Tuesday, November 24, 2020

New Year Card, Starring the Meerkats!

It's Tuesday, which means it's time to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. This week my teammates and I are sharing projects to celebrate the new year!  In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that I had a shaker card planned with five of the six meerkats included in Katzelkraft's adorable Meerkats Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set. The image panel was completely stamped, stenciled, colored, and die-cut. 

However, things went awry when I sealed the shaker. The black foam was showing and screaming, "Look! Kathi messed up. Again!". When I tried to peel the image panel from the foam, the left part tore. 

So I started another card with completely different stamps because I do have lots of ideas. Then I stamped part of it sideways. Near tears, with two hours to go before this post was due, I rescued part of the fubarred shaker card. Or I think I did. Thank heavens for my collection of cutting dies. The instructions have been written as though the card below was my original intention. Hahahahahaha.

Anyway, here's my Meerkat New Year's card! You'll have to admit that they look like they're having fun!




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Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Grey Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Tuxedo Black and London Fog Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Picked Raspberry, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean Distress® Ink by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Ink
Copic® Markers: 
   Meerkats Left to Right: E41, E42,E43, E44, B21;  C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5,C7, E04, RVV43, B21, B60;  E51, E53, E55, E56*, E57, E59, B21
Fancy Folded Banners Lawn Cuts by Lawn Fawn®
Dot-Stripe Petite Prints 6x6 Patterned Paper Pad by Doodlebug Designs, Inc.™
Powder Blue Double Dot Paper from the Bold and Bright Patterned Paper Pad by BoBunny Press®
Sunray Venus Layering Basics die set (Tonic Studios)
STAY-tion by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Industries
Stamping Platform
Removable ID Labels by Avery®
Post-It® Notes by 3M

Instructions:
  1. Use magnets to secure a piece of white cardstock onto the stamping platform.
  2. Position the dancing meerkat facedown onto the cardstock.
  3. Press the lid of the stamping platform onto the stamps, lift, ink the stamps, and stamp. Repeat inking and stamping if necessary for a clear impressions.
  4. Place a piece of Removable Label paper onto the platform (over the image panel), re-ink the stamps, and stamp.
  5. Fussy-cut the label version mask and place over its counterpart on the image panel.
  6. Remove the stamp from the stamping platform.
  7. Position the other two meerkat face-down onto the image panel, press the platform's lid into the back of the stamps, ink, and stamp. Repeat inking and stamping if necessary.
  8. Stamp the two meerkats onto removable label paper, fussy-cut them, and position the masks over the meerkats.
  9. At this point all the meerkats should be masked because these days wearing masks is very important.
  10. Remove the image panel from the platform and use magnets to secure it to the STAY-tion.
  11. Place the magnetic ruler horizontally over the meerkats' feet/paws.
  12. Brush Tumbled Glass Distress ink over the masked meerkats onto the image panel.
  13. Use magnets to secure the Super Hero Rays stencil over the image panel and brush Shaded Lilac Distress ink from the center of the stencil outwards. 
  14. Brush Picked Raspberry from the edges inwards to the center of the stencil.
  15. Blend the inks to your liking.
  16. Use Post-It Notes on each side of the ray to extend the ray to the outer edges of the image panel. Brush Picked Raspberry Distress ink between the Post-It notes, then blend the ink colors.
  17. Repeat Step #17 to extend the rays as necessary so that the rays extend to the image panel's edges.
  18. Move the ruler so that it covers the top part of the image.
  19. Brush Salty Ocean Distress ink over the ruler to the bottom of the image panel.
  20. Secure the Stones stencil to the image panel using rulers, then brush 
  21. Remove the stencils and the image panel from the STAY-tion.
  22. Remove the masks from the image panel and reserve for a later use.
  23. Color all of the meerkats with Copic markers.
  24. Continue to work on the shaker card by die-cutting the champagne glass, trimming the image panel, adhering acetate to the back of the image panel, created a Super Hero Rays stenciled back piece, add dimensional foam adhesive, fill the aperture with shaker goodies, peel back the adhesive, and put the image panel askew so that the black foam tape is showing. 
  25. Use one of the dies from the Sunray Venus Layering Basics Die Set to cut the image panel. 
  26. Use the next largest die to cut grey cardstock.
  27. Trim patterned paper to 4" x 5.25" and edge with a V01 marker.
  28. Adhere the patterned paper onto a grey A2 card.
  29. Adhere the image panel as shown.
  30. Use one of the dies from the Fancy-Folded Banners dies to cut blue patterned paper.
  31. Use magnets to secure the die-cut onto the stamping platform.
  32. Position the "Happy New Year" clear stamp face down onto the banner. 
  33. Press the lid of the stamping platform onto the stamp.
  34. Ink the stamp with Onyx Black VersaFine ink and stamp. Repeat the inking and stamping if necessary.
  35. Adhere the sentiment to finish the card.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Leaves Falling Tag

