Friday, July 12, 2019

Two Cards, Two Stamp Sets | Concord & 9th July Release

Hello!

I have two more cards to share with you today, featuring items from the Concord & 9th July release.  Both feature heat embossing, so warm up those heat guns, and lets get right to it.  

This first card today is soft and sweet, and features the Sew Pretty Stamp Set.  Now, I'm going to be honest here.  This set comes as an awesome bundle  with stitching dies, and the option to include (or not) the Sewing Essentials set that includes embroidery thread and needles.  I did not use the stitching dies and essentials on this card.  I adore the look of stitching, but threading a needle gives me anxiety.  However, the stamp set itself is absolutely useable, and ADORABLE without the stitching - and I love the fonts on the sentiments.  

Two different cards - both soft and sweet, using new stamp sets from Concord & 9th, and heat embossing.  This card features a fun heat embossed floral background.

I began by stamping and heat embossing the frame and sentiment onto a piece of white card stock. I then stamped the single flower stamp twice using Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink, and the leaves twice using my Forest Moss Distress marker, then fussy cut all of my stamped pieces.  I found a small strip of card stock, and coated it in ink, and then heat embossed the whole strip.   

I then used a piece of painters tape (adhere it to your inner arm first, to lessen the tackiness) to block off the top portion of my Pale Rose card front.  I stamped the floral images on the bottom portion of my card front - peeled off the tape carefully - then applied white embossing powder and heat set.  I then layered the embossed strip on the card front, along with the sentiment panel and flowers.  A white card base, and a few Nuvo drops finished up the card.

Two different cards - both soft and sweet, using new stamp sets from Concord & 9th, and heat embossing.  This card features a fun heat embossed floral background.

Today's second card features the free gift stamp set from Concord & 9th for the month of July, it's not currently available to purchase individually.  If you order $60 of the other things on your wishlist, in their shop, you can get this set for free, and it's gorgeous!  I couldn't wait to get this stamped and watercolor on it!

I stamped and heat embossed the heart image onto a piece of watercolor paper, then I watercolored the image with ink from my Distress Markers.  Years ago, I learned (unsure from who) to color the marker onto a piece of glass, or an acrylic block, and then to use a water brush to take the color to the paper.  This creates a softer watercolor look than coloring straight onto the paper, and you have slightly more control.

Two different cards - both soft and sweet, using new stamp sets from Concord & 9th, and heat embossing.  This card features some emboss resist watercoloring, using Distress Markers.


Colors used on heart:
Victorian Velvet, Aged Mahogany, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Milled Lavender, Seedless Preserves, Forest Moss, Walnut Stain, Pumice Stone 

I, again, used some painter's tape to tape a panel of watercolor paper to my work surface.  I used Pumice Stone mixed with a bit of Victorian Velvet to paint a background for the card.  I let both watercolor pieces dry, as I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment onto a piece of Rustic Rose card stock.  I attached the dry background panel to the Oatmeal Cookie card base with foam squares, then attached the fussy cut heart, and sentiment strip on additional foam squares.  A few self adhesive pearls were added to finish the card off.  

Two different cards - both soft and sweet, using new stamp sets from Concord & 9th, and heat embossing.  This card features some emboss resist watercoloring, using Distress Markers.

I love how both of these cards turned out.  They are totally different - with different stamp sets, and colors used - but both have a sweet softness, and that gorgeous embossing.  Which is your favorite?

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Supplies Used:
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Toucan Paradise | Concord & 9th NEW July Release

Hello!

Concord & 9th has their July release today, and I'm so excited to share THREE cards with you using one of the new stamp and die bundles, along with an additional die set that coordinates perfectly.   There are a lot of photos, and I've walked you through how each card was made, so this is a bit of a long post (you've been warned!).   The products used on the cards will be linked at the very bottom of the post.



For all three cards, I'm using the Toucan Paradise bundle (the stamps and dies are available separately if you'd prefer), and the Tropical Vibes die set.   The Tropical Vibes dies are also offered as part of the Tropical Vibes bundle - with a Turnabout stamp set - however, I only used the dies in today's cards.  If you'd prefer to purchase the ENTIRE release, there are options for you to do that.  There are several fun sets in this release.

These three fun Toucan cards were created with the NEW (July 2019) Concord & 9th Toucan Paradise bundle, and the Tropical Vibes dies.

