Posts Tagged ‘handmade cards’

Darling Deer

Saturday, December 11th, 2021

Hello my friend! It’s Deb here with a Saturday post for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. In case you didn’t know, each month in the Facebook group HERE, we post a list of words, one for each day of the month. The challenge is to choose a word prompt, create a project featuring that word in an image, and share it to the group using the hashtag #snschallenge. At the end of the month, one lucky participant is randomly chosen, to WIN a $50 Gift Certificate to Scrap ‘N Stamp! My word prompt for today is ‘reindeer’ – appropriate for this time of year, right? So I chose the new Sizzix/Tim Holtz Darling Deer Dies as my reindeer.

DARLING DEER

I just love the different poses & sizes of the 4 deer that come in this set. I’ve used 3 of the 4 in my card, along with creating the background with the Memory Box Lamplit Tree Collage Die.

Darling Deer

Now,  before you question why there is a lamp post with the deer – we’ve had deer wandering down our street, and in our front (and behind our back yard)!  Granted, we live at the base of a mountain, but they’re always breathtakingly beautiful!

CARD DETAILS

For the background, start with a piece of white or light blue cardstock (if you start with light blue, it cuts down on your ink blending time!). Blend on Broken China Distress Oxide ink, getting lighter towards the middle. Next, die cut the Lamplit Tree Collage using your Big Shot, and white cardstock. Blend different shades of green ink onto the trees and ground, darker around the edges and corners.  Blend orange and yellow for the lamp light, and colour the lamp with a dark gray marker. While you have your Big Shot out, die cut 3 of the Darling Deer from a light brown or kraft colour cardstock.  Apply Vintage Photo ink with a blending brush onto the deer, for shading.  For the smallest deer, keep it lighter, just adding a bit of blending to his rump. Then, add some dots on top, using a white Posca Paint Pen. This makes it look like a baby deer (yes, I know baby deer aren’t born in winter!).

Add snow to the background and foreground panels by stamping the snow from the Colorado Craft Company Kittens & Mittens set, in Versamark ink, repeatedly. Cover with white embossing powder, and then heat set. Add a few more snowflakes if necessary, using the white Posca Paint Pen.

Attach the die cut panel to the ink blended background with foam squares. Next, glue the deer into place. Stamp the sentiment from the Penny Black When Snow Falls stamp set in Nocturne ink, and then die cut it with a stitched Oval. Attach it to the top corner of the card front. Finally, add the card front to a dark blue card base.

Darling Deer

Wouldn’t this be a lovely scene to come upon? Definitely Instagram worthy – if I were able to stop saying “OH” long enough to take a photo!

JOIN THE FUN

I hope that you’ll join the fun with our daily challenge! It’s also a great way to kickstart your creative process, and get lots of cards made at the same time! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my Darling Deer; I’ve included shopping links to Scrap ‘N Stamp for the supplies, below.

Darling Deer

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Winter is Coming

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Despite the title, this post isn’t about Game of Thrones (for those of you who are fans). But yes, winter is coming!  It’s hard to believe that we still have almost a month until the start of winter. You may have read or seen on the news the devastating rain & flooding that we’ve had here in B.C., which is were I am, and the Scrap ‘N Stamp store.  I’m very thankful that the area in which I live is relatively unaffected. But I’m very sad for those who have been displaced, lost their homes, and all of the animals (pets, livestock and wild) that have suffered. Wherever you live, I hope that you’re safe!

ACTS OF CARDNESS PROMPT

Over on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook page HERE, you’ll find the daily word prompts for the Random Acts of Cardness.  The idea behind the challenge is that it will get everyone making cards daily, but not just making them. Sending them!! Yes – you’re supposed to be giving or mailing your daily creations! At this time of year, it’s not that difficult. For today’s prompt I chose the word ‘winter’, so that you can make this as one of your holiday or Christmas cards.

I pulled out one of my favourite sets from last year, by Colorado Craft Company. It features the whimsical art of Anita Jeram, in a stamp called Kittens & Mittens.

Winter is Coming

Aren’t those kittens adorable?! I can’t wait to get my hands on the latest release, coming soon to the Scrap ‘N Stamp store.

