August 29, 2014

Fairy Dance Card

I made this card for Lavinia stamp's 'Add some glitter' challenge.  I started out by die cutting the square out of glossy paper.  I stamped the 2 fairies and the mushrooms (all from Lavinia stamps).  I then used 3 shades of blue ink for the main image, and the second tone all around the outer edge (I kept one of the dies in place as a stencil for the ink, leaving that area white).  I added some purple tinted glitter glue to the fairy on the left, and some greenish blue glitter glue to the one on the right.  I topped the mushrooms with red glitter glue.

I die cut a companion circle out of blue vellum, and three flowers from crepe paper.  I added some glitter glue dots to the circle and put a pearl sticker in the middle of the flower.  I wanted something else and decided on a piece of glitter ribbon, which shows through the inset die cut of the square.  Then I glued everything down.

August 25, 2014

Ivy Prayers Card

I made this card for the Marianne Design Diva's card challenge "Anything Goes".

I started out by cutting out the image from the MD Vintage Christmas 2 cutting sheet.  I decided to use the square passe partout die as a frame, but needed a backing so cut out a plain square and the passe partout from cream resume paper.  I inked the edges of the plain square with tan dye ink.  I die cut the ivy (CR1253) out of green cardstock and a rectangle of red paper that I stamped with a french script background stamp.

When it came time to put the card together I decided to turn the plain square so it would make a kind of star double framing the image and then glued everything down on a base of cream cardstock.

It was meant to be a summer card, but looks more like a Christmas card (despite the use of ivy rather than holly).

August 22, 2014

Rainbow Medallion Card

I made this card for a challenge but didn't like it enough to submit it.  The challenge was to use a stamp not designed for medallions and create a rainbow medallion with it.  I used my stamping gear wheel for it, and didn't notice in time that the placing of my stamp wouldn't be properly spaced in the circle for the corners, so the cardinal directions stamped right but the corners are slightly off (the pink being the most noticeable).  I finished the card with a die cut circle and white stamped sentiment.

August 15, 2014

Christmas Carollers Card

I made this card for Lili of the Valley's Christmas in August challenge.

I stamped "Carol Singing" and coloured it in with alcohol markers, then fussy cut it out.  I die cut a frame out of cream cardstock and inked the edges in tan, then die cut some vellum snowflakes and a poinsettia.

I glued the vellum down with glossy accents, hoping it wouldn't show through but it did.  I've tried other means of gluing vellum with equally poor results, including a specialty vellum tape runner.  Ah well.  I used a regular tape runner on the frame and pop-dots on the image.

I think I should have added another backing paper as it feels too empty.  I'll have to try that on the next card.

August 14, 2014

Rockin' Out Card

I made this card for Kenny K's current music challenge.

I coloured the Download Diva clear stamped image with alcohol markers, then die cut her out and inked the edges in a light blue.  I stamped, die cut and inked/coloured the sentiment and notes from the same set.  The background is a piece of patterned paper that I ran through a music embossing folder.  I glued the patterned paper to the card back and used pop-dots for the other elements.

August 8, 2014

Green Mountain Waterfall Card

This is another stampscape card I made.  I stamped the images in black ink on glossy paper and then used a mix of yellow, green, brown, grey and black ink to colour the paper.  I mounted the image on grey cardstock with a medium green card base.  As an accent, I added two Lawn Fawn maple leaf sequins in the bottom left corner.  They overlap a bit more than I wanted but I used a glue gun to make sure they stuck on properly and couldn't adjust them afterwards.

August 7, 2014


I recently bought a bunch of Stampscape stamps.  It's a company and technique using silhouette stamps with inked backgrounds.  As they're mostly all nature stamps, I figured they'd make amazing masculine cards.  I also went through the stamp sets I already own to find other silhouette images I could use (mostly for foreground elements).

Here are a few of my starter images.  The point is to do rough stamping, rather than carefully measured and arranged works.  The images are stamped on glossy paper (I got mine from Local King Rubber Stamps at a craft show a few years back).  The stampscapes site recommends against using photo glossy paper.  I'm not sure what the difference is.

Here's a finished card, with foreground, focal images and background images.  I've inked it with several shades of blue, and black around the edges, and finished it off with some white gel marker highlights.  I mounted it on dark blue cardstock with a black cardstock mat.

August 1, 2014

Better Days Card

I made this card for a challenge but it doesn't quite fit the criteria so I'm just posting it here.  I did the diamond pattern with a sun ray stamp in a pale dark purple on white cardstock.  You can tell I didn't measure before stamping as the diamonds are different sizes.  It turned out ok though, as the sentiment (in dark grey) went on one side and the orange 'sun' fit inside the pattern beside it.  I used a piece of grey ribbon to cover the not properly lined up reverse rays and mounted the panel on a piece of grey cardstock.  To make the sun shimmer a bit I added some yellow glitter glue.