Category Archives: Claritystamps

Happy anniversary Mum and Dad

42 years of marriage is what my parents celebrated today… So I made this card. Unfortunately not managed to get the card to them yet… But as they know getting cards to people on time is not my strength… lockdown or no lockdown!

I kept it relatively simple. A piece of Art by Marlene paper that I stamped the Clarity stamps wired heart all over, and then edged.

Then I stamped and embossed with pearl powder the heart onto white and cut it out.

I added a strip of lime ribbon and stamped the sentiment onto the card blank. I then grabbed some sequins and added those as the finishing touch!

Simple but a lovely modern anniversary card for my mum and dad.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: Use something old/upcycle

Hello there! Guess what… I joined another Design team so I could keep on top of the Christmas cards throughout the year… so I joined Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge weekly blog so that means 52 cards get done in a full year just by doing one a week… I can do this easily… she says this now! Ha ha ha!

Anyway the first challenge (they can be anything goes as long as it’s a Christmas card… but we have weekly prompts to help with the inspiration!) … is to use something old or upcycle… so I had a dig in the stamp box and came up with some pretty old stamps…

There is a clever corner stamp from Claritystamps, a very well used snowflake stamp (think this was bought from a bargain basket at a craft shop long since closed) and wordchain stamps from Claritystamps … a good set of stamps to play with… well here is what I ended up with…

So what did I do?

Well I made a pattern with the corner stamp and a lot of blue/ turquoise inks…

Then I stamped the sentiment onto vellum and heat embossed it in blue… before then stamping the large snowflakes and heat embossing them with sparkly silver.

I created a frame and mat from the same piece of blue cardstock and adhered all the layers together… the frame helps to add the vellum without the adhesive showing!

Then on the kraft card blank I heat embossed the corner snowflakes to bring the smaller snowflakes out more.

Love how this came out… and it’s an 8×8 card so really a special card with all those lovely layers.

It was good to play with these older stamps and create something fun and modern.

So why don’t you pop and see what the DT have been making… and why not join us and get a head start on your cards for in December!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Houses ATCs

Today I have some ATCs I made for the Artful ATCs group with the theme of Houses.

I did include these as part of my #31productchallenge…

I did my backgrounds using the Distress Oxides and the gelli plate. I then stamped and embossed the images. Then I grabbed my watercolour pencils to add some colour to the houses.

Then I finished them both off… with a sticker for the blue one and some doodling for the orange one.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Gelli plate, distress oxide and rub ons fun #31productchallenge

So another project for the challenge and this time I grabbed my Rub Ons to finish off this card.

I used the gelli plate to create the background using distress oxides and then stamped the house using a Claritystamps stamp. Unfortunately I didn’t do a brilliant job of the stamping so to cover that up I grabbed the rub ons.

I love these fun rub ons from Tim Holtz and how they helped change this from something which was a mess up into something cool.

Love that the #31productchallenge made me think outside of the box!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

I have the card I made for father’s day for my Dad to share with you as my design team entry for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.

I started with a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped Postscript over it before then adding the turquoise ink with a clarity stencil brush. Then I added a piece of the patterned paper as a contrast. Sometimes that’s all you need for a patterned paper to do. Next I stamped and cut out and watercoloured the plane from a Creative Stamping stamp set.

To add the sentiment I used the Claritystamp alpha stamps … forgot how much I love these so it was good to dig them out and use them!

So this is my design team contribution for this month… don’t forget to check out the blog and why not join in?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

6 bird themed ATCs

Today I have six different bird themed ATCs I created for a swap. I decided to change things up completely with each one… using different techniques and mediums.

First I started with alcohol ink and yupo and foiling and then added the silhouette stamps from Claritystamp …

Love how this came out.

Then I went for patterned paper and cute Jofy stamped image coloured with promarkers. I also chose to create the background behind the paper with promarkers so it all tied in.

Next up I decided to use the Waterfront stamps to create a scene for Darcys flying birds… and then heat embossed the whole panel to give it a glazed finish.

Then onto a Hot Picks stamp and some distress oxides in the background… again the heat embossing came out for a fun texture.

Next up I added Tim Holtz tissue wrap and then gesso followed by gelatos to create the background. Another hotpicks stamp for the focal image.

Finally some simple stamping and colouring using watercolour pencils. Love these funky Kim Dellow stamps.

All of them mounted onto black card for stability and to finish off. Love them all and how different each one is.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Magical unicorn postcard

Today I have a postcard to share which I made for a swap at Postcard Art swap group over on facebook. The theme for this month was Unicorns and I decided to use the Claritystamp unicorn I had in my stash.

I stamped it with archival in grey and then coloured it with watercolour pencils before blending and activating them with my wink of stella. I added a generous amount of the wink of Stella and then before it had dried I added clear embossing powder. Once the first layer was dried I added more wink of Stella and then more embossing powder. This gave the unicorn some dimension, shine and plenty of magical shimmer.

