This Sunday in the UK is Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day, so my cards this week are the ones I made for my Mum and Mum-in-law. I’ve had the Frosted Florals set together with the matching Frosted Bouquet framelits but hadn’t got around to playing with them so I made them the star turn for this card. I also used the Jar of Love set and matching Everyday Jars framelits. Whilst this is a Mother’s Day card, it could easily be adapted for birthday, anniversary, thank you or get well card – indeed anything for which you’d send a bunch of flowers! I made a birthday card earlier in the year using Lovely Lipstick, Smoky Slate and Mint Macaron and I really like these colours together so I used that colour palette here too.
Firstly, I stamped the card liner and the envelope with same designs. I really like the thistle/teasel image (that was my reason for buying this set actually!) so that was my main focus. I made it dual coloured by using sponge daubers to apply the ink.
Next, I stamped and die cut a bunch of flowers and foliage. I also stamped a jar onto some velum and added some clear embossing powder to give it a ‘glassy’ look. The great thing about velum is that you don’t need to use Versamark ink to heat emboss as regular ink stays wet for about 2½ weeks (more or less!) on velum so there’s plenty of time to get the embossing powder on there.
I die cut another jar in white card and held it in position with some temporary adhesive whilst I stamped the background foliage. This is stamped directly onto the card front to provide some dimension and contrast to the other layers added later.
The next stage was to arrange the die cut foliage, cutting off the stems that went below the top of the jar.
The focal images of roses and thistles were added to complete arrangement. The jar didn’t look quite right ‘floating’ in mid-air so I partially stamped the Buffalo Check to sort of resemble a tablecloth.
I put a couple of silver glitter hearts on the jar back, coloured the back of the velum jar with an alcohol marker to make the water, and then glued the velum jar top onto the white back. A little Mint Macaron twine around the jar neck and bow completed the jar which I attached to the card with Dimensionals, ensuring the top of the jar covered over the cut edges of the stems. The card top was mounted on Lovely Lipstick Foil and then glued to a Mint Macaron card base. A small stitched oval stamped with the sentiment from the Tea Together completed the card.
The idea for this card came to me whilst trying to think of a quick project to make an anniversary card for Mr L. It had to be quick as we were going on holiday for our anniversary and I had to make it in the hour before the taxi picked us up and I hadn’t even finished packing! Panic crafting at it’s best!! It uses the partial die cutting technique to get the opening heart shape and would be perfect for anniversary, valentine and wedding cards. I also wanted to have a go at hand lettering for the sentiment to fill the heart spaces.
Since the card for Mr L was made in somewhat of a rush, it opens the wrong way (!) and the front heart overhangs the edge. I had thought that was an error but when I made the MkII version, I realised it was due to the card stock not being wide enough so the second version is only single fold rather than bifold. I used a heart die but circle dies would also work.
The partial die cut is made by placing the die in position on the card front, overlapping the score line, and lining the top cutting pad up along the score line.
When run through the Big Shot, the die will not cut beyond the cutting pad. I trimmed the excess off down the score line to create the heart shaped front.
I die cut a smaller heart for the front and a piece of Gingham Gala DSP for the inside and decorated them with hand lettering.
I used the cat punch and some silver glimmer paper to make the two cats for the front.
I also punched two cats from the gingham paper for the back of the cats.
I reversed the cats on this card and intertwined the tails rather than having them head to head.
I love cats so when the Nine Lives stamp set appeared in the spring/summer catalogue, I had to have it. I like that you can use just the outline kitty or stamp different fur pattern effects on top. There’s a coordinating punch too which has been out for a while that saves some fussy cutting!
At a recent Stampin’ Up! team event, I watched a demonstration on mirror stamping. This technique does what it says on the tin in that it allows you to create a mirror image of the stamp. It works best using line images rather than solid ones and needs a Stamparatus or other stamp positioning tool and a silicone mat.
I thought the outline cat stamp would be suitable for this technique so to begin with, I mounted the stamp in the Stamparatus and stamped the image onto the silicone mat.
