Some cards take longer than others to come together. Today’s card for the Coffee Lovers Bloghop took forever and used up a lot of supplies. I almost abandoned the project about three times, but I reminded myself that if I don’t like it, it just means that I am not finished with it yet. And what do you know, at long last I ended up with a “keeper’. It would have been much easier and faster if I had given in to the idea of cutting up my stamps, so that I could fashion the constellation that I wanted, but Jimini Cricket the stamp set was brand new and I just couldn’t do it. Much grumbling and masking later, I finally ended up with the constellations I wanted and a watercoloured sky that I liked.
Supplies: Lawn Fawn Upon a Star stamp set, Concord and Ninth Script Alphabet, Gansai Tambi and Peerless watercolours, Stampendous silver embossing powder, Dienamics Grassy Hills die, Tim Holtz Watercolour paper, Doodlebug coffee stickers, Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz, Pico Embellisher, Scotch foam tape, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape
The other day Selena (owner of Scrapendipity) asked me if I would make a couple of cards as samples for the store . In one case, she was thinking of bringing in “3D”stamps made by Spellbinders and wanted some Calgary Stampede cards to show how they work. In the other case, she wanted a shaker card for Canada’s 150 birthday, that used a sequin mix made exclusively for Scrapendipity.
The Canada Birthday shaker card was made from a shaker kit from Cheery Lynn designs, and was a snap to make. It was like using a cake mix, rather than baking from scratch, and the result was great, too.
I thought the cactus stamp from Spellbinders was going to be more difficult. How do I make the cactus the focal point, but still dress up the rest of the card. Once I got going, the ideas multiplied like rabbits (sorry I was talking with my Mom about the rabbits eating her flower garden this morning) and before I knew it, I had 5 cards made and ideas for about 10 more floating about in the debris of the scraproom. I decided it would be interesting to see how the stamped image turned out depending on the medium used to colour it. Turns out that you can use any medium you like and the results are good with these 3D stamps. The image has the shading built into it and it just blends into whatever medium you decide to use. The results are good, no matter what, and you don’t need a ton of colours.
The mediums I used were; simply two ink pads, copic markers, Zig Real Brush Markers, Prismacolor pencils with Gamsol, and Gansai Tambi watercolours. Can you tell which was which?
Here is the Canada 150 birthday card: