Thursday, September 24, 2020

floral card ideas with the gray muse

Do you love making handmade cards? Me too! One of my favorite kind of cards to make is floral cards!

Recently I've been trying to stretch some of my cardmaking supplies (and just use the neglected ones) so today I'm excited to share some clean & simple floral cards that feature gorgeous stamps from The Gray Muse and backgrounds made with Nuvo Drops.

I'm also really excited to be joining in an inspirational blog hop for the The Gray Muse's Summer/Fall 2020 stamp collection. 

I hope you will join us for the hop! (And if you are hopping, you should be arriving from Amy Tsuruta's fantastic blog).

Creating these backgrounds is really easy and only slightly messy *wink*

Check out this quick process video to see what I mean...

my quick tips...
  • low-tack tape is a great way to "contain" the Nuvo Drops when you spread them out because the clean up is so easy but the Drops are also awesome to use with stencils.
  • allow the Nuvo Drops to dry completely before stamping. I don't personally recommend heat setting because I've had them bubble.
  • try applying Nuvo Drops in different areas on the cardstock and moving the squeegee in different directions (down, diagonal, sideways) to change the appearance of the background.
  • I've tested a few inks for stamping on the slick Nuvo Drop surface and I really like Versafine Clair, which will dry if you set it aside for a bit or it can be heat set if you are in a hurry. StazOn also works great or you can emboss.

Now before you hop on to Laura Jane's lovely blog, there are giveaways! The Gray Muse is giving away FIVE $25 gift codes to the shop so you can add some of these stamps (or enamel pins) to your collection. In order to qualify, leave comments on every post in the hop. The more posts you comment on, the greater your chances. The giveaway ends on Wednesday, September 30th at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. All winners will be selected at random and announced on The Gray Muse Blog within a week.  

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Saturday, September 5, 2020

shaker cards to send while socially distancing

Are you missing your friends as much as I am right now? Socially distancing is tough when you miss hugging your pals!

My favorite way to let my pals know that I am thinking about them is to send handmade cards. And if you know me, you will already know how much I adore making shaker cards!

I love that shaker cards are interactive but easy, and you get to include sparkly sequins!

These cards are perfect for the times we are living in because of the fabulous & funny Essentials by Ellen Voices In My Head Vol. 3 stamps

I paired the sentiment stamps with die cut words created with the Essentials by Ellen Classic Block Alpha, using the negative die cut letters as my shaker windows. (If you've never made a shaker card, here's a quick video on my go-to steps for a shaker card with word die cuts.)

To create the background for the shaker window, I put some Nuvo Drops on the card front, smoothed them with a straight-edge squeegee and let dry. I love the bright, colorful & glossy finish!

Since the edges of the Nuvo are not visible through my shaker window, I didn't worry about creating perfect edges or even erasing my pencil guidelines.

Thanks for stopping by!