I was trying to straighten up my crafting table and I was looking through my scrap giant pile bin. I found three card-front sized pieces of embossed whisper white. I also found some Mint Macaron die cuts. I thought they would be great on the latest sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. I meant to use more of the die cuts but I glued everything down before I remembered to use them.
I got my Holiday Catalog preorder and I threw some Annual Catalog stamp sets in because I like to pace myself when ordering so my husband doesn’t take my credit card away. 🙂
I really liked the Rustic Retreat stamp set when I first saw it because it is perfect for masculine cards, and what better for a background than plaid! I make the plaid background using the Buffalo Check stamp with Early Espresso ink, Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker, Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker, White Chalk Marker, and a t-square.
I follow probably hundreds of crafting blogs and quite a few YouTube channels and the latest item I’ve seen for coloring using masks is these new brushes. I picked up a makeup brush from my local Walmart to see what it could do.
This is the brush I picked up:
I used Blackberry Bliss ink, the brick mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks, and some pieces of Thick Whisper White Cardstock I had laying around.
First I tried the Stamping Sponges, they are good but you can see somewhat splotchy. I would need to spend more time using them to get a more even coverage.
Next I used the Sponge Daubers, very deep color and a lot of pouncing to get even coverage. I got tired of pouncing.
Last is the makeup brush. I purposely did an ombre because I could. I like how crisp this turned out. I think I need to recommend to Stampin’ Up! to start carrying something like this for color blending.
Here is the second card from my last Cookies & Cards class and also the second card from my June swap. I just love how the mama panda bear is hugging the baby panda bear, so cute! My daughter helped me design this one, she picked out the colors for me to use because sometimes there are just too many choices. 🙂
This is the first card we made at my last Cookies & Cards class and it was a card I sent into a swap I participated in last month. For the swap I used the Old Olive foil and for the class I used the Pretty Peacock foil. (I ran out of Old Olive.) I still need to photograph the swap cards, we will see if they make it up on the blog.
When I saw how pretty the peacock was in this stamp set, I had to have it. I especially love it in the colors of the Noble Peacock Suite; Blueberry Bushel, Old Olive, and Pretty Peacock.