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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

More Birthday cards!

 So these were two of the cards in yesterdays picture, but created differently to the others. Still pretty simple, but not one layer.
 I do love my Stampscapes stamps, and usually do them on a brayered background, as the texture type stamp Kevin generally uses to colour his scenes with, first I have never got the hang of, and second, it takes so long to get the colour build up.
While I haven't been able to do much, I've been watching his tutorials on the Stampscapes YouTube channel. On these, he's been using the Colorbox Stylus tool, and I just happen to have a  (pretty much unused) one of these. So I dug it out, and had a go. I have to say, it is really easy to get the colour down with it, and to control where its going, easier than sponging for scenes like these.
You need to use glossy card, which is why I couldn't do them straight onto my card front. Started off layering pale yellow, then added darker yellow, light and dark orange.
I used two stamps, Lakeside cabin, from Nature Sheet #6, and Lakeside Island, from Nature Sheet #4.
Stamped in Adirondack Espresso, and I heat set the first stamp before doing the other, as the ink was quite wet on top of the inked surface, and I always use a stamp positioner to match my images up! Kevin does say theres no need, the images match up/overlap ok, but I know I would miss my mark, then be annoyed.

 So I trimmed down both images and matted them onto dark brown card.Then I decided they didn't look right on plain card, so had a root about and found some gold card I'd embossed in a 'bug folder, Forest Branches. I cut that to size for the front of the card and mounted my image on it. I stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment, it comes from a Debbi Moore set, on one of the scraps I had trimmed off, matted it the same and added it under the image.
For the second, I ran some dark orange card through the 'bug with the Tim Holtz Woodgrain folder, doing it twice to get the length. Did the same with this one to cover the card front, and used the same Happy Birthday stamp too.

So, not quite CAS, but still quite quick.Watching Kevins videos, they run for about 15 minutes, so it doesn't take long to do this, and his scenes are way more detailed than this! It probably took me 20 minutes or so to get the colour done.


House of Bears said...

We really love your cards, they make us want to jump right into the scene. Thanks for visiting the bears this week :)

RosC said...

Hello Shaz,

Interesting post about the picture stamps, and using the embossing folders for matting. Thanks for sharing that, and thank you for your kind comment. I must say I find your posts very instructive so that's a fine compliment from you.

Ros. #3

kathi17 said...

Today's and yesterdays cards are really beautiful. One of these days I am going to get brave enough to try brayering a background. I finally found some glossy card stock when I went away fro Christmas. (Glossy card stock is non existent in Maine). The stuff I got is quite small, and there was only one size, but at least I will be able to try it now!

NancyD said...

Fabulous designs Shaz. I miss your great work on the design team and hope you come back some day. Thanks for the tutorial too. NancyD

Mary said...

Shaz, very nice. I really like how you did the background. Also great way to use the embossing folder. What a terrific male birthday card. Good job!

Helen said...

I love Stampscapes too, but have fallen behind with Kevin's videos! I have several of the colourbox tools, bought years ago when I was going to master the technique......!!!! Hope you are continuing to recover and can do more soon. Your card is beautiful, by the way. Sorry I'm late arriving. Happy WOYWW. Helen, 9

bkazoo said...

Really beautiful. Your card sent me a quite a journey, from your site to the stampscape site, to then find there is a (formerly unknown to me)store about an hour away.

Thanks so very much for sharing these!

scrappymo! said...

Stunning cards. They are so strikingly beautiful!
I have never tried this and frankly would find it very inimidating...I think this is one that I would take a course on...your instructions were srystal clear but I would be way over the depth of my skill to try these.
Just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I love these stamps and love what you do with them. These are fab cards. So many things on my wish list!! Haven't mastered the brayering technique so tend to use stencil brushes to lay colour down.
Lynn x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

awesome cards Shaz as also adore Stampscapes and love the folders you used with them.. and the long DL look so classic and as you say CAS!! well done, Shaz in Oz.x