My stamping adventures

Friday, May 14, 2021

Calming Reverie

 Calming Reverie

stamps used:  Altenew stamp co.

If you ever wanted a BIG flower to cover the best part of your A2 card ..... this is the one for you!  Besides it being a big flower it is only a two stamp flower, which means first you stamp the solid image in a color.  After stamping the solid image you, then stamp the stippled image over the color with a dark ink.  The dark ink can be black or any dark color to compliment the flower.  For my cards here I did the basic black.  For the leaves on the top card with the orange flower I did the expected green leaves.  For the bottom card with the aqua flower I did gray leaves.  The other difference between these two cards is the top card has a die cut hello and bottom card has stamped hello image.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Tulip slimline card

 Tulip slimline card

stamp/stencils used: Unity stamp co.

stamp/stencils used:  Unity stamp co.
Here is a new idea for Unity stamp company ..... Matching stamp and stencils.  There are other stamp companies out there that have been doing this but it's a first for Unity stamp company.  

basic instructions:

1.  stamp image.

2.  place stencil over stamped image and sponge on color.


1.  place stencil on cardstock.

2.  sponge color

Simple, right?  Actually it is.  I used the stamp and stencils, there are three layering stencils for this stamp image, for the top slimline card.  For my bottom slimline card I just used the three layering stencils.  Two distinctive looks, don't you think?  I haven't made up my mind which I like better, yet.  

I made slimline cards this time just to show off the full stamp, but I plan on making A2 size cards soon.  Most slimline cards fit into #10 size envelopes, but like all cards they are subject to change.  As stampers we do like to change things up sometimes.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Slide and Lock card

 Slide and Lock card

stamps used:  SU Forever Fern
base card - 5-1/2” x 10-1/2” scored parallel to the short end at < 4-1/4” and 8-1/2”
2-1/4” Circle
layer - 4” x 5-1/4”
1-3/4” x 5-1/4″ (marked at ¾” at the top and then cut diagonally)
Start with a card base measuring 5 1/2 x 10 1/2. Score this piece at just a hair less than 4 1/4 and at 8 1/2. Burnish the folds with your bone folder.
Now, with the smaller flap folded down, mark along the top at at 1” from the right edge.
Line up this mark in your trimmer and cut from the mark diagonally to the bottom corner of the flap.
tip: The reason to put your first scoreline at just a little less than 4 1/4 is so that the larger flap can easily fold under the smaller one without the two flaps overlapping. If you put your scoreline right on 4 1/4, the flaps won’t have enough room to fold together.
Cut two pieces of cardstock that has been stamped:
4 x 5 1/4
1 3/4 x 5 1/4
Mark the smaller piece of the stamped cardstock at 3/4" from the top right and trim diagonally as you did with the card base.
 I used the word window punch on the large flap of the card base. Leaving about ½” on right side, slide the cardstock into punch as far as it will go.
Close the large flap over the small one, and mark the right edge of the punched label shape with a pencil.
inside of card -  check out the position of the circle and word window punch area on the angled inside of the card.

Open the card and punch the smaller flap where marked. The smaller flap will only have part of the word window punched out.
You can now add adhesive to the outside of the small flap, avoiding the punched hole. Any wet glue is great for this purpose as you’ll be able to reposition your card if needed.
Once your stamped card is attached, it’s very easy to see where you need to punch the word window shape.  Do the same thing on the large flap.
Time to create the locking mechanism. For this, you will need a circle punch or other die-cut shape that is wider than the hole. Using this circle punch, cut a shape from the same color cardstock as your card base. This circle will go inside your card.
Cut another circle in the same color, and decorate it as desired. This one will go on the outside of your card.  Position your inner circle and hold it in place with a Post-it note. Remember, you want the circle to cover the punched label slot.  
Now, from the outside of the card, apply foam dots. Notice that they are lined up with straight edges parallel to the edges of the punched out word window slot.  Remove the backing and mount the outer circle on the foam dots.  
A look at the card fully opened after completed.

On the inside of the card, remove the Post-it note so that your inner circle can slide. (The inner and outer circle are now attached by the foam dots.)

The circles create a locking mechanism that slides across the word window slot so that you can lock and unlock your card!  

Decorate front and inside of card as desired.

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

May Flower sampler squares

 May Flower sampler squares

stamps used:  Stampin' Up

May is spring flowers so for my creative card crew group I did tulips.  This is actually a 3 1/2" square which is called sampler square.  There are nine of us in this group; each of us made one square then what you can do is put all the squares together in a picture shadow frame.

Here is a past sampler squares swap we did back in 2018

You can check out these posts to see more here and here.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Mixed Media w/Friends #2

 Mixed Media w/Friends #2

stamps used:  Art Impressions (bingo lady), unknown (little bingo card)

I had fun with my second MMw/F card because just before I made this card I did virtual Bingo with some I thought how appropriate to do a bingo theme for my card.  I used the actual bingo card on my jumbo playing card and the raffle ticket for my background.  The rest just fell into place when I remembered I had the bingo lady stamp and saying.  I rummaged through my stamping drawers and found an old wood mounted little bingo card so had to use it, too.  Unfortunately, the wood mounted bingo card is so old I can't read the company name on the side of the wood.

this card is my friend's MMwF card

Basically what she did was sprayed the background with dylusions lemon zest ink spray.  Other things she used were clear gesso, mini mod checkerboard stencil, Unity Simplicity stamp set and TH small talk saying.

