Today I’m sharing with you some graduation cards. Two of them are for a couple of workmates, Izaskun and Alex, who are defending their PhD theses these days. The other two are for my nephew Telmo and for my sister-in-law María, who just finished their school year. In fact, I just wanted to use all the images from Mama Elephant “Page huggers” stamp set, because they’re sooo cute 🙂
First, I stamped all the images on Bristol paper with Versafine Onyx black ink and colored everything with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I don’t have the coordinating dies, so I fussy cut everything and used my craft knife to cut the paws.
Background panel: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Lovely Day. Background stamps: Lawn Fawn “Science of love”. Distress inks: Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio. Diecut: Mama Elephant “Hooray”. Sequins: Little Things from Lucy’s Cards “Twinkle Lights Sparkly Shaker Selection”.
Background panel: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Lovely Day. Background stamps: Lawn Fawn “Science of love”. Distress inks: Cracked Pistachio. Embossing powder: Wow “Bluetiful” Diecut: Neat and Tangled “Celebrate”. Sequins: Little Things from Lucy’s Cards “Twinkle Lights Sparkly Shaker Selection”.
Next, I die cut four pieces of watercolor paper using one of Mama Elephant “Peek a frame” dies, the one with rounded corners. As I wanted to use emboss resist technique, I stamped repeatedly different stamps on each background with Versamark ink and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder, except for the bunny card, where I used Wow “Bluetiful” embossing powder. Then, I inked these panels with different Distress Inks: you can check the products I used on each card in picture captions (click the image).
Background panel: Lawn Fawn Beachside paper pad. Background stamps: Lawn Fawn “Science of love”. Distress inks: Fossilized Amber. Diecut: Neat and Tangled “Celebrate”. Sequins: Little Things from Lucy’s Cards “Twinkle Lights Sparkly Shaker Selection”.
Background panel: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Lovely Day. Background stamps: Lawn Fawn “Just for you”. Distress inks: Picked Raspberries and Tattered Rose. Diecut: Mama Elephant “Hooray”. Sequins: Neat and Tangled.
For the sentiment, I die cut four times the words Celebrate (Neat and Tangled) and Hooray (Mama Elephant) from white cardstock and layered them together. I also die cut four different pattern papers using Mama Elephant “Peek a frame” big die. Next, I adhered these pattern panels to card bases, and glued the rest of the elements.
I added Glossy Accents to the glasses and some Wink of Stella to the die cut words. I also glued some sequins here and there to add some interest.
Today I have a super sweet card featuring Neat and Tangled “Cottontail Cuties” stamp set, designed by Elena Roussakis. I looooove these cute images and I was looking forward to use them.
I also wanted to participate in the current Little Tangles challenge, themed watercolor. Although watercolor scares me because I feel I don’t have any control, I thought this challenge is the perfect occasion to practice.
First, I stamped the images on Canson watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I did some masking to put the carrot on the girl’s hand and the bunny sitting on the stump, which is from Mama Elephant “Pix’s favorites” stamp set (you could use the one in the Neat and Tangled “Lumberjack love” stamp set, but I don’t have that stamp set!). Then I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to watercolor the images. I had a great time watercoloring everything!
After letting it air dry, I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink using my MISTI for a perfect stamping, and the little heart, from Neat and Tangled and Simon Says Stamp “Cute Chicks” stamp set, using Memento Lady Bug ink. Then, I adhered the panel to a Lawn Fawn pattern paper from the “Perfectly Plaid Christmas” collection, and adhered everything to the card base with foam tape.
I love the result, and I’m sure I’m going use watercolors more often!
Today I want to share a spring themed “congrats” card I made for the current Little Tangles challenge. I have bought some Neat and Tangled stamps and dies lately and I was looking forward to use them! This card features Neat and Tangled and Simon Says Stamp collaboration stamp set called “Cute Chicks”, designed by Elena Roussakis. I totally love this set. Is one of the happiest stamp sets I have seen! Plus, I love Elena’s work as a card maker and also as a designer. She designs amazing stamps!
The theme of the current Little Tangles challenge is “rainbow” and as I couldn’t decide between light and bold colors, I made two cards.
First, I masked the top of two pieces of Bristol paper with post-it note tape and blended some colors in rainbow order. The inks I used in each card are listed in the corresponding image caption. I sprinkled some water and dried it up with a paper towel after few seconds.
I die cut the word “congrats” using Neat and Tangled “Journaling Alphas” dies. Then I stamped the big drumming chicken and the two little chicks and I colored them using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. Both cards are colored in a very similar way. After the coloring, I adhered a piece of acetate behind the front panels and glued the little pieces of the “o”, “r” and “a”. Then I put foam tape in the back side of the panels to make shaker cards. I filled the shakers with “Twinkle Lights Sparkly Shaker Selection” from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. Then, I adhered the card bases to the panels and stamped the sentiment “Hope this puts a spring in your step” on the inside of one of the cards because I plan to mail it to my friend Nora that just defended her PhD thesis.
I love how these cards turned out, I think they are super happy cards.