I bought the Hero Arts Everything Flower background stamp when it was first released earlier this year. I was a little worried that it would be too similar to my Flower Bursts Pattern stamp but after playing with both quite a bit the last few months, I find they both have added a lot of different things to my cards.
For my Mother’s Day cards this year, I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to use the same background stamp in different ways. To control the growth in my scrap pile, I decided to use up my existing supplies. This first card really surprised me. I am always surprised at the creative process, especially when I use scraps. For example, I started quickly by embossing the stamp on the lavender card stock but then it took about 30 minutes to piece together the color scheme and colors. Something about the patterns and color combination makes me think of Japanese gift wrapping.
For this next card, I embossed the background stamp in white on top of some water color paper that was transformed using Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads and my craft sheet. (You can learn more about my obsession with this technique here.) The grey-blue cardstock that frames the water color paper is such a beautiful color. Everything really poped against the white.
I used less conventional Mother’s Day sentiments on these cards because they really fit the notes I wrote inside. I’ve experienced many milestones the last few years and I really wanted to thank the ladies in my life for supporting and loving me all these years. I’m very blessed and grateful.
These cards are from about a month ago, when I made the huge discovery (for me) that making every embellishment by hand is a very effective impediment to finishing a whole scrapbook page. That aside, I LOVE using the Silhouette and Sakura pens to create embossed tags.
Making these tags is pretty easy – it just takes patience. I design everything first in Silhouette Studio. After that, I make my cut-line selections, align the Glaze pen in the Amy Chomas pen holder, and position everything properly in the Silhouette. After “cutting” the written layer, I let it dry before I cut out the subsequent layers. For me, the primary downside of making tags like this is the fact that I rarely make more than two of anything (this was an exception because I was so excited at how cool the raised part turned out!) so I’m not mass producing these. But as I recently learned first-hand handmaking my sister’s bridal shower invites, the Silhouette is AMAZING when you want to create something multiple times that is very intricate and has many component parts.
Fell in love with holiday paper pack at Michaels in September and was inspired to design some holiday cards.
This first one I call “Cowabunga Christmas.” Something about the font (it’s called “Cookies”) and the cow makes me think of the California Christmases I grew up with.
I used the same font in the next card and cut out some shapes like the mittens and the background from a digital pack I bought at Lettering Delights. My favorite part of making this card was the way that I was able to use my Gelly Roll pens to add dimension and interest to the otherwise plain shapes. The Gelly Roll on the mittens is from their Glaze line and creates a raised outline.
Finally, something completely different. I was still learning how to use my Amy Chomas Silhouette pen holder at the time. The Uni-ball Signo white pen delivers such a thick line but I have so much trouble getting the spacing centered in the large Chomas pen holder.
In 2009, I bought the personal-sized Cricut machine. Initially, I was very excited and bought the Sure Cuts A Lot software for card-making, but the limitations of the machine’s size made it very difficult to customize designs. Other than using it to make flowers for bridal shower invitations and decorations, I didn’t use it for much and soon it was hidden behind a stack of books. (Seriously – I didn’t use it for so long that I forgot it was sitting behind a stack of books from the grad program I finished almost a YEAR ago!)
Cut to today… I’ve had my Silhouette for a few weeks now and I’ve designed so many different cards – 5 this week alone. This may not be a lot for others but I work A LOT and I have never spent this much time on crafting. I love everything about the tool ESPECIALLY the software. The time it takes from idea-to-card is just amazing and the best part – it looks exactly the same way I imagined in my mind. I love how much creative control I have. I’m tempted to download and learn how to learn inkscape now – so many things are possible. The favorite functions I learned this week are “subtract,” “make compound path,” and “release compound path.” They helped me weld letters and shapes in such cute ways! Here are some of the things I made this weekend!
My neighbor just had a baby boy – this will be perfect!
This is for my sister and her fiancé – they got engaged at Disneyland 🙂
When I showed this to hubby, he commented that it looked so “old.” I used Jim Holz’s distresser tool and based on his comment, I used it successfully!
I created this card with my friend Kathleen for her boyfriend. I think she liked it… she said something about designing her wedding invitations 🙂