Distress Inks With Stencils
I've been trying new techniques with my distress inks again! Which means it's time for another edition of:
This time around, I used the mini blending tool to apply the ink to the paper instead of putting the paper directly into the ink. For this first card, I used alphabet stencils and rainbow colors to make a thank you card.
I added some water droplets after I was done, which adds nice texture, but several of them are very large, which I think distracts from the overall message of the card. The letters are hard enough to read without having big splotches on them as well.
On the other card, I applied the same rainbow colors to the entire background, then put a chevron stencil over the top and applied some black ink to make the stripes.
I like how this one turned out - it's pretty muted and soft for having so many bright colors and such a bold pattern.
I like the look of blended distress inks, but it's quite time consuming, so I'm not sure I'll be using this technique that often. But I'm glad I've tried it and I'm happy with how these cards turned out.
Kid Quote Birthday Cards
Being a preschool teacher, I'm partial to anything that has to do with kids. So when I saw this stamp set, I knew I had to have it!
How cute are these stamps?!? I've had these stamps for a while, but I never took them out to play with. Until now! I got a new paper pad and I knew the bright colors and bold designs would go perfectly with these stamps!
A perfect pairing, don't you think?
I used some foam tape to pop up some of the elements to add dimension and interest, but other than that, it's just the paper and the stamp. No techniques, no inks, no special tools.
It was fun to just play with paper again. That's what I worked with years ago when I started scrapbooking and card making. Just paper. I love playing with the colors and patterns.
Hmmm... I think I'm going to have to dig out all my papers again!
Last August was full of weddings for me. My husband and I went to 3 weddings in the span of 4 weeks! You may recall a couple of the cards I made for them.
One of the weddings was for Katie and Peder. I've known Katie since I was 10. My family moved into a new house and pretty quickly met Katie and her 2 sisters who lived next door. She and my younger sister became close friends and have stayed in touch all these years. So of course we were all ecstatic when she announced her and Peder's engagement!
Shortly after she got engaged, Katie got in contact with me and told me that after seeing the invitations I made for my sister's wedding in 2014, she knew that I had to make her invitations, too! Of course I said yes!
The wedding colors were pink, coral, and yellow, with grey for the boys, so I found a pale grey and pale coral for the invitations.
Katie chose to go with a paper-lace design with K&P watermarked behind the text. It is difficult to see in the photos, but it shows up better on the RSVP back.
The back of the invitation featured a pocket to hold the RSVP, envelope, and insert card with map and directions. Everything tucked neatly inside so nothing got lost when you opened the envelope.
Katie and Peder's wedding was gorgeous! The ballroom was so elegant, the decorations were fun and colorful, and the dancing was highly entertaining! And I wouldn't have expected anything less from such a fun-loving couple. Especially since their wedding party had 22 people in it!
Congratulations to Katie and Peder!
And thank you for letting me be a part of your special day!
Every year after Thanksgiving, I bring my cards into work to sell in the break room. I always sell a few, and it gets my name and work out there. This year, I was approached by a fellow teacher asking for some custom cards for a gift. She wanted some music themed cards. Easy!
I used this stamp on ivory paper to make the background paper, along with some distress ink to make it look older. That paper was then adhered to a black card base.
For the sentiment, I used this stamp on more ivory paper distressed with ink. I mounted it on black paper, cut a banner edge, and mounted it on the card with foam tape to give some dimension. I also added some die cut leaves behind the sentiment banner.
I really like how these cards came out. I made 4 for the special order (which she used for a holiday party gift game) and 4 extra which sold at work in just days! I think I'll have to make some more!
Blogs I read:
Bits & Pieces
Jennifer McGuire Ink
I Could Make That