Encouragement Card | Inspiration from Laura Bassen

I am always in awe of the many talented and diverse crafters out in the cardmaking community. My card was inspired by Laura Bassen (@laurafadora on IG!) and one of her amazing creations. Here’s a link to her blog so you can also be inspired too!

I took a large scrap of my Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock and used the florals from Simon Says Stamp set called Oh Happy Day. I reached for my Versamark ink pad, knowing deep down it was time for a refill. I stamped out my first round and yup, my ink pad was dried out! Thankfully I had a refill bottle on hand and I think the ink needs to settle out because some of my subsequent stamping turned out blobby if I didn’t pay attention. Make sure to use your powder tool to make sure stray embossing powder doesn’t stay on your creation.

I used Hero Arts White embossing powder on top of the Versamark and used my heat tool to set it. Do you find it oddly satisfying to see the embossing powder “transform”? Ha!

I used a handful of Tim Holtz Distress ink cubes to ink blend the flowers and leaves. The colors I’ve used are : Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon, Dried Marigold, Wilted Violet, Candied Apple, and Shaded Lilac. Looking back, maybe I should have die cut them after heat embossing them so I had more control in ink blending and customizing the colors. Since I didn’t die cut them prior to blending, some images were close together so I didn’t want  my inks to get on the neighboring stamped image, in case that wasn’t a color I wanted.

I used the coordinating dies to die cut the images out. I used a papertowel to lightly buff the embossed edges to get any pooled inks off. As Laura shared in one of my cardmaking videos, she looks at inspiration on the internet or at paper goods stores to get inspiration for some of her bold backgrounds. I went through my 6×6 paperpads and decided to use a small polka dotted paper piece from Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka pack as my background. I just mounted it on some gray Recollections 110lb. cardstock.  Using my tape runner and foam tape, I was able to create a dimensional bouquet by choosing to make some flowers and leaves “flat” while others have foam tape behind them.

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I wanted a small amount of additional embellishment and I thought using my Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black would definitely finish this card off.

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I have left the inside blank as I’m deciding what kind of encouraging sentiment I’d like to add. Someone at work is going through a lot of personal and professional stress and I think she needs a reminder of how awesome she is.

This card probably took me about an hour, since this is the first card I’ve created in awhile with such involved steps (heat embossing, ink blending, etc). I loved how it turned out and wished I had more big floral stamp sets and dies to create more diverse looks!

Until next time, happy crafting!

Baby Shower Congrats Card | Technique Tuesday

I received a baby shower invitation and sadly, I’m not able to fly back to the West Coast to attend (and escape the crazy Texas weather!). I don’t know about you, but when I create a baby card, I seem to want to use neutral colors instead of the traditional pink or blue colors, even if I know the recipient’s baby’s gender.

I started off creating my heart background. I used a Carta Bella 6×6 heart stencil with my Tsukineko stipple brush to create a softer blend versus the look of using foam blenders. The beautiful yellow ink I used was Simon Says Stamp Lemon Zest dye ink. Using images from the Technique Tuesday stamp set, Bundle of Joy (2014 release), I used Simon Says Stamp Stone dye ink to stamp them out.

I die cut the Lawn Fawn Scripty Congrats three times from gray Recollections 110 lb. cardstock and adhered them together (stacked to create a bit of dimension) with the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue. I mounted it to the card front and used Ranger Glossy Accents to coat the word Congrats. I didn’t time how long it took to dry, but I definitely left it alone overnight.

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At this point, I debated more embellishments like sequins or twine. I settled for using just Doodlebug sequins in white and yellow from their Rainbow pack. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes struggle placing sequins “randomly” on a project, ha!

What about you? Do you gravitate towards certain styles when creating baby cards?

 

Until next time, hope you get to get crafty too!

Love You to Pieces | Friendship Card

This past week, I’ve been pretty good about taking some time to do lettering practice in the evenings. Today, I knew I had to exercise my creativity in a different way, so I made time this afternoon to create the following card.

Today is National Friendship Day, so I thought it would be appropriate to make a card for a dear friend of mine, Natasha. On August 29th, it’ll mark roughly 7 years of friendship with her. We met at University of Portland through our weekend orientation. I sat next to her during an icebreaker activity and started chatting up a storm. Naturally, she’s quieter than me, so she probably thought I was a weirdo for talking so much. We were joined at the hip during our freshman year, roommates in sophomore year and have worked on maintaining our friendship through busy schedules, other competing relationships, work, etc. I think (and hope!) we’ll be lifelong friends. As a side note, our school color was a beautiful dark purple and we were the Portland Pilots. Much of our college memorabilia either had Wally the Pilot or an anchor, which is why the card looks the way it does.

First, I used the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Wishes frame die to cut three of the frames using white cardstock. Since I didn’t want it to be a birthday card, I snipped away the intricate “Birthday Wishes” sentiment to be left with a shape similar to a polaroid photo. Using another set from Simon Says Stamp, I die cut the script Love from black cardstock also three times. I used Ranger Glossy Accents to stack and adhere the frames and the word, Love. Another tip I’ve picked up from other crafters is to use the negative die cut (am I using the right terminology?) to house the diecut so you can glue them on top of each other.

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I used scissors to trim away the “Birthday Wishes” sentiment on the frame. I put the Love word back into the negative space, put glue on top, and placed another Love diecut on top. 

I used a Hero Arts acetate sheet to be my shaker window. I adhered the acetate sheet using ¼” Scor-Tape double sided adhesive tape on the back of the frame. I used two layers of 3M foam tape to create a frame around the shaker window. I’ve picked up this tip from numerous crafters, but I used my EK Success Powder tool to brush up against the foam tape edges, so static is reduced and my sequins wouldn’t stick to the sides later.

For the sequins, I used a combination of Doodlebug sequins and Pretty Pink Posh. I sprinkled white and purple sequins from Doodlebug and used the following of Pretty Pink Posh: Metallic Silver, Pansy Purple, Sparkling Clear mix, and Lavender Moon. For the purple background of the shaker window, I cut a 3”x3” square of Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes paper as a back.

For the card panel, I thought it would be fun to incorporate anchors. I used the Fiskars Teresa Collins edition anchor paper punch to cut masking paper for my card front. I did Distress ink blending using Tim Holtz Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet with my foam blending tools. It was so fun to peel back the masks to see the stark white anchors against the ink blending!

Not going to lie, I forgot to stamp the rest of my sentiment (You to Pieces) on the bottom of the shaker window, so I attempted to stamp it using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink. Because of the dimensional component of the foam tape, I didn’t do a good job of stamping it crisply. In hindsight, I should have stamped it before making it into a shaker component. I used a black gel pen to fill in the areas and to make it a bit bolder.

Finally, I adhered the shaker window to my card panel at an angle to make it more interesting than. As a final embellishment, I used Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops in White Blizzard.

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Whew! I don’t make shaker cards often but they’re a whole lot of fun to assemble. I felt accomplished making and completing this card because a lot of these items, I used for the FIRST time even though I’ve had them in my stash for a long time!

Hope you are getting crafty this week! Until next time… have a wonderful day!