This is one in a series of blog posts celebrating National Stationery Week. You can read all of my NSW16 posts. There’s also a fabulous giveaway of some stationary goodies running through the whole week – you’ll find the rafflecopter at the bottom of each post.
Yes – handmade day! A day made for Maggie if ever there was one. As soon as National Stationery Week announced their daily themes, I squeed at handmade day, and knew I wanted to get down to some serious card-making. Then Bekka from Stampin Up got in touch and offered to let me play with some of the goodies from her shop – how could I say no to that?
This was such an exciting and pretty package to receive. The whole thing was themed around the Timeless Textures stamp set. These are so intricate and detailed, but because the stamps are deep cut, the impressions are nice and crisp. These lend themselves well to layering and I had lots of fun experimenting with that, getting the creative juices flowing.
The rest of my package of awesome complimented the stamps well. I had three shades of Classic Stampin’ Up inks, which are rich colours, perfect for stamping but also good for inking and accenting card stock. The Birthday Bouquet paper pack is all double-sided, so opens up a wealth of choices. And the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen is my new favourite sparkly toy.
I haven’t made a card in quite a while, and as I said I had a lot of fun layering up these stamps to create effects. This is the first one I settled on for a completed card. There’s 4 different stamps layered in to that motif, and I think it’s very eye-catching. Sorry the picture of this one is so dark – I took it the evening I finished the card as a quicky for my Instagram and then promptly knocked it over in to the open (pink) ink pad – disaster! So I couldn’t get any better lit pictures.
After that card was ruined, I decided to recreate the layered motif but as a pop-out feature. I also wanted to try stamping directly on to some of the patterned paper, and I love the effect here, don’t you?
What’s great about this stamp set is you can create loads of textures and layers without actually having to have multiple layers of heavy paper or cardstock. So for this one I created my own patterned paper using one just one piece of coloured card and two different shades of pink ink. A wee ribbon to separate things, a sentiment, and I made and inked a flower as a nice feature – you may be able to see in the photo that I really went to town on the flower with the glitter brush. Isn’t it divine? *swoon*
This forth card goes back to the idea of the layering, but really builds it all together. I originally designed this square card to open at the side, but decided once it was assembled that I liked the way it looked in tent fold instead. I’m particularly proud of this one, and I hope you all like it too. Any of these cards would be ideal for sending a thank-you note as per Thursday’s post, or for starting a handwritten letter, which we’ll be discussing tomorrow.
Now, I also asked Bekka if she would like to make a card or two using the same stash as me, and I must say, she rose to this challenge much better than I did.
How gorgeous are all of those cards? And the wee storage boxes to go with them! Bekka has written more about this make on her blog which you should definitely go and check out – http://feeling-crafty.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/celebrating-national-stationery-week.html. Bekka has also kindly offered a treat for all of my readers today. If you buy anything from her shop between now and the end of May and quote Hostess Code MMHKTUHR when checking out (and check the button allowing her to contact you with progress details on your order) Bekka will send you the instructions on how to make those boxes and some free goodies.
Today is your last chance to enter my special giveaway for National Stationery Week, as I’ll be announcing the winner in tomorrow’s post. I took a trip to some of my favourite stationery shops, and had a root around in my own stash too to come up with a list of goodies just for one lucky winner. The prize, pictured above, includes: a metallic pocket notebook, an owl writing set, a Julie Dodsworth little book of Birthdays & Anniversaries, 2 rolls of nature themed washi tape, a selection of flocked patterned paper, a pack of owl stickers, and a custom mini stamp set. Phew! Plus, if this competition gets over 100 entries I’ll add some more goodies, including a nice pen.
To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter below, and be sure to come back every day this week for more chances to win.
Today in the comments – what’s your favourite crafting technique? Or is there one you’d like to learn?