Hello, today I had to make cards for a couple of friends that are struggling with difficult life issues. The style of the cards I created lend themselves to really any occasion. They can easily be adapted for birthday, congrats or sympathy, just by changing up the sentiment and color choice. I did not want these cards to be maudlin, I wanted them to lift the spirits without being silly or too light-hearted.
This first card I used Raisin Boat Growing Love stamp set that I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Pacifica Blue ink from CTMH for the berries and graphic blooms. I stamped twice so I could get two shades of blue and I LOVE the lighter version, it is so pretty. I added Nuvo Crystal Drops by Tonic Studios in Navy to add dimension and interest to a few of the blooms. The HI die cut is from MFT, I got it free with a promotion, and you all know I love promos! I cut it several times in Beetle Black cardstock by Doodlebug, glued all the layers together and topped it off with clear Wink of Stella, and dotted my “I” with an enamel dot. I finished the top layer off with a piece of ribbon from my stash (that looks like it was made just for this card) and added that layer to the card base.
For the inside of that card I used Lawn Fawn‘s Scripty Sayings and added a little butterfly stamp from a CTMH set, layered that on black and called it done!
My Floral Hugs card was created using one of the blooms from the same Raisin Boat set Growing Love. I stamped the flower in Terra Cotta ink from CTMH and then re-stamped it using Versamark ink. I then sprinkled clear embossing powder on the images and hit it with the heat tool. I ran the paper with the images through my eBosser using a CTMH confetti embossing folder. I fussy cut out the flowers and set aside. I then cut a piece of Amy Tangerine paper I have had FOR…EVER on a bit of an angle and adhered it to the card base. I added the flowers to cover up the seam and stamped Big HUG in Terra Cotta ink from my CTMH Big Hugs stamp set.
For the inside I stamped off that same flower in the Terra Cotta to make a much lighter version and then stamped Thinking of You from the CTMH Seaside Greetings stamp set (also in Terra Cotta). I layered that panel onto the Amy Tangerine patterned paper, added it to the inside of the card and Voila!
Greetings fellow paper crafters! Today I wanted to get a head start on my Mother’s Day cards, so I started by making a card for my mom, from her grandchild. I am in love with the You Take The Cake digi set from Sunsational Stamps. You can find the set Here.
I started by printing the teapot and the teacup on patterned paper by Authentique, they have such pretty papers. I also printed a series of the flower blossom on the papers as well. I used my one inch Fiskars circle punch to pop out the flowers and fussy cut the teapot and cup. I alternated the two patterns of the flowers along the left side, for a border.
I cut out the cute double frame using the Fitted Frames 3 Curvy Rectangles by Elizabeth Craft Design. I popped up the cup and pot overlapping the frame, added a heart from a Raisin Boat set. I made the ‘Nana’ banner with some alpha stickers in my stash, mounted the whole kit-n-kaboodle on a salmon pink cardstock base and called it done!
….and Glittery Ornaments! Holiday greetings all my crafty followers. This week I have been so busy making ornaments for the annual ornament exchange I am in with a group of my long time friends.
List of Materials
- Glass Ornaments
- Tissue Paper
- Stamps (I used Close To My Heart, Teresa Collins and Raisin Boat stamps)
- Memento or StazOn Ink
- Modge Podge
- Sponge Brush
- Alcohol Markers (I used ShinHan)
- Wink of Stella (Clear)
- Liquid Glass or Glossy Accents
- Spray Adhesive (I prefer 3M)
- Glitter (I used two different types)
The first step after you gather all of the above items is to stamp the image you wish to feature onto the dull side of white tissue paper using a permanent ink. I used Memento Tuxedo Black. Cut the image either by fussy cutting or leaving a bit of a margin, I chose to leave a margin. I also layered mine with a verse stamp behind the image, I stamped “Twas The Night Before Christmas” on a separate piece of tissue paper and applied a portion of the story as the first layer.
The second step is to apply a thin layer of Modge Podge to the back side of the stamped image and apply it to the ornament. Once this has dried (5 to 10 min.) apply a second coat to the top to seal. Try not to go off the tissue paper by too much.
Let this coat dry completely, you can either heat dry it or just let it be for a half hour. Next you will color your image with the alcohol markers. Let the ink dry completely then add Wink of Stella to highlight areas that need a little shimmer and shine.
This next step is a little tricky and can prove to be quiet messy. Take the top off the ornament. I suggest you make a tiny paper funnel to fit into the glass ornament, now pour a small amount of fine glitter into the ornament. Here’s the tricky part….spray adhesive into the ornament using small sprays. Try to spray upwards inside the ornament, then flip and do the other side. If you spray directly into where the glitter is sitting you will make the glitter clump and some of it actually sprays back at you….messy! You may ask, “Why not add glitter after I spray the adhesive?” Well, you can try it but it tends to get caught up neck of the ornament. Let it dry completely before putting the top back on the ornament.
Apply a thin stripe of the Liquid Glass/Glossy Accents around the perimeter of the cut out stamped image(s) and spread it thin with your finger. This seals the edge of the tissue. While the Liquid Glass is still wet, sprinkle with glitter. I used a larger glitter by WOW for the outside of the ornament. Once this has completely dried you can brush with a very soft paint brush to remove any loose glitter.
At this point you can embellish with sequins, cut-outs, mini bells or whatever tickles your fancy. Top off with a pretty ribbon to hang it up with and call it done.
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