your craft table takes you to the many planets of our solar system, let us take you to the blogs for our Creative Team Members and that of our Guest Designer. Everyone is excited to provide you with a sample of their work and to talk about some of the products they used as well as their thought process.
On your journey, if you comment on each person's blog post, you will be eligible to win store credit for a future purchase! You must comment on each person's blog, as well as the blog post for Kindred Stamps. The winner will be chosen Friday night, 1-12-18, around 9 pm EST.
We thank you so much for your enthusiasm! We can't wait to see what you're inspired by, but remember, if you are inspired by something pop culture related, please refer to our stamp set names on social media and avoid using the actual show or character names. It is very important that we do not step on copyright toes! Thank you ever so much!
Now, for the hop! Follow these links!
Marie Nicole Designs (YOU ARE HERE)
R. Winn Creates
Dagg Designs Blog
The Frolicking Fairy
I just love interactive cards. I think it makes your already special creations just that much more special! I've recently been playing around with shaker cards, slider cards, and for this one, some cute clips that you can remove and use on other things!
There are three little bees on this card that I stamped out using Lawn Fawn's Bugs and Kisses stamp set, die cut, and then adhered to some Canvas Corp Mini Clothespins.
First, I stamped out all my images and die cut them using my Sizzix. Then, to build my background scene. I did some light blue ink blending for the sky, and also ink blended on the landscape panels using a few shades of green Distress Ink.
The landscape panels are cut with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Borders dies. I layered them over each other, using some foam adhesive to pop up the front layer. This created some space behind the hillside that I was able to clip my little bees to.
I also tucked the mason jar in behind the front hillside, and covered it with some Glossy Accents to make it look like glass. Then, I added some Canvas Corp Jute Cord that I tied into a tiny bow.
The sentiment is also from the Bugs and Kisses stamp set. It is stamped and embossed on a strip of kraft as well as vellum. I added a little heart to the sentiment, as well.
I think this would be such a fun card to send to my nieces and nephews! They could remove the bee clips and add them onto the school notebooks, planners, or even use them as little bookmarks! Of course, its fun to just move them around the card, as well!
Thanks for stopping by to see this fun little card! Hope it gives you some ideas and inspiration for your own crafting!
Brutus Monroe has a ton of fun stamps, and for this card I used the Rockstar Pets set. There's this fun hipster cat along with a dog wearing headphones and several really fun sentiments.
This cat had so much personality he was just dying to be stamped out and watercolored! The rest of the card is super clean and simple, to let the cat stand out.
First, the cat was stamped out using the Misti and some Raven Detail Ink. Then, before the ink dried, I used clear embossing powder and embossed the image.
Then, using Distress Ink Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, and Festive Berries, I added color to the cat. Embossing the lines always seems to help with watercoloring- it creates a barrier that helps hold the color in the lines.
The very last thing to do was stamp and emboss the sentiment, as well, and then add a little Glossy Accents to the glasses to make it look like real lenses!
Hope this gives you a better close up look at this stamp set! Don't forget to check out the store over at Brutus Monroe for not only this set, but a ton more!
More from Marie Nicole...
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:
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