October 1st is World Cardmaking Day, and over at Stamp Nation, we are having a weekend long event, from today, September 30th, through Sunday, the 2nd. I have been invited to be a guest designer for the event, which is such a honor to me! I am so excited for this event and it is loaded with inspiration. If you want to check it out, hop on over to http://thestampnation.com/forums/
For this card, we were to draw inspiration from four globes that were pictured. I chose a gorgeous globe with bright colors and flowers. I used similar colors for my design and I love how it came out.
For a list of items used, see the bottom of this post 🙂
I started this card with a standard, A2, top folding card. Next, I cut down a layer of white cardstock, which is the same as my base, but 1/8″ smaller on each side, so I cut it to 4″ x 5 1/4″. I grabbed the 3 1/4″ circle from my stacking circles dies from We R Memory Keepers™ and die cut it with white cardstock.
Now the fun part begins! From the Lovely Flowers stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs™, I chose the two largest flowers, and two leafy branches, along with the split heart-shaped leaf. I stamped the largest flower in Spiced Marmalade Distress™ ink, making sure that some were going off the side of the circle so it didn’t look too uniform. I then stamped the next flower, the same way as the last one, in Fossilized Amber Distress™ ink.
At this point, it was time to add the leaves and branches, but I knew they were too large and would stamp over my flowers, so I stamped out a few more flowers and created masks. If I had been thinking ahead, I would have done this before while I was still stamping the flowers, but I am not the sharpest crayon in the box, as they say. Lol. Hopefully you will think ahead and can be more efficient when making your cards.
So, I layed down the masks on the flowers and stamped the larger leafy branches in Blueprint Sketch Distress™ ink, then the two other leaves I stamped in Cracked Pistachio Distress™ ink. There was still a bit too much open space for me at this point, so I grabbed the tiny flower from the stamp set I used for my sentiment, Beautiful Day by Altenew™, and stamped those in Abandoned Coral Distress™ ink.
Aren’t the names of Distress™ inks so fun?! I love using them because of their awesome abilities and techniques, but I love talking about them because of their awesome names 😉
At this point, I stamped out my sentiment from the Altenew™ set that I just used for the tiny flowers, in Blueprint Sketch Distress™ ink, so I could see how my card was coming along, but it still needed something. You know when you get to that point when your card needs something, but you just can’t tell what?! It is so frustrating, isn’t it? I tried sequins, I thought about adding a frame, maybe another layer instead of just the white on white, but no, I really liked the white on white, and on and on. So, what so you do when you just don’t know what to do? I know most people would walk away and come back later, but I was on a time crunch, so I didn’t have that luxury. So, I did something else. I went through EVERY stamp set and embellishment box I had until something clicked. Luckliy, I had only gotten about 3/4 of the way through, lol, (luckily, try unfortunately, lol!) when I found the stamp that would work to help complete my card.
I used the flourish stamp from the Dotty About You Candi Stamps by Craftword Cards with the Blueprint Sketch Distress™ ink and stamped it in two different places so it would peek out from behind my circle and create some interest in that white space.
Now, these Candi Stamps have circles throughout them, so you can use the Candi Minis embellishments with the stamps, so that is what I did. I added three of the silver hologram candi minis into the circle areas that were showing. I think using these instead of sequins really helped give a bit more interest to the card.
Lastly, I used 3M Foam Mounting Tape by Scotch to give dimension to my circle piece. Stamped the back of my card with my Handmade By stamp, and it is finished.
I love taking pictures and using them for inspiration, and the design team from Stamp Nation really did a great job of putting these ones together for us to be inspired by.
I have one more card for this challenge. I promise this one is much simpler! 😉
This card was inspired by a globe that had circle pieces all over it, in similar colors to what I used here. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make a card like it.
I used the same top folding, A2, card base, and the same card layer size as the first card.
So, for this one, I picked pattern papers that were similar in color and pattern to the inspiration picture. Then, I used my 1 1/2″ circle punch to punch out five of each pattern. I then used my Elmers™ snail adhesive, and starting at the bottom, I layed the circles down in rows, making sure to have them overlap on the sides, and have the row above over lap the row below it. Once I finished laying them all down, I cut off all the excess so that it matched perfectly with my layer. I then took my bone folder, and LIGHTLY, I mean LIGHTLY, curled each bottom edge of the circles. I wanted them to turn up a bit so they would have more dimension, but I didn’t want to pull them off by being too rough, or have them curl too much that it would look funny. Just use a light touch and you will be ok. The key is, you can always make it curl more, but it is hard to remove the curl once it is there.
I then took my circle dies from We R Memory Keepers™ and die cut a 2 3/4″ circle from the same white cardstock. I stamped my sentiment with Jet Black Archival ink by Ranger™, and I apologize, this sentiment set was given to me, and the original packaging was not included, so I do not know who made it.
Once the sentiment was stamped, it looked too stark, and didn’t really match the vibrancy of the card. I really like the lime/bright green color on the chevron circles, and I wanted to emphasize that color, so I used Twisted Citron Distress™ ink, with a mini blending tool and blended over the edges of the circle.
Lastly, I used 3M Foam Mounting Tape by Scotch to pop up my circle. I also did blend a bit of the twisted citron to the bottom of the card, because there was still white showing behind the green circles.
That is it guys! I really like the way these cards turned out and I am excited to see what everyone is doing for WCMD 2016!
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