Gorjuss ‘With Love’ Card

All Occasion Cards, Uncategorized

 

Hi! I recently made this ‘with love’ card for a friend’s birthday, but you could use it for any occasion. Read on for how I made it!

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I started by stamping this Gorjuss (and she is gorgeous) little girl in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and watercolouring her with Distress Inks (I used the colours Peeled Paint, Victorian Velvet, Gathered Twigs and Antique Linen, and I just kept on layering them to get the shading effect). I then cut her out, leaving a white border around her.

Next, I took a piece of regular cheap white card and cut it down so that it was a centimetre or so smaller than my base card. I then embossed the bottom half of this with a Sizzix embossing folder (this is the one that came free with the Big Shot starter kit) and covered the halfway point with this vintage-style paper from a Hobbycraft paper pad (not sure on the brand I’m afraid, might be Docrafts).

I set the little girl against the white card and decided I didn’t like how that looked, so I die cut a circle from some more patterned paper from the same 6×6 pad. I then took some Lawn Fawn brown twine and wrapped that around a few times. I then tied a little bit more twine around the front of that in a knot. (I’m rubbish at bows so this is what I do instead!)

Originally I wanted this card to be a get well card, as I was going to put ‘Feeling under the weather?’ as the sentiment since she’s got her umbrella. However, once I’d put that circle behind the little girl, there wasn’t much room left for a long sentiment, and I didn’t like how it looked with the words all stacked on top of each other. (I wanted the little girl to remain the tallest thing on the card.) I fished through my stash and found this ‘with love’ sentiment from Lawn Fawn and stamped that instead. Then I decided it could be a birthday card for my friend Jess, who loves anything retro so Tim Holtz and Gorjuss are both perfect for her!

Finally, I adhered the little girl with double-sided foam for a bit of dimension, rounded off the corners with a corner punch and stuck the white card on to a piece of kraft cardstock which was the same height as my base card but left a tiny border around each vertical side.

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Treat Your Gorjuss Mums

Mother's Day and Father's Day

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.

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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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Mosaic Card

All Occasion Cards, Uncategorized

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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.

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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.

I’ve started an Etsy store!

Announcements

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.

If you want to visit my Etsy shop, please go to:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/IncyWincyCards?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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 #13

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

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.

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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!

Products:

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/

Clean and Simple Lamb Card

Baby Cards

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.

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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.

Products:

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.

Manly Card Monday #12

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

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.’

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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.

Products Used:

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

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.

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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/

A is for… Art Impressions

Alphabet Series, Birthday Cards

I’ve had an exciting idea for a new card series! To me, it’s important to keep making even during a creative block, and the Manly Card Monday challenge I set myself has really helped me to do that. I’ve now come up with something a bit different – an alphabet series!

I’ll be posting something each week that relates to a letter of the alphabet, whether that is a new card, a brand I like, a review of a new product and so on.

This week A is for… Art Impressions! 

http://www.artimpressions.com/

Art Impressions is a US brand with a range of stamp styles, but my favourites are the human images. They have some hilarious grannies and granddads (the “Golden Oldies” range) and also the “Girlfriends” set, on whom the Sex and the City girls are not a patch! 😉

They also have more elegant styles, great sentiments and cute animals, both realistic and cartoony. They’re probably known best for their ‘front-and-back’ images, though. These make for such memorable cards – you can have someone peeking through a window then when opened it reveals the back of the image, which can make for a funny card in a lot of cases. You can also make spinner cards really easily with these kinds of stamps.

I’m not sure if people living in America would consider them expensive, but like with most overseas brands, it can add up a lot if you’re buying them in the UK. So far, I’ve found the best website for them to be Amazon, as you don’t generally get all the extra charges for buying from abroad with them. The UK websites I’ve found that sell them are still a bit out of my budget.

I’ll definitely look into building up my collection of AI stamps, but so far I only own one – a fun, sassy, borderline alcoholic (she’s called Celeste). I’ve made a card to showcase her:

Celeste Art Impressions card Celeste inside of card

My Art Impressions Wishlist:

“Fire Out” – http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=4371

“Little Monster” – http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=4320

“Bull Terrier” – http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=F977&ProductName=Bull+Terrier

“Bummer” – http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=4241&ProductName=Bummer+Set

“Birthday Whoot Set” – http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=4125&ProductName=Birthday+Whoot+Set

Products Used on the Card:

Let’s Polka paper, An Otterly Great Birthday & Milo’s ABCs stamps – makethedayspecial.co.uk

Copic markers & Art Impressions “Celeste” stamp set – amazon.co.uk

Sequins & Spectrum Noir markers – hobbycraft.co.uk