Plane & Simple

Happy Birthday to my brother Matthew!

This card begins with a background made using Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Cloud Backdrop’ (the landscape version). I cut this in blue card stock and brushed some white pigment ink onto the clouds to make them stand out.

I added die cuts from Lawn Fawn ‘Puffy Cloud Border’ dies to the bottom and then die cut the whole background again using LF ‘Stitched Rectangle Stackables’ to put a stitched edge all around my background. Lastly, I adhered this piece to a die cut from LF ‘Scalloped Rectangle Stackables’ set, made in grey card stock. The whole thing is mounted on a matte black card stock base.

For the final details, I used LF ‘Plane & Simple’ set to stamp, color and cut an airplane to fly in the sky above the clouds and I used LF ‘Happy Happy Happy Family’ to stamp ‘To My Brother’ in the clouds.

Supplies Used:

  • Lawn Fawn ‘Plane and Simple’ stamps & dies
  • LF ‘Happy Happy Happy Family’
  • LF ‘Stitched Cloud Backdrop’ die
  • LF ‘Puffy Cloud Border’ dies
  • LF ‘Stitched Rectangle Stackables’
  • White pigment ink
  • Black ink
  • Markers for coloring
  • Blue, grey, white and black card stock.

Out of this World

This card is for my son’s friend who is having his 6th birthday! I mixed Lawn Fawn and Queen & Co. products to make this shaker card and Ranger Distress Oxides to make the background.

I made the galaxy background a long time ago so I am not sure the colors of Distress Oxides I used but I applied them using an oval blending brush to black card stock. I applied a speckling of VersaMark with Brutus Monroe Milky Way embossing powder and speckled it with white paint. You can see a video tutorial of my methods here. I used Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle die to cut it out.

For the earth, I started with a piece of white card stock cut with a large stitched circle die by Rubbernecker Stamps. I used the Distress Oxide colors Pine Needles, Salty Ocean and Ground Espresso to make rough land and ocean forms. I used a small amount of Brutus Monroe Alabaster white pigment ink for the top to hopefully make it look like the Arctic. I speckled it with white paint for visual interest.

The sentiment is a mix of two Lawn Fawn Sets. “HOPE YOUR DAY IS” is from Reveal Wheel Sentiments and “OUT OF THIS WORLD” is from the set called Out Of This World. I cut the sentiment using Lawn Fawn Extra Sentiment Banners and layered it on top of another banner in solid black.

Lastly, The Rocket is from Queen & Co.’s Space shaker kit and is filled with Queen & Co. ‘Rubble’ style toppings. I used Craft Perfect satin silver card stock for most of the rocket and a sparkly red card stock for the flame.

I accented the card with some iridescent star gems that I’ve had hanging out in my embellishment drawer for a while (so I have no idea where they came from).

Hope you like this one!

Thank You Teachers

If there is one profession out there that I am forever in awe of, it is teaching. There are people out there who love spending time with other people’s kids and who help grow their minds in amazing ways. They are always doing work in their off hours and I’m sure they spend countless hours thinking and worrying about the kids in their care. It takes a special kind of person to be a teacher and I am so grateful that both of my children have exceptional teachers to inspire them. Their teachers encourage them to learn, have fun and express themselves in creative ways, and I can’t thank them enough for all that they do.


Here are cards I made for my kid’s teachers this year. Each of my children have two teachers, so I made these in duplicate. Supplies used are listed under each card.

Supplies used:

  • Sunny Studios ‘School Time’ stamp set. I used my Brother Scan N Cut to cut these out
  • Altenew ‘Thank You Builder’ stamp set for the sentiment
  • Brutus Monroe Glitter Glaze in ‘Unicorn Horn’ (with a patterned stencil)
  • Gina K ‘Kraft’ card stock
  • Green adhesive gems as accents (I think these ones were from Stampin’ Up)
  • Glossy accents on the apple
  • Copic markers for coloring
  • Gina K Amalgam black ink for stamping

Supplies used:

  • Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Apple Frames’ dies
  • Lawn Fawn ‘Outside In Stitched Apple’ dies
  • Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Rectangle Stackables’dies
  • Lawn Fawn ‘Scalloped Rectangle Stackables’ dies
  • Hefty Doodle ‘Teacher’ die
  • Lawn Fawn ‘So Owlsome’ stamp set for the ‘Thanks’ stamp
  • Green adhesive gems for accents (from Queen & Co.)
  • Craft Perfect ‘Red Velvet’ mirror card
  • White card stock
  • Gina K Amalgam black in for stamping
  • Distress Oxide ‘Antique Linen’ on the apple
  • White paint for highlight accents on the apple

Black Ink Comparison

I haven’t had much time to write blog posts lately but I do have a lot of content in the works. I will be sharing some new cards soon and I will be traveling later this week and through the summer, so more photography will be featured in the near future.

