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!
As well as being a scorcher of a week in the UK this week, it has also been my Dad’s birthday. It was sweltering in my craft room so I ended up making a quick fish-themed card, since fishing is one of my Dad’s hobbies.
To begin, I die cut DAD using some large letter dies and cut the wavy, stitched edge to make the front shorter so that more of the patterned paper would show.
For my card liner, I cut the same wavy edge and attached the offcut of patterned paper from the front of the card. I found another offcut of the same paper so cut out the letters again to stick onto the envelope.
The final steps were some simple sentiment-stamping and gluing the card onto the patterned paper and the counters (the cut-out bits) into the letter holes.
I also made Dad a construction scene cake, inspired by one made by my friend Amanda, from Inspiring Inkin’. (She also has an amazing chocolate buttercream recipe on the same blog post!) Whilst I made the cake, Mr L bought a variety of chocolate goodies to create rocks and boulders, together with many, many Kit Kats for the surround. The mini diggers are from Amazon. Working on this was somewhat of a challenge in the 27˚C heat, I can tell you – it did taste lovely though!
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.