Hello Crafty friends! It’s Lesley Oman here, and I am so excited to be sharing my first blog post on the HoneyBeeStamps blog! The new Design Team are officially at work 🙂 and there are so many great projects coming your way!
I have the pleasure of kicking things off with a fun shaker card that I made using the Special Delivery stamp set! I love this set – such cute images and lots of great words that can really help stretch your stash!
To create the basis of the card, I used an ink blending tool with a heart stencil to add some soft blue hearts falling from the sky, and then I added a little blue ink to create a sky-like background. Next I stamped the ‘sending you’ and ‘love’ greetings, and to make the word ‘love’ stand out, I used a red ink. I like the way this really makes it pop! I added a grassy mound using green cardstock cut using a die. Then I was ready to move onto building the rest of the card!
Instead of using beads and sequins inside this shaker card, I knew straight away that I wanted to use the awesome envelope images from this Special Delivery stamp set. I loved that there were three different types, and I knew that I wanted to make the open envelope a feature piece, with a little paper plane flying out of it! I made this envelope red and the rest of the envelopes were coloured using blues, yellows and greys. The dotted line was the perfect little touch to create a whoosh line for the paper plane carrying a heart!
All the images are coloured using Copic markers, and to give a little extra dimension to the project, I stamped the red envelope and the mailbox twice, and trimmed away certain parts of the second stamped image. This is a fun way to create depth in your project, and it was especially effective because I could put the bottom layer on the background, and the top layer on top of the acetate!
See that cute birdie?! What a tweet-heart! To make him sit nicely on the mail box, I trimmed off the legs when I was fussy cutting him out. Yes, I did fussy cut all the images- but the great news is that all the images were really easy to fussy cut – it didn’t take long at all! To give my cut out pieces a nice finish, I always use a brush pen to colour the edges of the cardstock black – this little tip is especially great when doing the paper piecing technique.
When assembling my card, I used rectangle dies to cut some acetate and the cardstock frame, and I decided to stick some of the envelopes onto the background, especially those peeking out of the mailbox. This means that not all the envelopes move freely, but I like to mix it up! 🙂
Thank you so much for joining me today, and come back tomorrow to see Lydia’s awesome creation!
Have a great day, and Happy Crafting!