coffee & friends… handmade card

Coffee & Friends, handmade friendship card.

Chocolate

That’s what is missing from my card.  The sentiment should read “With coffee & friends and chocolate anything is possible”.  Yeah, hindsight is 20/20, LOL.  It took a combination of three different stamps to create the sentiment on this coffee & friends card, but next time, I think I’ll try and find a fourth stamp with the word chocolate, and fix it.  🙂

Three Cards, One Kit

Today, I’m sharing three cards I made with the wonderful Simon Says Stamp’s February 2017 Card Kit.  The kit has sold out, but you can still get the parts and pieces separately.  (I’ll link to them below.)  For the above card, I die-cut a piece of Desert Storm cardstock, to create a lattice rectangle.  I also cut a piece of plain, white cardstock into a rectangle small enough to place inside the decorative one, and I rounded the corners.  The kit comes with some fun patterned papers, so I cut out a row of coffee cups, and added it to the bottom.  Then, I did a little stamp manipulation, and cut up two of the stamps from the kit’s stamp set, so I could get the two phrases “coffee & friends”, and “anything is possible”.  (The “with” came from a “with love” stamp from my stash.)  With a little help from my MISTI, I put these three pieces together, and stamped them in the upper left-hand corner, using brown ink.

Smiling Coffee

The two smiling coffee cups (above) were cut using the adorable die in the kit.  I cut them from white, grey, black, and Kraft cardstock, and then I cut two tiny hearts from some red foam. (Cardstock would have worked fine for the hearts, but I like the tiny bit of dimension I got from the foam.)  I used the inlayed die-cut technique to put everything together, added some “rosy cheeks” with a pink pencil, and also added some score lines to the paper coffee cup sleeves.  Everything was adhered together and placed on a Surf Blue card-base.

The Perfect Blend

Coffee & Friends, handmade card.

For card number 2, I used a couple of the adorable coffee stickers from the kit.  I die-cut three nested circles for this one – the small in white, the medium in light pink, and the large “lacey” one in dark pink.  The white circle, and the sentiment tag, were also lightly inked with some Spun Sugar, to help them blend in a bit.  This time, I popped up the focal image and the sentiment stamp with some foam adhesive.  I added a sparkly heart sticker and some coffee bean stickers from the kit, and a Baker’s Twine bow from my stash.  (I didn’t get the best photo of this one.  The color is off a bit, but I’m afraid I can’t re-shoot it as this one has already made its way to a special friend.)  🙂

A woman is like a tea bag... handmade card.

Tea Time

I have a confession to make… I am actually more of a tea drinker, than a coffee drinker.  There was a time when I loved my lattes and cappuccinos as much as anyone… but switching to tea has made me easier to live with (or, at least, that’s what my hubby says, LOL).  I love this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt:  “A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”.

Details

Because it worked so well on the first card, I used a lattice rectangle again, with a white rectangle inside.  A bit of patterned paper with teacups, matted in pink, runs along the bottom. The tea bag and tea cup were actually stamped separately, and then colored with Prismacolors, blended with odorless mineral spirits, and adhered separately.  I also added a few enamel dots from the kit.

Wrapping It Up

And now, I think I’ll go make myself a lovely cup of Vanilla Caramel tea.  That’s going to do it for today’s post… and possibly, for a couple of weeks.  I’m going to take a brief blog break, so that I can prepare to embark on a new and exciting paper-crafting adventure.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy crafting!

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somewhere on a beach… sunset card

Handmade card with a sunset beach scene.

Somewhere on a beach…

Today, I’m sharing a fun card I made at the request of a friend (the awesomely talented photographer, and all-around amazing person, Courtney Ropp – her Instagram feed is incredible!) 🙂  She asked for a beach scene, so I asked “blue sky, or sunset?”.  She chose a sunset card… or, I suppose, since we’re in Florida, it’s really a sunrise, isn’t it?  I guess I’m still a California girl at heart.  😉

Lots of Ink

I started with just plain, white cardstock, cut to 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″, and got out my collection of Distress Inks.  Just using a piece of scratch paper, I masked off the bottom half so I could start with the sky, and add the ocean later.  I will confess that this wasn’t my first attempt (I still struggle with ink-blending) but I’m pretty happy with the end result.  This card turned out a lot more “vibrant” than I originally planned, but I think it works.  It’s easier to get a good blend with a lot of color, than it is with a lighter touch.  I just went from a yellow, to a red, to a blue, overlapping and going back with more ink until I was happy with it.

