Monday, May 12, 2014

Purple Cards, Purple Tea

Hello!  I hope that all the moms out there had a Happy Mother's Day yesterday.  Today seems like a good day to show some more Mother's Day cards that I recently made, plus a birthday card as well.
Supplies for all cards: cardstock from Colorbok; dark purple ink from Hero Arts; light purple ink from Clearsnap; shimmer paint from Smooch; foam tape from 3M/Scotch; foam flower stickers from Darice; chipboard word from Studio G; sentiment stamps from Lawn Fawn; rhinestone from Beads by Dee; corner punch from Creative Memories.

I was inspired by the book Stamp It!  DIY Printing with Handmade Stamps, edited by Jenny Doh.  One of the ideas in the book was to make a stamp out of foam tape.  The project in the book was to make a chevron stamp, but I put my own spin on the idea and made a banner stamp instead.  You can see the stamp in the above photo.  I also used a few Darice foam flower stickers as stamps.

For my first card, I used light purple ink for the stamped elements.  I've been putting tiny rhinestones on almost every project lately, and this one was no exception, as I used one in the center of the flower.

For the next card I repeated the same design, but I used a darker ink color.  I also restrained myself and used shimmer paint, instead of a rhinestone, in the center of the flower.

For my third card, I went for a Clean & Simple look, employing lots of white space and leaving off the banner.

For the last card, I went a little crazy and made a purple explosion of birthday happiness.  I really enjoyed making all four cards, and I'm eager to try using my banner stamp on more projects in the future.  Maybe next time I'll try it on a scrapbook page.

I'm also really enjoying the Stamp It book that inspired me.  It's fun to curl up with a book and a cup of tea and discover new artsy ideas to try.  After making all those purple cards, I just had to have a purple-ish tea: northwestern blackberry flavor.  Yum!  Wish I could share a cup with all of you.  If you're interested in more tea/beverage-related posts, do stop by Elizabeth and Bleubeard's blog for T-Day.  I'll be linking up there.

Take care and enjoy your day! 


Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Very pretty cards!

Krisha said...

WOW, your cards turned out great! From looking at the pictures I would have never guessed they were hand made stamps.
Happy T-day

Bridget Larsen said...

What a great tea card
Bridget #5

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What fun to see these DIY stamping ideas. Very clever. I like the banner. Did you print from the sticky side, or the paper side? Either way, it was quite clever. And I like how these cards looked. I honestly believe I could make something like that, although probably not as professional as yours, since I don't really make cards.

Thanks for sharing this technique and your "purple tea" with us for T today.

dawn said...

Hi Denise, these cards are so PRETTY!! I love all the purple in them! Great job on your homemade stamp, looks great and banners are fun! You could even make a set of cards but change the colors each time.

Cards do count on NSD, I think and if not they count in my book.

I will share the rest of my layouts next week.
Great choice of tea today! Happy T Day!

Divers and Sundry said...

i like the purple theme. my favorite card is your clean&simple one with the simple edge.

blackberry tea! i'll have to look for that :)

Hettie said...

Great bunch of cards there. I do like purple...A LOT!
Happy T Day.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Love the beautiful cards you created, although I may be a little biased as purple is my favorite color!

I bet the "purple" tea was delicious, too! Happy T Day!

~*~Patty S said...

Beautiful cards you created and extra special with your flower stamps too!
Purple and Lavender are fav colors of fact I have purple violets in my T post today ;)
Happy T Day to ya!

Dani Cristina said...

Hello Denise ;
I put you in an award on my blog
and there are some questions that I did too ... :)
Feel free to accept or not. # links
Love your page!


Dianne said...

such pretty cards! adorable and lovely color...

Super Stamp Girl said...

Great cards, Denise. I love a purple too. But, what I enjoyed most what how you wiggled the connection to tea into reading your craft book! Happy T-day!

Linda said...

what sweet, lovely cards Denise! happy T day!

Rita said...

Cute cards! Happy T-Day! :)

Myriam Kozik said...

Happy T-Day!
All the cards looked great. I usually like the minimalist look but I think the last one looked fantastic as well. I can see these hand made stamps used on all different designs. Thanks for sharing.

Vicki Miller said...

Gorgeous. and you made the stamps yourself. I always have a stash of foam bits for making stamps, and the great thing as you already know is that it die cuts wonderfully.

Patricia said...

beautiful purple !!!

Lynette said...

Your cards are lovely Denise.

Ariel said...

Beautiful cars I especially love the 'purple' color explosion card-:)
Wishing you a wonderful week.

IrinaR said...

Здорово получилось, Дениз!!! и по-моему, у тебя я не видела C&S...а четвертая мне больше всего понравилась!

Patricia Roebuck said...

These are beautiful! I love the colors!

Sharon Fritchman said...

Hi Denise! I love all of the card you made! They are so cool and creative! Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas with all of us! Hope you are having a great Sunday, my friend!

Denise van Deventer said...

Your cards are gorgeous Denise! Love the purple and white combo! So soft and beautiful!