Colourful Birthday

If writers can have writer’s block, can crafters have crafter’s block? For the past weeks I have been struggling to get inspired and motivated to create new cards. I do not know if the heat wave is melting away my brain (this is the third or fourth heat wave this year) or if I am in need of a holiday. Admittedly, I had to force myself to sit at my desk and craft – I know this is not ideal, but I think it worked out well. I made this colourful birthday card:

I used my Distress Inks as watercolours and created a rainbow background with my paintbrush and acrylic block. The colours are Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmelade, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers. I chose these particular colours because I had found this colour combination on Pinterest a while ago – and I really liked it. With the largest die from Lawn Fawn’s Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables set, I die-cut the rainbow background to measure 4.25 x 5.5 inches.

From white cardstock, I die-cut the Scripty Happy-die three times and adhered them on top of each other to give the word some dimension. I, then, took black cardstock and the smallest of the Everyday Sentiment Banners dies; on this die-cut, I stamped the “birthday”-sentiment from Let’s Bokeh with Lawn Fawn’s Yeti Ink. To finish, I adhered everything onto the rainbow background.

At first I was not sure if I would participate in the current Lawn Fawnatics challenge. Eventually, I decided to enter this card – the colours fit the criteria and maybe I can inspire others to create cool cards.

I know that this colourful birthday card is a very simple card but since I am trying to find my “spark” again, I am glad that I was able to make something nice… I thank you very much for stopping by! I hope that I will be back soon with more cards.

Supplies I used:

  • Ranger Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmelade, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers
  • Lawn Fawn die sets: Scripty Happy, Everyday Sentiment Banners, Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
  • Lawn Fawn stamp sets: Let’s Bokeh
  • Lawn Fawn inks: Yeti Ink
  • other: paintbrush, acrylic block, watercolour paper, white cardstock, black cardstock, liquid glue

Cool Penguins

I have used the penguins from Penguins in Paradise by My Favorite Things only on one card so far and I really wanted to use them again. And this time, I wanted to place them in a tropical scene. While I had my watercolour supplies out for the cards that I made for the last Lawn Fawnatics challenge, I created some backgrounds that showed a tropical sunset.

I made these penguin cards during the heat wave and I feel a little “cooler” now:

For all these backgrounds, I used Tim Holtz Watercolour Cardstock and Distress Inks. I googled images of “tropical sunset” and found very beautiful skies with hues of yellow, orange, red and violet. Luckily, I also found a pin on Pinterest where someone had done such a colour combination with Distress Inks: Mustard Seed (yellow), Barn Door (red), Spiced Marmelade (orange), and Seedless Preserves (violet).

I stamped the penguins and some props from the Penguins in Paradise stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured them with my Copic markers. Usually, I would take black (Copic colour 100) to colour the penguins but I decided to go for a dark shade of grey (Copic colour N6) instead – I really like how it turned out. After colouring, all of these images were cut with their coordinating dies.

As far as the watercolour backgrounds are concerned, I took the biggest rectangle of Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables, placed it on the panels individually and ran them through my die-cutting machine.
The beach, i.e. the ground for the penguins to stand on, was created with some Distress Ink (I think the colour was Scattered Straw) and water and the Simple Stitched Hillside Borders from Lawn Fawn.

The sentiments were all stamped with Versafine ink in colour Onyx Black. The phrases “Cheers” and “Hope your day is as cool as you are” are from the Penguins in Paradise stamp set. The “You deserve to be celebrated” and “You’re even cooler than you were last year” are from the stamp set Twice the Wishes by My Favorite Things.

Here is a close-up look of the “cool” penguins cards (please click on the respective image to enlarge):

I hope you enjoyed this and may have even inspired you to create – or to take a holiday :-)

Thank you for stopping by!
Have a nice day!

Cosmos Cards

Hello everyone! After some very busy weeks, I have finally found the time to post again… I played around with two new(er) stamp sets by Lawn Fawn (Out of this World and Upon a Star) and I would like to share with you a couple of cards with the cosmos as the main theme.

For the backgrounds on all of these cards, I used Distress Inks. With my ink blending tool, I started off the edge of the paper and applied the ink in circular motions. The colours I used are Salty Ocean (blue), Seedless Preserve (purple) and Black Soot (black) because I think that they create a nice night sky.

Outer space cards

Using the Out of this World stamp set, I stamped some images in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured them with my Copic markers. The stamp set includes all planets (even Pluto, though it is no longer considered a “planet”) but I just randomly picked a couple for my cards. Also, I could have coloured the planets in their “true” colours to make them more accurate but I wanted to make my cards colourful and use the Copic markers that I have at hand. I die-cut all images with their coordinating dies.

For the second card, I used the same images and also coloured them in the same way. Only the sentiment is different; I used “today the world revolves around you” on this one.

Star-gazing critters

With the Upon a Star stamp set I made a couple of cards with star-gazing critters:

I stamped the smaller bunny and the smaller fox from the stamp set, so that the starry sky would make up most of the card. I coloured them with Copic marker as well and die-cut them with the coordinating dies. The grass for the critters to sit on is created with green cardstock and Lawn Fawn’s Grassy Border.

I used the MISTI tool to help me stamp the star constellations. I secured the Distress inked background into my MISTI with magnets and placed the star constellations on my card to see where I would like to stamp them. Once I was happy with the placement, I closed the MISTI door, so that the stamps are picked up by the tool. I, then, covered the stamps in Lawn Fawn Yeti ink, which is a white pigment ink that shows on dark coloured backgrounds. To fill in some “empty” space between the constellations, I added some of the single stars included in the stamp set.

On the first card I totally forgot to place the sentiment and added it after I had stamped the star constellations. For the others, I simply made room in the upper left corner.

On the first card that I made, I wanted to make the stars sparkle a little bit and added clear Wink of Stella to them (unfortunately, this is really hard to capture on camera). Even though I like the sparkle, it did not look as cool as I thought it would and so, I did not do it for the other cards.

I really like how gorgeous these cards turned out. However, next time I will most probably heat emboss the stars and the star constellations with white (or silver or even gold) embossing powder to make them stand out even more.

I hope you enjoy this! Thank you for stopping by!