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

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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

Wedding Words

Wedding Cards

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.

wedding words

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.

Products:

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-ROY509/201.0.1.1.33772.2625.2630.0.0?pp=12&

Black glitter card, white card and wedding cake stamp – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk

Spectrum Noir pens – http://www.spectrumnoir.com/

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/

Manly Card Monday #8

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday, Masculine Cards

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

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!

Products Used:

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

Manly Card Monday #7

Manly Card Monday, Masculine Cards

I like the almost sporty look this card has without actually being about sports! I think the banner and stripes give a celebratory effect.

First I die-cut 2 circles, one in white and one larger one in patterned paper. Then I took the same patterned paper and die-cut ‘BEST’ using alphabet dies.

Best wishes1

I trimmed off the top of the larger circle and put the two circles together so the white one stands higher. Before adhering, I stamped ‘wishes’ under ‘BEST’, and ‘birthday boy’ at the bottom, as well as sticking a strip of ribbon across the larger circle and creating fake stitched lines with white gel pen.

Lastly, I trimmed down some black paper so that it made a strip down the middle of my blank card, and cut it into a banner. Then I drew some more stitch lines and stuck everything down.

Products Used:

Cole’s Alphabet dies & Let’s Polka paper – lawnfawn.com

X Cut circle dies – https://www.theglitterpot.co.uk/products/X_Cut_Nesting_Dies_Circle/24630/1395

Paula Pascal double sayings stamps – http://www.natalieandamy.co.uk/ourshop/prod_2320038-Clear-Stamps-Paula-Pascual-Double-Sayings-Personal-Impressions.html

“A Little Note of Thanks” distress ink card

Thank You Cards

Some partial die-cutting for you today, to which I have already admitted my lack of expertise! It took a few goes but I like the finished product.

First I blended Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers over white card, leaving a lighter space where I  planned to stamp my sentiment.

A little note of thanks

Once my background was ready, I trimmed the sides of the card down so that it would be slightly less than my blank. Then, I drew a straight line across the top in pencil, and stuck my ‘thanks’ die down with post-it tape, keeping the bottom edge just below my pencilled line.

I fixed my plates so that it wouldn’t cut the whole thing, and (after a few goes!) I cut the remaining parts with a craft knife so the word sticks up from the edge of the card.

I stuck the swirly borders on the card to get a faux-embossed effect. Then I stuck the ‘thanks’ card down with foam tape.

The borders were in my scrap pile from when I die-cut a load of them a while ago, and I used removable adhesive to stick them. If I were doing this card again, I would die-cut from scratch and used adhesive backing paper for a smoother finish.

Products Used:

Scripty Thanks die & “A little note of thanks” sentiment – http://www.lawnfawn.com

Swirly dies – http://www.craftsuperstore.co.uk/Papercrafting/Die_Cutting_and_Embossing/Xcut_Dies/Xcut-XCU503188.html?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Shopping&utm_campaign=Xcut+Large+Dies+(7pcs)+-+Floral+Flourishes&gclid=CjwKEAjw25SoBRCMn7Gc97Knj0ISJAC7vaMrGqbDNcZf-hcR0I5X3ZwxTT9mw6-2VkPjX1VcnsP_FxoCcDLw_wcB

Distress ink – http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/search/tim-holtz#c328

Mother’s Day Tag: “I Look Up to You”

Gift tags, Mother's Day and Father's Day

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.

Mothers day

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.

Mother's day tag2

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.

Products Used:

Manly Card Monday #5 – Lager Top Card

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I felt like making a fun, punny card for today, so I dug out this beer stamp and got to thinking what sentiment I could make out of it.

The obvious was ‘Happy Beer-thday’, which I knew would go in the middle of the card. While thinking up puns, I started to stamp and colour my beer-jug image.

Lager Top card

Using Tombow and Whispers Strokes markers, I did a tiny bit of shading with grey on the foam and coloured in the jug with a sort of ochre colour that I think works quite well for this stamp. I also brought in orange for some dimension, but in the end I mostly used the yellow and kept layering it on to make it darker in the shaded areas.

Just using scissors, I cut around my images, leaving a white border so it looks as if they’ve been die-cut. (I didn’t feel up to messing about with that space between the jug and the handle, so that’s why I decided to leave a border.)

