A Trio of Cards, A duo of Stamps... by Amanda Pink


Hi Everyone 

Welcome to my weekly post of creativity. 
 Today I am sharing 3 cards using a couple of PaperArtsy mini stamps designed by Seth Apter. The two mini stamps I've used are from Seth's first mini release and the cards I've designed and created feature the stamps both in the background and as the focal feature to demonstrate the versatility of the fabulous stamp designs. 

( the photo below features card 1 and 2, Card 3 features further down the post) 

The backgrounds for both Card 1 and Card 2 are created in the same way - using the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique working with Tim Holtz Distress Oxides. 
Starting lightly I gradually built up the colours layer by layer. Once thoroughly dry I splattered some white paint around to add a touch more detail and interest. 
I then stamped Mini EM40 repeatedly over the background panels. The stamping platform was indispensable for this as it allowed me to stamp in the space I wanted to with ease and precision. 
The stamped images are highlighted with white pen.   

Both cards are mat n layered on to white then black card mounts and similarly both cards have a matt n layered focal feature (cut from the background excess). This feature is raised on foam pads for a touch of dimension and the focal stamped images are embellished with beaded hex nuts. 

Card 1 is mounted onto a small square handmade card 

whilst Card 2 is mounted on a a long slim handmade card. 

For Card 3, the principles of the design are the same as for Card 1 and 2 but for the background colour I used watercolour paints rather than Distress Oxides to create a simple watercolour wash. 
The colours used are from the same colour family as those used on Card 1 and 2 but as they are watercolours not Distress Oxides there is a variation in colour tone and intensity. 

I also worked with a different mini stamp design- EM36

Card 3 is mounted onto a square handmade card but as you can see its much larger in size than card 1 and 2 

Products I used:

Card Stock: White, Black
Watercolour Paper
Tim Holtz/ Ranger Distress Oxides: Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord, Picked Raspberry
Watercolour Paints
Archival Ink: Jet Black
That's Crafty All purpose Adhesive
PaperArtsy Stamps: Eclectica EM36, EM40 - designed by Seth Apter.
White Fineliner Pen
Heat Resistant Craft Mat
Heat Gun
Stamping Platform
Paper Trimmer/ Guillotine
Hex Nuts
Gem beads

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe I have offer some creative card inspiration. 
Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I really do appreciate. 
Hope you have a lovely week 
Take Care 

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  1. Three amazing designs! I love the color combination and of course that beaded hex nut is the icing on the cake!

  2. Three beautiful cards Amanda, they do look like they have loads of texture! Love the new stamps by Sethm you have used them beautifully. xx

  3. They're really gorgeous Amanda, so striking and pretty colours with the black.
    Fliss xx

  4. Stunning cards
    Amanda x

  5. Seth's stamps in your hands make for a winning combination! Not sure I have ever used the same stamp in both the background AND foreground. Genius, I say! The black framework adds a startling pizazz! Well done x 3!!!

  6. These are so effective, Amanda! I love the pink with the black. Beautiful! X

  7. Those layered Oxide backgrounds are absolutely gorgeous, Amanda... and with the white splatter they somehow remind me of coconut ice! Your use of black always gives your projects such drama to me. The bold graphics of Seth's stamps work perfectly with your style, and the card design here really makes the most of them in the background and as focal points. Fabulous!
    Alison x

  8. Thank you Sara Alison, Kay, Anne, Amanda, Lucy and Fliss for your lovely comments . Really do appreciate them . x


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