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I Like Big Cups, And I Cannot Lie

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Hi there!

It’s Monday morning and I have another coffee-themed card, which I also happen to be entering in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  This week’s prompt is “Inspired by a Song.”

For this card I used the Starburst Cover A Card background stamp from Impression Obsession, the Coffee Cup die set from My Favorite Things, and the Sassy Coffee stamp set from Technique Tuesday.

I started by using Versamark ink and Hero Arts white embossing powder to heat emboss the background onto an A2-sized piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock.  Then I blended on three colors of Distress Oxide inks (Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey, and Squeezed Lemonade), starting with the darkest color from the center and radiation out to the lightest color at the edges.  I trimmed the panel to 4″ x 5.25″ and set it aside.

For the coffee cup, I used scrap pieces of white and craft cardstock.  I die cut each of the pieces (the cup, lid, sleeve, and heart) and blended Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink over the heart.  Then I glued them together and then onto the background.

I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink onto another piece of white cardstock and adhered it to the background using foam tape for dimension.  Finally, I adhered the entire the entire card front to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks for coming by!

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Salty Kisses

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Happy happy Friday!  I’m so excited that the weekend is just a few hours away, how about you?

Today’s card uses the Salty Kisses stamp set from Waffle Flower.  These beautiful images just beg to be watercolored!

I started by stamping all of the images and the sentiment in Altenew Evening Gray ink onto an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  Then, using Derwent watercolor pencils, I added a very light layer of color.  I used Light Blue 33 for the sky (very hard to see in the photos), Spectrum Blue 32 for the ocean, Orange Chrome 10 for the sails, Copper Beach 61 for the boat’s hull and the dog, and Raw Sienna 58 for the sand.  The beach ball is Orange Chrome 10, Lemon Cadmium 2, and Light Blue 33.  I also added a bit of French Gray 70 to the clouds, but again, it’s quite hard to see in the photos.

After I added the light layer of color, I used a Pentel Aquash waterbrush to activate the watercolor and to smooth them out.  I intensified some areas of color by going back in with the pencil and then again smoothed it out with the waterbrush.  I haven’t used watercolor pencils very much, but for an amateur like me, the control of watercolor pencils felt very reassuring.

To finish, I adhered the watercolor panel to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks very much for stopping by!

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Swinging By To Say Hello

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Hello there!

Today’s card uses the May 2018 My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts.  This beautiful set has all the elements you need to build a tree, as well as silhouette images of children on swings, and animals.

I started with an A2-sized piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock on which I created a sunset background using a Ranger Distress Inks.  Using Post-It Tape, I masked off the upper portion of the card so that only the area that would become the grass was exposed.  I used a foam blending tool to blend on Pine Needles.  To darken the color, I blended on a light layer of Black Soot on top.

Then I re-masked the background so that only the sky area was exposed.  From bottom to top, I blended thin stripes of Barn Door, Carved Pumpkin, and Mustard Seed to create the sunset.  The blue part of the sky is layers of, from bottom to top, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot.

I let the background dry for a bit and then began building the tree, starting with the trunk, and then adding the branches, one at a time, from the bottom up, making sure that I had enough room for the girl on the swing.  I stamped all of the three pieces, and the girl on the swing, in Versafine Black Onyx ink. I let the panel dry for another few minutes, and then helped it along by running my heat gun over it.

I used an anti-static powder tool to prep the bottom right corner and then I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink.  I poured Hero Arts white embossing powder over that area, tapped off the excess, and hit it with my heat gun. To finish up, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks for swinging by!

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Hello

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Hi there!

Today’s card uses the Botanic Hello stamp from Mama Elephant.  I love this giant stamp which stamps the entire image you see here.

I started by trimming an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper with the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangles die set.  Then I stamped the image in Versafine ink, poured Hero Arts white embossing powder over top, tapped off the excess, and hit it with a heat gun.

For watercolors, I used colors from the Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Color Pocket Plus Set of 24 Half Pans.  I used Alazarin Crimson Hue for the flowers, and Sap Green for the leaves.  The sentiment is Payne’s Gray.  I did some very basic watercoloring, going back in to add some details with the same color once the base layer had dried a bit.

