Let’s get this out of the way – this DEFO should’ve been a congratulations card. Everyone who looks at it thinks it’s a congratulations card. But I decided to be awkward and stick a birthday sentiment on it, so it’s a birthday card.
First, I die-cut this champagne glass die (free gift from Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine) 4 times – twice from vellum and twice from gold glitter paper. I trimmed off the top part with bubbles of the gold and stuck that to the vellum glasses, which were kept intact.
I then cut black cardstock to just under 6″x4″ and stamped this birthday quote in Versamark ink. It’s a clear ink so you can add whatever colour embossing powder you like over it. I embossed with Ranger ‘Enchanted Gold’ powder and then laid it all over more gold glitter paper, which I trimmed down to leave a small border.
Then I stuck the champagne flutes down with double-sided foam (you can see a bit of it here, but I did fix it when I noticed!) and stuck the whole thing on to a 6×4 blank card with double-sided tape.
So I recently discovered the full amazingness of the Gorjuss collection from Santoro London. I’d walked past these paper pads and other stationery items before but for some reason I’d never looked properly at them. Today, however, I went shopping and made a beeline for this section after the brand came to my attention on YouTube.
I also bought the Memento Tuxedo Black ink, which I’d heard great things about, and was really impressed with the crisp image I got (above). I decided to stamp the girl with the bunny as I loved my pink bunny toy as a child and immediately thought of an idea for a Mother’s Day card when I saw the stamp set.
I watercoloured the little girl with Distress Inks (Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge & Gathered Twigs), then fussy-cut her out leaving a white border.
I used some vintage-style paper from a 6×6 paper pad (sorry, not sure on the brand) and cut this to the same size as my blank card. Then I trimmed down a strip of normal white card and stamped these sentiments. The ‘to my special Mother’ is from Clearly Besotted’s ‘Fresh Flowers’ stamp set, and the longer sentiment below is from Mama Elephant’s ‘Bear Hugs’ stamp set.
I also blended around the edges of the white strip with Antique Linen to add to the aged look of the card. Then I popped the Gorjuss girl up on some double-sided foam tape and attached.
I got a few other Gorjuss stamps today plus some other bits, and have a couple of deliveries due soon so will hopefully be putting up a ‘haul’ post in the next few days.
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I recently got some Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese watercolour paints and wanted to give them a go with these lovely Clearly Besotted flower stamps.
First, I masked off the edges of my Ranger watercolour card and I stamped the flower images using Versamark onyx black ink (in retrospect I should probably have used a dye ink since this did bleed in some places). I then used a normal black ballpoint pen to add longer stems and an extra leaf to the flowers, as otherwise it would’ve looked like they were floating in mid-air.
I did some very basic watercolouring as I’m only a beginner – as you can see, I’ve tried to do some shading, but I think I need more practice! Then I did a grey-black background and peeled off the masking tape.
Next, to create the mosaic effect, I used my paper trimer to cut the final image into 6 pieces that I then arranged on the page until I was happy with the layout. I used double-sided tape to stick them all down on my blank card.
The ‘fabulous friend’ sentiment is from a Clearly Besotted stamp set but I can’t find it on their site so it might be discontinued. I stamped this on white card and then coloured in some Anita’s vellum paper with a purple Copic marker and mounted the sentiment on top. Then I cut around the edge with some craft scissors to get the wavy edge.
Finally, I covered all of the flower petals in clear Wink of Stella and then went over this with some Glossy Accents and left that to dry.
Just to let everyone know, I’ve created an Etsy store where I’ll be selling some of my handmade cards!
You may have noticed I’ve been quiet on here recently, but I’m hoping to get back in the game soon. Christmas is coming and I’ve been crafting all over the place.
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My two favourite dog breeds are dachshunds, which are everywhere in the stamping world, and staffies, which are much harder to get hold of – ironic since it’s the other way around in the dog world! Staffies are everywhere on the streets, and have a bad reputation which is completely undeserved. They are loving and loyal and remember – there are no bad dogs, only bad owners.
Our family dog has the same name as me – Emma – as she was a rescue dog so we didn’t get to name her ourselves. So we call her Emmadog to differentiate! I wanted to colour this stamp so that it looked like Emmadog, who is a kind of mottled black and brown, except now she is around 19 years old so is mostly grey in the face.
I used Spectrum Noir markers and Gamsol to colour the image, which I then fussy-cut out and put to one side.
This paw-print paper came from my local craft store and was my starting point for this card. I love the masculine colours and thought they would be great for a father’s day card. First I cut down the red and gold to the size I wanted and then stuck it to the black card and trimmed around it so I had the border how I wanted (I did mess up a little bit on the left side!), then die-cut the stitched white rectangle and stuck that to the same black card.
I used the scraps left over to make the banner and the btw in the middle that her paw is hanging over. Finally, I stamped ‘happy dad’s day’ next to the dog.
