Okay, so the sentiment does not exactly match the card front, but it fit perfectly. I just can’t get enough of this CTMH stamp and die set! Today I decided to make another shaker using the shaker guts I bought from Queen and Co a few months ago.
For the backdrop in the shaker I added a piece of pattern paper. The two coordinating patterns really make this card pop with the simplicity of the layout. I did add a little shimmer to the green brew, but you can not see it in the picture.
I did all my stamping and coloring at one time for these cards. Once I was done I realized I did not have any purple Halloween paper, so I made my own. I used Grape Crush (the same color as the sentiment) to swipe over the top of my card base. I did a few swipes to get the correct vibrancy. It looked a little boring just purple,so I spritzed some water on it for drops and towel dried it off.
I am not quite ready for summer to be over, so when I saw the adorable new Fall Stamp set that is part of the bundle set (two stamp sets and a die) from Close to My Heart I created a colorful simple card.
The Little Things
Though this card is clean and simple I did add a few special touches to make it special. First, I stamped each flower in a different color Catherine Pooler ink. I like this ink for a project like this because I can stamp the same image in different colors several times and not have to worry about transferring the color. Simply stamp off on a scratch piece of paper and move on.
Second, I pop dotted my multiple circle card stock I die cut to add dimension. By choosing black it makes the colors of the flowers really pop!
To finish the card off, a gem was added to the center of each flower in different colors.
It is a little funny that I get my hands on a brand new Fall stamp set and I decided to make a summer card out of it. The next time you have an opportunity to play with a seasonal stamp set and want to make something completely out of the box with it go for it!
I am super excited to share with you two of the new Joy Clair releases! I created a Bible art piece with one and a card wit the other. I also made two ATC with them as well!
Instead of using the new Hope Stamp Set as a way to express hope, I used it as a way to show strength and take on a warrior attitude. I have Celiac Disease. For years I prayed that God would heal me even though I did not know what I had. Once I got the diagnosis and avoided gluten the symptoms pretty much disappeared. Though my body did grow weary my soul did not – hence the saying and verse!
For the ATC I portrayed a warrior and thought of all of my fellow sisters who struggle with cancer and other diseases.
I found the “We Can Do It” card set in Washington DC last simmer. I gessoed the base and went over it with a wet paint brush and wiped the face clean. Once it was dry I stamped my image and words.
Mermaid at Heart
This might be my favorite new release set! The tail is a perfect sassy flirt and the sayings coordinate beautifully. For the card, I picked up some specialty paper at my local craft store and embossed it. I simply stamped the sentiment on another sheet and layered it. For the tail, I embossed it in black and used watercolor markers to shade it in. I made it shiny with Glossy accents!
I mimicked the process on the ATC, just working on a smaller scale.
Make sure you check out the shop for all the new releases and hop and check out what the other designers did with different stamp sets!
I have been enthralled with a new designer in the industry — Simon Hurley! He is a fantastic creative who is with Ranger. I don’t know if it is because his images are cute and kinda silly that I like or that he is about my kids age. Regardless, I love his stuff! I am sharing a project I created using two of his stencils and Wendy Vecchi set!
Here is a video on how to create a card with stencils and stamps I did Live on Instagram.
I love how the cards turned out!My favorite thing is the Back Splash stencil! I was on the fence about purchasing it, but I am so glad I did. It is going to be well loved! The pattern would look great in my kitchen.
Today I am combining the old with the new! Layering stamps are totally underrated. If you are like me and not a huge fan of coloring these little gems help us create amazing art! Hero Arts has some of the best layering stamps around. The Christmas tree used on this card is one I have had in my stash for awhile. By pairing it with the new Catherine Pooler ink I was able to create a funky bright off the beaten path Christmas card.
The only Christmas product on this card is the stamp set. The pattern paper is Pink and Main Beach Babe. Once again, it is from my stash. To create the sentiment I did not have matching carstock and did not want to use white. SO, I swiped my Catherine Pooler ink over it, let it dry and stamped on top of it.
Personally, I love to use the non traditional Christmas products and things not meant for a season to create a seasonal project. Usually it turns out striking and memorable.
Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the options in the craft industry. Options of the same type product are everywhere! Trying to figure out what is best or right for you can be a challenge. A product that has a lot of options and every company claims their’s is the best is ink! I must confess, I have fallen into the “I must have it all” marketing game. A few years ago I vowed to stop buying ink pads unless something really wonderful came along.
In 2018 at Creativation I met Catherine Pooler and was introduced to her ink. I am not going to lie — I rolled me eyes in my head and thought “here we go again!” After I politely tuned the demo out I walked away — happy to escape the pitch. Over that year I slowly started to see what people were creating with her ink and I was impressed.
In 2019 I went back to the booth (willingly) and filmed a demo. There was a table in her booth in which people could play with the ink — which I did. I was impressed and saw the value of it in the craft room. The next five months I spent trying to talk myself out of purchasing it. In the spring Catherine Pooler released mini pads. That was it — I was sold. I went out and bought the Life of the Party collection and have been hooked ever sense.
Using washi tape that I fuzzed on my shirt, I adhered the stencil to cardstock.
I selected three colors of ink and carefully shaded in the stencil. I would be trimming this down and did not care if I went over the edge of the stencil.
Once I removed the stencil I noticed the images did not pop as much as I wanted them too. I placed the stencil back on the cardstock and traced a fine line around each image. I then added threads to the top of each decoration.
To assemble the card, I layered the stenciled cardstock on a glittered black sheet and adhered it to the card base. For the sentiment, I placed it on a piece of tissue paper I had from packaging and placed it on top.
Though the card is relatively clean and simple it is striking! The important thing is it was fun to make and I am one step closer to completing my Christmas cards!
Lately, I have been trying to get as much use out of my supplies as possible! I am embarrassed to admit this, but the first time I saw a stencil I did not know what to do with it. Was I suppose to trace it? Dab paint through it? After receiving one in a kit over two decades ago I just tossed it aside and moved on with my crafty life. Three years ago I became fascinated with them. Stencils look cool, but I was still intimidated by them. I started to buy them. Finally, I set out to learn how to use them!
The May 2019 Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart is darling! It pairs well with a Prima stencil I had. I set out to create some cards using it as the background. Here is a video I created on five different ways a stencil can be used:
Up Close Pictures
The set was suppose to be pinks and grays. However, I forgot that as I colored in the images. Thankfully, they turned out lovely. Cards sets that flow and not perfectly matched are my style!
The next time you play in your craft room with stamps, challenge yourself to use the set at least five times. Do the same with your stencils! You will be amazed at what you create.