Do you ever have trouble finding exactly the right sentiment for a card? Stampin’ Up! are brilliant at covering all the beautiful moments but sometimes showing that you’re cranky can be a struggle.
Do you remember that Janet Jackson song “What have you done for me lately?” My friends and I have often commented that a card like this could be handy at times 🙂 This video will have you reaching for your largest shoulder pads in no time!
We did have a fabulous stamp that I’ve used on this card, it is a rotary style so you can make up your own words. In it’s place you could use any of our alphabet sets. Scroll to the bottom of this post for a supply list.
This card features a background technique that I will be showcasing this Friday at my classes. Check back here after that to see how you can recreate this look on your own cards. It is not too late to book into the classes.
The card above was a lot of fun to make but it is not at all how I feel about my Valentine. For his card I have cased Cindy Schuster with some very minor changes. The stamp is from “Suite Sentiments”.
I wanted to make a card for each of the kids and so I followed the basic design above and simply changed the background colour (and then stamped the “kid” with the “Back to Basics Alphabet” and matching ink). I changed the washi tape to a gorgeous sparkly one that we had at our previous Sale-a-bration.
The Watercolour Pencils have certainly been the focus of my crafting of late. This background is so easy to achieve. The harder you press with your pencils the deeper the colour you will achieve with your background. Once you have coloured onto your background (I used Watercolour paper) use your Aqua Painter to go over the top. This will smooth out your colouring and spread the colour. Once the background dried I added a quick layer of Wink of Stella (the clear one) over the top, it gave this card a beautiful shimmery finish.
I’ve stamped and heat set my sentiment with white embossing powder, I’ve then cut it with the Stitched Shapes Framelits (which no photo will do justice, everyone absolutely loves them when they get to see them in real life). I’ve cut the Dragon Fly framelits and added them around the sentiment.
Check out These Are My Stamps for an excellent way to catalogue your supplies, it is what I use to add my product lists at the end of my posts.
There are other ways to keep a track of what you have. One of my customers Ruth has a file and uses old catalogues to help her to inventory her supplies. She loves this as it also includes different ideas for using the stamps she has.
If she doesn’t have a catalogue with that stamp set in it she will simply do up her own page…
My Mum does the same thing, her pages are in alphabetical order of the Stamp Set. She loves it as she can flick through her book and easily find the right sentiment for her cards.
Both Ruth and Mum love to also add their punches, they simply punch each shape they own.
Another idea I have used is to punch out your shapes onto acetate and use a split ring to keep them all together. You will use the negative, but doing this your will know the space that you will have, you will be able to hold the negative over the top of your stamped image and you will be able to see how well it fits before committing to punching it out.
If you don’t have a printer than is able to print onto acetate you could always print them out onto card stock and then laminate them.