Lawn Fawn Out of this World

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Hi friends, today I have a sweet card that I made for Father’s Day using Lawn Fawn’s Out of this World set. I was over the moon (hee hee) when I first saw this set – that little astronaut! the wee rocket! the adorable planets! I knew this would be a well loved and often used set in my collection.

Father’s Day gift lists are often filled with golf and BBQ, neither of which are high on my dad’s list. Give him tools and puns, and throw in some sci-fi for good measure. And maybe a cat or two. So I wanted to make him a card that was more suited to his personality.

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Starting with the background panel, I took a piece of watercolor paper and brushed it with lots of water. Lots of water. Then I used a variety of blue, purple, green and yellow watercolor paints (primarily from Sennelier, though the deepest blue is from my Gansai Tambi set) and randomly dropped them on the paper. All that water on the paper really helps the paint move around. I let it dry after the first layer and then started again to really get that depth in the color.Β I used my deepest blue to finish it off. Using a heat tool can create some neat effects with the paint as it moves around and concentrates with the heat. Once it was all dry, I loaded a small brush (maybe a 4 round) with wet white paint and splattered the paint across the paper.

While that was all drying, I worked on the rest of the scene. I stamped each image onto another piece of water paper using a light grey ink and painted them with watercolors. Then I die cut them, arranged them a few times until I settled on something I liked, and then adhered them to the dried and trimmed background panel. I also embossed a sentiment from the set onto a strip of midnight blue cardstock. I used some string to attach the astronaut to his rocket.

Dad loved it (he better) and texted me with some choice space puns. Dads, right?

Lawn Fawn: Octopi My Heart

You know how when you are shopping for gifts for a really good friend who also happens to be a card maker and you let a few things fall in your cart for yourself too? That’s how I ended up with the Octopi My Heart set from Lawn Fawn. So flippin’ cute.

Today I have a card I made with that set. It makes for an adorable and whimsical Valentine’s Day card, anniversary card, or even an “I don’t need a reason to make a card for you, ok?” card.

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I used my go-to stamped background technique. I mean, it’s octopi, right? You have to have multiples. I made two the stars of the card and colored them a bit darker (I used C0 and C1 on most, adding C3 to the two darker ones). I will probably give this one to my sweetie, so I stuck a bow-tie on one and a hair (?) bow on the other. We make darn cute octopi, my sweetie and I. After coloring, I mounted the panel with some craft foam onto my top-folding A2 card base and tied some twine along the top. So sweet.

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That’s it for today. Have a wonderful day!

Let’s party with raccoons!

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Hi everyone! Today I have a(nother) birthday card, but this time I actually gave it to someone, haha! I made this card for my dear friend Rebecca, who just celebrated a birthday a few days ago. I also made her a fun gift, but that will be a different post.

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I made this card using patterned papers from a Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm 6×6 pad I got from Paper Source. I used the smaller balloon dies from this Simon Says Stamp set (which happen to be the very first dies I bought!).

I then stamped, colored, and die-cut the little adorable raccoon from Lawn Fawn’s Festive Friends set (or as I like to call it, the Party Animals expansion pack). Then I took my tiny craft knife and cut around the raccoon’s paw so that I could tuck in the black embroidery floss balloon strings.

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To finish it off, add a tag with an embossed sentiment and layered it all over some more patterned paper.

My favorite part is probably the balloon strings. It’s sort of an unexpected bit of texture, and now I’m looking for ways to add embroidery to my cards. Do you use supplies from your other hobbies in your card making?

Thanks for stopping by!