Hello happy crafters, this month I want to start with a beautiful dreamy digital collection. The Good Night Collection from The Hungry JPEG. The Hungry JPEG has many graphics and fonts, they also have value bundles. I made 3 cards with the graphics.
I loved the purple and blue tone. The dreamy feathers and sleepy characters remind me of my baby nephew.
For my first card, I used the pre assembled dream catcher from the bundle. I printed it with my colour printer and cut it out with my BROTHER Scan & Cut leaving a 2mm border. I brushed over the feathers with clear NUVO glimmer pen and embellished the dream catcher with gems.
For the background, I used COSMIC SHIMMER powder in Peacock Green, Purple Violet and Midnight Blue. I wet the 300gsm watercolour paper using a brush in a organic pattern, then tapped on the shimmer powders sparingly on to the wet surface. I then spray a mist of water over the surface to help the powder to move, I also used the paint brush to mix in difficult area. I allowed the background to dry naturally before splattering it with white paint to make tiny stars. To help the background stand out more, I matted the background with a black cardstock.
For the sentiment, I used the SIMON SAYS STAMP Believe stamp set. I stamped it with VERSAFINE Black Onyx ink then cut it out with the matching die, and trimmed the small sentiment to fit under the big word. I also coated the 'believe' with the clear glimmer pen. To finish assembling, I popped up the dreamcatcher and the small sentiment strip using a layer of foam tape.
To make my second card, I used the same COSMIC SHIMMER powders. This time I cut the background following closely to the spread pattern. I also printed and cut the squirral, like the one before with 2mm border. I included gold thread behind the focus graphic which is popped up with a layer of foam. I die cut the sentiment from refective gold cardstock and stuck it down with liquid glue. I also popped up the whole background with another layer of foam. To add a little sparkle, I used the SIMON SAYS STAMP Stay Gold sequins. The COSMIC SHIMMER powder has mica powder in it which adds a beautiful soft shimmer to the card.
For the last card, I used the same method and powders to make the background. I used a LIFE CHANGING BRUSH to add MEMENTO Black ink to the background over a cloud stencil from MY FAVORITE THINGS. I moved the stencil around and turned the stencil to give variation to the background. To further accentuate the clouds, I used a white polychromos pencil from FABER-CASTELL to trace the edge of the cloud. I made some lines thicker and others thinner to resemble more realistic clouds. I used the Stitch Rectangle Scallop Frames from MY FAVORITE THINGS, I propped up the frame with foam and then added the middle cutout onto the cardbase with liquid glue. The sleepy bunny was fussy cut close to the outline of the image and popped up with a layer of foam. To add the final shine, I used Twinkle Twinkle Little Star confetti from HONEY BEE STAMPS.
I intentionally left the bottom area blank on the last card so that when I choose to add a sentiment to the card, there will be a space for it.
I love the graphics from The Hungry JPEG, they were so stinkin adorable. I also loved making the shimmery background using the COSMIC SHIMMER Pixie Powder. I hope you have enjoyed these cards. Thank you for taking your time to visit my post. If you could be kind enough to leave a comment below and tell me what you liked about the cards or my blog. I truly appreciate your constructive comments.
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Two colour cards
I kept my supplies simple recalling back to when I first started making cards as I entered university. To emphasize on the design, keep the focus on the cute critter, I kept the colour to 2 colours with an exception of black for outline and sentiment.
I also used a water brush and the cute little octopus from Australia's owned KaiserCraft. Disclaimer: these are very very simple cards, they are meant for beginner card makers so my descriptions might seem unnecessarily lengthy for experienced crafters. If you fall in the latter category, please feel free to browse through the rest of my collections instead. Thank you.
I made 2 cards to show how the colouring and placement of the sentiment alone can make cards look different.
I began with the image, I stamped it with Distress Ink - Hickory Smoke on a regular smooth 80lb cardstock and let it dry completely. I did have to stamp the image a few times as the distress inks are not the best for stamping.
Next, I squishing my Abandon Coral Distress Ink Pad to a slick surface, I used a Glass Media mat, but a simple acetate sheet will work too, just remember to tape it down so it does not move as you are trying to pick up the colour or your paper. Then using a fine tip aqua brush/ water brush, pick up some colour using the tip and practice making some heat shapes on a scrap piece of paper. Make sure not to squeeze the brush, if the brush tip gets too dry, squeeze a drop of water out on the slick surface and reuse that drop every time the tip gets a little dry or if you need to dilute your ink.
when you are ready, draw your hearts on your card. I drew the hearts in a pattern that it was leading away from the little octopus.
then I squished the Hickory Smoke to the slick surface, using just water I wet each tentacle before introducing the Hickory Smoke to the water. I made sure the surface of the paper was only shiny wet and not dome wet. A paper towel is really handy in such situations. I coloured the rest of the octopus the same way, to make him happy, I added some Abandon Coral to his cheeks.
Lastly, since there is no matching distress cardstock, I made mine by squishing the ink pad on a white piece of paper and let it dry for about 15 mins, I also heat set it just to be safe. I then used a 1.0 black gel pen to write "I love u" and 0.5 black gel pen to write "today, tomorrow, always" on a thin stript of paper which I had lying around.
I cut a banner tail for the "I love you" by marking the centre and making another horizontal line touching both edges, then I cut from that lined edge to the marked centre.
to adhere all of it, I used a mixture of wet and dry adhesive. I used foam to pop up the banner, glue dots for the small sentiments and liquid glue for the panel which I mounted on a Fog cardstock from SIMON SAYS STAMP.
I started this one similar to the last one, I stamped the image first but I used a water-resistant black ink, Blackout from INK on 3. Then I used the Abandon Coral to make a fog like a background around the octopus. I cut out some hearts from the strip of cardstock I had coloured to make the banner piece for the previous card. I coloured the octopus using the wet on wet method where I wet the image first with clean water then add liquid in this case ink to it and let the water do its magic. It gives a really organic and soft look don't you think?
The sentiments were all done the same way, except I changed this one to say "4ever...". When I placed the panel on my card I felt like it didn't stand out enough even with my usual form backing, so I took a radical step and cut myself come cardboard, about a 1 cm thick piece. I cut the piece a little smaller than my panel and curled the edges of my paper to accentuate the lift as well as hid the cardboard. The shadow gives it a well-defined edge which was what I intended.
After adhering everything in place, I used some Glossy Accents on the hearts to give them a little shine.
That's it for this post, stay tune for more minimalist cards. If you like what you have read, consider subscribing to get notifications when I post new materials. Happy crafting.
I started with the pretty Japanese paper which was originally intended for origami. I paired that with an soft pink embossed background using a fan patterned embossing folder. I then stamped and colored the geisha in red and coral tones to match the paper. I used a snowflake stamp to emulate sakura flowers falling from the top left corner. I embossed 'sending you' using white embossing powder on black card stock and trimmed it to resemble a banner. For the 'xoxo' I used thick enamel embossing power and embosses two layers on a black card stock. After assembling all the element on a rectangle panel, I used a corner puncher to round out the top corner. Before adhering the panel to the embossed background, I added some yellow satin ribbon to the bottom part and tucked the ribbon behind the embossed piece. I used some foam to help the panel stand out from the background. Finally, the embossed piece was added to a 4.25 x 5 inch white card.
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