Hello from my Creative Squad! Today we have a gorgeous card idea from Maura Hibbitts using my Church foam stamp and getting us into the season with our theme: Celebrate the Season – Many cultures celebrate in December so let’s do some celebrating ourselves with our favorite art supplies and the holidays that make this season so festive.
May I wish you a joyous and blessed holiday season. We share diverse beliefs and ideas, and celebrate in a multitude of ways, but for many of us, this time of year is special. Share the season with family and friends and enjoy the celebrations!
I like to make cards for Christmas and send them out with a note to friends and family. I’ve made a simple set of cards with Nathalie’s ArtFoamies Church stamp.
Start by stamping the church image onto A7 cards with black ink and let dry. Of course, you can use any color ink you wish for the image.
Add gold details to the image with a water brush and gold gouache. I squeeze out a bit of the gouache onto a craft sheet and pick up a bit with a detailed water brush.
Set up an area to add some sprays. I like to use a paper bag, or packing paper for this. Spritz on the mica stains around the church image and let dry.
Once the mica stains have dried, use your water brush and silver gouache to add in some “stars”. I make these by painting a longer line, then an x shape across the line near the top.
Sometimes it is really nice to create simple cards with just a few products. I’ve been struggling with vision problems this year which has made it more difficult for me to work on complex or detailed projects. I’ve also had difficulty keeping my creative flow these past couple of years, so it helps to keep work simple and just enjoy what you can do. Maybe you have struggled with health issues and creativity too, and I hope you find keeping things simple helpful.
I have a set of cards ready to add notes and greetings and mail out. I wish you each a wonderful holiday season!
Thank you Maura for this beautiful project idea and you are so right – sometimes we have things in our lives that can make creating more difficult, and a great way to handle that is to just do what you can. That way you still get to do what you love and feed your creative spirit :)
Give it a try: you can find all my Foam Stamps in my Online Shop and here are some of the supplies Maura used:
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Today we have a series of cards from Creative Squad member Judi Kauffman. Is anyone else out there dreaming of the sea???
Judi is mixing up a lovely palette of colors and using a gelli plate along with my new StencilClub mash-up stencils for these cards and I’m really digging the subtle layers of pattern and color that she’s created. The stencils are exclusive for StencilClub members, and you can learn more about that here and get the new 3 stencil set.
In the meantime, let’s look at some of these cards:
Judi used clear stickers for the words and phrases and it creates a seamless unity between the card’s sentiment and background.
She did her gelli prints on navy blue cardstock – giving them a nice depth of color.
Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? I’ve put together this special product bundle to help you create tons of unique Valentine’s Day cards for all your sweethearts this year.
My Valentine Card Making Bundle includes a selection of foam stamps, rubber stamps, and a stencil, as well as some inspiring card making ideas from our archives to help you on your way.
The bundle is just $55.68, a big savings off the $69.60 regular price, and supplies are limited so hurry in to get your bundle before they run out for good. This offer expires February 8th at 11:59pm EDT, and cannot be combined with other coupons or offers.
Here are the stamps and stencils that are included in the set*:
Grove Street Positive Negative Foam Stamp Set
Neato Foam Stamp Set
Fan-tastic Cling Rubber Stamp Set
Love Tag Cling Rubber Stamp
Love Knots Cling Rubber Stamp
Art Deco Empire 9×12 Stencil
In total you will receive 3 foam stamps, 8 cling rubber stamps, and a 9×12 stencil. *No product substitutions are permitted.
Once you purchase, you will receive an email with links to project ideas from the archives to get you started on your Valentine card making.
Here are some examples:
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We are so excited to share some projects with you from Riikka. Enjoy!
Hi there again! It’s Riikka here with another project! This time I made a card. The rays in the “Grove Street” stamp made me think about a sun, so I combined that with one of the beautiful, detailed house stamps Nathalie has. This one is “Queen Anne”.
When I started, I was thinking of going with yellow tones and instead of black embossed the stamped house first with pale yellow. When I then started adding colors to it, I realized that it won’t work. The pale yellow looked odd with the stronger colors coming on top. So, I ended up using black anyway.
I recorded a little video while working with the card so you can even see my two takes with the outline color:
After getting the elements done the card was easy to put together.
I used white on white in the background where I added a strip of embossed white cardstock as kind of an anchor. On top I then added the warm sun and then the house.
Like I write in the video, the house just couldn’t float on the card front, so I stamped some grass, too. For that I used the “Queen Anne”, too, stamping the lines multiple times on top of a strip of white cardstock. The intersecting mishmash creates an illusion of a texture stamp!
Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a sunny day!
Thank you Riikka – love watching you work in the video to figure out the best solution!
