I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last post! It’s been a crazy spring season here in North Dakota. The state saw two major blizzards go through, one in the western part of the state that brought down power lines with many homes not having power for almost a month…I can’t even image. The eastern part of the state has seen more rain than they can handle and flood conditions continue. Hopefully the rains will continue for areas in our state that would in severe drought for most of the past year.
Enough of the weather report – on to card details. I’m not typically a fan of peonies (it’s the ants) but I really liked Honeybee Stamps new lovely layers peony and thought I’d give them a try. These were so easy to color up using SSS Pawsitively Saturated Inks. I started out die cutting Neenah 80# white cardstock and ink blended with blender brushes. I assembled my card and had colored cardstock left over from the frame and card base and wondered how it would work to add highlights to colored cardstock to make the flowers; the results can be seen on the other two cards. To add a bit of interest, I added some gold spatters to the two colored-cardstock flowers.
The design paper is from Nitwit Collections Spring Wellies. Each card has it’s own die-cut sentiment with a inner verse appropriate to use the cards for upcoming weddings. A few HBS gems completed the cards.
How pretty are these pretty colors from Nitwit Collections newest release – Gnomes Spring Collection? The colors remind me of spring time and I thought they’d make the perfect backdrop to make a few cheery cards.
As I write this post, Mother Nature has decided to play a few tricks on us and bring winter back. Starting tomorrow, the weatherman is forecasting blizzard conditions for the next three days with anywhere from 12-24 inches of snow and 50 mph winds. Don’t they know Easter is this weekend???
Here’s some close-up of the cards, details for products are at the end of the post.
Want to try a quick and easy background for your stamps? Well, I think this just might be the answer. A few years ago, it seemed like all of the card designers were using Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors on their cards. So what did I do, of course I had to buy some too. I played with them a bit but I never got the hang of water coloring with them so they’ve been sitting on a shelf ever since then. I decided to dust them off and give them a try but this time using them in a more abstract way and I LOVE the effect it gave for my background paper. I lightly misted some Canson watercolor paper and brushed on watercolor using three different colors and blended them together.
After the panels had dried, I stamped the image and added clear embossing powder and heat set it so the ink wouldn’t bleed – not sure if it would but I didn’t want to take a chance; besides it gave a really nice finish to the image. I spent most of my time trying to decide what sentiment to add to each of the cards. What could have/should have been a 30-minute process took me a couple of hours. A few small heart embellishments were added to finish off each of the cards.
Happy April to You! Slowly but surely, spring is trying to arrive here in North Dakota, temps are finally getting a bit warmer and with any luck we may actually receive some April showers.
I pulled out my Big Pickup stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps to make a few Father’s Day cards. I initially planned to make these into birthday cards but opted to repurpose them in to Father’s Day cards – June will be here before one knows it.
I pulled design papers from 6×6″ paper packs from Honey Bee Stamps along with a few scraps left from previous projects to make the backgrounds. I stamped the Big Pickup Tailgate stamp on the inside of the card and added the Father’s Day Sentiment to the tailgate of the pickup cutting it out with a corresponding die for the set. The stamp set has lots of great sentiments to be stamped for the license plate to personalize your card.
Here are some close-ups for you to see the detail.
A couple of cards to share with you today using Honey Bee Stamps Bad Influence stamp and die set. Growing up I lived on a pig farm so I’ve always had a fondness for pig images and this one with his head crooked to the side is so cute! I used Memorabilia digital papers from Nitwit Collections and used the same layout for the cards just switching up the patterned papers and design elements. All of the sentiments are part of the stamp and die set.
A couple of days ago, I pulled out some new stencils and SSS Pawsitively Saturated Ink pads and played with a variety of color combinations and techniques. The background papers just sat on my desk waiting for some inspiration to hit. Luckily for me, I stumbled across a YouTube video Jennifer McGuire recently did and it helped to give me the push to complete the cards in this post.
Here are close-ups for each of the cards along with a few details to create each of the cards:
I chose to use the darkest of the colors from SSS and sponged them over the SSS Grid stencil. To contract the bright colors, I opted for all white decorative elements using SSS Etched Crocus dies and a thank you die from MFT (no longer available).
