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".

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Stamped Ribbon

I'm entering this card in the Jingle Belles Tic Tac Toe challenge and hoping that when they ask for ribbon, stamped ribbon rather than actual ribbon will count!

I stamped on Gina K heavy weight cardstock because alcohol markers won't go through it.

I went over the pine branches with a couple of different green alcohol markers, used a red one on the candy canes, and a bright green one for the ribbon. I did the ribbon's borders with a green glitter pen, and also the ornaments are coloured with a gold glitter pen.

I stamped the sentiment in gold and created a frame from gold shimmer cs.

I chose the right hand vertical column from the Jingle Belles Tic Tac Toe challenge - stamping, ribbon (the green bow of the image), gold.

Stamps - Stampendous candy canes, Rubber Soul jo
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Delicata Golden Glitz
Paper - gold shimmer and Gina K white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - alcohol markers (Copics, Letraset), Atyou Spica gold and green glitter pens, MFT pierced rectangle frame die

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Autumn Coloured Sympathy

CAS Mix Up has a watercolour challenge "Autumn Colours".  I made a sympathy card using autumn colours as I don't need any actual autumn cards.

I'm trying to use my older SU sets to be sure I want to keep them (I really am trying to weed out stuff I don't use!).  I've decided this set will be a keeper.

I used Distress inks, stamping the outlines first. When I stamped the filler stamps, I inked them then spritzed lightly with water to get a paler colour and a more watercolour look.

I split my panel in three and mounted on fun foam on a kraft card base to continue with the autumn colours theme.

CAS Mix Up Watercolour Challenge


Stamps - SU Simply Soft, Great Impressions sentiment
Ink - various brown Distress inks, Archival Potting Soil
Paper - kraft and white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - fun foam

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Plaid Reminder

It's mid month so time to remind you that you only have until September 24th to enter CAS Christmas's "Plaid" challenge.

I made two cards using some plaid dp scraps from a small pad of Christmas dp.  The pad also had a blue snowflake dp that looked good with the plaid.

The first one has a snowflake embossed background, die cut squares of the dp with two corners rounded (using a corner rounder punch), a Tim Holtz die cut sentiment mounted on a scrap of purple cs, and a scattering of die cut snowflakes.

The second one has three banners cut from the dp, with the sentiment stamped and heat embossed in white on the middle banner, and a stamped and die cut mug and its accompanying steam.

Please come and join us at CAS Christmas with your clean and simple card featuring some plaid.  There's more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

Since I used up lots of snippets (scraps of dp and of purple and white cs), I'm also linking up with the Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge.

Stamps - SU mug and steam, PB sentiment
Ink - ColorBox white and blue
Paper - white cs, scraps of dp, scrap of purple cs
Size - 4.75" square and A2
Accessories - snowflake embossing folder, Spellbinders small square die, corner rounder punch, TH snow circle sentiment die, various small snowflake dies, SU mug and steam dies, white embossing powder,

Friday, 10 September 2021

Turquoise Background

The Flower Challenge is asking for turquoise this month.

I created a turquoise background with a bit of orange in it as those are one of my good friend's favourite colours and I'm a bit late getting a birthday card in the mail for her.

The background was made on a gelli plate with acrylic paints and a coffee rings stencil (the coffee rings are there but they are quite faint).

When dry, I added some script stencilling with embossing paste. And added a die cut white flower and a stamped sentiment on a banner.

The Flower Challenge

Stamps - SU sentiment
Ink - Memento Potters Clay
Paper - white and mixed media cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - various blue and orange acrylic paints, coffee rings stencil, script stencil, embossing paste, Memory Box Honeyblossoms Sprig die