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For a Friend

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

There’s nothing to pick up your spirits like a card from a friend, in your mailbox! A bright & cheery one is even better. I think I combined these elements in these pretty cards that are perfect for a friend, at any time. And of course, I worked it in for the Scrap ‘N Stamp word prompt of ‘friends’!

DOODLE FLOWERS BACKGROUND

Everyone in the Scrap ‘N Stamp design team recently received a box of goodies to play with! I have to admit that I didn’t wait – I dove right in, so you’ll be getting a sneak peek today of some new  products that haven’t hit the shelves yet! I was actually so excited that I created 2 cards, using the same products. Just because I could! I wanted to see the pretty new embossing powders on a white, and a dark background. Here they are!

For a Friend

I had started with the white background, but them immediately how how gorgeous the colours would stand out on a darker background! They’re still pretty on the white, but really pop on the blue!

CARD DETAILS

Start with your panel of cardstock – light or dark. I found it best to set up the cardstock and Taylored Expressions Doodle Flowers Background stamp in my stamp platform. Next, cover the stamp with Versamark ink, and press firmly on the cardstock. Repeat if necessary. Now the fun happens! Seriously, I felt like a kid in kindergarten again, I had such fun. I used the coming soon Embossing Powder set by Hampton Arts – you’re going to love! There’s a total of 16 different embossing powders, each colour has 2 – one matte, one glitter. To start, I sprinkled the matte green around the edges of the stamping, basically to colour the stems green. Remove any excess powder, and then add  your next colour. For the flowers, I chose to use the glitter version of the colours – pink, violet, yellow and blue.  I didn’t bother to shake off the excess of each colour as I went along – this meant that the colours mixed beautifully ! When you do shake off the excess powder, you can keep the resulting rainbow, and use it on another project. Here’s a close up look at the pretty results.

For a Friend

This background stamp leaves a wonderful oval in the middle, perfect for a sentiment. Stamp your chosen sentiment onto vellum with Versamark ink, and then cover it with gold embossing powder. Use a heat tool to set, and then die cut with an oval die. For my sentiment, I used one of my new stamps – again by Hampton Arts, but I’m not sure of the name! It’s a wonderful sentiment set, though.

Attach your embossed card front to a bright card base, and then attach your sentiment oval. Add a few embellishments to the card front for some sparkle, and to hide your glue behind the vellum. Again – I used new self adhesive gems from Hampton Arts, and sequins from  Studio Katia.

SNEAK PEEK!

In the photo below, you can see the vials that the new embossing powders come in, plus the new gems.

For a Friend

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Tuesday with Tara {take 335} Simple Love

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

Happy Tuesday!

I was inspired by a card & challenge our former design team member, Nancy, shared on Instagram to make a card with no layers a big bold sentiment!  I almost had two cards that fit the challenge, until an ink smudge forced me to trim & layer 🙂

Both card were started with a heart stencil I made just by using the outline of a die cut shape as my frame to blend ink through.  I’ve used a mixture of Kitsch Flamingo & Abandoned Coral Distress Inks.   For this first card, I stamped over it a sentiment I pieced together from the Bitty Buzzwords stamp set combined with a Valentine’s Day greeting.  A big black smudge forced me to trim it down and layer it onto a red card base, but I like the extra bit of color it gives!

The second card was the same technique, just a single sentiment from Picket Fence “Happiness Belongs to You” set.  Both cards have a few bits of bling to finish everything off!

They’re sweet and simple… hope you have a lovely day!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Hello Friend

Monday, January 24th, 2022

Kia back with you today to share my card for our Random Act of Cardness challenges. Today’s prompt is “Acetate”. Be sure to join the challenge here.

I used acetate to add colour to the stamped image that shows in the background.

The alcohol inks were added to what would be the backside of my piece of acetate, so I had to think in terms of “opposites”. i.e. the inks had to be applied to the left side of the acetate, etc.

I used very little of the blending solution, using only to lighten the colours as I wanted the image to show through the inks. Once I was finished with the inks and had given ample time for the inks to dry I attached the acetate to my stamped card base using glue in the 4 corners.

I then die cut the frame 3 times centering it on a piece of A2 Hammermill card, which is 100lb. I then glued the 3 pieces together and glued the frame to the card base. I then die cut 4 pieces of Neenah 120lb card for the inside frame, gluing all together and attaching to the inside of the outer frame.

This made this frame stand higher than the outer frame which I think looks much better than the frames being flush.

I added the sticker sentiment to a piece of Neenah card and trimmed the piece, then added to my card using foam squares. To finish I added a few rhinestone gems to the card using the same colours.

I am very pleased with how this turned out, and I hope you will give it a try.

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