A friend asked me to make a thinking of you/good thoughts kind of card for a male colleague who is going through some treatment. I assumed that I’d have something suitable but, after looking through my ever growing box of cards, I could find nothing that works. Here, then, is what I produced.
Base: Very vanilla 8.5″ by 5.5″
Mat: Always artichoke 4″ by 5 1/4″
Top layer: Very vanilla 3 3/4″ by 5″
Stamp set: Lovely as a tree, Too kind
Ink: Always artichoke
This is a very simple and, I think, effective card. I merely took the tree image from the Lovely as a tree stamp set again and, using the stamp-a-ma-jig printed it in always artichoke ink. I added the sentiment from the Too kind stamp set – I used the stamp-a-ma-jig for that too although looking at the card now in the photo, I can see that I didn’t use it very effectively! All that was left was to glue the layers together (I’ve become addicted to the tombow liquid glue since there’s a little time to wiggle things before it sets) and line the envelope. The liner was cut out using the regals backgrounds DSP and the envelope liners framelits.
My upline, Jen, does Technique Tuesdays every now and then. I decided to adopt the idea for my blog. So here’s the first technique – using painters’ tape to make a slightly different background. I know that I saw this somewhere on line but can’t remember where. My apologies for that although I’m sure that it wasn’t the original creator.
Base: Night of navy 8.5″ by 5.5″
Top layer: Very vanilla 4″ by 5.25″
Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Four You
Inks: Pistachio Pudding, Night of Navy
First I stamped the tree image on the very vanilla cardstock in the night of navy ink. Of course I used my stamp-a-ma-jig. I then took some of the 2 inch wide blue painter’s tape and put the sticky side directly onto the pistachio pudding ink pad, pressing down with my finger. I carefully put the tape over my stamped trees and pressed down again (carefully cleaning the ink off my fingers first). For some reason the trees came out best if they were stamped before the background. I added the sentiment from the Four You stamp set in Night of navy and lined the envelope using the regals backgrounds DSP. The liner was cut out using the envelope liners framelits and the big shot. Nice and easy.
Here’s another card using the items from the new Holiday catalogue. There’s a picture in there using these colours for a completely different stamp set but having made a traditionally coloured wreath, I wanted to try something different. So I copied their colour choices and produced this.
This stamp set, the Wondrous Wreath comes with matching framelits so that you can cut them out. Cutting the wreath out with scissors would definitely not be happening! The stamps are photopolymer which means that they are completely see through making placement easy. I actually didn’t use my trusty stamp-a-ma-jig!
Base: 8.5″ by 4.25″ folded in half
The wreath is a three step stamping process. You first use the wreath with all the leaves (I stamped in soft sky on very vanilla) and then the second wreath with just a few leaves (lost lagoon) and then you use the third which has only berries. These are stamped in pear pizzazz. The stamps cleverly have a tab on them so that, as long as you always point it the same way for each of the stamps (and framelits), everything will line up perfectly. I cut out my wreath using the matching framelit with the help of the Big Shot.
I then took the Joy framelit in the same set and cut out a piece of pear pizzazz. One tip that I read on Susan Itell’s site was to put wax paper between the die and the cardstock – it makes it MUCH easier to get the card and die apart.
To assemble the card, I popped the wreath up on dimensionals and then carefully glued the Joy sentiment across it. An adhesive remover was handy here until I got better at this. I found that by putting a little tombow glue on a scrap of paper and then picking up just a tiny amount on the tip of the tombow bottle, saved me from having spodges of glue on my card.
Thank you for the kind comments and all the likes on Facebook already after only three days!
Today’s card is a copy of the first card I made, about three months ago at the new 2014 catalogue sneak peek at my upline’s house. I’ve made it in various colours since then and tweaked the sentiment. It uses a new stamp set, Work of Art, which I initially completely overlooked but have since discovered it to be very versatile. This is another design which is easy to mass produce although the key, in my opinion (and this is my blog so it’s ALL my opinion!) is to use the stamp-a-ma-jig. This little tool is an absolute marvel and has already saved me from wonky stamping on many cards. From what I’ve read online so far, it is a feared tool or at least a neglected one. In a future post, I’ll try to demystify it and give a few tips on its use. It may even be my first video!
Base: 8.5″ by 5.5″ blackberry bliss
Mat: 4″ by 5.25″ Very Vanilla
Ink: Blackberry bliss
I took the swoosh from the Work of Art set and, using the stamp-a-ma-jig to keep everything straight, stamped it four times without re-inking. The Thank and you also come from the same set. I lined the envelope using the in colours backgrounds DSP. Although the DSP seems expensive at $21.95, you get 40 sheets of 12 by 12 each of which can line 8 envelopes so it does go a long way. The DSP has patterns in white but I find that the dots are so small that they work with the very vanilla envelopes.
Colour has such an interesting effect. Here’s the same card in different colours – and in one case, with a different font.
Strawberry slush on whisper white. The envelope is lined with paper from the All Abloom paper stack.
Perfect plum on very vanilla. Sentiment from the Sassy Salutations stamp set. I love the font but I don’t think it works so well on this card. But I do prefer the softer look of the very vanilla over the whisper white.
Marina mist on white
My favourites are the two purples on the vanilla paper. What do you think?
It’s another August Christmas card although this time with non-traditional colours.
Base: Whisper white cardstock 8.5″ by 5.5″ scored and folded in half
Mat: Night of Navy 4″ by 5.25″
I put the night of navy mat in my Northern flurry embossing folder (a great value at $7.95, as are almost all of the embossing folders) and ran it through the big shot. I originally intended this to be a vertical card but I liked how the Merry Christmas sentiment looked in the lower left hand corner. This is from the Good Greetings hostess set (available for free for hosting a party of $300 or more in addition to the normal benefits) and I again heat embossed it – this time in white. A very simple and easily mass-produced card.