One thing that I’ve been appreciating more these days is the ability to use crafting supplies in multiple ways. Take for example, a stamp set and coordinating dies. Manufacturers have made it much easier to create stamped images and then cut them out by using detailed dies (with the help of cutting tools and machines) for paper crafting. But today, I decided to try them out on felt instead and managed to create a fun little playing board for our 5-year-old to play with. In this particular example I used the “Basket Bunch” photopolymer stamps and coordinating dies from Stampin’ Up.
I have to admit that sometimes I don’t like all of the stamps that are included in a stamp set. If I’m lucky there’ll be a couple of components that stand out to me enough to make it worth buying the entire set, and in this case it was the little flowers and banner that caught my eye. I used the flowers to do another one of my favorite techniques: creating a stamped background image on a card.
A dear friend gave me this book, “Draw 500 Fabulous Flowers”, for Christmas and it is a great source for inspiration if you want to try your hand at doodling floral images and need a little bit of guidance. There are no words in the book, simply images of hundreds of possibilities for you to follow. At first it may seem daunting flipping through the works of Lisa Congdon’s illustrations, but once you rest your eyes on a particular flower and dissect the pieces that make up each little petal or leaf it’s not that bad. It’s a great way to practice the art of doodling while also incorporating the watercolor technique.
A banner inside of a greeting card is a fun way to surprise the recipient as it unfolds as the card is opened. It’s also a great way to use up pieces of scrap paper or put a new use to washi tape. Each one can be personalized with a special message or even someone’s name to give it that extra special touch of uniqueness.
Here is a way to create quirky love themed cards featuring the “Favorite Human” clear stamp set by Technique Tuesday but you can substitute it with any of your favorite stamp sets. This is also a great way to let little hands help make fun cards for Valentine’s day (or everyday) as you can stamp the image and let them color in the images.
Happy New Year, readers! I know, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything on the blog but the end of 2015 was a busy one for this mama. Let’s start off 2016 with a birthday card idea because well, there will always be birthdays. 🙂 This features a new stamp set by Stampin’ Up! that includes all of the sentiments and the confetti image used to create this colorful background.
This method of using one smaller element within a stamp set can be utilized for all sorts of occasions, not just birthdays. Simply change the colors of ink pads used (think pastels for baby cards, autumnal tones for more masculine cards, etc.) and use any large sentiment in place of the birthday greeting.
I recently had a little crafting get together at our house with a couple of friends and brought out this holiday tag project kit by Stampin’ Up! The kit comes with all of the embellishments, coordinating papers, and full step-by-step instructions on how to assemble 30 fun and festive tags. We divided the tags among the four of us and so each person could make seven tags to take home. And what’s great is that you don’t have to use them just as tags if you don’t want to: adhere them to card bases or tie them to treat bags instead. The project kits a great way to get people together and make something.
Sakura’s line of Souffle pens are a unique product that can create 3D lines on dark paper and surfaces. I found this set of 10 pens at a local craft store and decided to try it out. When you first draw or write with it, the ink comes out clear and takes time to change color as it dries. The ink leaves a raised line that you can feel and the colors are very vibrant. They also work on surfaces such as plastic, coated paper, acetate, and vellum. They’re great for coloring in small stamped images and work great on black cardstock.