The key to happiness is quite elusive. According to some rubber stamps that accompanied this month’s issue of Get Stamping the message is clear, “Doing what you like is freedom; Liking what you do is happiness”.
I guess that they have a point.
Anyway, don’t worry, I’m not going to waffle on about philosophy and all that. I think that you can guess that this post is in fact about something that I made with the stamps that I got with the magazine.
Here is said card …
Definitely proud of this one as all of the design was done by my fair hand as I wielded blending brushes, inkpads and rubber stamps, even the background! *puffs out chest with pride*
I was lucky enough to have just enough time to photograph a good proportion of the steps as I made this card so we’ve got ourselves a full description below of how I went about making it in case you were interested.
So I gathered up a whole bunch of stuff as follows …
Oh yes, Here is the stamp sheet that I was talking about earlier also…
Lots to choose from :)
I went for the three that are bottom right of the sheet. The crane/stork, the bridge and the sentiment.
The first thing that I did was to cut the all over post it note with the circular spellbinders die and plonk the resulting shape in the upper area of the A6 cardstock. I say plonk, I clearly got the ruler out and checked that it was equidistant, as any good virgo would.
Then it was time to start inking. Using my make shift ink blending brushes (shaving foam brushes for 60p from Wilkos) I blended on the first colour of Tim Holtz Distress Inkpads which was Mustard Seed.
Then I used Spiced Marmalade…
And finally Aged Mahogany.
I also added some “speckle spots” to the design by spritzing with water and then dabbing away with tissue – I thought that it need it.
By the way, I like it when my brushes are saturated with colour – look how cute the look all lined up and having a natter – now back to work brushes!
Ok, Ok, they deserve a break. For the next step I used ink blending foam. I tore some paper in half and used this as a mask (to represent mountains) and then blended some ink (the mask covered the top part of the design and I blended the ink towards the bottom area).
I repeated that a couple more times, moving the mask each time and using less/more ink to give the impression of the hills receeding into the background and then I used the Archival Coffee coloured inkpad to stamp on the bridge.
Then I – woah! What, where did this come from (and what happened to the other one)?! *looks around innocently*
Mmmm, look at it’s delicious custardiness …
Ok, I don’t mind if I do – scoff, munch, nom.
Moustache wiped and it was back on with the card I removed the mask and layered the sheet onto some black cardstock; trimming the edges down to 1/16″ with my perfect layers rulers.
At this point I thought that it might look a bit boring just mounted like this (well, let’s say subdued as the scene is ok, but it’s not really making an impact – for me anyway).
So I broke out the rectangular Inkadinkado Stamping Gear cog and paddle along with one of the oriental style Inkadinkado Stamping Gear stamps. Using the Archival Coffee coloured inkpad I stamped out a border pattern onto white cardstock (about A5 in size).
I trimmed the two short ends of the card a little to make them look like the two long sides and then, using the same Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad colours as earlier, I blended the edges giving it a shaded look. As before I spritzed lightly with water and then dabbed off with tissue paper.
I then added the sentiment and the crane/stork – the sentiment was stamped with black stazon and the stork with the coffee coloured inkpad.
The gold layers were added to give a little “pow” to the design. All were done with the perfect layers rulers in order to make it all neat and proper.
That, as they say, was that.
Finally, here are a couple of close ups for your perusal.
So here is that there card all finished and proud.
What do you think? Not a bad effort eh?
Looking at the sentiment, I can definitely say that I liked what I did here, and the custardy donut finger :)
As ever, if you have any questions or comments about this post, I’d love for you to pop them in the comments section below.
Many thanks for reading. See you again soon.