I keep thinking that I have all the stamps and dies that I could possibly need, and yet I buy more. There is a reason that crafters refer to this hobby as their addiction, and think they will stop buying as soon as they add this or that to their collection.
Today, I thought I would share some Halloween cards that I recently made. For the most part, they were made with stamps and dies already in my stash, but I confess to buying a couple of new ones.
I liked the crazy sentiments in the stamp set from Cathy Zielske called My Zombies, so I had to get that. I also liked the oval Spider Web from Hero Arts and even though I resisted buying it with my recent Hero Arts kit, I caved in and bought it when it appeared at Scrapendipity. I also had to have the Tim Holtz Stamptember exclusive stamp set, but have yet to make a card with that one (Stay tuned)
Today is the reveal of the new Hero Arts Monthly Kit. This month’s kit is so appealing to me because it has a lake, a dock, a forest and mountains. All of these images describe my life for many years, so I am anxious to have this arrive in my mailbox in the near future.
In the meantime though, I am also taken by the June kit which has already arrived in my mailbox. It has a jungle theme, which clearly does not depict my life in Canada, but it is equally appealing. I started out intending to make a card with the Leopard image, but in the end, opted for a few of the smaller images, and made the card more of a Hawaii card. I am always happy when I am able to use something from my “new” drawer as well. In this case, it was both my small and large Wreath Builder Templates from Gina K.
I think the card turned out well, even though there is no Leopard anywhere in sight.
I am also contemplating making a card with the snake that is in the June kit, but I hate and fear snakes almost as much as I hate and fear “dust bunnies”! (Really, “dust bunnies” totally creep me out and I can’t touch them without a paper towel in my hand). I could give the snake card to my granddaughter as she actually has a snake as a pet. Ok, it is settled………………………..my next card will have a snake, a leopard and maybe a “dust bunny” on it. I will face all my fears in one go! LOL.
I wanted to use the June 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit. The card I came up with does not resemble the card I had in my head when I started out. Truth be told, I now have about ten background pieces made with Tonic Shimmer Powder none of which ended up on this card. They are very nice backgrounds, just not the look I was going for in a jungle theme.
In the end, I opted for a savannah sunset using oxide inks and blender brushes. I stamped the grasses using Versamark. This resulted in a faded image of the grasses on the green background. I liked this look as it made the grasses appear further back in the scene. The tiger was painted with Arteza real brush markers and embossed with clear embossing powder.
I used thin strips of foam tape to attach the jungle border to add more dimension and depth to the card.
Today’s card is a variation of the one I posted a day or two ago. I just received my Hero Arts Monthly Hero Kit and it occurred to me that I could combine my Falling from the Clouds die from My Favorite Things with the Jungle Border from the Hero Arts add-on die and make it rain in the rainforest.
Originally I was going to make a “Save the Rainforest” sentiment, in honour of my so environmentally responsible friend Michelle K., but I opted in favour of the less noble but highly useful Happy Birthday.
Just so you know………………….stringing those little beads late at night with my Expired Best Before eyes was no easy feat. I will be vacuuming up seed beads until July. But hey, the card is so cute.
I thought I could make a quick card before breakfast………………………ha ha ha. I don’t think I have ever made a “quick” card in my life. I can manage to hem and haw over the tiniest of details and even simple cards take at least an hour.
This card is watercoloured and uses a frame border die from Hero Arts. This means that I not only had to decide what colours to paint but also where to paint and what to leave white. I am sure if I re-did this card it would be different, but overall, I like it.
Being someone who absolutely loves to travel, this month’s Hero Arts Kit was calling loudly to me. The images of Venice transported me back to that wonderful place. The laundry line reminded me of Naples and the background building reminded me of the view of Florence from a viewpoint over the city. I was done for when I saw the add on die set called European Village. It reminded me so much of Canterbury in England with its’ cottages and cobblestone streets, it had to go in my cart.
The card turned out well. Once more my Dirty Sand embossing powder from Emerald Creek came in hand to give the cobblestone road some texture.
Here is my second post of the day. This time my card uses the negative or leftover piece of hot foil as the background in this shaker card. It took a couple of tries to get the right combination of heat and pressure so that the background was smooth and fully adhered to the cardstock. It looked great though when complete. The frame is from Hero Arts.
Here is the second card:
I have a couple more examples of foiling for the foil challenge at Simon Says Stamp. This is an interesting post (maybe to me only 🙂 ) as it and the next post show examples of being able to use regular dies as foiling plates. Additionally, the two posts show that it is possible to successfully use both the positive and negative pieces of the hot foil on cards. You will note, I didn’t say it was easy. It is actually easy to use the positive piece. It foils just like any of the foil plates that you can buy. Foiling the negative (part you would normally throw away) is a bit trickier as it requires some experimentation to get the right combo of heat and pressure, but my second post today shows that it can be done.
The card uses Bubbles and Fishes cover plate from Lawn Fawn as the hot foil plate. Take a look: