Thursday, July 12, 2018

2 Pattern Card Set with 6x6 paper

I've been watching videos by Kristi Marcotte on her 6x6 paper pad card making tutorials. I have never bought a 6x6 paper pad, but I've had some given to me. I have lots of 12x12 paper though. I have many sheets that I've cut into but still have enough left to cut down to 6x6.

So, I decided to do a mash up between what Kristi does and the One Sheet Wonder concept. Kristi uses card sketches and uses multiple patterns from the pad, which naturally fit well together. So, I chose some card sketches that Kristi has used, inspired by her makes, and I cut a pair of coordinating 12x12 scrap patterned papers to 6x6.

Then, I figured out the most efficient way to cut the paper to get the sketches I wanted out of them. (That's the One Sheet Wonder part.)

Here's what I ended up with:
There are 2 sketches here. The first two cards are the same sketch, one with each patterned paper. You could pair the patterned papers, rather than make the rest out of cardstock if you wanted to use up more paper. But I was trying to stick to my "efficient cut" method, so I didn't have enough paper to pair on that card. I still like how it looks with just cardstock to accompany the patterns.

The middle card in this bunch is a sketch. The other two are just what I did with the left-over skinny strips.

I really like how these turned out. Not only will I do this set again with different papers, I'm going to pick some more sketches and do another version!

What a great way to build a card stash quickly! I have video walkthrough of these cards that shows which sketches I used. (It will take me some time to get it posted though.)

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Out of This World Galaxy Birthday Card

I've been after a die-cut rocket for quite some time now, to go with my galaxy backgrounds. When I was at Scrapfest Kitchener in April, I found a set! The sample card was way more involved than my card, but I'm happy with how mine turned out.

My youngest nephew turned 8 in May.  I used one of my galaxy backgrounds to make him this card:

The sentiment in the die cut set is quite large, so I had to make a bigger card. All the more galaxy to showcase!

I used silver paper on the rocket's fins and tip and vellum for the window. The rocket is "Hulk" green because that's one of my nephew's favourite Marvel characters. The outer panel is popped up on foam tape to make the circle appear recessed. I carefully made sure to place 8 Stampin' Up! enamel dot stars in my galaxy to represent my nephew's 8 years.

Of course I wrote a little birthday poem inside. He's not so into the cards as he is the gifts, which is typical of a little boy his age.

I love these galaxies! I find they have so much visual interest!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Bride and Groom from Dreamerland Crafts

I had a couple co-workers get married this May. I wanted to make a handmade card. I wasn't sure what I was going to do and then I saw this Kiss the Bride stamp from Dreamerland Crafts. I really wanted this one because the groom really looks like the actual groom (to me! It's the hair! And he is quite a bit taller than the bride too.) But it sold out before I could get it! Ack!

So, I had to get the next best thing, which was this Welcoming the New Couple version.
I used far more alcohol markers to colour this than I thought I would. I used 3 greys in the bride's dress and the groom's shirt, and 3 different ones in the groom's pants. I used 3 more different ones for the groom's shoes. I used 3 browns in the groom's hair and 4 in the bride's because her hair is a little darker than his. Their wedding colour was a steel blue or a grey blue - a muted colour. I tried to match that with the flowers and the bow-tie - three more markers there. There are 3 colours in the skin and one for the pink cheeks and mouth. I used the picture on the front of the stamp packaging as a guide for where to place the shading.
(Click photo for larger image.)
I made this card shape myself for my Brother Scan'N'Cut die cut machine. I actually made that file for a wedding a few years back. I think it adds a touch of fancy to the card. I added the year to the front to personalize it a little bit (besides trying to make the couple look like the bride and groom).

The bride found it hard to find cake toppers that looked like them. They were either not very nice looking toppers or just not the right colours. I tried to make up for that. I hope she thought I did a good enough job!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Layered Stamps: Altenew Painted Rose

Layered stamps to make photo-realistic images or faux water-colour-esque images is very popular right now. I received a stamp set at Scrapfest Kitchener (2018). So, I tried it out. It's Altenew's Painted Rose stamp set. It includes a single, very large, rose. Each element has 3 stamps to layer in 3 colours.

The first card I made was a birthday card. I used pinks for this one.

I have a MISTI stamping tool to help me layer it up just right. It actually took quite a long time to stamp all of these. I stamped the flower first, masked it, then stamped the leaves. Then I die cut through it and popped up the cut-out part on foam.

Then I tried a yellow combination. This one I made as my handmade mother's day card for this year. The lightest layer is actually Antique Linen distress ink, which is a pale brown with a yellow tone.
I made a subtle background with a script font background stamp. This time, I stamped the flower and cut it out by hand. Then I placed it so I could see where to stamp my leaves. Then I stamped my leaves and just put the cut out flower on top. I also stamped one less leaf set, partly because this card base was smaller than the first card I did, and partly because it takes so much time to do all that stamp layering!
I decided to try some wink of Stella glitter pen on the darkest colour here. I really like how that looked (but it's hard to photograph. You can click the photo for a larger view.)

Do you like stamp layering? You need to have a lot of ink pad colours, to me. (Or watercolour markers that you can colour on to the stamp, but that doesn't seem work as well on clear stamps as it does on rubber stamps, I find.) Do you have any stamp layering tips or tricks to share? Feel free to leave your suggestion in the comments below!