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Time for a Beach Day!

Neat and Tangled Beach Day Stamp Set
When I saw the Neat & Tangled Beach day stamp set with coordinating metal craft dies, I KNEW it would be a great opportunity to play with my Gemini Jr ELECTRIC die cutting and embossing machine! (I'm all about the perfect opportunity to play with a new product!)
Have I ever once stamped an image and then cut it out? NOPE Have I watched a few (ahem - 20) videos about how to do it? YEP!
It was pretty easy, I just highly recommend that you stamp, color THEN cut the images. It's just easier to color an image before it is cut out.
I used some Tombow dual brush pens to color in the images.
I also used some Bazzill cardstock in Robin's Egg and Kraft for the background (that Kraft makes the perfect sand, doesn't it?) I grabbed the word "hello" from the Altenew Golden Feather set and popped everything up off the back of the card with some craft foam and 1/2" Scor-Pal tape to stick it all down. I love that stuff!
While I was stamping the images (using the Hero Arts Hue ink in India Ink Black) I wanted to test out different papers so I tried it out on Ranger Watercolor, Lawn Fawndamentals - Vanilla Malt AND even some Avery Sticker shipping labels I just happened to have laying around. Turns out the sticker paper worked perfecting in the Gemini Jr as well so I ended up with some cute stickers to include inside the card! It made me smile as I packaged up this card with some fabric for a friend to think that her daughter might enjoy playing with those stickers that I MADE!
July 27, 2020 — Anna Veach

Cards are the New Hugs

Altenew Golden Feather

I keep seeing people saying this online, "Cards are the new hugs" and it makes sense. We limit ourselves from physically closeness but somehow getting a card in the mail can make you feel closer to them. 

In an effort to learn to use the products I have in this shop, I have started to explore using stamps, craft dies, the Gemini Jr die cutting machine, and various tools to color in the stamped images.

I am planning to use this space to keep a sort of running log of what I'm creating and how I created it. I'll link all the products (of course) and would love it if you would drop me a comment if you like what I share! 

This card was made using the Golden Feather stamp set by Altenew and a watercolor background on Ranger Watercolor paper. This is a very versatile set because it comes with three word stamps that are a nice big size, perfect for the front of a card. There is a coordinating die but I did not use it this time.

I made this card for a friend who had surprise surgery because I knew she likes feathers and the color purple. It was a good chance to stretch myself beyond my usual comfort zone of "throw paint on paper" and "use all the blues."

 

You can see more of my daily adventures on my Instagram account or our Facebook Page. I'd love to hear your thoughts about this card!

July 26, 2020 — Anna Veach