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.
The Stampin’ Up! Very Versailles set is a simple, elegant set which can be used to create cards quite quickly. I think it also lends itself to a vintage look. To achieve that on my card, I simply used a sponge dauber lightly on the edges to give a slightly distressed finish.
First, I stamped the lettering twice in Smoky Slate.
Next, using Mint Macaron, I stamped the leaf image twice into the gaps.
I often find the sentiments in the sets a bit “full on” as is the case with ‘Always thinking of you’ in this set. Normally I would do a bit of surgery and cut off the ‘always’ but I was concerned that the long crossbar of the ‘t’ in ‘thinking’ would lose some support and smudge so opted to cover it instead when I inked up the stamp. Then I removed the cover and stamped my sentiment.
The last job was to build my card by mounting the front onto a Mint Macaron mat and then onto a thick Whisper White card base and adding some self-adhesive sequins.
Sometimes I get a bit focused on producing fancy and complicated cards and I lose sight of how I started in card making – just simply stamping. I bought the Perennial Birthday stamp set purely for the birthday sentiments and hadn’t really considered using the other images to produce a card. How very remiss of me! After being inspired by Sally Bowman, one of the Inspiring Inkin’ team, I firstly copied her card to get me in the groove and then let my creative juices flow. I cut a bunch of card fronts and just stamped away!
Some are a variation on a theme using different colours – it’s remarkable how just changing the colours can give a card a completely different feel.
For this card, I masked a section using a Post-it note to leave me a blank space to stamp the sentiment.
Others I did a bit more with and fussy cut the flowers and leaves, layering them onto an embossed stamped background.
I even managed a ‘male’ card by repeat stamping the large sentiment using a rainbow palette of inks.
The Stamparatus came in very handy for this technique. Once I’d worked out the height of the stamp, I made myself a template so I can easily replicate the repeat stamping style in future.
This set has a whole new lease of life now and I’ve enjoyed getting back to basics again. Win-win all round!