It's definitely autumn here with most of the leaves on the ground, a chill in the air, and Thanksgiving next week.  I decided it's time to share a tag created with Stampendous!' Leaves Falling Rubber Stamp and Build a Wreath Die Set.

Here it is! I know that the wreath is a bit off center, but then again, so am I!



Stampendous!® Used:
Leaves Falling Rubber Stamp
Build a Wreath Die Set
Nocturne VersaFine Clair™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Mixed Media White Paper

Other Products Used:
Barn Door, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Rusty Hinge, Twisted Citron, Crushed Olive, and Mowed Lawn Distress® Oxide Ink by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Industries
Black Soot Distress® Ink by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Industres
Black Staples Square Tag by Graphic 45®
Staples Square Tag Die by Graphic 45®
Raffia
Stamping Platform

Instructions:
  1. Cut a sheet of Mixed Media White Paper in half.
  2. Randomly sponge Barn Door, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Rusty Hinge Distress Oxide inks onto one half of the Mixed Media paper.
  3. Spritz with water, heat set.
  4. Repeat steps #4 and #5 until happy with the results.
  5. Heat set until bone dry, then heat set some more.
  6. Using the Staples Square Tag die, cut the Oxide inked paper.
  7. Edge with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  8. Secure the tag to the base of the Stamping Platform with magnets.
  9. Place the sentiment face down where desired. Press the platform's cover into the foam, and lift.
  10. Ink the stamp with Nocturne VersaFine Clair and stamp.
  11. Randomly sponge Wild  Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Twisted Citron, Crushed Olive, and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxides onto the other half of the Mixed Media paper.
  12. Spritz with water, heat set.
  13. Repeat steps #11 and #12until happy with the results.
  14. Use the oak leaf from the Build a Wreath die set to cut a bunch of leaves.
  15. Use the circle fromt he Build a Wreath die set to die-cut a scrap of cardstock. The color doesn't much matter as it will be covered.
  16. Adhere the circle to the tag framing the sentiment.
  17. Adhere the leaves as shown to form a wreath around the sentiment.
  18. Adhere the tag to the premade black tag.
  19. Thread the hole of the tag with raffia.
Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving (From the Three of Us)

It's Tuesday, which means it's time to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. My cats have been seriously cute lately and Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. Since celebrations will be curtailed, it will only be the three of us and the two cats, who (oddly) don't eat people food. Anyway, the cats and holidays inspired me to create a cat-themed Thanksgiving card using the Kooky Cats Cling Rubber Stamp Set and the Little Kooky Cat Rubber Cling Stamp by Kate Crane for Carabelle Studios.

Here's the card:



Topflight Products Used:
Onyx Black VersaFine™ Ink by Tsukineko®

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Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Grey Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Tuxedo Black and London Fog Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Pale Ochre Archival™ Ink by Ranger Ink
Copic® Markers: C00, C), C1 C2, C3, C4, C5, R81, R83, B53, BG57, BG78, YG23, YG25, YR 15, YR18, Y32, Y35
Kitten Smitten 6x6 and 12x12 Patterned Papers by Doodlebug Designs Inc.™
Glaze® 3D Glossy Gel Pen by Sakura® of America
STAY-tion by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Industries
Stamping Platform
Removable ID Labels by Avery®

