Friday, January 22, 2016

Cardmaking Day in my little Studio

A couple of weeks ago I spent both Saturday and Sunday afternoon making cards to stock a shoebox full for the next 6 months.  I find I'm constantly making a card for a birthday or friend last minute. I do work great under pressure but one of my 2016 goals is to SIMPLIFY and ORGANIZE. I want to be able to be better prepared for last minute things that often come up. Like, weekend birthday parties! I made a few theme specific and a few neutral.  (I also made a couple of fun stationary kits, they make great last minute gifts. They are the two pencil cases you see in the shoebox. That will have to be a separate post!)

Below I will explain how I made it for those of you who would like to give it a try. This is also something that you could do with your child, pull out some stamps, card stock and paints and let them fill a shoebox with cards that they can hand out to their friends. Milly loves making cards now! The dollar spot at Micheals is a great place to find season specific inexpensive stamps and embellishments for them as well as pre cut and folded cards that come with envelopes.

Here is one of the kids birthday cards I made.

To make this card: fold an 8.5 x 11" piece of card stock into a card. Pick out a stamp set that would work well with water colours, not too detailed is best. For the circus tent, I painted on it with water-colour paints and stamped it onto a scrap piece of card stock. Let it dry then fussy cut it out. For the gold clown, ink your stamp with plenty of Versamark ink (it's a watermark ink used for heart embossing, can be found at Micheals or online) stamp the clown where you want it to be on the card front then pour some gold embossing powder into the image. Tap the excess powder off onto a piece of scrap paper to pour it back into the jar.  Heat the powdered image with a heat gun, being careful not to stay in one spot too long and keep the gun about 4 inches away from the paper to not burn the paper. Move the heat gun around in little circles until you see that the powder is melting. Do this until the whole image is "gold"! It's dry and ready to work with right away. Using a pop dot, stick the tent onto the card where you want it. Choose 3 complimentary colors of water-colour paints to make a few splatters over the whole card (use a cardboard box to do this) and let dry. You can also use your heat gun to dry the paint. I have a sentiments stamp set from StampinUp! that I used on the inside of the card with gold embossing powder.
Have a crafty weekend!