This week, a parcel from Stampin’ Up! was delivered so I got to play with some goodies from the new catalogue. I really liked the look of the ‘Nothing’s Better Than’ stamp set and thought it would make a great card designed to look like a graffitied wall, albeit quite posh graffiti!
First, I stamped my image and writing in black ink.
Next, I used the block coffee cup to add some colour to the image. I didn’t want a plain colour so applied Pool Party and Pretty Peacock using sponge daubers to give an ombre look.
To get card looking like a wall, I ran the piece through my Big Shot in a brickwork embossing folder.
The final stage was to mount the front onto a black layer and then a Bermuda Bay card base. I stamped the coffee cup on the liner and envelope to finish.
For my second card, I used a cocktails theme, and did the same ombre inking for the drink, using So Saffron and Poppy Parade.
I hope this blog post finds you healthy and well. It’s approaching the end of lockdown week 2 here in the UK but I fully expect that the lockdown will be extended as sadly, the number of Coronavirus deaths is still rising. I am quite enjoying the enforced staying at home time (in between my shifts) as I can do things as and when I feel like it, taking as long as I want as I don’t have to fit them around other engagements. My lovely Pilates teacher has taken her classes online too, which I am very pleased about! I am trying to concentrate on the things I can do, rather than the things I can’t, to stay positive in these strange times. For example, my hair is getting rather long but I was considering a style change anyway so this gives me a head start – no pun intended!
It was whilst I was out sowing carrots in the veg patch that the idea for this card came to me. Our soil is quite stony so we grow carrots in a large container filled with sieved soil. I know, mollycoddled carrots! Anyway, there’s a self-sown poppy growing in there so I’ve just left it to carry on but it brought to mind the Painted Poppies set I’d not yet used. I summoned up my mojo from wherever it’s been hiding for the past couple of weeks and got cracking.
I began by heat embossing the poppies in gold.
Next, I coloured in the petals using my polychromos colouring pencils.
The sentiment is from Peaceful Moments, a handy set to cover most situations. The front was mounted on a Whisper White mat and then onto a Poppy Parade card base.
I then tried a second card using white and colouring with a blender pen and some ink from the pad stamped onto a block.
This didn’t dry as quickly as I thought and I ended up smudging it in a lot of places so it’s not fit to send to anyone but I glued it with temporary adhesive so I could get the contrast with the black version.
Whilst surfing around on Pinterest the other day, I saw a really cool easel card in the shape of a grand piano. I was looking for ideas for an anniversary card for Mr L and was planning on using Stampin’ Up! Music From The Heart so this fancy fold was the perfect match. Most grand pianos I’ve seen are black but I made mine cream, well Vanilla actually!
After I’d cut out my card base and a 5½” square piece for the piano lid, I set to work making the keyboard. I cut 10 pieces of Whisper White card ½” wide for the white keys and 7 pieces of Basic Black card ¼” wide for the black keys I glued the white keys onto a piece of black card and then fixed the black notes on with foam strips as these would form the ‘stopper’ for my easel.
Next, I repeat stamped the wavy keyboard image onto the top of the front section of my easel card base. This would only really be visible when the card was closed.
I stamped the treble clef, stave and some notes on a scrap of Very Vanilla and backed this with a piece of gold glimmer paper to make the music stand. To make it more decorative, I added a section punched from the Pretty Label punch at the top.
Now for the piano lid. To make an approximation of the lid shape, I punched a circle with my 2¼” punch from the top right corner and then used scissors to straighten out the edges. Next, I stamped my sentiment added a red enamel heart. I didn’t think the piano was looking particularly grand so I die cut two flourishes (from the Detailed Deer) from gold card and glued them in place.
Finally, to assemble, I glued the lid onto the bottom half of the front of the card base and glued the music stand in place. This is what the card looks like when it’s closed.
Inside, I layered Basic Black and Real Red and added my decorated inner. The envelope was also stamped with various images from the set.
It was Valentine’s Day on Friday and whilst we don’t buy big presents or go out and get fleeced for a distinctly average meal, I do enjoy making a card for Mr L. He generally gets his crafting on and asks for access to my craft room to make me a card too – which I LOVE! I don’t get many handmade cards. I’ve just got the This Little Piggy set and thought it would be perfect to use for my card using the mirror stamping technique. I wrote a blog post last March on how to do this technique, it’s linked at the end if you’d like a refresh.
To begin, I mirror stamped my pigs.
Next, I coloured them in using some alcohol markers and also drew in some more grass in the gap in the middle to unite the two images.
