So, I found a new stamp company on Instagram – you can follow them @pawsomestamps – they are based out of Florida ☀️ and they have some darling cute stamps!! I couldn’t resist the cactus set & the sea set, plus a bag of sequins in mixed colors! Very pretty sequins!
I got the order the other day (fast shipping! Even included a little note!) I am super busy with my digital art, but I had to try the stamps, naturally. So I used my Karin Markers to color a couple cactus stamps, added some white gel pen, and then stamped on the little faces! (Yes they come with mix & match cute faces!!) Super adorable!
Prickly Friend Stamp Set – Pawsome Stamps
Striped Background Stamp – Altenew
Enamel Dots – Altenew
White card stock (vertical fold)
Pattern card stock
Brother Scan & Cut
It never seems like a lot of materials until I write it all down! And I’m probably forgetting something! But the point is the new stamps by Pawsome Stamps 🐾 they are super cute and they stamp very well. High quality stamps. The sequins are also very nice colors and though I did not use them on this card I did use them on another!
I cut the scallop circle 3 times and on the third time I had the Brother Scan & Cut draw the faux stitching for me – you could do this part yourself with a black liner pen of course. I then stacked the circles and adhered them all together.
I have a thing for doing half a card in a decorative card stock and the other side with a background stamp… I know I tend to go this direction often and use washi tape or faux stitching to blend the two sides together. I just like the look of it! I tried to give this one a “southwestern” style but I’m not sure if that worked!
Anyway – the card is below, I think these stamps are indeed “pawsome” and I will definitely be watching their new releases!
Thanks for looking ya’ll and have a great rest of your week! ❤️
Sometimes a design deserves to be repeated! Such is the case with these adorable little chameleons from Pink Ink! One of the cards is for a friend of mine, the other I just decided to make for fun!
Crisp Dye Inks by Altenew
HAPPY Sentiment by Altenew
Circle Sentiments by Altenew
One in a Chameleon Sentiment by Lawn Fawn
Chameleon Stamps by Pink Ink
Enamel dots by Altenew
Heart Stamps by Simon Says Stamp
Ombré inked tiny chameleons on A2 card base with hearts! They are super cute & fun to make in a variety of colors – be sure to pick colors that will blend well where they “meet.” You don’t want to make “mud!”
And how about some inspiration? I have my very own beautiful chameleons!
I have a love of circles & halftones so naturally I was drawn to this stencil & stamp set by Altenew! Circle overload? Ah maybe. But that’s ok, it came out as a fun design I think!
Halftone Circle Stencil – Altenew
Trendy Circles Stamp Set – Altenew
Crisp Dye Inks – Altenew
Rose Gold Embossing Powder
I used the stencil for the background and ink blended the blues shown in the photo to get a gradient.
I attached it to the front of an A2 card base with foam tape for a bit of depth.
I chose 3 circles from the Trendy Circles Stamp set and embossed with the rose gold embossing powder, I cut them using my Brother Scan & Cut machine. There was a little bit of fussy cutting involved! I attached those with more foam tape, doubling up on the larger circle.
I then stamped out the sentiment and adhered it so the end was tucked under the bottom circle. All done!
I love this stamp set & stencil and it will definitely get more use out of me!
Hello! Similar to a design I recently did, I’ve gone and done another, why? Because I just love these splash stamps and the simplicity of the leaf design! It’s a fun, quick, easy way to create a card at the end of the day if you are short on time! Many people seem to love simple cards, and I am one of those people! (Now don’t get me wrong I love making complex colored stamp cards and cutting with my Brother Scan & Cut but simple is so fun!)
Crisp Dye Inks – Altenew
Inky Bouquet Stamp Set – Altenew
Leaf Clusters Stamp Set – Altenew
Painted Rainbow Stamp Set – Altenew
A2 Vertical Cut Card
Sentiment Stamp – Altenew
Black Versafine Ink
And that’s it! Though it sounds like a lot more than it is…it’s a simple design that can be modified to suit what you have I think! Of course you can also make those pretty colorful splashes of color with watercolor on watercolor card stock, or draw them with markers!
