With February drawing closer to an end, I know up North folks are still dealing with snow, so I thought I would add a little sunshine to my release this week. Today’s post & video are Distress Oxide mini notecards with some bright spring colors and flowers. To pep up those cold days and get us ready for spring. I made these cards for an upcoming happy mail swap. They are my favorite type of cards to make because all you need are a few Distress Oxide colors and one stamp.
For this project I used:
A set of premade 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecards
Distress Oxides in; Hickory Smoke, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Broken China, Antique Linen, and Old Paper.
Black Archival Ink
Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Matt
Carabelle Studio stamp “Roadside Weeds”
I just really loved how the colors came together and how the black stamp looked on the bright colors. Even the areas that didn’t stamp as well gave it a nice distressed look. I hope these simple mini cards will inspire you to start breaking out some of those spring stamps and get ready for the warmer season and some happy mail swaps!
I am back with day two of my Valentine’s Day card share. To change things up from the “quirky” card yesterday I decided to go with cute and cuddly for today’s theme. This card revolves around a cat stamp I picked up at my local craft store and I love when I have a chance to use it.
To make this card I used:
1 stock Kraft card 5″ x 7″
2 pieces of watercolor paper 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
Various Distress Oxide colors
Gold Paint Pen
and some double-sided tape
This whole card was inspired by one stamp. The background just grew from what I pictured based on the cat stamp. If you are stuck and trying to figure out something to make, dig out your old stamps and put them in a pile. Close your eyes, reach in and grab one and see where it takes you!
This week I am back with a few card shares. Just some quick cards I whipped up in the Valentine’s Day spirit. This first card is for those of you who like perhaps a darker or quirkier side to Valentine’s Day. The card was inspired by a “Freaky Eyes” stencil I purchased on Etsy from the Wonderstrumpet stencil shop. Her unique and quirky stencils always inspire me and I just couldn’t resist this card.
To make the card I used:
1 sheet of black cardstock cut down to make a 6 1/2″ x 5″ card back, once folded
2 pieces of heavy stock watercolor paper cut to 6″ x 4 1/2″
1 “freaky eyes” stencil
Distress Spray Stain in Victorian Velvet
Black Archival Ink
Versamark mini embossing pad
Label maker for sentiment
and a little imagination.
I sprayed the watercolor paper with the Victorian Velvet Distress Spray Stain. I did one coat, let it dry then did a second.
Then I used the stencil and black archival ink to get my background of eyeballs.
The tricky part came when I tried to emboss some black glitter on a few of the eyes. Apparently, my paper wasn’t quite dry and the powder stuck everywhere!
So note, make sure it is very very dry.
I used double sided tape to adhere my stained watercolor paper to the black cardstock.
I then added a small black strip of cardstock remnant across the front to be the background for my label maker sentiment “I only have eyes for you”
On the inside, I placed with double sided tape a plain sheet of white watercolor paper (4 1/2″ x 6″) for writing and Voila! My quirky Valentines Day card.
Hello my wonderful followers! I hope you are having a very merry holiday season. I have been swept up the in the glitter and making and have finally come up for a little break! I spend all last weekend making thirty handmade holiday cards to get out in the mail. My studio of course now looks like a mini tornado hit and the cats have been covered in glitter for days. I’m sure you can relate! It’s a wonderful time of the year. Now since I have been tucked away making things for family I have been a little behind in sharing some latest treats with you. That’s why today you are getting a double feature. Both of these card sets have aired on my Youtube in the last week, so if you want to get my most recent videos you can head on over there and hit subscribe and the bell icon and you will get notified when new videos hit there, before they hit the blog. (Youtube Channel)
Now on to the glitter! First up for you I have a set of really cute whimiscal cat cards. Any of you that have read my profile know I’m a rescue cat mom and when I saw this stamp at the Technique Junkies booth at Stampfest in July I knew I had to have it for Christmas. I paired it with some whimsical stencil background and voila! A Christmas card that is sure to make anyone laugh this holiday season.
These were 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ cards with a piece of 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ scrapbook paper applied, and the image was stamped on 3″ x 3″ watercolor heavy stock paper.
At the bottom I will post all the supplies used for both card sets.
Now, this next set was made assembly line style for a really quick holiday pick. I used a premade card blank, then one piece of scrapbook paper and one embossed stamp so it took maybe ten minutes to make six. A great way to make an elegant, kraft paper style, gold embossed “Season’s Greetings” card. One tip I will share is that after making thirty cards this year I am definitely getting one of those tape guns next year. The sticking of the double sided tape did slow me down a bit.
Now these cards were 7″ x 5″ with 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ pieces of scrapbook paper, and the black cardstock was the size of the stamp plus half an inch so about 3″ x 3 1/2″ ish.
Below I will list all the supplies used. I hope these two designs will get those creative juices flowing this holiday season. All you need is some cardstock, bits of scrap paper and one stamp and you can have a lovely set of embossed cards. Thanks for stopping by and happy making!
I missed you all during the November month. The holidays have been creeping up and as I’m sure you all know life has just gotten so busy! I wanted to pop on my blog today to share with you a super easy way to make a mass grouping of holiday notecards. All I used to make these cards were premade card blanks, one stamp set, Dina Wakley scribble sticks, and archival ink. By limiting supplies it kind of helped me hone in and produce more quickly. There are so many great stamp sets out there nowadays and so many supplies we can use, streamlining can help you narrow in and batch your cards.
For this set I used:
White cards that are 3 1/2″ x 5″ from Amazon
A Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz “Scribbly Christmas” stamp set.
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks (set 2)
Black Archival Ink
My Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp platform
some generic watercolor crayons from Michales
….and lots of Christmas Music
Tip. Stamp using archival ink to ensure the ink won’t bleed when using wet medium and ensure your cardstock is heavy duty. I also made sure I did all the stamping first so by the time the last card was stamped the first was dry and ready for the watercolor.
You can follow along as I make them in my video: Easy Holiday Notecards
This is it, folks. My last Halloween post for 2018. I thought I’d end the Halloween season with another handmade card. I have done two Halloween cards using Tim Holtz Ephemera, so for this one, I wanted to change things up. About a month ago I was in Jo-Ann Fabrics and they were having a really great sale on their Halloween ribbons. Not knowing what I would do with them I stocked up on a few rolls anyway in several widths. I came across them again last week and realized I wanted to use them before the season was over. I decided to try my hand at a Halloween ribbon card. It’s very easy. I used a premade card background (5″ x 7″), 1/4″ wide double sided sticky tape and several rolls of ribbon in varying widths and patterns. I laid down the tape and worked my way row by row until I had covered the whole card, front, and back. In the end, to be safe I put the card thru my sewing machine to ensure if the ribbon frayed the stitch would catch it. As I final touch I added some 3D shimmer Halloween stickers I had in my stash.
I now have visions of book covers and Chrismas cards full of glitter made the same way. I also noticed if I had left the center ribbons longer I could have tied the card shut as well. Just another idea. Really a fun way to use up those ribbon bits we have tucked away.