I’m popping in with a couple of cards I made for the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 22-Inky Fingers
My take on this challenge was to stamp up my little Octopi My Heart stamp a couple of times in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colour him/her in with Copic markers and then create the backgrounds using inks, stamps and Lawn cuts. These cards came out quite ‘Valentine’s Day-ish’ but can be used for anniversaries, birthdays or generally soppy moments. Or change the colour scheme and the sentiment to make it a boy-ish birthday card.
For the backgrounds I’ve gone in different directions, technique-wise, for each card to make them individual, yet matchy. The design is very simple yet each element help make the card pop in it’s own way. For example, a) I used the same Distress Oxide ink colours Candied Apple, Fired Brick and Iced Spruce and b) the only stamp set is the Octopi My Heart yet and c) the Lawn Cuts are the same however, the finished cards do not look too similar.
OK, that sounded a lot less complicated and less contradicting in my head… I think I’ll skip out on trying to explain it any further and will just show you instead.
To create my own patterned paper I got some Strathmore Bristol Vellum card stock out and the inks I had chosen for these cards. On a piece big enough to cut out the biggest of the Lacy Heart Stackable Lawn Cuts I blended Fired Brick and Candied Apple together for a rich red. Using a natural sponge I had dipped in water and wrung out, I dabbed this in a random pattern all over it to activate the oxidation of the ink. For my second piece of patterned paper I dabbed my mini inkblending tools on the ink pads and simply dabbed these to create circles on my card stock. I should have taken better photos of these before I cut them up but oh well.. Hopefully it will give you an idea of what I meant.
After I had cut out the hearts I wanted using the Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables I decided to frame them using the Lacy Heart Stackables. I cut out a red one out of Chili Peper card stock, for the ink blended heart and one gray, out of Storm Cloud card stock, as well as one white for the circle heart. The gray one I stacked slightly off to let the white one be seen through the gaps. It created a lovely contrast to the red card base. This picture is with just the dark gray card stock.
On the card bases, one was white (Neenah Classic Crest Solar white 110#) and one was red (Lawn Fawn card stock in Chili Pepper) I decided to add some fun interest by dabbing some Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink with the same natural sponge I used to oxidise the ink on the ink blending piece, on my white card base. On my Red one I stamped a pattern using the little bubbles that comes in the stamp set using Iced Spruce.
I used the same sentiment for both cards, ‘You octopi my heart’, both stamped in Candied Apple red, one on a strip of white card stock and the other one directly onto the heart, with the dabbed ink circles.
The hearts themselves I added to the card bases using foam tape and the octopi were both added with foam tape too, because what else? *Foam tape addict* One of the cards only got the sentiment strip and a few Sparkling Clear sequins added to it after that. It didn’t need anything else actually. Which is unexpected coming from me, I know, lol!
The second card got five extra hearts, which I cut out of the red inkbleneded piece as well as clear drops in different sizes added. The hearts are added with foam tape but I think I went with one too thick for these actually. Best remember that for next time. Oh and some Glossy Accents on the octopi’s eyes to make them stand out a little bit.
Well, with that, I’m all done and will be submitting these to the challenge as there is a $25 gift voucher up for grabs for the randomly drawn winner!
OK, just one last picture before I go! I hope you like these cards and will feel inspired to try any of the techniques I’ve used here.
Happy crafting from Erica