One evening this week I had the opportunity to go along to a card making evening with some friends and it was so good! I know that for many of you, you most likely do things like this often, but I don't tend to get out much, especially evenings, to do things on my own without the kids, so I totally enjoyed it!!
The cards were all simple to make and done using stamping techniques. They were all made using Stampin' Up stamps. The lady hosting the evening wasn't a Consultant for Stampin Up, but she very obviously favoured their products and had an enormous supply of everything to choose from. It was fun using a different variety of stamps and ink colours to what I have at home.
This Christmas card has an embossed background, which was done using a Sizzix Big Shot Machine. The brown card was lightly sanded after it was embossed, which brings out a two tone background - rather nice!
Coffee & Friends Card
Although I prefer Tea to Coffee, I still really loved this card. It could be used for anything. It doesn't look very complicated, and it isn't, but there are 3 different shades of brown ink to do all the stamping which gives nice colour variation. All the splatter across the bottom comes from 3 separate stamps. The band around the coffee cup is raised up to give the card some dimension. All up a fun card to make.
This card, believe it or not, was actually the most challenging. I used a new tool which I had never seen before and what it did was allowed me to line up my stamps exactly where I wanted them to go. I tried stamping the hexagons freehand, which is never usually a problem for me, but could not achieve this same perfect look. So I gave the tool a try and this was the end result, perfectly spaced little hexagons. Each individual hexagon has been separately stamped. I loved the colour palette of the ink pads in this one. It was a great card to make and I like coming away feeling I have learned a new skill.
40th Birthday Card
This last card was something I made by myself at home for a friend's 40th Birthday. I made a large card, double the size of what I would usually do, so that a number of friends could all write in the same card. The idea for the card design came from adapting another card I had found on Pinterest. The green paper flower I made using an online tutorial and once finished, stuck a button on the top. I loved how the entire card turned out.
I find card making to be so relaxing and almost therapeutic, I really should do it more often!!