Mother’s Day Moggy

Happy Mother’s Day!  My cards this week are the ones I made for my Mum and Mum-in-law using the Colorado Craft Company For Mom stamp set, another one by Anita Jeram.

Firstly, I stamped the main image and coloured it with my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.  I tried to add some variety of shade but didn’t bother to blend the colours.

My plan was to blend the pencil colour using Zest-it Pencil Blend and some paper stumps.  It’s my first time using this and it worked well.  It’s an oily texture and I poured some onto a sponge I’d put in a small jar so I could dab the stumps onto the sponge.  This was a tip I got from a Sandy Allnock video. 

For the background, I repeat stamped one of the smaller stamps from the set with Versamark and heat set with clear embossing powder.  I also added this stamp to the envelope and liner of the card.

To finish the card, the panel and sentiment were mounted on a stitched panel before being adhered to the background and then attached to a pink card base. For a little dimension, I added some clear Nuvo drops onto the flower, the teacup and the teapot lid.

Two cards, the same but different.

Sending Love

Following a tidy up of my craft room, I realised that I have so many stamp sets and dies that I bought ages ago that have been either rarely, or never, used so I’m making an effort to give them some love.  This week’s post features a first outing for the Lawn Fawn Love Letters stamp set.

To create a background of envelopes, I had in mind that I’d do it with my stamp positioner.  However, on starting using that, it was clear that it was going to be a complete faff so I just stamped them free hand instead.  I used MFT Hybrid ink as it’s Copic-friendly.

I coloured the hearts in a rainbow pattern with my Copic markers.  For some accent pieces, I stamped and fussy cut some envelopes and a sentiment from Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy.

The sentiment was mounted onto two of the envelopes and popped up on foam tape.

To finish, the other two accent envelopes were adhered using foam squares and an enamel heart embellishment added to the open envelope.  A little blob of clear Nuvo Drops was added to each heart to finish and the panel mounted onto a black mat and a red card base.

Cardstock Strips

This week’s card is one I made after watching the fabulous Jennifer McGuire on YouTube.  Her card looked so elegant so I wanted to have a go.  On reflection, I think I could have done with a larger stencil that covered more of the card.

To begin, I cut a bunch of strips of various widths from 4 colours of card.  This is a great way to use up some of those off-cuts!

Next, I glued the strips onto some scrap paper and trimmed the panel to the height of the card blank.  With Distress Oxide Weathered Wood, I used a blending brush to stencil the Frame pattern (Sweet Poppy Stencils) centrally onto the panel and card blank.

The birthday and shadow dies are by Honey Bee Stamps and were cut from the same-coloured card as the strips and mounted onto a stitched circle die cut.

I finished the sentiment panel with some stamping.

Due to the stencil not being quite big enough, I thought the card needed a bit more interest so added rhinestones for a touch of bling.