My stamping adventures

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pyramid cards with video

Pyramid cards
check out video at bottom of this post or at Sue's you-tube

Pyramid cards
card bases:
6 x 12 score at 6"    layer 5 3/4 x 5 3/4
5 1/2 x 11  score at 5 1/2"  layer 5 1/4 x 5 1/4
5 x 10  score at 5"   layer 4 3/4 x 4 3/4
4 1/2 x 9  score at 4 1/2 "  layer 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
4 x 8  score at 4"  layer 3 3/4 x 3 3/4
3 1/2 x 7  score at 3 1/2"   layer 3 1/4 x 3 1/4
3 x 6  score at 3"   layer 2 3/4 x 2 3/4

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rainy days

stamps used:  Stampin' Up, Stampscapes
Created a few rainy day cards because over the past few weeks it has rain here off and on quite a bit.  Simple cards but I like them.
top card:
1.  stamped trees with distress linen oxide ink.
2.  stamped saying with brown ink.  think is was SU cocoa ink.
3.  stamped the lady with same brown ink on separate piece of cardstock.  watercolored her with ink from same ink pad then fussy cut and adhered to stamped layer.
4.  layered stamped piece on brown card then to butterscotch note card.

bottom card:
1.  stamped lady and saying with black ink on dark grey cardstock.
2.  added highlights with prisma white pencil.
3.  stenciled the raindrops with white pigment ink.
4.  layered stamped piece on pink cardstock then to dark grey note card.

thanks for stopping by.  let me know what you think of these two simple style cards in the comment section. 

Monday, April 16, 2018


stamps used:  Unity stamp set Cuddlebug caterpillar
Used scraps on my table to make this tag ... including scrap of cardstock to make tag.  got out my distress pumice stone ink with a TH stencil, added some pattern paper scraps like washi tape.  I also have a little container filled with extra die cuts and stamped images I haven't use sooooooooo took out the caterpillar .... blended on some of the same pumice stone ink.  mounted her on tag and stamped saying from same stamp set to finish the tag.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Matchbook cut out cards

stamps used:  SU stamp sets Seaside Shore, So Many Shells

I call this card a Matchbook card because it folds like a book of matches.  This is actually two pieces of cardstock taped together to form the card so I have extra cardstock to stamp then cut it out around the images.  This card is an A2 size which is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" so it fits in a note card envelope ... but you can make it any size you prefer.
top card - 7 1/2" x 4 1/4"  score at 2"
bottom card - 7 1/2" x 4 1/4"  score at 2"

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

stand alone cards

stamps used:  MFP (out of business)
Although I used stamps that are not available anymore, you can use any stamps in your stash.
Stand Alone card
base card - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"  score at 2" and 3 1/8" at each end.
pattern papers - two of 5 1/4" x 1 3/4", one of 5 1/4" x 2
oval die cuts - use whatever you have to fit.
To fold card:
valley, mountain, mountain, valley
you can look at the photo to see the folds then all there is to do is adhere the pattern papers and the oval dies to the front of the card.  For the back of the card I cut a piece of white cardstock 5 1/4" x 2", stamped a saying and there is plenty of room to sign it.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Big Cats

 stamps used:  Mark's Finest Papers and stamps Big Cats remembered stamp set
These two Big cats are wild with a wild background technique.  Not really such a wild background technique but unique at least I think so.  This technique goes back years in fact, it's started with photography then it drifted into the stamping world.  It's called Bokeh which means the effect of blurriness in the areas of an image.  In these two samples I first blended on some colors then I created my own circle stencil to make the different size circles for the background.  I placed the stencil on the colored background then sponged the circles with white pigment ink ... I used pigment ink for two reasons:  1.  it stays wet longer.  2.  it is opaque.  once all the white pigment ink circles were dry I assembled the cards.
Tiger card:
used strips of the full finished background and the tiger is fussy cut then mounted to card.
Lion card:
uses the a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of the finished background.  taped to a piece of brown cardstock.  ribbon wrapped around then stamp lion head on yellow cardstock and die cut with circle die, tape to brown scallop circle die and adhere to card.
For both cards I glued some sequins and stamped the sayings.
You can see more on the Bokeh technique here.
thank you for stopping by ... please come back soon and feel free to leave comment.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

