I loved making this week’s card for our friend that had her first baby recently. I don’t have a lot of use for stamps aimed at making children’s cards but I bought the Baby Bear set as you’re never too old for a teddy bear! This is a retired stamp set but I’ve kept mine as I really like that bear and how he comes to life with the three layers of ink. I’ve also got a couple of handy tips on repeat stamping and extending the use of dies.
This was a bigger card than usual as I wanted it to be a square Z-fold card. I fancied a gingham style background but didn’t have anything in my stash that was pink so used the Buffalo Check background stamp and some Rococo Rose ink. The stamp was a little small for my background so I used the Stamparatus to do some repeat stamping. I first stamped the check background and marked an arrow on my grid paper where the edge of the stamp came to. Next, I moved the card so that the left-hand edge of the stamped image lined up with the arrow (1) and then stamped again (2). This then gave me a bigger stamped image to centre my cut out.
Next, I stamped the three bear images in 1. Sahara Sand, 2. Crumb Cake and 3. Early Espresso.
To add a bit of extra dimension to him, I applied some fine-tipped glue to his nose and eyes and set aside to dry. This gave his eyes and nose a shiny finish.
I used the sentiments from the set and a stitched rectangle die. This worked fine for the first sentiment but was too short for the second. However, a way to get more from your dies is to only partially cut the die by lining up the top cutting plate before the end of the die. The Big Shot won’t cut where there’s no top plate leaving a partially cut shape. Then simply move the die to the end of the sentiment and repeat the process on the other end of the die.
I mounted the pieces on a Rococo Rose base layer, the gingham layer and the bear on top, adorned with a pink bow.
The inside was layered the same way. Here’s the bird’s eye view of the finished Z-fold.
This week, I learned that a technique that I’ve been using for years actually has a name! It’s called the Faux Torn technique, as the finished card looks like it has a torn strip of patterned paper stuck to the card when it’s actually an inked panel. It’s very simple to do and a change of the inked colours or stamped images completely alters the look.
To begin, I tore the edges off the sticky edge of a post-it note although torn copier paper will do just fine too.
Next, I blended two or three complementary colours into the torn gap, followed by some simple stamping.
Lastly, I added a greeting and mounted the card on layers to match the blended colours.
This is another version done in different colours and stamp.
For this card, rather than just simple stamping, I heat embossed the design and then used the Subtle embossing folder for some texture.
My last card was a card for my in-laws’ 40th wedding anniversary. I repeated the torn panel to cover more of the card background.
Four cards, each with a completely different look!
Here we are at the end of the 4th week of lockdown in the UK and it’s presented me with a few firsts. My first new experience was to cut Mr L’s hair! Now, I’ve never cut anyone’s hair before but I’ve watched our hairdresser cut Mr L’s hair many times. She makes it look so easy. It isn’t! It took me a while but we got there in the end and Mr L still has both ears!
My second ‘first’ was to attempt to make naan breads. I’d made my favourite dhal recipe when I noticed a naan bread recipe in the same book and, since we had all the ingredients, I though I’d have a bash. They were not quite like the restaurant ones but were delicious nonetheless.
My third ‘first’ was an introduction to a technique called Inlaid Embossing. Amanda (from Inspiring Inkin’) showed this on her Facebook crafting group this week and it looked interesting.
To begin, I used the ½”, ¾” and 1” circle punches to cut a mix of circles in 3 coordinating colours.
These were glued randomly onto my mat layer and any overhanging edges trimmed off.
I then put the pieces into embossing folders and ran them through the Big Shot to create a textured background.
I didn’t want to overwhelm the background as that was the main feature so I used some polka dot ribbon and a butterfly from Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Gala.
My second card featured burlap ribbon and a tree from Rooted in Nature.
My creative mojo seems to have deserted me ☹. I am feeling rather unsettled due to the uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus outbreak although I’m lucky that I have no family or friends that are infected. Whether it’s this or something else entirely, I don’t know but I can’t seem to get my creative juices flowing and think of anything new. So, this week’s mother’s day cards are a remake of an oldie; the eclipse card but with new papers.
I used the Magnolia Lane and Parisian Blossoms DSP for these cards with coordinating mat layers and card base. I make 2 cards; one each for my lovely Mum and lovely Mum-in-law.
I began by decorating the card liner and envelope using the strip trimmed off the front piece of DSP and stamped with the sentiment from Tea Together.
Next, I used the (retired) large letter framelits to cut out MU.
Once this was done, I replaced the M and cut that out and then glued the DSP onto the mat layer.
I adhered foam strips onto the back of the letters and stuck them into their corresponding spaces. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on a thin strip of Whisper White, flagged one end and added an enamel heart.
My challenge to myself this week was to make a masculine card. I used the skeleton leaves from Stampin’ Up! Rooted In Nature for my background design but didn’t fancy the trees as the focal image. Instead I opted to make the sentiment the focal image and add interest with texture with heat and dry embossing.
First, I random stamped the skeleton leaves with Versamark, added copper whisperembossing powder and heat set. Texture 1 complete!
The second texture was created by using copper glimmer paper and the hammered metal 3D embossing folder. The third was Old Olive paper and the Subtle embossing folder.
Many of the Stampin’ Up! sentiments are quite scripty and not necessarily what I would use for a bloke’s card; I prefer thick brush script or block lettering. Instead, I used an Avery Elle set which always makes me smile. I stamped with Early Espresso ink and then applied clear embossing powder over the top to give some extra oomph since it was the focal element.
The last job was to assemble, using lots of wet glue to glue those textures together. I added a small strip from the Old Olive layer and popped the sentiment up on dimensionals.