Halloween Cards, Uncategorized

Simple Halloween Card Using Simon Says Stamp “If The Hat Fits”!

Hey lovelies!
Back to the Halloween cards today! Now I know not a lot of people have hours and hours to spend making their cards for every occasion, so today I thought I’d share a really simple way of making cute cards fast! The “If The Hat Fits” set from Simon Says Stamp is a really amazing set to achieve simple but fun cards, the hat images are a great size for a focal point and the larger sentiments compliment them perfectly!
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I had previously stamped out this set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink as I knew I wanted to use it for this year’s Halloween cards. I did some quick colouring using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and added details/highlights with my white gelly roll pen.
Spectrum Noir markers used:
Hat: LG5, LG3, LG2
Ribbon: CR7, OR2, FS9
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I fussy cut out my image, I used my craft knife to cut the little piece between the bend of the hat and the ribbon. I cut down a panel for my card and blended in a circular motion towards the bottom left using Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide ink (I just love how greens and yellows compliment each other!), sprayed it with my distress sprayer before cleaning up any excess water with a paper towel. I splattered my panel with black watercolour paint and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide ink using a paintbrush and some water then allowed it to completely dry. Once it was dry I prepped my panel with my EK Success powder tool, I stamped my sentiment at a slight angle using Versafine Onyx Black ink, coated it in clear embossing powder and set with my heat tool. I stamped a couple of the stars from the set with Versafine ink to draw attention to my sentiment. I adhered the hat to my panel using double sided foam tape to add some dimension. Finally I framed my panel using black card stock and adhered to my card base using double sided score tape!
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Thanks for reading lovelies!
How are your Halloween crafts coming along? Have you started or do you prefer to move straight on to Christmas? For me this is the season I wait for every year with crafting, watching all my favourite movies and decorating our space to fit the theme!

xo

Supplies:

Stamps:
Simon Says Stamp “If The Hat Fits” Stamp Set

Card:
Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card(300gsm)
Hobbycraft Black Premium Card(180gsm)

Inks:
Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink
Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Embossing Powder:
Papermania Clear

Embellishments:
Sakura Gelly Roll Medium Point Pen(White)

Tools:
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape
EK Success Powder Tool Applicator
Papermania Heat Tool
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool

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Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Uncategorized

In Omnia Paratus Card Using Ink Road Stamps “Stars Hollow”!

Hey lovelies! ❤

Today I want to share with you the second card I’ve made with this gorgeous stamp set from Ink Road Stamps! Anybody who watches Gilmore Girls will know of the Life and Death Brigade and the latin term ‘In Omnia Paratus’ which means ‘ready for anything’! Some of my favourite moments in the show happened with Rory and the Life and Death Brigade, although I’m still team Jess! With that being said, I couldn’t NOT make this card!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I made my tall card base and cut a panel slightly smaller from white card stock, I wanted it to represent the jump made by Rory and Logan with the rest of the group so I felt it was most appropriate! I cut a cloud shape stencil from white card stock again, and began inking my panel from the top with my Ranger/Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink. I kept blending the colour all the way down to the bottom of my panel, once finished I distressed it with my Distress Spray bottle.

For the little umbrellas I stamped them with Tsukineko Memento tuxedo black ink on white card stock, then coloured them in rainbow colours using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I took a small circle die and cut them out using my Big Shot machine.

For my sentiments I treated some black card stock with my EK Success powder tool, so the embossing powder wouldn’t stick to anywhere else apart from where I stamped. I stamped both sentiments in Tsukineko Versamark ink, covered them in Altenew pure white embossing powder and set them with my heat tool before cutting them in to thin strips using my paper trimmer. I used my scissors to create a little fish tail banner for the “you jump, I jump” sentiment.

For assembly I began by cutting down some black matte paper to create a border around my panel on the card, adhering it to my card base with my regular tape runner. I then wrapped some blue and white twine around the left side of my panel, adhering it to the back with some washi tape. I backed the umbrella circles and sentiments with double sided foam tape, adhered the umbrellas over the twine and put the sentiments in place where I had planned. I finished by backing the entire panel in foam tape and adhering to my card base.

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Thanks for reading lovelies! ❤ Are any of you here Gilmore Girls fans? I’ve honestly lost count how many times I’ve watched the show from beginning to end, including the newest four episodes released on Netflix! The Ink Road Stamp is now open again! Head on over using the links below to check it out, and see the new products for yourself! ❤

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Ink Road Stamps “Stars Hollow”

INK ROAD DISCOUNTS:

50% off your FIRST order at the Ink Road Stamps shop!

