A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Monday 19 February 2024

A Splattered Birthday and a Flowered Heart

A birthday card for a friend who loves pink and for Seize the Birthday "Splatter" , Time Out "Birthday", and Colorful Options "Pink":

After stamping and watercolouring the image, I stamped the splatters, postmark, script etc. with a very pale ink. Added a heat embossed sentiment on a black cs strip.

Another Valentine before the month is over.   It's got flowers on it for The Flower Challenge "Add a Heart".

I put the flower stamp (a SU one but I can't remember what set it came from and it's the only one of that set I still have) in my MISTI and coloured it with Tombow markers and stamped and repeated till I was happy with the image. I die cut it with a heart die, die cut a larger heart die out of glitter cs that seemed to blend well with both the red and purple in the image, and added a purple sentiment.


Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - SU Elements of Style and Gorgeous Grunge, Tim Holtz postmark, SU sentiment,
Ink - Versafine Clair Nocturne, Adirondack Lake Mist, ColorBox white
Paper - watercolour paper, off white cs, scrap of black cs
Size - A2
Accessories - watercolour paints, white embossing powder

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - SU flowers, Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - Distress Seedless Preserves
Paper - off white cs, glitter cs
Size - A2
Accessories - heart dies, Tombow markers

Saturday 17 February 2024

Santa and Buffalo Check

I love to use the Peace on Earth mood board (see at end of post) to inspire my card for the Design Team.  For this one, I was inspired by the buffalo check in the top right image and the Santa and sleigh in one of the snow globes in the bottom left image.

I had a little scrap of buffalo check wool ribbon that I took off a Christmas floral arrangement.  I wrapped it around a piece of black cs.  Then die cut the Santa sleigh and the sentiment twice each out of white cs and glued them together.  Then glued them on the panel.  I specifically chose that sentiment die as the swirls on the word "be" went well with the swirls on the Santa die.  I taped the buffalo check to the back of the black panel, and added fun foam around it so that it wouldn't make lumps on the card base.

There's lots of other inspiration over at Peace on Earth - a few of the other Design Team members also used the buffalo check.  We'd love to have you join us, whether you're inspired by our mood board or just want to post an "anything Christmas" card.

Paper - white and black cs
Size - 6x4.25"
Accessories - buffalo check wool ribbon, Memory Box "be merry" die, unknown Santa sleigh die, fun foam

Friday 16 February 2024

More Valentines

I keep meaning to do another post with Valentines for some of the February challenges but life has been busy.  So finally, here we are.

For My Time to Craft "Cupid and / or Arrow", Sisterhood of Crafters "Love", Double D "Heartfelt", and Heart's Quest Fantasy Challenge "Cupid":

The cupid is die cut from a piece of mixed media cs smooshed with pink and red inks.  I also die cut three tiny red hearts and a red circle.  I layered a paper doily over the red circle, sat the cupid in the middle, added the hearts, and stamped a sentiment.

Next up, a card for Stencil Fun "Love / Hearts", Color Throwdown "Red, Kraft, and White", and Cardz 4 Guyz "Love".

On heavy-weight kraft cs, I stenciled the random grid lines with white embossing paste. In one of the gaps at the bottom right, I stamped my sentiment.

I die cut the red heart cluster and glued it over the centre. It looked too plain so I glued a bunch of tiny white hearts left over from another die cut.

And one more - for Can You Handle the Pressure? "Red and  / or Pink" and Heart's Quest Celebration of Love Challenge "Valentine's Day".

For this card, I used the Debossed Inky Resist technique seen in this video

Following the instructions in the video, I lightly rubbed Versamark over the raised design side of the embossing folder.  Then placed watercolour paper inside the embossing folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  I sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.  The Versamark and embossing powder created a resist for the next step of smooshing with various pink Distress inks. 
I die cut a stitched heart opening in a panel of white cs, layered it over my pink embossed resist panel, added it to a white card base, and topped with a black die cut sentiment.

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Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - TH sentiment
Ink - various red and pink Distress inks
Paper - white and mixed media cs, white paper doily
Size - 5.5" square
Accessories - cupid die, small heart dies, circle die

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - unknown sentiment
Ink - ColorBox white
Paper - kraft, red, and white c
Size - A2
Accessories - TCW Sketch Grid stencil, white embossing paste, heart cluster die cut, leftover tiny white die cut hearts

Supplies for card 3:
Ink - Versamark, pink Distress inks
Paper - watercolour paper, white and black cs
Size - A2
Accessories - flowery embossing folder, white embossing powder, Happy Valentine's Day die, stitched heart die

Tuesday 13 February 2024

One Christmas, Two Valentines

It seems appropriate since it's almost Valentine's Day to post a Christmas card for Jingle Belles' "Red" challenge.  It's also for My Time to Craft Christmas "Winter Birds".  What better than the gorgeous red cardinal!?

Stamped and watercoloured the image, added the sentiment, and used a Quickie glue pen and glitter on the snow on the branches.

My next card is for Double D "Heartfelt", Just Us Girls "Love", and Stencil Fun "Love / Hearts".

I took a stencil that has a random smattering of hearts and pressed my Versamark pad through it, and then heat embossed the hearts in silver. The sentiment is stamped in red to match the card base.  I wanted a bordering silver layer but none of my cs was the right shade of silver, so I took a piece of white cs the size I wanted, then rubbed Versamark on the edges and heat embossed with the same silver as the hearts.  The panel is popped up on fun foam and embellished with red and silver sequins.

My second Valentine is for Stamping Sensations "Animals, Birds, Creatures", Cardz 4 Guyz "Love", and Sweet Stamping "Valentine's or Galentine's Day".

Stamped, watercoloured, trimmed with a stitched square die, and popped up on fun foam.

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Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Stampendous cardinals, unknown sentiment
Ink - Versafine Clair Nocturne
Paper - watercolour paper, cream cs
Size - A2
Accessories - watercolour paints, glitter

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - PTI sentiment
Ink - Versamark, SU Real Red
Paper - white and red cs
Size - A2
Accessories - silver embossing powder, Heidi Swapp Confetti stencil, red and silver sequins, fun foam

Supplies for card 3:
Stamps - Penny Black image, SU sentiment
Ink - Versafine Clair Nocturne
Paper - watercolour paper, red cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - watercolour paints, Lil Inker stitched square die, fun foam