I stumbled across a mountboard panel on my desk so decided to make an inky card using it as a topper.
I started with a blend of yellow and brown inks smooshed on to the mount board. Then using archival ink I inked up a large wood mounted stamp from the stash.
I then added some extra definition with watercolour pencils. I also added some more ink to the edges.
Next I decided to add a little bit of stamping in the background of the mount board with text stamps but only lightly so it doesn’t show so well on the pics.
For the card blank I used a cream card blank and a strip of Kraft card which I embossed using the Old paper embossing folder. I stamped the very Versailles stamp across the back and then the Fancy phrases sentiment.
Once I had it layered up I added some subtle sparkle with a few drops of shimmer ink.
So I had a go… just played at random with some reds and oranges but my blending was awful … turned out when you reverse them, go over with a white stamped background type stamp and then die cut it, it really works well!
I decided to use my panel as the background to a digital stamp I had been gifted on a design team project a while ago. I used Stampin Blends to colour the image (non traditional magnolia colouring!) and then added some bright white die cuts for the sentiment and behind the image.
In true Jennifer style I stacked the die cuts to give them dimension and I raised the back panel too.
I also added some gems which picked up the greens from the leaves on the main image.
Love how bright and cheery this card ended up and loved my take on the technique.
So the card is one I made for my cousin to celebrate receiving her OBE. She was awarded it quite a while ago but as a result of Covid restrictions had to wait quite some time for the actual ceremony. Again due to restrictions (maybe they have always done this though I am not sure) only one guest was allowed to accompany her and my Uncle was the one who picked the name out of the hat so he got to go with her.
Anyway, the weekend after it happened I made this card, inspired by her pink and navy outfit.
Now the card came together after I had sat and turned lots of scraps of cardstock into pretty flowers and leaves. I do this quite often, save my scraps up and then have a massive die cutting session. This time I concentrated on the Pierced Blooms die set as these flowers and leaves always come in handy as embellishments. I ended up (after 2+ hours diecutting) with a big pile and a sore arm!
So I chose from the pile a selection of pink and purple flowers and pale green leaves that I could use to make a special card. I knew I wanted a bigger card so I chose a 7×7 card blank from the stash.
I cut a piece of white linen cardstock into a 6.25″ square and started creating a background. I used the gorgeous text stamp from Very Versailles, some of the splatter stamps from Gorgeous Grunge and also splashed some ink too. I then grabbed a leaf stencil, masked off some areas and added some leaf images to the background with the fabulous blending brush. I also edged the panel with the blending brush too.
Next I started inking the die cut leaves and flowers to add some depth to the colour. I also added some stamped splatters to the green.
Then started adhering them so that there would be a less populated area for me to add the sentiment.
The sentiment I went for the Playful Alphabets dies and die cut CONGRATS out twice from each colour. I stacked the dies and then using a ruler to line them up I added them so they were off the edge of the strip of cardstock I had prepared. I also added a very thin strip of Oh So Ombre paper to the panel. I stacked a few layers of cardstock behind the panel to lift it up and then added the navy ribbon behind it to frame the sentiment. I added wink of Stella to each of the letters to give them some shimmer.
When I stuck this in place I thought the background needed a little blue so added some splashes of ink. I also added the pink ribbon bow to finish off to sentiment strip.
I decided to go a bit mad with lots of pearls dotted around … but hey… it was a very special card after all!
Inside I took the sentiment from the In Bloom stamp set and added some panels of the Oh So Ombre paper to create some interest. I also added a flower and leaf cluster… after all I had got LOTS already die cut. This finished off the inside of the card.
I know I normally do something with the envelope too but this time I didn’t remember to do it, plus it was being posted to Scotland so I didn’t want loose bits getting caught in the post office machinery.
So there you go… my special OTT card for my cousin. So proud her achievements have been recognised.
I’ve been on a bit of a mission to use up scraps off the desk and give some love to stamps I don’t use often so decided to join in with the UK stampers forum inchie swap this month as a result of having 2 bits of weirdly shaped white card left over from another project.
One piece I stamped some of the Very Versailles stamps, these are perfect for backgrounds. Then cut them into little squares but took the corner off too to give it some interest. Then I edged them with the Just Jade ink.
Next I adhered them to white 1 inch squares so they had a border.
Then using the Crisp Canteloupe ink I stamped the flower from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set and punched it out.
I then grabbed some Funky Fossil word stamps and stamped smile onto the remaining scraps and added this to each of the inchies. Next some stickles to add some glitter to each of the inchies.
Love how these came together and from pieces that were too strangely shaped or awkward to use for much else.
Another week has whizzed past and we are already onto week 4 of this challenge… and this week Tree is the prompt.
Now I love tree stamps and dies but this year I haven’t bought any new tree based stamps or dies. I love the Whimsical tree set but not yet managed to sneak that into my basket so I was going to use old stash … but then I spotted the tree themed paper in the Tidings and Trimmings dsp and an idea came to mind! So this is what I did!
I took one sheet of Soft Succulent cardstock cut in 4 and 2 6×6 sheets of the dsp cut into half lengthways and decided to make 4 cards in different styles/finishes using the same base supplies.
Card 1… kept this one simple. Dsp mounted and then run through an embossing folder. I stamped and die cut the sentiment (Christmas to Remember) and a couple of Holly leaves and berries from Christmas Season. I also added some linen thread and a vellum die cut frame to give the sentiment some definition. Simple!