Referral code (10% off for existing customers!): claireanne10

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

INKS:

Tsukineko Versamark “Watermark” Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

INK BLENDING:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

SPRAY BOTTLES:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

Sarcastic Coffee Card Using Ink Road Stamps “Stars Hollow”

Hey lovelies! ❤

By now I probably don’t need to explain my love for coffee, or Gilmore Girls for that matter! I made this card yesterday after learning about the Coffee Lover’s blog hop that started on Friday! So of course, being a Lorelai Gilmore on the coffee addiction scale I just HAD to use the Stars Hollow Set from Ink Road Stamps again!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I began by treating a piece of white card stock with my EK success powder tool as I knew I was going to emboss my images for this card. I stamped the to go coffee cups in a random fashion in Tsukineko Versafine onyx black ink, coated in clear embossing powder and set them with my heat tool. I used a circle die to cut out the area I wanted with my Sizzix Big Shot machine. I’d never tried watercolouring on my white card stock before, but I didn’t want the texture which my watercolour paper has for this piece. I found that as long as I don’t use too much water, it holds up just fine! I took my Salty Ocean distress ink, spread some on my glass craft mat and sprayed with some water, picking up the colour with a paintbrush I painted the areas around the coffee cups with the ink. I moved on to using some brown, orange and green watercolour paints for the coffee cups themselves and set the circle aside to dry.

I created my card base and cut some matte black paper slightly smaller then adhered it with my regular tape runner. I created a panel with some foiled card stock from DCWV. I prepped some black card stock with my powder tool and chose my sentiments, I chose “coffee please, people are particularly stupid today, I cannot talk to any more of them”, I love a good sassy sentiment! This is an iconic Michelle moment in Gilmore Girls and I can’t read that phrase without reading it in his voice! I stamped my sentiments in Tsukineko Versamark ink and heat embossed it in Altenew Pure White embossing powder, cutting them in to thin strips.

By this time the circle panel was dry, so I took a die from the Avery Elle tag dies and partially die cut it on either side of the circle. I backed the circle with double sided foam tape as I wanted it to add a little extra dimension to the card. I used some blue and white twine and threaded it through the holes on either side of the circle. Adhering the circle to the foiled card stock panel, I wrapped the twine behind the foiled panel and adhered it to the back with some washi tape. I glued my sentiments flat to the card using my regular tape runner, backed the entire panel in foam tape and adhered to my card base.

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Thanks for reading lovelies! ❤ I know this is not one of my regular posting days, but I really wanted to take part in the hop! Definitely go and check out some of the other posts people are creating, they’re making some really incredible things! 🙂 The Ink Road Stamps shop is still closed preparing for that big product reveal I keep talking about, if you’ve signed up for the e-mail notifications already you should have a sneak peak in your inbox by now! If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?! Go to the site and sign up to be notified when the shop reopens!

xo

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~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

INK ROAD STAMPS:

Sign up to be notified when the shop reopens!

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

INKS:

Tsukineko Versamark “Watermark” Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Papermania Clear

Altenew Pure White

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

HEAT TOOL:

Papermania Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Uncategorized

Coffee Friendship Card Using Ink Road Stamps “Stars Hollow”!

Hello lovelies! ❤

Yup you read that right, I’m back with yet ANOTHER coffee card! When will I bore of making caffeine related cards? Never! Especially when it ties in to my all time favourite show, Gilmore Girls!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I created my card base from white card stock, followed by cutting some grey card stock to fit the base leaving a slight white border at either side. I used an embossing folder I got free in a magazine to create the textured pattern on the grey card, but before running it through I covered the inside of the embossing folder with Versamark ink (on the smoother panel with no ridges) so the embossed areas would be lighter than the areas without embossing. I feel like this creates a subtle contrast but it definitely adds something extra!

I cut a white strip to fit across the width of the grey panel and used my EK Success powder tool to treat the card so my embossing powder would only stick to the areas I stamped. I took the small solid coffee cup stamp from the Stars Hollow set and stamped with Versamark ink, coated it in Papermania Gold embossing powder and set it with my heat tool. I repeated this all along the white strip.

For the sentiment I treated some white card stock again with my powder tool, stamped my sentiment “Coffee please, in a VAT” (because who doesn’t need that right?!) in Versafine Onyx Black ink, covered with Papermania clear embossing powder and set it with my heat tool. I took a small circle die and cut it out using my Big Shot machine.

