I’m always inspired by the amazing work of Heather Telford and this week was no exception. She mentioned a challenge called One Layer Wonder & the inspiration for this had to be an item of clothing – either from my own wardrobe or pinned on Pinterest. I really liked the colour of this top http://pinterest.com/pin/292874781987440143/ so that was my starting point for the card above, which is for my husband’s Goddaughter. It’s a far cry from the cupcake-related card I’d intended to make as the “birthday girl” makes the most gorgeous cakes but I simply couldn’t come up with anything I felt was good enough for her. The butterfly stamp is by Inkylicious who are probably my favourite stamp company, and in real life the card looks much nearer to the colour of the top. I think my camera settings were wrong as I took the photos very early this morning whilst still half asleep!
It’s been a busy week & I forgot to blog this, it was the Father’s Day card I made for my father-in-law. He’s a keen gardener so I normally make him cards on that theme but as my mojo’s still deserted me I couldn’t come up with any ideas! Then I saw this card & loved the simplicity of the image. I also knew my father-in-law would love it, too so I set about recreating it with my own supplies.
The main image was very straightforward – sponging with Adirondacks (Lettuce, Denim, Cloudy Blue) then the black images added in Onyx Versafine. I mounted it on black to try to avoid it becoming too feminine. The grass stamps were by Inkylicious, I’m not sure who the boat is by. The green cardstock was American Crafts which I ran through my Cuttlebug to add texture. A greeting (a free stamp from a magazine) and a few black brads were all I felt it needed to finish it off.
Another card for my sister, whose birthday it was a couple of days ago. Seahorses and aqua colours are two of her favourite things so I combined them in this project, which is also inspired by Heather Telford’s amazing sponging work. If you’ve never seen her blog, it’s well worth a visit.
The main image for this card was created using the same stamps & Adirondacks as my last post, but I wanted it to have a different feel to the first one. In any case, I try to avoid making two cards the same. For the background this time I simply stamped the Inkylicious script stamp twice in Memento Teal Zeal, added some plain white organza ribbon & a Meiflower diamante buckle. I did try to colour the ribbon with Adirondacks but got more ink on myself than the ribbon & also found that it just didn’t seem to dry so gave that up as a bad job!
This time with Inkylicious stamps & sponging with Adirondack inks. The main image is the Inkylicious Allium 2-step stamp inked up with Memento Paris Dust & Adirondack Sailboat Blue, and you’ll see from the picture below that I didn’t manage to stamp it quite perfectly but I decided that I didn’t mind the offset effect & used the image anyway.
Another card which was the result of experimenting well outside my comfort zone, but which I thoroughly enjoyed making. The backing paper was made using an Imagination Crafts Diamond background stencil, sponging through it with various Distress & Memento inks. When it was finished I didn’t like the white background so I brayered over it with Distress Antique Linen. Straight edges to the paper just didn’t look right somehow, so I tore them & re-inked the edges with Antique Linen again.
The main image from Inkadinkado was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa onto an Inkylicious tag which was sponged round the edges with Distress Antique Linen. I replaced the original string with twine.
Stencil: Imagination Crafts Diamond
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa, Peanut Brittle, Toffee Crunch, Distress Antique Linen.
I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions, mostly because I never stick to them. This year will be different. I have made only one resolution – to spend less time thinking about making cards (and browsing the web for inspiration) and more time actually making them! This will, I hope, force me to experiment a bit more, to use more of my stash & to be prepared to take the risk that something might not work. I’m also hoping it will mean that I will be less last-minute with my card making, but maybe I’m expecting too much!
So here are this week’s experiments, and I decided to use the new Sizzix stamps my husband bought me for Christmas. The first two cards were inspired by Ali Reeve when I saw her demoing on Create & Craft a few days ago. To make the inky backgrounds I made masks from copy paper & inked through them. The butterflies were stamped & masked then coloured with a Lilac Promarker and the finished image was mounted onto dark purple cardstock.
Another inking & masking experiment. The butterfly was “watercoloured” with a Sakura Silver Stardust pen.