Hello, hello, everyone!
Today I’m popping in with a couple of super-soppy, lovey-dovey cards. You’d think I would have stopped making these cards with Valentine’s Day well and truly over with, but no. I just adore making them. Can’t help it. My muse, The Man, has my love-card mojo going strong all the time. As sickly sweet as that sounds, it is true.
Anyway, before anyone falls into a sugar-sweetness-induced coma, I’m going to get on with the cards.
So, I recently got my greedy little mitts on some of the Neat & Tangled January release, which you can get in a bundle (once it’s back in stock). Yeah, I know.. late but there was some re-routing that took place and international shipping and etc etc… but it’s finally here and yay!! It’s adorable.
I *had* to use the Just Because stamp and Love You diecut, with a little bit of help from the Heart Duo stencil. I’ve used different techniques to show off how versatile they are. There is a little bit of die cutting, stamping, heat embossing, Copic colouring, ink blending, water colour smooshing and splattering. I pretty much threw it all on these cards, lol!
For the first card I started by heat embossing the ‘Love You’ from the Just Because stamp set, in white on Ranger water colour card stock. I used the smooth side to get a better coverage with the embossing powder. The textured side is lovely but stamping is trickier due to the uneven surface. Even with the MISTI. Which I definitely used. And my anti-static tool too of course.
When it was all set and cooled down, I dabbed some Opera Pink water colour on a piece of acetate and then dipped the panel in it. To speed up the drying I used the heat gun on the panel and kept dabbing it in the colour and repeating to get a deeper result. By doing this (and holding it up to let when wet) I got a lovely ombré effect. And I do love me some ombré. While I had my water colours out, I also splattered some gold on it.
In between the adding the pink and the gold, I used a slightly damp piece of kitchen roll on the heat embossed bits, to clear off the colour I had managed to get on the image. This can be a little bit of a labour of love but it’s worth doing, in my opinion.
Using the coordinating die cut I cut out the panel and also one in foam sheet. These I layered up and then the whole shebang was adhered to a card base. I didn’t add any embellishments to this card (try not to faint from shock) as I thought the gold details were enough.
The second card started out with a different idea in mind but as usually happens in my craft room, it took on a life of its own and came out this way instead.
On an A2 sized (5.5″x4.25″) panel, cut out of Neenah Classic Crest 110lbs card stock, I drew thick lines with pink Copics to create my own patterned paper. The markers I used are RV34, R85, R83, R81, RV52 and RV10. When the whole panel was covered, I taped the Heart Duo stencil down with PostIt tape and blended Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink over it with a Life Changing Blending Brush from Picket Fence Studio.
To finish off the card I used the Love You diecuts with vellum, for the ‘shadow’ part, and some textured silver card stock, for the word parts. I layered these together with the Glue Tube adhesive from Lawn Fawn. This I adhered to the card and on a banner, cut out with MFT Stamps dienamics Fishtail Essential Sentiment Strips, I stamped ‘Just because‘ in Platinum embossing powder from Altenew. This was added to the card with foam tape for a final flourish.
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Ok, well, that’s enough jibber-jabbering from me for today. Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you like these Neat & Tangled cards.
Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica