Shaped Cards

Shaped Cards


I was playing with some dies and the Stampin’ Up “Waterfront” set and came up with a few cards that were not the typical rectangle shape.  (We ended up making “shape cards” in my class last week.)

Here’s another sample:


This is a fun stamp set that has a bunch of elements to create different outdoor scenes.  The solid image stamps don’t need to be colored; the inks do all the work.

Once I was done stamping, I sponged a coordinating color onto the frame I created with two of the nesting dies from the same set used to cut the card base.

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Beach Scene Shaker Card

Beach Scene Shaker Card


I wanted to make a thank you note for the generous couple who let us stay at their beach house last week and thought using sand and shells from “their beach” would be great in a shaker card for them.

I sponged the sand, sea, and sky with Gina K Tranquil Teal and Kraft inks on white card stock and then added the sand and water details with the same inks and stamps from the Stampin’ Up “Timeless Textures” set (retired?).  The sandpipers are from the Stampin’ Up “Wetlands” set (retired?), and the greeting is from the “Banners” set from Joy! Crafts.  Both were stamped with GKD Charcoal Brown ink.

I cut the beach scene panel with a stitched frame die (unbranded) and then backed the frame with a piece of acetate.  (I have to admit I was a bit nervous at first about cutting my “finished” sponged and stamped panel after spending all the time to create it, but I really like how the scene ended up being continuous across the raised frame and the inside portion of the shaker panel.)  I layered GKD Tranquil Teal and Recollections Kraft mats and cut a rectangle from the center (that was larger than the frame opening but smaller than the frame).  Those layers were then adhered behind the frame/acetate panel to create the raised portion of the shaker element and card front. (I added the mats in this way instead of directly to the card base because I wanted the card front to be flat instead of having the shaker panel sticking off the surface.)

To create the recessed, background piece of the shaker panel, a double layer of fun foam, cut with the same frame die, was glued to a scrap of card stock.  The portion of the sponged/stamped scene that was “left over” from the frame die cut was dropped into the opening of the stacked, foam frames.  The sand and shells were then added.

Before sealing up the shaker panel with the matted top layer, I gently wiped/patted the acetate with a dryer sheet to remove the static.  There was a lot, and the sand kept jumping up onto the acetate before it was “treated” – lol!  If you do this, just be careful not to scratch the acetate.  After the static was eliminated, the two panels were glued together trapping the sand and shells inside.

The finished shaker panel was adhered to a GKD Tranquil Teal base.  A white panel was added to the inside so I could write my message.

Over at the Modsquad Challenge Blog, the challenge this week is “A Time for Giving” where we are to “make a card to demonstrate GIVING such as kindness, thankfulness and friendship.”

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A Few Quick Cards to Share…

A Few Quick Cards to Share…


I was cleaning my craft room recently and came across a few quick cards I had made a while back (and had kind of forgotten about!).



For this one, I embossed a piece of brown card stock with the Cuttlebug “Thanks” embossing folder (#37-1134) and then rubbed “Walnut Brown” Viva 3D-Stamp Paint over the whole panel.  Love, love, love the rich, metallic shine!

I cut a rectangle window from the embossed panel and another rectangle for the greeting (PSX E-2266) with dies from the Spellbinders “A2 Matting Basics” (A & B) die sets.  Gina K Designs Dark Chocolate ink was used for the greeting panel along with a Vintage Photo distress marker and a Ranger Distress Marker Spritzer Tool for the splattered dots.



For this next one, I added Gina K Designs Honey Mustard ink and water to my craft mat and dipped/dragged white card stock through it.  Then I used a paint brush to tap/splatter some Dark Chocolate ink and water over the panel.  I sponged the edges and stamped the leaves and greeting from the Momenta “Nature Set” (lot #0005702) with Dark Chocolate ink.  This panel was layered on another piece of white card stock and a Dark Chocolate base.


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For these, I let the patterned paper do all the work…  I used portions of a piece of Recollections “Thoreau Flowers” (#505802) paper along with Stampin’ Up Tip Top Taupe and either Peach Ballini or Edible Eggplant card stock from Gina K Designs.

The birthday stamp is from the “Birthday Bash” set by Fiskars.  The greeting on the second one is from the “Various Verses” set (retired?) by Gina K Designs.  Both greetings were stamped with SU Tip Top Taupe ink.


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Thank You with Polka Dots

Thank You with Polka Dots


(a blast from the past…)

This card was made for a StampTV  challenge (several years ago) where we were to use Polka Dots and black, white, and/or gray with one other color.  My additional color was tattered rose (peach).

I started with a piece of Basic Grey polka dotted paper (the back side of “Grapevine”) and added a bunch of images to create my own patterned paper.  The stamps I used for the background were all from the Gina K Designs and came from the following sets:  If I Had a Flower, Sympathy Label, Hope is Faith, Time, and Vintage Backgrounds (all retired?).  I used Memento Gray Flannel ink to stamp the images and then lightly sponged Memento London Fog ink over the whole thing.

For the focal image and greeting panels, I inked white card stock with Tim Holtz Tattered Rose distress ink. (I then stamped the floral image from If I Had a Flower randomly all over these panels in Tattered Rose ink to try to create a subtle background, but the ink soaked right in and you can hardly see it!  This was made pre-MISTI, so I couldn’t re-stamp the images to make them darker.)  Next, I stamped my focal image and sentiment using Memento Gray Flannel ink.  The stamps used were from GKD Hopeful Flowers and Thank You duo (both retired?).

Satin and sheer ribbon, a hat pin, and some self-sticking gray pearls were added.  I created a mat for the gray background panel by sponging the Tattered Rose ink on white card stock. White and black mats were also used.

This project was originally posted in my StampTV gallery on August 13, 2014.

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Embossed Snowflakes

Embossed Snowflakes


In my last post, I showed two card samples/options I created for my emboss-resist technique class.  Here is one more sample with a winter theme.

In addition to stamping/embossing the snowflakes in silver for the greeting panel, I repeatedly stamped/embossed the same snowflake (in white) to create a tone-on-tone background panel.  (The card base is navy but looks black in the photo.)

A die cut greeting was added to the sponged panel, and a silver ribbon finished it off.

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