Hand-carved watering can and water stamps!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Like I said yesterday I couldn't wait to make a card using the cute watering can stamp I carved, so here's the card I whipped up this morning! I made a matching water droplets stamp to go with the watering can and I love the little bit of action it adds to the card.

I used some more of my little hand-carved floral stamps and inked them up with some Memento Luxe inks. To add some dimension I stamped a layer of flowers on a separate piece of card, did a little fussy cutting and added them to the card using some foam pads.

The simple thank you sentiment is from Lawn Fawn,  I thought the font went pretty well with my simple flowers. Here are all the hand-carved stamps I used on this one!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you're having a great week! : )

Hand-carved floral stamps and hand-lettering

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

As you can see I'm hooked on the hand-carved stamps and at the moment my focus has been on florals! They're just so quick to make, it's very addictive! I've been longing to improve my hand-lettering skills so I attempted a hand-lettered sentiment on this card, along with some free-hand doodles!

I wanted this card to be bright and cheery so I used Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Barn Door and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks to stamp the florals.

It can be pretty daunting to attempt hand-lettering on a card, the voice in my head was telling me 'what are you thinking, hand-lettering, that's way too hard!' but hey if you don't try and experiment then you won't really learn and progress. So, I took a few pics as I went along, starting with pencil makes it a lot less scary!

After I stamped the floral frame I added some ruler lines in pencil, roughly where I wanted my text. I used one of the alphabets from Creative Lettering by Jenny Doh as reference, just eye-balling it, I penciled in my sentiment.

Once I was fairly happy with the lettering I went over it using a fine tip black pen. As soon as it was dry I erased all the pencil lines. I added a little more stamping and added a frame using Mowed Lawn Distress Marker.

Never content to leave things alone! I added some shadow lines using Mowed Lawn Distress Marker.

Here's some of the hand-carved stamps I used, along with a few others, I love how the watering can turned out, can't wait to make a card using that one!

I hope I've inspired you just a little maybe to try carving your own stamps and to try some hand-lettering on your cards. Thanks for dropping by!

Feathery Fun!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sorry for my absence, it's been a bit of a juggling act this month with Isabelle on her summer holidays and trying to meet commission deadlines, the poor old blog suffered a bit! Isabelle's been having a great time, she did a gymnastics camp and a horse riding camp, so there's been a lot of traveling around!

I'm all up-to-date with my work now and I finally got to make a card just for fun!! I made this feather patterned paper using my hand-carved feather stamp a few weeks ago and I was dying to use it on a card.

I did a bit of experimenting with this, stamped onto damp paper, added some splatters for a watercolor effect, then once dry I stamped over the feathers again slightly off register and added some color to the stripes using Distress Markers!

The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn and I added some fab turquoise Core'dinations cardstock and some from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection. The ribbon is from May Arts and I couldn't resist adding the fun turquoise feather!

I've a stack of stamp carving blocks that I ordered that I'm just itching to get carving! So, you should be seeing some more hand-carved stamps on here pretty soon! : ) Off to have some crafty fun! Have a super week!