Like many people who craft, it is my antidote to stress. But sometimes even card making isn’t enough, and my mojo goes awol. Such has been the situation for the last month. Although I’ve made a few cards, getting started on them has been a struggle. When that happens I turn to challenges & YouTube videos to spark my creativity again.
One such challenge is the one at Die Cutting Divas where the theme of challenge 323 is Wedding/Anniversary. A recent Ebay purchase of a few sets of Hero Arts Stamp & Cut stamps included the one I’ve used above, Congrats.
It’s my brother & sister-in-law’s 35th wedding anniversary soon so I used a mix of Distress Inks to create the background, which was cut with a stitched square die. Then I die cut the Congrats die several times in white and also from the background. I layered up 3 white die cuts then added the coloured one on top, offsetting it slightly. The “on your anniversary” was a combination of stamps from other sets, stamped in Versamark then in Distress Ink to match the background. I then embossed it in clear embossing powder.
To keep the overall look simple, I stamped a few hearts from one of the other Hero Arts sets & embossed them in white.
As ever, the sketch at Sketch Saturday caught my eye this week so that’s what this card is based on. The background was made using the wax paper resist technique; the MFT butterfly was embossed in Wow! white embossing powder on vellum and the rest was from my stash. I didn’t have any coloured card to match the background so I coloured some plain white card with a Soft Green Promarker.
This card started out as an experiment with Distress Inks, Perfect Pearl sprays & water droplets on Sheena’s Stamping Card. I based it on a “recipe” I found on the internet – this colour combination was recipe 2. I then stamped some of the MFT Inspired by Butterflies stamps in Versamark and embossed the images in white embossing powder.
Basing the layout on the current sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches, I found a piece of backing paper in my stash which matched really well, then stamped the greeting by Docrafts in Memento Rose Bud ink. A ribbon and a few sequins from my stash finished it off.
Just over a week ago our son received his GCSE results: 9 ‘A’s, 1 ‘A*’, 1 ‘B’ and another A in Further Maths, along with a Merit in PE. These add to the A & A* he got last summer. This card is from his proud parents, but the celebrations are on hold as his poor Dad has been ill throughout the whole of the summer, and although he’s finally home from hospital he’s still very poorly.
Anyway, onto the making of the card. I decided on a little bit of ink smooshing with various Distress Inks (sorry, can’t remember which ones), then cut some stars using Little B dies from card I found in my stash. The greeting is by Clearly Besotted, stamped in Versamark & embossed in Wow! white fine detail embossing powder. I’m entering this into the challenge over at Addicted to CAS, where the theme is Blue.
This card evolved over the space of a few days, and I didn’t really know where it would end up until I saw this week’s sketch over at CASe This Sketch.
The stamps are from the two-step Martha Stewart Flower Glossary set, and I started off by stamping them in Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves and Spiced Marmalade. I fussy cut them & added some Wink of Stella but then I didn’t know what to do with them!
Then came the sketch: for the background I masked & stamped a few more flowers but this time watercoloured them. I stamped the greeting & added a few sequins to finish it off.
I needed a card for golfing mad relative of my brother-in-law and decided to play along with the sketch over at Sketch Saturday this week. The main image is by Crafts UK, stamped in Distress Pumice Stone and watercoloured. The backing paper started out square, which didn’t fit what I wanted to do so I cut a piece out of it. I masked off part of the card then stamped random golfing images (from the same Crafts UK set) in Memento Espresso Truffle, before drawing an edge in Cool Grey 5 Promarker.
The numbers were die-cut and mounted on a piece of card which I embossed to try to make it look like a golf ball.
I’m also entering this into the following challenges which all have a masculine theme this week:
Come & Get It Challenges – ends 18/6
Crafty Cardmakers – ends ~27/6
Suzy Bee’s Bloomin’ Challenge Blog – ends 19/6
This week I have a guest designer spot over at City Crafter where the theme for week 263 is “Sequins” and there is a photo to inspire us:
The butterfly stamp is by IndigoBlu and was a recent purchase so this seemed like the ideal opportunity to ink it up. My favourite colouring technique at the moment is watercolouring, so I stamped the butterfly in Versamark ink onto Crafters Companion watercolour paper, then embossed it with Wow! Silver embossing powder. I also inked the edges of the cardstock & embossed that also.
I used Distress Ink in Salty Ocean, the embossed lines make the watercolouring much easier! An embossed greeting by Clearly Bestotted and some sequins kept the card simple. Here’s a close-up:
I was so pleased with the finished result I made a similar one in a slightly different shade of blue, using my Cotman Watercolour paints and a greeting stamp by Inkylicious: