Mr L gave me the idea for this week’s card where sometimes, a coffee just won’t cut it! In the Nothing’s Better Than stamp set, there are lots of fun little phrases to pair with the main words but none that quite say this. I first tried doing small lettering like the stamps but the big, bold lettering worked better for the feel of the card.
I used the Love You More Than dies and wanted my focal words to stand out on a background. For the words, I blended Misty Moonlight/Smoky Slate and So Saffron/Rococo Rose onto two pieces of white card. For the black backgrounds, I drew around the outside of the die and fussy cut.
The black halo really helps the words have drama!
Next, using my grid paper, I experimented with wording layouts and styles, eventually choosing a plain, bold style. I transferred this onto vellum before transferring onto the card using my light box.
To finish, I stamped the coffee cup and cocktail glass, colouring with the same inks and die cutting, then adhering to the card. The words were raised on foam adhesive.
Sometimes you don’t need the whole picture presented to you, just snippets in spotlights. That was my inspiration for my card this week anyway. I like the Stampin’ Up! Field of Flowers for silhouette images but I’m not keen on the coloured version so I thought I’d play around with it to see how I could use the coloured stamps on a card using the spotlight technique.
I began by stamping the leaves in Mint Macaron and the flowers in Rococo Rose, Highland Heather and So Saffron together with a few dragonflies in Smoky Slate. Then I used various punches to cut circles to make my spotlights.
Next, I made my background by stamping the sentiment and ink blending a few circles using my sponge daubers and my homemade circle mask.
For the liner and envelope, I punched a circle from a post-it note and stamped the images into the hole so that the image would have a circular shape to mirror the spotlights on the fronts.
Lastly, I assembled the card, gluing some spotlights directly onto the card front and raising some up on foam dimensionals, and adding a few rhinestones.
I’m really happy with the results of my experiment!
This week’s card is inspired by a box frame I saw on Pinterest which had 3 pairs of shoes in a shop window using the Stampin’ Up! Dressed To Impress stamp set.
To begin, I stamped 6 shoes on white card and 3 pairs onto patterned paper as I wanted to paper piece my shoes. I cut the shoes out using the coordinating die and fussy cut the patterned shoes, sticking each patterned shoe onto a white background.
Next, I made my shop front. I cut a rectangle out of a piece of card and then ran it through the Brick & Mortar embossing folder. I attached a piece of acetate to the back to create a window and added a scalloped edge canopy over the top of the window.
Posh shoes need a shoe box and I created one using a couple of rectangles of Soft Suede card. These were glued to a piece of white card and the shoes added on top.
The final part of construction was to adhere the shoe layer onto a Soft Suede mat layer and then glue this to the card front. The shop front was attached using foam tape. Lastly, I added a thin strip of patterned paper and a fun sentiment.
I used 2 pairs of shoes on the previous card (one pair were on the liner) so I quickly made this last card for my 3rd pair. I repeat stamped the shoe image randomly on the card front, added a Highland Heather mat layer stamped around the edge with the rose image, and topped with the shoes and sentiment.