Hello, hellooo, HELLOOOO!!!!
I’m so excited about the news I’m about to share, I could explode!! I was contacted by none other than Stephanie Klauck from My Favorite Stamps (EEEEEK!) to be featured on the September issue of MFT Stamps and Friends! Direct link to their blog post right here. I’m still slightly in shock about the whole thing but will try and keep it together as long as possible.
*eeeeep* (eh, what can I say, it is a really, really, REALLY big deal!)
MFT Stamps very generously sent me a gorgeous package filled with some of the goodies from the September release, to see the whole release click HERE, and I didn’t know where to start…! Talk about first world problems, right?? Well, after I had managed to stop hyperventilating from excitement, I went to the craft room and just played with the goodies for a while. I actually made quite a few cards but the first one I want to show you today is one that really shows my love for a good, bold and splashy diecut sentiment.
After sifting through my stash of coloured card stock and settling on a pink-red colour scheme I gave my poor, old BigShot a good workout and cut out the Happy Birthday script die-namic sentiment in six different shades of the pink-red car stock.
With a fine-tipped glue pen I adhered all the pieces together in a red to lightest pink order, six in total. It made a nice, thick and chunky sentiment and if you look close enough, you can see the ombré look it created.
Despite already having six layers, I decided to add a white layer and then finish off the whole thing with silver mirror card stock to really enhance the ombré look.
It took the sentiment from a ‘niiiiice’ to a whole new level! The close up looks really raggedy though, with all those little bits and pieces sticking out…! Lol! Macro photography can be very unforgiving.
As the sentiment is so wow on it’s own I tried making it quite a CAS/Clean And Simple card. Usually these kinds of cards are not my forte but I have been doing better recently. However today, was not one of those days… I decided to do a light ink smooshing background for this card, using some Distress Oxide inks. Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar got smooshed on a sheet of acetate and after adding some silver shimmer spray and a few drops of Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink refill, I dipped my Ranger Ink water colour card stock panel in it.
The idea was a good one in theory but honestly, the smooshing got the better of me and it went from ‘let’s do a light pink cloud-like look’ to ‘pink all over the place-look’. Oh well. It ended up being a lovely background for the sentiment anyway as the red layer is at the bottom and sort of gives it a ‘shadow’ so it stands out a bit better.
Once I gave up on the CAS idea, I got my sequins out (I use PPP Sparkling Clear Mix the most) and added a generous sprinkling, using Glossy Accent. It IS a birthday card after all!
A quick adhering job later, both for the sequins and to add the whole thing to a card base, the card was done! Mirror card stock is notoriously difficult to photograph but I really do feel that it takes it up a notch. What do you think? Which one is your favourite out of these two looks?
I spent a great deal of time over-thinking things and stressing this way and that about the card, as from a first glance it can come across as quite plain and almost boring. Just being real here! My husband actually had to peel me off the peak of Mount Anxiety because I was whipping myself into a right frenzy! Thanks for that by the way, my love.
BUT I do like cards that make you look twice and realise there is so much more to it than you first realised, and in the end I am happy with how it came out.
To chill out and just have some fun the following day, I got the Fall Friends stamp set out and stamped up the girl sitting on the pumpkin as well as lots of leaves. I love colouring leaves! Spreading out on my desk with my Copic hex chart, all my Copics close to hand and some good music I coloured away for hours. It’s such a brilliant stress-reliever. Plus it is so much fun!
Using the Fall Friends coordinating dienamics, I cut out the girl and a shape out of foam sheet, as well as all the leaves. I played around with these for a bit and wouldn’t you know it? A card idea came to me and I thought why not go for it?
For those who might wonder, I store my foam pads in 2”x2” coin pockets as I don’t have enough Mini Ink Blending tools to have one for each colour. It’s an inexpensive way to store your pads when they are not in use and I’m planning on adding little Velcro dots to the back of the ink pads to secure the pockets too.
Using the Mini Cloud stencil (I use this so much, it’s such a staple for me!) and yellow-orange-pinks and red Distress Oxide Inks, as well as quite a few Mini Ink Blending tools, I blended a colourful autumnal sky background. The inks I used are Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door, Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade.
With the help of a couple of die-namic sets, Blueprint 27 and Blueprint 29, I cut the background piece with a rectangle scalloped edge and a cute little banner, on which I stamped ‘With gratitude’.
The background piece I adhered to a white card base, made out of Neenah 110lbs card stock, using… *drumroll* …foam tape!! Yes, very much still addicted to that stuff.
It felt like the girl needed to be framed in order to draw the eye to her and some kind of wooden look was also needed, to balance out all those leaves.
I decided to use a dark brown patterned paper that look like woodgrain from a discontinued patterned paper stack called Trail Mix (it pays off hoarding that stuff! Check out MFT Stamp’s current selection HERE ) and the middle sized diecut from the Stitched Rectangle Frames. I did my usual trick of cutting it out of foam sheet too to add a uniform and stable base for the patterned paper piece.
Once I had all my various bits and pieces done, it was time to do the layout-puzzling. It took a few tries but I’m really pleased with how this came out in the end and I hope you like it too!
All the products I have used for this card are linked to the MFT Stamps store, for your convenience and I have used compensated affiliate links where possible. Using these links will not cost you any thing extra at all, but will earn me a small commission paid by MFT Stamps if you buy yourself a little something using them, so thank you in advance if you choose to support me in this way. I really do appreciate it a lot!
Thank you so much for stopping by today and thank you to My Favorite Things and Stephanie for inviting me to be part of the fun, I’m so grateful and really appreciate the chance you took on me.
Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica