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“Happiness Is Handmade” Card

Good morning, crafters!  Cynthia here with another blog post featuring some brand new items from Kat Scrappiness.  Today’s card was made with the Stitched Diagonal Backdrop die, the Crafters Gonna Craft stamp set, and some White Jewels.  So let’s roll up our sleeves and get started.

 

The first step was to create a background using the stamp set.  I used a piece of smooth white card stock and stamped with my Memento Black ink.  I knew I’d be coloring with my alcohol markers, and the Memento ink won’t smudge.  I stamped the scissors first, carefully repeating the image several times.  Then I brought in the pencil stamp and added more of these, since they were smaller.  I turned the stamp so that some images show the point of the pencil, and other images show the eraser.  I then stamped the marker stamp, making sure to keep the nib end in the image.  Then all I had to do was scatter the medium sequin stamp all around the main images, filling in the white spaces as evenly as I could.  By starting with the big images, filling in with the small, and keeping the angles true, you can easily create a custom background that doesn’t look jumbled or messy 🙂

 

Now it’s time to color!  I decided to use my Copic Sketch markers, but anything you prefer will work just as well.  I kept the colors pretty simple, using only two shades for each color, although I did use three different blues to give the sequins some dimension.  I also used a light, warm grey marker to create shadows around each image.  This doesn’t take much time, but has a big impact in bringing your images to life!  If you don’t have a grey marker, it’s also good to use a grey pencil to add the shadows.

 

I found a very nice green card stock in my paper supply and used it to mat my background piece.  Then I used the Stitched Diagonal Backdrop die and cut out a piece of heavyweight black card stock.  I absolutely love the size of this big die, and there are tons of different ways to use it!  You can put two different papers in each triangle, turn one of the triangles into a shaker, put an image in one and a sentiment in the other, or lots of other things.  I love that the triangles are also large enough to really show off all the stamping I did – it would be a shame to cover it all up, don’t you think?

 

Before I attach my diagonal panel down to my project, I needed to add my sentiment.  I prefer to heat emboss when the card stock is still separate in case the heat causes some warping.  Whenever you come across a stacked sentiment stamp like this one, you can stamp it all in one line with some simple masking.  I just used a bit of washi tape to cover some of the words while I stamped the others, then reversed the process to finish the sentiment.  I used White embossing powder which really pops against that intense black card stock.

 

I attached the diagonal piece flat to the card front with some strong adhesive tape, centering it carefully over the green mat layer.  This card would have also looked good had I popped up the black piece with foam tape – I was probably too lazy to get up and find my roll of foam tape!  Haha!  The very last little detail I added was just three of the gorgeous White Jewels that are also new in Kat’s shop.  These jewels are amazing!  They all have a gorgeous iridescent sparkle to them, each one is perfectly faceted to reflect the light, and there are four or five different sizes in every bag.  I can’t recommend them highly enough!

 

And that is today’s finished card project.  I really hope that you had fun reading over this blog and that it inspired you to try out these new items for yourself.  Even as I was doing the stamping I was thinking of at least three other cards I wanted to design, using those fabulous images in different combinations.  The stamp set, the die, and the jewels (which come in six different colors) are all available now in the shop.  Follow the link below to get started, and don’t forget to use my discount code “CYNTHIA10” to receive 10% off your entire order.  Thanks for looking, and happy crafting!

Kat Scrappiness Shop

 

 

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