Today’s video was about geometric shapes and who better to teach it than Laura Bassen. Throw in a rainbow and the world is as it should be (ok, there is that annoying exception to perfection right now, but this too shall pass).
I have been excited about slimline cards lately. They provide that extra real estate that you need to make your cards impactful. Some great slimline products from Pinkfresh, My Favorite Things and Trinity stamps to name a few, should be arriving in my mailbox soon. Luckily, today’s card looks good without some of the fancy edge dies that I am waiting for.
Today’s instruction came from Jennifer McGuire. The first instruction was how to create a DIY ink pad using Distress Ink refills. From there, Jennifer showed multiple ways to use the ink pad to create many cards. Although all the cards began with the DIY ink pad, the finished results were all creative and unique.
I have the Altenew Botanical Leaves stamp set that Jennifer used, and it is one of my favourites, so I decided to use it for my cards as well. This post will be in 3 posts as I made several cards. I experimented a lot with the DIY ink pad adding different colours as the pad started to dry out. This resulted in a nice mix of colours.
Here is the first set:
Today’s card started with a little stamp set from Waffle Flower. It is called Currently Drinking and I think it is meant for a Planner. I bought it because I was always trying to build coffee drinking scenes with non-coffee themed stamp sets and it came in handy for that. It occurred to me that Lawn Fawn’s Reveal Wheel could be used to represent the decision-making process of what type of beverage to have upon arrival at the local Starbucks. The little images fit perfectly in the heart-shaped window.
I used patterned paper and stickers from Echo Park’s Coffee collection. The background paper is Coffee & Tea from Reminisce.
I did mention that the wonderful Buongiorno Italiano from Ciao Bella would be back before the Coffee Lovers Bloghop was over, but even I didn’t expect it to be teamed up with Lawn Fawn and Honey Bee stamps.
I always thought the Blah Bunny from Honey Bee stamps looked like she needed a jolt of coffee to improve her disposition. You can see the “change” in her attitude via the Picture Changer die from Lawn Fawn.
This card was so much fun to make it even changed my mood for the better! Enjoy!
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:
The little sloth is back today. He is just too cute and deserves a second card. This time Lawn Fawn’s Knit Picky provides the background. My Favourite Things Ice Cube shaker pieces double as sugar cubes in this card. The spoon is from a tea cup die set from Simon Says Stamp.
Today’s card used a stamp set that was an add-on product from a recent Hero Arts Monthly Hero Kit. I have always had a fascination with the amazing scenes that Baristas can create with the cream in my coffee so I was immediately drawn to this stamp set. When I realized I could use Puffy embossing powder to give fluffy dimension to the cream, it had to go in my cart.
The Scalloped Circles die from Lawn Fawn, Doodlebug Sprinkles and coffee coloured sequins turned the whole thing into a cute shaker card.
Where did November go? It is hard for me to believe that the month is over. The good news is, that means that the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop launches today.
It is a welcome break to make something that is not a Christmas card. I have been fascinated with sloths ever since I first saw the commercial with the sloth playing Charades. Maybe it is because I sympathise with the stress of trying to finish something while the clock is ticking down. Whatever it is, it caused me to buy this Newton Nook stamp the instant that I saw it. I also wanted a chance to use the Coffee Rings foiling acetate from Brutus Munroe, so this card came together quite quickly. Patterned paper from Moxie (Coffee Addict) supplied the background while the mat is patterned paper from Lawn Fawn’s Knit Picky.
I was thinking today how my very first shaker card was pretty much a disaster. I had sequins flying all over, mostly stuck on the foam tape rather than in the little shaker well, where they were supposed to be. The end result was a very crooked card that looked like an unmade bed. You know those times where you just throw the cover over your PJs and the book you were in the midst of reading and walk away. I have made many shakers since then, and they turn out generally well, so I decided to tackle making a card with Chibitronics.
In the interest of full disclosure, this is actually my second Chibitronics card. Making a circuit is not that difficult really, but figuring out where to attach the lights so that they light up in the right place for your card design is a tad tricky. I found that “haste makes waste” (in this case wasted copper tape). In the end, it was helpful to take the time to do a rough stamping of the design on the cardstock that the circuit is going to be adhered to. That way I could make sure that I had room for the lights and the copper tape to the battery and back without crossing each other. There is a real sense of satisfaction when you touch the copper tape and “voila” the lights come on.
This card is going to be a birthday card for my granddaughter who turns seven tomorrow. She is going camping this weekend, and even though fireflies do not exist in our climate, hopefully, she can find something equally amazing to look at on her trip.