I’m still not painting, but I am crafting more, so the signs are good… Today I have made four more cards using my new Dyan Reaveley stamps, Copics, Glossy Accents, patterned papers from the latest Simon Says Stamp card kit, some older Bazzill cardstock and the Simon Says Stamp Uplifting Thoughts stamp set.
Christmas? Yes, I’m making Christmas cards in July. Why? Because I can. Also, I don’t have the energy for mass crafting yet so but doing a card or two at a time is manageable.
I bought three new rubber stamps recently, designed by Jo Firth-Young. These are only ATC size so the cards will need more than just this image (I think…) I love their hand drawn quality. I tried a couple using Copics but prefer colouring them with pencils.
I’m thinking of torn embossed borders, layers of patterned paper, ribbon, or mounted on plain kraft cardstock maybe? Who knows how these will turn out…
I’ve got enough Copics now that I can start to blend the colours more. It looks so easy when you watch experts like Kelly Latevola on YouTube; then you try it yourself and realise just how much practise they’ve had! Still, all good fun and the cards won’t go astray.
The backgrounds are all blended Distress Ink with water drips, and I masked some of the stamping using Post-It notes so a couple of images sit in behind.
Tony gave me a small set of Copic markers for Christmas, and I already had a few that I’d brought in a sale. It means that, for the greens and violets anyway. I can start blending my colours. People like Kathy Racoosin and Kelly Latevola on the SimonSaysStamp blog make it look so easy, but the reality is they’ve had hundreds of hours of practice. My attempts at blending are nothing like theirs but there’s only one way to improve and that’s to keep at it. Here’s one of the first cards I’ve done with blending; the stamps are from the ‘Look for the miracles’ set by SimonSaysStamp.
I wanted a couple of basic cards to send off this week. The ‘awesome’card uses the ‘you = kind’ stamp and die set from WPLUS9, Copic markers and clear Wink of Stella for a little shimmer. The cat card uses Dyan Reaveley stamps, Tim Holtz distress inks, StencilGirl stencils and Gloss Accents from Ranger for some gloss on the cat’s eyes.