Some of my handmade cards

I occasionally make some cards for my personal use. These cards here I have made during the past two years. I think I'm still in a learning phase. I have been a crafter and an artisan for many, many years now, so I have made cards before, but not with the stamps, the inks or the die cutting machine. In fact, I have had the Big shot machine for less than a year. I have used stamps for about two and an half years. The cards are not in an order.

Card number 1: A birthday card. Rosy washi tape and distress oxides in the background. The stamped Gorjuss girl was colored with Distress inks. The sentiment should have been either stamped, diecut or a chipboard. The stickers don't look so pretty on the embossed background.

Card number 2: A valentine's day card. I made this for a challenge so I put an effort to it. I planned thoroughly every detail and piece. The square background behind Tilda has distress inks on a photopaper. Tilda was colored with distress inks and given some touches of glitter glue. The golden chain on the top edge is coated with the glossy accents. Under the beaded charm on top of the crochet circle is a paper circle. It was printed out and then transferred onto the watercolor paper. To give it a shine and a hard surface it was heat embossed with embossing powder.

Card number 3: Another birthday card and another stamped Tilda colored with distress inks and glitter glue. The number seven, the dots and the frame to the sentiment are made with the liquid pearls. The sentiment was printed onto the photopaper. 

Card munber 4: A card to a baby girl. The image was purchased as a ready diecut. I only put the clear glitter glue around it and the pink glitter glue around the circle below it. The green leaves and the white flowers as well as the yellow stems on the pink flowers were cut with punches but the pink flowers I hand cut with scissors.

Card number 5: The mother's day card is a very simple card. The stamped image was color with distress inks. The watercolor paper was cheap so the colors didn't flow nicely. The chipboard is coated with the white Nuvo crystal drops paint and the organza ribbon has on it some glitter glue. Also the flowers on the bouquet has some glitter glue.

Card number 6: The father's day cards. They look almost the same but backgrounds with distress inks are different. The method is the same but the outcome became different. The frame is liquid pearls. The sentiment is printed onto the photopaper and the golden stripes are gold foils attached on the 2-sided sticky tape.

Card number 7: The Christmas card from the last year. I gave it my best and made these about 25 pieces. I received about 15 cards, so guess who's not getting a Christmas card from me this year. 😉 😁 The light blue cardstock was embossed with the embossing folder. The angels along with the sentiment were stamped and heat embossed with embossing powder. Then I fuzzy cut the angels. The chipboard was also inked and embossed with embossing powder to give it a nice shine. The snowflakes were diecut with the die cutting machine and then brushed over with the mixture of white perfect pearls powder, Ayeeda shiny powder and water. Also some glitter glue was added on top of them. The card base had diecut holes, so I weaved satin ribbon to the holes.

Card number 8: Christmas cards from the year before last year. I stamped the poinsettias on a burgundy colored cardstock and some leaves on a green cardstock. I colored them with wooden colorpencils and fuzzy cut them all with scissors and cutting knife (again, about 25 cards. Oh, how sore were my fingers...) The flowers were embossed with a embossing tool to give them that 3D feel and then glass beads were glued in the center. The sentiment was stamped inside the cards and the "Made with love" -text in the back of the cards. The patterned papers and ribbons vary pretty much on every card.

Card number 9: A birtday card. This one is a mixed media card. The first one ever. I designed the stencil myself and cut it with a cutting knife. The background has distress inks on it and then covered with the multi mediums both gloss and matte. The chipboard was covered with white paint and glossy accents.The chain is hanging loose. The background was cut with scissors which had a deckle edge and then the paper edges were distressed with a pair of dull scissors (I don't have a distressing tool). Then the edges were brushed over with Prima's acrylic paint (metallique steampunk copper). The same paint is also on the bottom edge of the card. Little gemstones and gears were glued on the card. The purple stripes are a very thin metallique tape.

Card number 10: A birthday card. This one has some mixed media as well. The background was colored with distress inks and  the tinted texture paste was spread over through a stencil. Then it was inked again. When that had dried I used a patterned diecut as another stencil. I made a watery fluid with some water and a white aquarelle crayon. Then poured it down to the top edge and let it run down the background. I also flicked some of that white fluid to get some light specks. Between the larger stenciled gaps I put quite amount of frosted lace glitter glue. It absorbed some color from beneath it. The chipboard was painted with pearl white acrylic paint.

Card number 11: A birthday card. The biplane is a so called  3D image. I didn't use all the pieces because I thought they were unnecessary to have. The sentiment was printed on the paper and then each letter was hand cut with scissors. The screw heads are cut off from the real screws and then glued down through small holes. The chain is hanging loose. The cloudy background is a patterned paper. I only stamped those blue swirls to it.

Card number 12: A birthday card. Again quite a simple card. The rose patterned paper is from the Kaisercraft. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The number "60" was coated with metallique blue foil and then covered with glossy accents. It also has a little of glitter on it. The paper edges were distressed with dull scissors.

Card number 13: A birthday card. The Hush little bunny Gorjuss girl was stamped inside the card. She was left uncolored. No picture of it here. One of the first cards with stamping and a punched border.