This week’s Monday Mojo Magic email looks at a simple resist technique using Versamark. It’s really important to find the right kind of card for this, as different cards behave differently. I find the Clarity card gives the best resist. Some of the glossy I have does the exact opposite and the Versamark grabs the ink and makes it darker than the background.
This card features stamps from Nouveau Lovebirds, Eastern Grasses and Amazing Birthday. The flower is Crealies Flower die – 25 and the leaves are Crealies Shape die – 22. The green background that I brayered over the Versamark stamped seedheads is a mix of greens from my Adirondack dye inkpads. The foreground stamping is Archival Library Green and Fern Green.
The colours palette today is a harmonious, monochrome one, so dig out your greens if you want to play along with the Mojo colour challenge.
I’ve made a couple of really simple birthday cards recently. I’m trying to build up a little stash of birthday cards to dip into when I need one. This first one uses a sentiment from Birthday Words and Crealies Flower die 11.
I found the backing paper in an old paper pack and liked it so much I made a second card with it, this time with (gasp!) no stamping at all. The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.
I’ve updated the blog with a little fresh decor – hope you like it!
White Christmas Challenge prize fund standing at £6.00 so far and growing …
I’m continuing with my Christmas cards when I get chance and here’s the finished card made with the Reindeer ATC. I thought I’d got plenty of those cute reindeer in stock, but I hadn’t realised just how many people would buy multiple packs, so they lasted about half an hour on the website after last week’s email went out. If I can get more in, I will, but my supplier is out of them too at the moment.
I kept things fairly simple with just a little stamping on the beige card, a ribbon and a sentiment from Peace on Earth. The little round sentiment was designed to fit a one inch punch and I have stamped a whole lot of these with Pearlescent Poppy Brilliance ink and punched them out already. I also have a little scalloped circle punch which gives the tiniest little border to a one inch circle and makes a great frame to the sentiment. I plan on sticking these on the back of the envelopes when I send my cards out.
So the third ATC I made in this colourway is very simple.
It’s the curling of the petals that makes this flower look so pretty and it will only hold that shape if the card is thick enough. I admit I’ve not been thinking much about postage so far when creating these cards, but this one will have to go into a box if it is destined to be posted.
I was hoping to turn this ATC into a card tonight, but we have a bit of a problem with our heating boiler cutting out all the time and it’s just too cold to do anything other than snuggle up with a hot water bottle. Plus I’ve been to the dentist today and that always leaves me feeling like I’ve run a marathon in a diving suit – all that nervous tension beforehand followed by the adrenaline of being in the chair with someone furtling around in your mouth with sharp metal objects, then the exhausted relief of it being all over. I had the added bonus of having my teeth painted with fluoride today – if you’ve ever caught sight of yourself smiling after having that done, it’s quite disgusting as the white fluoride makes it look like you just smeared cottage cheese all over your teeth. I think I gave the assistant in Sainsbury’s quite a turn!
So I’m off to curl up with a warm book and a good cat … or something like that anyway.