Then I decided to use the Happy Celebrations paint swipe stamp to add a rainbow behind the unicorn.

I stamped it in the rainbow colours being careful to clean it well between colours and before repositioning. Once I had done that I took a clean tissue and wiped the ink off the embossed image and slightly blended the inks in the background.

Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment in Black and then added the grey ink to the edge. I had used mountboard for this postcard so I knew it would be sturdy and required no other mount.

Finally I added some splashes of ice mixed with water to add yet more magical shimmer!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy birthday Millie B

The princess’ best friend is a unicorn obsessive so I made a unicorn card for her birthday!  Her birthday was actually at the beginning of December but rather rubbishly she has only been given her card and present today.

I used one of the gelli plate backgrounds I made a while ago as the starting point and added some additional colour to the Claritystamp unicorn. Then I added plenty of wink of Stella to make it brilliantly shimmery! 

I added lots of layers of pink and blue cardstock and then some blue and purple thread wrapped round and knotted. 

So happy belated birthday Millie!

I also have quite a few backgrounds left that I have not had a chance to turn into cards yet… hopefully will be able to soon.  So do watch out for the rest of the backgrounds in the future.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Three claritystamp gelli plate cards

Three more cards from the massive stash of gelli plate playtime finished off… This time I decided to use the ones I had stamped with the castle and the one I had stamped with the row of houses. Both of these are claritystamp images.

So first… a couple of birthday cards that I thought would work as masculine cards.  This first one I took Sahara Sand cardstock for the base and did a bit of stamping using the World Map stamp. I then added an overlay of vellum that I had embossed with the World embossing plate. I then kept it simple and mounted the topper in the middle with the sentiment heat embossed on the inky background. 

The next one I decided bright was best and added a strip of Lemon lime zest cardstock with a piece of dictionary book print torn across the middle. I love the contrast of the old book print against the bright card. I also added a corrugated card embellishments and some thread to finish off.

The house one I decided to add a little more colour to the image and added a pink panel underneath, some pink thread and a pink shiny heart.  I then heat embossed the sentiment from Art Journey Stamps and decided that I would also give the house a little extra definition with some glossy accents.

Love how delicate but modern this is.

So three more cards finished… I started with 24 panels and I think that’s 11 done so far! So almost half way! 

Hope you are enjoying this little series of cards I am making with the fun gelli plate watercolour backgrounds.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Gelli plate background cards

Hello. Today and over the next few days I have a lot of cards I made using similar techniques because I made a lot of backgrounds during a crafting session with friends (and whilst tidying up afterwards too!). 

Here are the backgrounds I made using distress inks and the gelli plate. The first photo shows the cards I made that night too and three I had started off.

I love how this fun technique provides lots of different panels and they are all unique and organic in the way they come together. 

The next step was to choose some stamps to start the decorating. Some of these I didn’t do a brilliant job of stamping… either I rocked the stamp or I dropped it so created some shadow… but given I have this many panels to work with it’s not a big deal if they don’t all end up being used in the end! 

For all of them I used black versatile ink for the stamping and in some cases I masked the edges off so I could preserve the edge of the panels.

Ok so from this point on I needed to cut them all into panels…

… choose card colours for mounts…

… die cut ATCs from the mount card stock… 

… and layer them up! 

The six I am going to focus on today were all done using the Wildflowers stamps by Tim Holtz.  I love these silhouette stamps .. they are so effective and simple to use. I chose to make both birthday and thank you cards.

I started very simple. Some added gems and a heat embossed sentiment on the same colour cardstock as the mount and raised on foam tape to give dimension. I also went over the flower image with Wink of Stella to give it lovely shimmer! 

The next one I chose a crumb cake card for the base and added some patterned paper. 

I kept the embellishment simole with just a heat embossed sentiment and then used glossy accents on the flower to give it texture and dimension. 

The next card I added a embossed piece of ombre cardstock.  For the main feature I cut the panel down a tiny amount so there was less of a frame and added a black outline. I stamped the sentiment directly on the panel and added gems and wink of Stella again for the shimmery finish on the flower.

Next up I took some more of the patterned paper and added a strip to the card blank. Again I kept the panel simple with some gems and a heat embossed sentiment.

The next one I decided on a little bit of doodling and a panel of Lemon lime Twist cardstock. Again gems and wink of Stella added sparkle.

The final one I used crumb cake cardstock for the base again. The turquoise panel is the same ombre cardstock I used earlier and the sentiment is cut from a part that is slightly lighter. I heat embossed the sentiment, added gems and of course some wink of Stella to the flower again! 

So that’s 6 cards made… quite a few left to go but enjoying the challenge of turning these mini panels into something pretty and fun! 

I will share the other finished cards as I get to them over the next few days!

Happy crafting!

Catherine