message pull card

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
Interactive cards are one of my favorite style cards to create and this one is no exception.  It is an easy peasy card to create.  I saw this idea at Jennifer McGuire's blog where you can see her video.
1.  card base is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded in half to form note card.
2.  white layer is 3 3/4 x 5.  
3.  cover layer is 2 3/4 x 5 1/8 with two other layers 1/8" smaller.  set aside till ready to assemble.
4.  pull tab is approx. 5 1/4 x 1 1/2.  this can be adjusted to fit any size card.
5.  I used a die cut to make an opening on the 3 3/4 x 5 layer for the stamped image to slide across the card.
6.  to assemble card make a channel along side the opening with strips of foam mounting tape. this just keeps everything in place on the card.
7.  stick small dots of mounting tape on the pull tape behind the opening and tape a circle die cut to it.
8.  place a strip of foam mount tape on the bottom only of the cover layer and mount to card.
9.  tape stamped image to circle die and watch it slide when you pull the tab.  

Friday, March 16, 2018

black ice technique

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.

 stamps used:  Penny Black stamps
There is a technique that is going around the web lately called "Black Ice".  I tried it and I'm still not sure if I like it or not but hey, had to try it.  hard to take photo with all the glare of metallic cardstock and shine from clear embossing but I did my best.
this is what I did:
1.  taped metallic silver/copper cardstock with repositional tape to my craft sheet.  this is just to hold the cardstock in place.
2.  did DTP (direct to paper tech.) with black archival ink on cardstock.
3.  stamp images with same black archival ink.
4.  allow to dry on its' own or with heat tool.
5.  DTP with versa mark ink over the stamped cardstock.
6.  sprinkle on clear embossing powder and heat set and done.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Caterpillar white out

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
supplies used:  white pigment ink, white embossing powder, stencil
1.  on colored cardstock place stencil and ink with same color ink.  In this case I used purple and green inks a shade or so lighter than the cardstock.
2. rotate the stencil 180 degrees then ink through it with white pigment ink.  remove stencil and allow to dry.
3.  after stenciled piece is dry cut in any fashion you wish and adhere to note card.
4.  stamp and emboss caterpillar image with white pigment ink and white embossing powder.  
5.  color in the caterpillar with white pigment ink that I squeezed onto my craft mat from re-inker bottle.  add a little water to create a white wash then paint it onto the caterpillar image.
6.  fussy cut the caterpillar and mount onto note card.
7.  white emboss saying onto the note card to finish.

Monday, March 5, 2018

March card swap

here are cards from the local card swap I belong.
March theme is Masculine cards and I do like the way they all turned out.  Each one has it's own character ..... there are animals, tools, airplane, trucks and lighthouse that all scream masculine cards.  thank you to all the players in this group. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Layers away...

Here are the last of my Layered background cards.
stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
I used my circle dies to cut out different size circles from the layered backgrounds I created.  The sloth card I chopped off a couple of sides of the circle then adhered to note card and stamped the sloth with brown ink that I embossed.  The squirrel card I die cut the background with three circle dies and mounted on the note card.  Ooops, forgot to mention before I mounted the circles I added some highlights with my white gel pen to the leaves.  I stamped and fussy cut the squirrel and mounted him on the card.
stamps used:  Unity stamp co. 
The camera gal was stamped, colored with Prisma color pencils and mounted over the background circle.  Next I white embossed the saying right onto the background circle then doodled lines around the circle die.  Poppy gal is gold embossed over the background circle onto the note card and embossed the saying on the bottom of the card.  This time I doodled dash lines around the background circle.
I think this is it for my layered backgrounds for now.  You can see more samples here, and on this post.
thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave comment and visit again.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

More Crooked layered cards and video

stamps used:  gorilla by Stampers Anon., Some of us by Stampa Rosa, Be yourself by SU, all background images by various companies
I am having so much fun with these crooked layered cards I can't stop making them.  I still have another half dozen to make into cards which I will post after they are done.
You can see more here, and here.
watch video here on this post below or at my you-tube channel.