Picket Fence Studios October Release

Hi guys!

It’s the 14th which means a new release from Picket Fence Studios! It’s a coffee-licious one, and I love it a latte. I can barely espresso how much, in fact.

First off there is a new word topper die that says ‘Coffee is the answer’ and in the Word Topper Subtitles stamp set there is a senitment that says ‘what was the question?’ Talk about perfect pairing!!

In the seamless range there is a new addition, it’s called Down To The Last Cup. It spoke to me, right away. In a deep, dark roasted rich voice, ‘use me’. So I did.

With the help of a MISTI I stamped the Down To The Last Cup with Dove grey ink, from Concord & 9th, on white card stock. It does take some fiddling around and puzzling to get it to cover an A2 card base, but I did that, because I wanted a patterend background for the Iconic Beauty Sara stamp.

She’s stamped up in Black Hybrid ink on top of the Down To The Last Cup background, again with the help of a MISTI to make sure she got a good coverage. The only spot of colour I added was to the flower in her hair and her lips. I used a few Copics, R59, R37, R35 and Y17 plus a little bit of E37 for the middle of the flower for these bits.

The Coffee Is The Answer word topper die was cut out of white, black and red card stock and layered up so that each colour showed a little. On top of the top layer I stamped up ‘what was the question?’ And then this was added to the card.

It wouldn’t be a good release without some flowers though, would it? The Watercolor Roses hits the spot and as an extra bonus, it has a coordinating diecut too (THANK YOU!!! Sincerely from a non-fussy cutter)

I’ve done one Watercolour Roses with Copics, and one with water colours. The Copic coloured one is definitely more dramatic, which totally pleases my Inner Drama Queen.

For the card, I used the coordinating diecut on both the coloured image and also on some textured gold card stock. These two are layered up with foam tape to give texture and dimension. The background is super simple, as the flowers were demanding all the attention.

With the Mini Slimline Diecutting System I cut out a piece using the biggest one. Around the edges of this I have inkblended some Apricot and Clementine inks from Pinkfresh Studios, with Life Changing Blender Brushes, to soften the white card stock.

After adhering the Watercolor Roses to this I also added some black gems from the Day and Night gem mix.

The sentiment is from the newest addition to the Fancy Sentiments range: Fancy Friendships Sentiments! It has so many lovely friendship sentiments and sayings in it, AND it comes with coordinating diecuts too!

I heat embossed it in Rich Gold embossing powder, from WOW! Embossing, on white card stock and then used the coordinating diecut to cut it out. This was then added across the flowers and the card was done.

For the water coloured Watercolor Roses, I started out by stamping up the image with Black Hybrid ink on water colour paper. On top of this I sprinkled Clear Gloss embossing powder and set that with my heat tool.

I used soft pinks and peachy colours for the roses to begin with, but when they dried it was too soft. To fix this I added a hot pink colour in select places to add contrast and depth.

The background is done by heat embossing the Watercolor Roses on opposite corners of the background, in Opaque Bright White this time. The white on white gives a little bit of interest to an otherwise plain background. The other upside of doing this is that it does detract from the coloured roses.

When the main image was dry, I used the coordinating diecut on the flowers.

I used the Fancy Friendships Sentiments again, only a different saying and in Black Hybrid ink, and used the coordinating diecut again. This one was also adhered across the flowers, which had been adhered with liquid glue, rather than foam tape this time.

A few sequins from the Rainbow sequin mix was the final touch.

That’s it from me for today, but I will be back later this week with more cards and inspiration! You can also find a video over on my YouTube channel HERE.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

World Card Making Day part 1!

Hi guys!
You read that right, this is only Part 1 of 2 today. This first one is part of the WOW! Embossing blog hop to celebrate World Card Making Day! You should have come here from the talented Verity, and the next stop of the hop is my sweet friend Daniel!


