Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Christmas Cards! Stamping two ways!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  I have been away from stamping and blogging for much of the past month, but I am back today with  Christmas cards!  I really loved making them and it feels good to have them in the stash early!


The first card was made by first stamping the Christmas music in very light ink for the background.  I then stamped the pine trees over top with green ink.  I had the bell colored with alcohol markers, so I fussy cut it out and created this vintage look.

You can see that I had so much fun making this that I made two cards while my supplies were out.



For the second card, I heat embossed that music stamp with silver.  Nothing says Christmas like metallics, and I like this look a lot too.  The same bell was colored in more traditional colors as the focal image.


Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Bells and Holly stamp, Glorious Song Background stamp, Silhouette Pines stamp.

I feel like I see a lot more blogging cardmakers getting their Christmas cards made throughout the year.  Are you one of them?  

Just for Fun Rubber Stamp’s May Challenge is to use multiple stamps on your card.  Won’t you join in?  I would also like to add my card to Merry Monday’s Add a Bell challenge.

I hope you get some time this week for crafting! 

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Run for the Roses - Kentucky Derby Inspired

Hello and thanks for stopping by!  I was challenged to come up with a card with a Kentucky Derby theme as a sample for this week’s Free for All Challenge, which begins today.  Well, I don’t have any horse images, and not many to represent the stylish clothes or hats.  So I went off in search of what else goes with the derby.  Beverages would have been a good choice, but I was inspired by the Kentucky Derby logo and flag.

Image credit: derbygifts.com

They have a stylized red rose and many of them had a sort of harlequin design diamonds on them.


I stamped the diamonds in the background and created a flag using a die cut.  My roses were stamped, quickly colored and then fussy cut and arranged on my flag.  I used matting in black and red, which were both colors I saw in a lot of the derby images.  


Supplies: Gina K Better with You stamps set, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Gina K Innocent Pink and Applemint ink, Hero Arts Harlequin Pattern stamp, Spellbinders Labels  Four dies, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Using Multiple Stamps with Just for Fun’s May Challenge

Hello and thanks for coming to my blog.

The challenge theme for May at Just for Fun Rubber Stamps is to use multiple stamps.  It is fun to do a lot of stamping on a card, and I do hope you will participate in the challenge this month.  There are not a lot of rules, so it is a great challenge to play along with.


The background of my stamp was made with a piece of normal cardstock that I had coated with gesso.  I really love the result I get when I use this to smoosh into my distress oxide inks.  It creates a softer, lighter look as the ink doesn’t soak into the paper very quickly.   I used some pink, tan and green inks for this, drying in between.  THEN, I inked up my background stamp with the green Oxide ink, spritzed it with a tiny bit of water, and stamped it.  The stamping does take longer to dry on this surface, and that just adds to the texture.

I matched this with the pretty vase, stamped onto an ivory flecked paper and colored with alcohol markers.  I do like to sponge regular distress ink on the sides to add dimension.  I then just added the sentiment to the main panel with Versafine ink.



Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Bamboo Background, Asian Vase with Blossoms, Helen Keller  sentiment stamp, Distress Oxide inks Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Worn Lipstick, Distress Ink Antique Linen, Versafine Onyx black, cardstock from my stash.

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