The first card would be great for use with a thank you gift, or gift card.  For this card, I started with a panel of Whip Cream cardstock.  I stamped the larger solid leaf from the Toucan Paradise stamp set in Sweet Pear Ink around the edge of the card stock, then stamped the smaller leaf with Lemongrass Ink in the spaces between.  On a separate piece of card stock, I stamped the body of my toucan in Black Licorice Ink.  I used the coordinating die to cut a template from a piece of scrap card, and used that to help me line up the pieces for the beak. The beak pieces were stamped in Summer Days, and Tangerine Fusion inks.  I also stamped the branch image with Hazelnut Blend ink, onto Oatmeal Cookie card stock.  I used the Toucan Paradise dies to die cut the bird, and branch pieces.  

One of three fun Toucan cards, that were created with the NEW (July 2019) Concord & 9th Toucan Paradise bundle, and the Tropical Vibes dies.

I glued the toucan to the branch with some craft glue, and then laid him onto my card front to get the spacing for the sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment in Black Licorice, then added foam squares to the back of the bird to attach him to the card.  Once attached, I matted the card front onto a piece of Lemongrass card stock, and then added that to a Whip Cream card base.  A drop of Ebony Black Nuvo Drops finished his eye, and I added Morning Dew Nuvo Drops to the beak - you can maintain a little definition by filling in the top yellow section, and bottom orange section, first.  Then fill in the other sections after the first has dried for an hour or so.  

One of three fun Toucan cards, that were created with the NEW (July 2019) Concord & 9th Toucan Paradise bundle, and the Tropical Vibes dies.

The second card I'm sharing, is bright and colorful and fun for a thinking of you card! I started by stamping my Toucan in Blue Lagoon, Cool Pool, Summer Days, and Tangerine Fusion, using the die cut frame I used before.  Then I die cut the stamped Toucan, a Whip Cream circle, and used the leaves from the Tropical Vibes die set to cut leaves from Lemongrass and Fresh Forest  card stocks.  I stamped the sentiment in Candy Apple - slightly offset - onto the die cut circle.  I adhered my Toucan to the circle with craft glue.  

One of three fun Toucan cards, that were created with the NEW (July 2019) Concord & 9th Toucan Paradise bundle, and the Tropical Vibes dies.

Using a pencil, I lightly marked where the circle was onto a piece of Whip Cream card stock.  Then, using the same ink colors I used on the bird, I stamped some of the smaller images - lines, flowers, and triangles, around the edge of the circle.  Then I adhered the die cut leaves around the edge as well. I adhered the card front to a Blue Lagoon card base. Then, I added the circle using foam squares.  Again, I dotted the eye with the Ebony Black Nuvo Drops, and added White Nuvo drops around the outer edges for some texture and dimension.  I also used the Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen on the larger words of the sentiment.  

One of three fun Toucan cards, that were created with the NEW (July 2019) Concord & 9th Toucan Paradise bundle, and the Tropical Vibes dies.

The third, and final, card is perfect for any occasion. I started this card by stamping the Toucan in Bubble Gum, Cool Pool, and Banana Cream Inks.  I die cut the stamped bird, and also die cut the branch from some corrugated stock.  I die cut a whole bunch of the leaves from Fresh Sage, Mirror Gold, and Vellum card stocks.  I layered the leaves together, and then adhered them behind the bird and branch.  

One of three fun Toucan cards, that were created with the NEW (July 2019) Concord & 9th Toucan Paradise bundle, and the Tropical Vibes dies.

On a piece of Whip Cream card stock - the full size of a card front - I stamped the larger solid leaf image in Fresh Sage on the top and bottom of the panel, and then stamped and heat embossed the outline frond branch in the spaces between leaves.   I laid the toucan and leaf cluster I had created on the card front in order to line up my sentiment, and then I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment as well.  I adhered my cluster piece to the card front with foam squares, then attached the front to a Whip Cream card base.  I used the Ebony Black Nuvo Drops on the bird's eye once more.  

One of three fun Toucan cards, that were created with the NEW (July 2019) Concord & 9th Toucan Paradise bundle, and the Tropical Vibes dies.

I had a ton of fun creating these cards!  It was fun to try different color palettes for the bird on each card.  What colors might you try?  

These three fun Toucan cards were created with the NEW (July 2019) Concord & 9th Toucan Paradise bundle, and the Tropical Vibes dies.  These three fun Toucan cards were created with the NEW (July 2019) Concord & 9th Toucan Paradise bundle, and the Tropical Vibes dies.

These three fun Toucan cards were created with the NEW (July 2019) Concord & 9th Toucan Paradise bundle, and the Tropical Vibes dies.

Come back again, later this week, for more inspiration from the July 2019 release!   

