When I got up to create today’s project my mind was a blank. Often I’ll go to bed thinking about what I’ll make and by the time I wake an idea has popped into my head. So having been let down by my subconscious mind, I turned to a design challenge, the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge in fact. In no time at all I’d made a very simple card for friends.
SIMPLE BORDER BACKGROUND
I began with a layer of Very Vanilla Card and Soft Sea Foam ink. Using one side of the large leafy image from the Feathers & Frost Stamp Set I stamped a border around the edge of the piece.
Then I cut and scored a piece of Gorgeous Grape Card, folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. This would be my card base. Finally I attached the layer to the front of my card with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
STAMPING FOR FRIENDS
I liked the friends sentiment in the Feathers & Frost Stamp Set but wanted to show it needn’t be limited to Christmas.
I made sure that the stamp was really clean and then covered the three dots and ‘especially at Christmas’ with some sellotape. Next I inked up the stamp with Tranquil Tide ink. Then I removed the sellotape and stamped my altered sentiment onto some Very Vanilla Card.
The only stamping left to do was the pretty flower. I suppose in a Christmas stamp set it would be a poinsettia, but it didn’t have to be.
I used Gorgeous Grape ink to stamp the flower once in the bottom left corner of the sentiment layer. Then I stamped it in the bottom right corner of a piece of Very Vanilla Card cut to line the card base. Finally I stamped the flower in the bottom right corner on the front of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope.
I decided to give a soft look to the petals of my flowers using a Blender Pen. For this I first needed to press on the lid of my closed Gorgeous Grape ink pad. Then when I opened it there was ink transferred from the foam pad to the inside of the lid. I then picked up a little of the ink with the Blender Pen and coloured the petals from the tips in towards the centre.
To keep this friends cards super simple, I started by attaching the sentiment to a piece of Gorgeous Grape Card with liquid glue. Then these layers were fixed to a piece of Tranquil Tide Card. Finally I attached the assembled piece to the background with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
All that was left was for me to add the Very Vanilla liner to the inside of the card with liquid glue and my card for friends was done.
Here’s the logo for the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge that inspired my project today. SIP170 Colors – dark green, pale mint and deep purple.
Often challenge colour combinations are ones that I’d never have put together but I honestly can’t say that about this group.
These colours are some of my favourites and I’m so glad the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge gave me an excuse to use them.
My project has a really simple layout and, with the possible exception of masking the sentiment, is really simple too.
I hope you like it.
Here are some links to earlier blogs posts with projects using the Feathers & Frost Stamp Set:
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