Cardmaking

A Watercolour Card Video For The Sweet Stamp Shop Re-Opening!

Today I’m celebrating along with Sweet Stamp Shop, as they are having a Grand Re-Opening. They’ve been re-designing their website, packaging, etc, and they are having a month-long party to celebrate, all kicking off today! Do you want to see a watercolour card video tutorial? Read on for more…

Fans and past designers of Sweet Stamp Shop were invited to join in by making a project with an Oolong Tea stamp set (we were provided with a digi file, though it won’t be available in digi format), or we could use any current Sweet Stamp Shop stamps. All our projects should be going live at the same time today, and if you comment on the blogs in the designer showcase then you might win a $25 giftcard – one random blog has a giftcard to giveaway (you never know, it might be me)! Check out the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog for the blog hop list!

I used the Oolong Tea set but without the sentiment (because it said ‘it’s been oolong’ and I’d never heard of oolong tea before) to make this watercolour card…

A Watercolour Card Video Tutorial for Sweet Stamp Shop at Jennifer Grace Creates

Cute huh? I decided to go with a ‘magic in a cup’ kind of theme, because whatever kind of tea or coffee you like, it does feel like magic to have a sip!

Here’s the process video (you can also watch it on YouTube HERE):

 

I just love the little smiles on the cup, milk carton, and sugar cubes:

A Watercolour Card Video Tutorial for Sweet Stamp Shop at Jennifer Grace Creates

Below you can see how the doodled black pen is deliberately not perfect – eg. the lines don’t meet up at the corners of the stars – this is to keep it looking hand drawn and lively:

A Watercolour Card Video Tutorial for Sweet Stamp Shop at Jennifer Grace Creates

What are you waiting for? Go and check out the stamps, plus lots more inspiration and party fun, over at Sweet Stamp Shop:

Watercolour Card Tutorial for Sweet Stamp Shop at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can also like their Facebook Page HERE.

Don’t forget – there is a $25 Sweet Stamp Shop gift card for one comment on a random designers blog – so, comment along (and follow / like the designers if you want to). I might be the blogger with the golden $25 – you never know!

How do you colour in your stamps (if you do that kinda thing)?

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great day!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Christmas Card with a Store Gift Card Pocket

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

Every Christmas there will be someone we buy a store gift card for instead of a physical present. It might be because they live far away and we’re avoiding postage costs, or perhaps they’re just fussy?! So I’ve made this card with a pocket to hold a store gift card…

Season’s Greetings:

Season's Greetings Gift Card with Pocket by Jennifer Grace

I used the Sweet Stamp Shop’s ‘Speedy Greetings’ set to paper-piece a delivery van for the front of the pocket – so cute!

Here’s how to put the pocket together:

Step 1: Cut a piece of patterned paper to 7″ x 3″. Draw a horizontal line at the 3½” central point, and then vertical lines ¼” below the top edge and above the bottom edge:

Season's Greetings Gift Card with Pocket by Jennifer Grace

Step 2: Cut the ¼” sections off at one end, and snip the corners off the sections at the other end, to make tabs:

Season's Greetings Gift Card with Pocket by Jennifer Grace

Step 3: Crease along the lines and rub out any pencil marks. Cut a semi-circle notch from one short end of the pocket. Add glue to the flaps and fold the pocket shut:

Season's Greetings Gift Card with Pocket by Jennifer Grace

Then add it to a card ready for Christmas!

Be Inspired:

Paper-piece a stamped image

Make or use a pocket on a page or card

Use a black, blue, and red colour scheme for a Christmas project

Do you give out many store gift cards at Christmas?

That’s the last post for tonight. I think things got a bit late this evening, and I may have missed a post out somewhere along the way, but let’s keep that between friends, okay?! I’ll be back with lots more inspiration tomorrow!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking, Scrapbook Layouts

Witch 3 Ways – Sweet Stamps Versatility!

Today I’m sharing three different projects using the same stamp – a Witch Stamp by the Sweet Stamp Shop. I’ve just noticed it’s currently on clearance for $1.50 so get it before it’s gone!

witch

My first project is also an entry for the Sweet Stamp Shop ‘Use What You Have Challenge – #20’. The challenge is to use your neglected stash, thinking outside the box and using it in a way that doesn’t seem obvious.

So I used the witch stamp as a cute little schoolgirl for this card…

You’re Totally Amazing:

You're Totally Amazing by Jennifer Grace

It was easy to mask off the top of her witch hat – without the point it looks like a sweet straw hat, especially coloured yellow! To colour the stamp I heat embossed the image with black ink and clear embossing powder, then coloured it in with watercolour paints. Bonus points for me because I used a super old puffy flower sticker on here, that I bought years ago!

I also used the stony road from ‘Speedy Greetings’ and the arrow from ‘Made By #2’ for detail along the base of the card. For another way to use a stamp set differently, I used a small outline triangle stamp from ‘Triangle Style’ to make a few 6-pointed stars, stamped with red ink onto yellow patterned paper, and added to my background! The sentiment uses parts of stamps in ‘Made By #2’ and the word amazing from the ‘Triangle Style’ set:

triangle

I also used this set, along with the witch, in my next project, a halloween layout…

Creepy Fun:

Creepy Fun by Jennifer Grace

This page is about a fun party my friend held for Halloween last year – the photos are some that I posted on Instagram at the time.

For the witch here I heat embossed her onto black paper using clear ink and white embossing powder, so she looks classy and party-like. I couldn’t resist adding a little gold bow to her hair too:

Creepy Fun by Jennifer Grace

I used the ‘Triangle Style’ set to give impact to my journal spot (which was a piece of ledger paper from a Pebbles Basics paper pad). I randomly stamped different sizes and patterns of triangles at the top and bottom, pointing to my journaling. I stamped some with black and some with orange ink, and overlapped a few of them too. With a couple of enamel/candy dots, and two resin triangles added, it means my journaling is a focal point for the page:

Creepy Fun by Jennifer Grace

The final project I have to show you today is also for Halloween, but using non-traditional colours, as this card is pretty pink, blue, and yellow…

Epic Halloween:

Epic Halloween by Jennifer Grace

I’m going to give this to my daughter for Halloween, she loves this holiday and starts asking months in advance whether it’s time yet! The umbrella and raincloud on here are by Freckled Fawn, I included them on this card as it’s rained every time we’ve been trick-or-treating so far, fingers crossed this year will be dry! The word epic is from the ‘Starts Here’ stamp set, and yep, you’re special is from ‘Made By #2’.

So there we go, I’ve been getting my stamp on! Now I need to do some pumpkin carving, I’ve bought a couple so I can try one with a picture instead of a face this year – something new for me! The other one will have the scary face as usual though! And of course we’ll be going trick-or-treating and having fun. Do you celebrate Halloween?

Jennifer x

P.S. If you missed my giveaway see it HERE!