Card 2… again fairly simple … I scrumpled and distressed the paper and the edge of the cardstock panel. I mounted the dsp onto a piece of foam to give it dimension and then stamped and die cut lots of different leaves from Christmas Season to create a central cluster focal point.
Card 3… this time I decided to added some ink to the cardstock panel and make it ombre before adding water splats, ink splats and white splats to create a fun background. Of course I didn’t want to cover it up so added the dsp on an angle after edging the paper to give it definition. Again some stamped die cuts added and the vellum from under the main sentiment.
Finally… Card 4… this time I added to the dsp with ink blending and stamping to make the paper more vintage (Very Versailles text and Forever Fern dots). I decided to die cut the sentiment to create a label and used some brown string from the stash to make it rustic.
I love how these came out and pleased with the ideas I used to make them all different although of course they started the same.
Hope that’s given you some ideas for stepping up a simple bit of cardstock and dsp!
Yes I know I already did a challenge back in July (which I didn’t quite finish) but I decided to set myself another one! This time for the next 12 weeks we have a weekly challenge and I would love for you to join me and play along. If you do join in … it will take you up to the end of November and 12 Christmas projects done before December starts!
So first up is foliage.
I used the fabulous Christmas Season stamps to create a full piece of A4 patterned paper. I did add the Very Versailles text stamp too because I couldn’t resist. I also added some splatters of the shimmer ink in both champagne and rose gold.
I then cut it up as a one sheet wonder. I chose to mount some on Polished Pink and some on Mossy Meadow. I then stamped and die cut some sentiments from the Christmas to remember set and the added elements of a pine cones and the fir tree pieces.
I then started putting the cards together.
Some I added ribbon or twine to… or both.
On some I also added the gold Holly leaf embellishments which are super cute!
I also grabbed embossing folders (Timeworn Type and Pinewood Planks) to add texture to a few of them.
Really happy with this set of cards.
So the challenge doesn’t require us to make more than one card … it just so happens that this first one I did make 7! But then I also had lots of fun making the patterned paper from those stamps.
If you do join in please comment below so I can see your cards… or add the hashtag on Instagram #christmascard2021IFCchallenge
I created this tag with lots of different bits and pieces … let me talk you through it as I forgot to take process pics.
I started with stamping and die cutting the Brilliant Wings stamp. This is great as it stamps and cuts out 6 different butterflies in one go. I stamped them onto the Petal Pink cardstock and used a mix of different ink colours and the stamping platform so there was a gradient in the colours stamped.
I also die cut one of the filigree butterflies from the die sets and inked that using my blending tool.
Next I took 2 tags and cut out a panel of one of them as an aperture. I inked and stamped round that using the Very Versailles stamps. And splattered some shimmery watercolour paint too so there was some shine.
I then took 5 of the butterflies and laid them out around the aperture and stuck the aperture tag down. I then trimmed them back so that they were smaller than the tag but visible through the gap.
Next I took my piercing tool and guide and pierced the edge of the tag. Love the effect this creates.
Next I did a little more very versailles stamping on the bottom tag so that I would come through the vellum a little.
I cut a panel of vellum to sit behind the aperture and then sandwiched the two tags together.
Next I stamped the hello sentiment and the fancy frame from very versaille and fussy cut them out and inked the edges to match the tag. I added them to the frame and then affixed the layered butterfly to the top.
Finally I added the trim on the top. Voila! A layered tag with lots of interest.
I’m actually going to enter this into the UK stampers forum tag swap as not joined in yet this month so seems like a good way of doing my DT and joining in a swap!
This month at the postcard art swap the theme was one I chose … trees!
I decided to play with my new goodies… Merriest Moments and created a frame for the main tree image which was from the In the Pines set.
I am loving the Merriest Moment bundle with the fabulous embossing folder and coordinating dies. It adds so much texture and interest and although clearly this has a bit of a Christmas vibe it isn’t just Christmassy.
I added in a bit of a Vintage element with some Very Versailles stamping and added ink blending and some water drops to change up the green background a little.
I also blended the panel with the trees so give it a misty look and added sentiment stickers from Tim Holtz to finish off.
Really happy with this! Looking forward to plenty more playing with this bundle.
I got around to making this months Artist Trading coins last weekend. Phew it was warm making these in the craft room, but I am pretty pleased with them!
The theme for the month was EMBOSS and I chose to get straight in there with embossing on the background as well as the die cut leaves and the stamped leaves… three different powders used and love how they turned out… albeit a little autumnal feeling!
Mixed together the Very Versailles and the Forever fern stamps for the coins, also different textures with the shimmer vellum and the bakers twine.
I decided to just start layering up pink colours on my coins and see where I got to with it… no plan!
As you can see I also added black and white to my pink themed coins.
I started with coins cut from packaging so gave them a coat of gesso. Then added neocolours and water, followed by stamping in a different shade of pink. Then patterned paper which I added the neocolours to. I punched part of a circle out of cardstock I had coloured with dylusions inks in pink and purple.
I had a hunt in the box of used foreign stamps and found three in different shades of pink. I also added washi strips too. I didn’t mind that I was mixing different shades and tones of pink… it all worked together.
I hunted in the box where I keep die cut scraps and found flowers and leaves I could also use.
Then I finished off with the hugs die cut (lawn fawn) and the friend stamp (avery elle) and the pink coloured pearls.