Christmas + Cactus = One Fun Card

Hi, guys!

Have you started thinking about making Christmas cards? I’m a long way out from picking a design to make mass quantities of this year, but I’ve been having fun trying out some different stamp sets to make one-of-a-kind cards.

Yes, I say one-of-a-kind cards. Still playing around, trying to find “that” card that will be the one I make lots of. Today’s card is definitely a contender though for me making more like it.

Without anymore delay, meet today’s card.

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It’s a bit non-traditional for a Christmas card, which is a big reason why I love it.

The cactus and words are form the Christmas Cactus stamp set designed by Ann Corbiere-Scott for Scraps of Love, a fun scrapbook store I recently visited in Arizona. Ann created a whole collection of  hand-drawn stamp sets for them, a number of which have a sweet Arizona twist.

I couldn’t resist making a Santa-themed cactus with the stamps. I stamped the three cactus plant on white cardstock, plus one Santa hat, and colored them in with markers and pencils. I fussy cut them out and then pieced them together to make the little scene you see here. (By the way, I wanted the images to really stand out so I sponged blue ink on my card base, plus I added some extra detail to the large cactus by adding a few drops of Glossy Accents. Those drops really add something special.)

Merry Cactus stamped Christmas card by Teri | terisplace.wordpress.com

While I used a combination of markers and pencils to color in the cactus plants, I decided to do something different with the sentiment. I bypassed the markers and simply used colored pencils. I love how it looks.

I also added a few more drops of Glossy Accents to my overall card design, and I added some texture to the white spaces on Santa’s hat with the help of my white Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Anyway, I think this card turned out fun. I just might make some more like it.

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back again soon, friends.

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A Sympathy Card

Hi, friends!

Sympathy cards are not my favorite card to make, but it seems like they are the one card I always need to have on hand… just in case the need sadly arises for one. I can make a lot of cards on demand, but sympathy cards are the one card that I just cannot make on the spur of the moment.

So today’s card came about because I felt the need to make a few to add to my card making stash.

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The flowers and words are from the Cherished Memories stamp set from Altenew. It’s lovely stamp set, featuring some really pretty (and modern… yet classy) blooms and leaves. Plus, they are wide open and really easy to color in.

I stamped a couple blooms and leaves and simply colored them with my Copic markers. To give the leaves and blooms a little extra “umph”, I added a little bit of shadow red and green colored pencils. If you look close at the card, you’ll see it. Just look at the darkest spots on the flowers and leaves.

I sponged some blue ink on the card base and glued the leaves right to it. I used Thin 3D Foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L to affix the flowers. Now, confession time, I fussy the stamped flowers rather than cutting them with the matching dies. A tight budget means no dies for that stamp set for me. (Wink! Raise your hand if you can feel what I’m talking about.)

A handmade sympathy card by Teri | terisplace.wordpress.com

I picked this sentiment because I thought it was a lovely one for a sympathy card, but I do think this card could probably be used as an encouragement card too or as a card to just let a dear friend you are thinking of them too.

Alright. That’s it for now. I’ll be back again later, friends. Thank you, as always, for taking the time to stop by. I sure appreciate your kind words.

A Magical Card

Hi, guys!

I’m back with another card. It’s kinda… sorta… magical. ūüėČ

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Well, you know, in a unicorn sense. Wink.

Made this card the other day just for the fun of having fun after picking up the Unicorn Stamp & Cut set of stamps and dies from Hero Arts. Let me tell you the story about how the stamps came to live with me. It was World Card Making Day and, well, you know, one should treat themselves on that day. Because… it’s what us stampers do, right? Anyway, I saw the set and magically took¬† a trip in time back to my second grade unicorn-obsessed self and was like, “Yeah. That’s fun. I need it.” And so the unicorns came to live with me.

Everything on this little card stamped with the stamp set. I thought it would be fun to make a herd of sorts of unicorns so I stamped and colored in three of them. I drew inspiration from my elementary school friend Jennifer’s My Little Pony collection (She had so many!) for the colors of the unicorns.