Comment along each of the Design Team member’s post for a chance to win a $25 gift card to either our UK or USA stores.(One comment per blog please.) You have until Wednesday, October 7th at 11:59PM British Summertime to leave your comments. Winners will be announced on Thursday, October 8th.

I do love me some heat embossing, that’s no secret! Card making as well. This hobby is so good for the soul and the creativity. The wallet, on the other hand, is in the corner crying most days, lol!

For this card I have used a couple of new to me stamps from Pink Fresh Studios, two of the new trios, Toteally Amazing and Summer Scoops, of embossing glitters and some matching ink colours.

With my trusted MISTI on hand, this was a breeze to make, even with all the different puzzle pieces of this stamp. This is the brilliant Pop-Out Nested Diamond and my idea was to basically use a different ink and glitter powder combination on each section.

I paired up Glided with Tattered Rose, Lemon Sorbet with Squeezed Lemonade, Orangeade with Carved Pumpkin, Razzleberry with Picked Raspberry, The Real Teal with Salty Ocean and Iced Teal with Peacock Feathers. Each colour is first stamped with the coloured ink, then with the Embossing Pad and finally sprinkled with the matching Embossing glitter. I heated the glitters with my Heat Tool from underneath to keep as much of the glitter on as possible.

Once the entire panel was done, I used a stitched rectangle die to trim it down to 5.5″x4.25″ and this I adhered to a card base. To finish off the card I also stamped up the big You and a sentiment from the Simply Sentiments-You stamp set. Both are done in black ink and I also heat embossed the You in clear embossing powder to make it pop a bit more.

It was quick work getting those two bits adhered to the card, after I fussy cut the You out, and with that the card was done! I made a video for this card too, and you can find that on my YouTube channel.

With that, I’m all done and it’s time for you to hop along the rest of the fabulous hop.

Thank you for stopping by, lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

The full line up of the hop is below. Make sure to leave comments on as many stops as possible to increase your chance of winning a $25 gift card to the WOW! shop.

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Tenia

Jenny

Karen

Amber

Jo

Jaine

Verity

Erica <——–You are here!

Daniel <———Next stop!

Dunja

Ashlee

Ericka

Rikka

History of Card Making Day: Cards have played an important role in social circles for hundreds of years, playing a role as a thoughtful gift all the way to a necessary part of proper etiquette. Consider, if you will, the calling card of the Victorian era, a term that has become so ubiquitous that the signature element of a bomb-maker or a criminal is said to be their ‘calling card’.

A small piece of paper bearing one’s name and often a decoration of some kind, the calling card (Also known as a visiting card) was presented to the servants of a household that it might be delivered to the masters of the house to announce visitors.

It was this era of propriety that also developed the concept of a dance card, a card specifically carried by women to fill out with the names of the men they intended to dance with that evening. After all, with so many interested parties it just made sense to keep track of them so that you could, in earnest, indicate that your dance card was full and thus politely decline an interested suitor.

Calling Cards, Dance Cards, Business Cards, Greeting Cards, RSVP Cards, there are a million and more types of cards and could there be anything more exciting than learning to make your own? Card Making Day encourages you to do just that.

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You Say Witch Like It’s A Bad Thing! | STAMPtember 2019

Hi guys!

Today’s card is made with one of the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember set from last year, If The Hat Fits, combined with their Spider Web Background stamp. I’m not much into Halloween and scary stuff, that’s just not my jam at all. Making Halloween cards, however, I for some reason, love making!

I started out by stamping up two of the hats on Neenah card stock with Black Hybrid ink from Picket Fence Studios, as this is Copic friendly.

I used quite a few of the Cool Grey Copics to colour in the hat, but still getting some highlights and contrast to it. Both hats were done in the same colours and the accessories were done in “witchy” colours.

Thankfully for me, as I’m not a fan of fussy cutting, there are coordinating diecuts for this set too, and I used them to cut out the hats.