Recently, I did find the time to compare some black inks and I would like to share my findings with you. I mostly color with alcohol based markers so in these tests, I only compared alcohol friendly inks. In other words, inks that don’t bleed when colored over with alcohol based markers.

Disclaimer: these are strictly my opinions and I am not affiliated with any of these brands. I purchased all of these inks with my own money and have not received any discount for reviewing these products.

The inks I compared are: Momento – Tuxedo Black, Gina K – Amalgam Black, Lawn Fawn – Jet Black, Ink on 3 – Blackout, Brutus Monroe – Raven Detail Ink and Altenew – Permanent Black. All of these inks are safe to use with alcohol markers (as in, it won’t bleed when colored over), and all but Momento are fine to use with water based markers as well. I chose these inks as I see them mentioned regularly among stampers as favorite black inks and I wanted to see for myself which ones I should use in my card making.


In order to easily compare these inks, I wanted to keep my method consistent. To do this, I used a stamp platform and kept the stamps in the same place for each ink test by moving my paper around. I cleaned between each brand using stamp shammy and a little stamp cleaner, and allowed the stamps to fully dry before inking them up again. I tested these inks in two different tests.


For Test 1, I loaded two stamps with ink. On the left side is a swatch stamp from Simon Says Stamp, and on the right side is a sentiment stamp (from Altenew) that has 2 different fonts in it. I wanted to show how well each ink covered a stamp, as well as how crisp the ink remained for tiny letters. I only added ink to each stamp once and did not re-stamp to cover any missing spots.

Results:

As you can see, the Momento ink is a slightly different shade then the rest and I think it has the best coverage out of all of these for both the swatch stamp and sentiment. Altenew did well on the swatch stamp but Gina K, Lawn Fawn, Ink on 3 and Brutus Monroe leave a very slight speckled look in the areas that should be solid black. As for the text, only Momento gave 100% coverage, with all the rest looking very similar to each other.


For the Test 2, I used the same sentiment from Test 1. On the left side I added ink once and stamped it using my stamp platform. On the right side, I inked the stamp and stamped once, then added more ink and stamped again. This allows me to see how sharp/crisp the letters remained if I added more ink to improve coverage.

Results:

As you can see with these results, Momento is the clear winner with only one layer of ink, however, when I added more ink and stamped again, Momento became bolder and lost some of the sharpness in the text. When I added a second layer of ink to the remaining brands, the result was much better coverage and perfectly crisp text.

To conclude, if you have a stamp platform and don’t mind adding ink and re-stamping for better coverage, you can’t go wrong with any of these brands. If you want to stamp once and be done with it, Momento may be the best ink for the job. Keep in mind however that Momento will run if you try to color over it with water based inks or watercolor paint.

One thing I noticed in this experiment is how similar some of these inks are to one another. Excluding Momento, the remaining inks appear identical in color and very similar in coverage and crispness. The Gina K, Lawn Fawn, Ink on 3, Brutus Monroe and Altenew inks that I tested here are also safe for both water and alcohol based coloring (some companies call these hybrid inks). In many industries, it is common to find the exact same product under different labels and while I am not sure if that is the case here, I suspect that the ink formulas used are very similar to one another. To my eyes, you only need one of these inks in your stash, but if anyone with inside knowledge of these inks are reading this, I would love if it you could comment on what makes your brand’s ink formula unique compared to your competitors.


What craft product would you like me to compare next?

KISS: I’m a Lamp

This week’s ‘Keep It Simple Sunday’ (KISS) feature is this card featuring Art Impressions stamps, that I gave to a good friend who is recovering from surgery.

This card front features Art Impressions stamp sets called ‘Catastrophy’, ‘Wall Texture 5019’ and ‘Foliage Set 4051).

I’ll admit that watercolor is not my thing. I would love to be good at it but so far I haven’t been able to get the results I desire. With that said, Art Impressions stamps make water coloring simple and I learned this technique from their class last summer at Scrapbook Expo in Santa Clara, California.

To make a stamp look like water color, all you need is a water based marker or ink that will run when water is applied. Color the stamp with the marker and press it to your watercolor paper. Take a water brush and go over the ink, moving the color where you want it. Any stamp will do this to an extent, but rubber stamps (as opposed to clear or photopolymer) work best for coloring directly onto the stamp with marker. Art Impressions does a much better job at explaining this than I can, so check out their YouTube channel to learn more about this technique:https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtImpressionsStamps

The inside of this card features Art Impressions ‘Catastrophy’ set and Lawn Fawn ‘Wavy Sayings’.