Hello and welcome! I’m stamping up some cute designs exclusive to the Not 2 Shabby Shop today. For my first card I used the set called “You, Me and Pumpkin Spice.” I love the little squirrels in this set as well as all the fabulous fall images. On my second card I used “Fall Gnomes.” It includes two of the cutes gnome images I’ve ever seen.
Card #1: Stamped Pattern Paper Card
One of my all time favorite techniques is stamping out my own pattern paper. Not only is it fun, but it allows you to use all of the images from your set on one card. I stamped my images onto a piece of kraft cardstock using Fallen Leaves brown ink. This is a pigment ink, so you almost always get a crisp stamping without the use of the stamp positioner. I wanted my squirrels to really stand out from the kraft cardstock, so I stamped them onto a piece of white cardstock and colored them in with colored pencils.
Card #2: Row Stamping Slimline Card
For my slimline card I pulled out my stamp positioner to stamp out the gnome several times. I used the same Fallen Leaves brown ink, and I stamped it onto a piece of light brown cardstock. I cut out this panel using a slimline die set from Trinity Stamps. I stamped the gnome in the middle first, so I could make sure he was centered, and then I shifted my paper along the bottom edge of my stamp positioner 1 1/4 inches on each side and stamped 4 more gnomes.
For the gnome that I colored in, I stamped him onto a piece of white cardstock. I used more colored pencils and fussy cut him out. I popped him up with foam adhesive as well as the sentiment. This slimline card measures 8 1/2 by 3 1/2.
Hello and welcome! Today I’m sharing a few techniques for making the stamps you have in your stash that are intended for A2 (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) sized cards fit on slimline cards. Slimline cards are all the rage lately, but a lot of our stamps were made for a smaller sized card. The stamps I’m using today fit perfectly on an A2 card but not so well on a slimline card. I’m using some fun stamps and dies from the Not 2 Shabby shop–links listed below.
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Card #1: Split Image Slimline Card
On my first card I’m using a beautiful stamp set from Trinity Stamps called Blooming Bunch. I colored it in with Copic markers and then die cut it using the coordinating die. To make this fit on a slimline, I cut the image in half. I adhered one piece to the bottom left side of my card and the other to the top right edge using foam adhesive to give it dimension. Make sure you adhere the largest of the two sides near the bottom. This will keep your card balanced and prevent it from looking top-heavy. I heat embossed the sentiment in the middle of the card with white embossing powder. I love the way this card turned out!
To create the second slimline card, I’m using a small stamp set from Picket Fence Studios called A World of Octobers. This is a very small but adorable set. To make this small set fit on a tall slimline card, I framed them out. I placed two images from this set in two separate windows, and I used the third window to frame my sentiment.
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Card #1: Stacked Pumpkins Slimline Card
This stack of pumpkins was so much fun to create on a slimline card–I wouldn’t have been able to do this tall of a stack on a regual A2 cards. I love all the images from this Happy Fall set! I stamped out my crow first and then stamped down from there, masking as I went along. I stamped on a piece of speckled off-white cardstock from MFT called Primitive Cream Heavyweight Cardstock. I love using colored cardstock for my colored pencil work. It gives you a nice base color to start with.
I then colored in my images with colored pencils. I colored the pumpkins different colors to add variation to my scene. I then masked my images and colored in the background behind them with Distress Oxide Inks. This is a really fast way to add color to your work.
Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils:
Dark Cadmium Yellow 108, Cadmium Orange 111, Dark Cadmium Orange 115, Light Cadmium Red 117, Deep Red 223, Light Red-Violet 135, Purple Violet 136, Delft Blue 141, Warm Grey VI 275, Black 199, Pink Madder Lake 129, Raw Umber 180, Terracotta 186, Burnt Umber 280, Permanent Green 266, Hooker’s Green 159
I used the largest wonky stitch slimline die this time and cut out a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock. This is the paper to use if you are using your Arteza or Zig Real Brush Pens. It allows the pens to blend beautifully. I stamped and masked my scenes using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and poured clear embossing powder over them. Once I melted the embossing powder, the lines were shiny and smooth. The embossed lines contain the watercolors, so you can paint and don’t have to worry about your images bleeding into each other.
I cut out another piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock using the smallest wonky stitch die and used that for my sentiment strip and to separate my two scenes. I stamped two more sentiments–one above each scene. The sentiments fit perfectly in the top corners of these scenes.
Arteza Real Brush Pens:
Pumpkin – Sunset Yellow, Orange, Autumn Red; Stem – Pale Green, Basil Green; Backbird – Wisteria Purple, Amethyst Purple, Eggplant Purple, Noir; Beak – Lemon Yellow, Peach; Leaf – Basil Green, Pale Green. Lemon Yellow, Orange, Cadmium Orange. Cheeks – Rouge Pink; Scarecrow – Face & Hands – Cantaloupe; Hat – Green Tea; Patches, Lemon Yellow, Orange; Straw Hair – Lemon Yellow, Orange; Jeans – Night Sky Blue
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Hello crafty friends! Welcome! It’s still August but I’m creating my first Halloween card of the year. When I saw this new stamp set from Not 2 Shabby, I had to ink it up right away. It’s called Critter Costume Party. You get a lot of darling images and sentiments in this set.