The background is the Spider Web Background stamp, heatembossed in Opaque Bright White on Eggplant card stock from Concord & 9th. For some reason, despite using an anti-static tool on the card stock first, there was a lot of stray powder all over it and it felt too fiddly to try cleaning that up. The effect was sort of a dusty spiderweb, which actually worked out pretty cool.

To make it look a bit spookier, and also to draw the eye in, I ink blended some Black Soot with a Life Changing Blender Brush around the edges. Doing this works really well with coloured card stock, if you want to add a more dimensional look to your background.

That little piece of acetate with the PostIt tape is a clever little tool I use to keep my fingers off my project, both to avoid finger prints on my ink blending and smudging the ink. It’s super inexpensive and works a treat. After doing the ink blending, I splattered some gold water colour on it and set that aside to dry.

I also heat embossed one of the funny sentiments, from If The Hat Fits, in white on black card stock. This piece I cut out with the Stitched Circle dies, and did another one in white card stock, in the next size up.

To finish off the card I adhered all these bits and pieces to the background with Lawn Fawn glue tube. For an extra pop, I added some Glossy Accents to the green ribbon hat and to the buckle and the moon, on the other hat.

The last finishing touch were some matte black and iridescent black sequins, which I adhered with more Glossy Accents.

With that, I’m all done! I hope you found some inspiration where with me today. If you did, I’d be ever so grateful if you would use the compensated affiliate links provided in this blog post. Using these do not cost you anything extra at all, the company the links are affiliate to, pay me a small commission directly as a thank you for directing you to them. These earnings, however small, help keep my little blog, YouTube channel and Instagram feed fun and fresh for you, so thank you if you use them! It means a lot to me.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Concord & 9th Feature Friday: Color Focus!

Hi guys!

Today’s post is another Concord & 9th Feature Friday, and this week we all had to pick two colours each to focus on. My two picks were Ballet Slipper and Cranberry. Which might come as a surprise given how much I’ve been loving my teal and aqua colour combos recently, but I really do love these two colours.

The Ballet Slipper pink is such a soft, romantic colour and for my project for it, I decided to go for a CAS look. Lots of white space and some gold splatters were the perfect accompaniment to keep the actual pink in focus. I used the Lace Leaf stamp and coordinating diecut and started out by stamping the shadowy bit with Ballet Slipper directly onto a white card base.

Slightly off-centre from this, I stamped the Lace Leaf. First with Ballet Slipper, and then on top of that, once more with the Embossing Pad from WOW! Embossing. I used Clear Gloss embossing powder to make the Leaf image stand out a little bit more but still keep the pink in focus.

I used the ‘Grateful’ word die, that is part of the Lace Leaf coordinating diecuts, and cut it out of white card stock four times. The top layer is cut out of a piece that had the shadowy bit of the stamp stamped up with Ballet Slipper on it. This is a fun way to make your word die a little more interesting.

To finish off the sentiment, I also heat embossed ‘for you’, from the stamp set in the bottom right corner. This is done in gold embossing powder. One last finishing touch was to splatter some water colour gold all over the background, and with that the card is done!

For my Cranberry project I have used both ink pad and cardstock, as well as my beloved Tall Type Alphabet dies and Coffee Blend Turnabout stamp.

First, I stamped up the Coffee Blend Turnabout stamp on a panel of Cranberry card stock, with Cranberry Ink! It looks so freaking fabulous with that perfect tone-on-tone colour. The MISTI and the Turnabout Jig makes turning so easy.

Using more Cranberry cardstock, I cut out the letters needed to spell out ‘I love you’ with the Tall Type Alphabet dies.

I also cut them out three times out of white card stock and layered these up with Lawn Fawn liquid glue adhesive. The O in the middle of ‘love’ is the heart from the die set.

The letters I placed on the card, using more liquid glue but it needed a little something else. It wasn’t quite right. The solution was to make the sentiment say ‘I love you more than coffee’, so I stamped up the ‘more than coffee’ from the Coffee Blend Turnabout stamp, on white card stock with Cranberry ink. Trimmed that down a little and adhered it to the ‘you’ part.

