Welcome, to a brand new series on my blog – Make It Monday!
Each week on a Monday I’m going to guide you through making a card (or some other papercrafting project!) in either photos or maybe even a video. I’ve got out of the habit of filming my makes over the past few months and really need to pick it back up again.
I thought I would start this week by showing you my little work space. I actually had to tidy before I could even start to create today, I’m a naughty crafter and I don’t always tidy up when I’ve finished making something! I haven’t actually stepped foot into my craft room / office for well over a week and so the remnants of crafty 2 weeks ago where still on the desk! oops! Oh well, it’s tidy now… ish!
I needed to make a card for my Granddad (Pops) today, the reason I haven’t crafted in over a week is because we went to visit him last week. Pops lives about 300 miles away and isn’t all that well at the moment, but we had a lovely few days with him and I love sending a card to him once we get home to let him know.
So, I needed a manly-ish card today, and grabbed for Suite Sayings for the sentiment. I have been wanted to play with small stamp stamping again recently, so also selected Endless Thanks, before selecting four colours; Pacific Point, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry and Garden Green
I love this sentiment, and know that it something Pops feels too. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents when I was very small and I know that Pops remembers those years fondly, we love reminiscing about things we used to get up to; dressing the dog in Grandma’s beads or walking to the park at the end of the street.
In order to get the sentiment straight on the card I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig. I love this tool, and use it so much more than I thought I would. Its super easy too. I have a video on using the Stamp-a-ma-jig on my YouTube channel.
One of the joys of Make It Monday is being able to show you some of my Stampin’ Top Tips! I love using photopolymer stamps, but they tend to go missing on my messy desk, so…. I stick all the stamps I want to use on a dedicated clear block, that way they all stay together. I also use this idea when using alphabet stamps, and use a clear block to arrange my letters (and check my spelling!)
OK, so the card. Once I had stamped the sentiment in the centre of the top two thirds of the card, I started to add a ring of small stamps around it, forming a loose wreath design. You could draw a faint circle in pencil as a guide, but I prefer to free hand stamp. Here I stamped the yellow flowers first, then the blue, before adding the leaves. These things also look better if each stamp is stamped in odd numbers, so there are 5 yellow flowers, 9 blue and 7 leaves. Then I go back and add in smaller pieces to add detail
It’s it cute! I’m sure that Pops will love it!
I hope that you have enjoyed this first Make It Monday, I will be back with anther next Monday probably slightly fatter from eating too much Easter chocolate! I would love to hear your thought and suggestions, or something you would love to see on Make It Monday, just let me know in the comments section below.
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