Here is where I began the assembly of my card, I backed the grey panel with foam tape and adhered it to my card base. I used my regular tape runner to adhere the strip with the coffee cups to the grey panel, and foam tape once again to pop up the circular sentiment in the centre of the strip. I chose some copper and gold sequins and adhered them to my card using Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive for a little extra shine!

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Thank you for reading lovelies! ❤ I am absolutely IN LOVE with this stamp set from Ink Road Stamps, right now the shop is closed in preparation for a BIG product reveal, but I will edit the link to the stamp set when it is back up and running as well as my referral code for 50% off your first order! If you’re already a customer of Ink Road Stamps you can always use my code “claireanne10” for 10% off your order! For now though, head on over to the website and sign up to be notified when the shop reopens, keep your eyes open for that product reveal! Exciting stuff!

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

INK ROAD STAMPS:

Sign up to be notified when the shop opens here!

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

INKS:

Tsukineko Versamark “Watermark” Ink

Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Papermania Gold

Papermania Clear

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

HEAT TOOL:

Papermania Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

I Miss You Friendship Card Using Distress Inks!

Hello lovelies! ❤

Sharing another quick and easy card with you today, perfect to send to those you may not see every day!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I cut a panel from white card stock and picked which distress ink colours I wanted to work with (colours used & links will be listed at the end of this post!). The sun was shining so it only seemed right to go for some red, yellow and pink for that summery feel! I placed the inks directly on to my glass craft mat and sprayed with some water, then smooshed my panel on the surface to pick up the colour remembering to dry between each layer for a textured feel. When I was happy with how  it looked I splattered it with some gold metallic watercolour paint from my Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors” palette and set aside to dry.

I created my card base and top panel using white card stock and rounded the corners with a corner punch. I then cut some black matte paper larger than my top panel and rounded the corners for a cohesive look and adhered to my card base. To finish my top panel I die cut the stitched heart window with Lawn Fawn’s Outside In Stitched Heart stackable dies.

For my sentiment I decided to go with the “I Miss You” stamp from Simon Says Stamp “Seeing Stars”. I treated some black card stock with my EK Success powder tool, stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Altenew Pure White embossing powder. I cut it down in to a thin sentiment strip and adhered it across the back of my stitched heart using my regular tape runner.

To finish the card I backed the stitched heart panel with foam tape and adhered it to the ink smooshed panel, then adhered it to my card base using my regular tape runner.

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Thanks for reading lovelies! ❤ Do you prefer simpler cards or cards with a lot of colour and images? Let me know in the comments below! ❤

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Simon Says Stamp “Seeing Stars”

DIES:

Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card (300gsm)

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

INKS:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Abandoned Coral Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Fossilized Amber Distress Ink

Tsukineko Versamark “Watermark” Ink

HEAT TOOL:

Papermania Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Thank You Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

Donut You Know Friendship Card Using Some Odd Girl “Sweet & Salty”!

Hello lovelies! ❤

Hands up if you have a sweet tooth?! I tend to side with the saltier things in life but donuts are one exception to that rule! I was gifted this cute stamp set by my friend Anna a little while ago, knowing if it’s cute and food related I’m in LOVE!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I knew I wanted to work with the donut stamp from this set as I had a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s “Sweet Friends” set that would go great with it! I began by creating my card base and adhering some black matte paper on top, then cut my panel slightly smaller from watercolour paper. I treated the watercolour paper with my EK Success powder tool as I was planning to heat emboss my images. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp my donuts all over my panel, coated them in clear embossing powder from papermania then set them with my heat tool.

I moved on to colouring my images, I knew I wanted the frosting on the donuts to be pretty bright so I decided to watercolour it with distress inks. I decided on a blue and pink ink and used the alternate colour of sprinkles for each donut. I used my watercolour paint for the actual donut underneath as I didn’t have a distress ink that would fit the colour.

For my sentiment I treated some black card stock with my powder tool, used my Versamark ink to stamp my sentiment and heat embossed it in Altenew pure white embossing powder. I then cut them in to thin sentiment strips and cut the edges at an angle. I adhered them to my panel using my regular tape runner. To finish the card I backed the donut panel with foam tape and adhered to my card base.

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Thanks for reading lovelies! ❤ I can’t wait to play with this set again in the future, the images are a great size and are too cute to just sit away in storage! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend! 🙂

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Some Odd Girl “Sweet & Salty”

Lawn Fawn “Sweet Friends”

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm) 

INKS:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink

Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Tsukineko Versamark “Watermark” Ink

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

Papermania Clear

HEAT TOOL:

Papermania Multi-Purpose Heat Tool