Hello! Long time, no blog 🙂 I lost my creative mojo for a good part of March into April. Work has been pretty stressful and instead of crafting being my escape, old seasons of Survivor were my escape. I was just too tired and mentally blocked to craft. Has that ever happened to you? What do you do to get out of the rut? Despite my creative lull, I did pass a milestone for myself. I made my very first YouTube video ever on the MFT channel! I walked through the At the Movies card kit. Thank you to everyone who took the time to watch and comment. I hope to do it again for this month’s card kit coming in a few weeks.
Enough chit chat, let’s get into MFT’s new release! The countdown starts today, and as always, I think you will love what’s coming next Tuesday at 10am ET! Today’s card is a shaped card featuring a new Stacey Yacula stamp set called Bunny Bouquet. There is no matching die for this set. I don’t like fussy cutting, and I don’t really like one-layer cards (maybe I just haven’t found a way to do them to my liking yet) so I have a few tips to share if you’re like me and want to jazz up a stamp set with no matching dies.
- Using the A2 Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics, die cut two same sized circles from Ripe Raspberry and Grapesicle cardstocks. Trim these circles in half with a paper trimmer.
- Create a shaped card base by folded card base with a circle die. Over hang the die slightly so it doesn’t cut the card base fold.
- Adhere two circle halves to the shaped card base.
- On a smaller circle die cut made from Sour Apple, stamp the floral portion of Bunny Bouquet over the background in Jalapeño Popper ink. Splatter with water and white acrylic paint.
- Stamp Bunny Bouquet twice on two different panels of cardstock.
- Carefully fussy cut one full image to use as the “base”. Adhere to the card background.
- On the other panel, selectively color images and fussy cut them. Choose images that are the most forward and not tucked behind anything. Make sure to run a black marker over the edges of the fussy cut images for a cleaner look. Layering the fussy cut images with foam tape is a way to add dimension and interest. Curl up the petals a little too.
- Add extra details to your colored images with a white gel pen and sequins. You could also add a twine bow around the bunny’s neck for another sweet detail.
- Inside the card, stamp a sentiment from Bunny Bouquet.
- Stamp a sentiment from Itty Bitty Basics with Ripe Raspberry ink. Adhere the sentiment with foam tape on the front.
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Love your card! I too, have been in a creative slump for a really long time. I just have not felt like doing any kind of crafting (I guess after 20+ years, I was due)! My job is also stressful, so all I want to do after work is not think and watch TV shows and movies. My craft room has been getting dusty! Your projects inspire me as do other bloggers. Maybe one of these days I will be in the mood to craft again. 😉
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Thanks so much, Kim! I’m glad I’m not alone in feeling in a rut. I pray for your creative mojo to come back very soon! Do you get in there and just stamp or make backgrounds? Just playing with colors could help get your creativity going but have no expectation to finish anything.
I’m more of a “make a card in the moment” person. I have tried making cards with no sentiments then adding one when I need a card, I struggle with that too because the cards I have pre-made don’t really go with the receiver’s personality. I’m getting better at it, but have to get over that “I don’t want to craft” slump I’m in I have a 3-day weekend this weekend. I have good intentions of trying to sit and play with some crafty techniques, so we’ll see what happens!
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