Hi there! I have been on a brief hiatus…it was spring break for my kids and then my schedule exploded when I returned. Typically we don’t go on vacation for spring break, we like to avoid crowds and go when everyone is still in school but we made an exception this year! We spent a week at Disney and I love watching the excitement of my kids as we navigate through the parks. It was a trip we didn’t over think and literally planned it last minute…flights were booked a week ahead and Disney tickets purchased 3 days from departure. Call me crazy, but it made it fun and spontaneous. We used to live in Florida and had our fair share of Disney visits, so its not a place that stresses me out. We go on our favorite rides and don’t have the need or desire to have to do everything.
The morning of our flight, I pulled together a stash of crafting goodies to use while on the plane or by the pool during our downtime. I pre-stamped a bunch of images, using new stamps from Hello Bluebird, and prepared a bunch of cardstock for stitching, using Altenew’s Pegboard Canvas Cover die (coming in a future post!). For coloring, I debated to bring both colored pencils and Copic’s, and decided to just go with my Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils.
Today, I am sharing a couple of cards that I quickly put together with the images I colored while on vacation. Typically it takes me a while to come up with a card design, but having a stash of colored images made it really quick to pull together these cards. As I mentioned, these images are all from Hello Bluebird and include dies and background stamps.
For this first card, which happens to be my husband’s favorite of the bunch, it features the Tropical Foliage die set along with the Silly Birds stamps. To create the background, I started by using Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 80 lb cardstock and covered the entire background with Distress Oxide in Squeezed Lemonade. This color is one of my new favorites! Using Simon Says Stamp masking paper, I die cut all of the images from the Hello Bluebird Tropical Foliage set. This die set works well using both the Big Shot and Gemini die cutting machines.
As shown below, I adhered the masking paper to the cardstock in order to have the images pop with the yellow background.(I apologize for not taking step by step photos in this process. I originally blended the masked images to keep them white, but wasn’t happy with the result. I am using this picture to show you the idea of masking the card.)
Once the masking was in place, I used Black soot Distress Oxide ink to cover the remaining cardstock and blend over the masking. Then the masking is removed to show the crisp contrast between the yellow and black colors. I finished the background by spattering Winsor & Newton White Gouache. I added my Tropical Foliage die cut images in green with this cute bird from Hello Bluebird Silly Birds stamp set. The sentiment Hello Friends is from Pretty Pink Posh. Using strong adhesive, I put the panel on front of a Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 110 lb card base.
This next card uses the same Hello Bluebird Silly Birds stamp set. To create the circular image, I used the small floral stamp within the same Silly Birds set and paired it with the Gina K Designs Wreath Builder Stencil. Using the Misti stamping tool, this allows you to rotate your paper within the stencil and create a perfect wreath image…using any image of your choice! For a pop of color, I used another small heart image from the same set and just stamped into open space using a clear stamp block. All of these images were colored with Faber-Castell Polychromos (I did not bring gamsol and instead used a blending pencil.)
This third card is super simple. Using the Hello Bluebird Silly Birds and Spring Script stamp sets, I heat embossed the Hello sentiment straight onto the card. Using Versafine Onyx Black ink, I stamped the Just A Little sentiment on yellow card stock and adhered the strip using foam tape. The branch was also stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink and I popped up the bird image using foam tape.
For the last (and final!) card of the bunch, I switched over to the Hello Bluebird Springtime stamp set. I added some shadowing to the adorable lamb image and colored in the flower balloon, adding lots of Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen over top. I cut off the string and adhered embroidery floss instead.
For the background, I white heat embossed the Country Gingham background image and applied Distress Oxide Tattered Rose and Squeezed Lemonade (applied to a clear stamp block, spritzed with water and “smooshed” with the cardstock).
Using Mama Elephants Hugs die sentiment, I cut the image from the background, and did an inlay technique while adding three layers of the same die cut behind in white cardstock to pop it up.
As I mentioned, these cards didn’t take a long time to make. By utilizing my time in the plane (my kids watch movies) or poolside, I was able to have a bunch of images ready to go and just assemble into cards. In a future post I will how I craft on-the-go and how I organize completed images for future projects.
Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. I hope you found these cards inspiring or have interest in trying these products.