I hope you'll be inspired to make some fun Halloween cards or ATCs to share with your friends and family. Check out all of the awesome Holiday Brads in the EO store!
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Slimline cards... (we used to call them Tall Cards, back in the day, lol) ...are the hottest thing at the moment, whether you make the "official" size of 3.5 x 8.5" or just a skinny version of an A2, we encourage you to try out this fun shape with us at Shopping Our Stash this fortnight!
I made a full-sized Slimline because I found this gorgeous bass (I think...?!) in an ancient, falling apart garage sale book called, "The Wondrous World of Fishes" I made him a watery home using torn and distressed bits of leftover gelprints; added Eyelet Outlet Sequin bubbles and spelled out "Best Fishes" using ancient square alphabet stickers. (Since I started serious cardmaking --circa 1990ish-- I have probably made my brother, Bill, at least twenty versions of a "Best Fishes" card for his birthday; someday I will get tired of it, but that day did not arrive this year, lol!) A skinny-skinny mat of Idea-Ology silver metallic cardstock completes the design. This guy would've fit nicely in a storebought #10, but I decided to make a custom envelope, using an Ireland page from an old British road atlas, big letters from the dollar store and a sheet of Volkswagen stickers from Pipsticks!
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Here's a shocking true confession: When Tim Holtz announced the newest Distress Color, Crackling Campfire, I was not entirely convinced. Did we really need another orangey-red? Wouldn't it be too close to either Barn Door or Ripe Persimmon? And then the ink in question arrived at The Ink Pad and of course I was entirely smitten. The moral of this story? Trust Tim!!! More about the color, the card and the palette on The Ink Pad Blog today.
Friday, September 25, 2020
We're all about the winter white stuff this fortnight at Jingle Belles, so break out the snowflakes, snowmen, snowdrifts and snowy landscapes and get a jump on those holiday cards before any actual snow has time to fall! Here's what I made:
Thursday, September 24, 2020
The Collins Virtual Online Symposium was a very inspiring experience for all of us at The Ink Pad. There are loads of fabulous new products on order; but in the meantime, we're having fun exploring some of the ideas gleaned from the wonderful classes. Dare 2B Artzy showed off a card that had a really cool fold, so I just had to try my own version. The results are on The Ink Pad Blog this morning!
I used Altenew's Hennah Elements Stamps for my focal images, and nestled the fussy-cut flowers and leaves on stacked Postage Infinity Dies from Hero Arts. Both cards are A2s, and landscape oriented,so that they have their hinges on the lefthand side. This allowed me --before I began to embellish-- to SCORE and fold back a portion of the card fronts. So the card on top in the photo above has had it's front scored vertically at the 2.75" point, and folded back. The card on the bottom had it's front flap scored diagonally and folded back. It may be a bit hard to see what I'm saying in that picture, so here's one with the fronts standing open:
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
I only buy plain, undecorated, giftbags at the big box store. Because I know I can make them unique and fancy with my Eyelet Outlet Goodies! I made this set for my mom's birthday. She loves backyard birdwatching, her beautiful garden, and she's very fond of bling!
Sunday, September 20, 2020
...or at least, playing around with the idea of accordion-folded minibooks. The Ink Pad had the very great pleasure to participate in the Collins Virtual Show last week, and we were blown away by all the classes, teachers, ideas and new products! We'll have lots of the latter coming soon to the store, so stay tuned for sneak peeks! In the meantime, many of the ideas we saw inspired us to use our existing inventory in new and interesting ways. For example, Pinkfresh Studios hosted a class in which we made adorable mini albums just by scoring and folding a page of journaling cards! Genius, right? Well, what if we translated that idea and used hand-stamped and collaged paper, to make a project that's more than a card, but less than an album? Read all about it on The Ink Pad Blog!
Friday, September 18, 2020
I had planned to make a card that was mostly SILVER this time, and I do have that beautiful shimmery silver snowflake paper from the late great Hambly Screen Prints, plus two silver diecut snowflake layers. But along the way a fair amount of gold got in there too, and I'm fine with that. There's a bunch of Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads and Clear Swirl Bling, for extra sparkle, as well. I knew where to place each element thanks to this week's awesome Sketch Saturday (#627)!
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
There are three "flavors" in each packet: strawberry and chocolate, vanilla and chocolate, plus strawberry and vanilla. But I found it much too hard to choose, and since they're totally free of sugar, fat and calories, I adorned my oversized sentiment with one of each. I scattered a few white Heart Brads around as well and matted my panel on some Glitter Pink Design Tape.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
I like quite a few types of messy media: ColorBursts, of course, and my Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks and Gloss Sprays; but I had a specific person in mind for whom I wanted to make a birthday card, so I decided to go with gel printing! When Stephanie was here last year, she had a brilliant idea for re-stocking our nearly depleted stashes of beloved Basic Grey semi-solid-color papers, by essentially pulling prints that were mostly one color of paint, with a just little grungy residue from whatever the last color and.or pattern was. Since then, I've done the same thing with various paints and inks and it's become a go-to technique. My diecut poppies and leaves are made from a dark green and a pink + red version. Of course, once you've got the plate and paints out, you might as well rock the stencils too, so I've incorporated a print with every shade of green imaginable that used several stencils. I honestly didn't like it on it's own, but as a frame, it's pretty cool! The yellow circle with stenciled leaves is a leftover from a gel printing class I taught at Paper Anthology last year, in which we practiced adding multiple layers, on successive pulls, one stencil at a time.
Hop on over to SOS and check out the beautiful messes embraced by my DT sisters, then start plotting what you will make this time! ♥
Sunday, September 13, 2020
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Sunday, September 6, 2020
Friday, September 4, 2020
Except... when I went back to link to that post, I realized, it wasn't actually a Jingle Belles card. Rats. I'm happy with how it came out, though; and it features a whole bunch of gorgeous Eyelet Outlet Washi Tape, so I'll show you anyway:
Meanwhile, there are about a gazzillion other Stephanie cards made especially for Jingle Belles that I love enough to make a version of; in fact, here's one now, made for our Stars and/or Stripes challenge in July:
Ok, so... I was pretty faithful to Stephanie's design, though instead of using a bunch of star and stripe patterns to unify my inchies, I chose to combine papers from Prima's "Christmas in the Country" collection, which has plenty of nice small motifs. Since my squares are just a smidge over an inch AND I matted them as well, I elected to move my sentiment up on top of my grid to keep my card size just under A7. I did scatter some Eyelet Outlet Star Brads and Sequins on top, though, because that's one of my favorite elements in the inspo card.
Be sure to hop over to Jingle Belles and see which card of mine Stephanie has remade this week and start scrolling through to choose something YOU would like to CASE!