Good morning, crafters! Today’s card is featuring something near and dear to my heart – coffee!!! I always love stamp sets that feature coffee images and sentiments, and the new Kat Scrappiness Let’s Get Caffeinated stamp set is no exception! There are plenty of nice, big stamps here, as well three coffee beans in various sizes, and even a little heart. I combined this set with the Newton’s Nook “Newton Loves Coffee” stamp set, which is also available on Kat’s website. Let’s go ahead and go through the steps I used to create this card.
I first started by creating a focal piece using a rectangle of white card stock and my images. I stamped the cat image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink because I knew I would be using my Copic alcohol markers to color it. For the sentiment, I used the gorgeous VersaFine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Clear embossing powder. You will see me using this combination time and again on my projects, but it really makes for a gorgeous sentiment!
I wanted to incorporate some ink sponging on this card, so I selected a soft sky blue card stock and some Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I had this adorable heart stencil in my stash and knew it would look perfect behind my kitty. I concentrated the ink color in the two opposite corners, letting the color naturally fade out as it moved towards the center. I really like using this simple trick to add just a bit of interest to my ink blending.
To carry on with the heart theme, I used the heart stamp from Kat’s stamp set along with some of the gorgeous Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink. The color is so rich and just the perfect shade of real red! I also heat set the hearts with more of the Ranger Clear embossing powder, then fussy cut them out to add to my card. I put tiny pieces of foam tape behind them to add a touch of dimension.
Once my focal piece was colored and complete, I added a dark brown card stock as a mat layer. I also did the same with my stenciled piece. I really love how the mats make the layers stand out, as well as give the entire card a more cohesive look.
For assembly, I added the stenciled background layer to a top-folding, white card base. I also added a pretty strip of red card stock to tie in the reds I used on the focal piece. I used some strips of foam tape to attach the panel for some subtle dimension. When using multiple layers, it’s always best to break it up with some dimension as you build your card so that it doesn’t look bulky and jumbled.
And that is my finished card! I hope that you had fun following along with me this time, and that you found a little bit of inspiration. I can’t wait to make more coffee themed cards with ALL of the great sentiments in the KS Let’s Get Caffeinated stamp set! To pick up this set for yourself, I’ve added a shopping link below that’ll take you right to Kat’s website. Don’t forget to use my coupon code “CYNTHIA10” to receive 10% off your order. Happy shopping!