Another project share. In addition to the Mother's day cards, I also had a few wedding cards to make for May. I kept these one layer, but of course, I had to add in some heat embossing. What also helped was that I put pattern papers to work! The papers are My Mind's Eye - Fancy that. I previously had a sheet of this from a card kit, but was able to find a full assorted pack from Paper Source a few months ago.
I heat embossed in gold and thought I was done, but of course, I thought splatter would give it a little more interest. I trimmed the panels with a stitched rectangle die and one with a plain rectangle.
Life started to creep into my crafting and blogging. Should be back to regular updates soon.
For Mother's Day I created a watercolor panel using the stamp set Organic Blooms by Mama Elephant. I heat embossed in gold and used my Windsor and Newton's Cotman's watercolors for coloring. I used a sentiment from Hero Arts in gold pigment ink on black card stock. I notched out a flag ends and adhered the sentiment with a tiny attacher. I put my panels on a cream/ivory card base.
Beginning Card Making - Stamps: What I've Learned so far
Here is the next section on my series: Beginning Card Making - What I've Learned so Far. This section all about stamps.
The great thing about stamps in general is that they can be mixed and matched. You might have some image stamps, a background stamp and a sentiment stamp, all different companies, but may be of a same 'theme' (i.e. birthday). Put them all together and you have a card!
Generally, I would recommend a birthday set and a sentiment set, these will serve you for a long time in creating cards. If the set has some basic or themed images included, you can use those to create your own patterned paper, which will stretch your stamp set even further.
There are a few different types of stamps: wood mounted (with red rubber), red rubber cling, and cling/clear stamps.
Catching up with the "What I've Learned so Far" series for those starting out with card making. I hope sharing my experience helps you along the way.
Here is part 4: Let's get inky!
You might categorize inks as part of your must need crafting items, and yes, you will need some type of ink to get started. In my experience, a dye based black ink should be your first ink. Then build up some primary colors.
Some companies are releasing inks in both a “full sized” ink pad and a a smaller “cube” ink pad. Depending on your storage needs, you may want to have a full sized ink pad in black and other colors in the small cubes. Some companies even sell cube sets that have coordinating colors. This can help build up your ink collection and take the guess work out of what colors may go together for particular companies’ ink products.
There are generally two types of inks: dye based and pigment inks
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