This card stemmed from the idea of using the inkpad to stamp the main focus in the middle.
I stamped my black inkpad directly onto the white card, leaving this rectangle. I thought it had dried so stamped and embossed my fishing line image, but it was still damp and this meant the powder got stuck to the black background. I could have brushed it off but chose to leave it for a dusty, distressed look.
I wrapped two ribbons around my piece of card and stuck washi tape at the bottom. Then I stamped ‘Happy’ at the side and ‘birthday’ on a separate piece of card, which I trimmed down to fit above the tape.
I’ll be drinking cocktails in Rhodes next week so there’ll be a bit of a break before the next manly card!
Washi tape & birthday stamps – http://www.amazon.co.uk/
Versafine ink in onyx black, fishing stamp & ‘gone fishing’ ribbon – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/
Green ribbon – http://www.therange.co.uk/
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-ROY509/126.96.36.199.33772.2625.2630.0.0?pp=12&
Black glitter card, white card and wedding cake stamp – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk
Spectrum Noir pens – http://www.spectrumnoir.com/
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.
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.
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
Credit where credit’s due – I was inspired by this post from The Lovely Pear: http://thelovelypear.com/2015/03/04/bee-happy/
All this doodling made for a lovely trip down memory lane – I’d forgotten all the stuff I used to draw at school. The only thing I doodle now is boxes (which have made an appearance here), but as I kept going I suddenly remembered that I used to do a lot of cross-hatching and just general scribbles and wavy lines in the margins of my exercise books. I also used to draw fire a lot! I had completely forgotten that.
I decided I wanted this to look like something a kid would doodle at school. I vaguely remember doodling guitars and I quite like how my (admittedly rubbish) guitar is a focal point of the design without it looking like a hobby card.
(You’ll notice the image just under the ‘R’, as well. 😉 I drew a bird to make it child-friendly, but the shape of the body is a nod to probably the most-doodled image in teenage-boy history!)
Once I had filled the page (daunting at first but so much fun by the end of it) I peeled off my masking tape, a feeling akin to peeling off your nail varnish – so satisfying! The background reminded me of comics, and I felt this bright red went well with that. I die-cut the letters and stuck down with double-sided clear squares.
I don’t have any teenage boys to give this to, but it might work well for some of the superhero-loving men in my life. I’m so glad I threw off my restraints and doodled!
A bit of a different post today – I’ve decided to list the things that really frustrate me about card-making!
I’ve left out things like not having a lot of space and the clear-up afterwards as they’re kind of obvious. Let me know if you can think of any crafting evils that wind YOU up!
1. Replacing die-cutting plates
Die-cutting machines are a great investment but the plates can be such a pain. After a while they will get all scratched up and start marking your projects, so you have to spend around £10 every few months replacing them. OK, it’s not that expensive, but it’s a tenner you could spend on something fun.
2. Darn you, acetate!
Shaker cards are insanely fun, but in making them we must overcome a necessary evil: acetate. Lord knows how people manage to make entire cards purely out of acetate. No matter how careful I am, I always get a bit of glue on it that ruins the whole look. Or if it isn’t glue, it’s smudges that appear from nowhere and won’t clean off. Or dust sticks to it. GRR.
3. You always forget something
When card-making, I try to arrange everything around me so that I don’t have to get up again until I’ve finished. But this never works because there is always one thing I forgot and I have to get up again. Then I realise I need that fun new stamp as well…
4. Enormous wooden stamps
This can be a problem with large clear stamps too, but since you can’t see through wooden stamps, bigger images can be a nightmare. I have a stamp in my collection that, no matter how careful I am, the middle part never stamps properly. I have to either resort to a ‘meant-to-do-that’ distressed look or stamp a ridiculous amount of times before I get the image how I want it.
My cards never look as good as everyone else’s!!!
I got the Mama Elephant ‘Bear Hug’ stamps recently and knew I wanted to use them for Mother’s Day. I already have a card ready that I made ages ago, so I decided I would use the bears on a gift tag.
First I die-cut the base shape twice, with pearly blue card and then with plain white. Then I put those aside and stamped the bear and cub on separate card.
I used Copics in E43N and E44 to colour the bears, and Spectrum Noir marker in FS3 for the ears. Then I embossed the sentiment (cutest sentiment ever!) with Wow bright white powder.
The green paper is Lawn Fawn and is die-cut with an Elizabeth Crafts Design border die. I stuck everything down and started on the back.
The “from” comes from a very old set of Christmas stamps which has probably been the best card-making investment I’ve ever made. They cost around £5 but they have about 20 different stamps and a few can be used all year round.
I took a flower stamp (I think it’s meant to be holly or mistletoe or something but it looks more flowery to me) from the same set and stamped in blue ink, then took a similar smaller stamp that came free with a Lawn Fawn purchase and stamped that in coral. There was no rhyme or reason to anything on the back of the tag!
Finally I wrote my message, hole-punched the tag and threaded yellow baker’s twine through.