Showing posts with label Meant to be stamp set. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Meant to be stamp set. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A Quick way to find Inspiration for your Cards


Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you a couple cards and a great way to find inspiration for your cards if you are in a slump.  Have you ever been just sitting around trying to come up with a card design but nothing seems to be working?  I have and so has any card maker out there.  Sometimes no matter what you do you just can't come up with that right card to share or the ideas feel like they have dried up.  So I have a quick and easy tip for you to help you find that inspiration.  My little inspirational tip will not only help you today but all the time with just a little work.

You may be asking well Rick what do you do you are sharing cards and projects all the time.  One of my best tips is to look around right in your studio, craft area, or home.  Must of us have these little inspirational things and haven't even realized it.  They come in a ton of different sizes, styles, and themes.  Okay, I will let you in on my little creative inspirational secret.  Your not going to believe me when I tell you.

You don't have to look any further then your mail box.  You can find the most inspirational item right there.  Look at your postage stamps.  You can get them in any shape, size, and theme and they are very inexpensive.  For example I took inspiration from these love stamps, and this peace rose stamp.  Here's a look at both of the cards that came from these designs.

I pulled the colors from the postage stamps along with the themes, and subject matter.  I am going to break down each card for you both with a shopping list.

Meant to Be Colorful Hearts Thanks Card: 

 For my first card I pulled the hearts and colors right from the postage stamps.  You would be surprised how easy it was to match the colors to Stampin' Up! inks.  Let's have a closer look at the card before I tell you the colors; shall we!


I even have plans to come back and copy the pattern of these stamps on another card, but haven't gotten around to it as of yet, but that will be happening soon.  

As far as what colors I matched for the stamps; it was super easy to do.  I matched the stamps to the following inks; Gorgeous Grape, Mango Melody, Mellon Mambo, and Real Red.  To create the card I used a piece of whisper white cardstock cut to 3 3/4 x 5 and stamped the striped heart from the Meant to Be Stamp Set in each color until I had this piece filled.  I did pull in a additional stamp set to stamp the sentiment.   I found the perfect thanks in the A Big Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set.  


Finding this sentiment in this stamp set wasn't hard at all!  One of the reasons was that this is a stamp set geared towards all things thanks.  And, has some beautiful fonts, as fell as some images that are perfect for any occasion.  

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Country Floral Card: 

For the second card I used the 2nd Saleabration Release Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impression Embossing Folder and my Stampin' Write markers to color the embossed images.  Well actually the stampin' write markers and a small damp paint brush.  Here's a look at my card.  

I embossed a piece of Strathmore Bristol (300 Series Artist Paper) using the Country Floral DTIEF and the Big Shot.  The Strathmore Bristol paper is a 100 lbs weight and lets the ink from the marker sit on top of the paper allowing you to more the ink around easily.  The pad comes in many different sizes and two different finishes.  It comes in both smooth and vellum textures.  The vellum texture is a much smoother tooth then the smooth.  You can use either.  The pad also comes in different series; with Strathmore artist papers the higher the series number the higher the quality.  For card making the 300 series which is usually considered student grade is just fine.  You can pick up this paper in many different locations from big box stores, art supply stores, as well as online.  Here's a link to what I found on Amazon and probably the best price I've seen since I graduated art school.  

To color on each flower I added just a little bit of the marker to the creases of each petal and used a damp watercolor brush size 1.  All I do is dip the brush in a little water and then place it on a paper towel to soak up most of the water.  With this technique it doesn't take much water to move the color around.  Once it dries the ink dries back a little and you get some very nice tones.  

As far as the colors I used with my Stampin' Write Markers I keep it very simple.  I used Flirty Flamingo (from the Brights Pack) and Pineapple Punch, Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, and Call Me Clover (from the 2018-2020 In Color Pack).  I loved how it turned out.  You can't get this effect by using whisper white cardstock because it's designed to absorb the ink into the cardstock quickly, this is why I went with the bristol paper.  

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To finish off the card I used the Thank you sentiment from the Climbing Roses stamp set.  I inked the stamped up in a rainbow style using the same stampin' write markers as I did on the coloring.  You can watch how I colored the embossed images on the replay of the live video above.  



This card is easily recreated and the Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impression Embossing Folder as a gift with a $50 purchase in my online store.  You will be able to pick this item as supplies last as your Saleabration item.  Below you will find the full list of supplies that I used.  



Happy Stampin'
Rick

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

OSAT Blog Hop: #simplestamping


Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am sharing my project for this month's One Stamp At a Time Blog Hop.  This month's theme is about Simple Stamping.  For my projects today I picked the All Adorned Stamp Set (a 2nd Release Saleabration Item) and the Meant to Be Stamp Set (from the Occasions Catalog) along with the matching Be Mine Stitched Framelits.  Here's a look at my projects.  

All Adorned Stamp Set, Meant to Be stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins

I started by creating the base of my card.  I used one of the large stitched hearts from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits and cut out a heart out of the 4 1/4 x 11 thick whisper white cardstock that I planned to use as my card base.  I stamped the out side of the card using three of the heart stamps from the Meant to Be Cling Stamp Set.  Next I closed the card and stamped the sentiment from the All Adorned Stamp Set in the center of the heart opening.  

All Adorned Stamp Set, Meant to Be stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins

I varied the sizes of the hearts along with the placement so that it would draw the eye around the card and create interest.  For the inside of the card I added a strip of the All My Love Designer Series paper and two 1/4" strips of Soft Sea Foam cardstock.  These little touches help to tie in the paper and color of the gift bag.  Here's a closer look at the inside.  

All Adorned Stamp Set, Meant to Be stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins

For the 3d project this month I created a stitched gift bag.  This gift bag looks a lot harder then it really is.  This gift bag is actually very simple to create but looks so much harder than it is.  Here's a look at the gift bag.  

All Adorned Stamp Set, Meant to Be stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins
This is a medium version of the gift bag and uses to pieces of cardstock along with some designer series paper.  I recycled the stitched heart from the card base and used it on the front of the bag.  I repeated the same stamping from the inside of the card.  During my Facebook Live last night I shared how to create a smaller version of the stitched gift bag.  You can watch the video below about how I created the bag.  The smaller version in the video only uses one sheet of cardstock.  



Thanks for dropping bye today, You can go to the next blog by clicking on the name in the link list below.  You can pick up the supplies I used today in my online store 24/7.  

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Happy Stampin' 
Rick

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