This Little Piggy

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.

 

 

Here’s the link to the mirror stamping technique:

https://craftyasl.co.uk/birthday/a-couple-of-kitty-cards/

 

 

Images © 2020 Stampin’ Up!

Quick Celebratory Cards

Need a last minute Happy New Year card? The Sip Sip Hooray set is a great set for these and also for any celebratory cards where you might raise a toast.

My birthday cards are CASEd from a post on Pinterest by Karen Spreckley. I really loved her bold colour choices. I used Night of Navy for the card base and bubble cut out and Rococco Rose and some leftover pink foil from SAB earlier this year.

A panel of pink card served as the backdrop for my glass of pink fizz and I heat embossed the sentiment.

A few rhinestones finished the cards with a bit of bling!

A quick tip for stamping skinny photopolymer stamps that need cutting out with dies. In order to not bend the stamps so they don’t cut out neatly, place the stamp in the die before mounting it on the block.

Glasses of champagne are a great image for celebratory cards for an anniversary, wedding, engagement or new job. The colours can be themed for a ruby, silver or golden wedding anniversary or to match a wedding decor. I’ve used whisper White, So Saffron and Smoky Slate – colours which I wouldn’t have guessed go together but actually work well.

I cut a heart mask and sponged So Saffron ink into the heart space.

Next, I cut the same heart from mercury glass acetate and stuck it over the yellow heart using spray glue. I stamped 2 champagne flutes and went over the drink with my Wink of Stella.

My plan was a clean and simple card so I heat embossed Congratulations in silver and left the bottom blank ready to stamp whatever I’m sending the congratulations for!

So that’s all for another year.  I’ll leave you with wishes for a happy and healthy 2020.

 

 

 

Images © 2019 Stampin’ Up!

A Couple of Kitty Cards

I love cats so when the Nine Lives stamp set appeared in the spring/summer catalogue, I had to have it. I like that you can use just the outline kitty or stamp different fur pattern effects on top.  There’s a coordinating punch too which has been out for a while that saves some fussy cutting!

At a recent Stampin’ Up! team event, I watched a demonstration on mirror stamping.  This technique does what it says on the tin in that it allows you to create a mirror image of the stamp.  It works best using line images rather than solid ones and needs a Stamparatus or other stamp positioning tool and a silicone mat.

I thought the outline cat stamp would be suitable for this technique so to begin with, I mounted the stamp in the Stamparatus and stamped the image onto the silicone mat.

Carefully place the card face down onto the mat and close the Stamparatus plate to use the stamp to transfer the ink from the silicone mat onto the card using firm pressure over the image.  Next turn the card over and stamp the image as normal and you should have the image and its mirrored counterpart next to each other!

The left image is the normal stamp, the right is the mirror image stamp

It took me a few practices to get the pressure right so that I didn’t smudge the image or only partially transfer it.

I had hoped the cats would look like they were friends but they don’t look overly friendly.  Anyone who shares their home with cats will know that they have their own agenda and will do exactly as they please! It seems that stamped cats are exactly the same!! I added some hearts from the same set and a couple of linen thread bows in a desperate attempt to make it into an anniversary card.

For my second card, I wanted to use the punch to make a ‘fun pun’ card.  After punching a cat silhouette from basic grey, smoky slate, basic black and silver foil card,  I cut a square card front, marked the half way points and placed a cat in each quarter.  I used a black marker to write the French numbers un…deux…trois  and then CAT rather than quatre for a bit of fun!  Some paw prints and a dashed line finished the front which was mounted on a Basic Grey card base.  Très jolie!

 

 

 

 

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