Instructions:
  1. Use magnets to secure a piece of white cardstock onto the stamping platform.
  2. Position both Kooky Cats stamps face down on the white cardstock, leaving room between them for the Little Kooky Cat.
  3. Press the lid of the stamping platform onto the stamps, lift, ink the stamps, and stamp. Repeat if necessary for a clear impressions.
  4. Place a piece of Removable Label paper onto the platform (over the image panel), re-ink the stamps, and stamp.
  5. Fussy-cut the label version masks and place over their counterparts on the image panel.
  6. Remove the stamps from the stamping platform and clean.
  7. Position the Small Kooky Cat stamps face down on the white cardstock between the two masked large Kooky Cats.
  8. Press the lid of the stamping platform onto the stamp, lift, ink the stamps, and stamp. Repeat if necessary for a clear impression.
  9. Place a piece of Removable Label paper onto the platform (over the image panel), re-ink the stamp, and stamp.
  10. Fussy-cut the label version mask and place over the small Kooky Cat. Now all three images should be masked.
  11. Remove the image panel from the stamping platform and secure it to the STAY-tion with magnets.
  12. Place the magnetic ruler across the cats' paws.
  13. Brush Pale Ochre Archival ink over the masked cats.
  14. Use the magnets to secure the Profusion stencil over the top part of the image. 
  15. Brush Pale Ochre Archival ink over the stencil and the image panel. 
  16. Remove the Profusion stencil and clean.
  17. Shift the ruler so that it's covering the top part of the coffee cup/parrot image.
  18. Brush London Fog Memento ink over the bottom of the image panel.
  19. Use magnets to secure the Remember This Story Stencil over the bottom part of the image panel.
  20. Repeat Step #18.
  21. Quickly realize that you have neglected to cover the top part of the image panel and got some words stenciled in grey onto the yellow background.
  22. Decide that perfection is overrated. Stencil some words here and there along the top portion of the card.
  23. Realize that you had inadvertently stenciled over the edge of the stencil and now have a horizontal line across the image panel.
  24. Decide that you're having a tough day, to embrace imperfection, and brush some horizontal and vertical lines randomly here and there.
  25. Remove all the masks and color the images with Copic markers, using the plaid patterned paper as color inspiration.
  26. Add several layers of Clear Glaze Pen over the glasses and frames on the Little Kooky Cat.
  27. Add clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen to the wings on the cat on the right.
  28. Trim the image panel and edge with grey ink.
  29. Trim the patterned paper to 4.75" x 6.75" and adhere to a grey 5x7 card.
  30. Secure a piece of cat-paw patterned paper to the stamping platform with magnets. 
  31. Position the sentiment face down onto the patterned paper. 
  32. Press the platform's lid onto the stamp, lift the stamp, ink with Onyx Black VersaFine ink, and stamp the image. Repeat the inking and stamping steps if needed to get a good impression.
  33. Use a die to cut the sentiment.
  34. Edge the sentiment die-cut with grey ink and adhere to the image panel to finish the card.
Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Coffee and Christmas!


It's Tuesday, which means it's time to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. This week, my teammates and I are sharing Christmas projects. 
Topflight Stamps is one of the super-sponsors of the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop so I decided to combine the challenge with the hop and came up with a card and a tag. Sometimes I'm an overachiever. Or you might just think I'm crazy.

Here's the tag.


Here's the card.


Topflight Products Used for today's projects:

PSA: There are lots of fantastic new products at Topflight Stamps, so you should definitely click on over there after reading my instructions! BTW, if you'd like to get 12% off your order at Topflight Stamps use THIS LINK!


Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
140 lb. Mixed Media Paper by Strathmore®
Tuxedo Black and London Fog Memento™ Inks by Tsukineko®
Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, and Forest Moss Distress® Inks by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Ink
New Canvas Palette™ Hybrid Ink by Stewart Superior Corporation
Flag Die: Source unknown as it got separated from its pals
Coffee Cup and Finishers Die Set by Top Dog Dies/Accucut®
Speech Bubble D-Lites Die Set by Spellbinders®
Large Circles Background Dinky Stenci® by That's Crafty
Concerto Layering Stencil by Tim Holtz® for Stampers Anonymous
White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops by Tonic
*Plaid Patterned Paper by Basic Grey®
Stained Glass/Orange Peel Patterned Paper from the Fruitcake™ Collection by Basic Grey®
Red Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Music Washi Tape by Queen and Company
Narrow Striped Washi Tape by Little B™
Duo Corner Punch by Tonic Studios®
STAY-tion by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Industries
Stamping Platform
Removable ID Labels by Avery®
Post-It® Notes by 3M

