Cards

Autumn Leaves

With the crazy weather we’ve been having here in New England (in the 70s three days ago and today we are barely in the 30s), it feels like the Fall has been pretty fleeting. Not much color on the trees, and some trees didn’t have much of a chance to put on a show before all the rain we’ve been having wiped out all of their leaves too soon! But, some of the Fall themed cards I’ve been making have at least helped me get into the spirit of Autumn, my favorite season.

Wplus9 Autumn Leaves thank you card

This little card is inspired by the first card (by Dawn of Wplus9) in this post, and  these cards made by Kara over at K and R Designs. I loved how both ladies mixed outline stamps with solid images, and I also loved their choice of color scheme, so I played around with that a bit myself. I used similar ink colors and images from both the Wplus9 Autumn Leaves stamp set and the Botanical Bunch stamp set.

Wplus9 Autumn Leaves thank you card

I should also mention that I was inspired to purchase this stamp set because of the amazing things Natalia Valkovskaya creates with it! You can find a post of some beautiful cards she made here, but she also has a great instagram page.

Wplus9 Autumn Leaves thank you card

The sentiment comes from the Brush Stroke Messages stamp set, and I added some detail around the edge of the panel by running the edges through my ink pad (which I believe was Lava Rock). Then, a few sequins to finish it off after mounting it to a smaller-than-4bar card base.

Wplus9 Autumn Leaves thank you card

Have a great day!

kimberly

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All You Need is Ice Cream

The weather is getting warmer, you guys! Actually a little too warm. It was 85 degrees last week. In April! Kind of eerie, but I do appreciate the fact that I was able to get outside and plant my raised bed/container garden this past weekend. Small victories!

SSS All you need is ice cream

If you know me personally, then you know that I’m kind of an ice-cream-aholic. It’s my favorite. My mother even bought me my own ice cream maker a few years ago. She knows. And when the weather gets warmer, I seem to want ice cream all day every day. So, this stamp set is also a favorite, because of all the fun ice cream images. I haven’t played with it too much, but I did put together this quick card not too long ago, right in the middle of my one-layer watercolor card phase.

SSS All you need is ice cream

I stamped out a little parade of popsicles and ice cream treats with Intense Black ink, and also added a sentiment from the same Ice Cream Dream stamp set. I then painted a wash over the top in various shades of green using my Gansai Tambi watercolors. A run through my die cutting machine with a stitched rectangle die to embellish the edges of the card, a card base, a few sequins in coordinating colors and I was finished! Yum!

SSS All you need is ice cream

Now that I’m looking at this card again, it seems that I basically made a card by myself, for myself. ha. :)

What’s your favorite warm weather treat?

kimberly

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Nautical Theme Card Set

Here we are in the middle of winter and I’m making card sets with sea turtles and jelly fish on them. Probably because I’m already pretty sick of shoveling. I’m looking forward to warmer weather soon!

Have a beautiful day card set

This set of cards is heavily inspired by a card made by Joan over at Dear Paperlicious. I recently discovered her blog and I love all of the cards she makes! When I saw the almost-one-layer card she made with similar stamps (with a beautiful cobalt-colored ink that I was wishing I had in my stash!) I couldn’t resist stamping a similar card of my own.

Have a beautiful day card set

I chose four colors of ink for the four cards I planned to make: Fog, High Dive, Soft Navy and Teeny Bikini. I then masked off my already-cut A-2 card bases with some painter’s tape, so that I could stamp my pattern but leave a large white space at the bottom of each card for the sentiment that I’d add later on.

Have a beautiful day one layer card

I loaded up some acrylic blocks with several of the smallest images from the July My Monthly Hero kit by Hero Arts (sadly, it’s now sold out – but this design will work with any small stamps!). I stamped all over the un-masked area of my cards and really packed those images in there! I made sure to clean off my stamps really well before switching to a different color for the next card. Although the process of stamping the pattern one image at a time was a bit tedious, I found it quite relaxing – which is probably why I made several of these!

Have a beautiful day card

Once I’d finished stamping, I would remove the painter’s tape to reveal a nice white space on the lower third of the card. I wanted to delineate the space a bit more, so I used my VersaMarker and a ruler to draw a line across the card where the stamping stopped and the white space began. Then I added some Liquid Platinum embossing powder and used a dry paintbrush to brush away some bits here and there so the line was a little less perfect. Finally, I used my heat tool to emboss the jagged little line I had made, and I think that little detail helped to add some interest and balance to the card. I then found a very simple sentiment (also part of the July Hero kit) and stamped that in VersaFine Onyx Black ink below the line I’d just made. VersaFine ink is my favorite for stamping sentiments!

Have a beautiful day one layer card set

I ended up chopping off about a quarter inch from the bottom of each card because I felt the white space I had left was a little too much, but there you have it! A simple one-layer card in a style that lends itself to any kind of little stamps – not just fish and sea turtles and coral! I think I’ll box these up in a set and gift them to a friend.

I hope everyone is having an excellent weekend!

kimberly

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Masking + Ink Blending

Hi! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and long weekend!

Today I’m sharing two cards I made for the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge that involve the same masking technique. I measured out evenly spaced and evenly sized squares across the card panel and then made some masks. I masked off each square and I also made a mask from a die (that coordinated with a stamp set that I already had) to save some white space for the stamped image, which I added later. I first saw this technique on Debby Hughes’ blog Lime Doodle Design – for a link to her post and video, click here. If you don’t know her work already, I strongly urge you to check out her blog – she’s fabulous!

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For the first card, I used little finger daubers to blend distress ink over each square in coordinating colors masking off each rectangle as I went.  I used feathers from the Dream Believer stamp set, and coordinating dies for masks. I stamped the feathers in fog ink (I think if I did this again I would use a different color) and then used a Wink of Stella marker to add a ton of sparkle to each feather image.  I off-set the sentiment a bit, ran the panel through my die cutting machine with a stitched rectangle die to give some interest to the edge, and mounted the panel to a card base.
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For the cupcake card (stamped with Wplus9 Sweets and Treats stamps and masked with the coordinating dies) I followed the same technique, but used Copic markers to color the images. I think I like how this one turned out best – I found that the Altenew inks I used for this card blended nicely for me. I didn’t cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die, but instead heat-embossed the edges with some clear embossing powder. Unfortunately, you can’t see that in the photograph, but in person it gives the panel a bit more interest. I definitely want to try this technique again, with some different images and maybe some softer colors. I think it’s a great way to make an interesting one-layer card, especially since I don’t make many of those!

kimberly