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This is 1 of the 4 new stamp sets in the Not 2 Shabby Shop. All of them are fall/Halloween themed. Here is a link to check them out: New Stamps Bundle
They are all fall/Halloween related stamps. With this bundle you’ll be all set for your fall time card crafting.
I stamped most of the images onto a piece of Spectrum Noir Smooth White Cardstock–great for using with your alcohol markers. All colored them in using the same yellow, purple and brown markers. This will add cohesion to your card. I fussy cut them out with a small, white border.
I used a window die to cut out a frame with black cardstock and with Bristol Smooth Cardstock. The latter paper works beautifully with ink blending. I blended Distress Inks onto the little window panels. The colors I used are Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet on 2 panels. On the other 2 panels I used Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade. I wanted to put some bright colors behind my critters.
Next I started putting the card together. I glued down the window frame and window panel with liquid adhesive.
I used foam tape to pop up my critters in the windows. I also used some Pretty Pink Posh jewels call Boo to add some sparkle to the card.
And here is the finished card! I had a blast putting this one together! Let the fall time and Halloween time card crafting begin!!
Welcome! I hope you are all having a wonderful day. Today’s card is a chocolate themed card. I love this cute stamp set from Stamping Bella Oddball line called “Oddball with a Sweet Tooth.” The sentiment really spoke to me; it says “Sometimes to stop eating all the chocolate, one must first eat all the chocolate.” It’s a very funny and true sentiment. I know a lot of people who could relate to this sentiment. Lol! I’m going to make up many more cards using this stamp set. I have a 10% off coupon code for you to the Not 2 Shabby Shop: N2S10. The Not 2 Shabby Shop has so many stamps and crafty goodness, and I encourage you to check it out: https://www.not2shabbyshop.com/?AffId=19
I pulled out my colored pencils for this card. I’m using my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils on a piece of Stonehenge white colored pencil paper. I love using this paper for my colored pencil work. It has a nice tooth to it. To get a smoother look, you could use Gamsol and a blending stump to smooth out your work, but I like the look of the colored pencil lines.
Here is the list of colored pencils I used to color in my image:
Skin: Light Flesh 132, Cinnamon 189, Brown Ochre 182;
Hair: Terracotta 186, Sanguine 188, Burnt Sienna 283. Light Yellow Ochre 183, Deep Red 223
I also used a set of slimline dies from Trinity Stamps to cut out the two panels for my card. I love creating slimline cards lately. Trinity Stamps make some really fun slimline dies. To create my chocolate covered striped panel I used a Trinity Stamp Slimline stencil and blended on some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink.
Hello everyone! Happy Monday! There is nothing like a fabulous inspiration hop to start your week off right! Today is the big day for the Not 2 Shabby, Pup in a Cup Youtube inspiration hop! Pup in a cup is a new stamp set illustrated by Jamie, the owner of Not 2 Shabby.
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Click on the hashtag #N2SPUPINACUP to view a list of all the videos included in this hop. Start from the top, watch the video and then leave a comment and hop to the next video in line. We hope you find some fun ways to use the stamp along the way!
Card #1: Paper Piecing Card
For my first card I wanted it to be a masculine card. I stamped out the Pup In a Cup onto a piece of Spectrum Noir Smooth Cardstock which is great to use with Copic markers. I stamped this image two more times–once on white cardstock again and once on kraft cardstock. To color in my images I used lots of Earth Tone Copic markers. I had so much fun coloring in this darling pug!
Next, I fussy cut it out as well as an extra pair of paws and the wrapper around the cup. This is where the paper piecing comes in. I embossed the cup wrapper with a Dot Matrix folder to add some texture and then popped it up on the cup with foam squares. I used more foam adhesive behind his little paws. This adds some dimension and texture to the card and makes the image look kinda 3-D. After I decided which of all the cute sentiments to use, I stamped, “Pugs & Kisses” at the bottom of the card. It just fit perfectly there. For my last touch, I added a sparkly orange enamel heart .
Card 2 is my feminine version–hence, the pink bow. I wanted to put the pup in a cup behind my little cut-out window. I used a Peekaboo Window Die from MFT Stamps that also cut out darling stitched detail around it. However, before I cut it out, I attached a piece of Summer Splash Pattern Paper from Pink & Main. I glued her bow onto the corner of the window to make it part of the frame.
I used lighter brown Copic markers of this pug. I also used the small circle stamp and the semi-circle stamp to add cute dots onto the cup. I fussy cut out my pup in a cup again and adhered it to the inside of the card. You can see the pup with her pink bow on the outside, but when you open the card, you can see the full image and an additional sentiment.
