Today I’m super excited to be guest designing for Simon Says Stamp over on their Flickr account where they host weekly challenges! This one is Flickr Challenge 89 and the theme is Friendship. You can find all the details by going over to them using the link above and if you want to be a guest designer yourself, click here to let them know!
Friendship cards are one of my favourites to create. I do think we send way too little happy mail these days and that’s something I’m trying to get better at myself as I love opening the mail box and seeing an unexpected envelope in there. It’s such a small thing to do but makes such a difference for the recipient. If you want to exchange happy mail, use the ‘Contact’ option on my blog or leave a comment below with your email and I’ll be in touch to swap addresses!
I’ve made three cards for this post and although all three have heatembossing on them, they are all coloured in different ways. Let’s get to the first one:
As soon as I saw the stamp set called Stitched Alphabet from SSS I knew I had to have it. It’s been sitting in my stash for a while now, sad and unused. Which is crazy because it’s so handy! Who doesn’t live an alphabet stamp set??
Anyway, to start with I got some Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock out and cut it down to 3.75″x5.5″. This piece I placed in my MISTI and then one by one, I placed the stamps in alphabetical order in three rows. Before I did anything else I dusted it with my anti-static powder tool. Then the VersaMark ink pad came out as well as Ranger Ink Super Fine White embossing powder. The whole shebang was set with my heat tool and whilst that was cooling, I got my Zig Clean Color markers out. Using my colour swatches for guidance, I started with Turquoise Green and then (skipping a few) worked my way through the colour spectrum until I got to the last letter which ended up Purple.
The way I had arranged the letters made the word ‘HI’ appear almost in the middle and to highlight this, I shadowed them in two grey markers to make it very obvious. On dark grey card stock, I heat embossed the word ‘Friend’ from an exclusive SSS & Studio Katia Stamptember set (which is not available any longer) in white.
As the panel I had coloured is smaller than the standard 4.24″x5.5″ card size, I added some fun patterned paper from a SSS Monthly Kit to the card base. It’s a lovely mint green colour with different sizes stars on. My coloured panel was added with foam tape as was the little ‘friend’ sentiment piece. A good showering of Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh added with Multi Medium Matte later and my first card was done!
My second card is a one-layer card as well as CAS style! Very, very unlike me but I thought it a good time to challenge myself too seeing as this whole thing is a challenge after all. Trying something new and different is uncomfortable even when we are talking “just” card making. CAS cards do not come easy for me. Not at all. You’d think they would be simple as they even have that word in the description: Clean And Simple. More like Crying And Sobbing for me! But, trying to quiet my inner Drama Queen who was ranting and raving about sequins and layers and what-have-you, I got another very under-used stamp set out, called Seeing Stars.
I debated on which colours to use and how to indeed keep this CAS. Settling on heat embossing a sentiment in WOW Fine Gold embossing powder and then stamping the different sizes stars in different colours seemed like an ok plan. The sentiment I chose says ‘You’re A Star’ and this is heat embossed directly onto the card base, which I cut and folded out of SSS 120lb White Cardstock. This card stock is super smooth and a dream to stamp and colour on. I absolutely love it!
Next up was choosing colours and I picked Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron, all in Distress Oxide ink pads. Using the stamps and an acrylic block I stamped these in a random pattern around the sentiment. It was so difficult for me to NOT add any sequins or any other type of embellishment but I managed to leave it as it was.
For my third card I used the same Seeing Stars stamp set but I stamped up 2 of the star constellations as well as two sentiments directly on some water colour card stock. All of this was heat embossed using Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder (this is an affiliate link which means that if you click on it and buy this embossing powder, I get a small commission at no extra cost to you)
Over the heat embossing, I’ve used “normal” Distress Inks to ink blend the background a lovely night sky and splattered some water on it too to make it extra pretty. I love this look. To finish off the sentiment I also cut out the word ‘friend’ using a Winnie & Walter die which I cut out of MFT Brushed Gold card stock as well as foam tape to raise it up. Layering these together and adding to the panel it was all pretty much done, all that was needed now was a card base. I didn’t want bright white card stock for this so I used SSS Cardstock in Fog . This is probably my favourite pale grey card stock, it’s so lovely and soft in colour but sturdy to work with. The ink blended panel was added to the card base with foam tape (what else? Foam tape addict here!) I nearly added a few matte gold sequins to this card but decided against it as I didn’t want to take away any focus from the sentiment.
With that, I’m all done but I hope you guys will join in with the Flickr challenge this week. I can’t wait to see what you will create!
Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica