What do you do when you have a rainy day? Around these parts we get rain so infrequently that it makes me feel all happy — like it’s a celebration. I like to curl up and read a good book, take a nap — or even better, stamp. So when I spied the chipboard cloud sticker in the BasicGrey Fresh Cut collection I knew just want I wanted to do: make a card for my husband, J! I plan to sneak it into his laptop bag before he goes off to work. :)
I started out by stamping the raindrop background with VersaMark dazzle ink, then I embossed it with clear detail powder. The VersaMark dazzle ink doesn’t really have a color, but it makes it so that when you stamp it on regular “solid core” cardstock the area that is stamped gets darker. Kinda like a watermark. Note that this only works with regular cardstock and not papers that have been printed.
I just tapped some of the color out on a craft sheet, then used a waterbrush to pick it up and color the drops. If you don’t have a craft sheet, any nonporous surface such as an acrylic block or a plate will do. After the drops were dry — dry raindrops ha ha ha — I added a touch of sparkle on some of them with a clear wink of stella pen. I’m kinda addicted to these pens!
A Little Something
Next I played around with positioning the rainbow and cloud chipboard stickers on my background but I decided it needed a little something so that the rainbow wouldn’t just be floating. The new BasicGrey Chalkboard Background from the Highline collection just happened to be on my desk, so I grabbed it and inked it up with Hero Arts chalkboard black, then stamped it on a white piece. Love how this turned out! I think this is destined to be one of my favorite stamps!
The Hero Arts chalkboard black ink is in their mid-tone formula, which gives you great coverage for solid stamps like this.
I adhered a strip on the card, then sewed it in place with metallic silver thread. It all came together really quickly after that!
Putting It All Together
I first placed the chipboard pieces on the card but didn’t adhere them — I just kinda played around with positioning. Then when I got it how I liked it, I took a picture with my trusty iPhone. This little tip has saved me so many times! Then I just adhered the chipboard pieces in place, and put glitter along the edge of the cloud and the raindrops.
And that was that! Can you see from my photos how rainy and gloomy it was out? I kinda like them, I think taking photos of the card on a sunny day just wouldn’t be right.
Can’t wait to give this to J! And hope you have a great day,
Can you believe March is almost here? I sure can’t! Time is just flying by faster and faster these days. Anyhow, March means that my two great aunts will having birthdays soon! (They are my grandma’s sisters, but they are also great!) Random trivia fact for ya that I learned today from a friend: in India, your great aunt is also called your grandma. Love that!
I usually make them similar cards since they live far enough apart so that the won’t see each other’s cards, ha ha. But I don’t make them exactly the same since that would be boring. :)
So for these two cards, I started out by stamping the Hero Arts Looped Flower background in soft granite ink on to some watercolor paper that I’d trimmed to 4.25 x 5.5″, then I watercolored the circles. I used the soft granite instead of black ink so that the inked circles wouldn’t stand out too much and the watercolor would take center stage.
Some of the circles I let dry before coloring the overlapping circle, and some of them I colored the overlapping one while the previous one was still wet. It’s kinda cool because it gives you different effects. This is so relaxing, I could have kept going happily coloring circles for hours. But I made myself stop and put together the cards. :)
Here’s one of the finished cards — I just sewed the watercolored piece on a white card base with silver metallic thread, then added some sequins and gems. Oh and I kept the message in black so that it would be easy to read — my oldest great aunt is turning 93, so I wanted it to be easy on the eyes. Here’s a closeup so you can see it better:
Here is the other card! It looks a lot like the first one — but if you look at the watercolors you’ll see differences.
Then I whipped up a quick felt flower brooch for each of them. Because everyone needs something special to wear on her birthday, right?
I just die cut the flowers out of felt — including polka dot felt that a friend sent me, and glitter felt, then sewed on a sparkly button and a pin back. It looks like the Sizzix die cut that I used is no longer available, but this one is pretty similar.
Happy Birthday Aunt Freda and Aunt Ada! I love you both. xo
PS. There’s still time to enter the Hero Arts/BasicGrey Spice Market collection giveaway! To enter, leave a comment on my blog hop post. (If you leave a comment on this post it won’t get entered, so be sure to leave your comment on that one.) Comments must be received by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, March 2. And I just gotta say that I LOVE all of the projects on the hop. Just fantastic!