The Ocean

Then, I moved my mask – this time, covering the sky so I could color the sea.  For the water, I just blended a few different shades of blue.  In hindsight, I’m thinking that my ocean needs something, but I’m not quite sure what (and it’s too late now, LOL).  The sun was applied afterwards – just a punched circle with the bottom cut off.  I inked it with a brighter yellow, and gave it a good coat of Shimmer Spritz – it’s sparkly, in real life.  The whole “scene” was then die-cut, using a stitched rectangles die.

The Scene

The little island came next – a separate piece of cardstock, with sand-colored ink blended over it.  The bottom was die-cut with the same stitched rectangle die, and the top was just fussy-cut into a sort of hill shape.  I added specs with a black pen, and a couple of different gold glitter gel pens to give it some “texture”.  All of the other pieces were stamped, colored with Prismacolor pencils, blended with odorless mineral spirits, and fussy-cut out, before being glued onto the card.  I added some glitter gel pen accents to the seashells.

Some Tips:

When you go for bright colors, as I did here, the last little detail makes a really big difference:  go around each fussy-cut image with a black brush-tipped marker.  It’s not my original idea, of course (a number of talented card-makers have suggested it in their tutorials), but it just might be my favorite tip ever.  🙂  Also, when it comes to adding a hint of glitter, don’t be afraid to use your generic gel pens.  The oh-so-popular Wink of Stella glitter pens are awesome, but even the cheapest, deal-of-the-day gel pen pack can really add a little sparkle.

Wrapping It Up

That’s it for today!  I’ve got a couple of Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit cards to share with you soon, and then, some big changes are in the works.  Stay tuned – lots of excitement yet to come!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

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more ink-blended cards

Emboss-resist birthday card, with pastel distress inks.

More Ink-Blended Cards

I recently got on a bit of a Distress Ink-blending kick (as shown in an earlier post), and I now have a few more ink-blended cards to share.  For this first card, I used the heat emboss resist technique.  I started with some flourish stamps and VersaMark ink, and some clear embossing powder.  I stamped and embossed a few flourishes on a piece of white cardstock (PTI).  I then chose some softer ink colors, and blended them over my design – the embossed areas “resist” the ink, so the design shines through.  This time, I really wanted a “softer” look, and while my blending skills still need work, I’m happy with how this one turned out.  It’s hard to go wrong with purple, pink and blue.  😀

Finishing Touches

I sprayed some shimmer mist over the entire blended piece, which added a little sparkle .  The shine is really pretty in real life, but it’s hard to photograph.  Here’s a slightly better look:

Emboss-resist birthday card, with pastel distress inks.The sentiment was die-cut several times and layered – I think four or five black pieces, with one white piece attached slightly off-center.  I first tried the sentiment in black, but it just looked too stark, so I tried white, but it was too hard to read.  This seemed to be the ideal solution. 🙂   I rounded one corner, but it still felt incomplete.  I thought that maybe just some Enamel Accents dots in the lower right-hand corner would help balance things, but…

Fixing a Mistake

it didn’t work.  It was a learning lesson, though.  When you put Enamel Accents over heat-embossing, it appears to sort of spread – it doesn’t retain it’s nice, round shape.  I was able to scrape it off, but it left me with a bit of a booboo on my card.  You know what that means, right?  It’s time to embellish!  I really didn’t want to add a new color to this card, so I just punched a couple of flowers from black and white, and layered them – the top flower has some of that shimmer mist on it.  Problem solved.  🙂

Next up, I tried inking some panels with just one or two colors of ink.  It doesn’t sound all that different than using colored cardstock, but if you vary the amount of ink, and you flick some water here and there, you can get a nice watercolor effect.Distress Ink Blending.

