You’re Too Kind Card | Design Team Project for Papercraft Business

ACS_0100Hi friends! Thanks for joining me today over on my blog. This is my October design team project for Papercraft Business. If you haven’t joined us yet for our monthly paper craft challenges, click HERE   to learn more about it. Generally, the theme is ‘Anything Goes’ with an OPTIONAL monthly theme.

For October, our optional theme is ‘Fall’. I hope you join us so we can ooh and ahh over your paper craft creation! Who knows, you may be nominated by the design team for a prize! 🙂

This card was a little more time consuming than my other cards, but I enjoyed the crafty time in front of my iPad watching re-runs of one of my fave shows, looking outside on this cool, rainy day, and sipping on some coffee 🙂

What was time consuming was stamping images and doing heat embossing. I used Honey Bee Stamps stamps called ‘Country Blooms’ and ‘Kindness’, coupled with Versamark ink and Hero Arts White embossing powder.

After I finished with heat embossing, I used Distress Oxide inks in Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Wild Honey, and Walnut Stain. To soften the look of the ink blending, I used Simon Says Stamp vellum and heat embossed my sentiment. I used a small amount of Tombow adhesive to secure the vellum.

Finally, I added some Nuvo Drops in Autumn Red and Pale Gold.

Come check out the latest papercrafting challenge… we’d love to have you and be inspired by your work!

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Blessed to Have You | Honey Bee Stamps

When you’re feeling less than inspired to create or craft, what are some strategies you use to (hopefully) get your crafty mojo back?

Some of the tricks I use are some of the same methods other crafters and bloggers I follow employ. I usually get inspiration from social media, primarily Instagram. Usually this method for me helps me think of techniques, color palettes, or card layout inspiration that I would like to do.

I usually sift through my craft supplies to see what “speaks” to me after scrolling through Instagram. Sometimes it’s my patterned paper, embellishments, or my color media that gets the wheels turning. Quite frankly, sometimes I do these two methods and I still have no urge or inspiration to create.

I just wanted to share that quick blurb to get new ideas from you or to give you a little more insight on how many (if not all) my cards come to be.

For this card, I was looking through my paper pads and I unburied a pretty old DCWV (Die Cuts with a View brand) and I cam across the Gilded Paper Stack 12×12 paper pad. I was drawn to the paper that had gold foiled flecks and I decided to experiment and use it as my background for the card!

I used Honey Bee Stamps Bless Your Heart stamp set, using the Blessed sentiment. First I used my EK Success powder tool to give the A2 sized card front a good coating of powder, since I knew I wanted to do heat embossing. I put the card front in my MISTI tool in case I’d need to do repeat stamping. I arranged the sentiment and used Versamark ink twice. I used Ranger Sticky Embossing powder and used my heat tool to transform the powder into a nice, shiny sentiment!

I placed the card front into an old packaging box because the Tonic Studios Nuvo Gilding Flakes can get really messy! I took a pinch of some of the flakes, lightly laid it over the Blessed sentiment and then used my fingers to massage the flakes onto the embossed sentiment. I purposefully used Ranger’s Sticky Embossing powder because this powder can be used perfectly for this type of technique! I used my Tsukineko Stipple brush to really brandish the flakes into the sentiment.

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I wanted to have a little more detail on the card, so I pulled out another beloved Honey Bee Stamp set called Country Wreath. I used a few of the flowers, leaves, and wreath to create some interest below the sentiment. For my inks, I used Simon Says Stamp Dark Chocolate ink, Hero Arts Pumpkin Pie and Red Royal, and Lawn Fawn Doe ink.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment, To Have You, below the Blessed sentiment and mounted my card front on some 110lb brown cardstock from the Recollections brand. While holiday cards are fun to make, fall themed cards are my FAVE! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!