Welcome to my blog! Many of you stopping by today are probably making your way through the coffee-themed blog hop being hosted this weekend by Lawnscaping Challenges. If you are hopping you way through, you likely found your way to my blog from Gray Whiskers Crafts. If you aren’t here via the blog hop and want to check it out, I’ll have the full list of participants at the very end of this blog post after my signature.
As I mentioned above, the theme for this hop is coffee. Anyone who knows me at all will know I love coffee. You’ll find a reference to it in my mini bio over on the right under my photo, and I also have a coffee-themed vanity license plate on my car. So, it’s pretty safe to say I love coffee. LOL
For my card, I decided to use the Love You a Latte stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I started by cutting a 4″ x 5.25″ panel of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. I used the small coffee bean stamp from the set to create a random background pattern along the left-hand edge of the panel using some Memento Rich Cocoa ink.
To complete the panel, I cut a piece of the brown plaid paper from the Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather petite paper pack to 3×5.25″ and a small strip of the reddish-orange paper (about 1/8″ wide) and adhered them to the panel using my Xyron Mega Runner.
I then turned my focus to my sentiment panel. I know it’s hard to tell from the finished product, but I actually started with a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock. I cut a piece out using one of the dies from the Stitched Rectangles set from Simon Says Stamp.
I started by using a Ranger Mini Blending Tool and a Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink in Tea Dye to create an ink blended background. I decided it looked a bit too red though, so I went back over everything again with a layer of the Walnut Stain Distress Ink. That definitely gave it more of the coffee stain look I wanted. Next, I added an actual coffee stain image using the Prima Coffee Stains stamp set which I second generation stamped using Memento Rich Cocoa ink.
Since the Love You a Latte didn’t include the actual sentiment I was wanting to use, I created it myself. For this, I used the Milo’s ABCs stamp set, also from Lawn Fawn. I lined up all the letters (super easy thanks to the rectangular block design of Lawn Fawn’s alphabet stamp sets) on an acrylic block then stamped it using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. While it was still wet, I added some Simon Says Stamp fine detail clear embossing powder and then set it using my Milwaukee heat tool. The fine detail powder works great on the super thin letters in this alphabet set.
For the coffee cups, I stamped those on some more of the Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. Since I was coloring them using my Copic markers, this step could have been done on a white cardstock just as easily. I opted to go for the Desert Storm because I really wanted my cups to have that recycled cardboard appearance. I added the shading using E33, E35, and E37 then cut out the cups using the coordinating die set.
I also stamped the cups again on the same reddish-orange paper I used for the small stripe on the panel and again on some Neenah Solar White. I added a bit of shadowing to the sleeves on the red paper using R27 and R39 and then stamped on a couple of the cute little faces from the stamp set to make the cups appear to be looking at each other. I colored the lids on the cups I stamped on the white cardstock using C-3, C-1, and C00. I fussy cut out the sleeves and lids, then paper pieced everything together using some Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue. I finished up the sentiment panel by adhering it to the card panel using my Mega Runner and then adhering the cups to it using some foam tape. Of course, no card I make is complete without a little Wink of Stella, so I added some clear to the coffee sleeves and lids.
I felt like the panel needed a little “something” still, so I added three bronze finish brads along the lower right-hand corner. I’ve had these brads in my stash for YEARS and have long since thrown away the packaging in which they came. I think they may have been from Making Memories? Are they even still around? LOL
I created my card base using a piece of white Stamper’s Select cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I think it might be my new favorite white cardstock for card bases. It’s a really nice card and is super heavy which makes it perfect for card bases.
Before adhering my panel to the base, I rounded the corners of each using the 1/2″ side of my Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers. Rather than using foam tape to adhere the panel to the base, I tried Jennifer McGuire’s tip and used a piece of white fun foam instead. I added some 1/2″ Scor-Tape on both sides of the fun foam and then adhered everything together. It worked GREAT! This is definitely a tip I’ll be using again. Once again, here’s my completed card for the hop.
I know my post is really long, but there were just a lot of little steps required along the way to make this card. If you’re still reading, thank you! LOL
Your next stop on the hop will be over at Live, Love, Laugh, Scrap to visit Kristina B. Please stop by and give her some love.
Don’t forget, be sure to leave comments on all the blogs you visit as you make your way along the home. We have LOTS of sponsors (Lawn Fawn, Ellen Hutson, The Ink Road, Crafters Companion, Spectrum Noir, The Alley Way Stamps, Newtons Nook, and Faber Castell) and LOTS of prizes available. Winners will be chosen from unique comments left on all of the participating blogs. Note the “unique” part — no just copying & pasting the same comment over and over on every blog. We’ve all worked really hard on creating these projects for the hop, so please take a minute to leave a comment about the specific project. You have until 11:59pm Eastern Time in the U.S. to leave your comments. If you are in a different time zone and aren’t sure how to convert it, here’s a free online time converter. Winners will be announced on the Lawnscaping blog next week.
If you encounter any errors along the hop, please email Laurel directly at laurelbeard at me dot com. Please do not leave them in the comments on any of the participating blogs. Thanks!
Until next time …
As promised, here’s the FULL hop list of all the participating bloggers. I’m honored to be of this hop and hope you all enjoy it and get lots of inspiration!
Gray Whiskers Crafts
Melissa – You are here!
Beau Monde Designs
Curl E. Cue’s