Howdy friends! I had so much fun making this quirky batch of robot themed cards!
I’m not quite sure what it is about robots but I have quite a collection of robot themed things, I bet if you searched robot on my blog you would see tons of projects for classroom valentines to cards and probably scrapbook pages. I even think I sewed robot themed pajamas for my kids when they were young. I never really through about it until I was looking through my stamps to make these cards and realized I have a whole binder or steampunk/robot stamps LOL!
I like themes like this because I feel the cards (although fun and youthful) can be used for a variety of occasions and people. Kids birthdays come to mind first but they could also be used as a get well soon card (these junk yard robots look like they have seen better days LOL) or for a simple “hello!” or thinking of you card for anyone!
I have a tendency to go for ruffles, flowers and glitter frequently and my frou-frou style would not work as well for all recipients so it’s nice to have some industrial style cards too. As I was working on these cards I kept thinking of tips I wanted to share along the way and there are a lot of them! Don’t try to write them all down, I have listed them below the video & supply list for your convenience:)
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Supplies (Sponsored & Affiliate Links Used)
- Katzelkraft Robots2 stamps
- Indigo Blu Shine Bright Stamp Set
- Black and white cardstock (heavyweight recollections brand)
- *This is the white cardstock for stamping if coloring with alcohol markers
- Embossing folder (All embossing folders on sale for $2 each this week here, sale ends Monday March 4th )
- Screw-Top brads
- Pigment ink
- Clear embossing powder
- Chunky rust embossing powder
- Robot Washi tape
- Markers (Ohuhu 100 count markers)
- Curved stamp mount: Mega mount from Impression Obsession or Amazon or try rock a blocks for a less expensive option
- Gear stencil
- Metallic pigment ink pad sets
- I used a Scan ‘n Cut2 Model CM350 machine to cutout my stamped images but you can use scissors if you prefer.
Robot card making tips!
- Dust your paper with cornstarch before stamping to remove static and wick away moisture. *I sewed a simple pouch and put a tablespoon on cornstarch inside and stitched it shut and have been using it for years. You can make a no sew option with a baby sock and rubber band too!
- Use pigment ink for the most solid impression. I like Versafine.
- Instead of using mounting foam, paint the back of your rubber stamps with repositionable glue like Aleene’s Tack it over and over. You will save money and storage space!
- For a perfect impression use a curved stamp mount (or a stamping platform)
- Emboss your stamped image with clear detail embossing powder to prevent it from running no matter what you are coloring it with.
- The raised embossed lines also helps you color within the lines so your coloring looks more professional!
- Embossing with clear powder also helps with cutting if using a Scan ‘n Cut machine as the scanner seems to see the image better.
- Cut your image before you color (if using a die cut machine) that way you won’t wasn’t the time it takes to color if the machine doesn’t cut right. *Tip, if you have a friend with stamps and dies to match or a SnC machine you can stamp and cut a bunch of things ahead of time and color later!
- Put your cut image on a sticky (Post-it) not to hold it while you color.
- When using markers in a small area blend dark to light for quick coloring.
- Use the right paper for the coloring media. Use Neenah Classic Crest for alcohol ink and hot press watercolor paper or Bristol board for water based markers.
- Look at old stamps, stencil and embossing folders with new eyes. Generic and abstract patterns can be used in most cardmaking themes.
- Repeat the same inks (or other media) on different layers throughout the card to make it have a cohesive feel.
- If you have old inkpads you can no longer set reinkers for you can add inks, metallic powders and gouache paint to refresh them. These custom pads will give your work a unique look!
- Get a rust texture with embossing powder by either using one made for the job or by mixing brown flocking powder with black, brown and orange powders. After embossing smudge on some seafoam green ink for a patina look!
- Try and find generic supplies that will work with most projects: Solid cardstock, brads and ribbons that can go with a variety of project are more useful than specialty ones.
- For a splash of pattern try washi tape, it is inexpensive, doesn’t take up a lot of space and is self adhesive. No more storing large packs of paper or guilt about s=cutting into a big sheet for a small accent.
- Make a batch of cards! If you did purchase a specialty embellishment that you are unlikely to use again make up a batch of cards while your supplies are out. It is more efficient and you won’t have to deal with leftovers.
I hope some of these tips are new to you and you give them a try on your next card! Happy crafting!