I had said that I wanted to try another Riverbank Collection card so that I could showcase the wonderful paper in the collection a bit better than I did in the last froggy card. Well, as usual, “a funny thing happened on the way to the forum” and it didn’t really go as planned. Just so you know, that quote is from a 1966 movie of the same name, so I am really dating myself. Usually, crafters quote the more modern, “I was distracted by something shiny” when describing why something didn’t go as planned. Now, back to the cards.
I had a problem with the swan card. I had decided to use Copic markers…………but wait………….we are talking about a white swan here. It didn’t take long to colour! I did use light grey markers to provide shadows, but I still didn’t think it stood out enough to look like a focal image. I decided to cover the whole swan with glossy accents to make it stand out more. The problem was that my bottle of Glossy Accents had turned quite yellow with the Arizona heat. Interestingly though, I found that the yellowish shine matched the yellow-green in the background paper quite well, and I decided to go ahead and use it.
Here is the card:
On the second card, I was also distracted a bit from my mission to show off the beautiful paper. I had just bought a set of rectangular dies from Penny Black and it occurred to me that they would work really well for a stacked mat style. That is a style where the image is continuous over three different sized mats with varying degrees of depth. Sounds confusing but you will understand when you look at the card. I love how the squiggly lines in the mats provide interest without overpowering the image. Anyway, it turned out really well and the background paper did provide a nice enhancement by repeating some of the elements.
Take a look:
Scraps of Love (scrapbook store) here in Phoenix recently moved to their new location. It is only a couple of blocks from their old location but is much larger. I went there bright and early on opening day wearing my Scraps of Love T shirt. This qualified me for a 20% discount which I used with gusto.
Amongst my many purchases was a pad of patterned paper from a UK company that was new to me. The collection is called The Riverbank and I bought it along with two matching stamp sets. The company is called the Craft Consortium. Anyway, the paper is thick and double sided which is wonderful. I think this may be the first time that I ever bought a pad of paper where I loved every page.
I made my first card using one of the stamp sets and one of the papers. I had to make the card larger than the usual A2 size to have any of the background paper visible. I am thinking the images are sized for a typical UK sized card which is bigger than A2. In any case, I am about to try again with a second card designed to showcase the wonderful paper better. In the meantime take a look at this card.
Wait it is a new post on Maverick Muses! I cannot believe how time is flying these days. I have already started to think about going home to Canada, and yet, I also think I haven’t fully unpacked yet.
I always send St Patrick’s Day cards to a couple of my friends and so I thought it was a great opportunity to get a new post on the blog at the same time.
I failed to bring any St Patrick’s Day stamp sets with me and so I was limited to using the Wooly Lucky Stamp set that I recently got from Simon Says Stamp. It is a cute little stamp set with an Irish Llama and some punny sentiments.
Take a look:
It occurred to me after I created the cards in the last post, that there was supposed to be matching dies for the Stained Glass stamps. I will spare you the details……………………but panic ensued as I could not find the alleged dies anywhere in my craft room. Eventually, they turned up.
I am happy they did as they are wonderfully intricate and delicate and are amazing as a complement to the stamp set. The card came together perfectly until I heat embossed the sentiment. I put the moth too close to the flame, as it were, and I warped the vellum a bit. To fix that, I decided to run the card through my Bigshot to flatten it. Bad Idea! It did flatten it a bit, but in the process also flattened the delicate die cut. While it still looks good; it did look better and more dimensional before I steamrolled it. Live and learn.
Today I wanted to use the Stained Glass paper and stamp set from Stampin Up. I did not actually notice this set on my first view through the catalogue. I think it was because the paper looked just black and off-white and the stamp set had smallish images with sentiments in an Old English font. On my second glance through the catalogue, I did notice the Old English font which I like. Looking at the set more closely, I realised that the paper was printed vellum with stained glass motifs. I began to think of the multiple uses of a set like this, from elegant birthday cards to respectful sympathy cards. I also realised that the smallish images in the stamp set enhance the stained glass scenes on the vellum, without overpowering them.
I made three cards, that all turned out well.
I got this crazy cow stamp from High Hopes Rubber stamps because it made me laugh out loud. It is a take-off on a famous American painting called American Gothic. This stamp is called American Cowthic. Go Figure.
I have had this stamp set for a while now, but I realised it would look great with my Barbed Wire paper from Authentique, so I made this card.
Here is the inspiration for the stamp:
Here is American Cowthic:
I laughed again as I posted it. I feel like I have already gotten my money’s worth out of this cute stamp.
My co-blogger is alive and well. She just continues to be the busiest woman I know. One of her many jobs is to create the Card Kit of the month for the Scrapendipity store. We have decided to post the projects here on the blog, as her spare time to cardmake just for the joy of it is pretty limited these days. At least this way, we get to see what she is up to. This card kit is available at Scrapendipity, but they always sell out, and many people just have a standing order to get the kit every month.
This month is especially cute, as it has many of the latest trends showcased. Underwater scenes, shaker cards, beaches and foxes are all trendy, so why not put them all in one card?
Life is a Beach – August:
Copic Markers used to color the image:
Stamp your image with Memento Black Ink on white
Copic paper. Also stamp the Towel portion of the image on pattern paper (don’t color the pattern paper) Then use the first Copic Marker color, listed below and the others that follow, to do the shading.
Fox White – W00 & W00
Fox Red – E97 & E99
Fox Eyes – at you Spica Black & Opaque White (use pin
for white dot in the eyes)
Fox Legs & Hands – E47 & E49
Cheeks – R22
Cup & Ice – BG70 & BG10
Around the Fox & Near Face and Glass – B000
Umbrella – RV29 & Opaque White (use pin to make dots on the umbrella)
Other items used:
-Fish Brad (Emerald Creek)
-Spellbinder Petite Ovals Small (second largest)
-Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, Tim Holtz
-Faded Corduroy Distress Ink, Tim Holtz
I made this card this morning for Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday. The theme was to colour vellum. I actually really like the design of my card, but it is really only a first attempt. I have ideas in my head that would improve it greatly, but I have to go to work this morning so I have no time to start over. The next few days before Christmas are going to be a blur, so what is here will have to do.
I was sitting at my computer today when an email came in, informing me that my stamp sets from Gina Marie Designs had been delivered. I laughed out loud because 1) I just ordered them last week (I am in Canada and delivery is routinely two weeks) and 2) it was Sunday. Imagine my surprise when I went to the mailbox and there was a shiny foil envelope from Gina Marie Designs. I have never received an emergency delivery of stamp sets ever before. It was really a pleasant surprise.
Anyway, I immediately started thinking about how I could use them for the bloghop. It was Amy who posted about these amazing stamp sets and did warn me that they were somewhat snarky and off beat. Some of the sentiments are a bit out there, but I love them. I picked out the more moderate stamp set and made this gatefold card.
I was going to add my own sentiment to the front of the card that would have said, “Morning grounds rules” but it was too late at night to pull out the gazillion tiny pieces alphabet stamp set that I would have needed to do so.
I mentioned that there was unspeakable issues with my first attempt at this type of card. One of the issues that I could not overcome is that the design of the cover die resulted in very small pieces being left at the point where the lacy design folded over to the back of the card. There was no way it was going to lie flat and look nice. I may try it again using acetate behind the lacy parts to have something to glue the bits to, but for now that is a no go.
Happily though I did a variation that will definitely get mailed to someone. As in Jennifer’s card there is a blank top folding card inside that a photo could be tucked into, or be used for the annual highly anticipated holiday letter where seemingly everyone but you has earned a new degree, went around the world or discovered the cure for cancer.