Journey’s End

Journey’s End

Here we are again, another month of cards under our belt. Let’s finish things up with another Tim Holtz stamp, this one with a matching die set.

journeys end ||

The compass was first stamped on the card base, and then stamped four times on white paper, and then colored with distress inks and an inking tool. Love that mini inking tool! After each piece was colored, they were cut out with the corresponding die set, and adhered on the card base with foam tape.

A final sentiment stamp, and the card is done. Love the colors on this one. What do you think?

Do you have a favorite card from this month? Which one did you like the most? Which one is so ugly it should never see the light of day again? Inquiring minds want to KNOW!

If you’d like to get one of these cards in the mail, make sure you’re on my email list. (You can sign up for it in the box at the top right hand side of the page.)

The supplies you can get from Amazon, if you want to make this card: (affiliate links)

Distressed Embossing

Distressed Embossing

There are all types of embossing powders out there. There are some that are smooth and shiny, some that have a matte finish and lots of lovely color. There are some that are bumpy, and then there are Tim Holtz’s distress embossing powders, which are rough and designed to partially adhere.

That makes them perfect for beachy themed stamps, don’t you think?

distress shell ||

In addition to the distress embossing powder, three layers of distress ink were laid down on the card with a piece of acetate to create a splotchy water color effect.

If you’d like to get this card in the mail, or any of the others I’ve made this month, make sure you’ve signed up for my email list at the top right of the page.

If you want to make this card yourself, you can use these supplies from Amazon: (affiliate link)

An Almost Stamp Free Card

An Almost Stamp Free Card

I tried, I really tried to get you a card without any stamping on it. But when it could have been called done, it just plain wasn’t.

almost stampless card ||

The flower makes a good focal point for the card, but the bare cardstock base looked incomplete after all the scrap papers and flower sticker was adhered to the card base. To give the base a touch of pizazz, I took an unmounted stamp, inked it with versamark, and slid it under the edge of the flower, and then rubbed the back of the stamp with my fingers to apply the pressure needed to transfer the ink. There are some incomplete spots, but on the whole, it makes the card feel so much more complete.

Have you ever gone back and added little touches to help your cards or scrapbook pages feel more complete? What’s your favorite technique?

If you want to make something like this, you could try these supplies from Amazon: (affiliate link)

Do You Know the Button Man?

Do You Know the Button Man?

I’m not entirely sure about what I was aiming for with this card. Gift card for those work clothes you’re giving your husband? Poor example of pencil shading? Random twine placement? Who knows?
button man ||

Having finished this earlier today, part of me wants to go back and re-do this card. But I think this month is all about sharing the positives and negatives of card making. Sometimes, an idea just doesn’t work. When that happens, you have two options: run with it any way, or give up and start over.

You probably know I’m a run with it any way kind of gal.

Supplies from Amazon: (affiliate link)

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Turkey Day!

Well, I suppose if you are a turkey, you’re probably not very happy today. But you sure would be delicious!

This card may be in need of a sentiment. I couldn’t decide between “Gobble, Gobble,” “Happy Turkey Day,” or “Run Away!” Which would you choose?

happy turkey ||

These are a couple of The Angel Company stamps, a few leftover scraps, and distress markers and inks. Remember, you don’t have to get complicated to create a perfectly acceptable card.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you have a day filled with things to be thankful for.