Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cuppa Cactus

Hello my crafty and creative friends!
Today I'm sharing a sweet little card created with a new-to-me stamp & die set...
(and new at Newton's Nook)
Cuppa Cactus...from Newton's Nook
I also have an impromptu  tutorial that will walk you through creating this card...
In case you decide to create one of your own!
(Because it was afterthought...
There are a few photos missing that I would have otherwise included...
(Next time...I won't be so impromptu 😉)

I stamped the images with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink...using my MISTI.
Each image was colored with Copics and then die cut with the accompanying die set
using my Big Shot

I had a sketch in mind...
and so I got out MFT's Stitched Arched Stax dies....
Green card stock for matting...
and a sheet of 12 x 12 paper that has a slight water color look.
I also used...ATG adhesive... and Sook Wang adhesive and some fun foam. 
The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Tim Holtz's Crazy Talk stamp set.

I created 3 of this card...
and have 6 more images colored ...on stand-by....and ready to be used to create cards
this weekend. here we go...
a little impromptu card making tutorial

After the images were colored and die cut I set them aside.
I cut & scored the A2 white base cards and inked some and rose colored ink 
on the center of the front of the card base using sponge tipped daubers 
(Inking seen in the photo above)

I matted the water color look paper on a green mat layer using ATG adhesive.
Then, I used the second to largest Stitched Arched die & my Big Shot to die cut the "window"
on the layered card stock and "print", paying attention to centering the die.
Next, I used the largest die in the set to die cut a window in a piece of self adhesive fun foam
that was cut approx 1/4 inch smaller than the card stock/print paper layer.
I used the large arch die so that the edges wouldn't show
when it was placed behind the cards tock and "print" layer

I peeled away the paper on the adhesive side of the fun foam

Then..I added strips of Sook Wang adhesive tape to the sticky side of the fun foam
(The fun foam is self -adhesive...but in the past I've found that sometimes...
it needs a little bit of extra adhesive...
so I've made a habit of always adding some Scor Tape/Sook Wang adhesive tape
when using fun foam .
Once the fun foam had the extra adhesive...
I attached it to the back of the card stock/print/die cut layer

After the fun foam was secured to the card stock...I attached the entire piece to the card front
Like this...
I wanted the ink daubering to be a bit splotchy...
I wasn't trying for a smooth ink covered look...

I put a small piece or Sook Wang adhesive on the back of each colored image
Then attached the fun foam to the back of the images....sticky side down

When the fun foam was attached to the images...
I added a small piece of adhesive tape, to an extra strong hold.
(Same thing that I did with the fun foam in the photo above)

Next I created the matted sentiment banners.
Once the sentiment was stamped and the banner was cut to size...
and the tails at each end as cut by hand..
I added some light inking to the sentient piece.
Then..I turned each banner over...
and attached a thin strip of fun foam...using the adhesive tape I did before.
I attached the fun foam...sticky side the banners.

After the fun foam strip was attached to each banner...
I added a small piece of adhesive tape to the top of the fun foam (non sticky side)

Then it was time to position the colored images and matted sentiment banners
to complete each card

After the images were positioned..I released that I wanted some stability 
behind the small cactus that extends off of the large cactus in the image on the left...
So, I used tweezers to add a small foam dimensional behind that portion of the image.
(Very easy to do with tweezers)

Creating 3 of this card was very enjoyable...
I chose Happy Birthday for all 3 cards because this is the category of cards 
that I seem to always need more of.
(I'm not sure what the card sketch or sentiment will be on the next 3 Cuppa Cactus cards)

Thank for stopping by today...
Wishing yo a wonderful Saturday!

I wanted to show you one last photo...
One of these two guys (photo below) didn't cut well with the die..
My die positioning was a bit off.
I really didn't want to throw away the image after spending time coloring it.
So...I trimmed the bottom edge..where the cutting was "off" a bit...
then trimmed one of the second image so that it also was trimmed on the bottom.
This made both images look alike as far as the bottom edges went 
(Had I not trimmed them..the white edges would have been uneven...not matched... on both)
By trimming both to look alike ...removing all of the white the bottom edges...
they matched..
and I was able to use them for a card...
(*Sometimes...a "goof" can be salvaged 😃)
And...that's a good thing!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Spring Daisies

I've been having a bit of a reunion in my studio these last few days!

I haven't been creating cards with any of my Altenew stamps for a while.
No particular reason other than I've been creating with "other" stamps...
some new...and some for special card requests.
I also haven't bene creating anything with yellow lately...
So...I decided to create some cards combining both...
Altenew stamping...and yellow

When I went through my "Altenew drawer" the other day
I pulled out some sets that caught my eye...
and now...I am enjoying creating cards with them!
Yes!...I am on an little Altenew kick!

