Starstruck

by Chala Frank

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Hello Again!  Chala here and I have two quick and fun cards to share with you to give you some inspiration for today’s Facebook Challenge Word – Stars.

I have some nesting stitched star dies in my collection that I haven’t used in a while so I pulled them out along with the Concord and 9th Lucky stamp set.  I wanted a bright colourful card so I also pulled out a package of the Lawn Fawn Sherbert cardstock.  If you are looking from nice thick cardstock Lawn Fawn is absolutely perfect!  I love the quality of this paper and the colour selection is amazing!

I cut down four pieces of the cardstock into 6″ x 6″ squares to fit on a square card base in the colours Ballet Slippers, Cilantro, Moonstone and Raspberry and then die cut the different sizes of the stars in descending size. I will be using the negative space of these die cute.  I then cut a square piece of the colour Sticky Note just a bit larger than the smaller star die cut.

I want the yellow star to be where your eye is drawn to so and thought some sparkle would help achieve that.  I pulled out my Nuvo Aqua Flow Shimmer Pen and added a nice layer overtop.   If you like shimmer and sparkle this pen is for you!

I put a lot of shimmer on this piece so I wanted to make sure it was going to adhere it flat onto the back so I used some Scar-tape around the edges and adhered it to the backside of the smallest star.  I then just continue to layer the coloured pieces adhering them with a tape runner and then adhere all the layers onto the card base.

I thought the card needed a bit more interest to it so I pulled out the cluster of stars from the Concord and 9th Lucky stamp set and with my Stamp Perfect I stamp the stars with some Versamark sticky ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  I think this adds just enough interest without being too distracting.

For the sentiment I used the same Concord and 9th Lucky stamp set.  I liked the “I thank my” and wanted it to say “stars”.  I didn’t like the layout so I performed some stamp surgery and cut the “my” off so that I could line it up with the “stars”.  I have a hard time cutting my stamps apart…but I know it will be fine and I can layer them back together like they originally were.  I stamped with Versamark ink onto Lawn Fawn Black Liquorice cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I finished the sentiment by stamping “We’re Friends” on the inside with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Black Ink.

 

My next card I am making use of some of the stitched stars that were cut out of the 6″x 6″square pieces.  I can use the ones I don’t use on this card for another project.

Again, I wanted to add a bit more interest, this time I used the Sizzix Star Blanket embossing folder and I will emboss the Lawn Fawn Cilantro cardstock and trim it down to 2 1/8″ x 5 1/2″.  I adhere this to the lefthand side of an A2 size card.  I chose three of the stars to adhere onto.  I popped the red die cut star up with some foam squares to add some dimension.

The sentiment I chose is from the Concord & 9th – Shine On stamp set.  I again split the sentiment where I embossed the from sentiment on Lawn Fawn Black Liquorice cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder and stamped the rest of the sentiment on the inside with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Black Ink.

You can check out how I put these two cards together by watching the video here.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out today’s blog!  I look forward to seeing your “Star” themed creations on the Scrap’n Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

 

~Chala

WHAT SMELLS SO GOOD?

by Susan

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Hi Everyone!

It’s Susan with a smelly card for you today. Yup I said smelly. I think it’s smelly but my husband thinks it smells really good.  It smells like coffee. When my hubby and I were having our coffee and tea (yes I’m a tea drinker) I got what I think was a brilliant idea to use coffee to ‘ink’ up the background panel.

I used some Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper, put some coffee onto a plate and dipped the paper into it. I heat set it with my heat gun and then continued this process until I was happy with how the paper was stained. I cut a rectangle piece using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die and sponged some Lawn Fawn Doe Ink around the edges to finish it off.  I showed the panel to my husband and he gave me a look that said ‘why are you showing me this?’ I told him to smell it and then he was impressed.  I would have used chai since that’s what I drink but I only made a cup and my hubby made a whole pot of coffee so he had some to spare.

I used the Coffee Understands Stamp Set from Picket Fence for the rest of the card. I stamped the sentiment and the mugs using Versafine Nocturne ink and cut the mugs out with the coordinating dies.  I colored the mugs in using Prismacolor pencil crayons and adhered them directly to the panel then added the panel to the card base with craft foam.

 

Happy Stampin’
and thanks so much for visiting!
Stay safe everyone!!
Susan
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Tuesday with Tara {take 248} Snarky Cat

by Tara

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Hi & happy Tuesday!  Today’s card features Snarky Cat stamps by Tim Holtz and a watercolor background created with Distress Inks.   I started this background with plans to coordinate with some crinkle ribbon I’d recently inked up… then I decided on a super simple layout that really didn’t need ribbon!

My background is a classic ‘smooshing’ technique, done by smooching the Distress Ink pad directly onto my craft mat (I used two shades of blue and a purple) and spritzing with water.  I then set my pre-cut piece of watercolor card stock into the puddles, lifted and dried with a heat tool.  I repeated this step multiple times until I had as much color as I wanted.  I splattered some more water directly onto my card to get some more textural variety.

Lastly, I added a few stamped details with Distress Oxide Inks as well, using small floral & splatter images from the Just Because set by Concord & 9th.

Once dry, I layered my colorful background onto a kraft panel, which I distressed by scraping a scissor blade across.  These panels were mounted on a simple black card.  I finished everything off with my Snarky Cat & sentiment, simply stamped in black and cut out to adhere to the card front.  I added a couple foam adhesive squares for dimension under the sentiment and also under the cats belly and tail 🙂  It’s a subtle touch, but keeps it from being a totally flat card.

It’s a simple card that came together pretty quick… it’s always fun to play around with Distress Ink backgrounds, especially when you let go of exceptions of what the end result will be!

Inky hugs,

Tara