Gone But Not Forgotten
Hello! This is going to be a long post, so grab a coffee (or tea, if that’s your bag) sit down and join me in a trip down memory lane. For today’s cards I’ve used stamps from Lil’ Inker and Neat & Tangled. Sadly, both these companies closed their doors a while ago, but Tara still has some stock on the website at greatly reduced prices. Get them while you can!!
I’m going to start with a clean, simple card. I’ve used Lil Inker’s Darling Diamonds stamps to create a background pattern in blues and grey. I did all the stamping freehand, but to help keep the lines reasonably straight, I drew a light pencil line before stamping the first lines of diamonds across the card. I rubbed out the pencil line and then winged it!! I finished the front by adding a simple birthday greeting from Concord & 9th’s Tiny Tagalong stamp set. I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the notecard for the inside. I stamped a fun birthday greeting from Altenew’s Just a Number stamp set, added a few of the diamond images, edged the card with a blue marker and adhered it inside the card.
I used bright yellow and orange inks to make my next card. I randomly stamped the Darling Diamond images over the front of an A2 (US size) card. I used a couple of dies from the Lil’ Inker’s Wonky Squares die set to cut a mat layer in orange card and a white layer. On the orange layer I used Versamark ink to stamp a tone-on-tone background, and on the white card I stamped ‘hello’ from the Darling Diamonds stamp set. I like that the wonky square dies echo the shape of the darling diamond stamps. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of orange card and on the white panel I added a message from Altenew’s Hello Hydrangea and some more diamond images.
The thing I like about the Darling Diamonds stamp set is how easy it is to build your own background patterns. My next three cards were all stamped freehand. I lightly pencilled in vertical and horizontal lines to mark the centre of the note card. Once I’d stamped the initial diamonds, I rubbed out the pencil marks.
I started with a simple rainbow background. I used the solid diamond image and seven inks to create the rainbow. It’s mostly straight, although does tend to go off towards the bottom of the panel. I cut a mat layer of black card and adhered the rainbow panel on top. I used Lil’ Inker’s Shiny Happy Sentiments to create the message – I stamped the first part directly on the rainbow panel and the second with Versamark mark and white embossing powder on black card. I think the sentiment goes perfectly with the groovy rainbow background. Inside, I cut a black mat layer and on the white card simply added a greeting from Altenew’s Hello Hydrangea along with the heart diamond stamp in red.
I created the next background by starting in the middle of the card. I stamped a red dot, moved on to the yellow petals and then added the blue diamond. I built this pattern up to cover the card. It went very quickly, and I had fun making the design. I trimmed the panel to size and layered it onto a black mat layer. I finished the front by stamp the word ‘smile’ from Darling Diamonds on white card and used one of the Wonky Square dies to cut it out. For the black mat, I simply drew around the outside of the die on black card and cut it out. Inside, I stamped a birthday greeting from Altenew’s Halftone Stars and added three more diamonds.
My last background has a more masculine feel. I used darker inks and created a different pattern. Again, I started in the middle of the card and built the pattern out from there. I finished the front by adding a message from Altenew’s Hello Hydrangea stamped in Versamark on black card and heat embossed with white powder. Inside the card, I kept it very simple and just added a sweet message from Lil’ Inker’s Shiny Happy Sentiments, I added colour to the letters with Copic markers.
While I had the Halftone Stars from Altenew on my desk, I stamped a card for my hubby. I used shades of green and teal ink to stamp the stars over the front of a 6¼” x 4½” card and added the ‘Oh my Stars!’ sentiment from Lil’ Inker’s Shiny Happy Sentiments. I cut a piece of white card for the inside, slightly smaller than the notecard. I stamped another of the greetings from Shiny Happy Sentiments (and it’s perfect), added a few more stars, edged the card with a marker pen and adhered it inside the card.
My last card uses a stamp set from Neat & Tangled – Winter Trees. I stamped the trees on white card, coloured them with Copic markers, and used the Lil’ Inker Wonky Square dies to cut out the panel. I added some stars with yellow ink. I stamped the trees again on the front of a square card, added a greeting and adhered the die cut panel. On the white panel inside the card, I stamped a greeting, added some more trees and stars, edged the panel with a green marker and adhered it inside the card.