Sweet & Simple!

I had the idea to make the simple cards after seeing the sketch over at 2sketches4you. I gor the stamp from the dollar bin at JoAnns the other day (it’s one of the Studio G dollar stamps) and I thought of the cute button bits stamps from PTI (I want them but do not have them) and thought that this cherry stamp would be great to use in this fashion. I used a black marker to ink the stem and leaves and stamped that onto my punched circles then stamped the leaves again on a patterned green scrap and paper pieced it. Then I glued on the buttons, easy peasy!

Stamps: Crafty Secrets (hello sweetie) Studio G (cherries), cardstock: GP

For the card bases I cut a 11″x8.5″ white cardstock the long way to make 2-5.5″x4.25″ top fold cards. I used a cuttlebug folder (that a got with a set of dies for $2 at Big Lots in June) to emboss the front of the card, stamped “Hello Sweetie” on the front, tied on a ribbon and viola! It was done!

I wanted cool black and white envelopes for the cards but did not want to use up 2 sheets of this delicious paper to do it so I thought about it and trimmed the 12″x12″ sheet in half and using my scor-pal made the envelopes. I scored the envelope at 3.5″ and 9.25″ (you have to slide the paper down because there is no 1/4″ mark there) then I turned the paper and lined it up between the 3″ and 9″ and scored on the first triangle, then flipped the paper and scored the other side at the first triangle so it is symmetrical. Then I trimmed the rectangles on the top and bottom panels and glued up the bottom flap. It is great to get 2 envelopes form one sheet of paper! BTW if you want an envelope to cut in your cricut out of a 6″x12″ paper use the bb_envie file from my Envelope Bonanza SVG set 🙂 {{Shameless plug}}

This qualifies for the following challenges: 2sketches4you, All Sorts (paper piecing), Alphabet Challenge (punches), Aly’s Sunday (get dotty), Bee-Crafty (ribbons & Bows), I did It (anything goes), One Stitch at a time (punches), Sentimental Sundays (ribbon) and Stamptacular Sundays (buttons & bows)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Grab those watercolor markers!

“Copic, Copic, Copic!” Remember the episode of the Brady Bunch when the left out Jan whined “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”? Well, All I seem to hear about these days in the stamp coloring world is Copics,  they give beautiful results but I think we need to show our brush-tip watercolor markers some love too! Dust them off and try this fun technique!

Atamp: About Art Accents, Cardstock: Stampin up, PP: My Minds Eye

Atamp: About Art Accents, Cardstock: Stampin up, PP: My Minds Eye, tool: Scor-Pal

To get the multi colored image just find a solid Image stamp, this one is from the Anita Louise Musette 3 Silhouettes Plate from About Art Accents, and some water-based markers. I’m using, Le Plume, Stampin Up, Whispers and Tombow. If you don’t have any of those raid your kid’s art box for some Mr. Sketchies or Crayola. They may tend to bead up more than the grown up markers but often they work just as well 🙂 Also this works WAY better on Rubber stamps then clear since the marker ink will tend to bead up on the clear stamps, esp. the cheap ones.

select the stamp and markers you want to use

select the stamp and markers you want to use

Use your markers to color the rubber. I uses light tan on the face, blue on the clothes, brown for the hair and flower pot and green and pinks for the grass and flowers. Before you color put all of the markers on the table that you want to use and pick a few that look nice together. After it is colored breathe on the rubber to  moisten the ink and stamp!

color the rubber with the markers

color the rubber with the markers

Left Image: Rock and Roll, Right Image: Marker Colored and Stamped

Left Image: Rock and Roll, Right Image: Marker Colored and Stamped

I wasn’t sure how I would like this image colored so while I still had the stamp out I inked it up with aqua and rocked the edges in turquoise (rock and roll technique) and I love that look too! The wonderful think about silhouette style stamps is how quickly you can have a finished image! You can spend an hour coloring a line drawing (I enjoy that from time to time) but with this you are done in seconds and look how cute!

Stamp: AAA, Cardstock: SU, PP: MME, Flowers: Dollar Tree

Stamp: AAA, Cardstock: SU, PP: MME, Flowers: Dollar Tree

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Sunday and as always happy crafting!

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