Whimsy Stamps ~ Thinking of You

Hey crafty friends, I'm popping in today with a set of CAS cards I've made with a lovely stamp set from Whimsy, perfect for a simple 'thinking of you' card. I have a few friends going through some pretty tough stuff right now and I wanted to send them a little love and encouragement. So I created a couple of CAS designs which were perfect to send a little TLC to my friends and made a couple spare, because I'm pretty sure my mumma is gonna love these too. 

I kept the design simple, with a central panel of ink blending and then some silhouette stamping over this. Such a simple and easy design for a quick set of cards and I absolutely love how these came together. The first one I made, I got an inky blob on the right hand side, so this one ended up being more 'centred' than I initially intended, but that edit, meant there was no evidence of my inky mistake and leaving the 'trimming' of the design until after the inking, meant I could do that last minute change easily. 

This first design, I mounted onto a top folding card base, which I cut from Cayenne cardstock from Concord & 9th. They have some really lovely colours and I ended up using all Concord & 9th cardstocks for this set. I added a little trim of black paper down the sides of the panels on each card and then mounted the panel on double sided foam to adhere it to the card base. 

This second card I wanted to look more orange moving into the yellow hues rather than the more terracotta base of the first card, but they are in truth quite similar looking ink blends, but the colour of cardstock helps differentiate them a little bit. I've used Clementine cardstock from Concord & 9th for this card.

Seeing the two cards together shows these subtle differences better. I wanted the one mounted on Clementine to be much lighter, but my ink blending was a little heavy handed and resulted in a very similar blend. The first one mounted on Cayenne cardstock used Fired Brick, Crackling Campfire, Wild Honey and Dried Marigold for the blend. The second one which I paired with Clementine cardstock used Crackling Campfire, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey and Scattered Straw for the blend. 

Now if you know me well, you'll know this version is my favourite, because I adore green and I absolutely love how this blend came out. I started the ink blend from the top working my way down through whatever yellow was left on my brush from the previous blend, which will have been Scattered Straw and a bit of Wild Honey, then a moved through the greens from the lightest green which was Shabby Shutters, then Bundled Sage, and at first I went straight for Forest Moss, but it was way too yellowy-green, so I blended some Rustic Wilderness overtop and it brought a cooler green tone which better matched the rest of the blend. Hands down my favourite of the blends and paired perfectly with the Artichoke cardstock from Concord & 9th.

Thinking of my mummy when creating this last card, I of course was reaching for my purples, as these are her favourite hues. So I did a blend working from lightest to darkest down the panel first with Milled Lavender, then Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord and finally Villainous Potion. I love how rich the Villainous Potion is in this blend, it's just so lush and worked so beautifully in pairing with the gorgeous Eggplant cardstock from Concord & 9th.

Here's a quick peek at the blending set up for these panels. I used Mint Tape to mask off the parts of the card I didn't want to get ink on and I didn't overthink this, each card is slightly different. I made the purple one purposely wider, as I thought Mum would enjoy a little more of the pretty purple hues. They were otherwise all created in a similar fashion.

I'll line each card with a white page for writing the message inside and may do a simple stamp from the same set inside too, I've not done this bit yet, but I do like to decorate the insides of cards occasionally and especially if they're for something or someone special. 

We've just had a really fun release at Whimsy, with a rustic country theme and some hilarious stamps and sentiments. I can't wait to get my hands on a couple of these. I will be back soon with another crafty adventure, until then, have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting, Wends xoxo

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Dawn T said…
Just delightful set of cards Wendy. Love the ombre look on your central blending.

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