Hi there! With summer coming to an end, I have realized how many cards I made over the last few weeks that I have just been too tired to blog at the end of the day. Colorado Craft Company has had some really beautiful Anita Jeram releases over the last couple of months, and I was excited to get the chance to play with them! I have two cards using the Time of My Life stamps and coordinating dies, and another using the more recently-released Magic Time and Fairy Godmother stamps. Let’s get started with the details!
This first card features the darling Dirty Dancing-inspired dancing kitties from Time of My Life. In my head, anytime I’m drawing a “couple,” they always have the coloring of my husband and I, even in feline form. (haha!) I stamped the dancing duo onto some white cardstock using alcohol-friendly black ink, then used OLO markers to color the images. (Patrick Swayze had reddish hair, didn’t he? Maybe I’m making that up 😉 ) I used the coordinating dies to cut out the finished images.
For the background, I wanted to create a subtle, but still magical, backdrop, so I used the Layered Confetti stencils from Simon Says Stamp. I began by lightly blending Heather, Tidepool, and Bubblegum Pawsitively Saturated inks around just the edges of my white A2 card base, then layered the stencils over the top of that subtle blending. The finished product looks like a romantic bokeh effect. It reminds me of 16 Candles or Pretty In Pink or another classic 80’s movie that culminates at a high school dance haha!
I adhered the dancing kitties on my blended card front using foam adhesive, then stamped some sentiments from the Time of My Life set on some strips of white cardstock. I popped them up on the card front with some more foam adhesive. I can’t wait to give this card to my ginger husband!!
For my second project, I did some no-line coloring using the recently-released Magic Time and Fairy Godmother stamps. I began by stamping a little scene on my card front using Contour Ink from Hero Arts. I again used my OLO markers to do some no-line coloring with these sweet mice! I couldn’t resist giving Cinderella a blue dress, and these shades of muted silvery blue were perfect for my pale gray mouse. I kept the rest of the colors muted, as well, giving the fairy godmother a cocoa brown and pink dress, and that pumpkin…. those shades blended together like butter, and I love how simultaneously bright and vibrant but still somewhat muted they are! I blended some Morning Pawsitively Saturated ink around the top, just to add a hint of color to the background.
The details on the dresses were covered up with the marker coloring, so I used handmade metallic watercolors from IUILE to add sparkling details to the dresses, the fairy godmother’s wand, and the little shower of sparkles from Cinderella’s transformation from servant to princess. I was afraid that the watercolor would warp the white cardstock, but it didn’t affect it at all! I just love the incredible sparkle this adds to the cards; watching them in real life is breathtaking!
Finally, I added a sentiment from the Fairy Godmother, which I heat embossed on a strip of Glacier cardstock from Spellbinders. It was the perfect shade of pale blue to coordinate with Cinderella’s dress and the ink blended background!
Well, that’s all for these projects today! I hope you’ll check out the Anita Jeram line from Colorado Craft Company. So many darling stamps that fit so many occasions! They are whimsical, but still maintain an element of elegance. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!