I have been on a card making kick lately with my new #keepyouposted rubber stamps. I thought I’d share so you can see what I’m up to.
I used the LOVE stamp and the Blank Postage stamp from the set along with a rainbow of Moonlight Duo ink pads and just filled the front of the card – The LOVE stamp is designed to fit nicely inside the Blank Postage.
Here’s a card idea for your sweetheart – the LOVE and the Sent with Love stamps:
And then I mixed it up and paired it with a stamp from my Floral Tile Small set – also works really well together:
It’s never a bad time to send someone a note and these days it makes everyone feel good. Hope you try these patterns and send a couple cards to someone you love :)
I was playing around with my new #keepyouposted rubber stamp set and found myself making cards. For the one shown above I used a masking technique to create a layered look.
I wanted to have my mail truck stamp over some of the word stamps, without collaging. It’s easy – here’s how:
First I stamped my cute truck (I just adore these distinctive US mail trucks – so unique looking!) where I wanted it on my card. Next I stamped the truck onto some scrap paper and fussy cut it out. Then I put some repositionable adhesive on the back – I like E-Z Dots. This is my mask.
With the mask stuck onto my card on top of the truck image I stamped my background and overlapping the masked area with with my “You are my No.1 Priority” stamp.
Then I removed my mask – clean and easy peasy. I also added some color using a very nice new set of EMOTT Mitsubishi pens in the links below – love how they work for fine detail and intense color.
Here are a couple others I made, all with stamps from the #keepyouposted set:
Are you sending cards through the mail these days too? I definitely had a ton of fun with those.
It seems so early to start making holiday cards but I am determined to not get caught in my usual December panic “waahhhhh I didn’t even start yet” LOL. Because quite frankly – I looooovee to get holiday cards, but of course …you gotta spread the love yourself, no? So, I wanted to share with you some holiday cards I put together using my Triangle Love and Fan-fare rubber stamp sets. These are just a few ideas that I was playing around with. Both of these sets are super versatile so I can even imagine a bunch more ideas will come once you start creating.
Let’s get started!
Using my Tulip Triangle, I started lining up the pattern to build a larger triangle shape on my card.
I stamped my Solid Triangle off to either side, in the same manner, building larger triangles.
Then I added another pattern on top in a darker green ink. I chose my Empire Triangle and Stained Glass Triangle. I think you can see where this is going ;) I also used the Small Solid Triangle to create the tree trunk because, you guessed it, these are nice little Christmas trees.
And then I used one of the small stamps from my Fan-fare stamp set as a tree topper.
Next just add your message and there you go – easy card idea #1 for you.
How about a card that features an ornament for the holiday season? I began by stamping the Sunburst Triangle from the Triangle Love set onto a card, flipping the stamp around to double it up.
I added another pair to the left and right, and then below to create a larger diamond shape.
This reminds me of a vintage glass ornament. I then added one of the Fan-fare stamps here and there to give the scene a little sparkle.
Then you can add your hangers and tinsel and a nice message to finish it off. There you have it – card idea #2!
Finally another ornament idea, this time layering the Star Triangle over the Solid Triangle.
One of the stamps from Fan-fare makes a very nice ornament topper.
Then tie it all together with some sketchy lines and your sentiment. Voilà! Card idea #3 and hopefully you are on your way to a stress free holiday season (lol) now that you are ahead of the game with cards. I am not sure that holds true for me in regards of making holiday cards, but now that the first ones are done – my ideas keep on flowing :)
Are you ready to get your Holiday Card Making Game on??? I’ve put together this special product bundle to help you create tons of unique holiday cards for everyone on your list this year.
My Holiday Card Making Bundle includes a selection of foam stamps, rubber stamps, and a stencil, as well as some inspiring card making ideas from our archives to help you on your way.
The bundle is just $45, a big savings off the $71.60 regular price, and supplies are limited so hurry in to get your bundle before they run out for good. This offer expires October 20th at 11:59pm EDT.
Special 20% Off Deal: Also, during this offer, if you purchase the Holiday Card Making Bundle you may receive an additional 20% off any other physical products (foam stamps, rubber stamps, stencils, ink pads) that you order at the same time. Just use the coupon code holidaycard20 when you check out. Artwork is not included in this offer.
Here are the stamps and stencils that are included in the set:
Valley Road Positive Negative Foam Stamp Set
Broadway Positive Negative Foam Stamp Set
Triangle Love Cling Rubber Stamp Set
Fan-Fare Cling Rubber Stamp Set
Toledo 9×12 Stencil
In total you will receive 4 foam stamps, 11 cling rubber stamps, and a 9×12 stencil.
Once you purchase, you will receive an email with links to project ideas from the archives to get you started on your holiday card making.