Coffee Cup Inspiration – Part 3

My third and final card was created using the gorgeous Reason for the Season stamp set. (Please scroll down to read parts 1 & 2 of this 3 part blog!). ¬†Though sold as a Christmas stamp set, the main flower image can be used in lots of different ways. It is a two step stamp, so I started by stamping the outline of the flower in Memento black ink, and filled in the petals with the second stamp in watermelon wonder ink and coloured in the centres with a Black Stampin’ write marker. I stamped my leaves from Vintage Leaves and sponged in the centres with pear pizzazz and wild wasabi ink. I then coloured in random parts of the leaves in black to mimic the leaves on the cup.

I sponged soft sky into the background and then used a new stamp set called ‘playful backgrounds’ which is an exiting sneak peek from the brand new Stampin’ Up! catalogue which will be released in June. I stamped the tiny dots in memento black ink in the background, and silver heat embossed the larger circles. My sentiment comes from the wonderful Acorny Thank You stamp set which I then punched out and edged in watermelon wonder.

Finally I scattered some rhinestones and finished with some basic black twine and a vintage faceted button. I layered my card on black and white cardstock to make the top panel really pop.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my three coffee cup cards as much as I enjoyed creating them. I chose colours and styles I would never normally use and I love how unique and striking each card has turned out in its own way!

Don’t forget that all the supplies I used to make these cards can be purchased in the ‘shop now’ section of this website and please let me know what you thought of my mini card series in the ‘comments’ section above! xx


Vintage Leaves – Emboss Resist Technique

This was my first attempt at the emboss resist technique and whilst not perfect, I was pleased with the way it turned out. I started by layering a piece of crumb cake cardstock over whisper white for my card base. Then I took my top layer of whisper white cardstock and brushed my embossing buddy over the top of it.  An embossing buddy is essential as it acts as an anti static and helps to prevent loose bits of embossing powder getting stuck on the wrong parts of the card.  I then versamarked my various ‘vintage leaves’ stamps and randomly stamped them onto the card front.  Then I covered the card with white embossing powder, removed the excess powder and heat embossed my leafy images. Once my leaves were set, I randomly sponged wisteria wonder, cucumber crush and island indigo over the top of my embossed leaves, blending the colours together until all the white space beneath was coloured in.  Finally, I took a cloth and wiped over the embossed leaves to reveal a bright white image beneath! This was the finished result:

The blended colours kind of remind me of the northern lights which I love, especially in contrast to the bright white leaves. To finish, I stamped my sentiment from ‘tag talk’ in coordinating colours and finished my card off with white organza ribbon and a few scattered rhinestones. Can’t wait to try this technique out with some different stamp sets and colours xx