Mama Carrie Makes


Friday Craft, Galaxy Box Pop-up Card

A few months ago I purchased the Lawn Fawn Pop-up Box Card die set and I’ve been having fun with it ever since.

This experiment is inspired by many upon many YouTube videos and Pinterest posts, using the Lawn Fawn Out of This World stamp set.

I started by creating a galaxy background using Tim Holtz Distress inks.

Step one: You can use any combination of colors for this ‘under-inking’ but bright colors are great to use as they will really shine through once you’ve covered them up with the space colors of the background. For this I used Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, Mermaid Lagoon, and Dusty Concord. Create big patches of the colors, using a heavy hand to get a really bright patch.

Step two: Using your dark blue, cover up what you just created. This part is painful, but the result is worth it.

Step three: Now use Black Soot to cover up even more of your lovely colors. This is where the galaxy really starts to take shape.

Step four: Now use gesso or white acrylic paint, thinned with water, to make star splashes.

I had stamped and colored my images using my alcohol markers before making my backgrounds, so assembling the card itself didn’t take very long. I used black cardstock to cut out the pop-up box card shapes, then adhered the galaxy background pieces to the inside flaps that would show.

I used acrylic strips (cut from used packaging that I saved for this purpose) to make the pieces float in space.

Viola!

I find my biggest issue with the pop-up box cards is using too many images. I think this card would have been even better with some editing.

What do you think?

McM

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Friday Craft, Polaroid Cards

I bought a new die that cuts out a frame in the shape of a Polaroid picture, and you know I had to cut out 3 dozen and make a batch!

I glued 4 of the frames together to give them more stability and dimension. This was a great exercise in creating a scene, with such a small space to work with, I had to get creative with masking on a few of them.

Then I used by Spectrum Noir markers to color the scenes. I think the gnome scene is my favorite from this series. What I didn’t realize in my joyful frenzy of stamping is that these are not squares, so my edges did not fit perfectly back into the frames. Ah well, lesson learned.

I also used my color pencils for a few, to try out the technique using Gamsol to blend. I’m thinking that I will need a better quality pencil for that technique to work well…

I just realized that I don’t have a picture of the finished set! I will upload that before publishing, or post an update.

McM


Friday Craft, Pop-up Box Card

This was so much fun to make. Using Lawn Fawn’s Scalloped Box Card Pop-up die and their stamp set, Fairy Friends and the matching dies.

 

I also used their Grassy Border Lawn Cuts die to make the grass for each section. I started by making myself a coloring page, used my Spectrum Noir markers to color all the images and then die cut them out so I had more that I would need. I cut the box card from kraft cardstock and assembled it with 4 levels. Placing and assembling all the parts was a lot of fun and a lot of work. I didn’t have a plan before I began, so my next card may not be as time-consuming.

Stay tuned for a tutorial/process post.

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, Art Journal 08

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Another art journal page using Distress Ink. For this piece I used the star stamp from Lawn Fawn‘s Starry Backdrops, with some embossing ink and powder. I stamped that several times to cover about 2/3 of the page. Then I used a blending tool to spread on the inks.

I also used the Make a Wish sentiment from the same stamp set, embossed again. It didn’t show up as well as I wanted once I applied the green, so I added a bit of brown around it for contrast.

This page was a simple one to get the creative mojo flowing and to use my new stamp set (bought on clearance!) It also serves as the first page in my next art journal.

I think this would be a great background technique for a card or art piece, although the blending tool (also on clearance) doesn’t blend the ink as well as I was hoping. I know why they were on sale, because the newer versions are better. But for now, I will use what I have.

MCM

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