MFT 2020 Card Design Superstar Challenge: Clean & Simple Genius

GOOD AFTERNOON FRIENDS! I’m back today with my entry in the Clean & Simple Genius category for the MFT 2020 Card Design Superstar Challenge. I don’t participate in many card challenges, but this one just resonates with me so I give it a try every year.

Clean & Simple Genius Entry

Rowhouse Greetings | You Gnome Me by My Favorite Things for MFT 2020 Card Design Superstar Challenge: Clean & Simple Genius

For my entry, I used an older stamp – You Gnome Me – along with its coordinating dies. This is an older stamp that has been retired, but it is a particular favorite of mine. I selected one of the gnome images and colored it along with one of the snails with Copic markers (see list below). For the sentiment, I inked up the Here’s A Huge Hug stamp with black ink and stamped it on a piece of Sweet Tooth cardstock. I selected the pattern papers from the Sweet Celebrations and the Black & White Stripes 6×6 paper packs. For the background, I used Grout Gray cardstock, also by My Favorite Things.

Rowhouse Greetings | You Gnome Me by My Favorite Things for MFT 2020 Card Design Superstar Challenge: Clean & Simple Genius

That’s it for me today! See you next time.

Supplies

  • You Gnome Me stamp and coordinating dies by My Favorite Things
  • Here’s A Huge Hug by My Favorite Things
  • Sweet Celebrations 6×6 paper pack by My Favorite Things
  • Black & White Stripes 6×6 paper pack by My Favorite Things
  • Sweet Tooth & Grout Gray cardstock by My Favorite Things
  • COPICS: E000, E00, E21, E04, E93 (skin); C0, C1, C2 (beard); B91, B93, B95, B97, B99 (hat & pants); C0, C1 (shirt); BV04 (suspenders); C4, C7 (boots); YG17, YG21, YG25 (flower pot); G03, G09, B91, E93, BV00 (flowers & leaves); E04, E07, E09, YG17, YG21, YG25 (snail)

100 Moons Creative – Fun with ArtFoamies

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with another project for 100 Moons Creative. For today’s project, I wanted to create a simple card that was quick and easy to make but had a WOW factor. My project features stamps from RubberMoon and ArtFoamies and uses Distress Oxides for stamping. [Supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.]

Now I have to admit that before joining the 100 Moons Creative team, I hadn’t tried any of the ArtFoamies stamps, but now that I have, can I just say how much I love using them?!? I’m a cardmaker and I love making my own backgrounds. I have a LOT of design paper in my stash, but I hardly ever use it anymore, opting instead for stenciled or ink blended backgrounds. So these ArtFoamies stamps really spark my creativity. 

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Creative Concentrics - Celestial Rings and Balzer Designs - Inner Struggle by Art Foamies

To be honest, I started this project in a completely different direction, using a different image for the focal point. But then I created the background and the two didn’t go together. I loved the background more than what I did with the original image so I ended up in a completely different direction. Funny how that happens!

CREATING THE BACKGROUND

I started with a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock cut to 4.25 inches x 5.5 inches. I flipped the cardstock so that the textured side was face down. For the background, I used the Inner Struggle foam stamp. I randomly applied two colors of Distress Oxide Ink to the stamp – Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn – so that the stamped image would have a variegated appearance. Since size of the Inner Struggle stamp was less than 5.5 inches, I turned the stamp so that it was perpendicular to the cardstock. I stamped the image in the middle and then worked each side to the edge.

STAMPING SUN IMAGE

Using the largest die in the Spellbinders Standard Circles Large set, I cut a circle from a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock.  For the sun image, I used the Celestial Rings stamp. Since this stamp is in three parts, I applied a couple of pieces of low tack tape on the back to hold them together while I stamp. Starting from the center, I applied three colors of Distress Oxide Ink – Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, and Candied Apple. I stamped the image on the smooth side of the circle die cut. Afterwards, I used a water brush to lightly blend the colors where necessary. 

Rowhouse Greetings | Creative Concentrics - Celestial Rings by Art Foamies

Once the ink was dry, I used a black Copic multiliner to add details to the face. I used Copic markers (R20, R22) to further enhance the facial features. I normally would not use Copic markers on top of Oxide ink, but to be honest, I forgot that I hadn’t used regular Distress Ink. It didn’t seem to damage the marker nibs, but you might want to use a water-based marker instead. I used my Copic multiliner and a blue gel pen to add more details to the sun rays. I’m not much of a doodler, so I kept the pattern simple.

