Sorry I’m Slow Belated Graduation Card | Lawn Fawn

One of Matt’s cousins graduated this past spring from high school. She sent us an invitation/announcement months ago and guess what… I’m JUST NOW sending her a congratulatory card and present! YIKES! To be honest, her graduation announcement was buried underneath some junk mail on the counter and we’ve just started doing some Spring cleaning, ha.

I thought it would be appropriate to use Lawn Fawn’s Hang In There stamp set since it features an adorable sloth and well, we were terribly slow in responding. This card was a bit lengthier than my normal 30-45 minutes per card, but it was a lot of fun to make!

First I cut some Canson XL watercolor paper into the size of a regular A2-sized card. I taped it down with painter’s tape on my craft board since I knew I was going to do ink smooshing. I haven’t done ink smooshing before this because honestly… It’s challenging to give up control, even in cardmaking!

Ink smooshing is NOT a technique I claim to be great at or really know how it came about, but look it up on YouTube and you’ll see a lot of fabulous cards and crafters use this technique!

I found some acetate in my supplies to be able to use with Lawn Fawn inks. This technique works well with dye-based inks because once some water is added, the ink moves easily on your paper. I lightly dabbed my Lawn Fawn mini ink cubes across my acetate sheet (an acrylic stamping block or old stamp packaging would substitute well too!). Then, using my Tim Holtz distress sprayer, I lightly spritz some water on the acetate until the ink starts beading up. I take the acetate and lay it facedown on my panel. I gently lift and maneuver the acetate sheet to move the ink color around. Depending on how concentrated you want the color, you’ll need to experiment on how much water to use. I found if I really watered down the ink, it was light and faint. When I tried being stingy with my water, parts of my card front had the ink pad impression (aka harsh edged lines) when I put the acetate down with minimal water.

I did the ink smooshing background in layers. After I was satisfied with my first “layer”, I used my heat tool to dry it before doing repeated ink smooshing. For my inks, I used Lawn Fawn Freshly Cut Grass, Peacock, and Celery Stick. For the background, I used the party hat, leaf, and heart to randomly stamp the background.

Letting my card front dry, I used Recollections 110lb white cardstock and Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink (perfect for using with alcohol markers!) to stamp out the sloth. I used my Copic sketch markers in E74, E77, E79, and E13 to do very simple coloring. I ran my colored image through my die cutting machine. SIDE NOTE… using the Recollections heavyweight cardstock with low-tack tape resulted in me almost tearing my die cut so be very careful! This hasn’t happened with my Neenah cardstock, so I may want to reconsider what I’d use my Recollections cardstock for.

I wanted some dimension so I used 3M foam tape on this diecut. I used more of the Jet Black ink to stamp out the sentiment, Sorry I’m Slow. As a final embellishment, I used some Doodlebug assorted sequins. Finally, I adhered this cardfront to my base, using Recollections heavyweight brown cardstock from the Coffee and Cream pack.

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I have to play with this Recollections more, but I’m thinking I may have to do a blog post about it on my thoughts and solicit feedback from you all.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time, happy crafting!

Thank You Cards | Combining Concord & 9th Stamp Sets

You may or may not know this about me, but in “real life”, I am a nurse educator at one of the Dallas hospitals. Part of my job is helping with the newly hired nurses (with many being fresh out of nursing school!) become oriented and acclimated to the hospital, the nursing practice, and their unit. This past week we welcomed 20+ new nurse residents. Thankfully, I’m not alone in doing this job and I wanted to recognize a couple co-workers who definitely stepped up (when they didn’t have to) to help me and the other nurse educators out with this group!

Originally, I was only going to use the Concord & 9th stamp set, Above Average. I wanted more decorative flair to the card, so I took a chance on combining another Concord & 9th stamp set to the cards, Kindhearted. To stamp a majority of the sentiment, I used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink. For the end of the stamped sentiments, I used Lawn Fawn Lobster ink to make it stand out more. Using the smaller stamps in the sets, I used a combination of Lawn Fawn Peacock, Sugarplum, more Lobster, Carrot, and Plastic Flamingo to create the background. I am drawn to stamp sets with a lot of “filler” stamps because you can create a lot of different looks/backgrounds, helping me feel like my crafty purchase has been justified 😉

For one of the cards, you can see some splatters as part of the background. I used Studio Calico Color Theory mists in Lemon Zest, Well Red, and Clear Blue. For me to be able to get the fine and subtle splatters, I unscrewed the sprayer and tapped it lightly several inches above the card. With my experience of using the sprayer, it creates a fine but very broad/heavy mist… so your whole project will look like you took a spray can to it!

