Sunday, February 9, 2014

My new Alesa Baker Stamps and Valentine Cards

Hi - Happy February!!!

Yep, happy February - know why? Because its my birthday month (high-five), but mostly because once February is over then I know the warmer weather is-a-comin'!!!!  Super yay!!!  Honestly tho, if we survive Feb., then its clear sailing, right?

OK - I decided to make a new style of cards....because I have a well-established "look" which I developed over time but now if I am to keep on bringing joy to this hobby, then I need to learn new things.  Keep it fresh!  While I have decided to embrace the new modern, I also want to try other styles such as a homespun and/or shabby look.

While I am now in love with a few (new-to-me) designers and will draw inspiration from them, today I am talking about ALESA BAKER!  I found her stamps on Impression Obsessions website, and chose a few of her stamps to begin a new collection for Valentine projects.

I bought some of her collection that were on sale - super bonus - and they will be a smart investment as they are ' timeless '  :)

Thin Stripe Rose - Alesa Baker
Elegant Element 1 - Alesa Baker

And here is the Valentine Card I made:



1. Sponge 3 Colours of Ink onto Glossy White Cardstock.

a) Take your card made from white glossy cardstock  and set on top of your work surface. Squeeze liquid ink onto a saucer [refill ink, spray ink] and lightly dip a sponge wedge or dauber into the ink.

b) Dab the colour onto the glossy white cardstock moving around the surface leaving white spaces.  Take another colour (fresh sponge) and repeat.  Decide whether a third colour of ink is desired ....use as many colours as you care to but keep in mind, a small surface looks best with 3 colours in my opinion.

c) Let card dry sandwiched between paper towels and a heavy book set on top to allow the cardstock to dry flat ( wet cardstock can warp ).

2.  Embossed Vellum Cardstock Band  
a) take a strip of vellum and emboss a pattern onto it, attach to cardstock.  I chose Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.



3.  Crumple Pink Heart Tag 

a) I lightly sprayed a piece of  pink cardstock with water, then crumpled. In the crumpled state, I swiped my WHITE Craft Ink over it. Unfold and cut out a heart 'tag' { similiar size to the heart stamp or a wee bit bigger }

3.  "Heart Tag" with Thin Stripe Rose Stamp and Elegant Element 1.
a) Stamp Thin Stripe Rose stamp  in rosy red ink and use masking technique to stamp the Elegant Element 1 and fussy-cut both out together.

4. Combine the 2 Heart Tags together.
a) by poking 2 holes in card, and holes in each heart tag, I tied them to the card with a loop of pink yarn. Leave it so they can " move ".  You could stamp a sentiment on the pink heart tag if you wish!

5.  Attach a Fabric Rose to the Thin Stripe Rose Heart Tag.....where the stamp's rose is, I glued a small fabric rose over top.

That's it!  I really like it because its "soft" looking and I really enjoyed creating with Alesa's stamps and finding a new way to express myself.

Thanks for your visit!!!   I'll be posting more Valentine Cards, so come on back!!!!

Alesa Baker Cling Stamps:   Thin Stripe Heart, Elegant Element 1 -  Impressions Obsessions HERE, HERE
Glossy Cardstock:   Stampin' UP!
Vellum Adhesive-Backed Cardstock: retired Quickutz supply
Various Refill Inks: Stampin' UP!
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Flower Rose, fabric; yarn: sewing supply (Fabricland)

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