We are having fun doing mixed media techniques on these Jumbo playing cards.  You see more about these cards and our first cards here in this post.

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Still trying out card sketches

 Tulip card sketch

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.

Yes, I'm still trying to get comfortable using a card sketch for a starting point to create a card.  This card sketch is from Pixel Maven's Retreat blog challenge.

For my card I pretty much cased the card sketch except I decided to add a little dimension to my card by running it through an embossing folder.  The embossing folder gave it some extra texture.  I used the new Unity stamp co. tulip stamp and stencil for the main focal image.
Hope you like it and give card sketches a try at some time.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Birds of a Feather

 Birds of a Feather

stamps used:  Altenew Birds of a Feather, Camellia Build a flower

Altenew Birds of a Feather is a fun set to create different and fun fantasy birds.  I say, fantasy because I'm not sure there are birds with some of the colors I used for them.  

The top photo with the green bird has a stenciled background, saying from Birds stamp set, and also, Altenew Camellia build a flower which is a wonderful layering flower ..... and so easy to stamp all the layers.

The other two cards are more simple in design with some highlighting blending of color behind the bird.  Also added the branch from the same Birds of a feather stamp set.  The frame die cut around the orange bird is from Gina Marie die cuts.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Blue flower sketch card

 Blue flower sketch card

                                                         stamps used:  Altenew stamp co.

This is a sketch card I made for Pixel Maven's retreat blog for the month of April.  I know I've said this before but I will say it again (because this is my blog, teeheeehee) I'm not a real fan of sketches but I keep trying.

This card uses Altenew Calming Reverie stamp/die set.  This flower measures approximately 3 1/2" x 3 1/4" so that would fit most of an A2 card. If you look at my card, you will see that I cut off some of this flower to mimic the sketch you see below.  

I also put my image on the opposite side of the card as the sketch ... we will say that is a "left-handed thing".  I also used an embossed layer instead of pattern paper just to give it another effect.  

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

corner foliage

 Corner Foliage

stamps used:  Blue Knight stamps

This card is a simple design but there is more going on than you would think.

basic instructions:

1.  with blending tool blend colors onto a white card panel.

2.  add clouds with cloud template from same Blue Knight company.

3.  stamp foliage and happy birthday (from the same stamp set) with black ink.  

4.  over stamp the circle (from same stamp set) image with yellow ink over the saying (from the same stamp set)

5.  add ribbon, adhere to black panel and then to note card.

tip: spray with Perfect Pearls mist. sparkly in person.

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Creative card crew April sketch

 Creative card crew April 2021 sketch card

This month in my local Creative card crew group we are doing a sketch card.

Card sketches are not always the easiest for me to do but I did it.  Although I complained a lot to my fellow swappers. teeheehee

Here is my card:

stamps dies used:  Stampin' Up

The most fun with this sketch is I used SU Hey Birthday Chick stamps and dies.  Those chic,s are just so much fun! To color the birthday chick I did some simple watercolor using the ink from ink pads. I basically followed the sketch as it is shown ... only because I couldn't figure how to switch it up this time around.  
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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Mixed Media w/Friends #1

 Mixed Media w/Friends #1

This idea started when a friend saw someone do this on her you tube channel ...tellHimthanku ... where she is doing mixed media on a jumbo pack of playing cards.  So my friend suggested we do it our way ... so let's get started!

Here is a look at the playing cards we are using:

We bought them at the Dollar Tree store in the toys section.  There are different themes but it doesn't matter the pictures on the cards because we will be doing mixed media techniques on them. 
 Definition of mixed media is In visual art, mixed media describes artwork in which more than one medium or material has been employed. Assemblages and collages are two common examples of art using different media that will make use of different materials including cloth, paper, wood and found objects.

Here is a look at my first playing card:

                                           this is my card - all supplies and stamps listed on the back of the card.

With that being said basically anything goes with mixed media.  For my first playing card I kept it simple, gluing white tissue paper on the card to start and, then went from there. Added some ripped decorative paper, die cut bird/branch, self sticking gems and of course a stamped saying.  We decided to list supplies and stamps on the back for a reference.  

card with bottle is by JAGS

We plan on doing this until we get bored with creating these little works of art.  I have't decided, yet how I will store these cards but I'm sure I will find some type of notebook that will work.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Wolf and Snow moons

 Wolf and Snow Full moons

stamps used:  LIWP, Rubbermoon

Here is my Wolf full moon postcard for my local swap I am participating.  For the background on this postcard I did a northern lights style background.  You see more examples here, here, and here. It can be an addictive background technique and it comes out different every time.  

Snow Full moon

stamps used:  various companies
Did a little masking with the Snow full moon.  Basically I stamped the big snowflake with the face, then masked her with a post it note I stamped her on.  Next I blended a few colors of ink then with the mask still in place I stamped some snowflakes only on the center inky band.  Needless to say it is called the snow moon because it snows a lot in February.

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