Thursday, September 20, 2018

Farmhouse Christmas


We at Stamp Simply are excited to be expanding our Farmhouse Series.  My card for today was created using Farmhouse Christmas. This set has several solid images that are perfect for the holidays along with some wonderful greetings which are ideal for either cards or tags.  I had a lot of fun playing with our new stamps and also with some older dies in unconventional ways to create a snowy farmhouse barn wood door for this project. 


The window panes were made using a single square die, repetitively cut and then using the remaining negative,  adhering it to mirror paper and scraping some gesso "snow" into the corners. The wreath was made by die-cutting multiples of one of the dies from the Spellbinders' foliage set,  arranging the boughs in a circle and adding a ribbon banner, enamel dots, gesso snow, a jute string bow and Petaloo blossom.

The doorknob is another Spellbinders' die (an old one, now retired, but these are similar), using the positive for the base and the negative for the curved "handle" part.  Adding the doorknob and some snowdrifts with the sentiment (I love the font used for this series!) really helped to convey the idea of a Farmhouse Christmas door, and hopefully you have a vision of a warm kitchen with scents of cinnamon, vanilla, and maybe some hot chocolate just beyond on the other side!   


The inside of the card is embellished with a cute tree stamp and another sentiment from the new set.  I used markers directly to the stamp, adding accents over the wet marker with a gessoed paintbrush and then giving everything (inside and out) a dusting of diluted gesso snow.  

I couldn't resist adding a tiny farmhouse in the corner just for fun.

Here are the supplies used for this project:
I'll be back on Saturday with a card using another new set, Farmhouse All Occasion Greetings.  Hope to see you then!  

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Anniversary Wishes


I had so much fun getting inky with these blinding bright colors for today's project for Stamp Simply!  The whole idea started with the cute printed designer paper upon which the "Anniversary Wishes" sentiment was stamped.  It kinda reminded me of some of the really cute tall skinny magnetic notepads we've had stuck on our refrigerator for making grocery lists, so I decided to give it center stage and stamp on it.  :)



The base layers of the card were a little too plain compared to all the happiness going on, so I had to add some stenciling to make things more interesting.

Next I layered pink and orange ribbons with some bitty blossom flowers and leaves, jute string, and a little dangling heart to bring in lots of texture and dimension.  It was fun to pick out the colors of the paper and make sure they repeated in other areas of the design...like the green of the leaves and the addition of the enamel dots to the plant stem in the upper right corner.  



Inside there is more bright color along with a coordinating sentiment.  When it was all finished it just needed a little splash of white to tie everything together, so I diluted some ivory acrylic paint and splattered it everywhere with a paintbrush.  

Supplies: