Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Reading Buddies + Critters



It's Amy here with a card that combines Reading Buddies and Coffee Loving Critters.


The mint card base is 4.25 x 9.25 inches.  The Bristol panel is 4.0 x 9.0 inches.  I stenciled mint colored clouds on the Bristol panel and added a grassy border.   

I stamped the images from both Reading Buddies and Coffee Loving Critters in copic friendly black ink.  I colored them with a ton of different copics but my overall color palette was inspired by THIS color trio.


Here are the various copic colors I used:
  • R20
  • YR09 | YR16
  • Y21 | YR23
  • BG11 | BG34
  • E40 | E42
  • E50 | E51
  • E55
  • T0 | T1
  • N5 | N7
I hope you have an amazing week!


Monday, August 26, 2019

Build Your Own Background to Stretch Your Stamps!



Hi folks! Kelly here, excited to share a card made with the adorable Reading Buddies set! I actually made this card during the first release, but wanted to hold off sharing it so I could devote some time to discuss stamp selection when it comes to building a background.


This Reading Buddies set has some adorable images, like the cute critters carrying books, as well as a sweet scene of a girl reading with her forest friends. Any of these images are great to feature on a card. After you've played around with these on a couple of cards, however, I'd recommend taking a look at the secondary images, like the pile of books. I thought stamping the books in a pattern would make a fun background.

And, you get a completely different look to stretch your supplies!


Whenever I make a background like this, I try to figure out what the overall shape of the image is. In this case, the pile of books with the one book on its end is essentially a large rectangle. 

To help illustrate this I've drawn rectangles over the books below ...


I first stamped the "rectangle" of books vertically in the upper left corner, then rotated it 90 degrees to stamp horizontally in the top middle, and finally rotated it back to stamp the books vertically in the upper right corner. With that row completed, I can move on to stamp the second row, only this time I stamped the image horizontally, vertically, and horizontally across the card. This fills in the gaps left from the top row.


I repeated that stamping for the bottom half of the card to complete the background. To color the books I picked several copic markers in cool tones and rotated them to balance out the colors. Colored pencils would work as well for all the thin lines. I also grabbed a few shades of cream to color the book pages.

And just like that, your background is completed! With the sentiment and the background of books, I think this card would be perfect to send someone in your book club, or a friend who enjoys reading.

Hope you enjoyed this little tip on building your own backgrounds, as well as picking out a secondary stamp, to get an entirely new look from your stamp sets!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Kelly

Monday, August 19, 2019

Guest Designer: Noga Shefer

Hi crafty friends, I am so thrilled to guest designing today for the amazing Evelin T Designs! I am really excited about it.

I made a unique bookmark for this GD. My bookmark featuring Reading Buddies. This set is just perfect addition to your stash!

To make this bookmark, I die cut a piece of Bristol smooth using a bookmark die.


I masked off and created the border by blending spun sugar distress oxide ink.
Next, I stamped two greeting from Reading Buddies using black ink. As a final touch, I added 5 stars sequins.


I hope you enjoy the project I created and feel inspired to create!
Have a wonderful day!
Noga

Monday, August 12, 2019

Happy Birthday From All of Us

Hello! Heather Hoffman here this morning with a card using the adorable Sneaky Kitties stamp set - a super fun and intricate image, perfect for coloring when you have lots of time to sit and doodle!


I don't often take time to slowly color in a detailed image like this, but I was talking on the phone with my parents one day, and started coloring, and before I knew it, we'd been on the phone for an hour, and this entire image was colored!


I added some little dots around the image with some of the same Copics I used to color the image - a great way to add a bit of interest to the background and have it easily coordinate!


I added a few details with a white gel pen, and then matted the panel with a bit of green cardstock and mounted on a kraft cardbase to finish off! Aren't those little kitties the CUTEST?!?!?


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!!!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Eat, Sleep, Read....


Happy August everyone.. Annette Allen here with you today and I am sharing a card I created using Reading Buddies. If you love to read you will love this set.


This set is available in the online store HERE.


I created the background using Ranger Oxide inks: Fossilized Amber and Twisted Citron. I used a misc die to create these fun windows for each image. The images are colored with Copic Sketch markers and die cut with my Brother scan n cut machine. I used some foam adhesives to pop the windows up. I love to give my cards some dimension. Totally simple card to create.

Make sure to stop by again next week for more fun Reading Buddies inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by.