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World Cardmaking Day 2020

In my constant endeavor to find something positive in this highly unusual (okay, CRAZY!) year, at least we have a day dedicated to making cards! Right? So I spent today making a few gel plate prints and then I made three cards with some of them. Here’s what I did.

Above you can see the prints I made, using leaves from plants growing in my yard. Nothing exotic, to be sure! The difference in this gel printing experiment is that I used mini Distress Ink cubes direct to the gel plate to create kind of a geometric pattern. I didn’t brayer the ink out, but left it for a more distinct pattern.

I then placed the leaves on top of the inked plate and then pressed the paper over. Then I removed the paper and the leaves and replaced the paper, lining the paper onto the plate as it was before. This partially defined the leaves with remaining ink.

Here are the cards I made from the prints seen above.

I used sentiment dies respectively, from Sizzix, Elizabeth Craft Designs, and My Favorite Things. I layered the prints with cardstock and added some sequins. The center card also has ribbon and a border made with an EK Success “Fleur de Lis” border punch. I definitely shopped my stash with these cards!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy World Cardmaking Day!


You’re the Cream to my Coffee

Yesterday was National Coffee Day, but I wasn’t quick enough to post the card I made to celebrate coffee. It was fun to make a little scene with multiple stamp sets, and of course, to include lots of critters. I pulled mice from three different sets (and there are more!).

Here’s what I used:

– Lawn Fawn stamp sets: Dandy Day, Thanks A Latte, Crazy Antics and Really High Five

– Lawn Fawn die sets: Outside In Stitched Mug, Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Simple Wavy Banners, Dandy Day, Crazy Antics and Really High Five

– Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection stamp set – Fragments

– Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Tattered Rose

– Copic Markers

– Lawn Fawn Patterned Paper

– Cardstock

I colored each mouse with Copic markers and used Distress Inks to color the mug and sentiment background. I lightly inked the Tim Holtz stamp and spritzed it with water to stamp a light pattern onto the mug (see below).

I had lots of fun with this and I appreciate your stopping by to take a look.


Hexagonal Gel Print Cards

Recently I took advantage of the nice weather (pre-wildfire smoke) and wandered around in my yard to get some leaves to use for gel printing. Leaves are probably my favorite texture to add to paint of ink to create botanical prints. So I used Distress Oxide inks and brayered them onto my hexagon gel plate, then added leaves that I’d collected. Some time later, I added stamped or die-cut sentiments and a few insects and sequins and made some lovely, simple cards.

Here is a closer look at a few of them.

I associate leaves with Fall cards, so I imagine I’ll be doing some more of this! Thanks for visiting today.


I’m So Glad We’re Friends

  • Stamps –
    • Gina K. Designs – Autumn Wreath Builder
    • Newton’s Nook – Newton’s Birdhouse (sentiment)
  • Template – Gina K. Designs – Mini Wreath Builder Template
  • Inks – Altenew
  • Twine
  • Cardstock

There is something therapeutic about using the wreath builder template and stamps to create a wreath. There is a lot of repetition and the wreath slowly grows as you stamp. I stamped each of the stamps in a different color of Alenew ink until it built up the final wreath.

Thanks for visiting.


Relaxing on the beach card

This is my third card using the Cape Cod stamp set created by Jenn Shurkus. For more information on this versatile stamp set, see the photo and explanation below.

For this card, I created a little scene on the beach. The chairs, umbrella, footprints and sentiment are all from the Cape Code stamp set. I made the sand by adhering a tea bag to white card stock with gel medium to create a little texture and a pretty accurate sand color. I stamped the footprints ever so lightly on the sand since they should only indicate an impression. But they’re so light they are hard to detect in the photo! I had a scrap of the wave patterned paper left from a previous card that I though made a good ocean backdrop.

Supplies

  • Stamps – Cape Cod clear stamp set – Jenn Shurkus, Lawn Fawn – Wild for You (sentiment)
  • Dies – Lawn Fawn – Simple Puffy Cloud Frames and Outside In Stitched Scalloped Square Stackables; Simon Says Stamp – Stitched Rectangles
  • Tea bag
  • Dina Wakley Gel Medium
  • Copic markers
  • Patterned paper – Photoplay – Beach Huts

About the Cape Cod stamp set

Jenn Shurkus, who is a creative card maker and instructor, lives on Cape Cod and is raising money for the Cape Cod Resilience Fund. This fund will help small businesses on Cape Cod who are experiencing financial difficulties due to Covid-19. This fund will be around for the long run, and continue to help small businesses out in the future. YOU can help by purchasing one of Jenn’s exclusive Cape Cod stamp sets. For each set sold between June 15th- July 1st, $10 will be donated to the CCRF. Another way you can help? Share this with your creative friends and help spread the word! More details can be found on Jenn’s website. She also has more samples of lovely cards she has made using this stamp set.

Love Live Local is an organization that has supported small businesses and artists on Cape Cod for a number of years now. They are the ones organizing the Cape Cod Resilience Fund. The Cape Cod Resilience Fund will provide direct grants to small business owners on Cape Cod to offer some relief from the economic damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. You can read more about them and the fund here: https://lovelivelocal.com/resilience/.

Thanks for visiting.


