Sorry I’ve been so quiet recently, I’ve both been caught up in the Christmas decoration spree that grips me every yet at some point (later this year than usual, admittedly) as well as feeling under the weather and uninspired. Since moving to Poland I think I have had more days feeling sickly than well which is both annoying as well as frustrating. When it comes to the Polish germs vs Erica, there is a clear winner and it ain’t me.. *please send wah-mbulance*
Something that isn’t a big secret about me is that I’m a coffee lover. As well as a bit of a coffee snob *cough, cough, understatement* I’m not afraid to admit it, I’d rather not have any coffee than bad coffee. We all have our little quirks, eh? One of mine is definitely being a coffee snob. Which leads me to what this card is about. There is a really fun and HUGE crafty event going on called Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. How perfect is that to rouse some inspiration? There are tons of sponsors and amazing prizes to be won so don’t forget to check out the website for more information (<—-this link right here)
For my card I decided to use one of my favorite coffee stamp sets which is Altenew’s Coffee Love. You can get Coordinating dies or if you don’t have any of these, just grab the stamp and die bundle (which is currently on sale!) OR treat yoself to a Coffee Love stamp bundle! Why not,eh? Christmas is just around the corner!
For the sake of transparency (not to mention legal requirements) I need to mention that I use affiliate links where possible. In this post it’s just the Altenew links that are affiliate, which means that if you click on one of them and end up buying something (🎶fa la la la, just saying) I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. All the other links are just for your convenience in case you want something I have used for this card.
Now that that bit is out of the way, back to the card: I knew I wanted to keep my card in the colours of white, blue, gold and brown but first things first: a background! I absolutely love the SSS Elizabeth background stamp(not an affiliate link but you should get this one anyway)
It’s so pretty, delicate and swirly. I stamped it just off to the side on a 5.5”x4.25” Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock panel with VersaMark ink, I had previously generously dusted it with my anti-static tool to avoid those pesky stray bits of embossing powder. I used Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and set it with my heat tool. Once it had cooled down I got my Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 pack water colours out and mixed some white and black together to create a moody grey, which I swished on the left side of the heat embossed image. Whilst it was still wet, I dabbed in some dark blue to add some colour to the background. I made sure to use lots of water to dilute the colour towards the right side. Where it needed more colour, I dripped in some very inky water and let it swirl around and do what it wanted to do.
Setting this aside to dry I got working on the images I had stamped up from the Coffee Love set using Dusk Crisp Dye Ink as well as Moon Rock Crisp Dye Ink. These were also stamped on Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock and using the same blue I used on the background, I blended it with lots of water for a soft look on my images as well as some of the grey, very diluted. I used one of the light gold Kuretake Starry Colors for some shimmer and shading. I love how they came out! Being a bit of a shimmer-nut, I decided to add some to the background too. It’s possible I went slightly overboard here but oh well, it happens!
When it came to a sentiment I knew I wanted it to say ‘Coffee & Crafty friends make the perfect blend’ as I used to get together with a friend once a month, for a crafty day, back when we lived in Denmark, and we always had coffee and cake. We used to borrow each other’s stuff, the idea behind this was that if we could borrow it, we wouldn’t need to buy it ourselves but most of the time we just ended up enabling each other to get more stuff! That idea backfired pretty spectacularly to be honest. We were, and probably still are, very bad influence on each other! It didn’t matter whether it was get another stamp set or another piece of cake. Ah, those were the days!
Right, back to the sentiment: It’s a mashup between one from Coffee Love (it says ‘coffee and friends make the perfect blend’) and one from Crafty Friends (this one says ‘Crafty friends are the best friends’) Using some masking tape and my Mini MISTI I first stamped and heat embossed the ‘crafty friends’ bit with Altenew Crisp Platinum Embossing Powder and then the ‘coffee &______ make the perfect blend’ bit with Dusk Crisp Dye Ink. I trimmed it down and added some foam tape to the back of it. All my coffee images I had already cut out using the Coordinating Coffee Love dies. These also had foam tape added to them and once the background was adhered to a white card base (using TomBow Xtreme adhesive runner which was recommended to me for using on water colour card stock as I wasn’t too impressed with my double sided tape actually keeping things together) it was pretty quick work on deciding where all the elements were going. With that, the card was done!
The inks I have used for this card can be bought as single pads: Moon Rock Crisp Dye Ink single pad and Dusk Oval Dye Ink single pad or as part of sets: Summer Cool Oval Dye Ink set (these are great if you like big pads and you can not lie) as well as Summer Cool Mini Cubes (which are such a great option if you don’t have a lot of space in your craft room or are just starting your collection and trying the inks out) The same goes for the Warm Grey Oval Dye Ink set(<—- big ink pads) or the Warm Grey Mini Cubes.
Right, with that, I bid you a very happy weekend and I hope you get some crafting in!
Lots of love from Erica