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Friday Craft, Stamping and Coloring

These cards use the stamp set from Stampendous called Build a Bouquet. The set comes with a mask for each stamp, which makes it very easy to create a single layer card with a lush bouquet.

In the above card, I used all the floral elements to make a bouquet, with the jar as a vase. I colored in the images using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I am teaching myself how to use them through practice, and I’m liking most of the results.

For this card, I used the same flower stamp over and over, with the round vase. I also colored these with my Spectrum Noir markers.

Another pretty simple way to make beautiful cards.

McM


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Friday Craft, Stamping Text

I’ve been exploring two alphabet stamp sets from my stash, one from Tim Holtz called Mini Worn Text and a new one from Concord & 9th called Sophisticated Script.

These two are quite different and great to have for cards, art journal spreads, and scrapbooking.

The Tim Holtz set is quite blocky and imperfect. Large and bold, able to stand out on an art journal spread but also usable for a one word card sentiment.

The Concord & 9th set is beautiful script that connect together to give the impression of handwritten calligraphy or brush lettering.

McM


Friday Craft, Too Hot to Stamp

My craft cave gets all the late afternoon sun, and when it’s hot outside, it’s super hot in the craft cave. So I’ve taken my show on the road, to the backyard.

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I’ve got my Zig watercolor markers and some pre-stamped Lawn Fawn cuteness. I’m teaching myself how to use these markers for shading, because I do not want to spend the money on Copics but I want to have the same fun and result as Copics.

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As you can see it’s a learning process. I love how the little muchroom house turned out, and the gnome, but the fox’s coloring is not the greatest. I’m also learning to make do with the limited color palette I already have, instead of running out to buy another marker I’ve been trying to blend for the colors I want. The flesh tone on my gnome is a mixture of pink and yellow, the fox is light brown and carmine red.

Much more learning to come evidently.

What are you learning about this summer?

MCM


Friday Craft, SSS March Card Kit

Going back in time a bit with this post to show off my cards from March’s Simon Says Stamp Card kit. This one was Easter themed, with three sizes of 3D Peep bunnies in the stamp set, spring and easter themed paper pack, and two printed panels for watercoloring. These cards were heavily inspired by Vicky Papiaonnou, who has been making a video for each card kit demonstrating 10 cards made with each month’s kit.

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With this kit I am coming to the realization that I don’t like stamping images with my Distress inks, as they don’t leave the best impressions (check out my bunny Peeps below). What is your favorite ink, dear reader?
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This card is pretty much an exact copy of the technique Vicky used in her video. For this card I used my Peerless watercolors to paint and my Distress ink to stamp the sentiment “Hoppy Easter”.
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The card below is another example of Distress ink perhaps not being the best ink for stamping. The sentiment bled out a bit, but I still like the simplicity of this one.

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I especially like these card kits as they force me out of my comfort zone, I would never buy an Easter themed stamp set or paper pad. YouTube is filled with inspiration videos for using each kit.

MCM


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Friday Craft, Stamps and Masks

I used masks to make these scenes with two of my stamp sets. Masking is a technique where you stamp the front-most image first, then cut out a mask to place over the stamped image to protect it as you continue stamping.

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For the flower bouquet, I stamped the peony on the bottom left first, put a mask over it and stamped the three leaf cluster next, put a mask over that, and so on. The last thing I stamped was the bottle.

I’m not super excited about the magical day panel on the left, but I know that I’m still learning and will improve with time and practice. I don’t like the spacing of the flowers on either side of the tiny house, but once it’s colored in I trust that no one will notice but me.

MCM


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Friday Craft, Simon Says Stamp May Card Kit

I am still enjoying my card kits each month. They come with really nice cardstock, enough for 10 standard cards, and a pack of patterned paper, a stamp set, some coordinating stickers or embellishments, and an extra. This month I got a glue pen with a fine tip and some pretty sequins.

This month’s theme is Happily Ever After, and the stamp images all have happy faces.

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I used the cardstock to make a mini card set for KidMakes’ teacher. The inspiration came from this video by Prairie Paper and Ink. The stamps are so cute (almost too cute) that the small size fits perfectly. I used my Zig markers on watercolor paper to color the images, and the stickers and tiny sentiments came with the card kit.

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These simple images were very quick and easy to color and cut out. The stamp set also came with a tiny speech bubble that fits all the sentiments, so you can make your cute images say cute things.

MCM


Friday Craft, Watercolor Cards

I’m not going to call this an obsession yet, but I can’t stop with the watercolor. I bought some new stamps a few weeks ago during a sale and they are perfect for watercolor cards.

Purple Watercolor Roses

This one is called Build A Bouquet from Stampendous. The roses, leaf, and bowl are all separate stamps that you can layer. The set also came with hydrangea blossoms, a daisy, a butterfly and a mason jar. This is the first image I created, which turned into this card.

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Simple and beautiful. I sold this card to a co-worker for his valentine. Perfect.

MCM


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Friday Craft, Watercolor Love

I am having a great time watercoloring with my Tim Holtz Distress inks. I may have participated in the recent online sale at Joann.com and purchased some additional colors and a couple of storage tins to hold all my tiny ink pads. Now I have them arranged by color family and ready to go.

Recently I also started receiving the monthly card kit from Simon Says Stamp, beginning with the February kit. It is, of course, Valentine’s Day themed, and includes a stamp set, a small paper pad, heart shaped embellishments and card stock to use for card bases.

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Everything on these cards with the exception of the little wood frame on the left most card came from the kit.

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I think I’ve had these floral stamps for over 10 years. I stamped them on watercolor paper with VersaMark ink and then embossed them to create a resist.

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For the orchid, I think there’s too much detail in too little space for this technique to really work well. That said, I still think they turned out beautifully.

And finally, the simplest card of the bunch. For this card, I stamped two of the images from the set included in my February kit. I used masking fluid to fill in the little heart, then taped the panel down to a piece of chipboard.

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I smooshed some ink from three ink pads onto a piece of plastic (spun sugar, picked raspberries and worn lipstick) and sprayed the ink with water. Then I smooshed the panel around in the color and allowed it to dry. When I peeled off the blue tape I got a great border around the color, and adhered it to the card base with this striped background.

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So. Much. Fun.

I hope you have a lovely love day.

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Friday Craft, Handmade Book Episode 10

Another handmade junk journal featuring a digital kit from Tsunami Rose called Life Abloom. This one uses a file folder for the cover, with pages printed on cardstock for stability. A lovely kit featuring lots of flowers, vintage labels, pockets and other ephemera.

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MCM

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