Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Card Concept #136-

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. This photo just screams that perfect time at the end of spring and heading into summer when the flowers are bright and bold and everything just looks fresh and pretty.


My clean and layered card today uses the tiled/embossed background and bright colours of the photo as my inspiration. I especially wanted to try and make a similar background for my card. 


To create the embossed background for my card today I used the Folklore die cut from Pinkfresh Studio, and ran it through my Gemini Jr. using the embossing method rather than cutting. With a blender brush, I softly blended Island Blue ink over top of the raised parts. I trimmed the paper to 4" x 5.25" and glued it to an A2 card base. For the Hey Gorgeous sentiment I cut the backing die from vellum and the words from white cardstock and used Copic markers to colour them. It's adhered to the card using Multi Medium Matte glue which dries clear- perfect for vellum. Some gold sequins scattered around finish it off. 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Ink: (Island Blue) Simon Says Stamp; Copic markers
Dies: (Folklore background die, Hey Gorgeous sentiment) Pinkfresh Studio
Paper: (Surf Blue; vellum) Simon Says Stamp; (Stamper's Select White) Papertrey Ink
Other: (gold sequins) misc. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Card Concept #135- Red, White and Blue

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. What a patriotic picture! So many ways to be inspired by it...


Sooooo...this Canadian was stumped by this inspiration photo. I have zero American themed stamps (or even Canadian themed stamps!) and to find inspiration in other ways. After all, that's what this challenge is about! I decided that the stripes and celebratory theme is what would go with for my clean and layered card. 

My card is very straightforward. I glued strips of cardstock down on my A2 card base and adhered my die cut flowers over top. The sentiment was stamped and adhered using foam tape and a few sequins were added to finish it off. This would be easy to do and pretty in any colour combo!

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: (Sentiment Sampler) Paper Smooches
Ink: (Mint Candy) Simon Says Stamp
Dies: (Garden Blooms) Paper Smooches
Paper: (white cardstock) My Favorite Things; pink glitter cardstock (DCWV)
Other: (Sequins) Pretty Pink Posh

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Card Concept #134- Mother's Day

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. What a gorgeous picture! Wouldn't a bouquet like that just look so sweet on anyone's table?


 I was inspired by the colours of the flowers, as well as the ornate gold picture frame for my classy and elegant card today. It was fun making this card. Usually I am more of a clean and simple card maker but I loved adding layers and fun details to this creation!


A few fun facts about this card below:
  • The gold frame was covered in Versamark and embossed using gold powder. 
  • The 'heartfelt greetings' and background pattern were embossed in white. 
  • I added a bit of glitter glue to the center of each sequin for some sparkle. 
  • Green ink was lightly sponged halfway down the die cut sentiment for an ombre look.
  • There's lots of foam tape used for dimension. 
Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: Don't Forget to Write (Papertrey Ink); Diamond Tile background (The Stamp Market)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Hot Lips, Beanstalk Green (Simon Says Stamp); Raspberry (My Favorite Things); Ballet Slippers (Lawn Fawn)
Dies: Don't Forget To Write collection (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Sweet Blush, white, Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink)
Other: sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Diamond Stickles (Ranger); white and gold embossing powder (Hero Arts)

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Card Concept #133- Hello Spring

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. That is such a lovely spring bouquet! Wouldn't that just cheer your kitchen table up?

My classy and elegant card today draws inspiration from the bouquet itself with the flowers and colours. Do you see the heart leaning up again the tray? My sentiment brings that heart into play. :) 

On a watercolor cardstock panel I heat embossed the bouquet from DAYS-E Bouquet by Ink Road using white embossing powder. Using Distress Oxide inks I used the ink smooshing technique to add colour to the image. I went back in with a paint brush and the Oxide Inks and just added a little more concentrated ink on the image areas so it stood out from the entire panel. The panel was trimmed and adhered to a white A2 card base, with a strip of gold glitter paper down the side. The sentiment was heat embossed using a gold glitter powder. 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: DAYS-E Bouquet (Ink Road Stamps)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Distress Oxide inks (Ranger)
Paper: watercolor cardstock (Tim Holtz); white, Surf Blue (Simon Says Stamp); gold glitter paper (My Favorite Things)
Other: gold embossing powder (Wow); white embossing powder (Hero Arts)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Card Concept #131- Woodland Nursery

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. I'm going to keep this short and sweet this week as it is March Break (and an extended one at that!) and my kiddos are busy! 

This week's clean and layered card was very much inspired by almost ALL the elements in the inspiration photo! The woodgrain (I found cute pink woodgrain 12x12 at Michael's!), the animals, the layout, the spring vibe. 




I stamped and coloured all my elements using Copic markers, trimmed them to squares and adhered to brown cardstock matting. The sentiment I embossed in a pink-ish powder from WOW. There's a touch of pink glitter on the flowers and noses of the critters. I used the AMAZINGLY cute Spring Bunnies set from Holly Pixels Studio- a new stamp company. Super cute, right?

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Have a great day. Thanks for stopping in and don't forget to wash your hands!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Colour Inspiration with Ink Road Stamps

I have a blog post up on The Ink Road showing how I use premade colour palettes for my cardmaking inspiration! I'd love if you would pop on over there and check it out! 


Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have a great day! 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Holly Pixels Studio- New stamps!

There's nothing I love more in this industry than seeing a new company start designing and selling stamps! Holly McCaig has been designing in the craft industry for years (paper and product, digital designs, Procreate tutorials, iPad journaling, stickers and pins and more) but recently turned her drawings into photopolymer stamps! Say hello to Holly Pixels Studio...Yay for us stampers! 

Starting off with three stamp sets and there will be more coming...and you will LOVE it all. 

I'm thrilled to be part of Holly's stamping team and can't wait to show you her designs. Don't forget to check out my Instagram for more peeks, tips, etc. 

Here's how I used the Honey Bees set. 

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I made an alcohol ink panel for my backdrop, then stamped, coloured and fussy cut all the images to create a scene. It's matted on glitter paper and foam tape is used to pop it up off the white A2 card base. The wings of the bees have some Stickles glitter on them for sparkle. :) 

FYI- these are 4x6 inch stamps sets made from clear polymer and are made in the USA. 

Head on over to the Holly Pixels Studio store and see what else you can find that you love. If you collect vinyl stickers or enamel pins you are in LUCK. There are some great ones there!