AAA Stamp Giveaway & Learn to Make a Shadowbox Card!

Is it Spring yet? Well, judging by the fresh new coating of white stuff on my trees, car and house I’d say no. Oh well, I at least think of Spring when I make a card. This is a shadowbox card, I learned to make one at a stamping party I went to this week.

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Isn’t that angel sleeping on a calla lily the sweetest? I was actually planning to use this stamp on some Christmas cards but didn’t get around to it but it works just as well as a spring card, I think it would be nice for a baby shower. This beautiful fairy stamp is by About Art Accents. How would you like to win it? Just leave a comment on this post and I will randomly draw a winner next weekend.

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So, do you want to know how to make the card? It is very easy and I’ll have a video tutorial for you in a few days but here are the written instructions:

  1. Cut two pieces of cardstock (or heavyweight patterned paper) the same size. Hint: The size you cut the paper is the size of the finished card so if you want a card that will fit in an invitation envelope cut the paper 5.5″x4.25″. 
  2. Score the right and left side of each paper 1/2″ and 1″ from the edge.
  3. Cut window from the center of the paper you want on top (I used a Creative Memories oval cutter but you can use whatever you have such as a die, colullze or Xacto knife.)
  4. At this point you may wish to decorate the inside (back piece) of the box. Try to keep it fairly flat if you want to mail it later.
  5. Now you need to fold on the score lines. Use the photo as a guide. You are folding the front panel forwards and the back panel backward to create a wide shadowbox in the center.
  6. Adhere the front and back of the card together on the edge.
  7. Decorate the front as desired.

Now the only drawback to this card is that you need to write on the back of it. It will fold flat in the envelope to mail and pop out when removed from the envelope. Neat huh?

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I also wanted to mention that I used purple glitter nail polish for the wings and I colored the image with Promarkers. Remember to leave a comment for a chance to win this stamp from About Art Accents! I will draw a name in a week, it could be you! While you are waiting you might want to check out About Art Accents awesome sales, they have many stamps 50% off and their regular prices are not bad either, in fact if you tell them I sent you (coupon code Lindsay10%) you can save 10% on all non sale items too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Caardvarks 3-D challenge!

I love challenges blogs, it’s so fun to be inspired to create something new and see what others make too! One of my fave challenge blogs is Caardvarks, their DT us uber talented and always inspiring. This week the challenge was to make something 3-D, here is my take:

Stamps: About art Accents, Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More
Stamps: About art Accents, Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More
Here is a better look at the shimmer...mmmm shiney;)
Here is a better look at the shimmer...mmmm shiny;)

I used a die cut bag from Creative Cuts and More and assembled it with Killer Red tacky Tape then used stamps from About Art Accents to decorate it. After it was all put together I gave it a few blasts of my homemade shimmer spray…yes I sprayed it directly on my project!

Stamping details:

I stamped the fairy on Watercolor paper with black versafine ink, heat set and colored with Prismacolors and blended with goo-gone then applied glue to the wings and glittered them. The butterflies were stamped on trancparencywith black staz-on, flipped over and colored with Bic Mark-its then I put double stick tape over that and cut out and glittered. I attached them with glue dots.

Have a great sunday and happy crafting!

Call it “Artistic Licence”…

I was so happy to have time to do both sketch challenges over at 2 Sketches 4 You today. There are two pretty sketches this week and I used Kazan’s sketch #27 for this one…

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: K&co, Ink: SU! other: twig, yarn, silk flowers, brad, shimmer spray
Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: K&co, Ink: SU! other: twig, yarn, silk flowers, brad, shimmer spray

…or, at least it started out that way 😉 As soon as I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to use one of my new ATC fairy stamps from About Art Accents.  I stamped it with SU! basic black and colored it with Tombow watercolor markers then painted over the image with Prang metallic tempera paint that I got at the dollar store. I stamped “be yourself, everyone else is taken” on a white scrap, painted it with the metallic paint and trimmed it with my oval Creative Memories cutter. I added silk flowers and took some of the leftover leaves and sprayed them with my homemade shimmer spray and hot glued them under the stamped fairy. I grabbed a stick from the back yard, wrapped it with eyelash yarn and hot glued that on to. Finally I used a marker to stamp the butterfly and I glued him to the twig. This card was so fun to make (even if I did use some artistic licence on the sketch!)

Here is an ATC I made with Angela’s bonus sketch:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: SU!, K&co, Sticker K&co, Markers: bic
Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: SU!, K&co, Sticker K&co, Markers: bic

Thanks girls for the awesome inspiration!

Frugal tip: Want cheap glossy paper for stamping? Try lazer color gloss paper, I got a 300 sheet ream of color lazer gloss by Hammermill and it is a wonderful surface for stamping and doing the polished stone technique and it is cheap! 300 sheet for less than $10! Note, test both sides first because one side works better!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting