Every once in a while I end up in a little card making rut. During these times I just don’t feel especially motivated or inspired to create. When this happens, I sometimes have to force myself to get in my craft room and crank something out (especially if I need to make a card for a special occasion coming up!). Enter Pinterest. I usually stop there first to search my pinboards for various cards I’ve pinned in the past, to see which catch my eye and which ones I think I can take a bit of inspiration from. It usually works really well, and this time is no exception. So, here are two cards inspired by ones made by Therese Calvird and Laura Bassen.
First up is this birthday card, which uses a repeating “pattern” of sentiments from Altenew’s Label Love set. Since I was making this card for a male recipient, I chose a masculine color theme that is pretty close to the color scheme used in the original inspiration card. The inks I used were Wild Mango, Lake House, High Dive, Fog and Green Apple. Thee sentiment was made with the SSS Painted Happy Birthday die.
The second card is a get well soon card, made with the same color scheme. I used Mama Elephant Brush Strokes stamps to create the design, based on the original Laura Bassen card I used for inspiration. I love how clean and modern-looking it turned out!
The die cut sentiment is from the SSS Sending wafer die, and the sub-sentiment on black cardstock is from the Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set.
Now that I’m feeling more inspired and creative, I’ll be back in my craft room making some more cards as soon as I get the chance!
So, I’m curious, what do you do when you feel like you’re in a creative rut? Do you search for inspiration in Pinterest? Seek inspiration from nature? Browse instagram? I’d love to know!
Well, summer has finally arrived here in New England! After weeks of some very uncooperative whether (hot, cold, rain, cold, warm, hot…etc., etc.) my flowers are all blooming and my vegetable garden is in full swing! And (!) I’m headed to the beach this weekend to celebrate my birthday, which is this Saturday. :)
These cards represent that nice summer-y feeling to me. I put them together pretty quickly, cutting some panels to about 4″ x 5″ and stamping an antique rose onto the bottom left corner of each card in various colors (Hot Mama, High Dive and Onyx Black). Then I cut each panel a bit smaller with a stitched rectangle die and stamped a greeting in a coordinating color.
The sentiments all come from my Doodle Buds stamp set (if you’ve been here a while, you know it’s one of my favorites!), and I thought the font matched the floral image nicely.
I mounted each stamped panel onto a white 4bar-sized card base. I kept these nice and simple – no sequins and just one layer. I really love how they turned out!
Some of these guys will be available in the shop soon!
Have a wonderful day, everyone!
It’s almost Father’s Day, which means the weekend is approaching! This Father’s day card includes some watercolor and my favorite Journaling Alpha dies, which are great for creating sentiments when you have zero fathers day-specific stamps or dies…
I did several watercolor washes on a Canson watercolor paper panel in various shades of blue and green. I also added some blue spatters with the watercolor and white spatters with some white acrylic paint. While that dried, I cut out the letters to spell father from some white cardstock and fun foam, and layered the cardstock on top of the foam with some multi matte adhesive, and set those aside. When the panel was dry, I figured out where I wanted the words happy and day to go. This part of the sentiment comes from the Bold Blooms stamp set, I just cut the stamp apart to separate the words. Yep. Cut it apart. Photo polymer stamps are easy to cut apart and they will fit back together nicely once mounted onto an acrylic block if you want to stamp the whole thing again, so it’s really no big deal if you want to do some stamp surgery!
Anyway, I stamped happy and day on my panel in black ink, and then mounted my die cut letters. I felt the panel still needed something, so I distressed the edges a bit with a distresser tool and then mounted it onto piece of vellum that I tore the edges from to make the whole thing look even more distressed. Unfortunately, the photos don’t pick up that detail. I mounted everything onto an A2-sized card base and called it finished!
Do any of you have special plans for Father’s Day?