It still needed a little something else. At least I felt like it did. I mean, I am the queen of over-doing it so maybe not? However, I did add Glossy Accents to the coffee beans on the background and also to the heart diecut on the card.

Well, that’s it from me for today but don’t forget to check out all the other guest designers to see what colours they chose and what they came up with! As always, I have used compensated affiliate links in this blog post, most are to Concord & 9th. If you shop using these links, I get a small commission directly from the company, at no extra cost to you whatsoever. Thank you if you support me by shopping with these links. I really appreciate it!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Concord & 9th Feature Friday part 2!

Hello everyone and happy Feature Friday!

Today I am back with another blog post featuring the February release from Concord & 9th. If you missed the first one, where we focused on the Meadow Blossom bundle and the Brushed Stripes Background Stamp, you can find that post HERE.

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The stars of this post are the Stitched Blooms Bundle and this month’s Turnabout stamp Blooms. The bundle also come as separate pieces, with the Stitched Blooms stamp and Stitched Blooms dies. The dies have a fabulous stitched pattern that is just gorgeous!

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I have made quite a few cards with these goodies so let’s get to it!

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My first cards is super simple and elegant, if I may say so myself. I simply used the Stitched Bloom diecut on white card stock, twice to get a full coverage. After heat embossing one of the sentiments from the Say Hello stamp set on a strip of vellum, I wrapped this around the panel and then adhered the whole thing to a white card base.

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I wasn’t done with the Stitched Bloom diecut, and used it on a piece of water colour card stock. Then coloured it in with Atelier Ink re-inkers I had mixed with Liquid Pixie Dust. It adds sparkle to the colours and look fabulous. It’s not the easiest thing to photograph properly, but I tried.

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The colours I used for the colouring are Bee Sting Yellow, Marilyn Red and Goddess Green. I have a plastic palette where I’ve dripped a few drops of each colour, and into these, I added a drop or two of the Liquid Pixie Dust. By adding in the shimmer into the colours, I kill two birds with one stone and only need to do one bit of colouring! Genius, right??

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This card I wanted to keep quite simple as well, to keep the focus on the pattern and the colouring. I heat embossed one of the sentiments from the Stitched Bloom stamp set. I used Rich Gold WOW! Embossing powder, but heat embossed it twice to get a nice raised texture on it.

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I turned my attention to the Blooms Turnabout stamp next, and I went to town with stamping up some panels with different inks. All the inks I have used are from Altenew and naturally I had my MISTI for this part. On my first one I used pinks and light green. For the green I used only Bamboo, and for the pinks I used all four of the inks in the Cherry Blossom family. I have the Ovals but they also come in Mini Cubes.

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My second panel was bright and vivid, with yellows and light turquoise/blues. The yellows are from the Pocketful Of Sunshine, these also come in Ovals and Mini Cubes as well. The blue/turquoise inks are Sea Glass and Ocean Waves from the Cool Summer Nights. Ovals and Minis as with all of them.

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The last panel is more like a fabric pattern than ‘natural’ colours but I love how it turned out! I also tried something different with this panel and that was embossing three of the turns of the flower part with clear embossing powder.

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The colours are from the Cool Summer Nights family for the leaves, and the flowers are done in grey from the Rock Collection set. I did the three lighter colours of the grey with the clear embossing over them to see what it looked like and it’s a really cool effect!

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I decided to use the yellow and blue panel for the card though. To start with, I trimmed down the panel to 4″x5.25″ and adhered it to a light grey card base. To finish the card I needed something to go on top of it, but what?

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I decided to stamp up some of the flowers and leaves from the Stitched Bloom set on coloured card stock. I used thecoordinating diecut to cut these out and then layered some of them up. I also cut out the ‘LOVE‘ out of coloured card stock, in coordinating colour scheme with the rest of the card.

