Tuesday, May 5, 2020

how to create an easy handmade card set with the stamp market

With Mother's Day coming up and social distancing still in effect, it's the perfect time to create & send the gift of a handmade card set!
Want to hear the story of how this set was made? Well I sat down with The Stamp Market's Sending Bunches Of Love stamp set and had so much fun creating, I ended up with a BUNCH of cards that coordinated.
I hadn't actually intended to make a set of cards to give as a gift but it just worked out! Here are a few easy things I did that made these cards the perfect set...
  • I used the same color palette on all my cards.
  • I also used the same stamp as a focal point on each card even though the card design & techniques varied.
  • I made some decorated envelopes by stamping the flowers on the flap of the envelopes.
  • And I bundled the cards & envelopes together! Easy peasy!
Here's a little bit more about each card...
This card uses one of my very favorite stamping techniques, faux watercolor. You ink your stamp with water-reactive inks and then mist with clean water before stamping onto watercolor cardstock. 

While the ink was wet, I used a paint brush to spread the color. And after it was dry, I put it back into my MISTI where the stamp was waiting, and I stamped the image again in Navy ink over the Bubble Gum.
These cards use the same faux watercolor technique but with more colors of ink. And only adding the Navy stamped-second layer on the second card.

You can see more about the faux watercolor technique in this video.
To create the easy color blocking on these cards, I used low-tack purple tape to mask off the top of each panel. I used blending brushes to create the color-blocked border and then I stamped the flowers and sentiments in Navy.
This card is just a little ink smooshing with Citrine ink and then the flowers stamped on top in Navy.

And finally this card couldn't be more simple! It's just the flowers stamped in Navy with a Tropic Teal watercolored sentiment strip.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are staying safe & well!

The Stamp Market Inks Bubble Gum, Coral Reef, Citrine, Tropic Teal & Navy
Bristol Cardstock
Blending Brushes
Light Mist Spray Bottle
Purple Tape

1 comment:

Jennifer L. said...

Thanks for sharing these tips for easy cards!