Design Team, Expressions in Ink, Happy Celebrations, Pierced Blooms, Stampendous

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Hello dear blog visitors. Once again I have a Design Team contribution for you, again for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog.

Once again I have a project that was made and sent onto the recipient a while ago but as it was die cut based I figured it would be perfect for getting ahead on my design team work! So it is a 7×7 card for my Auntie who turned a special number but didn’t want it recognising! Personally I think the number is a good one to celebrate but she didn’t want to so I kept the numbers off the card! Lol!

Instead I went for special dsp which is the Expressions in Ink with the gold foiling in it and then chose lots of the gorgeous Pierced Blooms in coordinating colours to add as embellishments. I did want a big sentiment though so I chose a Stampendous stamp I’ve had a long time and using the stamp platform used coordinating inks for an ombre look.

I raised this stamped panel up on foam so I could tuck the flowers and leaves under and on top to create dimension.

I also added some gold die cut leaves in to coordinate with the gold in the dsp. I finished with the large pearls as embellishments.

Inside the card I added a strip of the dsp, another cluster of a flower and leaf and a small sentiment strip and then decided to add another stamped ombre sentiment. This time the Happy Celebrations set.

I used the remaining piece of dsp (it was a half sheet 6×12) on the front of the envelope as 2 strips down either side.

Love the colours and the touches of luxury with the gold on this card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Season, Cottage Rose, Forever Fern, Playful Alphabet, Ribbons, Splendid Stems, Splendid Thoughts, Stampendous, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Happy birthday Mum

Yesterday was my Mum’s birthday and I wanted to share the labour of love that was her birthday card with you.

I had the idea that I wanted to do a wreath design as the main part of the card so I started by stamping lots of leaves from different sets in all the greens. I kept to mainly lighter coloured greens rather than very dark ones after all it is August not winter and wanted it to be bright!

I decided, even though these could be die cut, to fussy cut instead…. after all that is more relaxing and cam be done sat on the sofa…

Then I put together some on a circle to decide if the different styles and types of leaves went OK together… and decided as there were so many types and styles it did…. oh I also coloured in the images from Splendid Thoughts as they were outline images so used stampin blends to colour them.

I decided I wanted more but this time the die cuts from Splendid Stems as something to break up the images…

I decided this was a good mix of the delicate die cuts in solid colour and the stamped or coloured images.

Next to decide how to finish the card and I had a couple of ideas I tried out. By this time I had stuck the leaves together onto a thin ring of scrap paper so that was complete but all other elements are just placed in half finished form to give me an idea of how they look.

I was torn between keeping it green and white and adding in bright colours… bit went for the yellow as it is my Mum’s favourite colour.

So I found some yellow ribbon in the stash for a bow, fussy cut the Stampendous sentiment that I had stamped with blended yellow and coral inks, cut some more Playful Alphabets and coloured them with So Saffron stampin blends and added the little flowers I had bought in a pack from Hobbycraft many years ago.

Then to decide on the background … I went with a Kraft card base in 8×8 as I had one in my stash and the originally planned white 7×7 was a bit too small … but actually I think it frames it nicely.

Then I added a mount of the So Saffron cardstock.

The white base I decided to blend some So Saffron on and do some splatters of green and coral ink to complement the colours in the rest of the card.

I added a foam panel behind this to raise it off the So Saffron and then put foam behind the wreath and a double layer under the middle of the sentiment to support it.

This gives the whole card so much dimension. I love it!

Inside I added a panel of whisper white with some more blending and splatters with a panel of So Saffron on the edge. Then I added a little cluster of the leaves I had left over and added the little sentiment strip.

I decided to add wink of Stella to the mum letters to give them some sparkle and then called it finished!

A real labour of love… but my Mum is worth it!

Hope you like it too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Stampendous

A thank you embossing fun card

Today I have a card I made for our friends as a thank you for taking the princess away with them over half term.

I took a piece of black card and a large thank you stamp and used my stamp platform to create multicoloured stamping with the distress oxides. I then added embossing powder over them which created these jewelled but also chalky type images. I did the same for the flowers around the edges but they weren’t quite as vibrant colour wise.

I then trimmed the panel to 10cm x 14.4cm and adhered it to the side folding card blank I had made.

Didn’t think it needed any more embellishment as it had both shine and colour on the stamped image and the contrast against the black background.

A fun technique for on black cardstock and love that oxides are able to provide colour even on dark cardstock.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Stampendous

Playing with oxides on glossy cardstock

I decided to keep playing with my oxides and this time created cards using glossy cardstock. The vibrancy of the colours using this cardstock is fabulous!

I kept both cards really simple with one large sentiment stamp and some sequins and a black cardstock mount.

Dramatic but fun!

Just love the depth of the colours and the layers that are visible using this technique.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampendous

Watercolour background card making

I’ve four cards to share that I made when playing with watercolours a few days ago. (Oh how I wish I was still doing this now and not back at work!).

I made four panels and added watercolours to them ensuring I chose colours that wouldn’t make mud if they mixed and then added salt flakes on the top for them to dry.  This added some interesting variation to the patterns on the finished pieces. 

Once they were dry I stamped a large sentiment from the stash (stampendous) in versafine using the stamp platform so I could make sure they stamped perfectly. 

I finished them off with a mount of coloured cardstock and some sequins.009

Love how fun these were to make and love how easy they were too. Simple cards full of fun! 

Entering these into the watercolour challenge happy little stampers… at https://inkyfingeredcat.me/2018/01/03/watercolour-background-card-making/

Happy crafting! 

Catherine