Hello. Today is a big day! First, this post is part of the the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop (with big giveaways!)… encouraging folks to send in cards for nursing homes. Second, I’m excited to be a guest over on the Mama Elephant Blog. I am a big fan of Mama Elephant stamps and I adore the owners. More on those things in a bit… let’s first dive into today’s video… sharing some tips on how to create a plaid pattern with stamps.
[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]
I am a big fan of any card background that brings the attention to the sentiment. Today’s plaid pattern stamping is perfect for that! By repeatedly stamping borders from Mama Elephant’s newest border stamp set – Boutique Borders – I am able to create an bold pattern. In the video I share tips on how to first stamp an “X” at the center of the card, and build your pattern around it.
I used Mama Elephant’s Rainwater and Moonlight Pigment Inks to stamp the border image repeatedly on some Neenah White Cardstock. I like to clear heat emboss after stamping each time so I don’t have to worry about the pigment ink drying.
To create the sentiment, I applied some of the beautiful Apricot Pigment Ink on to a piece of Neenah White Carstock. After clear embossing it to match the rest of the card, I placed my all time favorite thanks die on top and ran it through my die cut machine. I decided I wanted even more dimension on the word so I applied more of the Apricot ink and then put on some WOW Ultra Thick Embossing Powder. This powder has larger granules and gives much more dimension.
To finish, I wanted to add some hearts. I cut out some using the Mama Elephant Confetti die from white cardstock and colored them with the Apricot ink and clear heat embossed. And, as usual, I made two cards since my supplies were out.
By the way, in the video I mentioned that I get stuck creatively from time to time. I have a trick I do when this happens that I wanted to share in case you find yourself in the same situation. I go through my blog and look at my older cards and find one that I like. I use it as my inspiration and put a new spin on it. That’s what I’ve done here and it really helps get my creative mojo going again. This is the card that I looked back on for my kick start: (You can find info on it HERE.)
Maybe it will work for you, too!
MAMA ELEPHANT BLOG
CARING HEARTS CARD DRIVE BLOG HOP
This post is part of the second day of the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop celebrating our card drive. This is the fifth year we are collecting cards for folks in nursing homes and hope you can participate! For information on sending cards, click HERE. Although we were supposed to do Christmas cards for this hop, I decided instead to make thank you cards for some of the gals helping with this card drive. 🙂
The next person on the hop is my sweet friend Kristina Werner. (Be sure to also check out day 1 of our hop, which started at the blog of Vera Yates.)
No hop is complete without prizes, and we have a lot! For your chance to win, leave a comment on this blog (and all the others on the hop) before midnight CST on 11/8/14. Winners will be chosen randomly based on collective comments left on the designer’s blogs from both days of the hop. Here’s the prize list:
- Online Card Classes – class of your choice! (THREE winners.)
- Simon Says Stamp – $50 gift certificates
- Inspiration Emporium – $25 gift certificate
- Verve Stamps – $30 gift certificate
- Latina Crafter – $15 GC
- May Arts – 2 rolls of ribbon
- Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking – 1 year free subscription to Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine
Remember that you are also eligible for MANY more prizes by sending in cards for the card drive. For more information, visit HERE. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)