Musing Mouch

This week’s post is inspired by another YouTube video for Lavinia stamps, this one by Eileen Godwin.  The main feature of the card is the silhouette of the cat, Mooch; I just love him!

To begin, I used my brushes and a combination of grey and pink inks and the Lavinia Charming stencil.

I was aiming for a rough heart shape.

Next, I stamped mooch using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.

Lastly, I added the Star Cluster, also from Lavinia around Mooch’s head.  I realised that this stage that the layout of the card didn’t sit quite right so I added some text using Inkylicious Background Text stamp and a Stampin’ Up! sentiment.  This panel was then mounted on a cream 4” square card base.

For the other card, I kept it simple and just cut it down into a smaller square and layered onto a pink mat.

Which do you prefer? I think the second, simpler one is my favourite.

Dreamy Dandelions

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.

Fancy Fold: Triple Step Card

I saw this design on Pinterest whilst searching for fancy fold ideas.  As both cards I saw were on foreign websites, I couldn’t get the name of the design so I’ve called mine the Triple Step Card as I think it looks like 3 steps!

I’ve made a template so I can remember what to do in future! It’s in inches but if you wanted to use cm and an A4 piece of card, cut the card base to 22½cm x 13½cm and instead of 2”, cut and score at 4½cm intervals.  Actually, the metric sized card would probably fit in a shop bought 6” square envelope – mine was a bit tight!

For added interest, I wanted to add mats and layers to decorate my card.  My cut pieces were as follows:

Top layers: two 3½” x 3½” and seven 1½” x 1½” pieces

Mat layers: two 3¾” x 3¾” and seven 1¾” x 1¾” pieces

To begin, I stamped my images using Versamark and added white embossing powder before setting with my heat gun.  I used the SU! Hand Drawn Blooms stamp and Crumb Cake card.

After stamping, I used coloured pencils to add some colour to the bigger flowers and leaves.  I didn’t worry about fully colouring everything, just the odd splash of colour here and there.  I used a sponge dauber to add a bit of ink to the edges of the pieces, to give an antiqued look, before mounting on the white mat layers.

My card base was Blushing Bride and I added a panel onto the back for space to write my message.

The final job was to adhere the panels onto the card base.  I felt that the bow didn’t really stand out very well so I added some white twine and a bow to finish and a few rhinestones onto the main panel.

It was only when I’d finished that I realised it was a bit of a squeeze to get the card into my square envelope so I used my envelope punch board and some DSP so make an envelope that would accommodate the card comfortably.

I love the decorative nature of 3D cards – they make a real statement!

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