For my final catchup post of the day, I made another mini-sllimline card. I decided to use bright, happy colours this time. I got out a very old Kaisercraft stamp set called High Tea to make this card. The mini-slimline size dictated that I make my stack of teacups higher to make the card look balanced. Luckily the masking required was very minimal to make this happen. I Copic coloured the teacups and then went looking for patterned paper. The Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid 6 X 6 pad was a perfect match for the colour scheme. As a final touch I added some variegated twine that I recently got in a Hero Arts kit and added some colourful Nuvo drops.
Here is the card:
I think most often cardmakers decide what kind of card they want to make and start from there. They look through their birthday stamps, pick something and begin to form their card. Strangely enough, I usually start from a product that I want to use and then develop a card I need using that product. This is what happened for Day #3. I purchased the Lawn Fawn Swish n Pop Pull Tab and wanted to make something with it. I needed to make a coffee card to post for the bloghop, and so the two plans were combined into the card that you see here.
I sometimes find interactive cards easy to do, but hard to perfect. If I had more time, I would remake this one slightly differently, but it turned out ok.
For today’s card, I decided to use the Magic Iris die. I had taken a class at Creativation using this die. I had some difficulty following Kelly Marie Alvarez’s simple instructions and my “iris” winked but did not close. LOL. I don’t like to leave a project in a not done right state and so I was anxious to make this one correctly. I am happy to say this one worked out and looks nice with the great Ciao Bella coffee paper.
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.