Rowhouse Greetings | Creative Concentrics - Celestial Rings by Art Foamies

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

All that’s left is assembling the card. I stamped the sentiment on the background using Versafine Clare ink and then adhered it to my cardbase (I use Neenah Solar White 110#). To add dimension, I cut a piece of craft foam slightly smaller than the sun image and glued it to the back using Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive. You could use foam tape instead, but I prefer craft foam because it supports the entire layer. I applied glue to the other side of the craft foam and positioned the sun image on the card.

That’s it for today! Hope you found some inspiration and will give these fun foam stamps a try. See you soon!

SUPPLIES

Below I’ve listed the products used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you (see disclosure). I pay out of pocket for the majority of the products — papers, inks, dies, embellishments, etc. —  that you see in my projects with the exception of the handful of products that I receive for design team work or guest posts. I only use products that I love. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much!

Dreams of Love by Penny Black

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Today I’ve got another card using the same technique to stamp an image with Copic markers. This time I’m featuring the cling stamp Dreams of Love by Penny Black which features a beautiful old fashioned rose. Since I explained the how-tos of this technique in a previous post, I’m going to link to it to save time.

Rowhouse Greetings | Dreams of Love by Penny Black

Once the main image was complete, I inked the Vintage Postcard stamp from Penny Black with Versafine Clare ink in Fallen Leaves and stamped the image. The sentiment is from the Million Thanks stamp set also by Penny Black and it was stamped with Versafine Clare ink in Nocturne.

Rowhouse Greetings | Dreams of Love by Penny Black

Hope you found some inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock by Crafter’s Companion; Bazzill Basics in Date Swirl
Stamps: Dreams of Love by Penny Black; Vintage Postcard by Penny Black; Million Thanks by Penny Black
Dies: A2 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Inks: Versafine Clare in Nocturne and Fallen Leaves by Tsukineko
Copics: RV63, RV66, R24 (flowers); BG72, BG75 (leaves); Colorless Blender Refill

June Subscription Box from The Hedgehog Hollow

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m guest designing this month for The Hedgehog Hollow so today’s project is drawn from the June 2020 Subscription Box. Since so many of my projects begin with coloring an image, I decided to put down my Copics and create a simple monochromatic card.  

To begin, trim a piece of the Kind Geo Patterns paper to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and adhere it to your card base. Next, trim a piece of white card stock using one of the dies from the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables set. Stamp the sentiments from the Kind Geo Patterns stamp set and the Kind Add-On stamp sets in Versafine Clare and heat set with Nuvo clear embossing powder. On a scrap piece of white card stock, stamp and heat emboss the leaf image from the Geo Animals stamp set. Fussy cut the leaf image and adhere it to the sentiment panel. Use foam adhesive squares or craft foam to adhere the sentiment panel to the card base.

Hope you were inspired! Thanks for stopping by!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much! Read more.

Aviator by Katzelkraft

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Hope everyone is holding steady during these crazy, unsettling times. We’ve been working on the backyard, occasionally wandering out with our masks to local nurseries to pick up flowers. Our backyard is really coming along. A few days ago the weather was fabulous so I grabbed my ink pads and stencils to move my crafting outside.

I’ve been looking for new to me stamp companies to change things up a bit. I recently came across Kazelkraft Stamps and love the quirky images. I also stocked up on sentiment stamps from Impression Obsession to add a few tongue in cheek stamps to my stash.

Rowhouse Greetings | Aviator by Katzelkraft

For today’s project, I started by using the largest die in Lawn Fawn’s Large Stitched Rectangle die set to cut the cardstock. I stamped the sentiment along the bottom in Versafine Clare ink, added Nuvo Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, and heat set the image. I stamped the Aviator image in Gina K.’s Amagam Ink and colored it with Copic markers (see list below). Using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, I stenciled the cloud background using the Cloud Stencil by My Favorite Things. Originally, I planned on using gold star shaped sequins but they stood out too much. So I used the Falling Stars Layering Stencil by Tim Holtz and Delicata Golden Glitz Ink to add the stars. After stenciling the stars, I added clear embossing powder and heat set the images. For an added touch, I applied Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the glass on the aviator googles to make them shine.

That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Cover 100#
Stamps: Aviator by Katzelkraft; Possible by Impression Obsession
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Obsidian by Gina K. Designs; Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass; Delicata in Golden Glitz by Tsukineko
Die: Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Cloud Stencil by My Favorite Things; Falling Stars Layering Stencil by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Embellishments: Nuvo Crystal Clear Embossing Powder by Tonic Studios
Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21 (skin); BV0000, BV000, B0000 (eyes); E53, E55, E57 (collar strap); YG91, YG95, YG97 (jumpsuit, hat); N0, N1, N3 (goggles); YR27, E35 (buckle, controls)