CARD DETAILS

Start with a panel of watercolour paper. Wet the paper with either a spritzer or water brush. Smoosh the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide onto your craft mat, and then pick it up & apply it with a water brush. I did a heavier application on the top for the sky, and then lightly on the bottom. Sort of a reflection of the sky onto the snow. Allow the panel to dry, or speed it up with a heat tool.

Next, stamp the Kittens & Mittens in Nocturne ink. Choose your colours; I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush to paint. The colours I chose are Light Gray, Carmine Red, Beige, Yellow, Brown, Blue and Blue Gray.  After colouring the kittens, add some shadows under their feet, using the Light Gray marker.  You can see on the blue hat that the area wasn’t quite dry – so I went with it, added more water, and made it a fuzzy hat!

Now, use the snowflake stamp with Versamark, and stamp it across the top. Cover it with white embossing powder, and heat set.  I felt like the snow wasn’t standing out as much as I wanted, so I added some splatters of watered down white gouache paint.  While this is drying, stamp the sentiment onto a piece of bright blue cardstock in Versamark, and again emboss with white embossing powder.  Attach the sentiment to the top of the card front, and then wrap some silver cording across the bottom.

Attach the card front to your bright blue card base using foam tape. Finish off the card by adding a small Nuvo Cherry Heart.

Winter is Coming

Anyone who receives this card is guaranteed to smile!

JOIN THE CHALLENGE

I hope you’ll play along with my prompt today. After all, winter is coming, so we may as well enjoy it! Be sure to share a photo of your project with the hashtag #snschallenge.  At the end of the month, one lucky participant is randomly chosen, and wins a $50 Gift Card to shop Scrap ‘N Stamp!

If you’d like to recreate my card or a version of it, I’ve included product links below. When you shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp, be sure to use my Designer Discount Code of 10DEB, for 10% OFF your total  purchase!

Affiliate links are provided, at no cost to you. When you choose to use my links, I receive a small commission, which helps me maintain my blog & keep creating. Thanks in advance!


About the Gifts

Saturday, November 13th, 2021

Unless you’re a young child, you know that the holidays are not just about the gifts. (unless you’re really, really hoping for that pony you’ve wanted since you were a kid!). For today’s card though, it’s all about the gifts, since that is today’s word challenge! Hi there, it’s Deb here today, for the Design Team.

GIFTS WORD PROMPT

If you’re playing along with the Scrap ‘N Stamp daily challenge, then you’ll know that each day there’s a new word prompt. Since we’re getting close to Christmas, I chose ‘gifts’ as today’s word.  And if you’re not playing along – why not? It’s super easy, fun and free! Not only that, for every time you share your project to the challenge page on Facebook HERE, you’re automatically entered to WIN a $50 Gift Card to shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp!

I pulled out one of my favourite stamp & dies sets from 2 years ago – I thought it was from last year, yikes! Time flies! It’s called Secret Santa, by My Favorite Things.

About the Gifts

Since the prompt is gifts, I decided to really pile them on! It reminds me of when my boys were young, and everything seemed to come in big boxes, so under our tree extended half way through the living room.

CARD DETAILS

On smooth white cardstock, stamp Santa & tree once, and then stamp all of the presents twice, in Nocturne ink. Use your Copic markers (or other favourite brand) for colouring.  Add some highlights with a white gel pel, and then die cut all of the images with your Big Shot.

Using some basic masking, I separated the sentiment onto 2 strips of white cardstock, again in Nocturne ink.  Now, create your red card base, with a layer of green cardstock on top. Add a stitched oval die cut from patterned paper, glued on top.

Next, layer all of the die cut pieces, some glued directly to the card front, and some popped up using foam squares. Add the sentiment across the bottom – perfect admonition for the presents, right?

About the Gifts

I think that Santa is counting on you to keep the secret about what’s in the gifts!

PLAY ALONG!

I do hope that you’ll play along with the challenge, whether you choose today’s prompt, or any other. There’s no limit – you can play along with as many days as you want! At the end of the month, one lucky person is randomly chosen, and gets the $50 Shopping Spree at Scrap ‘N Stamp.

When you’re shopping, be sure to use my Designer Discount Code 10DEB, to get 10% OFF your total order (regular priced items).

Affiliate links are provided, at no cost to you. When you choose to use my links, I receive a small commission, which helps me maintain my blog & keep creating. Thanks in advance!