Wow, where does the time go? They say that yesterday was the last warm day and now we are heading into fall temperatures, which is fine by me. I was lucky enough to travel on a few trips which kept me busy these summer months, and I have been learning some new skills to add to my crafty repertoire. I have always wanted to learn to draw and watercolor, and through many websites, online classes, and library books I have been practicing the basics. This led to a fascination of colored pencil drawings which can be very detailed and gorgeous.
Of course I have been making cards and have spent many productive hours in my craft corner. Since today is the eve of World Card Making Day, I will share some of my card creations. Next week I will share some watercolor and colored pencil projects I have been working on.
Washi Tape Birthday Card
Washi Tape Birthday Card 2
Missing You card
Thank You Card
The first two are self-explanatory in that they were made with washi tape, swirl stamps, and a sentiment. Clean and simple. The Missing You Card stamp is by Unity. I colored it in with distress markers and punched with a Fiskars corner punch. I made a big batch of the Thank You cards for a friend’s husband, and the sentiment was punched with a Martha Stewart Punch. I like the strong, masculine tone of this card. Happy World Card Making Day tomorrow!
The Open Sea, Wainscoting
Here are 3 more cards that I made with The Open Sea set from Stampin Up. This is such a rugged nautical set and really helps my cards make a masculine statement. I was surprised how much I liked the first one when I finished it. I was afraid it might look too drab as I was making it, but using the Stampin Up Stripes embossing folder on the bottom reminds me of wainscoting which kind of adds to the masculine theme.
The Open Sea, Clean and Simple
On the second card I used the globe stamp in VersaMark on the blue and the anchor stamp in VersaMark on the red to give a little more character to this clean and simple look. (Unfortunately it is difficult to see in the picture, but if you double-click the picture it shows up better.)
The Open Sea, Chevrons
The chevron paper on the third card reminded me of a choppy sea and I think it goes well with the set. Which one is your favorite?
This is a clean and simple card that has the look of class and refinement. I love when cards come together so tailored and sophisticated looking with only 2 colors and very few supplies. The Classic Hats stamps are from Inkadinkado. The tiny sentiment comes from Impress Stamps, and I picked it up at their shop when we visited Seattle last year. Don’t you think the individual stamps worked perfectly together?
Hats Off to You
The white squares are 1 inch with a black shadow background. The white background of the card is embossed with Stampin Up’s Stripes embossing folder.
I am always on the lookout for “man stamps,” which is what I call stamps with a more rugged, masculine-type theme. One of my favorites is The Open Sea from Stampin Up, and I fell in love with this versatile set at first sight. The stamping technique used on this card is called Keyhole Cropping, and many stampers use it when an image does not stamp perfectly. However, I used the Keyhole Cropping because I love the details of each stamp in this set and wanted to use them all on one card without making it look too busy.
The Open Sea, Stampin Up
The background blue is dry embossed with the Sizzix Swirls with Waves folder. The dark blue rectangle measures 3 x 4 inches, and each small blue square measures 1-¼ inches. The long blue sentiment strip measures ¾ inch x 5-3/8 inches with the brown being just 1/8 larger as a background. A small length of bakers twine adds a little dimension and the sentiment is from Jillian Vance’s Celebrate Men set.
As I promised in my last post, here are the cards I worked on during our weekend at the Crop-A-Doodle-Do.
First is a masculine card using my new Stampin Up set “Clockworks.” It is an A2-sized card with a dark green panel dry embossed with a Tim Holtz gear embossing folder. The middle panel with the stamped images is 2-3/4 x 3-3/4, and it is outlined with brown cut to the size of 3 x 4-3/4 then edge punched with a Martha Stewart paper edger. I used a bit of baker’s twine to tie at the bottom of the panel. I stamped the “splotches” with Memento Desert Sand ink, and the dark green is Versafine Olympia Green. I love Versafine ink pads especially when stamping detailed images. I love using a general celebratory phrase like “Let’s Celebrate” because then the card can be used for any happy occasion.
Stampin Up Clockworks
Then I decided to break out the Cricut and use my Create A Critter cartridge, one of my favorites, as well as Elegant Edges which I find to be the most versatile Cricut cartridge I own. I actually received the sentiment stamp as a freebie from Unity Stamps when I placed an order with them. I used the Elegant Edges and cut an image that looked cloud-like (Eyelet3-s, oblong and shadow). I cut a 3-inch moon and simply added a square of black behind the facial features rather than cutting out an entire black background shape. I cut out 1-¼-inch and 1-½-inch stars from yellow gingham paper as accents, and they look perfect on the background paper that was dry embossed with the Stampin Up Cloudy Day embossing folder. I cut one 2-½-inch cloud from the gingham blue and playfully tried to use it as a pillow for the moon, while the sentiment is his blanket. What a sweet, gentle card for one of our OWH recipients to send home to a child.
Love You to the Moon and Back
Lastly I cut out thirty 3-inch kitties (Cat2) and shadows from Create A Critter. I tried to use color combinations that would make the cat look neither masculine nor feminine, and I love the pattern play of the small Swiss dots on the 2-inch pillow bed in contrast with the larger dots on the background paper. The separation with the bright yellow strip makes it all work. Again, I selected a “punny” sentiment that would be applicable for any occasion or just to send home to say hi.
I made approximately 30 of each of the above 3 cards, so I had to finish up the cat cards after I returned home from the CADD. Currently I am working on 30 cute skunk cards (a prototype of which I gave to my mother-in-low who seems to enjoy puns as much as I do) and a special-request First Communion Card for my Mom to give. I have made First Communion cards in the past and am researching something new and improved on Pinterest and other favorite websites.
Thank goodness I have my creative outlets to go to when the world seems turned upside down. Please send good thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the events in Boston today.