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Blooms Fill In – Concord & 9th

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Hey there and happy Saturday! It’s Chala and I am back for another “Floral Frenzy” themed card.

I am going to be using the Concord & 9th Blooms Fill-in stamps. This is an older set but it is one of my favourite floral stamp sets. There are so many different themes you can use this stamp for: Birthday, Mother’s Day, Thank-you, Christmas, Wedding, etc. There are also coordinating dies, however, I will just be using the stamps today for which I created three cards.

For the first card I used Blue Print Sketch Distress Ink and my Tonic Travel Stamp Platform to create the background with the largest of the stamps. I highly recommend using some type of stamp platform as you will need to stamp this background multiple times to get a good coverage and you will need to apply a bit of “CPR” type pressure. This large stamp measures just a bit larger than a standard A2 size card.

The next step is layering on the flower and leaves. I am able to do this with an acrylic block along with the help of my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion. The metal platform and the large magnets keeps everything in place so your project does not shift or accidentally disappear from your work surface. (It is also great if you are in the midst of a hot flash and need to have a fan on, or if you have small children and/or fur-babies who like to hover while you work….)

The Distress Inks I used for the flowers and leaves are as follows: Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Antique Linen and Weathered Wood. I do drop my stamp and get ink where I do not want it…but that is okay! I used the Tombow Mono Sand Eraser and it removes that ink blotch just fine!

I cut the panel in half on an angle and trimmed of an 1/8″ of each side. This will allow me to create two cards. I adhere one of the pieces onto a piece of cards stock that was complimentary to the colours of ink used. The sentiment is from the same set and I used the “You Matter to Me” phrase. This was stamped with the Blue Print Sketch Distress Ink. To finish off this card I added some Nuvo Drops in the following colours. Midnight Blue, Woodland Green, English Mustard. Disclaimer: I need to practice using mine more! I admittedly have not used these particular colours and I should have shaken them and tested them on a piece of paper prior to applying them…..So they are a bit gloppy. I will likely remove them with a craft knife and try again! 😬 I wanted to show you the original as it is important to know we all make mistakes!

I really like that this stamp can have a Spring/Summer look as well as a Christmas look. So, the next card I created I followed the same steps, however, this time I created the background by stamping in Versamark Ink and Gold embossing powder. I then stamped the flowers and leaves in the following Distress Inks: Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss and Aged Mahogany. I again cut the panel on an angle so that I could create an additional card. I adhered a piece of cardstock similar to the crushed olive colour to my card base and then adhered the stamped panel. I used two thin strips of cardstock over top of where the two pieces joined. I then used the Birch Press Designs – Joy – Sugar Script Die for the sentiment. This die is a beautiful script font and it gives you the shadow layer to go behind it.  I die cut two of the script dies from two different colours and layered them together to give more interest to the card. Finally, I added some sequins to give the card a bit of sparkle.

The third and final card is more of a summer look. I kept the panel whole this time. Stamping the background in Versafine Black Ink and the following Distress Inks for the flowers and leaves: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss andAged Mahogany. I used the same green cardstock as before to create a sentiment banner and stamped “Happy Birthday” from the Lawn Fawn – Hay There stamp set with Versamark ink and gold embossing pohttps://www.scrapnstamp.ca/store/pc/Lawn-Fawn-Embossing-Powder-Gold-825p22850.htm?idaffiliate=24wder.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s cards.

You can watch the quick video of how the first two cards came together here:

https://youtu.be/nvCZ9UiOV58

Share a photo of your Floral Frenzy card on the Scrap’N Stamp Challenge Facebook wall and get your name entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Scrap’n Stamp! You’ve got until May 31st to post. Make sure to hashtag it for another chance to win #SNSfloralfrenzy.

Stay Crafty Friends!

~Chala

Gel Press Bliss

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Hello and Happy Friday Crafty Friends,

I am so happy to be on the blog today sharing a couple of cards I created using the Gel Press, some Dina Wakley media paints and a couple of beautiful stamps from Picket Fence Studio. I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration.

I love love love the gel press and all the wonderful things you can create with them. I will have a lot more projects using them in the future.

