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14 Jan 2015

Welcome to my new blog!

Hello! 

Welcome to my new blog! 

I am wanting to learn more about stamping, using inks and other mediums, as opposed to just using card kits for my card making. I still love using the kits I have & I will be showcasing them off at my other blog, Crafty Cat Designs. Of course, along with learning stamping techniques I will be incorporating dies too.  I just love the new wordy dies that are available - I so need to build up on those!

The cards I have today to show you are just a few of the 'Thank you' cards I made for friends & family that were gifted to me at Christmas! I think there were 15 or so cards that I made. They were repeat designs of the ones showing below. My inspiration for these designs comes from some wonderfully talented designers; Kristina Werner & Jennifer Maguire.


Having wanted to make the cards quickly so as people would receive them quite close to post Christmas,  Luckily for me, I found some patterned A2 (US) sized cards ready to use,  That helped big time! SO, I die cut the 'Thanks' scripty die from Lawn Fawn, I cut 40 of these! I wanted to add three layers per word, for more dimension when on the card.  I then, when all three were stuck together, (fiddly but worth it), embossed the top of each word with WOW clear embossing powder for a shiny finish! five sets of the die cut words were coloured with a brown Promarker pen & then clear embossed.  I then found some heart shape dies (in my stash) I apologise because I can not recall who the dies were made by (and the die I no longer have), I positioned them on to the card to see where I wanted them & to make sure the 'Thanks' die cuts would fit on the top of them without going off the card.  Before I stuck them down, each heart was stamped with the ' so much' stamp from Jennifer Ellory (it was a free stamp from a magazine, along with her vintage floral flower papers). I positioned the 'Thanks' die back on the heart first so I knew where to stamp. Once all were stamped, the hearts were adhered to the card blanks before adhering the 'Thanks' on to the hearts.  I then took a brown thin nibbed pen to draw dashes inside the heart.  I also did this with the other hearts with a white uniball pen (which isn't showing up in the pics).  So for pretty simple cards, the longest part was the die cutting as using one die alone forty odd times was a little time consuming!  All in all, I was really pleased with the cards. 

The recipients have all received there cards now & complimented me on them!  Happy I made them, happy they liked them :)

                                                                     That's all for now!

                                                                       See you soon,

                                                                            Mandy


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