Release Inspiration with Erica

Hello! Erica on the blog today with a few (cough, cough) cards using the new release from Krumspring Stamps! Who else is excited about these adorable images?? Not many days until they are all available in the shop so get ready because they aren’t going to last long!

I was really drawn to the Awesome Triangle Wizard stamp, ah the possibilities I pictured in my head. It was all going on, it was almost too many ideas to pick one out! BUT instead of diving right in and just colour without a set idea I put that one aside and picked up the You Are Awesome set instead as I right away got an idea of making a few cards using a sketch (which admittedly was just in my head) and different colours to show how easy it is to achieve fun cards without changing much other than the colour scheme.

With this in mind I started out by stamping the big scribble circle on a small stitched rectangle panel in teal coloured card stock, which was also embossed with a star pattern, and then I heat embossed it in silver. Teal and silver goes so well together I think.

For the background panel I cut out a slightly larger, scalloped piece in silver glitter card stock. The dies I used for all the panels for these cards are the ‘Femme Frames’ from Mama Elephant.

Sentiment wise I went with one from the You Are Awesome set, ‘You are Awesome’, which I stamped and heat embossed in the same silver embossing powder as the circle, on a strip of vellum. This I wrapped around the smallest panel and adhered to the back of it. For this first card I used some Mermaid coloured card stock from Lawn Fawn for the case base to keep with the colour scheme and all bits are adhered to each other with foam tape of various thickness.

I channeled my inner Krumspring gal and went to town with embellishments in silver, teal and mint green. This card is a bit of a bling-fest but I have no regrets, I think a card that tells someone they are awesome can’t be bland and boring. Am I right or am I right?? 😜

My second card is made exactly the same way as the first one, just with different colours. The front panel is rescued from a water colour experiment that unfortunately ripped a bit when I peeled the masking tape off. It was big enough for this size die though which was lucky. I hate wasting crafty stuff.

The third card was a big challenge for me as I decided to use lots of white space. This is not a strength of mine.. and I have no idea why I torture myself like this at times?! It didn’t turn out too bad in the end but I couldn’t resist adding a bit of purple Distress Oxide ink along the edges of the scalloped panel. I also went way overboard with the enamel accents but eh, at least they are white. It also got a very generous sprinkling of clear sequins but no crystals on this one.

The fourth card is slightly different in that it has silver washi tape wrapped over the top and bottom edge and the sentiment is on a banner rather than vellum. This one was nearly thrown in the bin as things went all kinds of wrong with it. After I had heat embossed the circle in white I decided to sprinkle some Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink on it but it looked whishy-washy and not very opaque. I tried rescuing it by blending some ink directly to the panel but that did nothing to help the look so I thought maybe adding some Worn Lipstick would help but oh no.. it just made things worse! Ack! I put it to the side for the night and decided to look at it in the morning again. The next day I looked at it with fresh eyes and decided to try something else and all of a sudden it kind of came together! This is not my favourite card by any stretch but my mother loved it, which just goes to prove that we all like different things. I finished it off with clear sequins and crystals and that was it.

Four cards with very different colour scheme to cater to different people’s preferences and likes. They are also reasonably quick to make, especially once you decide on a sketch or a look, and by switching out the sentiment you can make thank you’s, birthday cards and even invitations.

For my next two cards I had to use the MONKEY MADNESS stamp set! Those gorillas goreally are so cute and the one sitting down cradling a heart, stole my heart right away! So many puns here… 😉

I decided to do two cards with the same basic design but opposite colouring. For the first one, I stamped the gorilla on masking paper first and fussy cut that out and set aside. Step 2 included cutting out an A2 sized panel also in masking paper and, using the panel as a guide, I cut out a heart shape using a die where I wanted the heart placed on my card.

On card no1 I placed the masking paper with the heart shaped hole on a pre-cut panel of white card stock and then stamped the gorilla where I wanted him in the heart. Using the gorilla shaped mask, I covered him up and got my red Distress Inks out. Unfortunately I forgot that the panel was Copic friendly card stock, and not so much ink blending friendly. I ended up having to dab the distress ink all over the heart shape instead of smoothly blending it into the card stock. Really annoying BUT it actually ended up looking quite nice not being super smooth in the end. HA! *fist bump*

Peeling off the masks are always such a thrill, I can’t quite put my finger on why that is but it’s like magic appearing on your card as you watch it peeling away. Yep, I am a nerd. Can’t help it so I’m gonna roll with it.

Originally I had planned on colouring the monkey in but I decided against that at the last second. I even had my Copic marker poised and ready to go but just as I was about to touch the paper I changed my mind. Roller-coaster crafting or what?! The monkey needed a little something though so I added pink cheeks, ears and a few dots on his feet. He also got a sentiment added, ‘You are My favorite’, which fits perfectly in the heart and I LOVE that! I also stamped ‘I goreally like you’ at the bottom of the card because I am apparently incapable of leaving too much white space. However, is anyone else noticing that there isn’t a single sequin on this card??? I know, worrying isn’t it? 😜

Righty-o, on to card no2!

Here I basically did the opposite of what I did on card no1 and this time I remembered to use water colour card as I planned on using the same colour Distress Ink. I simply cut an 8.5″x11″ piece of Ranger Ink card stock in half and scored it using a score board then I placed the heart shaped mask on it and blended away with the red ink.

On Copic colour friendly card stock I stamped the same gorilla and colured him in using Copics (shocker) and then fussy cut him out. I adhered him to the card base using foam tape and then stamped the sentiment ‘Hello there cutie’. I should have left it there but being me… I stamped some small heart shapes inside the big heart in the same red ink as I blended around the edges. At this point I finally managed to rein myself in, a bit late seeing as the whole idea behind these cards was that there were going to be quick and simple. Which admittedly isn’t my strong suit at all. I really must work on that. Another time though.. Later, definitely. Maybe.. if I don’t have pretty sequins that are screaming at me to use them. Which is entirely possible as my sequins are such loud-mouths and are always jumping onto my cards. Rude, eh? ☺

Well, that’s it from me for today. I hope these cards have inspired you to snap up a set or two (or all of the new ones #nojudgement) See you later in June for my next post!

Happy crafting from Erica