Hi Friends! Hope you are having a wonderful week and enjoying the Handmade Happiness What Inkspires You Card Hop. If this is your first time stopping by, I’m so glad you are here and big Welcome!! You can find the entire card hop at the end of this post.
Not only are we sharing our Inkspirations but we’re also celebrating my friend Courtney Kreeber’s Create and Inkspire business launch! Make sure you stop by and have a look as I hear there might be an amazing card kit launching a July 15th.
When the cardmaking/stamping bug hit, I was in need of a creative outlet to stay centered. What truly inspires me is the creative process and how my mind can escape for a little while as I take an image, a sentiment, a color palette or a new crafty tool and pull all those elements together to create a bright and cheerful smile on paper and in my soul. When I create my cards, I not only get joy from the process but it’s common for me to create fun little stories in my mind about the images or to reflect on the sentiments or the person I’m making the card for. It helps me to be mindful to giggle and remember how important it is to play as an adult.
So today, I’m sharing a slimline card using the Take a Leap Stamp Set from Evelin T Designs. Evelin’s stamps and storybook designs are my perfect creative getaway. Don’t these little critters look like they are having the best day ever!! Bouncing on the trampoline with arms stretched wide embracing all the fun and joy of a carefree day.
The Card Making Process:
Creating the Critters: I stamped all of the critter images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to white card stock. Then I colored the images with different Copic markers in browns and grays. To add a little whimsy to a couple of the critters, I added little hearts on their belly. The bunny with a gel pen heart and the kitty with a colorless blender heart belly —after I colored the kitty with my Copics I used my colorless blender to remove some of the ink to create the heart pattern. After coloring, I fussy cut the images and set them aside for my final card assembly.
Creating the Slimline Card Panel: My overall goal for a slimline card is to fit into a Business/#10 Envelope. The white card panel for the background design was cut to 8.5 x 3.5 inches. The aqua card base is approximately 8.75 x 3.75 inches.
- I stamped the tree and trampoline directly to the card panel and colored with copics and white gel pen along with the grassy ground cover.
- Then I used a stitched heart from Trinity Stamps Slimline Series Die Set to create the heart background elements. Originally, I was going to make a shaker but instead decided to ink blended the heart die cuts using blending brushes and The Stamp Market Inks and then adhered the colorful hearts back into the stitched heart “frames”. I really love the extra pop this color combo brings to the card design.
The Final Assembly: To complete the card, I adhered the critters to their hearts using thin foam adhesives and added the “Keep your spirits high” sentiment with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink.
So there we are friends, a happy slimline card that’s jumping for joy. I hope this project Inkspires you to enjoy the full creative process to create a fun, playful smile on paper. Thank you so much for stopping by and be sure to join the talented card makers along the card hop.
The Card Hop
Courtney (You Tube)
Pennie (You Tube)
Michele (You Tube)
Emily (you are here)
Amanda (You Tube)
Amalia (You Tube)
Cyn (You Tube)
Laura (You Tube)
Terra (You Tube)
Maria (You Tube)
Jennifer (You Tube)
Keionna (You Tube)
Mary Ellen (You Tube)
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