When the panel was dry, I adhered it to an A2-sized piece of Recollections gray kraft cardstock and then adhered that, in turn, to an A2-sized card base.  And that finished today’s card.

Thanks for swinging by!

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I Love You More Than Coffee

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Happy Monday!  Another Monday, another coffee-themed card.  🙂

Today’s card uses the Perfect Blend stamp set from Neat and Tangled.

I began by stamping the coffee cup and saucer image onto a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock in Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink.  I did some quick coloring  using BV11 and BV for the cup, and C1 for the shading around the cup.  I also used a Copic Multiliner pen to fill in the saucer line which is actually two fine lines very close together but which I had trouble getting to stamp as two separate lines. I then stamped the brown coffee and hearts image in Hero Arts Cup O’ Joe ink and fussy cut around the saucer.

I took a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock and trimmed it with the largest die from the My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangles die set.  Using a foam blending tool, I blended a very soft cloud of Shaded Lilac Distress Ink around the center of the card.  It’s so soft that it was very hard to photograph!  To create a splatter effect over the purple halo I also sprinkled some water over the card, let it sit for a few seconds, and then dabbed it up with a paper towel.

Using a Misti stamping tool, I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink, and then stamped the set of hearts in Altenew Lavender Fields ink.

Finally, I popped up the saucer and mug using foam tap and then adhered the card front to an A2-sized piece of Recollections gray kraft paper which I in turn adhered to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks for stopping by!

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So Good To See You

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Happy Friday!

Today’s card uses the small Good to See You stamp set from Neat and Tangled. I had a vision for how I’d use this set but I ended up with something completely different.  I hate to give up on a card!

I started by trimming a piece of Neenah Solar White #80 Classic Crest cardstock with the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangles die set.  Then I stamped the flower image twice, at 2 o’clock and 8 o’clock, using Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink.  I used a Misti Stamping tool to do this, rotating the card 180 degrees so that I didn’t have to re-position the stamp.  I also stamped the image twice more onto scrap pieces of the same cardstock.

I did some very quick and simple Copic coloring using RV17 and RV69 for the flowers, and YG17 and YG23 for the leaves.  I filled in the very small circles around the flowers using RV11.  I cut out the two flower bunches that were stamped on scrap cardstock using a Brother ScanNCut2 and set them aside.

I heat embossed the sentiment using VersaMark ink and Ranger Liquid Platinum.  Then I adhered the cut leaves using foam tape for some added dimension.

Last, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized piece of Recollections kraft cardstock, and in turn adhered that to an A2-sized card base, and that finished up today’s card.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great start to your weekend!

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Good Days Start With Coffee

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Hello and happy Monday!  Today’s an especially happy Monday for me, since I’m taking the day off of work.  I’ve got errands to run and chores to do, but I’m hoping to squeeze in some bonus crafting time 🙂

Today’s quick and easy card uses supplies from a few different companies: Altenew’s Coffee Love stamp set, Studio Calico’s Coffee by One Little Bird stamp set, and My Favorite Things’ Sun Ray stencil.

20180506_103157.jpgI started by taping the stencil over an piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock.  Since the sun area of the stencil was smaller than the coffee pot, I created a larger circular mask using Judikins Eclipse Tape and the 9th largest die from the Hero Arts Infinity Nesting Circles die set.  I stuck the mask over stencil and then used a foam blending tool to blend Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink from the center of the sun out to the edges of the card.  Then, I blended Mustard Seed Distress Ink, a slightly darker yellow, from the center and out only an inch or two so that the rays fade out to the lighter yellow near the edges of the card.

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With the rays complete, I placed the negative part of the mask over the body of the sun and used the blending tool to add Mustard Seed ink to the center of the sun.

Then, I used a Misti Stamping Tool to stamp the French press and the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink.

Finally, I trimmed the card front to 4″ x 5.25″, added foam tape to the back, and adhered it to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks for stopping by!

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