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Kind, So Kind

Hello!  

I've really been into my Copics lately, but I don't want to forget my other coloring mediums!  I sat down a while back to play a little bit more with my watercolor, and regular colored pencils.  I stamped out several images and was trying a few different techniques.  The flower on today's card was my favorite of the images from that little play time, so I had to make it into a pretty card.  


I used two stamp sets from The Stamp Market on today's card.  The floral image and sentiment are from the Bouquet of Kindness stamp set, and the striped piece was created with the Diagonal Pinstripe stamp


I began the card by stamping the floral image onto a card front sized piece of white card stock, I also stamped a full card front sized piece of the stripes.  The remainder of the striped piece can be saved for other projects.  I then colored in the image using my Color Burst pencils.   I used a flicking motion on the petals of the flower, similar to the motion you would use to create lines in hair.  Each layer of color was added using a light touch, so that they would all blend together well. 

Pencils Used:
03, 04, 09, 19, 21, 22, 28, 29, 34, 39, 40, 41


I decided on a 1/2" strip of the stripes, so I laid the piece on the image - right at the edge - and marked where the strip would start.  Then I used a craft knife to cut around my floral image so that I could tuck the striped piece behind the image.  If you cut right along the edge of the stamped line, then any overcut that you may have made will blend in with the stamping once everything is glued down.  I used liquid adhesive to attach the strip so that I had a bit more time to get it perfectly in place. 

I then stamped and heat embossed the "Kind" sentment, and then stamped the "So Kind" sentiment beneath it.  The MISTI allowed me to line this up into the perfect spot.  I matted my panel to a piece of Mirror Gold card stock, and then attached that to a Whip Cream card base.  A few dots of Nuvo Gloss White Crystal Drops finished off the card. 


This floral stamp is so pretty on it's own, and is gorgeous with a variety of different coloring techniques.  What would you use to color it up? 

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Supplies Used:
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Friday, June 28, 2019

Sparkle & Shine

Hello!

I'm going to be completely honest here.  I tried making this card a few weeks ago, and it was a complete and utter disaster (and totally user issues!).  I just couldn't translate what I was thinking that day, and this wasn't the only card design I tried.  Everything was a giant fail.  So I gave up and went to visit a friend.  When I sat down to create, the day I made this card, I decided to give this design another shot.  Surprise - it totally worked and came together so easily!  Do you ever have days like that?  I'm glad I didn't give up on the design, because this is a pretty card.  

The fun Gem Turnabout from Concord & 9th creates a pretty background for this Sparkle & Shine card.  Created using Lawn Fawn Inks, and a bit of shimmer.

For today's card, I used the Gem Turnabout Stamp Set from Concord & 9th (alt link).  I used my MISTI to stamp the turnabout using four colors of Lawn Fawn Ink: Minty Fresh, Deep Sea, Merman, and Fish Tank.  I used the mini cubes, however, the full size pads are also linked in the supply list, if that is your preference.  Once stamped, I set that panel aside while I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment onto a piece of vellum. 

The fun Gem Turnabout from Concord & 9th creates a pretty background for this Sparkle & Shine card.  Created using Lawn Fawn Inks, and a bit of shimmer.

I die cut a circle from a Whip Cream card front, and then die cut a slightly smaller circle from a piece of Cool Pool card stock.  On the Cool Pool piece, I coated the edges around the circle die cut with my Nuvo Shimmer pen for some fun sparkle.  I then stamped some of the smaller gem and sparkle images onto the Whip Cream piece using the Minty Fresh Ink.

The fun Gem Turnabout from Concord & 9th creates a pretty background for this Sparkle & Shine card.  Created using Lawn Fawn Inks, and a bit of shimmer.

I adhered the Cool Pool piece behind the Whip Cream, and then layered the Vellum piece behind both of those.  I lined up my stamped gem piece behind the window when setting it on the card front, then used a pencil to mark where the top of the piece should be, before applying glue to the backside.  I adhered that down, and then added my layered pieces with some foam squares.  A few rhinestones added just a bit more sparkle to the card front.

The fun Gem Turnabout from Concord & 9th creates a pretty background for this Sparkle & Shine card.  Created using Lawn Fawn Inks, and a bit of shimmer.

Super cute, and the blues worked beautifully together.  I might be a little bit biased though - sapphires are one of my favorite gems, and aquamarine is my birth stone.  So I'm kind of drawn to blue jewels anyway.  If you made this card in the colors of your birth stone, or favorite gem, what color would it be?

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.)