Coffee with Friends

by Nancy Frustaci

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Hello and Happy Wednesday.

I am on the Scrap’n Stamp Blog today sharing a new card created with one of the distressed oxide panels I created and shared in a recent blog post, using the color combinations Kristina Wernerswas show casing.

I was had a few idea’s float around in my head as we have an upcoming blog hop for the “Some Like it hot” challenge and I knew I could only share one of my creations so I thought I would keep with the theme and create this lovely card. Its my take on a platonic valentine’s card. If you haven’t already come play along with us on our Scrap’n Stamp Challenge page

I have to apologize in advance for rambling or disjointedness to this post, I am running on four hours sleep all week on top of being sick, my brain isn’t working at its best… lol

Since I was going to play along with the challenge I had to rummage through my stash and find my coffee supplies.  I pulled out my “My Favorite Things” coffee cut die, the coffee break stamp set, as well as the Love you a latte set from Lawn Fawn. I also pulled out an 3d embossing folder from Crafters companion, as well as a couple extra dies, all of which are linked below.

I actually didn’t have to do too much new die cutting as I had a lot of the stuff already pre-cut from other projects. The coffee cut was die cut out of heavy weight white card stock, and the sleeve out of Kraft ( I believe recollections 65lb )  I decided I wanted to add a little extra interest to the coffee cup, so I ran it through my Gemini jr using a crafters companion 3d folder ( this had come with the Gemini jr)  I then layered the embossed cup  on two more cups as I didn’t want to use too much foam tape.

I also had the sentiment pre die cut from the Concord and 9th sentiment dies.  I had cut it out from Deco Foil transfer sheet, which I had run through my laminator with gold foil, the transfer sheet was very thin so I decided to cut out the sentiment a few more times using heavy weight black cardstock and stick it adhesive.

From there I decided to die cut some vellum using the Avery Elle Scallop oval and rectangle die, to layer under the coffee cups and under the main panel, just to add a little extra something and have a spot to ground the coffee cups.

As I was playing around with the lay out and placement, I felt that the coffee sleeves just didn’t quiet pop, so I decided to take a mini Tim Holtz stencil and some black soot distress ink, just to add a little something to the sleeve. I also went around the coffee cup and lid to add shading and depth.

 For the inside of the card I really wanted to tie everything together so I pulled out the distress oxide inks and the same stencil and added ink

Once I had all my elements done to my liking it was time to add everything to the card base.

The base of the card measures slightly 4½ x 5¾, the vellum rectangle measures 5½ x 4¼ and the distress panel measures 4 x 5¼

 I added the vellum on to base with foam tape and then the heart background directly on top of the velum, I added the cups on to the vellum oval first as I wanted to see where I could hide the adhesive, because as we all know vellum is a bit of a pain when it comes to adhering it.  I added the sentiment with some foam tape in areas where the coffee cups overlapped. I then added a little extra sparkle using the Tonic clear glitter brush,

I love finishing off the insides of my cards tying everything together, so I pulled out the oxide inks and stenciled the hearts onto white cardstock. I stamped on the sentiment using the “coffee break” sentiment set and added to little cups from the “Love you a latte” set from Lawn Fawn using ripe persimmon ink.  To finish it off and have it coordinated that much more, I ran it through my die cutting machine with the same scallop rectangle that I had used previously.

I hope you were able to gain some inspiration and motivation from this and welcome any comments you may have.

Don’t forget to come play along with us on the Challenge Facebook page.

Have a wonderful Valentines.

Nancy


Tuesday with Tara {take 188}

by Tara

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Happy Tuesday!

Today I’ve got a quick, cute tag that would be a great tie on to a Valentine’s gift, but I avoided the traditional red & pinks so it could be used anytime for someone special 🙂

Lawn Fawn’s mini sets are perfect for little projects like this and the combo of cute images, quirky puns and a fab price point make them pretty irresistable! This one in a chameleon set has to be one of my personal faves though (and it’s on SALE right now!)

It’s a fun one because it can be any color you want it to be… I sat and did a bunch a while back in shades of green, blue, yellow and orange and this little guy was the last of them.  I decided to work with a background of green & blue (mowed lawn & peacock feathers Distress Oxide on a kraft tag with a sweet heart pattern like this one from MFT) and to ink up a die cut heat with spiced marmalade & fossilized amber to tie it all together.  The little heart in the stamp set was a nice fit to add some black highlights to a few of the hearts in the background and a few glossy white dots (Nuvo crystal) finished it all off!  The detailing on the heart started out glossy white, but picked up the color from the oxides it was spread over.  Kinda gives a cool tone-on-tone effect!

I hope you like my little tag!  It was fun to put together and a nice break from the traditional valentine colors.  I’m looking forward to sharing with you again in a few days for our February Blog Hop, happening this Friday!  Be sure to check back and see what our design team has been up to!

 

Inky hugs,

Tara

Happy Hugs

by Kia Gibson-Clapper

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Meet Happy Hugs!

Who said that a Valentine card had to be done in Pink or Red?

If you have seen my work you will know that I love birds, so I could not resist these sweet images from Penny Black. 

Starting with my background, first by die cutting the water colour paper using my Sweetheart Layers die, then did a water colour wash using a Schmincke water colour named May Green. This could also be done using Twisted Citron distress ink. Once it was dry I splattered with white acrylic paint. I stamped the bird images on the same water colour paper in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and proceeded to colour using Zig Clean Color Pens.

To put it all together, I attached the green background, then the water coloured panel. I die cut the Heart Circle using card stock, and attached using foam squares. I then arranged the birds where I wanted them and attached them on foam squares as well. I then placed the card in my Misti and stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival Vibrant Fuchsia ink. 

Moving on to the inside, I die cut another piece of card stock in the white and stamped the sentiment and the heart from the American Crafts Heart Day stamp set. To bring the green in I sponged the heart in Twisted Citron, which was left from the Heart Circle die on the card front.

I have a video of this card which you can find here.

Thank you for joining us today at Scrap’n Stamp.