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This idea has been marinating in my brain for a while… I’ve had this red-rubber cling background stamp (Hero Arts “Chinese Thank You”) for years! (It is actually the only large background stamp that I own. ) I got it as a free gift with an order I made at Two Peas in a Bucket way back when I was in graduate school.  I’ve used it a few times, and it is quite beautiful.  I remember asking one of my Chinese friends to translate it for me– she told me that it says things like “Thank you from the heart,” “Thanks,” and expresses a feeling of being honored and of gratitude.

Recently, I wanted to make a really special thank-you card, and I thought it would be the perfect time to try the finger-blending technique again.  This time, my main inspirations were a rainbow snowflake card by Kalyn Kepner for Paper Smooches and this gorgeous and gigantic set of cards in a post by Jennifer McGuire.

I simply white heat-embossed my background onto white cardstock.  I’m so grateful to Husband for getting me a Mini MISTI for Christmas!  It definitely helped me make sure that I had a good impression with the embossing ink for the powder to cling well.

Then I got out my colored pigment inks and went to town, using just my index finger to add and blend the colors.  Yes, I certainly could have used blending tools, but I don’t have enough for all of my colors, and my finger easily cleans off with a baby wipe to be ready for the next color!

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I had a lot of fun making color combinations, and in the end I had four backgrounds.  I heat embossed my sentiment onto colored cardstock strips to pop up on the background with foam, and then I added some iridescent sequins for a bit of sparkle.

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I mounted each card front onto a white cardstock base, lining up one edge flush with the card’s edge, and leaving a white border around the other three sides.  I love, love, love how these turned out!

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Colorful baby card

This card ended up being a very straightforward one, but I love how colorful it is.  I sometimes forget that I have a little stash of pre-made card embellishments (many of them generously handed down to me from other crafters).  When I went to work making this baby card, I had a little look through my box and found this gorgeous “Welcome Baby” embellishment.  It’s layered with tulle, stitched with green thread, and glitzed up just a teensy bit with tiny golden yellow rhinestones.  I knew it’d be perfect.

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I have no idea what company produced it, but I found some Jillibean Soup papers that complemented it perfectly.  I popped up the “Welcome Baby” card on some foam and layered it over strips of polka dot and floral papers.  And since this card was meant to welcome a sweet baby girl, I just had to add a pink grosgrain ribbon with a perky bow to top it all off.

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In my previous post, I shared a pair of monograms I made as baby gifts for a friend of mine.  I wanted to have a special card to go with them… and thankfully the May sketch challenge from Scrapbook and Cards Today popped up in my blog feed right when I was looking for some inspiration!

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I looked at the sketch for a bit, and then I put it away and used my impressions of it to make this card (and–spoiler alert!–two more!).  I made a template from scrap cardstock so that I could piece together the sunburst pattern.

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I collected up some pretty pink patterned papers (they are girl babies, after all!) and pieced them into this sunburst.  I stitched along the edges of each wedge, and added a piece of doily.  The join between the sunburst and the vertical strip of patterned paper is covered by wraps of crochet thread, and I added a 3-D specialty sticker as the focal point of the card.

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And I loved making this card so much that I went on and made two more–this time “thank you” cards!  But this time, I turned the design on its side.

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For someone who has a penchant for pink, I used the same set of papers.  This time, I stitched down the center of each wedge, and laid the long paper strip across the bottom side and stitched it down.  I used a sentiment sticker and some enamel dots to finish off the card.

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As I searched in my scrap drawer for my pink pieces, I kept coming across little bits of limey greens, and I couldn’t help but make another card with them!  This card was made exactly the same way as the pink “thank you” card, and I even had the perfect shade of enamel dots to finish it off.

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I have a quick little post today to share another card that I made from the simply adorable Space Cadet stamp set from Paper Smooches.

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Even though it’s fun to make elaborate cards sometimes, most often I am drawn to the clean-and-simple style, and that’s what I did here.  I used colored pencils on the stamped image and added a bit of Glossy Accents on the spaceship window, stripes, and rivets.

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I popped up the spaceship and its flame on a rectangle of star patterned paper above the sentiment.

It was so fun to make these cards that I made myself a set: I have some on hand right away to send a cheery message to someone who might need it.

 

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Near the end of April, my kids and I were watching crafting videos during lunch (as usual).  We came across a video from Jennifer McGuire (one of our favorites), in which she created rainbow backgrounds for cards using colored cardstock scraps.  My daughter (age 5.5 years) was intrigued, to say the least, and honestly, so was I!  She suggested that we make those cards, too–which is a frequent refrain, though not always possible.  But today, it was completely possible!

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I sliced up some cardstock scraps into strips of varying widths and presented V with a bundle of them, along with two halves of an 8.5″x11″ sheet of paper, pre-coated with adhesive.

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During her quiet time, she worked away at adding strips of cardstock to the under-layer of paper, and at the end, she had enough striped backgrounds to make four cards!

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She used two of the backgrounds to make cards for her Bible study teachers.  She wanted to mimic some of Jennifer’s designs, and so I cut out some butterfly designs that she chose, using my Silhouette SD– the base layer is vellum, and the detail is plain white cardstock.  She decided on the arrangement and wrote her notes inside.

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We have lots of paper strips left, and I am looking forward to making more– with V, and also making some myself!

 

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Kraken birthday card

A while ago, I bought this stamp set from Lawn Fawn, and the reason I chose it was because of this adorable kraken (sounds like an oxymoron, right?).  Husband works with SQUIDs (it’s a physics thing, not the sea creature, in this case), and I am drawn to anything squid-like.

I also love the trend of these cute punny sentiments, and the combination of a squid and puns was too much for me to resist.

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This was the first card I made with the set (back in January!!), and I made it for Husband’s birthday.   I also used my MISTI tool (a gift Husband gave me for Christmas) and I absolutely loved using it.  I got such good crisp stamp impressions because I was able to re-stamp in place two or three times (I really need to get a new black ink pad), and the stress of stamping wrong was lifted because I could plan everything out exactly.

Both the kraken/squid and tiny ship are fussy-cut, and I lifted the kraken/squid on pieces of craft foam to make him stand out even more.  One of his tentacles rests on a little sentiment banner that is also adhered on foam.

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Supplies:
Lawn Fawn “Loveable Legends”
Hobby Lobby enamel dots
black and aqua pigment ink
colored pencils
craft foam

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More finger-coloring

Wow, these cards were SO FUN to make!

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The inspiration came from the first card in THIS post (Kalyn Kepner for Paper Smooches).  I white heat-embossed the mehndi medallions around the center of the card, which I left open for the sentiment.  I stamped it with black ink and used clear heat embossing powder to help it to stand out a bit more.

After the embossing was complete, the “messy” fun started!  I used the finger-coloring technique I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s blog and added “halos” of pigment ink around the central sentiment.  I rubbed off with a dry cloth any extra ink that got onto the embossing. I really liked coming up with the color combinations, and I can definitely see myself doing this again in the future!

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Supplies:
white cardstock
various pigment inks
stamps: Wplus9 “Mehndi Medallions,” Lawn Fawn “You’re a Fungi”

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