Hello and welcome! It’s time for some summer card crafting! I’m using new crafty goodies from Sunny Studio. I fell in love with their stamp set called Radiant Plumeria–and it’s a fabulous layering set! Not only are these kinds of stamps fun to layer and build dimension, but they are also perfect for the times you don’t feel like coloring. All you need is ink.
I love the bold summer sentiment in this set, and you also have lots of other sentiments to pair it with! On my card I chose, “Happy Summer,” because in my opinion, summer is the happiest season of them all. Here is another bit of happiness: 10% off coupon code for the Not 2 Shabby Shop! Use the code N2S10 when you check out. Here is the link to the shop: : https://www.not2shabbyshop.com/?AffId=19
I’m also using the coordinating dies to cut out the flowers and leaves. The dies make creating cards that much easier! To create the window in my card, I used a new die set called Stitched Semi-Circles. I’m always on the look-out for new dies, and these are so unique and fun!
If you’d like to see how I created this card, check out my video! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube Channel.
Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend, my crafty friends!!
Hello crafty friends! I’m so excited to introduce the release of a new stamp set in the Not 2 Shabby Shop! It’s called Pup in a Cup. The main image is a darling pug holding onto the edge of a cup. This set also includes lots of fun sentiments and smaller stamps.
I stamped out the pug image onto a piece of Stonehenge Kraft cardstock using a dark chocolate brown ink. I pulled out my favorite art medium to color in this darling doggy, my colored pencils. I adore the look of colored pencils on kraft cardstock. This particular kraft cardstock is fabulous. It has a slight texture to it that allows you to add lots of layers to your work, and the pencils blend beautifully on this paper.
After I finished my coloring, I placed it back in my Mini Misti stamp positioner and re-stamped it. This really helps to revitalize the lines that colored pencils can obscure.
Here is a list of the Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils it used:
Pug: Ivory 103, Light Yellow Ochre 183, Brown Ochre 182, Dark Sepia 175
Coffee: Burnt Ochre 187 & White
Cup: White, Cold Grey IV 233
Wrapper: Raw Umber 180 & Walnut Brown 177
Heart: Deep Scarlet Red 219 & Rose Carmine 124
I then cut it out with a wonky stitch cutting die, added foam tape behind it, and placed in on an A2 sized card base.
Hello everyone! Welcome! Slimline cards are becoming so popular, and I’ve certainly joined the bandwagon. Trinity Stamps has some new fun products to help you create fabulous slimline cards. When I saw that they now have a wonky stitch die for slimlines, I knew I had to have it. I also picked up their Slimline Stripes Stencils (you get two in this set)–I love using stripes on my cards!
For my design team project for the Not 2 Shabby Shop, I created 3 slimline cards. I also used my design team stamp of the month called Petals & Pallets by Concord & 9th to stamp out all the pretty flowers for my cards. I have a 10% off coupon for you to use at the shop: NTS10
Card #1: Flower Pallets Card
I used the coordinating Petals & Pallets dies to cut out this darling pallet with white card stock. I then stamped the wood grain stamp over it with gray ink. I had fun stamping out a lot of flowers, and I added dimension to them with my Arteza colored pencils. This added a lot of depth to them. You can hardly see the pallets for all the flowers, but I love how this one turned out!
Card #2: Hydrangea Forever Friends Card
I used the slimline stripes stencil on my colored card stock. I used Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink over it, and this gave the card a subtle tone-on-tone look. I love the huge forever stamp from the Petals & Pallets stamp set, and it fit just perfectly at the top of the card. I added a bow around my hydrangeas and a few flower blossoms as accents.
Card #3: Grateful Daisies Card
I love stripes with florals, especially black stripes. I used the second stencil from this set and some Black Soot ink to create this panel. I used the pallet die again for this card. This time I cut it out with brown card stock and stamped it with brown ink. I popped up this die cut piece with Arteza foam tape. I also used foam tape behind two of the flowers. The sentiment fit perfectly between the black stripes.
Welcome to my blog! I hope you are having a fabulous day! I’m stamping with solid floral stamps today. I love solid stamps because you get to color with ink. They look darling as is, but I took it one step further and added some shading to the flowers in two different ways.
The stamp set I’m using is from Concord & 9th, and it’s called Petals and Pallets. This is an older set, but it is gorgeous! You can pick it up at the Not 2 Shabby Shop. Here is a 10% off coupon code: N2S10 Link are below!
The first way I added shading is stamping the image with a light shade of ink and then tapping a darker color onto the edges of the stamp and stamping again. However, you need a stamp positioner for this technique.
The second way to add depth is color over the images with colored pencils. You don’t have to color over the whole thing, but just add darker colors where the shadows would be. I pulled out my polychromos colored pencils and deepened the color at the base of each petal. This really makes a flat image turn into something more interesting to look at, and it’s fun to do!
For my background for these flowers I stamped out the wood plank stamps. There are two of them in this set, so you can really mix up the faux wood grain pattern on your projects. I’ve mentioned before that I love flowers and stripes together. I am also loving flowers and faux wood grain together. The wood grain stamps in this set are so much fun to use!