I used that brown piece to cut out some tree branches, the red-ish piece for some flowers, and a green piece (not shown above) for some leaves.  All those elements, along with a die-cut sentiment gave me this card:

Next, I tried purple, and ended up with this:

Thinking of You card with purple flowers.

Back to Rainbows

While those cards are okay, in the end, I had to go back to the rainbows.  Here’s how a similar design looks, but with multi-colored flowers:

Thinking of You card, with rainbow flowers.

Yeah, I think that last one is my favorite.  What do you think?

Okay, that’s enough ink blending for a while… I think… maybe… LOL.  Thanks so much for stopping by my crafty little blog!  And please don’t be “bashful” – send me a note, or leave a comment.  I’d love to hear from you!  I’m still trying to find my “tribe”.  I can’t be the only bashful optimistic vegan obsessive-compulsive cat-mommy kid-at-heart card-maker out there, can I?  🙂

Have a beautiful, wonderful, colorful day!

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crabby cat card

Crabby Cat handmade card, using Tim Holtz' Crazy Cats and Lawn Fawn's Life is Good stamp sets.

Crabby Cat:

I had so much fun with Tim Holtz’ Crazy Cats, and Lawn Fawn’s mice (Have a Mice Birthday card), that I thought I’d try another, similar card.  This time, I used Lawn Fawn’s Life is Good seaside-themed stamps to make this crabby cat card.  It probably needs a better sentiment – I struggled with that part – but once I got the general idea, the other pieces went together pretty easily.

The Critters:

I started by stamping the crazy cat, and the various crabs, seashells, and sand bucket, on white cardstock.  Prismacolor pencils and OMS give them their color.  I felt like the cat needed something to stand on, but I couldn’t find the right stamp, so I just drew an upside-down boat shape with a ruler and black pen, and colored it with Prismacolors as well.  Each piece was carefully fussy-cut, and the edges were all inked in black.

The Background:

For the background, I used Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Rectangles die to cut out a piece of white cardstock.  I die-cut a couple of clouds from Post-it notes, so I could mask off a bit of the sky.  Some gentle ink blending created the sky and the sand.  I also added just some little dots of a gold glitter gel pen and a black pen, to give the sand some texture.  All of the critters’ eyes have dabs of Enamel Accents, the seashells have a bit of glitter from a gel pen, and the sand bucket has a coating of Glossy Accents for some shine.  Here’s more of a close-up:

Crabby Cat handmade card, using Tim Holtz' Crazy Cats and Lawn Fawn's Life is Good stamp sets.

(And just a little tip on gel pens… I absolutely love the Wink of Stella glitter pens, but they aren’t cheap, and mine is completely dry.  However, I have a ton of super-bargain-discount colored glitter gel pens that often work as a reasonable-if-not-quite-the-same substitute.) 

Putting it All Together:

I took my boat shape and ran it through my die-cutter with the same Stitched Rectangles die, so it would match the background piece.  Then, I just arranged all the pieces, and glued everything down.  Adding the Enamel Accent eyes, and drawing in the cat’s whiskers, were the last steps.  (Those little items would have been a challenge to fussy-cut, so this was a perfect solution.)

Sentiment?

So-not-into-cards hubby says it should say “Be happy, not crabby.”  Try as I might, I can’t come up with anything better.  What do you think – what sentiment would you use on this card?  Please let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear your ideas!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a happy-not-crabby day!

 

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inked rainbow cards

Birthday cards made with a Distress Ink blended background.

Inking rainbows

Ever get on a technique kick, and you just want to keep going?  That’s what happened when I pulled out my Distress Inks, and decided to practice my blending.  I started out with one piece of watercolor cardstock, die-cut the sentiment and heart, and managed to make two inked rainbow cards by using both the positive and negative pieces.

The blending went okay, but I was a bit disappointed with these two cards… so I pulled out my inks again, and decided to give it another try… and then another.  (Talk about inky fingers!  I made such a mess, LOL.)  I don’t have a whole lot of watercolor paper (probably need to do something about that), and I had a feeling I was going to need quite a few more pieces, so I switched to just plain white cardstock for the rest of my attempts.  (Most of them, I believe, are on Papertrey Ink’s Stamper’s Select cardstock.)