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With that, I’m all done for today but don’t forget to check out the other guest designers’ work on the Concord & 9th blog!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Welcome 2019! A NYE card with Trinity Stamps.

Hello and Happy New Year to you all!

Did everyone have a nice New Years Eve? Lots of parties and fun times? Whatever it was you did, I hope you had a great time and are ready to start the new year with gusto. I really can’t believe how quickly the last couple of months have just whooshed past…! It doesn’t feel like I got much done in December but looking back, I sort of did. Here are some of my fave makes.

On actual New Years Eve, I was in bed just after midnight myself. Both because of a cold I’ve been battling for close to a week and to comfort my sweet little doggies. They are not fans of fireworks and turn into quivering little bundles of nerves when the booming start. Poor babies. Oh well, perfect excuse to stay home and avoid places that will be far too peopley, lol.

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After this confession, you might be a bit surprised to see that today’s card is a New Years card. It even says ‘Celebrate’ on it, which probably seems like a bit of a juxtaposition, given my thoughts on NYE. However, despite almost always having some form of post-Christmas blues, I do look forward to the new year. Lighter and longer days, warmer temperatures, less cold and rain. What’s not to love? Not to mention that we have some big, exciting changes happening in our lives later this year. Our long-time dream of moving to the sun is getting so close! It’s very exciting and we are so looking forward to it.

Now, I’m not usually one for New Year’s resolutions but perhaps I ought to think about rambling less? And definitely blog more regularly. Perhaps even rip off the band-aid that is my fear of YouTube and video tutorials and get that going. *Squeals in frights and hides in the corner*

However first of all, it’s finally time to get to the card for today? One of the things I’d like to do more of is make one-layer cards. They are not my forte at all, so I’m going to work on that this year too. It seems appropriate that this card is one though. Start off the year as I mean to go on and all that.

I have used some of the small images from the Rhino Bird Day stamp set, from Trinity Stamps, to create a patterned paper looking background. As it’s a NYE card, I used the balloon, the party hat and the tooting-horn-thingy (what are those called?!) and stuck to a Gatsby colour scheme. Gold, silver, white and black. It’s both classic AND classy.

With a small acrylic block I stamped the images onto a card base. I am working on making more one layer cards and this one was perfect to practice. The stamping is not too perfect, it’s a party after all. To fill in the images I used a black Copic pen, a gold gel pen, and some silver and gold metallic markers. I also added some string to the balloons with a black gel pen.

To finish off the card I used a dienamic from MFT Stamps that says ‘Celebrate’ and stitched numbers. The ‘Celebrate’ I cut out of both dark grey card stock and black glitter card stock. With a fine tipped glue pen, I adhered these two together. With the number dienamics I cut out 2019 out of the same dark grey card stock.

The ‘Celebrate’ I adhered to the front of the card at a slight angle but the 2019 I wanted straight. It’s less forgiving if these are wonky. To make sure all four of the numbers were lined up straight, I used a ruler. Once they were adhered, the card was done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…erm… perhaps I spoke too soon.

….you know…. the card COULD have been done… but it IS Erica here, so naturally I could not leave it as it was. I know, I know! *insert all the face slapping ‘duh’ groaning emojis here*

As I mentioned earlier, white, gold, silver and black is such a classic colour combo for NYE and Trinity Stamps just happen to have a sequin mix in just those colours, called Pop The Cork. Coincidence? I think not! Arming myself with Glossy Accents and my craft tweezers I added a fairly generous amount of embellishments.

Once they were all adhered, the card really was finished. Promise, no more twists and turns.

Thanks for stopping by today. Day 1 of the year 2019. Who else is excited to see what adventures await us this year??

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge405 with yours truly as Guest Designer!

Hello everyone!

Today I’m very, very excited to share that I am the Guest Designer for MFT Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge for the month of October! Whoop whoop! In case it wasn’t obvious, this is a huge deal to me and I’m so grateful for the opportunity!

