I’d already made a card for my husband but it was a bit… pink. So, when my new Mama Elephant stamps arrived, I had an idea for a more masculine card (but still cute) card using the Wish Upon A Star set.
I started by figuring out my scene and placing the stamps where I wanted them to go on a piece of 7 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ 80lb Neenah classic crest card (this is nice and smooth and makes for good blending). I stamped them with Gina K obsidian black ink (alcohol marker friendly), and also stamped the images onto some masking paper, which I fussy cut.
I coloured my images using Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend markers, then covered them up with the masks I’d made. I then used Distress Oxides to create the sky. I blended a yellow hue around the moon and stars, and various blue shades from bottom to top (getting darker towards the top).
Once I was happy with the blend, I removed the mask to reveal the images underneath.
Next, I heat embossed one of the sentiments from the stamp set in white onto black card stock, fussy cut, and added it to the centre of my card with foam tape. Finally, I mounted the finished panel onto some dark blue card (finished size 8 1/4″ x 4 1/4″) with foam tape, and I was done!
Hope this helps inspire you to create a more masculine yet still loveable card!
I am absolutely loving this stamp set at the moment, so I thought I’d do another version with alcohol markers rather than coloured pencils.
I decided on the layout I wanted for the scene, lined up the stamps on the page and used the MISTI to stamp them in Gina K obsidian black ink. When I had stamped them on my cardstock, I kept the stamps in the MISTI and stamped them on some masking paper, which I then fussy cut.
I used my trusty Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend markers to colour the little critters, and then I applied the mask over the top so I could ink blend the background.
I used a cloud stencil from Pinkfresh Studio to create the cloudy sky, and applied a light amount of Speckled Egg distress oxide ink using a blender brush. I then added some Twisted Citron to the bottom for the grass.
I peeled off my mask, added the sentiment (again from Mama Elephant) and added the scene to an A2 side folding card base using foam tape.
Hope you enjoyed this fairly simple one layer (ish) card. I think it’s kinda sweet!
Do you ever go through phases with your crafting where you can’t get enough of one particular style or technique? I do, big time! When I first starting cardmaking, I was only really interested in diecutting, and a little stamping. I was never interested in colouring, and certainly not critter cards. Yet, at the moment, I can’t get enough of colouring critters, and I’m enjoying experimenting with different colouring mediums.
For these cards, I stamped out all the images from Mama Elephant’s Dandelion Wishes stamp set using Antique Linen distress ink, because I wanted a very pale outline so I could do some “no line” colouring. I coloured the images using Arteza coloured pencils. It was the first time I’ve really used them properly and tried to do shading, and I’m quite pleased with how they’ve turned out!
Usually when colouring, I’d choose different shades of the same colour to add depth/shadow, but this time I just used the same colour and applied a very light layer to begin with, gradually adding more colour in the areas you would expect to be shaded.
I fussy cut each of the images (I use X-Cut non-stick scissors and I love them) and used liquid glue to apply them to the background. I made the backgrounds by applying watery layers of blue/green and pink/purple paint to watercolour paper – I was aiming for a dreamy/whimsical look – do you think it worked?
For the first card, I used the “A Million Little Wishes” sentiment from the same set, and stamped a few more dandelion flowers in Wheat ink by Concord and 9th. For the second card, I added a sentiment from another Mama Elephant set, and again added a few more dandelion petals, this time in Stardust from C&9.
I mounted each panel onto a top folding A2 card base that I made from Whisper cardstock by Gina K.
I like how sweet and simple these are, and I think I’ll be doing more colouring with pencils soon!
It’s my daughter’s first birthday next weekend, so I wanted to make her a special card. Not least because she’ll be spending her first birthday in lockdown rather than celebrating with a party like we should be!
I started by stamping all of the little foxes from Mama Elephant’s Little Fox Agenda in Gina K obsidian black amalgam ink – *tip* this is a great ink if you want to use alcohol markers – it won’t smudge like some others! I coloured all of these little guys using the Gold Yellow Tri-Blend markers from Spectrum Noir, and used pink and teal shades for their accessories. I don’t have the coordinating dies for this set, so I had to fussy cut each one individually – phew!
