Thursday, May 19, 2022

LDRS Creative | Orchid One Layer Card Set

Do you ever find yourself needing a quick set of cards? I like to give them as gifts to friends, teachers, family, etc. I used the new Orchid Stamp Set from LDRS Creative and whipped up this set of cards in about 30 minutes! 

This set of cards was so simple to make, but I added little details along the way to step up the design. Remember that you can always add or take away as many details as you like. There are lots of ways to simplify this set of cards and make them even quicker to make!

I started by using the largest die from the A2 Diagonal Stitched Layered Card Toppers to cut four panels of white cardstock. This is a small detail that just brings a little bit of life to the card. It's a step that can absolutely be skipped if you want, but I like the bit of interest. 

I used my stamping platform and stamped the orchid and hummingbird from the Orchid 4x6 Stamp Set with Raven Hybrid Ink onto each of the four panels. My STAMPendable Stamping Tool came in handy to make sure I got clean, crisp stamping each time. I added some quick alcohol marker coloring using just two markers for each color. I color slowly, so I like to keep coloring simple when I'm mass producing a design. 

Once my coloring was completed I used Raven Hybrid Ink to stamp the sentiments from the Orchid 4x6 Stamp Set. Here's another tip to step up your card! I wanted to make my sentiment stand out from the colored image, so I added LDRS Creative Clear Embossing Powder and quickly heat set the sentiments. This is another step that you could skip, but it really makes the sentiment pop! 

There's only one last thing to do before I call these cards finished - add a bit of shimmer watercolor spatter! It's my favorite finishing touch and I couldn't let these cards go without a bit of sparkle! I flicked on some gold shimmer watercolor, added the panels to card bases, and these cards are done! Thanks so much for joining me! See you again soon! 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Pink & Main | Gone Fishing Heat Embossed Card

Isn't it fun how a bit of heat embossing can really step up a project? I used a bunch of Pink & Main embossing powders to make this happy little fishing card! 

It's no secret that I love to make my own backgrounds. It's one of my favorite parts of cardmaking! I looked at the soon to be released Gone Fishing Stamp Set and immediately thought that all the lures would make the perfect background. But why stamp in plain ink when you can add color AND dimension with embossing powders?!

Before all of my stamping I was sure to cover my cardstock with powder with the Pink & Main Magic Anti-Static Brush. This is the BEST powder brush I've ever used! Not a speck of stray embossing powder! I used my Pink & Main Watermark & Embossing Ink Pad and stamped each of the lures onto a piece of white cardstock and embossed with Aquatini Embossing Powder. I repeated the process with Orange Pop, Sour Apple, and Sour Lemon Embossing Powders. I finished off the background by spattering on some gold and olive shimmer watercolor. 

I wanted to add a simple focal point to the card, so I stamped the fishing pole and sentiment from the Gone Fishing Stamp Set and embossed it with Blueberry Fizz Embossing Powder and used the coordinating dies to cut out the fishing pole. I used a tried and true trick to make sure that the images would stand out from the background - I used a Zig Zag Circle Die and cut a piece of vellum. I popped up the images and the circle with foam for dimension. 

I hope you enjoyed this card! I love the way the heat embossing quickly and easily adds color and dimension! Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

LDRS Creative | No Stamping Slimline Card

You won't believe how easy it was to make this card! I used a bunch of coordinating products from the LDRS Creative Lovely Watercolor Collection along with a bit of die-cutting and that's it! 

I love the Lovely Watercolor papers, ephemera, stickers, and enamel dots! The colors and patterns are just stunning! I chose one of my favorite backgrounds from the Lovely Watercolor 4x9 Paper Pack and cut it with the scalloped die from the Floral Scallop Slimline Die Set. I layered it onto a white card base that I created with the largest die in the same set. It's so easy to create a card base - just fold a piece of cardstock in half, line up the die so that the flat side of the die is lined up with the folded edge, and cut. No need to measure! 

I didn't want to cover up too much of the patterned paper, so I chose a tag and the 'sweet friend' piece from the Lovely Watercolor Ephemera Pieces and added them with foam tape to my card. I spelled out the word 'hello' with various colors of stickers from the Lovely Watercolor Small Puffy Alpha Stickers and added them onto the ephemera. I cut a few flowers from white cardstock and patterned paper with the Floral Scallop Slimline Dies and added them below my sentiment along with a scattering of Lovely Watercolor Enamel Dots to finish the card! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

LDRS Creative | Easy Ink Blended Sunshiny Day Card

The Sunshiny Day Stamp Set from LDRS Creative is one of my favorites! The detailed image makes it great for easy coloring or to create an easy background. I used an emboss resist technique to create this card in no time! 