‘Happy Dad’s Day’ sentiment stamp & Large Stitched Rectangles dies – lawnfawn.com
Staffordshire bull terrier unmounted stamp – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Staffordshire-Terrier-Unmounted-Stamp-SP000824/dp/B00MNPO934
Spectrum Noir coloured pencils – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/spectrum-noir-pencil-nature-24-pack/599631-1003?gclid=Cj0KEQjwkIurBRDwoZfi1bGCxocBEiQAmcs-erpZv5hDazxLXIytHeYSRzO4j6sDx9iJ7EwYI_Zb22caAt_98P8HAQ
Sometimes I think I might use puns a bit too much…
This little bear, just look at him. He’s such a cutie. That little sad face. I wanted him to look kind of tatty so I coloured him all in greys, keeping the texture a little less smooth than I would normally try to go for. Then I centred him on a piece of white card and stamped my sentiment around him in Jessie’s ABCs stamps from Lawn Fawn.
Once I’d done this, I stuck the white card on some patterned paper and trimmed it down so that it left a border. Putting that aside, I ruled some lines in ballpoint pen across a blank card.
This is the first time I’ve used my own handwriting on a card! I don’t mind the effect but definitely need more practice.
Single teddy bear clear stamp & Spectrum Noir coloured pencils – www.hobbycraft.co.uk
Jessie’s ABCs stamps – www.lawnfawn.com
Tiny Tatty Teddy patterned paper – therange.co.uk
I bought this stamp in the sale months ago and have never used it because I couldn’t work out what sort of card it would work for, as I don’t make Easter cards. But he was just so cute, I had to buy him! So in the spirit of my No New Products challenge, I forced myself to just stamp him and see what happened.
I’m really pleased with how he came out. The colouring was done with Spectrum Noir pencils, which I would usually blend with Gamsol but this time I decided to run my white pencil over it afterwards to blend instead.
He looks gorgeous in that little lamb outfit, and I haven’t gone for a sentiment because I still wasn’t sure what occasion it would be for, but I suppose it could work well as a new baby card or announcement.
Spectrum Noir pencils – http://www.therange.co.uk/
Me to You wooden stamp – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Lamb-Me-You-Stamp/dp/B006QU7RCW
‘Love’ ribbon is from my local craft shop but you can find similar on eBay and Amazon.
I’ve had something of a card-making frenzy this weekend, so this is the first of many cards I’ll be posting this week!
To make this card, I first created the distress ink background with a blending tool on white cardstock, then mounted it on black glitter paper and trimmed it close. When blending the ink, I left a white section for my sentiment: ‘It’s not how old you are, but how you are old.’
I adhered this embellishment then started stamping around it in black ink. I chose balloons, candles and presents for a birthday vibe. I really like the monochrome with the splash of blue in the middle.
Tim Holtz Distress Inks, ‘Peacock Feathers’ & ‘Broken China’ –http://www.countryviewcrafts.co.uk/tim-holtz-130-c.asp
Present, balloon & candle stamps – www.clearlybesotted.com
Black glitter paper, white card stock & ‘how you are old’ stamp – www.hobbycraft.co.uk
We all love a good quote. This is one that I heard years ago and loved, and I never realised it was from Slaughterhouse Five. I need to read that book one day.
The quote works nicely with both a feminine design and a masculine one, so I made 2 very different cards using the same sentiment.
The pink card was made using a distress ink background in Victorian Velvet, mostly blending but then also using the ‘squashing’ technique with acetate for a bit of added interest. I created the strip on the more masculine card in the same way, with Antique Linen. I used masking tape on both for the white borders.
I stamped my sentiment and cut the words out into singles, then stuck them down on my pink background. Then I added a few sequins.
I stamped the quote a second time, this time on the Antique Linen background. Then I covered my blank card in this patterned paper from my stash and stuck the strip down.
Lawn Fawn’s Jessie’s ABCs – http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk
Sequins & patterned paper – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk
Tim Holtz Distress Inks, ‘Antique Linen’ & ‘Victorian Velvet’ – http://www.countryviewcrafts.co.uk/tim-holtz-130-c.asp
For some reason I really love making wedding cards. The great thing about this one is that you could use it for any wedding stationery – menus, invitations, RSVPs etc. I went for words that could follow ‘wedding’ but you could just have words that relate to it instead if you prefer.
I also love monochrome, so I really like the effect of this card with just a little touch of blue. The first thing I did was trim my white card down and rub on the word ‘WEDDING’ at the top.
Then I started working on the stamping. It took ages because of assembling all the words out of alphabet stamps, but you could still make a lot of these in a short space of time because you’d assemble it once then stamp it several times. Once I’d stamped all my words, I stamped the cake image at the bottom (and decided to put ‘CAKE’ in capitals because of this).
Finally I did a bit of shading on the cake and added a touch of blue with Spectrum Noir markers, then cut down the black glitter strip and stuck that at the side.
Lawn Fawn’s “Jessie’s ABCs” stamps – makethedayspecial.co.uk
E-Z rub-on transfers – http://www.royalbrushstore.com/products/productdetail/RUB-ROY509+-+WEDDING+SENTIMENTS+RUB+ON/part_number=RUB-ROY509/184.108.40.206.33772.2625.2630.0.0?pp=12&
Black glitter card, white card and wedding cake stamp – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk
Spectrum Noir pens – http://www.spectrumnoir.com/