Copic Markers Used:
Parrot: YG13, YG17, R21, R24, R37, B34
Parrot's Hat: R24, R37
Mug: B60, BV23, C1, C2, C3
Camel: E30, E31, E33, E34, E35, E47, E47
Camel's Eyes: YG63, B34
Hat: R24, R56, R59
Pom-Pom and Hat's Brim: BG0000, BG000, BV000, G0000, G000, R000, Y000, C00, C0
Coffee Cup: YG63, YG67
Coffee Cup Lid: C00, C0, C1

Instructions for the Tag:
  1. Use magnets to secure a piece of white cardstock onto the stamping platform.
  2. Position the coffee cup stamp, face down on the white cardstock.
  3. Press the lid of the stamping platform onto the stamp, lift, ink the stamp, and stamp. Repeat if necessary for a clear impression.
  4. Place a piece of Removable Label paper onto the platform (over the image panel), re-ink the stamp, and stamp. 
  5. Fussy-cut the label version to use as a mask.
  6. Remove the stamp from the stamping platform and clean.
  7. Place a scrap of Post-It Note or label paper over the bottom of the coffee cup.
  8. Position the Santa Parrot stamp face down as desired on the coffee cup. 
  9. Press the lid of the stamping platform onto the stamp, lift, ink the stamp, and stamp. Repeat if necessary for a clear impression.
  10. Place a piece of Removable Label paper onto the platform (over the image panel), re-ink the stamp, and stamp.
  11. Fussy-cut the label version of the parrot and place it on its counterpart on the image panel.
  12. Remove the image panel from the stamping platform and secure it to the STAY-tion with magnets.
  13. Position Post-It Notes along the sides of the coffee cup, under it, and to cover the lid.
  14. Place the magnetic ruler across the coffee cup over the parrot's feet.
  15. Brush Periwinkle Prism ink over the top part of the masked parrot onto the image panel.
  16. Shift the ruler so that it's covering the top part of the coffee cup/parrot image.
  17. Brush London Fog Memento ink over the image.
  18. Remove Post-It Notes from the sides of the coffee cup.
  19. Adhere the mask over the coffee cup.
  20. Tear a piece of Label paper and position it horizontally over the bottom of the image panel.
  21. Brush Abandoned Coral and Festive Berries Distress inks over the image panel.
  22. Blot the background ink with a baby wipe to soften the colors. Heat set.
  23. Remove the image panel from the STAY-tion and place it back onto the stamping platform, secured with magnets.
  24. Position the snowflake stamps face down on the inked background as desired.
  25. Press the lid of the stamping platform onto the stamp, lift, ink the stamp with New Canvas White Palette ink, and stamp. Repeat if necessary for a clear impression. 
  26. Repeat steps #24 and #25 until you have the coverage you like.
  27. Take the coffee steam stamp and position it face down on the image panel.
  28. Repeat Step #25.
  29. Ink the stamp with London Fog Memento ink and stamp again. This will add a bit of contrast to the white ink to make it look more vapory. (Today's word).
  30. Ink the stamp with the white ink again and stamp to lighten the grey.
  31. Remove the image panel from the stamping platform and heat set.
  32. Lift the masks and color the parrot and the ground under him.
  33. Add the Nuvo drops to the ground and spread with your finger. Set aside to let dry.
  34. Trim a piece of patterned paper to 3.25" x 6".
  35. Trim a piece of white cardstock to 3.5" x 6.25".
  36. Use the Duo Punch on both of the top corners of the plaid paper and the white cardstock to create the tag shape.
  37. Sponge the edges of the plaid paper with Worn Lipstick Distress ink, then adhere to the white tag. 
  38. Secure a piece of the plaid patterned paper to the stamping platform with magnets.
  39. Position the "Merry Christmas" sentiment from the Classic Sentiments Stamp set face down onto the center of the plaid panel.
  40. Press the lid onto the stamp, lift, ink with Onyx Black VersaFine ink, and stamp. Ink and stamp again if necessary. Remove the stamp.
  41. Position the "OK. But.Coffee.First" stamp face down under the Christmas sentiment on the plaid panel.
  42. Repeat Step #37, remove the plaid paper from the platform, and heat set.
  43. Cut the sentiment with a speech bubble die, cut off the left edge of the bubble, and sponge the bubble with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  44. When the glitter glue is dry, trim the image panel, then adhere to the tag.
  45. Determine the center of the top of the tag, punch a circle, then thread fibers through the tag to finish it. 
Gah. Now it's time for you to go get a cup of coffee or a leisure beverage. Or maybe combine both in form of  spiked coffee. Yum!!!