I am really loving playing with these stamps and I find myself reaching for them especially when I am crunched for time and just want to create something after a long day.
I recently got a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp “Be Kind” it features 3 leaf outlines & some sentiments. I love outline stamps because it saves me the drawing process and I can get right to the coloring process – plus if I mess it up…I can start again easily! Though I do love drawing I don’t always have the time. (I’ve included a picture of the stamp set at the end of this post for anyone who is interested!)
I stamped it using Frayed Burlap Distressed ink. I then painted it using the Lukas Watercolor pan set + extras (like the Lukas gold which I love!)
I cut the painted stamp out with the Brother Scan & Cut, and I also cut a second one in dark green only slightly larger (.08) to adhere behind the original.
I fiddled. A lot. I chose an A2 kraft brown card base. I kept changing the background and adding more ink, finally deciding to emboss with gold in random areas for a “distressed” look. I almost tossed it and started over, but I hate wasting paper!
The end result looks a bit like gold wooden planks. It wasn’t my intention but that’s what I think it looks like!
The inside has a white insert, left blank.
Love the stamp set, will definitely be using it again! It can be colored so many different ways. See below for the exact set!
That’s it for now! I have a few other cards to post soon!
…ok so maybe this one didn’t come out so “simple” – it did take quite a bit of work, but the idea was born out of “Lesson 4” which says at the end to try some embossing folders or similar to get a “raised” look.
I suppose “clean & simple” would have been leaving it white maybe and not inking it but…ah well. I haven’t used many embossing folders and this is one of only a few that I have.
Mighty Waves 3D Embossing Folder (Altenew)
Cool Summer Night Crisp Dye Inks
Ink blending tools
White card stock
Blue card stock
“hope” sentiment created in Canvas Workspace for Brother Scan & Cut
I embossed a white piece of card stock, (with the embossing folder) then used the 3 colors of ink pictured above to add color. When finished I adhered it to 2 other white pieces of the same size, and then adhered the whole 3 layers to an A2 card with foam tape for even more “pop.”
…but I forgot I wanted to add a thin sentiment banner across the entire front, then tuck it & secure it behind the layers before placing it down with the foam tape. So I was left staring at it all put together without a plan B!
I left it for a while and we took a walk. I decided to do a cut out word instead. I chose “hope” because that was similar to the original plan – as if to say hang on and keep the faith during a difficult “wavy” time. Ride the waves!
I created the word for cutting in Canvas Workspace (by Brother) and sent it to my machine where I cut 2 white copies & 1 blue. I adhered the two white copies one on top of the other and I used the blue as a bit of a drop shadow. I used foam tape to secure it down to the card front. That was finally that! I think I much prefer the simpler cards! Lol! But this is fun too!
So that’s about it for today! I hope everyone had a great start to their week! I am thrilled tomorrow is the last full day of school for my kids, followed by two 1/2 days and then we are DONE. I am so ready to close out the school year and send them back to real NORMAL school next year!!!
Before we get to the cards…Long story short – We have 9 chameleons. 2 Veiled Chameleons, 7 Panther Chameleons. I love chameleons! They are such amazing animals and it’s like having a bit of the jungle in your home.
So naturally I have a few chameleon stamps in my little collection. I totally forgot I had this tiny cute chameleon by Pink Ink, I found him today and I thought it would be fun to make a couple cards with him (actually he comes with a buddy that is mirrored!) When I first got the stamp set I was focused on the big main stamp and not the little guys. Well I adore them!
I got them out today and did two simple cards with just stamps & a bit of foam tape. Nothing too fancy, I was going for minimalist. I also love creating fades & ombré looks with inks. I used the Crisp Dye Inks by Altenew for this.
The second card features the mirrored version of the same chameleon. I think it would make a sweet anniversary card or similar.
So those were my two chameleon cards of the day. Such a cute stamp!
Here are 2 other chameleon cards I did a few months ago, below:
I guess I’ve been having fun keeping it more simple lately!
I have a sparkly card to share today! I have been super busy with my 3D shop so I haven’t had a lot of time to craft, but I make sure to find at least a few moments a day to create at least 1 card – even if that means doing more simple type cards that are discussed in the above mentioned course. However – this one was not quite as simple and took me a while to complete!