I then stamped the pig on the front and back of a post-it note and cut around them to create two masks. Note: The ink stamped on the adhesive on the back of the note stayed wet for a long time so I repeatedly pressed the adhesive part on scrap paper.
Using the bunch of hearts from Forever Lovely, I second generation stamped using Rococo Rose and Lovely Lipstick inks. I also stamped the trio of smaller hearts from the same set and then removed the masks.
I wanted a fun, pig-based sentiment for my card so I hand lettered one.
Lastly, I mounted the piece on Lovely Lipstick and Basic Black mat layers and then onto a Real Red cardbase. I finished by adding some epoxy heart droplets over some of the stamped hearts for some dimension and a couple of pink hearts to frame the sentiment.
I was first introduced to the Black Ice technique at Team Training back in January this year. One of the other demos, Stella, did a demonstration of this and I thought it looked quite intriguing. I made a note of it, thinking I’d try it out soon and then promptly forgot all about it!
Sadly, Stella passed away earlier this month but thinking of her reminded me that I hadn’t given the technique a go. I didn’t know Stella well but first met her a few years ago at a card making class and subsequently met her a few times at demonstrator events. She was always very friendly, so full of life and had a great sense of humour. She will be missed and I dedicate this post to her.
The technique was ‘invented’ by an American demonstrator called Melissa Kerman. She has lots of great videos on YouTube, not only on this technique but lots of other cool ideas too. Anyhow, here’s my first crafting journey onto Black Ice!
First of all, shiny card is needed for this technique: foil sheets are perfect. I used silver foil and Grapefruit Grove foil (from Sale-A-Bration earlier this year). I hadn’t used any of this foil as I had no idea what to do with I, it’s not really one of my colours. It seems it was crying out for this technique.
A sheet of scrap paper is needed to work on. I applied a small amount of temporary adhesive to the back of the foil piece and stuck it to the scrap paper. It is possible to do this without sticking the pieces down but it does make life easier. Using a black Stazon ink pad, I started off the edge of the card and lightly dragged the ink pad down the foil, pressing harder at the beginning and end to get a black edge. The aim is to get a streaked, antiqued kind of look. It took a couple of passes as the card was wider than the ink pad.
Next, again using black Stazon, I stamped my design. I used a selection of sets; Best Catch, Beautiful You and Lilypad Lake. My fisherman looked a bit lost, floating in mid-air so I masked him and stamped the water from Lilypad Lake, after wiping off some ink as the fisherman image is quite fine.
Once the ink was completely dry (if in doubt wait a bit longer or dry with a heat tool) it was time for stage 2. This time, I took a Versamark pad and using just the weight of the pad, dragged it down the foil piece in the same direction as the Stazon. Again, it took a couple of passes.
I then applied clear embossing powder and heat set it.
The aim is to get a streaky look with the embossing powder, looking like lines of ice crystals, hence the name! Here’s a close up once mine had been heat embossed.
I messed up the edge of this one as my temporary adhesive was rather more temporary than intended and came loose as I was applying the Stazon! This resulted in the two heavy lines of ink on the left, which isn’t a good look. I used an Inkylicious Picture Perfect stamp that I’ve had for years which has its own frame so at least the foil piece wasn’t wasted.
So, here are my finished cards. I didn’t do much with the backgrounds as I wanted the focal image to be the star of the show. (My photograpic prop this week is a kestrel feather. We are lucky enough to have kestrels nesting just down the lane each year and I found this feather on our driveway.)
Best Catch fisherman with the other fishing images stamped for the background and sentiment from the same set. I used Basic Black and Always Artichoke as I love khaki and have stacks of that card. It is retired now but Mossy Meadow is almost the same.
The yachts and water from Lilypad Lake with Pacific Point background embossed with retired Seaside embossing folder (there’s a High Seas folder now that would work for this theme).
The next two are my Beautiful You cards. As I wrote earlier, Grapefruit Grove is not my kind of colour scheme so I didn’t have any coordinating card stock for my card base. I found that the copper embossing powder worked well with the iced panel and Blackberry Bliss and Rich Razzleberry offered a good supporting role together with the Scripty embossing folder. The other card used some very old DSP that had a vaguely pinky-peach coloured design on it.
Lastly, here’s the ‘rescued’ panel. I used a strip from an iced panel that I completely messed up in place of ribbon under the sentiment.
I hope you’ll give this technique a go. It does involve a little trial and error but is great fun and gives stunning results.