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I overheard someone say that I cost them a lot of money as I have a tendency to mix and match a lot of stamps and dies from various companies when I make sample cards for Scrapendipity. Some of this is intentional, of course, because I do want to showcase as many of our new products as possible, but sometimes it is because it is a challenge that I just enjoy taking on.
Today is such a day. I had just added a witch stamp from Lavinia to my collection. Lavinia stamps definitely have a look that is all their own. They can be really large or really small, but they all have an “other world” look about them. They actually remind me of the old computer game “Myst” where the unexpected was expected, as you moved around the game. I know, I am dating myself, but it is true. I thought it would be fun to combine the witch with the die called Splats from Paper Rose. When this die came in, I quite frankly, thought it was the stupidest die ever. It was only when Selena (owner of Scrapendipity) demoed it, did I begin to realize its’ potential. The name suggests that it was designed to create paint splats in different sizes and I have made one card using it this way, but far more often it has been used as a layered cave. This is how I am using it again today. Somehow, glow in the dark elements just seem perfect for anything Halloween themed, so I used Glow in the Dark Nuvo drops in the Cauldron and on the Orb (right out of Myst, I tell you). I used Brutus Monroe Glow in the Dark Seaglass for the floor of the cave. I also had a happy accident where the collage medium I used reactivated the ink in the background and the rocks took on a purple as well as a green glow. Perfect.
I will not attempt to show what it looks like in the dark, because the camera just never captures it well, but it really does look spooky and awesome at the same time. These elements “glow” all the time, and do not fade away quickly like Glow in the Dark embossing powder tends to do.
Today I made a slimline card using a background die from Trinity Stamps and a hodgepodge of elements from several Hero Arts stamp and die sets. The background die is called Room Builder and it supplies a floor, wainscoting, walls and windows plus a few decorator items. I decided to make it a Christmas card so I added a Christmas tree from Hero Arts Meowy Christmas. I also added the staircase from Hero Arts. The cats, hat and present are from the Hero Arts November 2019 Monthly kit. The sentiment and Santa in the window are from the Hero Arts October 2020 monthly kit. Embellishments are flocking, Nuvo drops, Tim Holtz Mica spray, Delicata white shimmer ink and Neon Amplify.
I have to say all the elements came together well and made a great card. The only problem is that it will take me hours to sort out all the stamps and dies and get them back into the right packages for storing.
No that is not a typo. This card was made for my best fiends. The September My Monthly Hero reveal actually had two Heroscape stamp sets. The one included in the main kit is a lovely pumpkin patch and I will be making a card with that one shortly. This card was made using the Graveyard Heroscape which was one of the add-on products accompanying the kit.
Here is a funny thing. At first glance, I thought the layered landscape part (the Heroscape) of the stamp set was a bit narrow which left a lot of unoccupied space in the sky area of the card. So what did I do……………I decided to make a slimline card that is much taller than a regular card……………………what??? Yes, I decided to make the design extra complicated as that is just what I do. It worked out well though. I did three layers of the landscape vertically on the card. I made it lighter with more detail on the bottom and darker and more indistinct on the top two layers. I added the fence to the edge of the first landscape to disguise the transition a bit and ink blended the top layer all over to make it darker and more indistinct. As I still had lots of real estate left after adding all the black embossed images, I was able to add two sentiments instead of one. Usually I am struggling to find a spot to put one sentiment as I rarely plan for the sentiment up front, when designing a card. In the end, I really liked the card as the ink blending which turned out well is a more prominent feature of the card.
I did a little stamp surgery on the crows so that I could place them where I wanted on the sentiments. It kills me to do this on a brand new set, but I didn’t want to take the chance of an ink smear that might have happened with trying to mask the well inked crow trio stamp.
I didn’t realize that I misplaced the entire month of July somewhere. I did not make a blogpost all of July. It is not that I wasn’t busy making cards. In fact, I think I was busier than ever. In fact, I was as busy as a bee……………………………pun totally intended……………making cards from Honey Bee Stamps for samples at Scrapendipity. I am a big fan of this company and was so happy when Selena decided to bring them into the store.
