Saturday, 7 March 2015

Springtime Krafting

Hello everyone, I have a couple of cards to show you today using the Spring Birds multi-buy rubber stamp set. There are some fabulous little stamps on these stamp plates, that often get ignored in favour of the larger stamps. I wanted to create some cards using these smaller stamps to show their versatility.

I started my first card by cutting a circle in an 8" x 8" kraft card blank. I then stamped and embossed a small motif around the edge of the circle opening, using Versamark and vanilla white embossing powder. I stamped a small flower seven times, masking it each time, so that I did not stamp over it with the next image. I chose two sprig stamps from the Briar Rose Butterfly/Harebell Butterfly multi-buy stamp set to create the background foliage for the flowers. I coloured them with Shaded Lilac and Seedless Preserves Distress Markers. I used first and second generation stamping to create depth in the foliage.

I coloured the flowers, using the same two shades of Distress Markers and a water brush. I stamped two butterflies onto the background and then stamped them again onto a spare piece of card. I coloured the spare butterflies with Distress Markers and then decoupaged them onto the background.

When I was making my coloured seam binding for a previous card recently, I used a scrap piece of card to mop up the excess liquid from the seam binding. The design was really attractive, and I decided to use it as a background for my second card. I stamped the two sets of tulips onto the card, masking one set before I stamped the second. I then stamped both sets of flowers onto a spare piece of card. I coloured the images with pencils before cutting them out and adding them to the background.

I stamped the small motif  across the top and bottom of the background using Archival Ink, to create a border. I added some of the orange seam binding, and then matted the background onto black card. Using another small motif, I created two lacy strips by stamping onto a piece of orange vellum with Versamark and vanilla white embossing powder. I cut the strips out, and stuck them to the top and bottom edges of the black card before placing this onto an 8" x 8" Kraft card blank. Finally, I stamped a sentiment using Archival Ink onto the background.

I hope that I have given you some ideas on how to use some of the smaller stamps. Thanks for stopping by, xx


Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two gorgeous cards Judith and I love what you've done with the smaller stamps and making borders with them. Also the beautiful larger stamp make a wonderful focal point.

Sue xx

craftimamma said...

Oh these are stunning Judith! I absolutely adore the first one as I love the delicacy of the images and the second is gorgeous too with it's beautiful colours. You were so right to use that mop up background. Of the three new sets the tulip one is my favourite so might have to opt for that one if I can't afford them all (after last weekend, lol).

BTW your stamping is exquisite on these two cards.

Lesley Xx

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely stunning cards Judith, I love how you have used the smaller stamps and the colours and designs are fabulous. Thank you for your inspiration, kate x

Paula (PEP) said...

I love the little stamps on CB theme plates so was thrilled to see you using them. The first card just brought tears to my eyes - it's such a beauty with wonderful depth in that foliage perfectly accentuated by your deeper colouring of the flowers themselves. The combination of kraft & white is one of my favourites too.
The lacy strips against the black framing on the kraft is very striking in your second sample & I particularly like your use of the repeatedly stamped black motif as an inner border on your mopped background panel. A very unusual & striking use of kraft which would do rather well for a man.
Paula (PEP)

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