I have a few anniversary cards to make in September so I made 3 similar but ever so slightly different by changing the colours slightly or the shading (only showing one here). The photo doesn’t really pick up the shading very well. I was trying to capture a misty Autumnal morning effect. To get the misty effect spray a very fine mist of water over the image as this reacts with the inks I used and diffuses them slightly.
Inks: Distress inks Tumbled glass, Weathered wood, Frayed burlap, Stamping up Mellow moss and Crumb cake
Card: white card
Stamps: Judikins bamboo, Carity (?) flock of birds, Rubber stamp tapestry (small leaf), Stampin up Cheer and wishes, English stamp company Oriental grasses (reversed by stamping onto brayer)
I have been trying to do more single layer (less is more) cards recently and there have been a few articles in past Craft stamper magazines which I have taken my inspiration from. Here is one of the anniversary cards I have made. I vary the colour scheme depending on the season and I like to mix and match various flower and foliage stamps.
Inks: Distress inks Mowed lawn, Shabby shutters, Tumbled glass, Picked strawberry, Memento black, Stampin up Crumb cake, marker pens.
Card: white card
Stamps: Stampin up Pocket silhouettes, Cheer and wishes, Rubber tapestry stamps (various flowers)
I really liked the look of Michelle Zindorf’s card she made in one of her tutorials #543 so I wanted to make my version for my mum and dad’s anniversary. As usual I have tweaked a few bits to make it a little different but keeping to her overall design. The grungier type of swirls go better with this very rustic grungy type of image. The direct to paper technique makes every card look different as you can never swipe the inks pads identically.
Inks: Stampin up Soft suede and Crumb cake, Adirondack Espresso
Card: ivory, dark green, pearlised brown and dark brown card
Stamps: Stampin up Lovely as a tree and Cheer and wishes, Creative expressions Swirl elements, Tim Holtz Urban tapestry (texture stamp)
Other: copper peel-off leaf (darkened with brown Sharpie pen to dull the copper), Tombow green pen, Moonshadow ink Incandescent copper, copper brads
I did use a white pen to create highlights but I smudged them in a little as they were just too bright.
Another card taken from the Craft stamper mag this time from May 2012 in the stamping contrast section and this particular one is designed by Liesbeth Fidder. I love the autumn colours in it and again I didn’t change much at all. I didn’t have the same colours of alcohol inks that Liesbeth used and I preferred a black card rather than the orangey coloured one she used. I also made my card much more saturated colour. The green colour you see in this image is more of a teal colour in real life.
Inks: for the background: Adirondack colorwash Butterscotch spray and Cosmic shimmer Aqua lagoon. Alcohol inks: Butterscotch, Stream, Willow and Mountain Rose with blending solution, Stazon black and Saddle brown, Stampin up Taken with teal
Card: watercolour paper, teal pearlised card, glossy white card, black card
Stamps: Stampin up Just believe and Cheers and wishes
Other: punchinella (sequin waste), black pen, 3D pads
I have a few anniversary cards to make for this month plus a few birthday cards so I have been looking through my Craft stamper mag for inspiration and just loved the card Paula Whittaker made in the August 2012 issue. I didn’t change much at all: I kept her overall design but substituted eyelets in place of washers and I used different stamps. I didn’t add anniversary wishes to this card but I will be making an insert with the Happy Anniversary message.
Inks: Stazon black, Distress ink Walnut stain
Card: white card
Stamps: Crafty Individuals C1-207
Other: eyelets, stitching, Tim Holtz filmstrip, yellow highlighter pen
I have been playing with my encaustic stuff again (after a long while) and made this card for Chris and Grace’s wedding anniversary using the indirect transfer technique with tissue paper. I think this is my favourite technique so far but I do need a lot of practice still. My great pal Lizzie joined me to play with the wax and I might just have got her a new hobby!
The trouble is that I don’t get my encaustic stuff out often enough so I have to go back to the basics each time and practice.
Waxes: blues, browns and greens from the starter kit
Card: encaustic card and an aperture card
Other: acrylic sealer
I didn’t have much time to make a card for John and Lizzie before they went to Greece so this is quite a simple but elegant card. I used a brayer for the background colour then coloured the image using inktense pencils and a water brush.
Inks: Distress ink Scattered straw, Memento Tuxedo black
Card: white card
Stamps: Stampology Silhouette blossoms, Hero arts Tiny Chinese wishes (translates as Love)
Other: Copic multi liner to make the squiggled border, Inktense pencils to colour the blossoms and a glitter pen to add a tiny bit of shimmer to the centres
For this card I used Michelle Zindorf’s tutorial #379 to make the swooshed direct to paper background and stamped trees. I just kept a white border around the card and didn’t stamp any greeting or other words over it. I wanted a darker look overall but I do like the sunny look to Michelle’s card. I also used some different colours and patted my white pen marks to make them slightly less obvious.
Inks: Distress inks Stormy sky, Milled lavender, Spun sugar and Barn door. Stampin up Not quite navy, So saffron, More mustard, Old olive, Crumb cake and Soft suede.
Card: white card
Stamp: Stampin up Lovely as a tree
Other: white gel pen
I love this stamp from Julia Hawkins – Stamps Happen. It is one of my oldest stamps but I have used it a lot. This time I decided to use colouring pencil to add the colour only I managed to mix up my watercolour pencils with my Prisma pencils – DOH! So when I tried to use my aqua brush on some segments I wondered why nothing was happening and on other segments I used both types expecting them to blend when I went over with the water. Needless to say my colours didn’t come out quite how I imagined them to. There is some sparkle in the flower heads but that doesn’t show in the photo. I wiped the ink from 3 of the lines so that I could get the greeting in at the bottom of the image and just added black flat backed mini pearls to cover the tiny bits that still showed up.
Inks: Memento Tuxedo black
Card: white, black, dusky pink pearlised card
Stamps: Stamps Happen Magnolia floral by Julia Hawkins, Stampin up Cheers and wishes
Other: Black flat backed mini pearls, glitter pen, black pen, watercolour pencils, Prisma pencils with Sansador
As you can see by the poor photography I was in rather a rush to take the photos and get these to get these in the post in time.
I was asked to make the 2 silver wedding anniversary cards for a pal (proceeds go to Spinal Injuries Scotland) and the Oriental one is for my wee brother Chris and his wife Grace. I haven’t made an Oriental style card for ages and I had forgotten what fabby Chiyogami papers I still have in my stash.
Inks: Versamark with silver embossing powder
Card: white, silver miri, silver swirly vellum
Stamps: Hearts (possibly Elusive images), greeting Stamping up Cheers and wishes
Other: gems, white ribbon with silver edging, white flower, gem brad, Cuttlebug embossing folder
Inks: versamark with silver embossing powder
Card: white, silver miri, silver angel hair, Silver anniversary vellum,
Stamps: glasses chinking free with Craft stamper mag.
Other: silver heart charm, silver ribbon, silver nail heads, glitter pen to colour
Inks: Memento Tuxedo black, Distress ink Barn door, Adirondack Sunshine yellow
Card: silk matt coated white, white, black, embossed gold, Chiyogami patterned paper
Stamps: Clarity stamps Entiwined hummingbirds, Hero arts tiny Chinese wishes (love)