My sentiment had come to me at this point. Using Milo’s  ABCs from Lawn Fawn, I assembled ‘Lager Top of the Morning to Ya’, and stamped this not once, but twice, in the same place so that I got a slightly messier, almost distressed look.

After adhering the beer jugs, I took a ruler and a normal ballpoint pen and drew a simple border around my card. As it’s just a regular writing pen, the lines didn’t go down perfectly, but I felt this added to the less-than-perfect look I was going for so I was pleased with that.

Lager Top inside

Using the same alphabet stamps, I stamped “Happy Beerthday” inside the card and drew a second border around that too. (I’m sad that there’s no hyphen in this stamp set – I’m a grammar Nazi so it was hard accepting that I had to spell it that way!)

Products Used:

Beer jug clear stamp – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/papercraft/stamping-and-embossing/clear-stamps

Whispers Strokes brush markers – http://www.littlecraftybugs.co.uk/craft-supplies/stationery/pens-for-adults/whispers-strokes-dual-tip-brush-marker-rich-pink.html

Tombow markers – http://www.tomboweurope.com/abt-dual-brush-pen-en.html?category=painting-and-drawing

Milo’s ABCs – http://www.craftie-charlie.co.uk/lawn-fawn-clear-alphabet-letter-stamps-milo-s-abc-lf559.html

Quote Cards

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NO copyright infringement intended – I am not making money out of my cards. I do this for fun.

I am a huge Disney fan and think quotes are just perfect for card-making. I have plans for many more movie-inspired cards (they work great at Christmas) but these are my favourites so far.

“Winnie the Pooh” Graduation Card

Winnie the Pooh graduation

This is a very simple card but took ages because I had to assemble a pretty long quote from scratch. Using Milo’s ABCs to do this, I stamped it in 3 sections vertically down the card.

I trimmed around that, leaving enough room for the Congratulations which I die-cut out of dark-blue paper along with adhesive paper. Then I was able to peel off the backing and stick it straight on to my card.

These stamps are from Hobbycraft and only cost 50p-£1 each. Hobbycraft have lots of bargains on clear stamps like these – some of them are exactly the same images as their more-expensive wooden stamps, just a little bit smaller.

Using coloured pencils and Gamsol, I coloured the hat in and did some subtle shading on the scroll. I stuck it all down and voila! A custom-quote graduation card.

“Frozen” Christmas Card

%22Frozen%22 Xmas card

The popularity of Frozen has to be more extreme than any Disney film before it. Even with beloved films like The Lion King, I don’t remember the merchandise being in nearly every shop.

My niece loves Frozen, like most little girls, so this will probably be her Christmas card next year. I wanted to try some partial die-cutting, which I have to admit I struggle with. It took some effort to get the snowflakes how I wanted them.

Then I cut some more snowflakes out of glittery silver paper, and glued them on the white background. Again, I used Milo’s ABCs for this sentiment, though I decided to switch it up and use some more playful alphabet stamps for the word “worth”.

I heat-embossed this  and stuck it on white glitter card, which I then cut around with decorative-edged scissors for a pretty border. I love the wintery feel of the snowflakes along with all the glitter.

Finally I stamped this little snowman head and shaded him with Spectrum Noir pens, before sticking everything down on a blank blue card.

Products Used:

Milo’s ABCs – http://www.lawnfawn.com/products/milos-abcs

“Congratulations” die – http://www.ecraftdesigns.com/collections/dies/products/congratulations-1

Graduation, alphabet and snowman stamps – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/

Gamsol – http://www.inkyantics.com/acc1.htm

Spectrum Noir coloured pencils – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/251754072065?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108&ff19=0

Adhesive paper – http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/shop.php#!/6-x-6-Double-sided-Adhesive-Sheets-5/p/43736701/category=11123782

Big Shot die-cutting machine – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/sizzix-big-shot-die-cutting-starter-kit/584439-1000?gclid=CjwKEAiAyMCnBRDa0Pyex-qswB0SJADKNMKAnJPF-V6vnC9Ki-irhlPyLDt5XXQE0QK_Ko9c1cHD5RoCHfHw_wcB