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
This is probably my favourite stamp for masculine birthday cards. I’m a writer and a book-lover so I’ll buy anything with a good quote. People always smile when they see this one.
To begin with, I cut my little rectangle of white and masked off the sides. Then I blended Antique Linen Distress Ink with my round blending tool, coming in from the edges so that it grew darker at the sides and corners and lightest where I wanted to stamp my sentiment.
I stamped the quote in the middle and put that to one side, next stamping ‘Happy Birthday’ at the top of the card. Then I tied dark twine around this plaid patterned paper and stuck everything down.
‘Happy Birthday’ stamp – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/
Mark Twain stamp – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/
Lawn Fawn twine – http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/shop.php
Antique Linen Distress Ink – http://www.inkylicious.co.uk/distress-ink-pads/cat_43.html
Ranger blending tool – http://rangerink.com/
Patterned paper – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/111655164468?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&rlsatarget=&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108
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
It was my best friend’s birthday the other week and this is the card I sent her. She likes owls, I like puns…
I LOVE Art Impressions stamps but this is only the second one I’ve bought so far. I started by stamping and colouring him with Copics, then fussy-cutting him and adding clear Wink of Stella to the green bits on his party hat.
I set him to one side and started working on the background. This is the Distress Ink ‘smooshing’ technique that I’ve fallen in love with.
You stamp your ink on to an acrylic block and spray with a water mister (I use the Ranger mini one). Then get some acetate and dab it over the ink. You can squash it down so that a lot of ink goes on or just dab it for splatters here and there.
Then you ‘smoosh’ it over the card! This particular background was done with Peacock Feathers and Broken China colours of Distress Ink.
I die-cut a circle out of this background to make a window for the owl to peek through. I then stuck a bit of white card behind him as I didn’t want the patterned paper to show through. I then layered this on top of my patterned paper that you can see peeking out at the sides.
Finally I stamped and heat-embossed my sentiment.
Whoots! I’m off to Rhodes today so will be quiet for a week. Everyone (in the UK, that is) enjoy your bank holiday!
White card and patterned card – hobbycraft.co.uk
Copic markers, Wink of Stella & Distress Inks – amazon.co.uk
Whoots owl stamp – http://www.artimpressions.com/
Circle die cuts – https://www.docrafts.com/Features/xcut-dies-bursting-with-possibilities/30
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
Like most crafters, Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks have been on my radar for donkey’s years. It’s only recently that I’ve actually started using them, though.
You’ve seen me blending these inks on my blog before (and have probably noticed that I still have very few colours!) so today I tried something different – the ‘squashing’ or ‘smooshing’ technique. (Technical terms are rife in cardmaking.)
This is quite a technique-happy card for me! Bit of die-cutting, bit of embossing, and a bit of distressing. Nothing too difficult but then I’m not so good at the difficult stuff!
Anyway, the way to do the squashy technique is to grab some acetate and stamp your distress ink pad on to it, then spray with some water. Then you can press that inky acetate directly over your card and it will transfer in this splotchy way. You can either press the whole thing down or just dab so that only certain spots will transfer.
I did this first with Antique Linen and then once that had partly dried, I did the same again with Peacock Feathers. Then I die-cut a heart out of the distressed card and laid it on my blank card to mark the inside of the heart out, so I would know where to stamp my sentiment.
Then I adhered the distressed card with foam adhesive so it would stick up and the heart would frame the sentiment. I could have left it as it was, but I wanted to use my new embossing folder! So I embossed a piece of white card and cut out the oval.Then I stamped ‘happy birthday’ and heat-embossed in silver. Finally I added a few sequins.
You can do so much with Distress Inks – not only can you create amazing backgrounds, but they also work for colouring stamps in, as they can be used like paints. They are definitely worth collecting!
Tim Holtz Distress Inks in ‘Peacock Feathers’ and ‘Antique Linen’ – http://rangerink.com/?product=tim-holtz%C2%AE-distress-ink-pads
Birthday sentiments stamps – clearlybesottedstamps.com
Sequins and X Cut hearts dies – www.hobbycraft.co.uk
Fancy Flourish embossing folder – free gift from http://www.papercraftmagazines.com/ (Issue 135 of Simply Cards & Papercraft – still available to buy!)
Fun with a new stamp set! My boyfriend is a photographer so I thought this Avery Elle set was a great buy.
I was also playing with some new Distress Inks, blending 3 together and masking around the side for a white border.
When stamping the camera, I masked out the heart so that it looked more masculine. I then coloured with Spectrum Noir markers and stuck down with double-sided foam for dimension. Finally, I took all of the greetings from the stamp set and stamped them all, stamping #happybirthday in a different colour to highlight it.
A really easy card which I’ll probably duplicate quite a few times!
Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge & Gathered Twigs – http://www.amazon.co.uk
Avery Elle #Smile stamp set – http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/
Spectrum Noir pens – http://www.spectrumnoir.com/
I went on a shopping stampede recently and treated myself to a few sets I’ve been wanting from Lawn Fawn for a while. This was one of them – probably their most reasonably priced, considering how many stamps you get and their versatility.
My card today is more boyish than manly, though the design is quite gender-neutral.
First, I die-cut two polaroids out of white card, put them against a blank piece of card and drew inside the lines, so that I had a frame ready for my stamping. Then I went a bit stamp-mad, happily combining my monsters with a birthday stamp set from Clearly Besotted. The monsters set comes with a little party hat which fits perfectly on pretty much all the monsters and makes for a great birthday scene.
I coloured some and paper-pieced others. Once finished, I stamped my sentiments and started working on my background.
This is a great technique if you’re lazy, like me! (Or if your paper trimmer is going blunt, like mine!) I just ripped the patterned paper rather than cutting and laid them on top of each other until I got the effect I wanted.
Lastly, I coloured over the balloon with some clear Wink of Stella for a sparkly party effect.
The googly eye was a must as well!
Lawn Fawn “Monster Mash” stamp set, & Lil’ Inker Designs “Instant Camera Die” – http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/
Birthday sentiments, balloon and present stamps – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/
Googly eyes and patterned papers – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/
Wink of Stella brush – http://www.thehandcraftedcardcompany.co.uk/
Almost forgot about Manly Card Monday today! I’ve tried a chalkboard effect this weekend, and gone for a hobby card because the gingham background stamp kind of made me think of golf clothes once it was all down on paper.
This is a really easy card to make, and you could make a ton all in one go.
Showcasing Lawn Fawn’s gingham backdrops stamp
I trimmed the black card to how I wanted it and started stamping my pattern. This stamp is long and thin, so I found the best way to cover the card was to overlap, alternating my stamping horizontally and vertically.
The sentiment is stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with Wow bright white powder. I added stitches around the black part with white gel pen and coloured the golf-bag stamp with Spectrum Noir markers, leaving a white border when I cut it out.
I have had a host of new products arrive today so I’m sure I’ll have a few posts up this week!
Gingham backdrops stamp – lawnfawn.com
White ink pad – http://www.needlecraftandbeads.co.uk
White gel pen – http://www.paperchase.co.uk/
Golf stamp & black card – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk
Birthday sentiment – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/collections/stamps