I have two cards to share with you today. They’re quite different from eachother, but both share one feature – a complete lack of stamping!
Card 1 – Best Wishes
For my first card I started with a blue card base, then trimmed a piece of scrap paper to use to mask off the centre area. I then ink blended the outer edges of the card base with white pigment ink. Once I was happy with that I removed the mask and bought in the Geo Spheres Stencil from Funky Fossil Designs , which I ink blended with Versacolor ink in Midnight. The area that overlapped the frame got a little darker than I was going for, so I carefully went back over it with the white until I was happy with the look. I defined the edge of my frame more by adding an outline with white gel pen.
I wanted to add a sentiment within the circle, and I wanted it to be a birthday sentiment. I decided to use a die cut sentiment, though stamping may have been easier, and would have kept it as a one layer card. The best fit was one that said “best wishes” from Love From Lizi’s Background Builder – Set One Dies, which is technically usable for other occasions too, but I think works nicely for a birthday. I die cut it from a snippet of silver mirror card.
The final touch on this card was three clusters of Nuvo Drops. I used two shades of blue for these.
Addicted to CAS – Geometric
Fusion – Sketch and Photo Inspiration
Kat Scrappiness Monthly Challenge – Monochrome
Krafty Chicks – CAS
Seize The Birthday – Birthday and Framed
Card 2 – Get Well Hugs
My second card has a bit more going on, and took much longer for me to work out. I only had a vague idea of what I wanted to do for this one. I started by creating an ink smooshed background one some watercolour paper. I first used Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio and Lucky Clover, then later realised it wasn’t quite the shade I was after so I layered in Mermaid Lagoon as well. I worked with lots of layers, drying in between, until I was happy with how it looked.
I also wanted a dark coral red colour, and as I didn’t have any suitably coloured paper I made my own by colouring a snippet of white card with layers of Catherine Pooler ink in Tutti Frutti, Party Dress, and Tiki Torch. It ended up more on the red side than the coral side, and if I do it again in future I’d probably skip the Tutti Frutti.
With the papers ready and dry I started on my die cutting. I used the MFT Band Aid Dienamics, cutting one large and two small band aids, along with one large and two small hearts, from the smooshed paper. I cut the coordinating squares from the coral paper.
I had already picked out a cream card base and knew roughly how I wanted the card to be arranged. Once I laid everything out though I wasn’t happy with it. First I tried adding a subtle white wavy background onto the cream card base but I still felt it didn’t look right. I then bought in a chevron stencil and added a light and somewhat patchy blend of Twilight ink through it to give an imperfect pattern.
For the lower portion of my card I cut a snippet of white card with a Kat Scrappiness Stitched Scallop Border Die. These dies don’t actually include one that goes straight across, so I used the one that has a corner rather than a wave, and partially die cut a bit at a time to make a line going straight. The overlapping portion was a bit imperfect but doesn’t show too much.
I found a previously die cut sentiment to use on my card, cut with the Luscious Script Hugs from Poppy Stamps. I adhered it onto my white panel, and decided to add some hearts die cut from the same coral card I’d made for my band aids. I adhered these in a visual triangle around the sentiment, before adhering the white panel onto the card base.
For the band aids I decided to add a little dimension by popping them up with some snippets of chipboard. I used my T-Square ruler to ensure that the band aids were centred. The final touch for the card was the addition of a Teal Mirror Pinstripe Peel-Off which I positioned over the stitched line from the scallop die, which disguised the area where I hadn’t quite got it lined up straight.
HLS Stencil Challenge – Anything Goes
Just Add Ink – Sketch
MFT Colour Challenge – Summer Splash, Tropical Teal, Chantilly Cream, and Fire Coral
Sweet Stampin’ – Create Your Own Background
The House That Stamps Built – Stenciling
There we are. Two quite different cards with no stamping. Which do you prefer?
| Charlotte E (Lady Joyful) |