I have quite a few anniversary cards to make during the first 3 months of the year. These 2 were made for my parents and some close friends – neither of which know each other so it didn’t matter that they were similar. I used a variety of stamps by Lavinia Stamps and Inkylicious.
To start, I die cut 2 hearts, one scalloped and one plain edged, and some masks from sticky notes. I added a moon mask and then blended some Distress Oxide inks to the sky, then removed the moon mask and added some grey to the moon.
After stamping some distant trees, I moved the masks down and blended a little ink to create the landscape and added some more stamping.
The bunnies were added and then the scene built up around them using various trees, shrubs and a fence.
For the background, I used the Stampin’ Up! Woodland embossing folder and a square of navy card and a few Posca splats. The sentiment was stamped and mounted onto a navy rectangle.
To assemble the card, I added some fun foam under the heart, leaving a gap for the white twine, for a little dimension but firm support. The sentiment was glued on top and a small white twine bow added with a glue dot.
I think this design would also work well for a Valentine’s card.
My mission to make a few Christmas cards each month continues this week with 6 cards created with some new goodies from Taylored Expressions. This time it’s using the Trendy Trees suite comprising a background stamp, die-cut and layering stencils.
I started by stamping the Trendy Tree Farm Background stamp with Versamark and heat embossed using various metallic powders on white card and white on craft card.
The first card was completed by using the cutting plate to create little tree ‘windows’ for the embossed trees to peek through. The sentiment is from Waffle Flower Cozy Holiday Sentiments and the small tree and snowflake stamps, also from that set, were stamped in the same colour as the card to give some tone-on-tone pattern without detracting from the trees.
For the rest of the panels, I added colour to the trees using 3 of the 4 tree stencils (the 4th stencil is the tree trunks).
To begin, I stuck to greens but then ventured out, adding pinks and then trying out a blue and grey colour scheme with the silver trees.
Here are the finished white embossed trees. Unfortunately, the pink ink stained the heat embossing so I’d use metallic embossing with staining colours in future.
The blue and grey one has a cool, modern feel to it.
For the white panels, I added a die cut over the top of one as I’d smeared some ink when buffing the ink off the panel. Unlike the turquoise one above, I made this panel a shade narrower which allowed the white panel behind to create a frame.
My energy levels have been seriously depleted since my surgery last October. It’s been really difficult just getting through each day so the tank’s been empty when I’ve tried to get creating. So, when I saw this stamp, I figured it just designs itself, all I’ve got to think of are the colours. The stamp is from Concord and 9th and they have a range of these turnabout stamps, designed to be used with a stamping platform.
Starting with a 5¾” square piece of card, I stamped my first colour.
The card was then rotated 90° and stamped 3 more times. You can use whatever colours you fancy, maybe adding a layer of embossing powder for some extra bling.
Since the stamped backgrounds were essentially the card, I wanted the sentiment to be the focal image so used Happy, Happy, Happy from Lawn Fawn, heat embossed in white onto black card.
The sentiment was mounted onto a stitched circle die-cut and the card finished with a few sequins. I love this pastel version!
This bright version was for a male friend so, rather than sequins, I added a little silver twine around the panel.
This one in shades of blue was for Mr L. The ‘husband’ was cut using my Cricut and I added some silver twine and heart rhinestones over a few of the stamped hearts.
These last 2 cards were made using the off-cuts from the A4 sheet. I only stamped 3 times as I quite like the less busy look but added embossing powder to one of the turns.