Over the last few days I've created a couple of cards that will work for both a boy or a girl, but I am thinking these will both be for boys. Because, at least for me, it is easier to create girl-ish or floral cards. And when I look at my collection I see that I purchase the more "girly" themed stamps and product. So here is my take on using the Silly Scape and Village Design Block stamps I shared on my blog post Monday HERE.
First up is Spread Sunshine, a primary colored card utilizing the Silly Scape Hero Arts Stamp. I stamped the city scene on Neenah white cardstock and colored in the building with Copic Markers. No fancy shading going on here. Just bright, fun color. I love that Copics don't always have to be used for blending.
I masked off parts of the silly scape to stamp clouds and the sunshine (both from Hero Arts Clear Stamp Sets). I lightly shaded the clouds with Copic Marker BG000 Pale Aqua and then colored over that with the 0 Colorless Blender. The blender smoothed the color out and spread it out a bit, making the shading appear softer. (Remember the blender pen doesn't really blend anything. It can be kryptonite if you try to blend with it. ha!) See THIS blog post for info on Copics.
The background of the card and also the kraft cardstock were stamped with Versamark and embossed with AC embossing powders (my fav's). I think the embossing adds a bit of interest to an otherwise fairly flat card.
Stamps: Silly Scape Wood Block Stamp by Hero Arts; Kiss From the Sun Clear Design Stamp Set by Hero Arts (sun used behind building); Siimple Things Clear Design Stamp Set (cloud used behind cloud and building); Anytime Messages Clear Design Stamp by Hero Arts; Graphic Background Wood Block Stamp by Hero Arts; Raindrop Background Design Block Stamp by Hero Arts
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko; Versamark Ink by Tsukineko; Zing! White Opaque Embossing Powder by American Crafts; Zing! Mustard Opaque Embossing Powder by American Crafts; COPIC Sketch Markers (R46 Strong Red, G07 Nile Green, Y17 Golden Yellow, YR68 Orange, B24 Sky, BG000 Pale Aqua, 0 Colorless Blender)
Embellsihments: Ribbon (MM); Button (Stampin' Up); String
Tools: Corner Chomper Crop-a-dile
Next up is Sending Sunshine Across the Miles, a card that combines the Hero Arts background stamp and Papertrey Ink's Up, Up and Away stamps:
I stamped the background with Daisy White Ink from CTMH. While the ink was drying (it is really wet and sticky) I die cut and stamped the hot air balloons (Papertrey Ink) using Stampin' Up inks. I die cut the clouds from Papertrey Ink felt and created the scene of the balloons flying high above the "village" with some foam adhesive.
To create the greeting border, I stamped a sunshine and the greeting (Papertrey Ink) and punched a border from a scrap of patterned paper to place behind it. I finished the border with some Jute String and a clear button.
Inks: White Daisy Ink by CTMH (for Village stamped background); Soft Suede, Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red & Crushed Curry Stampin' Up Inks
Embellishments: Clear Button (CTMH); Jute String by Papertrey Ink
Tools: Stampin' Up Scallop Border Punch; Papertrey Ink Up, Up & Away & Clouds 1 &2 Dies to Match; Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
A Bit of Enabling
I adore this.
I found it late last night.
Printed it out and colored it in.
Card will be shared soon. I just love this little guy. :)
Next, if you are missing Kerri Bradford's fabulous die cut designs (like I have!), check out the treat she has for us die cutters! (and it's FREE!)
You can download the die cut file HERE.
And, great GREAT news: it works for both the Silhouette and the Cricut (or any digital die cutter that you can use a GSD file with!).
Time to take a dip in the pool.
Have a great day!