For my project this week, I wanted to integrate Cricut’s draw capabilities with my stamping. The front of the card was created using the sitting pretty bundle from last year. It features two of the 2018-2020 In Colors (Blueberry Bushel and Call Me Clover). If you look closely, you’ll notice there is a rhinestone acting as a picture hanger (cards can always use a little bling!).
For the inside, I tried out Cricut’s draw feature to help me create the inner sentiment which was a customer request. The hardest choice was definitely trying to figure out which font to use. I really like the way it came out!
The Band Together bundle is one of my favorites. The flowers are beautiful in just about any color, and the dies cut out some very detailed frame shapes (See Magnolia Lane and Detailed Bands). The ribbon and spotted paper are from the Everything Is Rosy Medley.
The best cards are the ones that come with an unexpected surprise. For this card, I actually had planned to just feature a technique using the sponge daubers. Clearly, I got a tad carried away.
The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock, and the inner window is from the nested dies. The bird is stamped and colored with blends.
To make the realistic brick look, I first used the bricks 3D embossing folder. Then, I dabbed the sponge dauber onto my Merry Merlot ink pad.
There are two key tips to keep in mind with this technique:
#1 – After inking, tap a couple of times onto scrap paper (or your grid paper) to remove any excess or uneven ink.
#2 – The dauber is used in a brushing motion the length of the card. This way the ink darkens the edges of the bricks the most. If you touch the paper then make a brushing motion, you end up with dark circles of ink that will make the entire brick the same color (instead of just the edges).
This same technique can be used with just about any ink (even metallics)!
I just love these farm animal stamps. They have so much personality and are fun to color. The stampin’ blends markers make them appear watercolored. The buffalo check stamp is easy to use and enables you to create your own paper/backgrounds.
Ever since I saw one of these “magic cards”, I knew that I had to make one. I love the idea that it starts out looking monotone and simple, then you pull the flap and COLOR!
It’s actually fairly simple to make. The key is your tools. I used the Stamparatus to set the positioning of the stamp on the card. The window was cut out with the stitched rectangles. Then the girl was stamped on the back flap of the card. She was colored with the blends listed below. I glued a piece of highland heather cardstock to the back of the card to cover where the blends bled through.
Flap was cut and glued into the card. Acetate was fixed to the card opening and stamped with stazon. I used a hole punch for the tab and slipped some sparkly twine through it.
So I really like the watercoloring….. in case you can’t tell yet…. I find it very fun and relaxing. I wish that I had had the courage to try this sooner! Today’s project is a birthday card! (Luckily, the receiver doesn’t do social media so I can post it while it’s still traveling through the mail to her!)
I started with the watercolor pencils and watercolor paper. I layered lots of color in one spot then used the aqua painters to streak the color further across the page. Again, don’t be afraid to leave white streaks or mix the colors. I think it makes the finished product more visually interesting. I set the page aside and let it dry overnight. Once dry, I cut frames out of the Rectangle Stitched dies.
The cupcakes are from the Hello Cupcake stamp set from Sale-A-Bration 2019. (I have an extra (used) one if you’re looking to purchase one.) These were stamped and then adhered to the watercolor frame.
To create the sliding beads, first use the foam adhesive to create a top and bottom for the beads to slide between. The seed beads are strung on white thread. The frame is glued on top to hide the underlying structure.
For today’s project, I wanted to use my leftover watercolor paper to create some daisies. They are stamped with the Daisy Lane stamp set, then punched with either the medium daisy or (large) daisy punch. I just fanned them out a little and bent the petals inward for some dimension. The fuzzy yellow flower center is new to the catalog this year, and I think they just add a fantastic touch to the punched flowers.
The paper, ribbon, leaves and foil hexagon are from the Everything is Rosy medley that came out in May. I used the triple banner punch to create the “flag” ends of the paper strips. The sentiment is from the Daisy Lane stamp set.
I decided to branch out and give watercolor a try. I’ve always found it intimidating (mostly because I was afraid of making a HUGE mess). However, I’m happy to report that was not the case!
I started with the pigment sprinkles, an aqua painter and watercolor paper. It helps to put a few drops of water on the paper first, then tap on some sprinkles to add color. Make broad strokes across the page with the aqua painter. Just wipe the aqua painter on a paper towel a few times to clear the color from the brushes. Don’t be afraid to leave white patches or to let the colors blend together a little!
As hinted by the picture above, after the paper dried I used the punch from the floral essence bundle to create flowers. I found that the most vibrant and interesting looking flowers were created at the edges of the colors changes or where there were streaks of white.
The flowers were stamped with ink that matched the petals. The leaves behind the flowers are the same punch used on the green vellum from the perennial essence vellum cardstock. Glitter enamel dots were added to give the centers more depth.
I then cut strips of the perennial essence DSP and layered behind with gorgeous grape cardstock to create the finished look for the font of the card.
The ocean and bead theme continues… Today’s project was a shaker card with shells, coral, beads, and tiny fish. The key is to attach the acetate to your frame then use the foam strips to create a sealed box for all your fun shaker contents.
Putting this one together was definitely easier than stringing all the beads (See Seed Beads), and you can include lots of different shapes and sizes to create a dynamic card. The design can easily can be adjusted to accommodate just about any card theme.
So clearly I have gotten a little stuck on the octopus stamp from Sea of Textures and the sparkly sand dollars out of the June Paper Pumpkin. Today, I decided to create one of the seed bead cards.
Now, I must warn you… the beads are not as simple as I thought. I used a clear stretchy jewelry string that did not fit through any needles that I had, so getting the beads on the string was a little painful. I think with some tweaking, it could be a lot easier to assemble.
That being said….. I LOVE THIS CARD!! I think it’s so cute and full of personality.