A Unicorn Stamped Card by Teri | terisplace.wordpress.com

To give the card a little glitz and sparkle, I stamped some stars around the unicorns. I colored them in with a yellow pencil and then added a few drops of glitter glue. Now, the glitter glue I used was clear. The cool thing about it? It took on the yellow from my colored pencil. I also added a few clear drops of Glossy Accents to the scene, near the stars. There’s just something I love about the look of Glossy Accents drops. The hardest part about putting them on a card? Simple. Waiting for them to dry. But the end result is so, so worth it.

Alright. That’s all I have for you today, friends. I’ll be back again later in the week with a a few more cards to share with you. Hope you’ll stop by.

Gift Card Pockets for Everything!

Hi, guys!

Looking for a quick way to spruce up the next gift card you give out? I’d like to introduce you to my Colorful Gift Card Pockets!

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These little pockets are super easy to make, plus they’d work for giving away some cold hard cash too. They are also a fun way to use up some of those patterned paper scraps (or gigantic mountain of not-quite-used patterned paper because you are addicted, like me) you might have laying around.

I’ve got a quick tutorial on how to make them (including DIMENSIONS for the base) over the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today. Please check it out, and, maybe, just maybe, make a gift card pocket of your own. I tell you, it’s so easy

World Card Making Day Blog Hop w/ Technique Tuesday

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Hi, everyone!

Happy World Card Making Day! I’m delighted to be joining the Technique Tuesday Design Team with some very special guests in blog hopping today.

If you’ve been hopping along, you should have arrived here from the blog of Ana Anderson. If you are just getting started hopping, welcome to the hop! The next stop on the hop is the blog of Latisha Yoast.

We’re celebrating the big day by sharing some cards created with the brand new You’re Owlsome stamp set that TT just released for WCMD. You can get the stamp set for free through Sunday with a $30 or more purchase on the Technique Tuesday website. Just pick $30 or more products on their website, then add the stamp set to your cart and enter coupon code WCMD18 at check-out which will make the stamp set free.

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I’ve got one card to share with you today. It’s a little on the artsy side.

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I created the multi-colored owl (and pink hearts) by creating a background paper with Distress Oxide Inks and water and then simply stamping and die-cutting them with the matching dies. I think it’s a cool look and a fun way to add color without actually using markers and pencils like we often tell ourselves we have to do.

The background on my card was created with Washi tape and good ol’ black cardstock. For fun, I took a paint brush and flicked on splotches of diluted white paint.

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Turned out pretty good, I think.

Alright! Be sure comment as you hop today as Technique Tuesday will be picking one person to give a gift certificate to. The lucky person will be selected at random from one of the hop stops. The winner will be announced on the Technique Tuesday blog.

And here’s the compete list of hoppers. Don’t forget that Latisha is the next stop. She’d love for you to visit.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by, friends.

 

A Quick Christmas Card + a Video!

Hi, guys!

Got a quick Christmas card to share with you today.

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Made this guy with the new String of Lights stamp set from Technique Tuesday.

It was quick and easy to put together with the stamp set, cardstock, a few ink pads and sponge daubers.

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The ink daubing technique is pretty easy and could easily be done with all kinds of stamped images, not just these ones.

Anyway, here’s a super quick, no-frills video I put together for you to show you the technique.

I hope you liked the video and enjoyed seeing how the card came together. If you’d like to see more videos from me, let me know.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by, friends!

Technique Tuesday Release Day

(Looking for my Sunny Studio Stamps Blog Hop post? Go here!)

Hi, guys!

The October release from Technique Tuesday is live, and I’m here to share a few more projects I created with the new goods.¬†New-Blog-Graphics-Reveal-Day

Meet Card No. 1.

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This one uses the new Christmas Lights Border die. The die was inspired by the lights in my String of Lights stamp set and is such that you can use the words in the stamp set with it.

This card took a little extra effort to put it together. That’s because I cut the die twice. Once was for the panel you see on the card. The second time was to make a stencil from cardstock that I used to add color to the lights, as well as the light’s cord.

It took awhile to put it together, but i think the results were totally worth it.

And meet Card No. 2.

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This one uses the String of Lights stamp set. It’s another non-traditional color scheme.

I had so much fun playing with this stamp set as the bulbs are just really easy to color in with markers.

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To give the cord a bit of pop, I added a few dots with Nuvo Crystal Drops. I just dig that stuff.

Alright! That’s all I have for you today. Don’t forget to stop by the Technique Tuesday blog to see who else from the design team is sharing projects today.