I hope you all have had a wonderful week so far! I made this card earlier in the week and I just drafted this blog post. But before I dive in, I just want to take a quick moment to send my love and prayers for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and those on the West Coast who are affected by the wildfires.
For this card, I used Lawn Fawn’s You’re Claw-some stamp set and coordinating dies. I used Tonic Studios Nuvo alcohol markers to color these images in. It actually took me about 45 minutes to color all these images in. Am I slow? Was I spending too much concentrated time in staying in the lines? Ha, I’m sure it was a combination of both but it was quite relaxing!
I used foam tape to add a bit of dimension with some of the die cut stuffed animals, so it looks like the animals are stacked on each other. Side note, have you ever won anything from a claw machine? Not me!
For the background, I used Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper. Finally, I heat embossed the awesome sentiments (so retro looking!) on some Recollections Black 110lb. cardstock that I die cut as a banner.
This is a birthday card for my father in law in South Caroline. I have been so bad this year, sending my cards only a couple days out. When I was living in Washington, I was able to get away with sending cards in a short time frame because my recipients didn’t live so far away! But now I have to remember I’m in Texas and I have loved ones on both sides of the coast!
This weekend I may not be able to make a new card because we’re going to unplug and get out into nature! We will be overnight camping tomorrow and the Texas weather is wonderful right now!
This card is probably my most favorite card to make this year! I wanted to make a card for my niece, Gizelle. Her birthday was on May 6th and I didn’t mail this card out to her until this past Monday. It took me awhile to decide what kind of birthday card I wanted to send her. She has been so supportive of my crafting hobby and she comments on my projects. I know she loves gold foiling and she is very much a fashionista (she runs her own LA-based lifestyle business!) so I thought a marbled theme would be perfect for her!
The main supplies I’ve used today were from a recent haul from Simon Says Stamp.
The main star of this card is the Layered Marble stamp set from Waffle Flower. On the back of the packaging, it has a nice guide of how you can layer the stamp set and gives you a guide of how to layer your inks from lightest to darkest. The guide gave me a good idea of how the set works (looking at the set you would probably be confused as to where to start) but I love that I could decide which image I would use first (the marbled effect is pretty forgiving!).
Not going to lie, I love solid and dark colors. Altenew has gorgeous inks, but I think their best line is of the grays! I primarily used their newest release of grays which are aptly named Silver Stone, Industrial Diamond, Pure Graphite and Limestone. There are previously released gray inks which I also used : Lava Rock, Morning Frost, Moon Rock, and Evening Gray.
I used gray and black gel pens to help fill in random areas. I probably didn’t have to, but I did to help add a little sparkle. In hindsight, I should have probably stamped more of the images to take up more of the white space.
I sprayed some Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Mist. You must let the mist completely dry before using foil and the Minc machine Don’t press the spray too hard as you might get some big splotches I would practice spray away from your project and only spray when you feel comfortable of how much product to spray. On one of the blog posts from Heidi Swapp, it recommended to let the mist dry OVERNIGHT. I probably waited a couple hours only because I sprayed conservatively. I then layered gold foil over the splattered area and ran it through the Minc.
Today I am sharing the birthday card I made for one of my great friends, Natasha! This is the first in several years that I’m not close enough (geographic wise) to celebrate her birthday. The last couple of birthdays we would go do something for her birthday so I was a little sad to not be spending it with her this year. Maybe next year I’ll trek back to the Pacific Northwest to help celebrate her birthday or we can meet somewhere fun and exciting (last year we were in Vegas).
Not only am I using the MFT Stamps ‘You’re A-Maze-ing’ April card kit (from this post!) but my card’s colorful background was inspired by one of Jennifer McGuire’s (if you’re not following her, you totally should!) technique videos titled ‘Rainbow Scrap Backgrounds’. If you’re interested in learning more about Jennifer’s technique, click here for her blog post! PS- if you are new to her, prepare to binge watch all her fun videos!
Anyway, I utilized about 1/4 of each cardstock color included in the kit to make the rainbow scraps. I used my paper trimmer to try and cut the cardstock into varying size of strips. I used tape runner adhesive on my card base and tried laying out the strips randomly. I trimmed off the overhanging strips of cardstock, which made for some table confetti in my pictures 😉
I used the dies from the kit to be able to cut the circular area for my card to make room for the maze components. Not going to lie, it was a little bit of a learning curve for me to figure out the best way to adhere everything down to the card. I used some cardstock from my stash to create a “cover” to cover up the plastic/adhesive from the maze. While it’s hard to see in the pictures, I had one maze sphere in the maze as well as some Martha Stewart iridescent hearts glitter.
Finally, I used a couple of the focal sentiments from the You’re A-Maze-ing stamp set for the inside.
Can’t wait for the full MFT Stamp release of these maze products for you all to enjoy! It was a bunch of fun to make and I hope Natasha gets a kick out of this card!