Before I go any further…if you want to learn how to make simple, pretty, fun, easy cards to give to your friends/family I highly recommend this course! Inspiration comes from everywhere, and you would be surprised how many different cards you can create with just stamps & ink! Link here! https://altenew.com/products/clean-simple-boutique-cards
So onto the card! This card is hot off the crafty table! “Shine like the Stars!” Part of the above course does cover basic foiling – but alas – I do not have foil! I watched the video anyway and decided to substitute with gold glitter embossing powder & sequins! (But tomorrow I think I’ll hit up the Hobby Lobby and see if I can at least find gold/silver foil!)
So I’ll go over the materials I used below:
Slimline Card Base (my first ever!)
Deep Blue Seas Crisp Dye Inks – Altenew
Halftone Stars Stamp Set – Altenew
Tiny Stars Stamp Set – Altenew
Versamark Embossing Ink
Gold Glitter Embossing Powder
I stamped the larger halftone stars first using the set of inks above to get an ombré effect (I am obsessed with that!) Then I added the smaller stars with embossing ink and embossed those with the gold sparkly glitter embossing powder. Next I added the tiny stars in different areas around the edges, and finally I topped it off with a few sequins. I added the “Shine like the Stars” sentiment at the very end.
That’s it for now – maybe more to share tomorrow! Stay crafty! ⭐️
I seem to be stuck on this course. Not stuck stuck because I can’t complete it (though time is not on my side lately) but stuck because I’ve been so busy that I find making a simple card at the end of the day after the kids are in bed is a nice way to finish the day off & give me something to post about. Though I’m hoping to finish it soon – the AECP Clean & Simple Boutique Cards course.
Tonight I had a few minutes, and this new stamp set I have been looking forward to. I had to work on a 3D art product today for my digital art store so I forced myself NOT to open the package until I was done for the day. That was hard!
I really love “splatter” stamps – probably because I love splattered watercolor, so this artsy splattered/inked coffee set “Coffee with a Splash” by Altenew is fabulous! I did a very simple design with just a few items…
Coffee with a Splash set – Altenew
Splash of Color set – Altenew
Tattered Rose Distressed Ink
White Vertical Fold Card Stock
3 Half Pearls
I stamped the splatter in Tattered Rose, and stamped the coffee cup over it in black. I then stamped the sentiment under the coffee, and added 3 half pearls. That was it, super simple little design to brighten someone’s day! ❤️
Thanks for looking and…may your day be sweet too! ☕️
Hello! I finished up a little trio of “mandala” cards using stencils & inks. These are extremely simple to do & fun! They are also quite cheap to make! So for anyone who wants to get into card making – stencils are a pretty inexpensive way to start and you can get some beautiful & fun effects.
I used A2 vertical fold cards but you can do the same technique on any size card.
Various mandala stencils (Amazon)
Altenew Crisp Dye Inks
Distressed Oxide Inks
A2 Vertical fold cards
Enamel dots (Altenew)
Small ink blending tools (Altenew)
Assuming your card stock is ready, pick your stencil and place it over where you want the design, attach it very gently with painters tape that won’t tear your paper when you pull it free. I also attach the stencil to my work space to keep it from moving.
Choose your colors and appropriate size blending tool for the job – if your stencil has tiny areas then a small tool is best to avoid getting ink onto the other parts of the card!
Use the ink blending tool and blot it onto your ink pad, then blend it onto the paper in the areas you want that color. Make sure to clean the tool or use a different one when switching to a different color, even if the colors are very similar it may come out looking all one color (which is fine if that’s what you want!) You can also blend two colors together (see below!)
Once you are finished with one area move the stencil to another area and repeat until you feel as though you are done. Stamp the sentiment onto the card directly or use another piece of card stock and foam tape to make it pop out! Finally, add any little embellishments you like or as shown below in the other 2 examples you can use washi tape.
…and that’s it! Very easy and very fun to make! The color combinations are endless and at Amazon you can get a whole set of mandala stencils for relatively cheap!