Manly Card Monday #16

Manly Card Monday, Mother's Day and Father's Day

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.

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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.

Products:

‘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

Manly Card Monday #14

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

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.

can't bear being away

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.

Products Used:

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

Punny Critter Cards

All Occasion Cards, CAS Cards, Critter Cards

I love puns and I love critters, so my favourite thing to do on a card is to put the two together!

I kept this french bulldog card really clean and simple, since I usually can’t stop layering on my cards. I trimmed two strips of green striped paper and stuck those along the top and bottom. Then I stamped the dog on my white background.

french kisses

Having used Spectrum Noir markers in warm greys to colour the dog and the heart in, I then used white gel pen to dot his cheeks. I stamped my sentiment with clear alphabet stamps and, as a finishing touch, added 3D glue (my cheap version of Glossy Accents!) to the heart and clear Wink of Stella pen to the dog.

The next card is one I’ve been wanting to  make for a while, ever since I bought the Paper Smooches Zoo Crew stamp set.

i look up to you

I trimmed white card down to work on (I very rarely stamp directly on to my blank card in case I want to wrap ribbon around, or in case any ink bleeds through to the other side). Then I stamped the giraffe and the hippo.

They are both coloured in with Spectrum Noir coloured pencils, the ‘Essentials’ collection, and blended with the white pencil on top. I considered adding Wink of Stella to these two but kept it matte to keep it a bit more gender-neutral (though of course there’s no reason why men can’t have a little bit of sparkle!).

Then I stamped my sentiments between and below the critters. Finally, I took a ruler and a regular ballpoint pen and drew a quirky border around the card.

Products:

Lawn Fawn’s ‘Critters at the Dog Park’, ‘Love You Tons’, ‘Milo’s ABCs’ stamp sets – lawnfawn.com

Paper Smooches ‘Zoo Crew’ stamp set – makethedayspecial.co.uk

3D glue Versafine ink, Zig Wink of Stella in ‘clear’ – hobbycraft.co.uk

Spectrum Noir markers and coloured pencils, and Tatty Teddy patterned paper – therange.co.uk

Manly Card Monday  #11 – Labrador

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

Darn it, I love dogs. I think most crafters love cats, but I’m not a fan. If I can find a fun dog stamp, I have to buy it.

This labrador stamp just embodies all the stuff that’s great about dogs. He’s definitely got that excitable look because his owner’s just walked in the door. You can just see his tail wagging even though he isn’t moving.

Manly Card Mon 11 - Labrador

He’s unmounted, but I didn’t bother buying any special products – I just put a bit of roll-on adhesive on him and stuck him to my acrylic block that way. It’s removable adhesive, so if you rub your finger over it afterwards, it comes right off the stamp.

I stamped the dog and coloured him in with Copic markers. Then I cut him out and shaded with pencil on my blank card, where he was going to go.

Once he was stuck down, I stamped ‘YO DAWG’ out of alphabet stamps and the happy birthday sentiment – and that’s it! A nice easy card.

Products:

Labrador stamp – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00NJZ9RAW?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00

Jessie’s ABCs by Lawn Fawn – www.makethedayspecial.co.uk

‘Happy Birthday’ stamp by Clearly Besotted – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/

Copic markers – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004BPRAP8?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00

C is for… Critters

Alphabet Series, Baby Cards, Get Well Cards, Wedding Cards

Wow, 3 posts in 3 days! I must be on a roll!

Critters make the best stamps! So many brands have such different takes on animals. You can go for gorgeous realism or cutesy-cuddly. I’ve showcased a few cards here that I made with some of my favourite critters.

Bunnies’ Wedding Card

Products: Sizzix embossing folder, Anita's plain vellum, Mama Elephant bunny, hat and flowers stamps, Inkadinkado wedding sentiment, ribbon, Hobbycraft silver card blank

Products: Sizzix embossing folder, Anita’s plain vellum, Mama Elephant bunny, hat and flowers stamps, Inkadinkado wedding sentiment, ribbon, Hobbycraft silver card blank

First I embossed the white card, putting it through my machine twice as the embossing folder is only little. It leaves a line where the halves meet, so I hid it with ribbon.

Mr and Mrs Bunny are coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils and Gamsol, and die-cut out with coordinating dies. (These definitely save time, but are not a necessity. If you just like the border it leaves, you can always do that yourself with scissors instead of cutting right around the edges.)

