Today’s Free for All Challenge is Halloween cards with monsters. I just bought this stamp from The Cat’s Pajamas clearance sale, so I was excited to use it. This is pretty much a one layer card until I added the sentiment banner. I stamped the zombie and masked a moon around him. Sponged the night sky and the ground. Splattered water and some white paint. Then I colored the zombie and drew in the ground and a bit of a shadow line. As usual, I got my Tim Holtz Grunge stencil out for the craters of the moon. To finish off the edges, I rubbed them with Nuvo mousse.
I saw this zombie joke on Facebook recently, and I thought it would be fun for the inside. It was certainly fun to design using Courtside and Showcard Gothic fonts. Here is the PNG if you would also like to use it:
If you’d like to use it on your cards just right click on the image and save it to your computer. If you use it, I’d love to see it, so please tag me @cardsbyjennifrann and #thestampingactuary.
Monday is my favorite day because it means it’s time for the Technique Lovers Challenge. Lyn is our hostess this week and she has challenged us to try Dina’s Double Water Stencil Technique. It’s so fun.
This is my kind of Technique Challenge. Two fun backgrounds for the price of one. And I love the way they both came out. I decided I wanted to use this mouse digi from Craftin Desert Divas, so I grabbed a polka dotted stencil for a cheesy feel to the background. I used my Fabriano Hot Press paper for the technique, because I know I can always count on that paper where water is involved. I sponged it with Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Tea Dye DOX inks.
For the sentiment I used Birdy font that I had downloaded free from Fontbundles.net. I created it in Microsoft Word and saved it as a PNG file for future use. If you’d like to use it on your cards just right click on the image and save it to your computer. If you use it, I’d love to see it, so please tag me @cardsbyjennifrann and #thestampingactuary.
I’m playing along with the following challenges today:
Tuesday’s Color Challenge hosted by Karen Barber was looking for Cajun Craze, Pool Party, and Mossy Meadow.
I approximated those colors by using Distress Oxide inks in Fired Brick, Tumbled Glass, and Peeled Paint. I needed a birthday card for our friend who just turned 40. He’s a big guy–almost like wookiee sized. Everybody calls him Chewie. So I needed a Star Wars card. It might be hard to see the colors in my background, but I do love the look of Distress Oxides on black paper.
I sponged a sort of aurora look on the black and then splattered stars across the sky with white acrylic paint. The Chewie and Han Solo bear digi stamps are so cute, aren’t they? I got them as a prize from 2 Cute Ink. Then I was left with the question of how to make this card a 40th birthday card. So I did some googling and found the perfect sentiment:
I created the sentiment in Microsoft Word and saved it as a PNG file for future use. If you’d like to use it on your cards just right click on the image and save it to your computer. If you use it, I’d love to see it, so please tag me @cardsbyjennifrann and #thestampingactuary.
The mosaic design made me think of the splotchy look of a wrinkle free distress background. So we got to work making a light blue and a dark blue. I liked Desmond’s background better than mine.
For my card, I die cut an oval frame as an approximation to the surfboard shape and popped my mermaid up in front. Raleigh left his background plain with solid blue cardstock and some glittery accents.
Have you seen the Midsummer Mushroom Hunt that is going on this weekend in the DigiMojo Facebook group? If you’re not a member of the group, make sure you join so you can play along! There are sure to be lots of great freebies and prizes. This card is made using the Stampers Delights Fawn image that will be featured over the weekend. Make sure to stop by and join the Stampers Delights Fan Group.
I really enjoyed coloring up this image with my Copics. I drew a hill for the faun to sit on and masked both the hill and the faun so I could sponge a golden sky with sun rays. Then I masked the sky to sponge the hill. After I finished inking it up, I splattered with water for a more magical look. After I die cut the paper, I decided that it needed a golden border to really frame the scene. So I rubbed the edges with Nuvo expanding mousse.
Monday is my favorite challenge day – Technique Lovers Challenge. Today Lyn challenged us to combine repeat stamping with Emboss Resist. I’ve done some extra combining too. Combined with this month’s Waffle Flower challenge which is to make a rainbow scene.
My rainbow scene is welcoming my friends’ new great granddaughter. Also a great combo with Lee’s Unique Rainbow VSN challenge. I did my repeat stamping using the sentiments from the Congrats set, “Congrats”, “Celebrate”, “Yippee”, etc. Then I sponged on my “unique rainbow” using my favorite Distress Oxide rainbow of Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Broken China, and Seedless Preserves. I used the Autumn Time set to mask and stamp the scene of a sweet sleeping fox in the flower bed.
