Happy Friday, everyone! I am so excited to be guest designing for Jane’s Doodles today! I made two cards featuring the Happy Hour stamp set. Speaking of happy hour, anyone else miss them? I used to love happy hour – it was a great way to connect with friends after a stressful day at work and try fun, new bars around the city. So until we can meet up for happy hour in real life, a card will do!
For both of my cards, I took inspiration from vintage drink posters. I loved the muted, earthy colors and playful designs. I added in a couple more elements – patterns and metallics – to make these cards a little more “me.” Let’s dive in.
My first card features pattern in four different ways. I started by stamping the mason jar on watercolor paper in gathered twigs and rusty hinge distress oxide inks. I inked up random sections of the stamp in each color for a two-tone look. I clear, heat embossed and then watercolored the image with regular distress inks. After the image was dry, I added depth with colored pencils and fussy cut it.
Next, I started on my card panel layers. On an A2-side folding card base, I adhered a 5.25 x 4 inch piece of pattern paper from a random paper pad I picked up a while ago at Michael’s. I layered that with a piece of pattern paper I created myself. I repeatedly stamped the images and sentiments in the same two distress oxide inks to create a scattered pattern. I added extra color with colored pencils. On top, I glued some copper foil cardstock that I embossed with one of my favorite embossing folders – Taylored Expressions, Weathered. Lastly, I die cut a circle and used my score board to score 1/4 inch lines across. I glued all of the layers together, including my focal image, and added foam tape and extra die cut layers for dimension. After adding my sentiment strips that I heat embossed in copper embossing powder, my first card was finished!
For my second card, I stamped, heat embossed, and watercolored three images in a similar way as my first card. After the images were dry, I fussy cut them and set them aside. Next, I worked on my background. I used the Honeybee Stamps, Watercolor Lines Cover Plate and die cut it three times. Behind the die cuts, I alternated scraps of yellow cardstock and an alcohol ink background I made. I love how the colors in the alcohol ink pick up the citrus colors in the drinks.
On a piece of vellum, I repeatedly stamped ‘cheers’ and heat embossed in copper embossing powder to create my own pattern paper again. I die cut a circle from the vellum to use as a backdrop to my focal images. I popped up the drinks with foam tape, added the sentiment strip, and done!
Hope you enjoyed my cards and are inspired to try mixing and creating DIY patterns from your supplies. Cheers!