Well it’s February already and time for shouting out Happy Birthday in a large format.
Congratulations to our guest designer this month – Helen. Pop over to the AAA Birthday blog to see what Helen has designed for her guest spot for this months challenge and be inspired by the rest of the Design Team cards.
One of my favourite stamp companies is Avery Elle and I recently purchased this yummy “Cake for All Seasons” stamp and die set.
I am entering this card in the current Inkspirational Challenge #229 and the theme is something in your home. For the last two Christmas’s I’ve had a summer themed Christmas tree (see picture below) as we are in the southern hemisphere and I want to reflect the season. This year I added some cross stitched ornaments (not made by me!). I took the floral, colours and cross stitch as my inspiration for this card.
Using Distress Oxides – ink blended three colours randomly over background. Repeat until desired colour depth achieved.
Making sure ink is dry (blast it with your heat gun to speed drying up), stamp Tiny Stars randomly over background using Versamark Ink, turning stamp around to achieve a more random layout of stars. Sprinkle embossing powder over, tap off excess and set with your heat gun.
Die Cut background using the Verso Frame (also diecut the cardbase using the larger die to have a slightly shaped card).
Stamp images on your preferred copic friendly cardstock and fussy cut up to stamped edges. Colours used as follows:
W0, W1, W3, W5
Spider and Shoes
V12, V14, V17
Cider jar, trim on wizard and tab
G12, G14, G16, G17
B000, B00, B02, B05 B18
E0000, E00, E02, BV01
C0, C1, C3, C5
shelf and tab
Blend copic ink over cardstock (using same blues and greens as in other images)
Die cut shapes
I initially coloured the stars but as I fussy cut the wizard out I realised that the stars were going to be too fiddly to fussy cut so I cut them off.
I still wanted the stars to feature so I stamped them onto a piece of acetate using Versamark Ink. Note: Make sure you use plenty of antistatic powder on the acetate to stop excess powder sticking to acetate – it’s tricky to remove otherwise.
Sprinkle on Fine Detail embossing powder and tap off excess. Heat set CAREFULLY with heat gun so you don’t melt the acetate.
Stamp Sentiments onto Scroll and Tab with Versamark Ink and sprinkle over embossing powder and tap off excess.
Zing Embossing Powder – Purple
Ranger Fine Detail embossing powder – White
Set with heat gun.
Using ATG adhere background to card base.
Adhere all images using a mix of glue and dimensional adhesive foam tape.
Have you heard the Buzz? This is my entry for the current Color Throwdown#ctd456. A new stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps ‘Busy Bees’ with the matching sentiment set ‘Bee-You-Tiful’.
I started with stamping the background with the Concord & 9th ‘Stripe Builder’ and Altenew Crisp Dye Inks and practised my plaid background designs. I then simply stamped the images I wanted to use, coloured them with copics and cut them out with my Brother Scan n Cut. I popped the images up with various heights of foam adhesives to add extra dimension.
The extra little dotted flying lines and a few mini jewels in the centre of the flowers finish it off.
Handmade by Pip
Stamps: Concord & 9th, Honey Bee Stamps
Inks: Altenew Crisp Dye Ink
Cardstock: Base Cardstock Advance A4 300gsm Long Grain Laser, Fabriano Illustration 250gsm
I’ve had a really busy last week and haven’t done much cardmaking so decided to use a card challenge to kickstart myself again!
I wanted to use some of my Memory Box floral dies and this colour scheme screams flowers. The Memory Box dies are great because you can use the outline alone, the outline and internal shapes together or just the internal shapes.
I first swiped Ranger Distress Inks in ‘Spun Sugar’ and ‘Picked Raspberry’ over card stock so I could die cut the flowers out. I decided not to use the stem portion of the die and simply cut that off. The dots in the centres of the flowers are Nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Apple Green’. The sentiment, from the My Favorite Things ‘Label Love’ is stamped in Altenew Crisp Dye Ink ‘Parrot’.
I decided to make a couple more cards with the same colour scheme but a different die from Memory Box – ‘Budding Peony’ and using Nuvo Embellishment Mousse ‘Citrus Green’, ‘Peony Pink’ and ‘Pink Flambe’ instead of Distress Inks, to add a bit of shimmer.
The sentiments are from Paper Smooches and Altenew and I decided to play with the placement a bit as I had seen a fabulous card by May Park of Mayholic Design using the sentiment as the stem.