Pivot Pop-up Mice

Card front
  • Stamps and Dies:
    • Lawn Fawn: Dandy Lion, Wavy Sayings, Simple Wavy Banners, Super Star, Outside In Stitched Scalloped Square Stackables, and Pivot Pop-Up
  • Patterned papers: Lawn Fawn
  • Sequins
  • Cardstock
Looks like a surprise inside!

I had never made a card with this clever pivot pop-up mechanism that I cut out with the Lawn Fawn die so-named. Not only do the mice provide a major cuteness factor, the way the inside of the card pops-out is a really fun surprise! I colored all of the critters and dandelions with Copic markers.

The inside of this card, fully deployed!

It pops out with such dimension, but it folds very flat so it is easy to pop in an envelope and mail! And so I did. I made this for a card exchange and sent it off to an online friend in Ontario, Canada.

Wishing you a happy day, full of smiles and surprises! Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: The Mod Squad – Get Your Happy On Challenge


Happy Day Floral

  • Stamps –
    • Ranger – Dina Wakley Media “Always Flowers”
    • Inky Antics “Little Greeting”
  • Patterned papers –
    • Lawn Fawn “Spiffy Speckles – Strawberry Frosting” and “Spring Fling-Debbie”
    • BoBunny “Serendipity”
  • Dies – Art Impressions “Banner Double Stitched Dies
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Raffia – May Arts
  • Inks –
    • Versafine Clair – Twilight
    • Ranger – Tim Holtz Distress – Twisted Citron

This was a fun card to make. I am a huge fan of Dina Wakley and her lovely floral stamps. I designed this card for a recent class I taught at Runaway Art and Craft Studio in Salem. I hadn’t done any paper piecing in a long time, but it worked quite well with this stamp. I stamped the flower onto the patterned papers in black ink and fussy-cut the flower from the pink and the stem and leaves from the green. I edged all of the pieces, including the die-cut banners, in Twisted Citron Distress Ink to bring out the same color as the leaves. Then I layered all of the pieces together and tied a bow around the top of the (top folding) card with pink raffia. Thanks for visiting.

 

 

 


I am a cat person!

 

  • Stamps – Dreamerland Crafts:
    • D19011 I am a cat person
    • M18310 Tree trunks & small leaves
    • M18307 Flower beds
    • M18305 Clouds
  • Die – Whimsy Stamps – Notched Squares Die Set
  • Die – Spellbinders – Hello Expressions
  • Copic markers
  • StazOn Pigment ink pad – Snowflake
  • Ranger Distress ink – Broken China
  • Gina K ink pads
  • Ribbon – May Arts
  • Sequins

I created this card using a variety of stamps from a company that is new to me. Christy and I were thrilled to meet Dreamerland Crafts owners at Creativation in January. They are delightful and we really enjoyed talking to them and getting acquainted with their stamps. I used four different sets to create the scene on this card. I colored the girl, cat, and ground with Copic markers, and the tree and flower bed is created with Gina K ink pads. The clouds were stamped with white StazOn ink with just a smidge of Broken China ink to give an indication of clouds in the sky. Thanks for visiting.


Hello! Stenciled card

 

  • Die and stamp set – Spellbinders – Hello Expressions
  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop – TCW829 Heartful Flower by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
  • Ink – StazOn Pigment – Snowflake
  • Posca paint markers
  • Cardstock – black and turquoise

Surprise! I’m finally posting!

I created this card as a sample for a demo I’m doing. I will be creating cards from stenciled backgrounds at Runaway Art and Craft Studio during a demonstration at First Wednesday on May 1st. First Wednesday, sponsored by Salem Main Street Association, is a monthly celebration in downtown Salem during which businesses open their doors to celebrate with the community. While I am stenciling and making cards, Christy is art journaling and Robin will be sharing her illustrated coloring posters.

I began this card by applying white ink through a stencil onto black cardstock to create the base design. I then added color by drawing dots around the stenciled design with Posca acrylic paint markers. I layered the die-cuts and popped it up with dimensional adhesive above the stamped sentiment and then adhered the whole card front onto a turquoise card base.

Thanks for stopping by.

 


Sending Smiles

  • Stamps –
    • PaperArtsy – JOFY 62
    • Hero Arts – CM335 – Hero Greetings Sending Smiles
  • Stencil – PaperArtsy PS130 (Design by JOFY)
  • Acrylic Paints – PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics: Sherbet, Bougainvillea, Vanilla, Antarctic, Glacier Ice
  • Watercolors – Prima Tropicals set
  • Embossing Powder – Stampendous Detail White
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Brad – Lasting Impressions
  • Posca pens (black and white)

I created this mixed media card in phases. First I stamped out the flower stamps onto watercolor paper with Archival ink and added color with some watercolors. Once dry, I colored in areas with black and white Posca pens and added a few doodles of my own. After fussy-cutting the flowers out, I began working on the background. I made a number of gel plate prints using PaperArtsy Fresco paints and the JOFY stencil that matched the flower stamps. I selected one that I made with a small plate that framed the flowers nicely, then doodled around the perimeter and trimmed it out. I layered the flowers together and attached them in the center with a brad. I finished the card by adhering the flower to the background and adding a sentiment that I heat embossed. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge: A Vintage Journey – Put Your Stamp On It Challenge