Snail Mail Love!

This card was so much fun to make! 

The background is a combination of stencils and stamped images overlayed with torn book pages.

  • Create a background with stencils and stamps in your your desired color scheme.
  • Tear pages from an old book and glue down using a matte medium. I use an old dictionary because it has LOTS of pages, small print and the pages are quite thin, making them easy to glue down.
  • Stamp snail image on a separate piece of white paper and emboss with gold embossing powder.
  • Color the image in with water based markers (I use Tombow water based markers).
  • Fussy cut this image out
  • Glue stamped image over your background
  • Stamp sentiment in open area and done!

Art Gone Wild, Catherine Scanlon, Colorful Snails Stamp Set  http://artgonewild.com/catherine-scanlon-cling-mount-stamp-set-colorful-snails-cscs-2812.html

Tombow Markers  https://tombowusa.com/dual-brush-pen-834.html

Gold Embossing Powder, I used a Mirror Gold.

Book pages

Various stamps and stencils. Look at your stash and get creative. Use subtle colors so your focal image stands out more.

Matte Gel Medium

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Balloon Birthday Card by Anna Forrest

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Anna Forrest, an Australian/American currently living in Queensland, Australia has brought us this lovely Birthday Card!  Like many of us she has had many crafty hobbies over the years.

Anna starting scrapbooking in 2005 while on maternity leave with her middle child, but,  has focused on card making since about 2010.  A woman with a busy life has GOT to make some choices!

This featured card was created using the “Birthday Balloons” and “Big Birthday Wishes” stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp.

  1. Use Distress Ink in a soft color to create a subtle background on watercolor paper.
  2. To create each balloon, ink only the EDGES of the stamp by “rolling it” on a Distress Pad, then stamp.  This produces a stamped image where the edges have a lot of ink but the center is mostly ink-free.
  3. After all balloons are stamped, use a brush with a small amount of water and drag some of the Distress Ink towards the center to create a watercolor look.
  4. Use a Distress Marker to draw in the strings for each balloon.
  5. Stamp the sentiment and emboss with a coordinated embossing powder
  6. Layer onto mirror animal print paper and done!   BEAUTIFUL!!!

Our thanks to Anna for sharing!  You can find more of Anna’s work at Anna Forrest’s Facebook Page

Products used:

Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons Stamp Set

Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes Stamp Set

Distress Inks and Markers and more!!! Rangerink.com

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Quickie Glue Pen

If you have never tried the Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura, pick one up NOW!

This glue pen is unique in that it dispenses a fine line of glue from a .7mm ball point tip. Highlighting minute areas with fine glitter is a snap with this pen. Use it with craft foil as well!

The glue flows smoothly from the pen delivering a temporary or permanent bond. I’ve been using one for a couple of years so I can personally vouch for the quality of the pen and it works EVERY TIME!

Sakura Of America

RubberMoon Stamps

RubberMoon Stamps

Featuring Dave Brethauer | DB4263K – Wishing Tree – Rubber Art Stamp

RubberMoon Stamps!!  Awesome images from some pretty awesome artists/designers!  Based in the United States, RubberMoon Stamps’ website offers stamps, The MoonMail Club (check it out!), and some really great instructional videos.  As you can see by the above sample, it’s not hard to want to add some of their stamps to your collection!

Take some time, visit their site and enjoy scrolling through the large collection of images.

RubberMoon.com