Prepared? Ready for instructions set #2.

Instructions for the card:
  1. Cut mixed media cardstock with the coffee cup die.
  2. Cut white cardstock with the coffee lid die from the set.
  3. Secure the coffee cup on a stamping platform with magnets and position the Santa Hat facedown on the coffee cup.
  4. Press the stamping platform's lid onto the stamp, ink with Memento ink, and stamp.  Repeat if necessary to get a good image.
  5. Stamp the Santa Hat onto a Post-It Note or removable label paper, then fussy-cut to create a mask.
  6. Place the mask over the hat's counterpart on the coffee cup.
  7. Position the camel's face and neck down on the coffee cup/image panel so that the top part of his head will be covered by the Santa Hat.
  8. Repeat Step #3 and Step #4, though this time you'll be be creating a mask for the camel.
  9. Place the camel mask over the camel on the coffee cup/image panel.
  10. Remove the coffee cup from the stamping platform and move it to the STAY-tion, secured with magnets.
  11. Sponge Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress ink over the mask and onto the coffee cup/image panel.
  12. Dab the inked cup to lighten/soften the intensity of the green ink. This didn't work as well as it did with the pinks/reds on the tag.
  13. Heat set.
  14. Brush Forest Moss Distress ink over the Concerto stencil on the top part of the coffee cup and over the Large Circles Dinky stencil on the bottom of the cup. This kind of faded in, but still looked cool, so I perservered.
  15. Heat set.
  16. Remove the coffee cup/image panel from the STAY-tion and remove the masks.
  17. Color the camel and his hat with Copic markers. I also used Copic markers to color the background around the cup to even it out and add some shading. Overkill probably. What do I know?
  18. Use Copic markers to add some shading to the white coffee cup lid.
  19. Adhere the lid of the coffee cup to the the coffee cup.
  20. Cut a piece of patterned paper to 4.75" x 6.75" and edge with Tea Dye Distress ink.
  21. The patterned paper has a reverse side, which matches perfectly. Secure a piece of this to the stamping platform with magnets.
  22. Place the sentiment stamp face down onto the the solid-ish patterned paper.
  23. Press the lid of the platform onto the back of the stamp, lift the platform, ink the stamp with Onyx Black VersaFine ink, and stamp the sentiment.
  24. Heat set.
  25. Use the speech bubble die to cut the sentiment, trim it slightly, then edge it with Tea Dye Distress ink.
  26. Add the two patterns of washi tape to the base of the patterned paper as shown.
  27. Adhere the coffee cup to the card front.
  28. Adhere the sentiment as shown.
  29. Adhere the card front to a 5" x 7" red card.
  30. Pat yourself on the back if you made it through both sets of instructions.
Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, November 6, 2020

Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

 

Stampendous! is one of the sponsors of the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, so my teammates and I are playing along. I would joining the hop anyway since I'm an all-season, every day kinda coffee lover and have the stamps and dies to support my love.

Here's my gift card wallet which features the Gift Card Wallet Die Set with the Winged Cup Perfectly Clear Stamp® Set and the Coffee Background Rubber Stamp.

Here's the outside.


Here's the inside:



Stampendous!® Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Desert Storm Smooth Cardstock from the Environment® Papers Collection by Neenah Papers
Bittersweet Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Ground Espresso and Gathered Twigs Distress® Inks by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Ink
Dots Layering Stencil from the Mini Layering Stencil Set #39 by Tim Holtz® for Stampers Anonymous
Copic® Markers: E70, E71, E74
Stamping Platform
STAY-tion by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink.

