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Today’s Prompt is Birds

Saturday, April 10th, 2021

Welcome to the weekend, my friend! It’s Deb here, for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. Today’s prompt is ‘birds’, for the daily challenge. If you haven’t checked this out, you should! The challenge takes place on the Scrap ‘N Stamp FB challenge page HERE. You’ll see a word prompt for each day of the month. To join, simply create your card, and share a picture of it in the group. Be sure to use the hashtag #snschallenge, so it gets noticed!

BIRDS FOR SPRING

We have a LOT of birds that visit our house daily, for the food we put out. It can get pretty busy out there, and it’s always fun to watch. So I thought this would be a good word, especially for Spring. I created two cards to share today, both using the Penny Black Wreath & Wings stamp set.

Today's Prompt is Birds

For this card above, I used my Zig Real Brush Clean Color Markers and a Mini Mister, for a soft watercolour effect. When doing this effect with multiple colours, it’s important to use your stamp platform. Once the wreath is stamped, remove it, and line up the pair of birds. Stamp them, and then lightly watercolour. To watercolour the birds, I wet the area, and then put down some ink with a marker. Next, use a water brush to spread the ink.

Stamp the sentiment from the Poppystamps Diamond Sentiments stamp set, in Versamark ink. Cover it with gold embossing powder, and heat set.

Today's Prompt is Birds

I wanted to add a touch of sparkle, so I used the MFT Winter Stencil Strips, masked off a few of the dots, and applied the Stickles Glitter Gel ‘Super Nova’ in random areas. (those aren’t messy blotches!) Finally, lightly blend some Broken China Distress ink around the edges of the panel, before layering it onto the card base.

BIRDS AND FLOWERS

Of course, Spring is also the perfect time for new flowers! This time, I combine the Wreath & Wings with another Penny Black stamp, called Perfect Pairing.

The flowers are from the Perfect Pairing set, and the bird is from the Wreath & Wings.  Stamp the images in Nocturne ink, and heat set clear embossing powder over top. Use your markers to colour; I chose to use Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Markers in Light Green, Bright Pink, and Citrus, plus Copics for the bird. The sentiment is from the Perfect Pairings stamp set, stamped in dark pink ink.

The gorgeous sparkle paper behind the card front is from the Memory Box Graceful Garden Glitter Pad – it has a gorgeous selection of glitter cardstock! A few clear drop embellishments finish off this cheerful, very spring-like card.

SUPPLIES

I hope that you enjoyed today’s two happy cards, for today’s prompt of birds! The supplies to create them can all be found in the Scrap ‘N Stamp store. Be sure to create your own ‘bird’ cards, and share them for the challenge! At the end of the month, one lucky entrant is randomly chosen, and wins a $50 Gift Card!

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Tuesday with Tara {take 294} just a note

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m sharing a quick, happy little card featuring an adorable image by artist Anita Jeram.  I have always loved children’s books, and was so excited to see that Colorado Craft Company has partnered with Anita, who illustrated Guess How Much I Love You.  Her characters are so adorable and I know that the set I’ve used today “Wishing You Happiness” will be the first of many that I purchase…

I kept my card simple, but colorful to keep the focus on this cute little mouse with his note pad… colored simply with a mix of watercolor pencils and Distress Ink.  I had a scrap of background paper that I tweaked a bit, adding a bit of blended Distress Ink then stamping the MFT Best Friend Background over it.  I love a good text stamp, and this one is great because it has lots of phrases about friendship.

At the last minute as I was about to glue down my layers, I decided some soft yellow polkadots would be a fun addition to this card.  I grabbed the Dotty Lottie stencil I had used on my last card and added some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink very lightly across the panel of watercolor card stock.  It is not neon as it appears in my first photo, it’s actually quite subtle if it’s not in direct sunlight!

I hope you have a great day, and check out the new list of words for our #snschallenge on Facebook!  Today’s word is NOTE!

