August 15, 2014

Christmas Carollers Card

I made this card for Lili of the Valley's Christmas in August challenge.

I stamped "Carol Singing" and coloured it in with alcohol markers, then fussy cut it out.  I die cut a frame out of cream cardstock and inked the edges in tan, then die cut some vellum snowflakes and a poinsettia.

I glued the vellum down with glossy accents, hoping it wouldn't show through but it did.  I've tried other means of gluing vellum with equally poor results, including a specialty vellum tape runner.  Ah well.  I used a regular tape runner on the frame and pop-dots on the image.

I think I should have added another backing paper as it feels too empty.  I'll have to try that on the next card.

August 14, 2014

Rockin' Out Card

I made this card for Kenny K's current music challenge.

I coloured the Download Diva clear stamped image with alcohol markers, then die cut her out and inked the edges in a light blue.  I stamped, die cut and inked/coloured the sentiment and notes from the same set.  The background is a piece of patterned paper that I ran through a music embossing folder.  I glued the patterned paper to the card back and used pop-dots for the other elements.

August 8, 2014

Green Mountain Waterfall Card

This is another stampscape card I made.  I stamped the images in black ink on glossy paper and then used a mix of yellow, green, brown, grey and black ink to colour the paper.  I mounted the image on grey cardstock with a medium green card base.  As an accent, I added two Lawn Fawn maple leaf sequins in the bottom left corner.  They overlap a bit more than I wanted but I used a glue gun to make sure they stuck on properly and couldn't adjust them afterwards.

August 7, 2014


I recently bought a bunch of Stampscape stamps.  It's a company and technique using silhouette stamps with inked backgrounds.  As they're mostly all nature stamps, I figured they'd make amazing masculine cards.  I also went through the stamp sets I already own to find other silhouette images I could use (mostly for foreground elements).

Here are a few of my starter images.  The point is to do rough stamping, rather than carefully measured and arranged works.  The images are stamped on glossy paper (I got mine from Local King Rubber Stamps at a craft show a few years back).  The stampscapes site recommends against using photo glossy paper.  I'm not sure what the difference is.

Here's a finished card, with foreground, focal images and background images.  I've inked it with several shades of blue, and black around the edges, and finished it off with some white gel marker highlights.  I mounted it on dark blue cardstock with a black cardstock mat.

August 1, 2014

Better Days Card

I made this card for a challenge but it doesn't quite fit the criteria so I'm just posting it here.  I did the diamond pattern with a sun ray stamp in a pale dark purple on white cardstock.  You can tell I didn't measure before stamping as the diamonds are different sizes.  It turned out ok though, as the sentiment (in dark grey) went on one side and the orange 'sun' fit inside the pattern beside it.  I used a piece of grey ribbon to cover the not properly lined up reverse rays and mounted the panel on a piece of grey cardstock.  To make the sun shimmer a bit I added some yellow glitter glue.

July 31, 2014

Two Toned Butterfly Embossing

I saw this technique on this blog via pinterest and loved it, so tried it myself.  I glued some lighter punched butterflies onto the darker cardstock, then, when they'd dried, I ran the panel through my Big Shot with an embossing folder.

I added a piece of sheer blue ribbon with a butterfly bracelet charm off to one side, then glued the panel to a piece of cream cardstock.

I'm entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge, anything goes.

July 27, 2014

Kitten Cuddles Card

I made this card for Lili of the Valley's challenge of using 2 of their products on a card.  For my card I used the stamp Kitten Cuddles and a piece of cardstock from their Promises paper pad.

I coloured the image using a mix of Spectrum Noir and Copic markers, then fussy cut it out.  I die cut the oval out of my card base, and a larger oval out of my patterned paper.  I layered the paper on, glued the stamped image to the back of the inner cardstock and embellished the card with some die cut flourishes and punched flowers.  I used a turquoise marker on the gold brads in the flower centers so they'd match the colours scheme of the card.