Tuesday Tutorial with Sue...

Hello everyone...

It's Sue here today with a set of 'one layer' coffee themed cards I designed as a gift for a coffee loving friend.  I have also made a little card pouch to put them in.

I thought that the coffee themed stamps we have in store were perfect for this project!
This tutorial shows how I made the cards including straightforward masking techniques which don't involve lots of fussy cutting! (Which I personally find tedious and am terrible at)!

I have used Copics to colour over Distress Inks.  As the inks are water based it is totally safe to do this but please do your own swatch tests first if you aren't sure!  I also coloured onto watercolour card, the card soaks up a lot of ink and I love the effect it gives - you can really lay down a lot of ink and I love that!
I dabbed the Tumbled Glass ink pad onto my glass mat and sprayed it with water.
...then I pressed water colour card onto the wet ink and swooshed the card about a bit until I was happy with the result.
I repeated this with all the colours, Tumbled Glass, Dried Marigold, Pumice Stone and Ground Expresso.
I cut the cards into rectangles measuring 9cm x 11.5cm
I then stamped the coffee themed stamps Hot Sip and Coffee Break onto the inky backgrounds with black ink.
I placed acetate over my design to 'test stamp' the add ons to make sure they were in the correct position.
I then coloured each image with Copic Markers - E18, E17, YR27, YR14
...BG57, BG34, BG11
...R27, R05, R02
Y26, Y15, Y11
Next I mixed up a strongish wash of each ink (using the same ink I had used for the background except for this card where I chose the darker ink - Hickory Smoke).  I scrunched up a piece of kitchen towel to cover the coffee cup up and splattered the ink over the design with a fan brush which gives a really fine effect of small dots instead of splodges!
I stamped a sentiment from the Coffee Time Set onto each card in black ink.
I was really happy with how these turned out!
I could get used to making one layer cards - they look so stylish!

I decided to make a little wallet for the cards thinking that they make such a lovely little gift for a coffee loving friend.
This card holder is a doddle to make and was inspired by a visit to Pinterest!
All you have to do is score a piece of A4 card in half vertically and horizontally and burnish the folds with a bone folder tool.
Then mark the folds and cut as shown above.
No glue is required, the card just folds up into a little wallet!
Finally I added some ribbon and a tag...
Ingredients from Whimsy Stamps
I used a tag die which is retired - I'm sorry about that!  However, you could use the fabulous 
Bookmark and Tags Die Set instead by cutting the long bookmark die shorter to fit the stamped sentiment.

Thank you so much for popping by today!
I hope life has treated you well since that last time I posted here!
Look after yourselves and those you love
from Sue

Hot Sip Rubber Cling Stamp - Whimsy Stamps Coffee Break Clear Stamps - Whimsy Stamps 
Bookmark and Tags Die Set - Whimsy Stamps

Other Ingredients
Watercolour Card
Distress Inks in Dried Marigold, Tumbled Glass, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Ground Expresso
Spray Bottle or Mini Mister
Paint Brush
Black Ink
Copic Markers - 
Browns - E18, E17, YR27, YR14
Reds - R27, R05, R02
Yellows - Y26, Y15, Y11
Blues - BG57, BG34, BG11
Kraft Card
Brown Ribbon and Twine
Craft Box Basics

Whimsy Stamps ~ Digital Divas March Wrap Up

 A warm hello Whimsy friends,

thanks for stopping in to visit today!

The Divas have had a great month,

creating with some fun and adorable images,

so let us show you what we've been up to the last few weeks.

Bunny Balloons 2 Clear Stamp Set

We have had such a huge release this month,
there are extra thumbnails below
for you to check out too!

Hard to believe we are at the end of March already
so we will be back very soon with our
April Digital New Release!

Hugs and happy crafting from me