As you can tell, I flipped the sketch horizontally for my card. I used watercolor for the background, and painted the poinsettia with Copic markers before die-cutting it and mounting it to the front of my card with foam adhesive.
I added the Happy Holidays sentiment from a the Simon Says Stamp Gifts of Love stamp set. I stamped it with Versa Fine Onyx Black ink, which is my favorite black ink for stamping sentiments.
I pulled out some Christmas decorations today, too, so I’m slowly getting into the holiday spirit!
Sometimes a simple distress ink-blended background and a big and bold sentiment are all it takes to put together a nice thank you card!
The two cards were made for two college students who worked for me (at my day job!) this summer. They were such a great help to me that I was really sad to see them go. Somehow bright, colorful handmade cards eased the pain just a bit. :)
I had an ink blended panel kicking around my craft room, that I had made during #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge. To make the panel, I blended an assortment of distress inks onto some white 80lbpaper in rough rainbow order. I then added some water droplets which bleached out certain areas and created what looks to me like a nice bokeh effect. I then used a 5″x 3.75″stitched rectangle die to cut two panels from the larger piece.
I’ve found that I like using the Zig markers with water to create a water-colored effect. I just lay down some color with the marker and use a paintbrush to pull the color around and do some shading. I only have the six color set, but it’s easy to blend colors and/or use varying amounts of water to achieve different color values. For the wreath around the fox I used a combination of blue, green and yellow in various places.
Since these cards are pretty clean and simple I used some foam tape to attach my critters and sentiments to give it some dimension. I also used my Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die and some patterned paper for the panel to finish up this card. Then I did a little dance because this stamp set is just too cute!
It’s time to resurrect this blog. I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long! No excuses, really. I got busy doing home improvement work (and I do plan to share some before and after photos soon), and then days turned into weeks turned into months. Going forward, I’m going to do my best to post weekly, and get back into the swing of things. I’ve even got a (mostly) functional craft room now, and having a space for creative work really makes a difference.
About a month ago, we had a housewarming party. It was great! Lots of friends and family came by to celebrate our new house with us and it was so nice to fill our new home with people we love. After the party, I got busy making thank you cards (lots of which have appeared on my instagram feed).
Phew, it’s been a while since my last post. It’s also been a while since I’ve made a card. I’m having serious withdrawals. Right now, about 99% of my time (outside of work) is taken up with prepping our new house. We’ve removed all kinds of wallpaper, and have added a layer of drywall to all of the to-be-painted rooms, and now we’re in the sanding and painting phase. Things are coming along. Slowly but surely. Otherwise, I’ve had no time to be creative and it’s making me a bit sad. Soon, I hope.
To cure the longing, at least temporarily, I’m sharing a card I made several months ago using the Studio Calico Cirque Card Kit, some vellum, embossing powder, a Mama Elephant Lots of Stars die, a sewing machine. I’m a little obsessed with using a sewing machine and thread to make shaker cards. I love how the vellum creates a soft look and allows you to make a shaker card with a lot less bulk (so it’s easier to send through the mail). I left little tails of thread hanging off of each side of the card because it somehow reminded me of hot balloons, or balloons in general, and added a little more whimsy.
How can you not love a card with a tiny super hero and her super hero cat on it?!
For this card, I simply die-cut a circle window into a card panel. Then, I stamped my super-girl onto another panel, masked her off and used distress inks to color a yellow and orange background (I even added a few water droplets to the distress ink because..why not?). It ended up looking like the little lady is flying a bit too close to the sun!
I colored the little kitty to match, mounted him (her?) on the front of the panel next to the sentiment, and then stamped a few stars here and there to add a little oomph.