Ink blending with Distress Inks.
Ink-blending example – Tim Holtz Distress Inks on Papertrey Ink Stamper’s Select cardstock.

Some things I learned:

I still have a long way to go to get the kind of results that my card-making heroes get, but I did learn a few things.  There’s no doubt about it – it’s easier to blend colors on watercolor paper.  You can use a lot more water (obviously), and that really helps with the blending.  However, you can get more vivid colors on regular cardstock (if that’s what you’re going for).  Creating water spots for that water-color look, though, works perfectly fine on regular cardstock (as seen above).  Also, if you feel that your blended piece looks a little too splotchy or not blended well, it will be much less noticeable if you use that piece for making die-cuts – the smaller pieces make even a bad blend-job look good.  🙂

Distress ink rainbow card.

A Rainbow Hello:

For my next card (above), I die-cut a flower outline from my ink-blended paper.  Cutting the same flower from white cardstock, I used the inlayed die-cut technique to create my focal piece.  I added some hearts, and a hello sentiment, also cut from the same inked piece.  Some Glossy Accents on the hearts, and a bit of Baker’s Twine finishes this off.  The flower piece is adhered with foam adhesive, and the whole card-front is attached to a blue card-base.  (I haven’t used it yet, but I did save the die-cut rainbow flower outline, to use later.)

Ink-blended butterfly birthday card.

Rainbow Butterflies:

And last but not least, I pulled out a design I’ve done before, but this time, all of the pieces were cut from some ink-blended paper.  I just cut off a strip, die-cut some butterflies from it, and used both the strip and the individual butterflies on the upper left-hand corner.   The sentiment was also cut from the rainbow paper.  After tying a bit of Baker’s Twine around the butterfly strip, I adhered that to a swirly-embossed piece of white cardstock.  Four of the butterflies are just glued right onto the embossed piece with dots of liquid glue, but the largest of the bunch is popped up with foam.  (I actually just die-cut the same butterfly from white foam, and glued it to the butterfly, and the background.  It gives a much “cleaner” look, and it’s actually easier to do than trying to cut up tiny pieces of foam tape.)

More to come

I actually didn’t stop there – just had to keep on ink-blending… but the rest will have to wait for a future post.  So, do you have any ink-blending advice for me?

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a happy rainbow kind of day!

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have a mice birthday – birthday card

Have a Mice Birthday - Birthday Card

Crazy Cats and Christmas Mice…

For today’s birthday card, I broke all the rules.  Yup – I mixed Tim Holtz with Lawn Fawn (two very different styles), and I turned Christmas mice into birthday mice.  I think this poor Crazy Cat is not at all happy with me right now, LOL.

Mixing Stamps:

I started this card by stamping some of Tim Holtz’ Crazy Cats cats, and some of Lawn Fawn’s Merry Christmouse mice on white cardstock, and colored them with my Prismacolor pencils, blended with OMS.  Then I fussy-cut everything out, inked the edges, and played around with some arrangement ideas.  While some of the images in the Christmouse set are definitely Christmas-y, the mice by themselves are just… well… mice.  🙂  And the cheesy present looks as much like a birthday present as a Christmas present, at least to me.  The mouse sitting on the cat’s head was actually peeking out of a stocking, so I just removed the stocking with my trusty scissors.

Creating the Background:

For the sentiment, I just mixed up some words from two different stamp sets.  The background is made up of two pieces of Lawn Fawn patterned paper.  I just hand-cut a piece of the blue-ish paper to sort of “fit” my scene (so the cat and mice would have something to sit on), glued it to the other paper, and then cut out the whole piece with a stitched rectangle die.  (Arranging all of the pieces before I glued everything down really helped with this step.)  Then I stamped the cat and two of the mice on this background piece, so that I could get the tails and whiskers, without having to fussy-cut out those thin lines.  (The little guy on the cat’s head has a hand-drawn tail – the stamp wouldn’t have worked here, so I improvised.)