Carefully place the card face down onto the mat and close the Stamparatus plate to use the stamp to transfer the ink from the silicone mat onto the card using firm pressure over the image. Next turn the card over and stamp the image as normal and you should have the image and its mirrored counterpart next to each other!
It took me a few practices to get the pressure right so that I didn’t smudge the image or only partially transfer it.
I had hoped the cats would look like they were friends but they don’t look overly friendly. Anyone who shares their home with cats will know that they have their own agenda and will do exactly as they please! It seems that stamped cats are exactly the same!! I added some hearts from the same set and a couple of linen thread bows in a desperate attempt to make it into an anniversary card.
For my second card, I wanted to use the punch to make a ‘fun pun’ card. After punching a cat silhouette from basic grey, smoky slate, basic black and silver foil card, I cut a square card front, marked the half way points and placed a cat in each quarter. I used a black marker to write the French numbers un…deux…trois and then CAT rather than quatre for a bit of fun! Some paw prints and a dashed line finished the front which was mounted on a Basic Grey card base. Très jolie!
This is a technique I was introduced to at the Stampin’ Up! team training last month. It uses outline stamps that you would usually colour in but patterned paper is used instead. It requires some fussy cutting but the finished look is really quite effective.
The demonstration used the Beautiful You stamp set which looked great but I don’t have that so I used the Tea Together set as it was the only suitable set I have that would work with the technique. I also used some blue Gingham Gala DSP and a Balmy Blue card base.
First, I stamped the cup image and then stamped it again on a Post-it Note to create a mask and fussy cut around the right-hand side of the image. This is because I wanted to create some perspective by stamping the teapot so that it looks like it’s placed behind the cup.
Once this was done, I stamped both images onto the gingham paper.
I decided which parts of the images I wanted to have the gingham pattern and fussy cut them (I later decided against the teapot lid).
All that was left to do was to glue the patterned paper into the appropriate positions and then mounted the piece onto the card base. I finished the card with some flower shaped sequins.
What a lovely few days of glorious weather we’ve enjoyed this week. 18°C in February is unseasonably warm but the sunshine was a welcome change from the gloomy grey cloud that’s been around for most of the winter. The lovely weather inspired us to get outside and do some gardening and I ended up doing quite a lot of weeding. Whilst this is a tedious occupation, I do like that you can see what you’ve achieved at the end! It was whilst I was on my hands and knees in the middle of the border that I saw my first bee of the year. I love bees and find it fascinating watching them buzzing around collecting pollen. It was a white-tailed bumble bee which flew past me to explore the camelia bush and it inspired my crafting this week.
I used the bees from the Stampin’ Up! Dragonfly Dreams and Detailed Dragonfly thinlits.
For my first cards, I die cut a couple of banners and stamped the bee and coloured it in using the Wink of Stella brush and some Gold Glimmer Paint. The first banner was mounted on some Gingham Gala DSP on a black card base and finished with some yellow organdie ribbon and black twine.
The second card used a similar banner decorated with Crushed Curry satin ribbon and some linen thread. This banner was mounted onto the card base which had been stamped with a repeating bee pattern.
For the third card, I used a hexagon embossing folder as the background as I thought it went with the bee theme, looking like honeycomb. I used a couple of stitched rectangle frames to back the sentiment (from the Part Of My Story set) and punched the sentiment out using the Pretty Label punch.
The bee was cut out using the die and black card which I then inlaid with some sparkle and gold glimmer paper. (For the inlaid technique, see the Dragonflies and Dandelions post from Oct 4th 2018.)
The final card uses another inlaid bee, this time using the Country Florals embossing folder. I used Crushed Curry card and added a little matching ink mixed with some gold glimmer paint to add a little more contrast.
The embossing folder is incredibly detailed, as you can see from this angle.
Unfortunately, Storm Freya is hitting our shores this weekend so it seems that spring is not here yet after all.