OLW149 Closet Inspiration

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 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!

Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus 300gsm
Ink: Memento Elderberry
Stamps: Butterfly – Inkylicious
Greeting – Imagination Crafts

Sea of Tranquillity

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.

Seahorse Sponging

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 seahorse is a brass stencil which I sponged through using two colours of Versamagic inks.  I then inked round the edges of the main image with the darker ink.

The frame was cut using Nestabilities then I clear embossed some Inkylicious sea-themed stamps round it and sponged over the top, carefully dabbing away the excess over the embossed images because the Versamagic takes some time to dry and I didn’t want to take too much away.

Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus 300gsm
Stamps: Inkylicious Seascape Memories
Inks: Tsukineko Versamagic Aquatic Splash & Ocean Depth

Inkylicious Alliums Again

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!

Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus 300gsm
Stamps: Inkylicious, Imagination Crafts
Inks: Adirondack Cloudy Blue, Sailboat Blue, Denim, Memento Teal Zeal

More Inky Experiments

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.

The background to the main image was then sponged using Adirondacks Cloudy Blue, Sailboat Blue & Denim.  I spent ages trying to decide how to finish the card off until I decided to keep it simple, sponging again straight onto the main card & then partially inking up an Inkylicious small script stamp with a combination of the same inks.  The greeting was from Imagination Crafts, stamped in Memento Nautical Blue and I added a trio of square gems to finish.
Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus 300gsm
Stamps: Inkylicious, Imagination Crafts
Inks: Adirondack Cloudy Blue, Sailboat Blue, Denim
Memento: Paris Dusk, Nautical Blue

Vintage Car

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.

The numbers started out as bare chipboard which I gessoed (is there such a word?!), embossed in my Cuttlebug & inked repeatedly until the colour was fairly close to the Kraft base card – closer than the photos would have you believe.  I also sponged round the edges of the base card to add a little bit of extra depth.
More experiments to follow!

Stamps: Inkadinkado
Stencil: Imagination Crafts Diamond
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa, Peanut Brittle, Toffee Crunch, Distress Antique Linen.

New Year’s Resolutions

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.

Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus, Coredinations
Stamps: Sizzix, Imagination Crafts
Ink: Adirondack Cool Peri, Memento Tuxedo Black
I can’t remember where the inspiration for the third card came from.  The ink sponging didn’t turn out quite the way I planned but I decided that it wasn’t a completely unsuccessful experiment & it would do just fine.  The image & greeting are on a strip of card which was embossed across the top & bottom, but unfortunately the photo doesn’t show the embossing detail.   I used a strip of card left over from another card & it cunningly hides an earlier failed experiment to sponge directly onto the card!
Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus, Coredinations
Stamps: Sizzix, Papermania Lucy Cromwell range
Ink: Adirondack Cool Peri & Eggplant, Distress Spun Sugar, Memento Tuxedo Black