Inky hugs,

Tara

It’s a Polka-Hop! {April 2021 SNS Blog Hop}

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

Excuse me for getting a little bit silly… but we just couldn’t help naming our April Blog Hop, which is all about Polka Dots, a Polka Hop!

There’s something about polka dots that can’t help but make you smile, so I hope you’re ready for a cheerful blog hop!   Please leave some comments along the way and be sure to check back later this month to see if you won!

I actually made two cards to share, both use the same materials but have very different vibes. I’d love to hear which one is your favorite and speaks more to your personal style!  Here’s the first card which is very simple, but playful and colorful!

I’m using the Heffy Doddle Dotty Lottie Stencil together with the mini Hoppy Easter stamp set by Lawn Fawn and assorted Distress Oxide Inks.  (Twisted Citron, Kitsch Flamingo, Speckled Egg, Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade).  I wanted the star of this card to be the fun polka dots from this stencil, which I taped over white Cardstock and applied color with some Life Changing Blender Brushes.   I did one color at a time, inking about four dots per color and it actually worked out pretty balanced for me!  This is a really fun stencil, with assorted sizes of dots that are not perfectly round.  I love that they are a little bit wonky!  (By the way, this stencil is also included as part of the Spring Fling Kit that is new in the store!  Check it out!). I chose to use Distress Oxide Ink here because I wanted that soft, opaque, chalky like finish you get when blending with them.

Once I had my background (and set it aside to dry for a bit so I wouldn’t smudge it!) I stamped my bunny and sentiment on some scraps of paper.  I chose a light Kraft card for the bunny and a strip of a minty green for the sentiment.  Since I had talked about trying the Mini Slimline size recently, I decided this was a good chance…and happened to find a piece of card stock that was the perfect size, ready to go!  My card is folded on the left side and is 3.5×6 inches.  As it happens, this is exactly the size I cut off a 12×12 sheet of card stock when I am trimming it down to make A2 cards!

I used watercolor pencils to color my bunny, then blended with a Spica glitter pen for a bit of shimmer that you can’t see here.  I also added shimmer in the pink layer between my dots and the base card.   I hadn’t stamped the bunny in a spot that allowed me to cut a full circle around him, so I decided on a corner cut and planned my card design around that!

My second card uses the rest of the piece I cut that first bunny out of… together with a dotty background made when I was cleaning off the inky stencil!  Isn’t it funny how the cards you make from leftovers sometimes turn into your faves?  Or am I the only one that does that?

This background though… it started with a spritz on the inky stencil, which I smooshed face down on some white Cardstock.  When I lifted the stencil, I liked it, but since there were a lot of white spots, I spritzed again and repeated the smooshing.  While the stencil was hanging out there, I pulled out a brush and started applying  some ink through it.  The colors blended together giving a bit of a brownish hue, so I decided to stick with one color (kitsch flamingo, if you can believe it!) and work with that. There was a bit more brownish blending and some oxidization from the water I’d spritzed… but it had a sort of vintage vibe that I really liked!

The bunny was already stamped in this spot (I typically stamp things I’m going to color twice in case I ruin one of them) so I designed my card around it.

His ears were already colored with a pale pink hue (I cleaned off my wet brush on this image between colors!) so I continued that feel adding a brownish yellow, a bit of white and some blue for the egg and the ground beneath him.  I added some Nuvo Dots for a bit of bright white and glossy texture.

I think I used every stamp in the mini set on this card! (except the exclamation point) and had fun adding bits of color to the words & images.   I’m a sucker for anything Kraft, and this soft one gives a nice touch for spring.  I really like how it works together with my background which is inky & imperfect.  I hope you like it too- but I know everyone’s taste is different, so please let me know which of the two cards is your favorite!

Next up on the hop you’ll pay a visit to KIA– she’s sure to have something fabulous and colorful to share with you!

And here’s the full hop lineup:

Don’t forget, each comment you leave along the hop is a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to shop in the SNS online store!  Happy hopping!

Inky hugs & HOPPY Easter!

Tara