“Stronger” Orchid Encouragement Card

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This card came together after I was left with a beautiful watercolored orchid from my last blog post and video. To see how I made the watercolored image using Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels head over to that blog post.

After cutting out the orchid, from the Stampendous Orchid Greetings Stamp Set, I misted it with some spray mist in a nice light tan color to make the paper look aged and add some shimmer.

I adhered it to a piece of brick patterned paper from Authentique’s “Accomplished” collection. I proceeded to put the orchid image on my background paper with the bricks vertical rather than horizontal (oops!). I didn’t realize this until the very end when I was looking at my card and by then it was too late to remove anything. We’ll just pretend I was trying to be edgy and different!

The sentiment is from a 12×12″ piece of paper that is supposed to look like newspaper ads but has all these awesome sayings. It says “Everyday Moments” at the top. Sadly I threw away the strip with the information and I have no idea who makes it or where I bought it from. I think I may have got just this single piece of paper at one of my local scrapbook stores so who knows what company it was (sorry!). I popped that up with some thin foam tape for a tiny bit of dimension. I sprayed this cardstock with the light tan spray mist to match the background of the orchid.

Lastly, I inked the edges with some Donna Salazar Mix’d Media Inx in the color “Vintage”. These inks are by Colorbox and they are sooooo juicy! I don’t really ever see them for sale at the online craft stores or brick and mortar stores but they are really nice. I was able to find this color and many others on Amazon though.

I always forget to make encouragement cards for my stash so I am glad I have one ready to go now. When you have a friend in need you want to be there for them right away and that means no time to make a card. Now I’ll be ready the next time I need a card for this. Even if it’s just a friend trying to get a raise or save money! It doesn’t always have to be a sad situation to get a card like this.

Thank you for stopping by!

We’re Expecting Card with Authentique Classique Pretty

This card was a quick one and it showcases some gorgeous papers by Authentique! The papers I used on this card are all from the Classique: Pretty set. We have them for sale on our e-bay store right now. The set we have usually retails for $30.40 but after the already discounted price along with the extra 25% off we have running right now, it’s just $15.75 which is almost 50% off! 

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To make the letters on the front that say “We’re Expecting” I used the Amperzand font and cut them out of the Authentique paper using my Silhouette Cameo 2. The inside of the card says “a Baby Girl”. I popped the front of the card up using some adhesive fun foam so when the card gets squished going through the mail you won’t see the outlines of foam tape. Such a cool little trick!

This card came together pretty quick and I’m excited for more of my family members to know about our little bundle of joy that’s on the way! Thank you for stopping by.

My First Try at Stampscapes

I went to the Rubber Stamp Events Convention yesterday with my mom. We now go every year together since she moved back to AZ. It was a nice time and I finally bought some things I was eyeballing last year.  I did find a couple items on clearance,  but of course, the main items I wanted were full price.  Being that I still wanted them after all this time,  I let myself purchase them.

Stampscapes are these awesome silhouette style stamps that are used to form landscape scenes.  They are unique in the way they are designed because you don’t end up with harsh edges and it is easy to put together a truly organic scene.  A major bonus is there are over 100 informational videos from Stampscapes on You Tube. I’ve been binge watching them since last night!
Here’s what you need to get started:

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Dye based inks,  glossy cardstock,  Stampscapes stamps,  sponge daubers (or some type of blending tool), white gel pen (for highlighting), protective work surface,  inka gold is optional for rubbing around the edge of the finished piece.

Close up on stamps I bought:

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As you can see, one of those stamps is not by Stampscapes,  but I figured it would work pretty well. I also found a life-like Victorian House stamp when I was digging around in my craft room that I figured should work.

My first try at stamping the scene,  I put the mountains in the completely wrong spot. You can see that on the left sheet.

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The second time I stamped,  I got it right.  You will need to do some simple masking along the way.  I used just a paper towel. Which I then also accidentally smudged ink with that same paper towel in the sky and proceeded to try to make that accident look like it was on purpose.  Not too happy that happened!

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My coloring and blending skills could definitely use some work.  I used the gel pen to add highlights,  waves, and tried to make a foggy light coming from the light source in the background.  I might continue to blend this,  but it was almost midnight and I had already been working on it for a while. You MUST have patience when blending or you will end up with ruined foam pieces or harsh lines.  Light pressure and continued strokes is key.

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Here’s my end product.  If I do this same scene again,  I will make the Victorian a light grey and probably do the same for the mountains.  I was playing downstairs and only brought a few inks down. My laziness of not wanting to go up to the craft room resulted in less than desired results.  However,  it was still a TON OF FUN and I will definitely be making more of these and turning them into Christmas cards :-)!!