Gift #662: Summer cards

Since we’re in high summer, I thought I’d share some summer-inspired cards I made recently.  These are headed off to Stampington and Co. along with some others to be considered for publication.  The first two cards are made with Red Lead Stamps.  One of my favorite companies, they’ve had a lovely selection of nature-themed stamps over the years.  They also have great quotes.  The paper is from K&C CO. collection called Que Sera Sera.  It came out a few years ago and it’s one of my very favorite papers.

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I like the carefree, summery feel of this card.  It was simple to make.  I just stamped the quote, edged the panel with chalk and assembled the card.  I stamped the bird and flowers on scraps, cut them out, and colored with chalks.  I adhered them to the card with foam tape to give some dimension.  I like using chalks as a coloring medium because the colors are soft and easy to blend. I use a q-tip for fine detail.  And if you make a mistake, you can erase it!

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At least once each summer, I enjoy making seashell-themed cards. I stamped this quote on blue paper and embossed it with white embossing powder to make the words stand out a bit better.  I also inked the edges and lightly dusted with embossing powder to make it look like sand.  I stamped the seashell and embossed it with white powder and cut out and then colored with chalks.   I really liked this look because it gave a lot of texture to the shell.

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This last card was my first attempt at a chalkboard look.  This is very popular in the paper crafting world right now and I wanted to give it a whirl.  It’s simple to do – you just stamp with white pigment ink on black cardstock and give it a few smudges.  I used paper from Pink Paislee and the stamps are from Stampin Up.

Hope you enjoyed them.

Blessings to you,
Sarah

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