Sentiment and Balloon:

I stamped the sentiment, and masked off the words, then stamped the string for the balloon.  (I’m on the fence about this.  The string lines right up with that mouse’s tail.  Do you think I should add a bow, so it looks like it’s tied onto his tail?)  The balloon itself, though, didn’t go so well.  Some Wink of Stella and a nice coat of Glossy Accents would have been my first choice, but sadly, my glitter pen is dry as a bone.  Instead, I pulled out some Star Dust Stickles and hoped for the best.  This is definitely NOT the same thing.  In the end, I had to perform a bit of card surgery by scraping off most of the Stickles, and then coating the whole balloon with Glossy Accents.  After all that fussing, it did warp a bit, but it’s going to have to do.

Finishing Touches:

The “mouse hat”, the present and the balloon were all adhered with rolled up glue-dots, for just a touch of dimension.  (I like to do this when foam seems like too much, but I still want the images raised a tiny bit.) Everything else was glued flat onto the background.  I added some Enamel Accents to all the critters’ eyes, to make them pop, and then adhered the whole panel to my card-base with foam.  Here’s a close-up:  Have a Mice Birthday - birthday card.

So, what do you think?  Did this work?  Do you think these different styles can get along together?  Are you a card rebel, too?

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’d love to see what all of you are creating, too.  Leave a comment, or send me a note, and I’ll leave some love on your blog, too!  Have a super wonderful day!

Supplies:

(Sorry… some of the items are no longer available, but there are many similar ones.  The mice are from the Lawn Fawn Merry Christmouse stamp set, the patterned paper is from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 paper pad.)

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snow much thanks – thank you card

Snow Much Thanks, thank you card using Simon Says Stamp's January 2017 Card Kit.

Happy New Year!

Happy 2017!  I love the idea of starting out each new year with a note of gratitude, so,  thank you so much to everyone who has followed my blog, pinned my images, visited me on Facebook or Instagram, or just had a nice thought about me.  😀  And thank you to all of the amazing card-making bloggers out there that inspire me every day.  I love being a part of this awesome card-making community!  There’s this wonderful Blog Hop going on right now called Season’s Givings Blog Hop, with all sorts of thank you gifts for fans and followers.  My blog isn’t quite there yet, but someday, I’ll be doing thank you giveaways, too!  (In the meantime, I can at least share the link to this awesome hop.)

Card Kit:

Simon Says Stamp’s January 2017 Card Kit is perfect for thank you cards, and because it includes these gorgeous, wintery sequins, I just had to make a shaker card.  This time, I decided to start by making a shaker tag which I then adhered to the card.

The Tag:

I started with a small-ish scrap of white cardstock, and used my blender tool and some distress ink in Faded Jeans.  I just did an overall blend with that one color, and then sort of threw some water drops at it, to create a bit of a watercolor effect.  From that blue piece, I die-cut a heart from the lower center, and heat-embossed the little sentiment.  For the window, I just used a leftover piece of laminate;  I have a laminator that I use for various things, and the leftover bits are perfect for these windows – super clear, and nice & sturdy… and cheap!  🙂  The shaker window is popped up with a double-layer of fun foam, and it’s filled with sequins from the card kit, as well as some misc. coordinating sequins from my stash.  A piece of Baker’s Twine finishes off the tag.

Card Base:

For the card-base, I started with a piece of the cornflower blue paper from the card kit, cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using the awesome Frozen Fractals stamp set and the Delicata white shimmer ink, also from the kit, I stamped a bunch of snowflakes.  I attached this to a white card-base, and glued the tag on top.  It seemed like it still needed “something”, so I added some dots of white Enamel Accents.

The Inside:

I’m not so good about sharing my insides, but I did remember to catch a photo of this one:  Snow Much Thanks - thank you card, inside.

To coordinate with the outside, I inked the edges of my message piece with the same Faded Jeans distress ink, and I also attached the heart left over from my die-cut tag. 

Wishing everyone a totally awesome 2017!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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hello 2017! happy new year card

Happy New Year card 2017

Hello 2017

Just a quick post today, to share a new year card, and to wish everyone a nice big happy sparkly New Year!  They say that “with age comes wisdom”.  Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case for me – I know a whole lot LESS than I used to, LOL.  However, I have definitely become happier and more optimistic.  Every cloud has a silver lining – I really believe that.  And the most beautiful and incredible opportunities often come out of the most challenging circumstances.

