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I knead you
Today I share a card I wanted to make for some time now. Almost three years to be exact. I saw Jennifer Mcguire make a card with the ‘I knead you' stamp set from MFT, and I thought it was awesome. Took me some time, but I finally got my hands on the stamp set and I decided to case her card. I stamped one of the cute cats and coloured it with my Copics. I cut it out and cut around the paws so the kitty could look to be holding on to some string. Then I stamped the background with another stamp from the set; the ball of thread. Stamped it in a slightly darker blue coulour than the background for a tone on tone effect. Then I cut out a rectangle out of white paper and wrapped some blue string around it, securing it with scotch tape on the back. I put my kitty on the front with some foam tape and stamped a sentiment from Els Brige from the ‘Pink ribbon' stamp set. Really love the font of her stamps. It's hard to find stamps in Dutch that I like. They're often either too small or I don't like the font. I did manage to find some awesome Dutch sentiment stamps yesterday though, when I went to a craft fair with my hubby. I was super excited. Bought them on the spot, naturally. Next time I will show you a card using one of them. So if anyone Dutch is reading this and is having trouble finding nice Dutch sentiment stamps, go check out Els Brige stamps and the new release from CraftEmotions!
This time I made two cards, but with the same design. Only the sentiments are slightly different. I finally got to use the ‘Three amigo's' stamp set from Mama Elephant. Love these critters! I coloured them with my Copics and fussycut them out. I rarely buy the dies for stamp sets. They're just so expensive… I rather spend my money on more stamps, to be honest. Anyway, back to the cards. I cut out the ‘hugs' sentiment from Lawn Fawn out of silver mirror card stock and stamped the sentiments. I used Distress oxide ink for my background. Peacock feathers is still one of my favourite colours of all times. I have only two Distress oxide colours. Finally caved last year and bought those at a craft show. In a few weeks I'm going to another craft show and I may or may not buy some other colours (reds and pinks!). We'll see. I'm still using my regular Distress inks quite often and still like those as well. Pity the oxides don't come in the mini cubes. Oh well. I had a tiny little heart stamp in my stash (no idea which company) and I used that on the background to do some second and third generation stamping in the same Peacock feathers ink to make it look like the hearts faded in the background and it wouldn't become too busy. To finish the cards I cut a border out the same silver mirror cardstock, using a Crealies nesting die. I matted this on kraft cardstock and these cards were finished! Like how they turned out. I will be using the Three amigo's again for sure!
Now I am in the middle of writing and sending christmas cards, I thought it would be nice to share something completely different. While I really enjoy making holiday cards, I get tired of it sometimes and I want to make something else. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels like that this time of year. I love this big butterfly from Indigoblu. It's so big and bold and you only need this one stamp to fill a card. Next time I use this stamp I will try it with the Megaflakes from Indigoblu. That will look awesome! This time I stamped it with Versamark and used some gold embossingpowder. I think it's a bit old because it takes ages to melt and it doesn't get ‘smooth'. It stays kind of gritty, but I kind of like that with this design so that's why I keep this embossingpowder around. After embossing I played around with my distress inks, using it as watercolour to paint the wings and the body of the butterfly. Then it's just a matter of matting the panel onto some coloured cardstock and adding a sentiment. Which was kind of hard, by the way, because I left little room to stamp one… All's well that ends well, and I really like how this card turned out!