World Card Making Day
Everyone has their special day, and today is ours! It’s World Card Making Day!
To celebrate, I’m participating in a blog hop with some of the world’s most talented card designers! I’m honestly very honored to be a part of this amazingly talented group.
Make sure you use the “Next” button at the bottom of this post or navigate using the list of links to the individual artist’s websites, and you’ll be treated to a whole wide world of inspiring card ideas.
Choose Your Own Inspiration
We don’t have any particular theme for the World Card Making Blog Hop, so that leaves each person free to choose their favorite stamps, papers, or techniques.
I chose my favorite stamp set of all time and the first one I ever bought: No Bones About It! I counted recently and discovered that I have designed 19 different cards using this stamp set, so I’ve definitely gotten a lot of use out of it! This goes to show that there are unlimited possibilities for what you can create with a single stamp set!
These are also some of my favorite colors. I’ll take any excuse to make a teal card!
Ombre Stamping Technique
I also used one of my favorite techniques on this card: Ombre Stamping! This technique creates a gradient between colors on a single stamp.
- Ink the stamp using the lightest color first.
- Dab a sponge onto the darker colored ink pad.
- Use the sponge to apply ink to half of the stamp.
- Apply a second layer of sponged ink to the bottom quarter of the stamp.
- Stamp the image onto your paper!
You can also spread out this ombre effect over an entire stamped background! On my card I alternated between solid colored stamping and ombre stamping to create a pattern. Here are the colors I used:
- Top row: Emerald Envy
- 2nd row: Emerald Envy + Island Indigo
- 3rd row: Island Indigo
- 4th row: Island Indigo + Elegant Eggplant (I stamped an extra one of these on a separate piece of paper so I could cut it out.)
- 5th row: Elegant Eggplant
No Bones About It Birthday Card Directions
- First, cut and score an Island Indigo card base.
- Using VersaMark ink, stamp leaves from the No Bones About It stamp set along the right and left edges of the card base. VersaMark is a watermark ink pad, so when it is used on its own, it makes a slightly darker image than whatever paper you are stamping onto.
- Next, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 1″ (2.5 cm) more narrow than your cardbase.
- On the Whisper White panel, stamp an ombre stegosaurus pattern using the Ombre Stampin Technique directions above.
- Stamp one extra stegosaurus on an extra piece of Whisper White, and fussy cut out the extra one.
- On the dinosaur stamped panel, scrape the right and left edges across the VersaMark ink pad. Sprinkle silver embossing powder on the now sticky edges, tap off any excess, and heat with a heat tool until the powder is melted.
- Using the Large Letters Framelit Dies, die cut the letters HB from a Silver Foil Sheet. (If you are like me and never understand acronyms and other alphabet shortcuts, HB stands for Happy Birthday.)
- Arrange the pieces of the card, adding a length of Emerald Envy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and a piece of Silver Mini Sequins Trim.
- When you have finished determining the placement, staple the two piece of trim onto the stegosaurus stamped panel. The staple should be right behind where the extra stegosaurus will be later.
- Attach the large silver letters and the extra stegosaurus using dimensionals. The mini size dimensionals work well for the letters, otherwise cut the big ones in half.
- Add a silver Mini Bow. Just peel off the backing to stick it in place.
- Finally, adhere the front panel to the card base.
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: Silver Foil Sheets (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Emerald Envy, Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: No Bones About It (c) Stampin’ Up!
Dies: Large Letters Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: Silver Mini Sequins Trim, Emerald Envy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Mini Gift Bows, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, sponges, dimensionals (c) Stampin’ Up!
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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!
Hop Around the World
Click the button below to visit the next blog on the list. Up next is the amazing Jay Soriano, who always has interesting and innovative ideas! You are going to love what he has in store for you!
If you get lost at any point, here is the complete line up of crazy talented artists from all around the world:
Other Projects You Might Enjoy
Click on a picture below to view the post about that individual project.