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.
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!
When I first started card making, I was completely flummoxed as to how these kinds of cards were created! Little did I know that it’s actually quite straight forward and just requires some precise cutting of layers but looks super impressive.
I started off cutting my layers, mats and card base as follows:
The next job is to use temporary adhesive to stack up the layers to be stamped. I used a tiny bit of snail adhesive that I patted on my clothes a few times to reduce the stickiness as the layers will need to be taken apart again later without damaging them.
I stamped the greeting onto the front panel and then used an All Adorned stamp (from Sale-A-Bration) and Sahara Sand ink for background interest. As I wanted a light background pattern, I used second generation stamping by stamping off first onto scrap paper and then stamping onto the card layer. I found it necessary to press a little harder that usual to get down the ‘drops’ at the edge of the layers. There was a slight break in the stamping but this would be covered by the mat layers so no need to panic!
The next step was to add the coloured focal element. I used the rose from Forever Lovely and Lovely Lipstick ink. Once this stage was complete, the layers were pulled apart again ready for mounting onto the mats.
A good point to remember is to ensure you don’t inadvertently turn a piece the wrong way up! The images should line up either side of the mat layers. I stuck the largest layer onto the card base, then mounted the top and second layers onto their respective mats.
The top piece was adhered to the centre of the second layer and I added a contrasting ribbon for some added interest. This layer was then mounted onto the card base using dimensional foam pieces.
This card features the large rose from Frosted Bouquet and Bermuda Bay ink.
The card liner was also stamped with the same design for a coordinated look.
Another version of Frosted Bouquet and Lovely Lipstick on Smoky Slate.
As you are no doubt aware by now, I love to craft. What I have discovered is that I also love to share crafting with others. My hope is that they will get the same enjoyment and reward from it as I do. So last week, I spent a fun couple of hours one evening teaching these lovely ladies how to make beautiful greetings cards to send to their nearest and dearest – or not as it seems they were so taken with the finished products that they were keeping them all for themselves!
The ladies in action!
I try to make the class interesting by introducing different techniques for each card. The cards we made at this class were as follows:
Dragonfly and Dandelions
This featured on my blog in October 2018 and has become one of my most pinned items on Pinterest 🙂 It entails simple stamping and a couple of die cuts.
Paper Pieced Lady
This idea was from Amanda, my SU! team leader. I used the technique with a teapot and cup stamp in my blog post on 10th March 2019. It involves stamping and fussy cutting.
‘In Focus’ Dandelions
I don’t know if this is the correct term for this technique but to me, it makes the eye focus onto the cut out-sections so the title seemed to make sense. This card is created using stamps and punches.
Embossed Foil Card
This card uses an embossing folder and a die cut.
Thanks to Ruth and Nikki for being such great students and making the evening so enjoyable. At the end of the night, despite their initial concerns that they wouldn’t be able to create the cards, all were completed and looked fabulous – nice work ladies!
This week’s post has been inspired by the beautiful sights of swathes of wisteria, tulips and daffodils that seem to be everywhere. I love flowers, in particular scented flowers, and I like to cut some from the garden to put in vases in the house. Just a few scented flowers in an arrangement can fragrance the whole downstairs of the house.
For this project, I used the Varied Vases stamps and the matching punch.
The vase options are an outline to colour in yourself, solid or a patterned style. I opted for the patterned style and stamped them in Bermuda Bay ink and then punched them out.
After stamping the scalloped edging, I roughly positioned the vases so I knew where to stamp the flowers that would be in the vases. The flowers have an outline stamp that you can colour in or there is a matching solid stamp to fill them in, which is what I used with Cherry Cobbler ink.
The card was finished by stamping the sentiments and mounting onto a Bermuda Bay card base.
This is a similar design but in landscape format with Mint Macaron and Lovely Lipstick.
My third card was made by stamping the vase outline onto some Gingham Gala DSP and punching it out. To give the vase a different look, I overlaid a layer of velum on top. The punch cuts out the tulip flower and leaf so I stamped and punched those using Tuxedo Black, Lemon Lime Twist and Lovely Lipstick inks and attached the leaves to the back of the vase. I then drew round the vase arrangement lightly with pencil onto a piece of Whisper White so that I could stamp the other tulip leaves, flowers and stems.
I then stamped the scalloped edging at the bottom of the vase and the sentiment to the right. Once the ink was dry, the pencil line was erased and the piece was cut out using a scalloped oval die. The vase was mounted using dimensionals and a mini dimensional was used under the single tulip head to give a 3D element to the arrangement. The piece was mounted onto a layer of Lemon Lime Twist card that had been textured using the Layered Leaves embossing folder and a piece of the polka dot tulle ribbon.