I cut a strip of vellum and embossed the greeting to finish off.

Get Well Soon Teddy Bear

Products:  Hobbycraft teddy bear stamp, Kaisercraft woodgrain stamp, Lawn Fawn hippo notecard and get well soon sentiment

Products: Hobbycraft teddy bear stamp, Kaisercraft woodgrain stamp, Lawn Fawn hippo notecard and get well soon sentiment

If you love critters, get yourself down to Hobbycraft! I adore these single stamps they do from 50p  each. This teddy works so well for all types of card, especially new baby announcements and young children’s cards, but as you can see his face is so sweet and mournful you can even use him for a get well card!

I stamped “Get well soon” on white card and cut it so that it was like a banner, then stamped a woodgrain background in brown ink. I then cut two hearts out of this and stamped my teddy.

He is coloured with Spectrum Noir pens, using different shades of grey for dimension. I stuck it all down on a Lawn Fawn notecard then tied baker’s twine in a bow at the top.

Baby Card

Products: Clear Wink of Stella, Spectrum Noir coloured pencils, rub-on transfers, Lawn Fawn 'love' speech bubble stamp, coloured sequins

Products: Clear Wink of Stella, Spectrum Noir coloured pencils, rub-on transfers, Lawn Fawn ‘love’ speech bubble stamp, coloured sequins

Although I’m not a massive fan of babies, for some reason I love making baby cards. I think it’s because your colour palette is pretty much decided for you (in most circumstances, yellow, blue or pink) and I’m not so good with thinking about colour…

This Stampendous chick is the focal point of this card. I bought him around Easter but I don’t send Easter cards, and thought he would be perfect for new baby announcements/cards etc.

Even though I’ve decided he’s a he, this stamp is great for either boys or girls!

To make the card, I stamped the chick twice and also stamped the speech bubble love sentiment. I fussy-cut them out, except for the second chick – here I only cut out the top part of the eggshell, as I planned to 3D it up with some foam adhesive.

The chick is coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils and clear Wink of Stella. (My black ink is a nightmare for bleeding, so he looks kind of grimy!)

I stuck the chick down with foam adhesive and stuck the eggshell up on top. The ‘baby’ word is a rub-on sentiment, and I absolutely love those! Sometimes you just can’t be bothered to go and find a stamp, so rub-ons are great for ease of application, and no inky fingers!

Finally I adhered the speech bubble with double-sided tape and glued down the sequins.

I’ve captioned the photos with brand names of products, but if you want to know where to get something just ask me 🙂 I’ll try my best to remember where it came from!

New Product Alert! – Paper Smooches “Zoo Crew” Stamp Set

Birthday Cards, New Product

Every so often you find a stamp set that you just have to have. Payday was just too far away when I ordered this!

Paper Smooches hippo hooray

The main reason I liked this set so much was the ‘I look up to you’ sentiment, which I’m really excited about pairing with the giraffe and probably the hippo. It’ll be a great card for my best friend, since she’s so tall and I’m so incy.

You also get a hippo with the sentiment ‘hippo hooray’, an alligator who says ‘l8r’ and a zebra and camel. (The camel is my favourite.) Besides this, there are some jungle leaves for accents and the odd extra like this zebra-patterned heart.

To make the card, I die-cut some green polka-dot card with a grassy border die, and used a speech bubble die on the topmost piece so that I could stamp my greetings in the negative space.

The hippo goes brilliantly with this die, since her mouth is wide open. I also placed the zebra so it looked like the hippo was talking to someone, and the alligator is there just ‘cause.

I used foam adhesive on the bottom panel so that I could tuck the critters beneath the grass. I coloured them all in Spectrum Noir pens and paper-pieced the hippo’s tongue with more polka-dot paper (I also gave her red nail varnish for fun!). Then I covered them all in clear Wink of Stella and stuck them down.

Products

“Zoo Crew” stamps – http://www.papersmoochesstamps.com/Zoo_Crew_p/m1s-12-092.htm

Wink of Stella in ‘clear’ – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/zig-wink-of-stella-brush-pen-glitter-clear/600234-1008

Let’s Polka paper & speech bubble die – http://www.lawnfawn.com/

“Happy Birthday” sentiment – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/products/its-your-birthday

Manly Card Monday #9

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

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.

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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!

Products Used:

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/