Wonders will never cease – two entries for one challenge! This card is based on the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch and was very quick to do. I stamped a free snowflake stamp in Memento Rich Cocoa onto kraft cardstock, then highlighted some of the detail with white gel pen. I stamped the greeting (again, free) in white ink then embossed it with clear powder. The frame was hand drawn to finish.
I’ve seen a number of cards which use white ink for stamping the image, and I decided to try this on kraft card using Inktense pencils as my colouring medium. The ink I used was Hero Arts Unicorn which is the best white ink I’ve come across & is supposed to be fast drying – not on kraft, it isn’t!! This turned out to be a happy accident because after leaving my first stamped image for a day to dry, I found that my watercolouring skills weren’t good enough for the more detailed parts of the image, and I kept going over the lines. So I re-stamped & embossed it with clear fine detail powder to make the watercolouring easier.
The colour is Inktense Fuchsia & I returned to the image numerous times to tweak it until I was happy with the result. The greeting is by Clearly Besotted, stamped with Brilliance in Pearlescent Orchid, and the “raindrops” are Viva Decor Glass Effect Gel which I’d dropped onto a craft sheet & left to dry. Another happy accident is that although the overall card design just fell into place, it also happens to be the same as the sketch challenge running this week over at Splitcoaststampers so I’m going to enter it there.
Stamps: Hero Arts Delicate Blossoms CL449, Clearly Besotted Many Messages
A friend of ours turned 50 yesterday – but we only found out last night that it was his birthday! So this card was hastily put together this morning and given the short notice I decided to stick with a formula which I’ve used before, but this time with a little twist.
As Dave spends most of his spare time travelling on strange buses I knew exactly which image I wanted to use: it’s from the Papermania Portobello Road range of stamps, bought months ago with him in mind. I stamped it onto an Inkylicious tag inked round the edges once with a light colour & then on the very edges with a dark brown.
The backing paper was created by scouring the internet for a timetable for a number 50 bus & printing it in sepia tones onto linen finish paper. I then brayered over the top with Distress Antique Linen & sponged in various brown inks through an Imagination Crafts mask.
The numbers came out darker than I planned. They started out as plain chipboard, coloured with Memento Rich Cocoa & double embossed with clear UTEE. To try to balance out the dark numbers I inked the parcel twine I used on the tag with some more Rich Cocoa.
Stamps: Papermania Portobello Road
Cardstock: Papermania Kraft
Linen paper: Paperchase Linen Embossed White 100gsm
The poppy stamp on this card must be my most-inked stamp. It’s by Inkylicious & it’s such a beautiful image that creating a beautiful card is quite easy! I’m still not sure about Kraft cardstock but as I’ve got lots of it I’m not going to waste it; this time I toned it down a bit with backing papers.
Inkylicious poppy stamp, Memento ink & Poppy promarker with yellow Coloursoft pencil. Backing paper by K & Co, gems from my stash & Kraft cardstock by Papermania.
This was for Katy’s sketch challenge on Docrafts, and I was well out of my comfort zone – I’m really not sure about Kraft card but it matched the robin so I stuck with it! Since I made the confirmation card I found that Serif Page Plus is easier for creating word art than Picasa so this is the first card I’ve made using that.
This is for the newest member of my extended family.
Resources Main picture – recycled from an old Christmas card; Snowflakes – cut on my Craft Robo Lite, then heat embossed in white and finished with silver Stickles. Backing paper – free from here then cut on my Robo. Word art produced using Serif Page Plus. Cotton border: coloured using Burnt Orange Promarker.