In my card making life..I go on kicks ..
I will color with Copics for weeks on end..
The I'll color with pencils for a while..blending with baby oil...
Then I'll move onto water coloring...for weeks on end.
Then layered stamping for a while..
Me and "kicks" work well together...
Probably because I am a very focused and obsessively organized person, in general.

Now...I'm on Day 2 of my little Altenew "kick"...
and so I've created a dozen cards with the Spring Daisy stamp set.
I decided to create them in yellow tones...
simply because I haven't made many yellow cards lately.
I embossed the yellow mat layer with the Swiss Dots embossing folder
I used a  Mudra stamp set...Brushed Sentiment...for the birthday cards
a favorite...and very old ...Close to My Heart stamp set..for the Thinking of You cards..
I chose an assortment of Altenew Crisp Ink colors
for the daisies ...the leaves and the sentiments.
The scalloped layer was cut with and MFT Mini Scalloped Rectangle STAX die.
I added a few crystal clear sequins to finish teach card

I am always in need of birthday cards...
My stash never seems to have enough
So...I created 10 of this birthday card...
Embossing the yellow mat layer and using fun foam for positioning the smaller daisy
adds some nice dimension and texture to this card
I also stamped one daisy in a deep yellow..
and one in a sightly lighter yellow to add some color variation.

In this can see the "lift" created by positioning the smaller daisy
(on the left)
with fun foam

I created 12 cards with the daisies...
most are the birthday cards (above)
But I also created a few of this Thinking of You card
Same sketch...same matting...same embossing ...the same finishing details...
but...I switched up the sentiment.

It's been fun reuniting with some of my Altenew stamps.
I've got many more that I'll find time to create with soon.
Their floral sets....particularly their layered stamping sets
are always favorites of mine to create cards with.

Thanks for visiting today, my crafty and creative friends.
Have a wonderful Friday!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Altenew's Majestic Bloom...a Few Different Ways

I was browsing through my collection of Altenew stamps...
and realized that I hadn't used my Majestic Bloom stamp set in a very long time...
so...I took out the stamp sett...the dies...some Altenew ink pads...some card stock...
and I sat down to create 12 cards...
Each with the Majestic Bloom stamp set...
Same sketch...
but with a few different color palettes and sentiments.

I cut out some medium sized scalloped rectangles with MFT's Mini Scalloped Rectangle STAX die
I chose to use an assortment of LCI card stock
(Metallics and textured wood grain)
and an assortment of sentiments and quotes 
(NOTE: Some sentiments are by Papermakeup....which is no longer in business) .
To embellish each card...I added a few Tonic Nuvo Jewel Drops to each card
I've got a few photos to share of each card version!

My birthday card stash is always in need of cards..
so.. I created 7 of this card
Sentient: Penned Birthday by Stampendous
Base mat layer: LCI Metallic Ebony Card Stock
The metallic card stock brings lots of shimmer to this card.
Each flower on each card is popped up on fun foam for a nice sturdy lift and added dimension.
(I am loving the Jewel Drops...and how they dry clear...but with a hint of color)'s another card created with the black metallic card stock...
I created one of this card......This sentiment is by Papermakeup
I miss that company...and their beautiful quote and sentiment stamps
This sentiment seemed ideal for this card
I also created one of this card (with this sentiment)
with the wood grain textured card stock (shown below)
(I forgot to take a photo of that one)

This is the LCI GMund Urban Brasilia Wood Grain card stock that I just mentioned above...
with a beautiful quote by Impression Obsession
I LOVE this awesome LCI Textured Wood Grain card stock...
The texture is really nice ...the color is awesome...and the 113 lb weight is fantastic! 
(I have this card stock in a few different colors...I can't choose a favorite...because they're all terrific!

For the last few cards...
I switched up the color palette and created 2 of this card..
mainly because (sadly)...I know many many people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
I thought that this this color palette...with this beautiful sentiment
would be a nice card to send to someone with this diagnosis.
This sentiment is by Impression Obsession

You've probably figured this out already...
So I don't think that I need to tell you that I had a GREAT time creating this stack of 12 cards 
with this beautiful layering stamp & die set...
along with lots of beautiful quotes and sentiments...
and some wonderful LCI card stock.

I've already taken another Altenew stamp set out of my "Altenew Stamp drawer"...
and I'm looking forward to creating another stack of cards with it
when I'm in the studio later today...or tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting today, my crafty and creative friends!
Have a great day!