Hope you have a great weekend,
Heya! Today Hero Arts and BasicGrey are getting together for a blog hop featuring the new Spice Market collection! I’m so happy to be a part of it — as a member of the Hero DT, when I receive the stamps for each release I must confess to letting out a huge yell now and then when I open up my box — I just love all their releases. BasicGrey must peek inside my head to know just what I’m thinking or something. And this one? Yeah it’s full of awesome too.
If you’ve been hopping along with us already then you should have arrived here from Becky’s blog, Page Maps. If you’re just now joining us, or you encounter a broken link, head on back to the start of the hop at Hero Arts.
I thought it might be helpful to start off by sharing my process — especially since I’m primarily a cardmaker and I know many of you hopping along aren’t. Plus I’ve heard from my fellow cardmakers that they often find it hard to work with patterned paper *and* stamps.
So here goes — a behind-the-scenes look at my ultra mega top secret methods. LOL!
The first thing I do is take everything out of the packages and spread it out on my desk. Then I drool over everything. Then I clean up the drool. :)
BasicGrey was so generous and sent us a ton of awesome things to work with. I was seriously drooling. Oh my.
I like to work with the 6×6 pads when making cards as I find that sometimes the patterns are too big on the 12×12. I pull out some papers from the pad and embellishments that really grab me and I figure out what inks I want to use. Sometimes I try to get it to match, and sometimes I think it needs a little contrast. With the Spice Market collection, I thought it needed a little gold — I’ve really been loving the metallic trend lately.
Then I play around putting embellishments, papers, and stamps next to see what works together. Sometimes I have trouble deciding — but not this time! I ended up coming up with 4 card ideas lickety split! I couldn’t decide what one to share with you all, so you’ll get to see all 4. Hope you don’t mind. :)
Card #1: Deco Background
This card is super simple — it all came together when I spied the Deco Background stamp and the coordinating paper in the 6×6 pad. They are just meant to go together. So I grabbed that gold ink I had out and stamped it on a pool notecard. I just had to stop for a moment and admire the metallic shine. I’ve seen cards in fancy stationery shops that don’t look this good.
That’s just the ink there — no embossing at all. While you *could* emboss it if you really wanted to, I say be lazy like me and let the ink take the stage. Plus the embossing will hide some of the shimmer. Can’t have that.
To finish off the card, I trimmed a strip of the matching paper and adhered it plus another strip the card, then added a little sewing with gold metallic thread.
I stamped “hello there” with charcoal ink on an die cut and popped it on the card. Gotta say that I love using charcoal ink — somehow I think it’s so much more sophisticated than regular black. It’s kinda unexpected.
Then I added some flower die cuts and some gems and pearls and that was that. One card done!
Card #2: Bordering on Too Simple
I’m calling this card “bordering on too simple” because it’s almost too simple to show ya. And it uses a border stamp. Get it? Ha. :)
This one came together when I spied the lacy border stamp in the Best Time Ever clear set along with the matching paper. I first trimmed the paper to standard card size (4.25 x 5.5″). Then I trimmed it again with my trusty xacto knife and a ruler like so:
I adhered the bottom corner piece in place, then stamped the border in gold. It didn’t quite reach to the edge, so I cut a hair off the card. I added a row of gold stitching, then I stamped the border in gold and the “hello there” in charcoal. Added a single gold metallic decor and that was that.
I plan on making another card with the other corner piece, too. And I just gotta say, this card is perfect for mailing — no extra postage required.
Card #3: Double Duty
Okay, so this next card just kind of popped into my head as soon as I saw the metal embellishments. I was admiring how gorgeous they are when I had the idea to use them as a mask! So I took them out of the package, removed the adhesive, popped them on the front of a card and misted with tide pool spray.
I carefully removed them and ran them under the faucet — they were good as new. Then you know me — I just had to stamp the coordinating stamps from the Best Time Ever and Lovely clear sets on the sprayed background with tide pool ink. Once that was done I played around with positioning on the card. Then adhered everything in place, using pop dots for the paper pieces and a glue dot for the metal embellishment.