Instructions:
Please note that the Gift Card Holders are fun and easy to make.
  1. Use the Gift Card Die to cut the Desert Storm Cardstock.
  2. Fold the Gift Card along the score lines and temporarily adhere the back (not the flap side) to a larger piece of scrap paper.
  3. Use magnets to secure the scrap paper/Folded Gift Card Die-cut to the base of stamping platform.
  4. Position the Coffee Background stamp face down onto the gift card. Press the stamping platform lid onto the cling part of the stamp.
  5. Lift the lid, ink the stamp with Ground Espresso Distress ink, and stamp. 
  6. Repeat inking and stamping if necessary to achieve a good stamped impression.
  7. Use Ground Espresso Distress ink to edge all sides of the Gift card.
  8. Use the sentiment, the wavy gift card holder, and the small rounded rectangle dies to cut Desert Storm cardstock.
  9. Place the wavy gift card holder die-cut panel onto your cutting machine. Center the die with the two notches onto the panel and run through your machine. 
  10. Edge this piece with Distress ink.
  11. Carefully apply adhesive to the center of the die-cut panel and on the edges WITHOUT the notches, then adhere to the inside of the gift card as shown.
  12. Use the narrow rounded rectangle die to cut Bittersweet cardstock.
  13. Adhere the sentiment die-cut onto the Bittersweet cardstock, then adhere them on the outside flap of the gift card as shown.
  14. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the coffee cup onto white mixed media paper, color with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edge with a dark marker.
  15. Sponge or brush Gathered Twigs Distress ink over the Dots Layering Stencil onto the small rounded rectangle die-cut.
  16. Place the stenciled panel onto the STAY-tion and secure with magnets.
  17. Place the magnetic ruler horizontally covering the bottom of the stenciled panel.
  18. Sponge or brush Distress ink over the ruler onto the base of the stenciled panel.
  19. Remove the panel from the STAY-tion and adhere the coffee cup.
  20. Adhere this panel to inside top flap of the gift card.
Thanks for visiting today!

BTW,  Stampendous' prize for this blog hop is the Gift Card Wallet Die set. So if you like it and think it would be useful (it would), you should hop, hop, hop, and comment as often as you can. Especially here. I love to read your comments. :D 





Tuesday, November 3, 2020

You've Got This!

 It's Tuesday, which means it's time to share a project created for Topflight Stamps, so I've got a card to share with you today.

I've created a card using the Little Critters Clear Stamp Set by The Card Hut, which is an fabulous new clear stamp set featuring squirrels and their antics. I used the set with the Tree Branch Clear Stamp by Lavinia Stamps and a sentiment from the wonderfully versatile Classic Sentiments by Heffy Doodle.

Here's the card.


Topflight Stamps Products Used:

PSA: There are lots of fantastic new products at Topflight Stamps, so you should definitely click on over there after reading my instructions! BTW, if you'd like to get 12% off your order at Topflight Stamps use THIS LINK!

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Toffee Crunch Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers:
   Red Squirrels: E13, E15, E17, E27, E29, E97, YR31
   Blue Tit (on left on hanging feeder): Y02, Y13, B34
   Great Tit (on right on hanging feeder): Y00, Y11, B91, B93
   Robin (on top of the platform): YR18, R04, C4, E31, E33
   Long Tailed Tit (on coconut feeder): E70, R00, R01, C7
   Grey Squirrel: C1, C2, C3, W1, W2, W3
   Nut Feeders: C00, C0, C1, C3, E41, E42, E43
   Coconut Feeder: E43, E44, N0, N1, N2
   Feeder Stand: E21, E23, W1, W2
   Branch: E55, E59
   Grass: YG03, YG05, YG11, YG17
   Leaves: YR16, YR23, E97
   Sky: B21, RV000
Very Vintage 6x6 Patterned Paper Pad by BoBunny Press®
Fancy Folded Banners Lawn Cuts  by Lawn Fawn®
Brown Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Stamping Platform

A note: I was an avid bird watcher when we lived in England so I remembered the bird species and their coloration. We never had a red squirrel visit us and they're not native to New Jersey, so I had to use Google to figure out their coloration, though I could have used the packaging from the stamp set, if I had found it under the piles of detritus on my table. Oops! I have since found it. Yay!