Cinderella?

(Hmmm… sort of like Cinderella, don’t you think?  I didn’t plan this when I took the photo, but I’d have to say that Cinderella was also quite an optimist.  Anyone who can put up with her step-family, and still sing while she scrubs, is pretty positive in my book.  And she certainly got her happy ending.)  🙂

The card:

For a New Year’s Welcome, I figured that you had to have lots and lots of sparkle.  And that’s what I did for this card. Here’s a close-up view, so you can see what I mean:Happy New Year card 2017

I liked the idea of a dramatic black card-base, but I went a little crazy adding Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder.  Using a couple of stamps and a stencil, I added fireworks all over a piece of black cardstock, cut slightly smaller than my card-base.  Then I die-cut the big “hello” from it, and put a piece of pink glitter cardstock underneath it.  I added the year, die-cut from that same pink glitter cardstock.

The finishing touch:

I tried this piece on several different colored card bases, but they all seemed to dull the bling somehow, so I decided to stick with basic black.  But that still wasn’t good enough, so I covered the edges of my card-base with Versamark Ink and heat-embossed yet more Iridescent Sparkle on all four sides.  The final touch was adding the design on top using some black foam.  I love that I could add dimension, without adding that peak of white from the side.  You can’t even see the foam: Happy New Year card 2017

Here’s hoping that 2017 brings all of us lots of joy and laughter, and happy crafty time!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and Happy New Year!

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Note:  Fireworks stencil was from an old Simon Says Stamp card kit, and appears to be no longer available, but there are many others that are quite similar.  Also, the numbers – 2017 – were cut with an old Sizzix die (Doodle Dots), which appears to be unavailable… but again, you could use any number dies for this.

a holiday scene card

Creating a holiday scene on a card.

Creating a Scene:

I had so much fun creating this holiday scene card!  I loved moving all the pieces around, and adding all of the little touches. Seriously, it’s like paper dolls for grown-ups.  😀  This wasn’t a quick, easy card, but it wasn’t complicated, either.  The main tools were Kraft cardstock, colored pencils, and good scissors.

The Kit:

I started with Simon Says Stamp’s Merry and Bright stamp set, from the December 2016 Card Kit.  (The kit is sold out, but the stamps are available separately.)  I wanted more than just one reindeer, though, so I started going through all of my stamps, looking for some compatible critters. Okay, so these aren’t quite all to scale (hedgehogs and reindeer aren’t usually about the same size, LOL), but maybe the deer is sitting farther back?  And clearly, he’s just a baby reindeer.

Coloring Critters:

I took all of my stamps – various critters, some presents, the tree, a few accessories – and stamped everything a couple of times on Kraft cardstock.  At this point, I wasn’t at all sure about the layout, so I gave myself plenty of images to work with.  I colored everything with my colored pencils, and added a few accents with Stickles glitter glue, Enamel Accents, and various gel pens, as well as adding baubles to the tree with Nuvo Crystal Drops.  After everything was colored, I cut out each item separately and went around each one with a black brush-tip marker, to give them a more defined edge.  And then the fun started.  🙂

The Fun Part:

Starting with a Kraft card-base, I started arranging my tree and various critters.  There were quite a few items that didn’t make it to the card, but I wanted to be sure I had options (and all those other items can be used on a future card).  Once I had my card “staged”, I set aside the images and worked on the background.  In hindsight, I should have snapped a picture of my plan before I moved everything, but it all worked out okay.

The Background:

I white heat-embossed the sentiment, and added some “snow” with white pigment ink and some various small circle stamps.  The heart of this card was a gathering of different animals, but to fit this many critters on a standard-size card, I needed to create some layers, so they all had something to stand on.  The blanket of snow on the bottom of the card has three separate layers, just made of white cardstock and hand-cut.  There was a lot of “fussing” involved, to make sure that things lined up like I wanted them to, but that was part of the fun.  🙂  It’s hard to see the layers in the above photo, so here’s a different view:Creating a scene with rubber stamps - a holiday card.

