Hi, it’s Karen, also known as the Weekend Craftaholic. I’m so excited to be here with my first Blog Post using the January 2020 Subscription Kit.  I wanted to walk you through my process creating my first card with the kit.  I also wanted to share my unboxing video of the kit, which you can find over on my YouTube channel here.

There’s so much choice in this kit, and I really didn’t know where to start. The sun stamps seemed perfect for background stamping, so I started with those using the white card, which also included in the kit.

 

The large stamp seemed the perfect focus to center on the card, and I love the sentiment – so that was a natural choice for me to be the first stamp I use out of the kit.

To ensure I could stamp around this, without any of the images inside this area, I placed the stamp on the cardstock [after folding in half], in the center.  Tracing around it lightly with a pencil enabled me to have a guide to work around when stamping.

To keep with a sunshine theme, I used Distress Inks – Cantaloupe and Dandelion – and stamped these around the outline in alternating colors.

To ensure I didn’t stamp onto the reverse side of the card, I placed my magnetic ruler over the edge, as I was using my Make Art Stay-tion to hold the card in place with magnets which stamping.

Once finished, I used my Creative Detailer to erase the pencil marks, so they were no longer visible.

Initially, I thought I would frame the center with silver ink, but once I’d done a test piece, I thought it would be more complimentary to use gold ink. I used Brilliance Galaxy Gold Pigment Ink.  I really do love the effect with the silver, though, and will use this again in a future project with these stamps. When creating with silver, to achieve a fluid, watercolor effect, I framed the stamp with the ink, rather than stamp all over, and this really does help to focus the edges of the image.

The stamp was such a large surface; I knew I would have to repeat quite a few times to get a solid imprint. I used my stamping tool to position this and repeated reinking the stamp three times.

I did the same for the sentiment, to ensure the placement was right, and that the Versafine Onyx Black Ink was equally applied. You can see in the two photos below the difference between the first stamp and then again with two layers of stamping.

To finish off the front of the card, I swiped the outside edges of the card with the Brilliance Galaxy Gold Pigment Ink, to frame the card.

No card is complete without the inside and envelope also receiving some crafty treatment!

I used some of the sentiments that were also included in the kit for the inside of the card, as well as using some of the sun images again at the edge of the card, both top and bottom.

For the envelope – as it was such a gorgeous dark blue color, I decided to use a gold effect again to decorate the envelope. This time, I used my Deco Foil Adhesive Pen to ‘ink’ the stamps in gold, still utilizing the stars to on the front of the envelope, to match the inside of the card.  I lose the ease of deco foil, as you can place the foil on top of the image, rub in, and voila! No need for heat transfer and getting your equipment out and ready to go.

I love how this card turned out, and it will be winging its way from Australia to my mum, who is in England – I know she’s going to love it as much as me.

 

PRODUCTS USED

  • January 2020 Subscription Kit
  • Make Art Stay-tion
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • Brilliance Galaxy Gold Pigment Ink
  • Distress Inks; Cantaloupe and Dandelion
  • Acrylic Block
  • WRMK Precision Press Stamp Positioning Tool
  • Deco Foil Adhesive Pen
  • Deco Foil – Gold
  • Couture Creations Creative Detailer