A Reason To Celebrate

December 10, 2013 — 13 Comments

Do we ever need a reason to celebrate? Can we celebrate just for the sake of celebrating?

To be honest, I don’t have the answer to either of these questions but the thought did cross my mind as I was creating the card for this blog post.

It’s a pretty simple one. Just some alphabet stamps, a spot of ink and some cardstock.

Here’s the card.

A Reason To Celebrate - A Card Using Inkadinkado Gemstone Alphabet Stamps - Finished Card (3)Very bright and cheerful I thought.

This one started on a previous blog post when I was using a geometric patterned paper from Die Cuts With A View.

Remember this?

Abstract Pattern With Tim Holtz Distress Inkpads - 1Gorgeous isn’t it?!

Well, it has been sitting on my desk since I last used it so I thought that I had either better use or it or lose it.

As you are reading a blog post about how I used it, I am sure that you can guess the outcome of that debate, lol!

Anyway, I set about having a rummage to see what would work with this paper.

The first thing that I came across was a set of Gemstone Alphabet Stamps from Inkadinkado I recently “won” on eBay (reason to celebrate in itself!).

The stamps look like this…

A Reason To Celebrate - A Card Using Inkadinkado Gemstone Alphabet Stamps - The Tools (1)

I thought about stamping each one on a little strip of card and then mounting these across the front of a card.

I had also recently added a rainbow of little coloured inkpad cubes, from Versacolor, to my collection.

So I selected a few – yup, I went with a rainbow spectrum. Well, for a celebration card it’s got to be bright and colourful, right?

A Reason To Celebrate - A Card Using Inkadinkado Gemstone Alphabet Stamps - The Tools (2)

I did actually want a unique colour for each letter, but didn’t have any other really bright colours so kept the selection as it was.

I am getting in the habit of sticking gems on practically everything so I recently invested in a little spinny wheel thing of various colours – cannily there were matching colours for each of the inkpads that I had! Yay!

A Reason To Celebrate - A Card Using Inkadinkado Gemstone Alphabet Stamps (1)

Right, so that was pretty much all that I selected to go with the paper. Simple stuff.

The first step was to stamp out the letters.I did think about cutting out the panels after I had stamped them however for alignment I decided that it would be easier to cut the panels first. They were 1.5cm x 5cm.

Here they are all stamped out.

A Reason To Celebrate - A Card Using Inkadinkado Gemstone Alphabet Stamps - Step  (1)Next up I cut out matching layering panels in black cardstock. I gave them a 2mm border.

A Reason To Celebrate - A Card Using Inkadinkado Gemstone Alphabet Stamps - Step  (2)

(Surely a contender for “most boring photo ever” award?)

Having stuck the stamped panels to their backing I then went onto to apply the gems (according to the stamp design which had specific spaces for gems on each letter).

A Reason To Celebrate - A Card Using Inkadinkado Gemstone Alphabet Stamps - Step  (3)

I then deliberated over the background for AGES; it actually went dark outside whilst I was trying out different layouts, Lol!

Thankfully I finally settled on this layout.

A Reason To Celebrate - A Card Using Inkadinkado Gemstone Alphabet Stamps - Step  (4)I chose this because I liked the way the coloured sections disect the central white area. Ok, don’t get me going with all the arty and designy lingo. Let’s move on…

Next choice was how to arrange the letters. Do they all need to line up like little soldiers or are they going to be jumping about like they are celebrating at a rave?

Well, I think that my brain decided that both would be the most effective method so they are all lined up neatly but staggered like they are doing a mini Mexican wave :)

Like this …

A Reason To Celebrate - A Card Using Inkadinkado Gemstone Alphabet Stamps - Finished Card (1)So that was it.

Here are a couple more views of the card.

A Reason To Celebrate - A Card Using Inkadinkado Gemstone Alphabet Stamps - Finished Card (2)

A Reason To Celebrate - A Card Using Inkadinkado Gemstone Alphabet Stamps - Step  (5)

A Reason To Celebrate - A Card Using Inkadinkado Gemstone Alphabet Stamps - Finished Card (3)

(You probably noticed that I did go on and add an additional white border to the card – I just felt that it needed it).

I still don’t have an answer for the “Do we need a reason to celebrate” question – whether we do or don’t this card will help brighten my day each time I think about it because I will be imagining those little letters cheering as they do that mini Mexican wave just one more time, lol!

If you want to know any more, or have any thoughts or comments to make on this post, please feel free to use the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog. I look forward to creating more posts in the near future.

Take care.

J :)

13 responses to A Reason To Celebrate

  1. 

    Simple and very eye catching. Might just have to create something in a similar vein. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  2. 

    Hi John,
    Fantastic card. It just goes to show that creating cards only take a bit of imagination and some stamps, ink and card and you’re away. Another winning design.

    All the best.
    Carol

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  3. 

    Amazing card! I always love a rainbow of colours! I have those gems they are great if a little fiddly to stick on! Thank goodness for sticky pick up tools!
    Love the little Mexican wave detail too !

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  4. 

    Love this card, it has given me an idea for my son in laws birthday which falls between Christmas and New year!

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  5. 

    Love this card and must look out for those stamps -I can think of lots of uses. It’s lovely to see such a bright and cheerful card on a dismal December day. Thank you John.
    Janet (from Kent)

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  6. 

    really like your card John, as I was scrolling through a picture kept coming to mind, A Xylophone, only need two little hammers x

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  7. 

    Its very lovely. It reminded me of piano keys. Jan X

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  8. 

    What a brilliant colourful card. These colours would look great on a card with the sentiment ‘You are my Sunshine’ xx

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  9. 

    As always a gem of a card, oh just realised my pun. Too tired to work it out beforehand lol,
    Hugs
    Hazel xx

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  10. 

    That’s one funky card, young John! I’m so glad I didn’t see the stamps on ebay, would have hated to fight against you for them, although I’ll certainly be looking for more of the same to try and win. I’m not too good at stamping as yet, I can’t get the pressure right, and my embossing is a total disaster.
    Bejay x

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    • 

      Have you tried ‘ thin Jim’ acrylic blocks they are a lot easier to get an all over pressure with than thick ones I’ve tried, though I’ve also invested (rather a lot) of money on a craft dragon stamping system which gives you a great way of re inking either with different inks or the same colour if you don’t get it right first time, both of these have been little victories for my stamping problems !

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      Cool card John and deceptively simple….one downside, I loved the stamps soooo much I’ve had to buy a set myself! :-) After much ‘googling’ I found them …

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  11. 
    Ruthie In Suffolk December 10, 2013 at 10:11 am

    REALLY effective – I love this and might be pinching your idea! :-)

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