Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we’ll feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of fabulous card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a wide variety of cards and ideas.
The month of April features a Showdown! A stamp set showdown, that is. We’re using one stamp set in various ways. Let’s face it, stamp sets are getting more and more expensive; so we’re here to inspire you by demonstrating how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h those stamps!
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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of April 28, 2017. The winner will be announced in our May hop, so be sure to come back next month.
You should have arrived here from Sandy’s Blog. If you’re visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don’t miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by leaving a comment on each blog.
I decided to work with stamps that match my latest obsession … coffee. I chose this set from JustRite Clear.
The set is huge with many possibilities. So, to keep within the spirit of the challenge, I limited myself further … I “required” myself to use the coffee-house cup on each card.
For the first one, I stamped the cup with Wendy Vecchi’s Potting Soil Archival Ink, added a sentiment on the label and a saying. I worked on a kraft card and added a bit of Distress Ink (in Ground Espresso) around the edges of the card. It’s simple, but I like it for its simplicity.
Next, I stamped the image twice, colored it with Copic markers, cut it out and adhered it with dimensional foam adhesive to the layered card. The black is done with Memento Ink; the brown is the same Wendy Vecchi ink. The coffee stains and the saying are also from the stamp set.
For this one, I stamped the cup over and over in order to create a background with it. I used the coffee beans to make a strip and stamped another of the sentiments, as well, which I cut out and adhered.
And, finally, my favorite one … I used the same inks, but this time layered the elements in a soft teal. I stamped the cup on paper, added the word Java to the label and then cut out the image and adhered it with dimensional foam adhesive.
I created the background paper by placing each of the coffee beans on a single acrylic block and then turning and stamping repeatedly. I made sure to stamp off of the paper in some places and even stamped a few beans a second time for a softer look. I love how the background paper turned out!
I’m the last stop on the blog hop this month, but if you missed the earlier ones, it is worth a visit to the beginning.
I hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!
And, if you choose to try this one, post a photo of your creations on my Facebook page or, send me a copy and I’ll post it here.
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:
Love it! Looks so yummy, I may just have to go get me a cup! Wonderful display of this stamp set!
I love this set and the versatility of each card!
super cute cards!
I love your stamp set and cards! I’m a coffee addict myself and your cards would be perfect to stuff a Starbucks gift card in and send off to a friend or teacher.
That’s a great idea!
Very cute cards
Beautiful!! I agree with you…the last card is the best! Love the color combo!
Wow! That is a great stamp set! You did a wonderful job with it. I love them all!
These are all wonderful cards. I have a couple of coffee stamp sets (and I don’t even like coffee!), so the inspiration is great.
Candy my friend, we need to have some coffee LOL. Love how you “limited” yourself to just a few stamps of the set and even a few colors. What a great variety of cards came out of this? My head is spinning with ideas. Thank you for sharing them with us and thank you for joining us in this little adventure. We are glad you are being part of this blog hop and I am looking forward to more hops with you 🙂
It’s a stressful time in my life right now, but I find it relaxing to stamp … can’t wait to try the additional techniques in the hop! Thank you for inviting me. And yes, we should make a regular date … maybe at Bigby’s? A couple times a month?
I’m not a coffee drinker but you sure make it look appealing, lol. I love all of your cards. They are all so unique. Thanks for sharing and thanks for hopping along with the AYOCT bunch!
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I love these. Especially the “Liquid Sanity” label – lol, so true! This is a nice set – thanks for highlighting it for us.
Thanks for taking the time to comment!
You can’t go wrong with coffee! And your cards are just further proof. Such a great variety of cards…lots of inspiration! I enjoyed hopping with you…hope to see you next month!
Thank you so much for inviting me! I can’t wait to see everyone else’s creations!
What a great idea for a blog hop and Yes i like getting my money worth from my stamps.
It’s lots of fun! I hope you try it, too.