Instructions:
  1. Cut brown cardstock to 8.25" x 6.25". Score at 4 1/8" and fold to form an A6 card. 
  2. Cut patterned paper to 3 7/8 x 6" and edge with a brown marker.
  3. Adhere the patterned paper card front to the brown card.
  4. Use Toffee Crunch Memento ink to stamp the Tree Branch on the upper left. 
  5. Placed the image panel onto a stamping platform and secure with magnets.
  6. Use the stamps to figure out the placement for the elements of this little scene.
  7. Position the stack of red squirrels and the bird feeding platform stamps from the Little Critters Clear Stamp Set face down on the image panel. 
  8. Press the platform lid into the back of the stamps, lift, and ink the stamps.
  9. Stamp the images onto the image panel. Repeat if necessary. It wasn't! Yay!
  10. Remove the stamps from the platform and clean.
  11. Figure out where to position the hanging peanut feeder in relation to the tree branch and the squirrel stack.
  12. Repeat steps #7 - #9.
  13. Use Copic markers to color the branch, birds, red squirrels, the grey squirrel, and the bird feeding platform. I also used the markers to color the grass, the few freehanded leaves, and the sky. 
  14. Since I didn't have a sentiment that said "Teamwork makes the dreamwork", I decided to use the sentiment, "You've got this", from the Classic Sentiments Clear Stamp Set since it was pretty clear that the squirrels had their treats within reach.
  15. White cardstock was cut with one of the banners in the die set. 
  16. The banner was placed onto the stamp platform and secured with magnets.
  17. The sentiment was positioned face down atop the banner. 
  18. The platform's lid was pressed onto the stamp, lifted, and the sentiment was inked with  Onyx Black VersaFine Ink. 
  19. The sentiment was stamped and the banner was folded.
  20. The image panel was trimmed, then adhered to the card.
  21. The sentiment was adhered using glue dots and a dimensional foam square to finish the card.
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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Meet Bona Lisa!

Halloween is over. We lost Daylight's Savings Time. It's November and cold! Yuck. But it IS the Day of the Dead, so I brought out Bona Lisa to play. That's her name. For real. She's made by Stamplistic and came with a matching die. 

Unlike me, she's very tall, so I got to use my newish Big and Little Chain Square Die Set by Gina Marie Designs. 

Here's the card.


Products Used:
Bona Lisa Stamp and Outline Die Set by Stamplistic
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers:
   Skeleton and Skull: T0, T1, T2, E40, E41, E42, C10*
   Hair: E07, E18, E29, E97
   Hat: E81, E84, BG19, BG57, B21, B23, B26
   Rose: Y32, Y35, Y38, R08
   Scarf: BG19, BG57
   Bead Necklace and Ankle Bracelet: B21, B23, B26
   Brooch: Y35, R32, R35, R46
   Bracelets and Ankle Bracelet: Y32, Y35, Y38, R32, R35, R46, BG19, BG57
White Gelly Roll® Gel Pen by Sakura®
Red Star, Sky Star, Blue Star Stardust® Glitter Gel Pens by Sakura®
Glaze® 3D Glossy Gel Pen by Sakura®
Big and Little Chain Slimline Die Set by Gina Marie Designs
Seasonal Splendor Patterned Paper from the 8x8 Nature's Sketchbook Pad by Graphic 45®
Wildflower Bouquet Patterned Paper from the 12x12 Nature's Sketchbook Collection by Graphic 45®
Black Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of black cardstock to 9.25" x 8.25", score at 4 1/8", and fold to form a long tall card. This will fit into a #10 envelope. I checked.
  2. Cut the 12x12 patterned paper to 3 7/8" x 9" and edge with a black marker.
  3. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp Bona Lisa onto white cardstock.
  4. Use the matching die to cut her from the image panel. 
  5. I trimmed the die-cut a bit because I didn't do such a good job lining her up. Such is life.
  6. Color the image with Copic markers and edge with a black pen.
  7. Use the White Gelly Roll gel pen to add highlights to the beads. Let dry.
  8. Use the Red Star, Sky Star, and Blue Star Stardust glitter pens to add some bling to her bling. Let it dry, then repeat until you're happy with the blinginess. It's a word. Really.
  9. Add several layers of Clear Glaze pen to each bead, letting the gel ink dry between layers. 
  10. Use one of the dies from the Big and Little Chain Slimline die set to cut black cardstock.
  11. *If you haven't already done so, use the C10 marker to color the open areas of Mona Lisa, i.e. between her arm and leg bones, her pelvis, and her rib cage.
  12. Use another die from the same die set to cut the Seasonal Splendor patterned paper and edge with a black marker.
  13. Adhere the small black die-cut to the patterned paper die-cut, then adhere to a piece of black cardstock, cut 1/8" larger than the patterned paper die-cut.
  14. Adhere the large piece of patterned paper to the card.
  15. Adhere the matted die-cut patterned paper panel as shown.
  16. Adhere Bona Lisa to finish the card. 
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