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.
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.
Sadly, two of my friends have lost their Dads in the past couple of weeks, one of those being due to Covid-19. The casualty figures are harrowing but it really brings it home when it affects people you care for. So, my post this week is dedicated to Dads, wherever they may be.
The love and thought that goes into any handmade card is magnified in a condolence card. I find them difficult to design but soothing to make. For this week’s card, I used Rooted in Nature and the ever-useful Peaceful Moments for the sentiment.
To begin, I used masks and sponge daubers to create a sun and mountains for my background on Very Vanilla.
I stamped the tall tree several times using my Stamparatus to ensure a solid impression. The tree needed grounding so, using another mask, I sponge daubed Early Espresso at the base of the tree. The panel was cut out using one of the stitched rectangle dies.
One of my favourite stamps in the set, the skeleton leaf, was used for decorating the liner and envelope.
The card was finished by mounting the focal image on a Crumb Cake mat and then onto a base layer embossed with the Woodland folder (retired).
I finished my week crocheting a rainbow to hang in my window in support of our NHS workers.