Saturday, March 31, 2012

A couple more cards for the Craft's Meow Birthday Celebration

A couple cards to share today for The Craft's Meow's birthday bash.

This first card is for the sketch challenge.

I used one of the free digital stamps that Karen Baker designed for this card, but opted to use only a portion of the image, the large bloom. I printed the digital image multiple times, so I had an extra. I cut out an extra stem to use as a mask. Then using sponge daubers, I added Honey and Holiday Red ink to the image. Once I had the color intensity where I wanted it, I cut the image out.

The lines didn't print as crisply as I expected, but this could be because I don't actually have photoshop (I just inserted the .jpg into powerpoint and printed it from there), so I went over the lines with a black marker and also added some definition along the cut edges. I knew that I wanted to curve up the edges of the flower for some extra dimension, so I used the sponge dauber to add the Holiday Red to the back edges of the flower also. I colored the stem in using my blending pen and Topiary ink.

The rest of the card is pretty self explanatory. I'll list all the supplies I used at the end of this post.

My second card is for the Birthday Celebration Challenge. Here is the inspiration photo:

I was really inspired by the colors and the banners in the photo, and I just love how the card turned out. Can you tell what stamp I used for the banner? It's one of the Christmas trees from The Merry Best set. I have lots of fun papers, and could have die cut the banner pieces, but I love being able to get more bang for my buck with my Christmas stamps.

This was an easy card to put together. I knew I wanted to layer/overlap the banners, so I actually freehand stamped the two that are in the background. I used second generation stamping for this card to get a softer effect. The string that holds the banner together in those two background banners is drawn on using a blending pen.

For the banners in the foreground, I stamped more trees and pieced them. The row on the bottom was adhered directly to the card, and I used Lemondrop twine from the Twinery to string it together. I popped out the banner at the top using dimensional foam tape and also added some twine to that one. The sentiment is from the Elemental Workshop on the Go kit (kind of perfect for the occasion, right?) and was stamped in first generation.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you like the cards and are having a great weekend!

Supplies Used

Sketch Card
Paper/Cardstock: Black, White Daisy, and Holiday Red Cardstock
Stamps: TCM - Grateful Flower free digi; CTMH - Say it in Style
Ink: Honey, Holiday Red, Topiary
Other: EK Success Black Zig Marker; CTMH - Sponge Daubers, Dimensional Foam Tape, Bonding Memories Adhesive; Tombow adhesive; The Twinery - Buttercream twine; Creative Memories - Custom Cutting System, Circles

Birthday Celebration Card:
Stamps: TCM - The Merry Best; CTMH - Elemental Workshop on the Go set
Ink: CTMH - Goldrush, Twilight, Sorbet
Other: CTMH - Blending Pen, Dimensional Foam Tape, Bonding Memories Adhesive; The Twinery - Lemondrop Twine


  1. I love the one with the banners! Nice!

  2. OHHH! That first card with the flower is stunning! That flower pops right off the front of the card! And the banners are just tooooo fun! GREAT JOB:)

  3. Both of your cards are amazingly beautiful! I love the details and how classy they both look too! You did a GJ!

  4. This post is a double whammy of wonderful. The first card with the beautiful flower looks like it's coming right out of that circular "window." And the second card--if people are looking just at their dashboard, well, they might miss it. You achieved excellent balance on that card and I'm very impressed with the overall look of it.

    Yep. I'm very glad I follow your blog. You inspire me! :-)

  5. 2 beautiful cards, the first is so striking and the second so much fun! Thanks for playing at The Craft's Meow!

  6. Both are wonderful but I really love how clever you were with the banner! Thanks so much for celebrating The Craft's Meow Birthday Bash with us!

  7. gorgeous cards...I really love that amazing banner and how cute is that flower...just lovely..

  8. Stunning cards, Miriam! I really love the vibrant colours on the first way and the way you layered all the banners on the second.