So I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus, partly because I’ve seem to have lost my crafting mojo and partly because the kids are out of school for the summer, or perhaps because the kids are out of school I’ve lost my mojo.
In either case, we’ve had to adjust and figure out a new schedule in order to have time for our summer adventures and time to create. Speaking of summer, I thought I’d start with a couple of simple summer inspired cards to get back into the swing of things.
For the first card, I used a lemon stamp from Jillibean Soup and stamped it onto a piece of Bristol smooth cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.
I did some ink blending using Distress inks in Squeezed Lemonade towards the inner part of the card and Wild Honey towards the outer part of the card.
To put the card together, I cut a piece of patterned paper from the Echo Park’s Sweet Summertime paper collection using Lawn Fawn’s largest Stitched Rectangle stackable die which I adhered to an A2 sized card base. I cut the lemon paper using Gina Marie Designs’ Scalloped Stitched Nested Rectangle die and adhered it to the patterned paper using some fun foam for some dimension. And finally, I added the sentiment by stamping it onto a piece of cardstock and heat embossing it. As a final touch I added some Nuvo Crystal drops and a piece of twine to complete this card.
For the second card, I wanted to create a really bright background that screamed SUMMER. To do that I took Distress inks in Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron and Mustard Seed and did some ink blending onto a piece of Bristol smooth cardstock. With a very bright background, I had to balance it with a subtle focal image. Using an ice cream cone stamp from Prickley Pear, I stamped the images onto a piece of Bristol smooth cardstock and heat embossed it with black embossing powder. I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color the cone and ice cream image.
Zig’s that I used are:
065 mid brown for the cone, which I blended with a water filled brush
099 cool gray 1 and 901 gray tint for the ice cream, which I blended with Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Overlay pen
200 Sugared Almond Pink for the base of the ice cream, which I blended with a water filled brush
To put this card together, I cut the very bright background using the largest die from Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Rectangle stackable die set and adhered it to an A2 sized card base. With the ice cream image, I added some foam squares for dimension and placed it in the center of the card. I added the sentiment from the set and added a few enamel dots from Echo Park’s Petticoats and Pinstripes Enamel dots, and that completed this card.
Hopefully, with these two little cards I can start my road to recovery and find where I’ve left that mojo to help me create some more interesting cards. That’s it for now!
Thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!
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