Next, I die cut the Studio Katia frame from white cardstock (Neenah solar white classic crest 110lb – this is a lovely heavyweight card), and used liquid glue to adhere an acetate panel behind it (yes, it’s going to be another shaker!). I chose 12 of the little foxes and adhered them to the front of the window using the liquid glue.
I made the background for this card by brushing water over some watercolour cardstock, then using Karin brushmarkers (one in fuchsia, one turquoise) at the top and bottom, fading the colour out towards the middle with the paintbrush.
I placed foam tape around the edge of the panel, and filled the shaker window with clear sequins – *tip*: fold the foam tape in half lengthways to double its height and leave more room for the filling of your shaker card to move around! I adhered the watercolour panel to the back, then glued the completed shaker panel to a top-folding white A2 notecard.
Finally, I used one of CZ Design’s reverse sentiment strips on the front of the card, and a matching one on the inside (it says “you’re getting so big!” – and she really is!!).
I hope you like it – this card took a very long time to make, but I think it was worth it in the end!
I recently sent this card to a friend of mine who needed a little reminder that she is doing a great job. I think these strange lockdown times are affecting us all, not least those of us stuck at home with children to entertain and/or homeschool, whilst trying to juggle our own jobs and managing our households. When you’re trying to be all things to all people. it’s no wonder we all start to feel like we’re failing somewhere along the line. So, sometimes we all need to hear that we are enough. We are loved. We are doing a great job.
CZ Design’s “Good Job, Mama” stamp set was a must-have as soon as I saw it – it has so many encouraging sentiments. So many, in fact, that I couldn’t choose just one to use… so I decided to use several!
I started by choosing which of the sentiments I wanted, then cutting strips of my current favourite Concord and 9th cardstock colours – one for each sentiment. I adhered the strips to the bottom of an A2 sized panel of white card. Next, I lined up the sentiments on the card strips, and picked them up with the door of my MISTI stamping tool. I used Versamark embossing ink to stamp the sentiments, then coated them with Wow! super fine white embossing powder. Finally, I set them with my heat tool.
Next, I stamped the “Mama to Mama” sentiment above the card strips, with the two little hearts next to it, and inside the card I added a co-ordinating sentiment and sub-sentiment: “Good Job Mama…. you’re doing a great job!”
I trimmed the card panel down to be 3.75″ x 5″ so that it would fit nicely on an A2 card base, with a small border around the edge. I made my own top-folding card base using Concord and 9th’s Dove cardstock, and adhered my panel to the top with foam tape for dimension.
One of my brilliant friends just celebrated her twins’ first birthday. An amazing milestone for any Mama, not least because she’s had to bring them up in lockdown for most of the year, with her toddler son at home, too.
So, I decided to make a couple of special cards to celebrate!
How cute is this stamp set? It’s called Critter Crowd by Simon Says Stamp. I started by stamping two sets of the critters, plus the balloons and party hats, and coloured them using my Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend markers. These are amazing, they take the guesswork out of blending and shading for those of us who are new to the game! Once coloured, I die cut the images on my Gemini Mini, using the co-ordinating dies.
Next, I cut a rectangle window in a piece of A2 sized card, and glued a piece of acetate to the reverse. I laid out my different die cut elements over the window to check that I was happy with the layout, then placed the Happy Birthday sentiment underneath. Using my MISTI stamping tool, I stamped the sentiment, and then attached the images using craft foam for dimension.
To make the shaker window, I placed craft foam tape around the edge of the window (and the rest of the card so it doesn’t sag) and filled it with confetti. I then selected some co-ordinating patterned paper and placed it over the top of the foam tape, sealing in the confetti. I then secured the shaker window to an A2 card blank.
Finally, I used Glossy Accents to fill in the balloons, giving them a lovely 3D, glossy finish.
Which do you prefer, the blue or the pink? I really love how these turned out, they’re super cute!
Why am I sharing this with you? Well, I recently discovered the joys of cardmaking, and I would not know a fraction of what I do now without the amazing cardmaking community out there. I have pored over Youtube videos; tutorials; blogs; Instagram and Pinterest and learned *so much* from other crafters. I am amazed at how my cardmaking has come on in just a year or so, and it is all down to this amazing, supportive, generous and sharing community.
So, I thought I would share my own “journey” (hate that word) with you. Hopefully I can pass on some of the knowledge I have learned and maybe give other beginner cardmakers the confidence that they can do it, too!