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If you are not familiar with this, it’s a weekly challenge where you make a card based on a sketch and you can win $50 to the MFT Stamps shop if you are picked as the randomly drawn winner! Basically, as long as you participate, you are in with a change to win!! To find out more, pop on over to the MFT Stamps blog, where you will find this particular one as well as many other fun challenges to take part in. I challenge you not to get inspired there (pun intended, lol!)

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At first, I thought about using a dinosaur I coloured up the other day, to make a mountainous scene buuuuuut… well, I’m nothing if not a flick-and-switch crafter, I have so many different projects on the go at any one time. One of those other projects is to work through my stash of unused and less-used-than-other stamps and I was inspired by a kitty from the I Knead You set. This is probably one of my earliest sets from MFT Stamps, I have had it for years but used it very, very little. Which is nuts because it is filled with cute images. It comes with coordinating die-namics too, thankfully.

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The kitty I decided on using looks like he’s laying on his back with his tummy up, like he’s waiting for a belly rub or about to catch a toy. Or, as I ended up using him, holding a banner with a sentiment.

I used Warm Grey Copic markers to colour him in and a light pink on his nose and ears.  With this kind of coordinating die-namics, I find it easier to cut them out first and then stamp the image, as it’s a bit tricky to get a perfect cut otherwise.

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Originally I was going to use the background, stamped with balls of yarn and fishbones (little detail stamps from the set), where the Kraft card stock piece is. In an unsurprising move, when I had stamped up and coloured it in, I liked it too much to cut it up. This happens to me a lot, I have a huge resistance to covering up or cutting up cute pieces, no matter how great an idea I have.

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Anyway, as I couldn’t bring myself to cut it up once it was coloured, I adhered it to a card base and had to come up with a new idea. I made a “rug” by cutting out a piece of Kraft card stock and running that through my BigShot with the Full Of Hearts coverplate, to create some texture.

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The very useful Essential Fishtail Banner Sentiment strips are one of my most used banner dienamics. I use these for so many projects! On a small one I stamped ‘I Love Mew’ from the I Knead You set and adhered that to my kitty so it looks like he’s holding it.

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On the back of the kitty I added foam tape and to finish off the sketch, I stamped, coloured and cut out a ball of yarn and added that to the banner with more foam tape. This way there are five layers to the card, and I’m all about those layers, whether we are talking cards or cake.

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As an affiliate of MFT Stamps, I have used compensated affiliate links in this post. If you buy anything using these links, MFT Stamps will pay me a small commission, at ZERO extra cost to you! Thank you in advance if you choose to support me and my craft journey like this, I really appreciate it a lot!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Concord & 9th Triple-Step Thank You Feature Friday

Hi guys!

Today’s post is all about the Triple-Step Thank You stamp and diecut set from Concord & 9th.

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I have had so much fun with this stamp combo I ended up with 10 projects to show you today. WAIT!! Don’t run away!! I will try and keep it short and sweet. Or at least short-ish…

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Let’s just dive right in, shall we? My first four cards are stamped in the same way, and with the same Distress Oxide inks but on different coloured card bases to switch things up a little bit. I really like how different Distress Oxide inks look depending on the colour of the card stock so here are some close ups of the differences.

White card stock.

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Light grey card stock.

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Dark grey card stock

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and finally, black card stock.

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Using my MISTI for accuracy, I placed the ‘thanks‘ stamp in and started stamping with Squeezed Lemonade. Going slightly diagonally, I stamped the whole row with the yellow ink and then on the sides I used different coloured Distress Oxide inks for each row.

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On the right side, I used yellows, through orange to red and from top to bottom is Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral and Candied Apple.

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On the left side I’ve done pinks through reds, from the top to the bottom it’s Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple and Fired Brick. For the little gap left in the left hand bottom corner, I used Aged Mahogany on the white card base and Spiced Marmalade for the others as the dark red ink barely showed up on the darker card bases.

