Encouragement Cards, Feel Good Cards

Something Amazing Awaits You On The Horizon

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Hi there, I hope you’re having a lovely start to the weekend!

Today’s card features the Stay Salty stamp set by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen line.  I was really drawn to the sailboat and waves in this set, as well as the sassy sentiments (including “Holy Ship! It’s your birthday!”).

I started by smooshing three Distress Inks (Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China, and Tumbled Glass onto an acrylic block , making sure to overlap the colors slightly.  Then I sprayed the block with water using the Ranger Distress Sprayer (any fine misting spray bottle will work) seven times, from about a foot away.  I turned the block ink-side down and placed it onto an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I used the smooth side of the watercolor paper to get a lovely smooth finish and to have an easy surface to stamp on.

I weighed the block down under a few heavy books and set a timer for five minutes.  When time was up, I removed the books and picked up any excess inky water with a paper towel.  I set aside the panel to dry.

On some scrap pieces of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock, I stamped the sailboat, waves, and cloud images in Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink.  I did some basic coloring using YR68, Y38, and Y35 for the boat’s sails, E35 and E31 for its hull, and BG07, BG05, and BG02 for the waves.  I left the clouds white and then cut out all of the images using my Brother ScanNCut2.

When the background was dry, I adhered the boat using liquid adhesive and then adhered the waves and clouds using foam tape for a bit of dimension.  Then, I used a Misty stamping tool to stamp the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink.  To finish, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

Thank you so much for visiting!

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Just For Fun Cards

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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Feel Good Cards, Just For Fun Cards

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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Birthday Cards

Wishing You A Happy Birthday And Many More To Come

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Hi there, I hope you’re having a great week!

Sometimes, when my mojo is lacking and I just want to play with color, I fall back on a big sentiment that can stand on its own.  Today’s card uses the Wishing You stamp set from Mama Elephant which has a beautiful scripty sentiment and a number of supporting smaller sentiment stamps.

I started by trimming an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper using the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle die set.  Then I stamped the sentiments using VersaMark ink and heat embossed them using Hero Arts white embossing powder.

I used a foam blending tool to blend three colors of Distress Inks at a diagonal, blending the colors into each other.  The colors are Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, and Squeezed Lemonade.  I used a very slightly damp paper towel to wipe away any ink that was sitting over the embossing, to restore its bright white.  Then, I flicked clean clear water onto the panel and let it sit for about 10 seconds before dabbing it up with a paper towel.

Finally, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base and that finished up today’s quick and easy card.

Thanks for coming by!

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Just For Fun Cards

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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Encouragement Cards

Stay Strong

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Hello there, I hope you’re having a wonderful Saturday!

Today’s card is a quick and easy one using the Be Strong stamp set from Ellen Hutson’s Essentials By Ellen line.

I started with an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I smooshed three colors of Distress Ink (Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick, and Spun Sugar) onto an acrylic block, slightly overlapping the colors, and then spritzed the block seven times with a Ranger Distress Sprayer (any fine misting sprayer will do) from about a foot away.  I then turned the block onto the smooth side of the watercolor paper, weighed the block down with a heavy book, and set a timer for five minutes.  When time was up, I slowly removed the block at an angle, lifting from the light pink area first to avoid dragging any dark inky water into the light area.  Then I mopped up some small pools of inky water using a paper towel.

I let the background dry, helping it a long with a heat tool when I got impatient.  Then I trimmed the piece down to about 3.75″ x 5″.  I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Black Onyx ink, and then added foam tape to the back to pop it up from the A2-sized card base that I adhered it to.  And that finished up today’s card.

Thank you for coming by!

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Encouragement Cards, Feel Good Cards, Just For Fun Cards

You’re A Whole Lot Of Lovely

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Hi there!

Today’s card is a quick and easy card using Concord and 9th’s Lovely stamp set and three Distress Ink colors: Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, and Carved Pumpkin.

I started by smooshing the inks onto an acrylic block in a loose diagonal pattern, making sure to overlap the colors slightly.  Then I sprayed the block with water using the Ranger Distress Sprayer (any fine misting spray bottle will do) seven times, from about a foot away.  I turned the block ink side down and placed it onto an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I chose to use the smooth side of the watercolor paper to get a lovely smooth finish and to have an easy surface to stamp on.

I weighed the block down under a few heavy books and set a timer for five minutes.  When time was up, removed the books and slowly removed the block at an angle so that the last part of the block touching the paper was against the darkest color (pink, in this case).  I did this because the inky water tends to pool at the last point of contact and I didn’t want to have a blotch of pink over the orange.  I picked up excess water with a paper towel and then let the piece dry, helping it along by using my heat tool, and then letting it sit under the heavy books again to help flatten it out.

When it was dry, I used a Misti stamping tool to stamp the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink.  To finish, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

I used this watercolor block stamping technique on another recent card where I didn’t weigh down the block with books which results in a more textured finish.  You can read about that here, as well as see pictures of the inked up block.

Thanks for visiting!

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