 

 

 

A Few Misc. Notes…

  • The tree was actually stamped directly on the card-base, before I glued on the colored version.  This gave me the ability to just cut straight along the sides of the tree, but still get the look of those strands wrapping around it.
  • The bunny stamp actually has a crazy-long scarf – I just cut it down to fit the card.
  • Some of the animals had sort of “closed” eyes.  I wanted them to be all “bright-eyed”, so all of them have dots of Enamel Accents on their eyes (except the cardinal, who has a dot from a white gel pen).
  • The bird’s legs were hand-drawn.  He’s standing on just a very small piece of a much larger tree branch die-cut.
  • The hedgehog’s hat, the sheep’s scarf, and the the reindeer’s candy cane were all separate stamps that I layered.
  • The presents all have glittery gel-pen accents, but it’s not showing up well in the photo.

Wrapping It Up:

Okay, I think that about covers it.  I used a combination of adhesives – liquid, foam, glue dots – to adhere everything together.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.  I am WAY too slow at this type of card to film a video tutorial – but maybe someday.  Until then, I’ll be happy to answer any questions.

Well, it’s time for me to turn off the computer, and go bake some cookies.  Wishing you all a Very Merry and Bright Christmas, a Super Happy Hanukkah, a Beautiful Kwanza, a Cheery Winter Solstice, and/or anything else I missed.  Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful holiday!

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some quick & easy card kit cards

Simon Says Stamp's December 2016 Card Kit cards.

The Kit:

It seems that Simon Says Stamp’s December 2016 Card Kit was so popular that it sold out wickedly fast – so fast, in fact, that there was a delay for many regular monthly subscribers, myself included.  But no worries – all the products I used for these card kit cards are still available individually.  It’s probably too late to send out any of these cards and have them arrive before Christmas… but fortunately Christmas will come back around next year.  🙂  Late or not, though, I just had to play around with this kit while I’m still feeling this holiday spirit.

Quick and Easy:

I wanted to start out with just some super quick and easy cards – I wasn’t quite ready to delve into any serious stamping and coloring (but you will see some of that in my next post).  These cards are what make kits such a great deal, especially for anyone who’s a bit creatively challenged, or just likes a little help now and then.  Everything matches, and you can whip up easy-peasy cards in no time.  These three are using a technique I’ve used before (see here for an example).  I just picked out a few of the patterned papers, and sliced them up into 1/2″ strips, and glued them together on a piece of scrap cardstock.

I used the “busiest” patterns for the strips, and then cut up some of the sheets with small, separate designs to use as accents on my cards.  This particular set of paper has some great images for that.  All of the sentiments and images are from that one paper pack (Here Comes Santa Claus, by Doodlebug – link below).

Card Number 1:

Simon Says Stamp December 2016 Card Kit card.

This first card includes a raised tag with some presents.  The image was already drawn with a nice, shaped border.  It just happened to match up pretty well with my Spellbinders Labels Eight dies, so I chose a die slightly larger, and created a matching white base.  I also cut out the sentiment from the patterned paper, and matted it in white.  Both elements were then added to my striped background with foam adhesive.

Card Number 2:

Simon Says Stamp December 2016 Card Kit card.

 

This second card is probably my favorite – those reindeer are just so stinkin’ cute!  I did pretty much the same thing for this card – just changed the orientation, and instead of a die-cut, I just gave the image a rectangular mat, and rounded all of the corner.  The striped background is matted with white, and glued onto a Kraft card base.  I also added a bit of Baker’s Twine.

Card Number 3:

Simon Says Stamp December 2016 Card Kit card.And last but not least, we’ve got a Santa card.  Here, I just gave the cut-out image a simple mat, punched a hole in the upper left-hand corner, added an eyelet, and tied on some Baker’s Twine.  I also added that extra mat for the striped background, which I think helps give it a more finished look.

That’s it for today, but I’ll be posting one more holiday card before Santa makes his rounds.  You know, I think this is the first time I’ve actually gotten a jump on Christmas cards.  Maybe that’s the trick – always make them an entire year in advance… during the holiday season when you’re feeling Christmas-y, but you don’t have to worry about getting them mailed in time.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Holidays!

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