Happy World Card Making Day | Concord & 9th

Hello crafty friends! Were you able to create anything for World Card Making Day?

For this day, I wanted to participate in Concord and 9th’s card challenge using their products from my existing stash.

This card was easy to create and actually, the color combo is something I don’t really use in my cards!

My background is actually one of the pretty patterned papers from the Floral Fill-in patterned paper set. I created the word ‘Lovely’ using the gorgeous letters from Sophisticated Script in lowercase font. The ink I used was Versafine ink to create the crisp stamping. In Lawn Fawn Lobster ink, I used ‘You’re always so’ from the Kindhearted stamp set. Those random images also come the same stamp set.

I never know when enough is enough (do you have that problem in card making too?) so for the left side of my card, I used floral images in Lobster ink and Versafine. If I were to replicate this card, I may have done the opposite colors (solids in Lobster and outlines in Versafine).

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Hope you got to be inky on World Card Making day!

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Oh Hello stamp set by Concord & 9th and Simon Says Stamp | STAMPtember 2017

I’m sorry it’s taken this long to write a corresponding blog post to this card!

I wanted to create a fall card like everyone else (this card is back timed from September 30th!) but it was warm and more summer like here in Texas.

This card was super easy and fun to create! Since I have initiated my 30-day crafty wish list (which can be torturous sometimes waiting for a full month before buying a desired craft supply!), I couldn’t spontaneously purchase a lot from Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember releases!

One release I was lucky to have snagged was Concord and 9th’s Oh Hello stamp set. I can only describe it as beautiful watercolored strokes (circle and varying sizes of streaks) that look absolutely stunning stamped in ink. Not to mention, there are a couple big, script sentiments.

For this card, I used the circular stamp to create a stamped background, using Altenew’s gorgeous inks in Blush, Rose Quartz, and Frosty Pink.

I used Simon Says Stamp new Ultra Navy embossing powder to heat emboss one of the sentiments, Happy Everything. I used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink to stamp the Wishing You sentiment above the heat embossed part.

To be honest, the card felt plain to me at that point, so I used the bigger stamp streak (I really hope I’m making sense in this post, the watercolor strokes feel hard to accurately capture a description) to heat emboss using Ranger’s Sticky Embossing powder. I used Tonic Studio’s gold Gilding Flakes for the gold accents.

Looking back, I may have used one of the smaller brush stroke stamps for the foiled part so there would be less of it, but never the less, it was fun to add some gold detail and also fun to play with the (messy) gilding flakes.

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Did you pick up any fun STAMPtember releases this year? Let me know!

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!