These cards came about as a happy accident, I literally was just playing around with the gell press, trying different colors and stencils, and man once you start on this journey, you really cannot stop doing the prints.

I pulled out all my products, my paints which are Dina Wakley Media, my gel press, of course, a stencil i had in my stash from a Tim Holtz tag kit and my ink roller. I cut down different sizes and types of paper I would need for pressing. By using different weights and types would give for more options in future projects etc. (The best tip  I heard is to have all your paper precut and ready to go before you start, I have caught myself without and had to stop midway through creating. Not fun when you are on a roll and covered in paint.) Which has happened to me lol, I sometimes just go for it and forget to plan and end up just grabbing random scraps from around my messy craft room and desk.

Once I had the backgrounds where I liked them, I set them aside too dry. I had recently purchased these two wonderful Picket Fence stamps from Scrap’n Stamp, which was just sitting on my desk waiting to be used. I felt the April girl would be the right fit for the look of the background. I decided to create two different versions of the card. For the first one, I stamped her on to a piece of collage paper that I had in my stash. I stamped her using Archival ink. The second image I stamped on to heavy weight white cardstock.

I cut out the image from the Collage paper and added her to the Gell press background paper I had previously created. I love how the paper just disappears and you are left with just the stunning image that popped and showcased all the stenciled texture. I pulled out my stamp press and added the sentiment using Versa Clair nocturn ink. I love how bold and crisp this ink is, I highly recommend it.

I popped up the inked panel, which measures 4 3/4 x 4, on to some teal card stock which I cut down to 5 x 4 1/8, using some foam tape and then adhered that on to a layer of black cardstock, just to make everything pop. To finish off the card and cover up some a little issues I added some really vibrant sequins from my stash and drew some sketchy lines with my black pen.

For the second card, I decided to change it up a bit and add some die cutting to the mix using the My Favorite Things stitched rectangle dies. I love the added texture and interest it adds. I cut down multiple layers of card stock, once again using the black and teal cardstock, to layer both the focal image and the gell pressed background. I die cut the stamped image and inked background as I thought this would make it all pop. I adhered the teal and gel pressed background flat down to the black cardstock, which in turn I popped up on to the white card base. For the focal image, I popped her up on to teal layer and flat to the black. Giving just enough dimension to the card.

To finish the card off I layered the Tim Holtz sentiment stickers on to that same teal cardstock and strategically placed them onto the card trying ton to cover the image up too much. Finally, to bring it all together I added the same pretty sequins to just the right areas of the card, it just added that little extra something that was missing.

If you have not had the chance to play with a gel press I highly recommend that you do, you can even start off small as Scrap’n Stamp carries various sizes, one as small as 3x 5 and all the paint and supplies you need to get started. I do warn you though it is highly addictive.

I hope you have a wonderful long weekend with a lot of time to have fun and create.

~Nancy


Hey There with Flora & Fauna

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Happy Wednesday and welcome back!! Laurie here to share a bright, flowery card that’s the perfect way to say hello! But first I get to announce the winner of the $50 gift certificate for our Flower Frenzy Blog Hop. Drum roll please… Jeanne Beam. Please click here to claim your prize by May 30, 2019. Now back to the card

I started by die cutting the entire set of the Spring Floral Cluster Dies from Flora & Fauna. This is a sweet and simple set of dies which I love. I used the following Distress Oxide Inks for some simple watercolour: Picked Raspberry, Evergreen Bough, Crushed Olive, Fossilized Amber and Faded Jeans (the purple berries was a mixture of Picked Raspberry and Faded Jeans).

I had a bit of Picked Raspberry and Faded Jeans inks on my palette so I added some water, mixed the two together and added some splatters onto a white panel. The “hey there” sentiment comes from the Fabulous Phrases Die Set from Concord & 9th. If you’re looking for a great set of sentiment dies, you should take a look at this one! I chose to use bold, black cardstock.

I added a tiny strip of black and white striped paper on the side of the splattered panel and added it to a white A2 card base. I used foam adhesive to adhere the floral cluster and liquid glue to add the sentiment die cut.

I used the little heart die from the Fabulous Phrases die set and added 3 tiny hearts. It’s a subtle addition but cute none the less!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!

Laurie