I finished off the card with some gems and pearls, and that was that. Were you surprised I didn’t use gold ink on this card?
I actually thought about using gold ink instead of the tide pool — but I decided against it since the misted shapes are kind of subtle and I wanted the stamping to blend in.
Card #4: Stamping on Patterned Paper
For my last card, I had to do one of my favorite techniques — stamping on patterned paper. After seeing the flower stamp in the Lovely set and the triangle in the Best Time Ever set, well, it just had to be tried.
I started off by trimming the paper to 5.5″ tall and then took some off the left side. Then I placed it on a white card without adhering it, and stamped the flowers with charcoal ink. Love doing this little trick!
I think the charcoal ink goes perfectly with the paper — so much better than using black don’t you think? After I was finished stamping on the paper, I ran a stitch of gold metallic thread along the right side, following the pattern. Then I adhered it to the card base with foam dots. To place extra emphasis on it, I placed some sequins and pearls so that they were peaking out from under the paper.
I finished it off by coloring the centers of the flowers with a gold wink of stella pen — just to give it that little something, but without taking away from the simple stamping.
And that’s it for my cards! Thanks so much for sticking with me, and hope you enjoyed seeing them as much as I liked making them.
Now, how about a giveaway? Oh yeah! Hero Arts and BasicGrey will be giving away two complete Spice Market collections — including paper, embellishments, clear and cling stamps. The two winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers’ blogs. Comments must be received by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, March 2. So, the more comments you leave, the more chances you’ll have to win this awesome collection. Check it out:
Your next stop on the hop is Ann-Marie Morris, of Ann-Marie Loves Paper. I have been a huge admirer of hers for a while now — this girl is truly amazing. Paper crafts? Check. Great photography? Check. Style, class and grace? Check, check, check! So what are you waiting for? Hop on over. :)
Here are the supplies that I used — plus a few that I didn’t — but want to! :)
Thanks so much for joining me! xo
Today is my friend Sally’s birthday! Sally works with me at Hero Arts and she is just all kinds of awesome. For those who don’t know her, she’s super creative, funny, and she always tells it like it is. (Love that.) She has a thing for pink and hearts, too. And she likes to keep things simple.
So when I spied some pink and gold glitter paper at the craft store I HAD to get it to make her birthday card. Had to. I also wanted to try my had at gelatos — had never used them before but I got a kit that had some pretty pinks and a little shimmer so I thought they’d be perfect with the paper.
I just scribbled some gelatos on regular white cardstock, then dipped my finger in water and went over the scribbles to blend them. Super easy and fun — made me feel like a kid finger painting :)
I thought it needed a little something, so I made some splats with gold Mister Huey’s. Then I stitched it in place with gold metallic thread and added the die cut heart. Still thought it could use a little something more, so I colored in the letters in the message with a gold Wink of Stella pen.
Check that sparkle!
While I had everything out I went ahead and cut out a 3×4 card to use for Project Life using the Hero Arts frame cut. Gotta say that even though this paper is pretty thick and it has big pieces of glitter the Hero Arts frame cuts worked perfectly! Can’t wait to finish my pages about our New Year’s hike — yeah I’m behind ha.
To finish off the card, I edged a cream envelope with gelatos and blended with a little water, then added some washi and a Knot and Bow neon pink heart. Woo!
Happy birthday Sally!!!! Hope your day is as awesome as you are! :)
Hey all! Just popping in to wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope it’s full of love.
Thought I’d share some super quick cards I made for the family. I saw this little bear stamp when I was at Paper Source with Libby and couldn’t resist him!
On the inside, I stamped “be my Valentine” with a trusty old stamp from Impress.
Cute bear stamp, luxe white notecards and mint (!) envelopes from Paper Source. (Love that place so much!). Watercolors are windsor and newton. Neon pink heart stickers from Knot & Bow. (They make the best metallic twine. Yum.) Washi tape from my stash.
I made the gold lines after I had some leftover gold Mister Huey’s when I painted the hearts. Couldn’t let it go to waste! Will be using that to make another card to share soon. xo
Howdy from Austin, TX! My name is Lisa Spangler and I like to make crafty stuff, eat donuts, and take photos. (Lots of photos.) Especially when hiking with by husband, J. More about me.
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