Just Because Cards

Life Happens, Coffee Helps


Happy happy Friday!  We survived another week!

I often think of coffee-themes on Sunday evening, when I’m dreading dragging myself out of bed on Monday morning to start another challenging week at work.  But today I was inspired by the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #381, specifically by the three small dots in the sketch that, for some reason, made me think of coffee beans (I must have been really tired!).

I started by blending Vintage Photo and Tea Dye Distress Inks onto a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.  I added some sprinkles of clean clear water, let it sit for about 10 seconds, and then dabbed it up with a paper towel.  Then, I blended more Vintage Photo over the resulting spots which gave the effect of a darker splatter, rather than a lighter splatter.

Then I used a mug and an espresso maker image from the Altenew Coffee Love stamp set and stamped them onto a scrap of Bristol Smooth using Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink.  I used a few colors of Copics (C1 and C3 for the espresso maker, E31 and E35 for the mug, and R30 for the heart on the mug) for some very basic coloring.  In hindsight, I might have tried W1 and W3 for the espresso maker since the Cs look particularly cool compared to the rest of the card.  When I finished coloring, I cut out the images using the coordinating dies and set them aside.

The sentiment comes from Studio Calico’s Coffee by One Little Bird Stamp set.   I just love the sentiments in this set!  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink onto a piece of black Recollections cardstock, sprinkled Hero Arts white embossing powder of it, tapped of the excess, and hit it with my heat gun.

For the card front, I used a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock.  I cut out a circle using the second largest circle from the My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Inside & Out die set.  I adhered the inked Bristol Smooth piece behind the card front and then adhered the sentiment strip, all using liquid adhesive.  The coffee mug is also adhered flat onto the card, but I popped up the espresso maker with some foam tape.  Then, I stamped a trio of coffee beans from the Altenew set in Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  To finish, I adhered the entire card front to an A2-sized card base.

I hope you have a wonderful day, thanks for swinging by!

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