Die cut sentiment

This new card-making journey for me is all about creativity which I love, but at the same time it kinda brings frustration when the things you imagine don’t come to life as you expected. This card wasn’t at all what I had initially planned. In fact, I had to start from scratch because the first card I made was just full of mistakes or things that didn’t go as expected. 

I wanted to submit some entries on the My favorite things super star design challenge but I just felt too much pressure from all the things your card had to have to be a winner card. None of the cards I thought about were winners (in my mind). So I decided that I would get some experience first and then I would participate. But I ended up with a card anyway. 

So for this card I made a little ink blending with the clarity stencil brushes for the background. I used festive berries and scattered straw. Then I adhered the chunky chevron panel I die cut from some gold sparkle cardstock I bought from MFT. I also made a second piece with the same colors and die cut the sentiment from there. I then adhered the sentiment to a fish tail banner I cut myself and sprayed everything with the shimmer mist that I’m loving right now to dress the card up and add that little extra shimmer it needed to be complete. To embellish it, i added a couple of sequins and I also added some glossy accents to the sentiment.

It sort of feels like a monochromatic card because I stuck to those two colors as the main focus of the card. Apart from the gold. Pretty simple but I like the result. Here are some pictures: 


I sort of caught some of the shimmer on that last one, so you can imagine what it looks like in real life. 

Until next time, 

Karla

Celebrating with Concord & 9th

It’s hard to believe that a company with so many awesome designs as Concord & 9th is only a year old. They have easily become one of my favorite stamp companies because of the super smart products and the awesome people behind it. I recently watched a “Crafty chat”  from Online card classes with Greg and Angie, the founders of Concord & 9th and it was such a great chat that as soon as it was finished, I wanted to go to their website and buy one of everything they had. But I couldn’t do it at the time, so I waited and was able to buy on their flash sale for hitting 9K on Instagram. It was great because I was able to get more stamps and dies. So there’s going to be many projects using C9 stamps and dies in the near future šŸ™‚ 

Now for today’s card, I decided to play along with the “Where creativity meets C9” challenge #1: Celebration (http://www.wherecreativitymeetsc9.com). So of course, I made a birthday card. I happen to love the leaves from the “Give thanks” stamp set and I am seriously obsessed with heat embossing everything, so I first started by mixing and smoshing 4 different colors of distress inks for the background. Then I heat embossed the solid leave from the set three times in white and the tips in gold so it would look like gold dipped feathers. 


For the sentiment I used the sophisticated script and uppercase to spell out “Happy birthday” and  since I wanted to use velum for the sentiment, I  cut a piece of velum and tried to heat emboss the whole “Happy birthday” sentiment on it but failed like 3 times. So I ended up heat embossing the two words in two separate pieces of velum and fussy cutting the edges to glue it on to the card front. I then put some Ranger multi medium matte to glue the sentiment and sprayed the whole panel with a shimmer mist for some sparkle. I also added a few clear sequins to embellish it. And that’s pretty much it. I really like how it turned out. Here are some other pictures where I tried to catch the shimmer mist: 

How awesome are the sophisticated script stamp sets? I’ll tell ya, they’re SUPER awesome! 

I am linking this card/post to the C9 #1 challenge. Looking forward to participate in the challenge every month. Happy birthday Concord and 9th! 
Until next time, 

Karla 

It’s a beautiful lifeĀ 

Is that a powerful statement or what? I love that words have the power to lift us up or to bring us down. And I love that we can remind ourselves how blessed we are by simply saying something powerful to ourselves once in a while. Or as many times as necessary in one day. So when I saw the “Beautiful life” stamp set by Honeybee stamps (honeybeestamps.com), I knew I had to get it. I just thought about how many people could probably have a better day if only they had a reminder about how loved they are, or how wonderful, beautiful and fabulous they are. So I decided to make two cards out of this stamp set. I actually want to make more because I really love the messages on it but for now here are the two I made. One of them happens to be for a dear friend of mine who is pregnant with her first baby girl and is about to enter the motherhood world, so I decided to make it a little girlish by using colors that straight out scream “girl” šŸ™‚ and well since I am obsessed with heat embossing I added some gold accents to the card and heat embossed the sentiment as well on some velum. I gotta say, that sentiment took me the longest to do. I don’t know why it just took me a little time to get it right without having bubbles on the letters or warping the velum. But man was the the wait and effort worth it! I stamped the solid hearts from the stamp set in a variation of pink-purple colors and then some confetti using a purple ink. All the inks are from Simon Says Stamp (simonsaysstamp.com). I believe the colors I used were Hot Mama, Hollyhock, Teeny bikini and Wisteria for the confetti. I also used some Hot Mama to put a little color to the borders of the card base to place the card front on top. Then I heat embossed the sentiment and used the outline of the big heart to heat emboss some gold details as well. And to embellish it I, of course, used some gold sequins. I totally love the outcome on this one! 

Now for the second card, I decided I wanted to use the awesome words on the set: “Beautiful, wonderful, fabulous”. And remind someone that they are loved and that they are all of those things. So I stamped the three words in different states colors of ink to make the background (I used a whole bunch of colors from SSS), then heat embossed the sentiment in white embossing powder from Hero arts on a scalloped circle and added some patterned paper for the back of the background and some wink of Stella shimmer on each of the words in the background. I also like the outcome šŸ™‚ I tried really hard to capture just how sparkly the wink of Stella is… I gotta say the camera doesn’t do it justice but I hope you can capture a glimpse of the beauty of that pen. 



And that would be all for now. I’ll be making some other cards with this stamp set, for sure, so stay tuned šŸ™‚ 

Thank you for your visit, have a great day!