One of the great things about working with Raven Hybrid Ink is that it's really the only black ink I need! You can even heat emboss with it! I positioned the large image from the Sunshiny Day Stamp Set hanging off the top right of a piece of A2 cardstock and stamped it with Raven Hybrid Ink. I turned my cardstock and repositioned the stamp on the opposite side and stamped again then I heat embossed both images with clear embossing powder. 

I used LDRS Creative Blender Brushes with Dan-D-Lion and Four Leaf Hybrid Inks to add quick color to the heat embossed images. I tried to keep the color in their correct areas as much as possible, but I wasn't concerned about having a 'messy' look on the edges. I used Marina Madness Hybrid Ink in the white space to create a faux sky. I added some gold shimmer watercolor spatters for extra texture. Bonus! Ink spatters help to cover up any mistakes I may have made during the ink blending process!

I finished the card by die cutting a sentiment from the Everyday Sayings 4x9 Toner Sentiments Paper Pack with the Everyday Sayings Coordinating Dies and popping it up in the center of my card. I embellished with a few gold baubles and that's it! 

Monday, May 9, 2022

Pink & Main | Sketched Florals Sneak Peek

Can you believe it's time for the May release sneak peeks from Pink & Main?! I created a shimmer watercolored background with the NEW Sketched Florals Stamp Set! 

Watercoloring is one of my favorite ways to color. And I really love when I can effortlessly add some shimmer to my coloring! I used an easy heat embossed resist technique with some Nuvo Shimmer Powders to create this card. 

I started by prepping my watercolor cardstock panel with the Pink & Main Magic Anti-Static Brush so that my embossing powder would only stick where I wanted it to. I used Pink & Main Watermark Ink to stamp one of the large florals from the new Sketched Florals Stamp Set and sprinkled on Licorice Embossing Powder

I tapped on some yellow, blue, and red Nuvo Shimmer Powders and spritzed my panel with water. I picked up my cardstock and tilted the panel side to side so that the colors would run together and mix to create a nice rainbow background. Once the panel was completely dry I die cut it with the second largest die from the Stitched Rectangles 1 Die Set and cut a plain white panel with the largest die so that I could layer them. 

I stamped a sentiment from the Sketched Florals Stamp Set with Watermark Ink and heat set it with Licorice Embossing Powder and used scissors to fussy cut the sentiment. 

I assembled my card using foam tape for dimension and added a few Silver Glossy Dots to finish the card. I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek! The Sketched Florals Stamp Set and the rest of the May release will be available later this week! 

Monday, May 2, 2022

Pink & Main | Java Nice Day

I'm hoping everyone is having a java nice day! Here's a cute and simple card using Pink & Main stamps

I love a nice and easy stamped background. It's such a great way to utilize your stamps! The small cup and saucer in the Java Nice Day Stamp Set is absolutely adorable! And it doesn't have to be coffee - I think it would be perfect for tea party invitations! I stamped it all over my card base using a medium brown ink making sure to twist and rotate my stamp for a random look. I added some texture with black watercolor spatter. 

I stamped the same image on a separate piece of cardstock and colored it with Copics and used the Java Nice Day Dies to cut it out. I also stamped a sentiment and used a die from the Large Sentiment Strip Dies to cut it out with a perfect ribbon edge. 

I cut a circle from white cardstock using a Layered Circle Die and added some black ink spatters to match my background. I added all of my elements to the front of my card with foam tape to finish off the card. Thanks for joining me! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

LDRS Creative | Garden Friends Mini Scene

I am a pretty simple crafter. I like clean and simple cards with pops of color ... and I'm not very good at scene building. But I like to put my own spin on scenes by making them mini! I used a handful of LDRS Creative stamps and dies and created this Spring scene. 

Let's get started! One thing I like to do to make my scene building more manageable is to create simple backgrounds. My card has all kinds of sunshiny feels without anything too time consuming. I die cut the Pretty Things Coverplate II Die from yellow cardstock and the Pretty Things Coverplate III Die from white and layered them on top of each other. Background complete! Now I just need some cute elements to go on top. 

I stamped the tree, branches, and leaves from the Build a Tree Stamp Set and the birds and flowers from the Garden Friends Stamp Set with Raven Hybrid Ink. They pair together perfectly even though they were released a year or so apart! I colored them with alcohol markers and then used the Garden Friends Coordinating Dies and the Build a Tree Coordinating Dies to cut out the images. 

I added the images to my card using liquid adhesive and foam tape for dimension. All that's left to add is a simple sentiment! I chose a sentiment strip from the You're Simply the Best Wave Stack and added it across the center of my card with a thin piece of foam tape. That's it! Easy peasy mini scene! I'll see you soon!