The two cards were made using Gina K Designs Hello and Love Bundled Stencil kits. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the newly released Let’s Celebrate kit.
Who said clovers need to be green? I sponged on inks onto the new Lawn Fawn Clover Background stencil using two different color palettes. I really like using layered stencils as it lets me bring in other colors without thinking too hard what goes where. The card on the left, I added a couple of adorable koala bears (love the mirror images) and the card on the right was made from MFT Fluttering Butterflies dies (no longer available).
For the last set of cards, I used Spellbinder’s Grid embossing folder and inked the folder prior to running the cardstock through the Big Shot. The card on the right and card on the bottom I used a rainbow of colors on the embossing folder prior to running it through the die cutting machine creating a pastel background. The card on the left, I used various green colors to ink the embossing folder but after running it through the Big Shot I wanted a deeper, more intense color so I ink blended over the raised embossing. The small butterfly is from the smallest from an etched trio of butterflies from Memory Box.
Have you ever wondered how different a card might look by choosing different coloring methods and changing up a few design elements? I decided to take Altenew’s Seasonal Blooms Kit. Below each card, I’ll share more specifics for how it was created.
I used Canson watercolor paper to stamp on with embossing ink and heat set with gold powder on the left and white powder on the right card. Thinking of You was colored with copic markers and Big Hugs was colored by stamping SSS Pawsitively Saturated Inks on a non-porous surface and blended out with a waterbrush. The sentiments and dragonflies are from Honey Bee Stamps.
I started off stamping the images with Memento black ink on to Strathmore Bristol smooth paper. The card on the left was colored with copic markers and the card on the right I Zig watercolor markers. I had a bit of bleeding on the right card but I think it still looks okay. The sentiments are from Simon Says Stamp and the dragonfly is from Honey Bee Stamps.
After finishing my cards, I realized there is also an embossing folder that coordinates with this stamp set – I just may need to go back and give it a try in the next few days.
Whenever I get a new stamp and die set, I like to set up my MISTI and stamp a lot of die cuts at one time. I typically will stamp and die cut 8-12 of each of the images – I find by doing this I save a lot of time when I get around to making a card. I purchased a tool organizer at our local hardware store to save the images; I started out with one organizer and now I’m up to 4 with each organizer able to store 40 different stamp sets.
I started out printing background papers to make 4 cards from Nitwit Collections Lavender design set. I originally planned to make 4 cards with the same layout but soon realized one of the papers needed to be in a landscape orientation so I made a bonus card.
Here are close-ups for each of the cards – all stamps and dies are from Honey Bee Stamps:
I went out of my comfort zone and didn’t use any pattern on my background paper, I wanted the sentiment to be the focal point. I started with Simon Says Stamp’s Cosmo flower die cutting it once for the white outline and then again with pattern papers that were inlaid into the sections. For the flowers, I ink-blended SSS Pawsitively Inks on white cardstock and then die cut the paper for the petals. It took a bit of time but I find it relaxing to do.
I added a sentiment circle that I popped up with a foam dot to each of the flowers and followed up with a corresponding sentiment that was designed using Photoshop Elements. I matted the block with black cardstock to make the images pop.
I have a huge stash of colored cardstock that I am working at using up. I pulled colors of cardstock that were found in the flowers, I really like how the colored cardstock makes the image pop!
I realized after making some card earlier for teachers that I didn’t use my new a+ CZ Designs die so I hope you don’t mind seeing a few more cards to thank our educators who do more than teach the ABC’s to our children.
I started by taking a plain piece of copy paper and lined it with a sheet of double-sided adhesive. I peeled back the adhesive and placed strips of cardstock at a diagonal. To make the strips, I die cut the strips with SSS Strip Wafer 2 dies – makes for a nice clean edge and all of the strips are the same width. I die cut the a+ and a backing paper for each of the dies. I also die cut narrower strips using Easy Strip 1/8″ Taylored Expressions die and made one sheet of diagonal paper and with the leftovers I made a horizontal piece of paper.
Here’s some close-ups and a few details for each card: