I was cleaning up my desk and ran across a couple of scraps of foiled polka dot paper. It is so beautiful I couldn’t throw it away, so I made another balloon birthday card. This time I paired the balloons with this big birthday greetings from Waffle Flower I had just received in the mail.
I first stamped the sentiment with Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers and die cut the greeting with the matching die. I also used the die to cut some sticky back foam and added it to the back of the sentiment for dimension. However, when I placed the greeting next to the balloons Peacock Feathers was too green. So, I pulled out Distress Oxide Broken China and stamped the sentiment again. I quickly added clear embossing to the sentiment and repeated it again while it was still hot so it a love shine, which matched the foiled balloon well. This color of ink was a much better match to the foil.
I cut a panel of cardstock using a stitched rectangle die and matted it with some Gina K. Designs Tranquil Teal cardstock. It was then adhered to a top folding cardbase. DFN Craft Thread in white was added to the balloon for strings. The two back balloons where adhered directly to the panel with liquid glue. The top balloon was adhered with a scrap of sticky back foam. The strings were pulled to the back of the panel and adhered in place with Scotch Tape. The greeting, which also had sticky back foam for dimension was added below the balloons with liquid glue and the card was done.
Day 20 of the Spring Card Camp 2 Online Card Class was taught by Jennifer McGuire and Kristine Werner. It was all about basketweaving cardstock. You take leftover cardstock and cut it into thin strips in various colors and weave it together for a pretty woven design as the focal area on your card.
I decided to use teal and aqua colors with yellow. I love the color combination. This take quite a bit of time and isn’t something I would do very often, but it looks amazing.
As Jennifer instruction I cut my oval from a quarter sheet of white cardstock. On the back I added some be creative double-side tape to one side of the focal and added my strips of cardstock in the pattern that I wanted. Once that is done, I added more double-sided tape to the top of the oval and began weaving the cardstock strips over and under those that were already in place. Once you have the weaving complete I added more double sided tape to the other sides of the oval and pressed down the strips of cardstock to secure then in place.
I took another quarter sheet of cardstock and cut it down 1/8″ on all sides and cut a slightly larger oval from it and adhered it onto the back over the woven strips. I wanted my oval panel to be slightly smaller than a standard cardbase and cut down each side about 1/8″. Foam tape was added to the back of the oval panel and then it was adhered to a dark teal cardbase.
I could see ridges were the strips of cardstock were on the front of the card, so I took a heavy weight 110# cardstock and cut another oval panel and stacked it over the first panel. Before adhering I stamped my sentiment with dark turquoise ink in the lower right of the panel and then adhered it with liquid glue and the card was done.
For Day 19 of Spring Card Camp 2 Online Card Class Dawn Wolesagle shared monoprint inking and stamping. Dawn used the back of a large fairly solid background acrylic stamp because she did not have a gel plate. She also used Distress Oxide inks rather than acrylic paints, randomly placing the inks on the acrylic stamp back or gel plate and then using a brayer to spread it around evenly. You know have an inky surface that can be used as ink for your stamps. You put your stamp(s) onto an block and press it into the inked plate then stamp it onto your cardstock. You continue to lift the ink from your plate, trying to create a pattern in the ink and stamping a similar pattern on your cardstock. Once you have your background stamped like you want it you take another piece of cardstock and place it over the remaining ink on the plate and have another background. If you want more instructions on how to do this technique search for gel press on YouTube. There is a great video by Shari Carroll of Simon Says Stamp (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SvA_40aFiM).
This is a technique I wasn’t very good at. I think one of the things to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t use cardstock that has any kind of a coating. You want to make sure your paper will absorb the ink well.
I used pinks and purple for this card. I thought the imprint taken from the pressing the stamp into the gel plate was okay, but I hated the background created from pressing paper into the gel plate to remove the leftover color and threw it away. This line stamping was okay, but it lacked depth and dimension and so I decided to add some additional color with Copic Markers. I only added color at the base of the flower petals and the center of the leaves and liked the final result.
I cut down the stamped image using a scalloped rectangle and matted it with Gina K. Designs Sea Glass Cardstock. Although I used G00 Copic Marker on the leaves and the center of the flowers it really looked like a light turquoise and the Sea Glass Cardstock really help to accent the flowers.
I stamped a simple hello sentiment on black cardstock and heat embossed it white. Foam tape was added to the back and it was adhered in the lower right of the card. The scalloped panel was adhered to a side folding cardbase. A few moonshine sequins were scattered on the card front and the card was done.
Waffle Flower Blossom
Concord & 9 Hello Lovely
Distress Oxide Inks Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
Gina K. Designs Sea Glass and Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock
The quest designer for day 15 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 was Kristina Werner. Her technique was easy shaker cards. She cut circles from her cards and added a cut die cut image. I went through my dies to see what I could use for a simple card.
I pulled out Mama Elephant’s Framed Artist Mat. It is a wide frame and 3M foam tape fit perfectly behind the frame, which makes it very easy to put together.
Kristina ink blended one of her cards, I decided to pull out a stencil to create an ink blended background. The hearts were the inspiration for the sentiment.
I die cut the frame and added a rectangle of acetate behind the center of the frame with liquid glue around the opening. I took a long strip of foam tape and folded it on itself to give it double depth and then added it to the frame. I filled the opening with pink and purple sequins and then pulled off the paper from the foam tape and added the stenciled background.
Originally I ink blended the background with the purple and pink used for the stenciled background. The center of the frame had ink blending on it as well and I used that to stamp the sentiment with the purple Oxide ink. I used the second largest sentiment label from Simon Says Stamp and then cut one end into an angle, leaving a little space on the left to add some die cut hearts. It was adhered to the card front with liquid glue.
I decided to make the card base smaller than the frame, but this left some overhang on the foam tape. I took a craft knife and ruler to cut away the excess, but I accidentally cut through a little section of the frame, so I used Un-Do to remove the sentiment and then cut another frame and decided on a softer blend to the frame. I liked it better.
Below is a picture of first version with a deep purple frame.
I made several cards with the beautiful Waffle Flower Magnolia stamp. I think this is my favorite. I love the color combination and the look of the one layer card. I also stamped it in a soft Memento London Fog Ink.