This card will end up as a sample at the store shortly, but I thought I would post it here first. The stamp and die set is called Way to Goat and it is just so cute. The set immediately reminded me of the herd of goats “hired” by the City of Calgary to eat the grass down on the hills and boulevards around town. The goats do not know that they are severely underpaid, and seem content with their jobs. Maybe, I should volunteer to be their Union Rep.
I combined the above stamp set with Lawn Fawn’s Small Lift the Flaps Slimline die to create the Congratulations card shown here. I think the card would be great for everything from Congrats on entering Kindergarten to Congrats on landing a first job.
This is the inside of the card.
I knew there was going to be trouble today. The theme of the tutorial by Daniel West was to let your imagination wander and envision your stamps/dies/stencils in a totally different way. This is precisely what I like to do with my supplies, but it is this very methodology that turns what should be a 10-minute card into a 4-hour card. The funny thing was that even though I like to do this re-imagining of stamps and dies, I drew a complete blank at first. When I finally thought of something, I said to myself…………don’t do it……………..it is too stupid and “out there”. So of course, I set about doing exactly that. I don’t know if the card “works” but I think there is an “E” for effort in there somewhere.
I will show you first the two dies that I started out with. Take a moment to guess what I transformed them into.
Now you can see the finished product. So ok, I know it is a stretch……………..Glass Catfish in an aquarium. It is my imagination and so I can do what I want with it. The one outstanding problem with this project is that I put so much clear glaze over the fish (Pico Embellisher), that it is unlikely to dry any time today. That is ok though as my newly acquired Spring Card Camp friend Sue Ellen says…………..drying time doesn’t count when determining how long a card takes to make.
I took about 10 pictures trying to get one that sort of reflected the transparent glisten of the fish. This was the best of the lot, taken in bright sunshine while the card was sitting on my partner’s jeep tire. I know I need to get some proper photography backgrounds
Whew! I thought I was in trouble with today’s tutorial. It was presented by Kristina Werner. In the video, she indicated that it took her about 1 1/2 hours to do the faux dip painting. My immediate reaction was that if it took her 1 1/2 hours, that meant it was going to take me over my newly imposed 4-hour limit. I came up with a solution though…………………….I just didn’t do as good a job as Kristina.
All in all though, I liked the resulting card.
Today’s video was presented by Shari Caroll from Simon Says Stamp
Her 2 for 1 idea was to do some blending on a card front using cardstock masks and then use the masks themselves to make a second card. This technique is going to appeal to all you frugal crafters who like to use up every tiny scrap you have while continuing to hoard a lifetime’s worth of full sheet cardstock.
Shari managed to make her two cards look quite similar in the end even though they were made quite differently. My cards follow the same technique but I deliberately veered off in two slightly different directions. I enjoyed this technique as I want to practice the unstructured graphic style more.
I also got to use two new Photoplay word dies that I just bought yesterday! I love when that happens.
Oh my goodness! I thought I would never see the day where I did not want to spend another moment thinking about how to create another card or layout , but that day has arrived.
Today, I took part in a virtual crop to aid the tigers at the Calgary Zoo. The challenge was to do something crafty every hour on the hour for 24 hours. It wasn’t always a new challenge that involved making a card or layout, sometimes it was a tutorial or quiz or zoo animal jokes. Whatever it was, 24 hours of it is exhausting. I think I posted 14 projects.
Now I want to post today’s lesson in the Spring Card Camp as I don’t want to get behind on it. Today’s lesson was by Kathy Racoosin. She is the queen of colouring. Today she took an unusual method of colouring. It involved creating our two for one cards by allowing the Copic markers to bleed through to a second card front. My first attempt was a complete fail as cardstock of any weight was too thick. the only thing that worked for me was typewriter paper. We were to use the back of the first layer and the top of the second layer for our two cards. I did not care for the back of the first layer at all, so that was a no. The cards didn’t look tooooo bad when I dressed them up with a mat and some bling, but I have to say they are not my cup of tea. However, it was an interesting technique to try out..
Take a look: