How are ya? The sun is shining here in Sunny Surrey, England, and I have just had a productive session in the craft room! Yeay! I have quite a few birthdays coming up so i made a list of cards to make and as there are about 10 needed in the next few weeks, i got cracking! I managed to get two done- both playing with distress inks as a water colouring medium. Videos to follow soon, i promise!
I have a video for today. OK. So, I’m not sure if it is supposed to be a Christmas card (?) or a valentines card, or a anniversary card, or simply a generic ‘hey there, i love you’ kinda card. Lets just say it could be used for all or any of the above.
I few awesome products to mention – the lawn fawn stitched rectangle dies of course. LOVE THESE! You know that anyway because they are practically in EVERY video you see! heehee! Also, the cottage cutz deer die. Its an oldie, but a cutie! Another favourite is the sakura glaze pen. I have it in white and black – perfect for eyes and noses of critters (as in this video) but i also used it in a cool way to create another awesome look! Check it out!
Another video to share today – and another play round with using stamps to create backgrounds for cards. For this card I was experimenting using the envelope stamps from the SimonSaysStamp Happy Mail stamp set. I think this stamp set is so versatile!
I am really loving the text as well as the other images! Here’s a video walkthrough of how i made the card. Enjoy!
I picked up some cheap-as-chips pigment inks at hobbycrafts when they had them half price – selling at a bargain price of £1. I just really wanted to play with them. I usually default to Distress inks, or more recently the Simon Says Stamp Dye ink pads, but its been ages since i have been playing with pigment inks.
I forgot how easy they are. The ink sits on the top so above all, the stamps are so easy to clean. I wasn’t expecting these ink pads to be very good, but i was reasonably happy with the result. For £2 full price, i think they are a great introductory ink pad for new stampers at the very least. The only super annoying thing is that EVERY freaking time i go to hobbycrafts they never have the full range – always missing most of the stock. Its hard to see the whole range of colours, but even from those i have seen its clear that some colours are very similar, whilst there are huge colour palates that are missing.
This was a playtime card – just the by product of an experimental crafty session, but it shows how you can get quite a bit of milage from a stamp.
This bug stamp is from Unity Stamps – its a cutie! After stamping, i cut a stitched rectangular panel using the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle dies. I also die cut some purple/pink cardstock to lay behind the white panel- it gives a subtle pop of colour that coordinates with the rest of the card.
For the text, i simply hunted through my stash to create a pick-n-mix greeting, and finished off the card with some sequins.
It was originally supposed to be a valentines card i think, but i guess it could be used as a generic greeting card either. BONUS!
Sometimes its nice to send a card for no reason at all. Its always nice to get a little surprise in the post when you aren’t expecting it. I am going to be sending a batch of cards to some colleagues who work for the same company, but are based all over the place, so i will be making some generic, non-greeting specific cards over the next few weeks.
Here’s the video of how i made the card, but apologies if i sound a bit odd -i am still recovering from a cold so my throat and sinuses are still not back to normality.
For the card i used the Sending and Wishing release from SimonSaysStamp- in particular the Sending Happy Thoughts Clear stamp set. I love that there are so many great images in these stamp sets that can be used on generic cards, or can be added to a sentiment to make an even more interesting theme specific card.
One of my favourite stamps is the hello circle – great for background stamping, especially in the SSS fog dye ink- it fades into the background beautifully.
The little girl in her yellow jacket is a Darcie’s Dancing in the Rain cling stamp, coloured with Spectrum Noir colouring pencils and using blending solution. She reminds me of Princess Pi, who just loves jumping in muddy puddles!