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Until next time, thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

 

 

Hello Hello Hello Friendship Card

A few posts back, I shared the birthday card I made for a dear friend, using My Favorite Things “A-Maze-ing” card kit. I goofed and apparently used an incorrect address so my birthday card got mailed back to me almost 2 months later! I was being lazy and didn’t forward it on until a couple weeks ago (yikes, her birthday was in May!). I sent this card separately to just drop a line to say I was thinking about her and missing her.

This card was pretty simple to make! I used Strathmore watercolor paper as the main panel. I used my Peerless watercolors using the Forget-Me-Not Blue with a lot of water to create that background wash. I used less water and more of the watercolor pigment to do the splatters in my makeshift splatter cubby (an old shipping box). I looked through my paperpad collection and settled on Amy Tangerine Better Together paper to cut out the sentiment Hello. The Hello die is from My Favorite Things. I wanted a bit of dimension so I used a Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity die to cut the center of the panel and used foam tape to prop it up a bit. To adhere my die cuts, I used my Tombow glue pen.

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Yes, I realize that my die cuts are a bit crooked. When I was adhering the letters, my sweet dog Hank started barking up a storm downstairs so I went to investigate. When I came back, the diecuts dried and I couldn’t fix it. Hopefully my friend won’t mind 😉

It is HOT here in Dallas and I hope tomorrow I’ll spend some time in my craft room to beat the heat! Until next time…thanks for stopping by!

You Are Fabulous | Peerless Watercolors & Hero Arts

I was looking around my shared office space last week and realized I have nothing cute as décor or wall art! While this project originally started as an idea for a card front (which it could still be as it’s a regular A2-size), It may be a fun, summery piece near my computer monitor!

I cut some Strathmore watercolor paper to A2 size. I used a flat, wide paintbrush to generously wet the whole panel before going back in with two Peerless watercolor paints. If you have never heard of them, click here  to find out about this product and how it’s unique from typical watercolor pans and palettes!

I wanted the most concentration of color towards the bottom, similar to an ombre effect. I used the color Jackqueminot Red for the first layer, using more water towards the top so the color would be softer. I used my heat tool to dry that layer before applying my second color, Geranium Pink, in a similar fashion.  Please know I’m not a watercolor expert, and I only dibble dabble in this as an enthusiastic and relatively new card maker, ha!

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I used the Hero Arts stamp set, You Are Fabulous, to stamp the sunglasses, lipstick, lips and the sentiment. Since this was on watercolor paper, I knew the texture could potentially interfere with getting smooth and crisp stamping so that’s where the MISTI tool came into play. I was originally going to leave it alone (the sunglasses and the sentiment were the only things stamped originally), but I took a risk and stamped the varying lipsticks and the lips. This card makes me want to go on a road trip into the sunset, in a convertible car with the wind blowing back my hair 🙂

I love the look of the watercolor and it’s times like these that I’m reminded how watercoloring for a card or project is fun and so satisfying!

 

Until next time, hope you have a wonderful day!

Congrats Wedding Card + Update

This week I have been really missing the Pacific Northwest and wishing magically I was able to take time off this week and go visit. Maybe one reason I have it on the mind is one of my friends is getting married this weekend! I can’t be there physically, but I wanted to show her and her fiancée that I am thinking of them. Not going to lie, I’m feeling guilty I made a card, bought their present, and sent an “update” email to my friend only a couple days out, but better late than ever?

This was a pretty quick card to create before bedtime! I used an older Hero Arts woodgrain rubber stamp to create the background with Lawn Fawn’s Doe ink. I softened the woodgrain by adhering a same-sized Simon Says Stamp vellum over it. I used the Lawn Fawn Congrats die to cut a couple layers of Kraft cardstock that I glued together. I used a Heidi Swapp Minc marker to create that foiled ombre effect with 2 different colored foil and my Minc Machine. I added DCWV Glimmer cardstock punched hearts as embellishment.

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I think I’ve mentioned in a previous post, but I have started a “30-Day Crafty Wish List” protocol for myself. Essentially, if there is a new craft product I want (either new to the market OR new to my personal use), I place it on my wish list (aka Google Keep document) and my rule is that it must stay on the list for a minimum of 30 days before I can budget and purchase it. It’s my hope that it helps me really decide what items I want to add to my collection, helping me save money and reduce impulse buys (real talk: unused and never will use items sit in my stash).

SURPRISINGLY, I didn’t sneak a purchase (yes, this was a shocker for me!). It’s also funny that a few days into July, technically I could purchase items from my early June entries… but I haven’t felt compelled to. SO WEIRD! I thought I was going to be rushing to place things into my cart and purchase what’s on my list!

Can’t wait to spend a longer amount of time in my craft room! Until next time, have a wonderful day!