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This sort of stamping is so soothing and is great for those times when you feel like your mojo is on vacation as it’s pretty mind-less but so productive, if you get what I’m trying to say? Why not make some fun and colourful backgrounds if you don’t feel inspired to do anything else but still want to craft.

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To finish these cards off I stamped ‘Thank you so much‘ on thin strips of white card stock,  in two colours on each one to create an ombré effect. These strips were then added to the cards using foam tape. I’m still debating whether they need a few sparkly clear sequins or not but I’m trying to not put sequins on everything. The struggle is real, let me tell you, because I find simple designs quite hard to do and not overwork.

While I had all my Distress Oxide inks out I decided to do another panel, only this one is slightly bigger than an A2 sized card and here I used a different colour for each one of the ‘thanks‘. The inks used are Antique Linen, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserve, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans, Iced Spruce, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot.

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It turned out so bright and cheerful I haven’t been able to bring myself to cover it up with a sentiment or anything yet. I might just keep it as it is as it makes me really happy to see all the colours.

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With more Distress Oxide inks and the heart stamps and diecuts from the Triple-Step Thank You set, I stamped up lots of hearts and cut them out. Then I stamped more hearts onto a white card base and in the gaps between these hearts I added the ones I had cut out previously, using foam tape. This one I haven’t done anything else with either. I don’t know what’s wrong with me… I find it so hard to cover up a cute background…!

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My next two cards were made quite quickly as I had two ombré water coloured backgrounds already made from ages ago. One is black with gold shimmer and the other one is blue with white shimmer. I used Gansai Tambi 36-pack water colours for these.

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Using the Triple-Step diecut, I cut both the panels and set the cutout aside. Out of white card stock and foam sheets, I cut a piece each for each card and then stamped the Triple-Step Thank You in black/grey Distress Oxide inks on one and blues on the other one.

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I have used white card bases for these two as well. As the ombré panel is slightly smaller than the card base, it creates a thin white border around it, which adds so much interest with very little effort. The panel was added to the card using foam sheet pieces cut to size and then it was quick work puzzling the ‘thank you’ pieces together and the cards were done.

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The next card is a bit of a fire hazard to be honest. Not once it’s finished but the making of it can take a bad turn quickly as it is a mix of alcohol inks, Yupo paper and heat embossing. This technique requires lots of caution and patience!

To start out with, I got a sheet of translucent Yupo paper out and used purple alcohol ink and silver mixative on it. Once it was fully dry, I dusted it with my anti-static tool and stamped the stripes from Stripes & Sayings in VersaMark ink on it. I decided to use Platinum embossing powder from Altenew on it.

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Then came the tricky part: using the heat gun to melt the embossing powder without warping the Yupo too much or setting fire to it! Make sure your heat gun is really hot and then work in small sections very quickly. And be extra careful! My Yupo warped a little bit despite the caution I exercised so I placed it under some heavy stuff to flatten before adding it to a card base and trimming off the excess. It’s not entirely flat on the card but oh well, you win some, you loose some.

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Sentiment wise I use the Triple-Step Thank you stamp and diecut set again, and I used pink inks for this. Once it was cut out, I added it to the card with foam tape and it was done.

The final card is super simple but has a fun twist to it! I stamped up the Triple-Step Thank you in pink Distress Oxide inks, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose, and then I covered the letters with Nuvo Glow Drops Neon in Shocking Pink. These glow in the dark!! It doesn’t show very well in photos though so I will post a little video of it on my Instagram page for those of you who want to see it in action.

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Phew… ok, that’s it for today. Yes, really. Oh… no, actually. Ok, my bad, I’m pretty much all done. All I have left to mention is that I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, which means I get a small commission from the company directly, at no cost whatsoever to you, if you click on one of these links and buy a thing or two. Or five. No judgements from this one! If you choose to support me by using these links, thank you so much in advance, I really, really appreciate it a lot.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting from Erica