Draw A Blank

Do you ever feel intimidated by the blank sheet in front of you?  Apparently, it’s quite a common to sit down with a white sheet of card in front of you and for your mind to go blank. I purchased a gel press plate to make backgrounds in the hope that they would provide some inspiration that would spark an idea.

These cards were for ladies in the Lavinia Birthdays group so they feature Lavinia Stamps.  I began with these two panels to create two cards. 

I wanted them each to have a moon and I hadn’t left space in the printing so had to create one. For the purple panel, I brushed on white pigment ink through a circular stencil, adding a little silver and some white gel pen. Using a landscape stencil, I added some distant hills and near ground and also blended some ink to darken the sky and make the moon more prominent.

After seeing a lovely card with a bokeh sky, I thought I’d give it a go using a few different colours.  I don’t think it worked because the moon should be bokeh-ed too.  Mr L said it looked like the place was surrounded by loads of planets and moons!  Anyway, it added some interest to the sky and luckily, it doesn’t have to be realistic.  A few Mystic Swirls were stamped in silver ink to add some magic to the scene.

To finish the scene, I used Seren, one of the foxes from Set 2, the Fairy Fir Tree and Mystic Swirl in Versafine Clair Nocturne.  Finally, a bit of sparkle using Wink of Stella and some Nuvo Drops and some white gel pen on the leading edge of the elements to give the impression of reflected moonlight.

For the blue one, I used Distress Oxide Weathered Wood, a pale grey, to create the moon.  As it wasn’t so bright, I stamped the Star Cluster with Versamark and white heat embossed the stars.

The card featured Seren, Wild Hares and the Thistle Branch and a couple of mini mushrooms.  The images were stamped and edges darkened with Versafine Clair Nocturne.  Finally, a bit of texture was added with the Feather Leaf stencil and some White Posca dots.  The Posca pen was also used to create the reflected moonlight on the figures.

Indian Flourish

I’m a member of the Lavinia For You Facebook group birthday club where the members send cards to each other, made using Lavinia stamps. It’s quite informal and there’s no commitment; people do it quite often so they have somewhere to send their makes.  If I’m not going to have the time to create individual masterpieces (?!), I batch make a set of cards for the birthdays for that month.  I’m using 5” x 5” card blanks for these with a 4” square topper and 4½” square mat.

Using the Charming stencil, I blended SU! Rococo Rose and So Saffron inks through to create a soft background.

Next, I stamped the Indian Flourish stamp and birthday sentiment with Versafine Clair Nocturne, added clear embossing powder and heat set it.  I like to emboss simple cards like this as it gives a bit more interest.  My preference is to stamp in black and add clear embossing powder as it gives a sharper image than embossing with black powder.

The inside of the card and the envelopes were partially stamped with the Indian Flourish.

Finally, the panels were mounted onto a black mat layer and then added to the card-base.  I added Nuvo drops in various colours for some dimension.

Midnight Magic

Happy New Year! This week’s post is a card I made for my Mum’s birthday a couple of months ago.  It was inspired by this fabulous card I received for my birthday from a complete stranger! 

I’m a member of a birthday club in a Facebook crafting group who are fans of Lavinia Stamps and this card was from one of the ladies (Kirsty) in that group.  I was super impressed by this card and felt very lucky that someone had spent so much time and effort making such a beautiful card.  I hadn’t heard of the Scene-Scape papers from Lavinia but decided to try some out.  This particular one is called Midnight Magic.

To begin, I blended ink to make some hills onto the scene to give some sense of depth to the scene.

Next, I stamped the scene.  I’m not usually into fairies but I liked Seren (she was on another card I received from the group) so I went out of my comfort zone and bought her.  I added a little yellow ink to give the lamp some light.

This card was to be an easel card so I added the sentiment (cut from vinyl on my Cricut) to the stopper and decorated the inner panel.

To finish, I added a selection of Nuvo drops in white, purple and pink to give some bling and texture.  For some added sparkle, I used Wink of Stella on the fairy’s wings and on the background orbs.

Here’s a picture of my Mum, the birthday girl, with her fabulous cake made by my sister.

I also tried out the Scene-Scape paper for a Christmas card for some cat-loving friends.