I often sketch or block out layout ideas to help me overcome those missing mojo moments. It’s been over a week since I was able to get into my craft room so today when I got the chance to play, rather than waste precious time, I thought I’d reach for one of those ice-breakers and see what I could create.
Here is a picture of the layout idea that I recently shared on Create and Craft TV, made using the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear System. It was fairly rudimentary and just really covered the fact that the design was going to be stamped off the page and would have a sentiment in the top corner.
I really had no idea what colour it was going to be or if I would add any embellishments at the time I created it. As it turned out I did make a few small changes along the way; but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Where did I begin? Routing through papers and cardstock obviously. Once I remembered that I was supposed to be making something, and as the layout was quite simple, I plumped for a simple two colour scheme – red and white.
Choice made, I also gathered up a few other bits and bobs to work with.
What I Worked With
- Inkadinkado Stamping Gear Circle Cog.
- Inkadinkado Stamping Gear Petal Stamps.
- Red and White Cardstock.
- White Pigment Inkpad (I used a Brilliance Inkpad) and Brown Pigment Inkpad (I used Versacolour no.54 Brown).
- Sticky Notes, Black Inkpad and Scissors – for making the petal masks.
- Red Ribbon – approx 1/4 inch in width. You’ll probably need a bow making gadget if, like me, you are not very good at doing them by hand.
- Circular Dies (you could also use paper punches if you don’t have dies) and a sentiment stamp (for the centre of the flower).
- Paper Trimmer.
- Some Gems (as a second thought)
How I Made The Card
The first step for me was to stamp out the petals that would frame the sentiment topper.
In the image below (showing the cog already in place) you will notice that I am not protecting my work mat! *swoons*
I could have worked on another bit of paper; I could have used a protective craft sheet; On this occasion however I was working with pigment inks (which are easy to clean off the mat) and I intended to stand up to stamp so will be able to find a comfortable stamping position for each impression, so I didn’t – ooo, get me being all adventurous and that!
In the next step I used my white Brilliance pigment ink to stamp one full circuit of the cog using the Closed Basic technique (this just means stamping into each of the spaces in the cog).
Looks good so far but at this point I realized that as I had chosen a thin petal there was no overlap. It’s not the law to have an overlap however I had it in mind for this card. I therefore had to find a way to stamp in between each of the white petals but I had the sudden realization that I had already stamped into every space in the cog.
To get around this I turned the cog on the spot just a fraction so that the spaces now lined up with the gaps in the stamped image, (see next image – ps, excuse the weird stain, the cog has been well used since I got – it’s due for a clean but I didn’t want to waste time doing that when I could be making something!) …
Just a quick note here, I did experiment with various colours for the second layer of petals and found that a brown colour would do the job very nicely. A red would have simply disappeared and the cinnamon colour that I had was too close to the white in terms of tone.
Now I was free to stamp a second circuit so I created masks from sticky notes for the white petals that I had already stamped – you can see here that I have already started applying them. If you want to create enough to cover all of the petals in one go you will need sixteen; you can of course get away with just using two but this does mean moving them in between each stamped impression that you make on your second circuit.
After applying all of the masks and stamping a full circuit using the Closed Basic technique with the brown inkpad I removed the masks and the cog and this is the result.
Nice eh?! I particularly like that the brown ink picks up some of the red tone and almost acts as a shadow stamp.
After I had removed the cog and looked at my work I felt that the lower area of the card was lacking something and the card seemed “off-balance”. I could have made another stamped area but this would have taken it away from being the simple card that I had in mind.
To add a little interest to the lower area of the card without detracting from the top I simply added a 1cm strip of white card about 2cm up from the bottom (I used my cutting mat to help me line this up) and then added a strip of ribbon on top of that. I wrapped the ribbon around the back of this layer before BEFORE matting it onto the other layers. This meant that the raggedy ends of the ribbon were hidden neatly.
Next I put the circular topper in place in the middle of the flower. I’ll be honest, at this point I was resisting the urge to add gems to the points of the petals …
To finish things off I just added a teeny bow to the ribbon strip at the bottom of the card. I felt that this was a nice little touch that doesn’t overpower the topper but definitely adds something to the lower area of the card.
So here is the finished card. What do you think?
Yes, I agree, it NEEDS those gems! Lol.
Anyway, I hope that you can see that actually this is quite a quick and easy card to make and it is definitely a credit to the Inkadinkado Stamping System. I hope that you’ll give this a try sometime. In the meantime, thank you for reading :)
As ever, if you have any questions or comments about this card, the products or the techniques that I have written about in this post, please feel free to list them in the comments section below and I will endeavour to reply as soon as I can.
See you again soon.