This card is off to my dear friends Paul and Myrna to congratulate them on the birth of their first great granddaughter. I’m so excited for them! I constructed the sentiment using various Paper Smooches and Honey Bee Stamps sentiments. You know I always make two of each card, but I only needed one great granddaughter card. I made the second one as a straight forward woodland fox birthday card. It’s fun to see how different two otherwise nearly identical cards can be.
This week’s Featured Stamper is ScrappyHappy. What a fun and lovely gallery! I browsed the entire gallery, but I came back to this gorgeous scene.
I was looking for inspiration for a Father’s Day card that a friend asked me to make and I thought a scene like this would make a nice masculine card. I loved the dreamy kind of glow that Laura’s card has with the darker edges, so I kept that look as I stenciled my scene using my new Mountain Scene Builder Stencil from Erin Lee Creative. I had to dig around in my scraps for a mask to sponge a white moon because I forgot I was going to mask a moon. I do like the very soft look of this moon.
I wanted a very woodsy feel because my friend does live very much near the Freetown State Forest and this sweet deer stamp really looks like the adorable little fawn that walked through my yard with her mom the other day. I also realized I had the perfect sentiment for this card. I decided I wanted to cut it with my ScanNCut, but I wanted to emboss it in white on black. So I first stamped the sentiment on white with black and scanned it to recognize and make the cut file. I cut it out of black and then embossed in white. I also had to draw a border around the deer and teepee in order to cut them out with the ScanNCut.
The sentiment is popped up on foam squares and I finished with some stars in white gel pen. I’m very happy with this card and can’t wait for my friend to see it! Thanks for the inspiration, Laura!
Today’s Ways to Use It Challenge is torn paper. I always love the look of torn paper masking, so that is my choice for Sabrina’s challenge. I tore some mountains and sponged them and stamped them with the Weathered stamp according to the Faux Tearing Tutorial. Then I tore another paper to sponge the ground and stenciled in some clouds. I just got this stamp set in the mail yesterday. The Cat’s Pajamas has 1/2 off everything right now and you know I can’t resist a sale like that. I was excited to get this and another graduation stamp set. I’ve felt like I don’t have any graduation card mojo lately.
It’s Teapot Tuesday and today’s Tea Party is for Jeanne in California. Jeanne is 85 years old and has been an avid stamper for many years. Sadly, her eyesight has deteriorated to the point where she can no longer see well enough to make cards. Because of this, she has begun to give away her extensive collection of stamps. We can sympathize and we are going to shower Jeanne with cards. Given that her eyesight is so poor, it’s suggested we incorporate dimension, textures and bright colors. Jeanne likes flowers, cats, traveling and reading. I went straight for my Cottage Cutz Garden Cat with Wagon. I think a die cut critter gives nice dimension. I also popped up the scalloped panel. To make the card more touchable I finally used my Fun Flock. And I love it. I need it in every color. I put it on the cat and the hedgehog. I also added some Stickles to the flower centers and Enamel Accents for their faces.
Today is also Color Challenge day. My substitutions are Seedless Preserves for Rich Razzleberry, Shabby Shutters for Pear Pizazz, and Shaded Lilac for Highland Heather. Karen challenge us to use flowers for dessert and I’ve got those too! That card was exhausting to make. So many fiddly bits. And I still have my second one waiting to be assembled! But now I’m off to buy more Fun Flock. I wish you could feel it through the computer screen:
Do you know someone that could use some well wishes, encouragement or all around warm fuzzies? Consider nominating them as a guest of honor (a.k.a. destination station) for an upcoming tea party. Send your request to jacqueline via PM or e-mail[email protected].Include SCS Teaparty Request in the subject line.
Today’s Ways to Use It Challenge is to use washi tape. Actually, I think the challenge may have just been to use tape, but that translates in my head to “use up some of that washi tape you’ve been collecting”. I needed a card for my godson’s birthday, and, well, you’re never too old for Baby Yoda, am I right? I bought this “Baby On Board” set from The Ink Road Stamps purely because I wanted to put hats on his head. The party hat is from a Fiskars birthday set. I printed the sentiment and stamped on Fabriano Hot Press paper, so I could watercolor him with my Spectrum Aqua markers:
So quick and easy. I said that I bought this stamp set to put hats on Baby Yoda, and while that is true, I also couldn’t quite resist this image that I put on the inside of the card. The sentiment is one of my favorites from the Power Poppy “Short Stacks” stamp set.
For the background, I dug through my little drawer of washi tape and picked out the most silver, metallic, space-age tapes that I have. I thought it would look the best randomly taped over a galaxy-type background. For this galaxy background, I grabbed a piece of blue cardstock and randomly sponged a few different blue and black Distress Oxide inks all over it. Then I smeared some black Stickles around the paper and finished with a splatter of white acrylic paint.
I’m entering this card into two “Anything Goes” challenges today: