I’ve not been well for the past 6 weeks or so and as a result, my creative mojo has disappeared. When I’m empty of ideas, I use other crafters on YouTube to inspire me. These cards were inspired by Jo Rice’s tutorial for Lavinia Stamps – a recent, new find for me; they have some beautiful stamping goodies!
To begin, I stamped the dandelions around two diagonally opposite corners in black ink. I used Versafine Clair in Nocturne for the first time and I love the intense black of this ink.
Next, I added a touch of colour by stencilling gently with some pale blue ink.
To finish, I added a sentiment and heat embossed with some clear powder. I also added a few tiny dots of glue onto the dandelions and sprinkled on some glitter, although you can’t really see this on the photo.
I’ve also been trying out Distress Oxide inks so for my second card, I did the stencilling first as using Oxide ink over stamps, the ink sits on top as it’s quite opaque.
Stamping over Distress Oxides also produces strange results as the Oxide ink reacts with the moisture in the black ink. I’m still learning the best ways to use the Oxide inks but I do love their soft, chalky finish. The sentiment on this is a great one from Inkylicious.
I had intended my second card to be a slimline (DL) card but I dropped the inked stamp on one end so had to chop it down and mat and layer it to a C6 size instead.
You’ve probably noticed that I’m quite a fan of the Anita Jeram stamps by Colorado Craft Company. My latest purchase is this really cute (and large) stamp set, called Home Sweet Home so it’s ideal for new home cards but what I love about this one is its versatility as it’s useful for masculine cards, with a suitable colour palette.
As I was using watercolour, I stamped the scene and the individual elements then taped them to a board to stop any warping.
I painted the scene but didn’t bother with the parts the individual elements would cover. The small elements were painted and then die-cut.
As I couldn’t find a suitable place on the front of the card to put the sentiment, I stamped it on the card liner and added one of the small stamps, which was also stamped on the envelope.
After mounting the scene on the card base, I popped up the elements on foam squares for some added dimension.
I love how these simple line drawn animals have such character!
My cards this week use Altenew Rolled Roses dies and are a two for one: the roses I die cut for the first card gave me left overs that I used to create a second.
To begin, I adhered a sheet of adhesive to the back of some cream, red and green card before die-cutting several of the roses and leaves. I wanted to use the outside frame of the cream and inlay with the coloured cards.
After infilling the roses, I realised that I could use the coloured frames to create another card. I used coloured roses and leaves to be the focus images but added cream frames to fill the gaps.
For the inside, I used an offcut and stamped the envelope with a cute little Anita Jeram stamp I got free from Seven Hills Crafts with a recent purchase.
To finish, I heat embossed some gold dots on the panel. The sentiment was also heat embossed in gold and mounted on a piece of gold card.
The second card was finished with some gold coloured rhinestones and a sentiment.