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Last week I took a few days off of work and stayed at my parents house to hang out with my grandmother while my parents went on a cruise to Bermuda (I’m still jealous!). During that time, I tried to do a lot of relaxing and figured I’d just take a week off from card making and blogging and I’d be right back at it the following week. The universe had other plans though, and last Friday I came down with some kind of fantastic cold that is still kicking my butt a week later! I muscled through a few days of work this week, but threw in the towel today and stayed home to drink up the last of my DayQuil and binge watch The Americans.
A sick day means I can write a short post about this card – silver linings.
This is a pretty simple one, using the Thinking of You sentiment from the SSS Sending Happy Thoughts set, stamped in VersaMark Onyx Black ink. On separate cardstock, I stamped some Painted Flowers, using Moon Rocks for the outline and Sea Glass and Ocean Waves inks for the interior layers of the flowers. I stamped an inner layer of each leave with some fog ink. I then cut the images out and arranged them on my A2-sized panel. For a finishing touch, I added a whole bunch of black dots using a black Pico Embellisher.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Is it Friday yet?
I’m popping in today to share a sympathy card that is inspired by this one that I shared not too long ago. I simply stamped and heat-embossed an Antique Rose with white embossing powder then painted a wash all over (deepening the color in some places) on some Canson watercolor paper (affiliate link). After painting on several layers of a blue and green wash, I added some paint splatters with watered down white acrylic paint. The splatters don’t show up too well here, but it created a nice soft effect.
The sentiment was created by stacking several with sympathy die cuts on top of each other. I used multi medium matte for all of this, and used the same glue to adhere the finished sentiment to the right side of the panel.
Happy almost Friday!
This is the final post for my little Mother’s Day “series.”
These last few cards were made using a floral stamp from Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp set. For this first card, I just stamped out a simple pattern on some watercolor paper. I then went with a pink, blue and green pastel color pallet and painted the design very loosely. I think the color scheme and the floral image gives the card a very vintage feel over all.
I then decided to keep the rest of the card very simple by just adding “Mom” to the lower right hand corner. I did this using those good old Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas and some multi medium matte glue.
I followed the same general design guidelines for the next card, except I masked off some space at the bottom, and decided to use my Copics to color this one in. I tried to stick to a similar color scheme, too. I used the Journaling Alphas again for part of the sentiment, and then stamped “you make my world brighter” from my Hello Sunshine stamp set as well.
These two card’s aren’t exactly a matched set because of the differences in coloring mediums, but I like the vintage-y feel that both of the cards have.
And lastly, here’s a bonus card! Again, I used the same image from the Beautiful Day stamp set, but stamped it using Pale Blush Pink ink. I masked off the lower portion of the card so that I’d have some white space at the bottom, and also embossed that line of demarcation using some gold embossing powder.
For the sentiment, I cut a medium-sized circle (using this die) and then stamped a sentiment from Wplus9’s Strictly Sentiments 4 set. I then embossed the edges of the circle with gold embossing powder, to tie everything together. I adhered the circle to the lower right of the card using some foam tape.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend – and a great Mother’s Day!
Here we are for the second Mother’s Day card post of the week! Today, I’m sharing a card that is basically a re-make of a thank you card I made not too long ago.
To read more about the technique for this kind of card, check out that post. Suffice it to say here, though, that I just stamped out a pattern using Intense Black Ink using several images from the Hello Sunshine stamp set. I then mixed up some red and white watercolor paints to make a pink-ish tone, that I painted all over the watercolor paper panel, in several layers. I ended up re-outlining each image with a black multiliner pen after the panel was dry.
For the sentiment, I cut some M’s and O’s using Neat & Tangled’s Journaling Alphas. I’m so in love with those! I then used a sentiment from the Hello Sunshine set again, which I just stamped in black onto a strip of white paper. First, I tucked a piece of vellum behind my white sentiment strip, and then attached that to my card with a tiny staple. I then stacked up several M’s and O’s for dimension, and adhered “MOM” with some Multi Medium Matte glue.
Some baby pink sequins as a final touch, and this card was finished! I think if I were to re-create this card, I might stamp the flowers in a lighter color – maybe a brown or a darker pink shade – to add a bit more softness to the card. What do you think?