One For The Books

This card was a commission from a friend for a card for his wife.  The brief was “she likes books”.  I don’t have any stamp sets or dies featuring books and, whilst there are some available, the cost was rather high just to make one card.  My drawing skills are minimal but I figured I could draw a few books since they’re basically just rectangles so I set about sketching a doodle-style bookcase, adding a few stamps that were the appropriate size.

After this sketch was approved by my friend, I started on the proper version.  I wanted to watercolour the images so drew out the shelves on watercolour paper and stamped the various images in place using Versafine Clair ink, which is waterproof.

Using a waterproof fineliner, I then drew in the books.

Once the drawing was complete, I pulled out my paints and spent a pleasant half hour adding some colour to the images.

For the central focal panel, I had planned to use the Cricut to cut out some book shapes however I couldn’t get any svg files that I liked so I drew more books instead topped with a mug sporting the recipient’s initial.  The sentiment was printed using my printer.

The feature elements of the panel were cut using my Cricut.  I even ‘glazed’ the glasses using some acetate!

I added some small images to the envelope and the inside panel of the card.

Each panel was mounted onto a black mat and then onto a 8” x 8” card blank. 

I really enjoyed the challenge of creating this card and was pleased with the finished item.

Easter Bunnies

For my Easter cards this year, I used the Anita Jeram Happy Easter stamp set, by Colorado Craft Company and Bunny Friends by Penny Black.  Those bunnies are so cute!

First, after stamping with waterproof ink, I completed the pictures with some watercolour painting.

The card bases are from a pad of pre-scored patterned card.  The polka dots make a fun background for the images.

The watercolour finish was quite muted and I wanted to see how differently they’d look coloured with more intense colours.  I stamped with MFT hybrid ink and also stamped the same image onto some masking paper.  After applying the masking paper, I blended some green ink onto the ground area and used a cloud stencil and blue ink for the sky.  I then removed the masking paper and coloured with my Copic markers.

To extend the scene, I sketched in some silver birch trees on the sides.  You can see the difference in the intensity of colours between the watercolour and the Copic markers.

I did the same masking for these cards and decided on some multi-coloured plant pots for the bunnies.

Lastly, I made some milk carton style boxes to house the Easter goodies.  The panels were decorated with gingham patterned paper and the recipient’s initial, some bunny ears, made with oval die cuts, and a bow, made using Avery Elle Wonky Bow die.

Happy Home

You’ve probably noticed that I’m quite a fan of the Anita Jeram stamps by Colorado Craft Company.  My latest purchase is this really cute (and large) stamp set, called Home Sweet Home so it’s ideal for new home cards but what I love about this one is its versatility as it’s useful for masculine cards, with a suitable colour palette.

As I was using watercolour, I stamped the scene and the individual elements then taped them to a board to stop any warping.

I painted the scene but didn’t bother with the parts the individual elements would cover.   The small elements were painted and then die-cut.

As I couldn’t find a suitable place on the front of the card to put the sentiment, I stamped it on the card liner and added one of the small stamps, which was also stamped on the envelope.

After mounting the scene on the card base, I popped up the elements on foam squares for some added dimension.

I love how these simple line drawn animals have such character!