Sunday, 22 May 2011

Sassy Sister

[Apologies for this post being a little photo heavy - but there were so many gorgeous things to show you!!]

So how did you lovely lot enjoy our Hop last weekend?! Wasn't it fun!? I really enjoyed reading all of your reactions to the new Steampunk stamps. It is such a grown up set and so set apart from the rest - you just knew you had to have them all as soon as you laid eyes on them, am I right? Heehee.

Well, this afternoon I have a card to show you using a gorgeous stamp from Set 6.. she's called Rapunzel and is available from Funky Kits HERE. A while ago I seen Kellie Winnell stamping with coloured ink onto Kraft cardstock and was amazed with the results - so naturally the technique was filed away somewhere in the depths of my brain for later testing. I decided the time had come to test the technique, and here are the results..

My boyfriend sprang it upon me that he "wanted" a birthday card for his sister, with the specific words 'sister' inside. Well, I had already made a card for her from me, so I had to wrack my brains all over again and come up with something totally different which I thought she would like. Out came Rapunzel, I HAD to ink her up again. After my first few failed attempts at water colouring with DIs (Elaine ;)) I had never let her see the light of day again.

I stamped her in Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink onto SU! Crumb Cake cardstock. I had tried this with Bazzill Kraft before changing my mind, I found the impurities (as much as I love them - they're the reason I love Kraft so..) in that particular cardstock took the attention away from the image. Using the Crumb Cake gives a much crisper image. I then cut her out using nesties Labels Four, one of my all time faves. I LOVE nesties!! I then inked the edges using Frayed Burlap DI to make it stand out from the patterned paper.. which is from Prima BTW.


This beautiful bronze charm and brown gingham ribbon are both from The Ribbon Girl. They were the perfect embellishments for this, what I would like to call 'sophisticated' card. I used a little brown bakers twine to attatch the charm and created the bow using my Bow Easy tool.

Here is the inside of the card - I decided to make another gatefold, incase you hadn't already realised.. LOL. I cut the letters to make up 'sister' using the TH Vintage Market alpha die. The letters are the perfect size for cards. The letters are white patterned paper from the Prima pack and they have very light blue music notes on them, oh so pretty. I wish I had taken a close up. NVM. I cut another panel of Crumb Cake cardstock using labels four and stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment from a PTI set in Crumb Cake ink.

Here is the envelobox I created for the card using The Ulimate Pro. Another Crumb Cake labels four and the recipients name in matching patterned paper.

To make the closure I simply cut a little labels four and attatched to the flap using my regular adhesive. To the free area I applied strips of Tombow Mono adhesive and left to dry over night without closing it. This way it creates a removable adhesive strip which is strong enough to keep the envelobox shut but not enough to rip the cardstock when it is opened. Genius. It took me ages to work out a way to do that! LOL! *taps self on head* hollow? Me thinks.

Well, I hope that's enough info for ya all to go along with the mountain of pictures today! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday whatever you're doing!
Oh, and as a little side note, I thought I would share another Sassy card I made for a different DT earlier this week..

This time using Pillow Talk, available HERE from Funky Kits. If you want to know more details about this card, see THIS POST.

xo Lou.


  1. Lou, both cards are stunning!

  2. both are gorgeous, love the Kraft look x

  3. Gorgeous cards, I love the second one, the colours are stunning against the Kraft.

  4. Loving both of these cards! Am sure your bf's sister will adore her card too! :)X

  5. Gorgeous cards Lou. Both of them. I'm loving the stamping on Crumb Cake and am off to try it now. Susan xx

  6. Love them both Lou, it's great to experiment and try different things, and Wow look at the results you achieved. I'm really into kraft at the moment and your colouring on the second one against the kraft really pops. Great results! Hugs Tracy x

  7. So interesting to hear about the Bazzill Kraft & Su Crumb Cake comparison. I love this - have sat ages just looking & seeing more & more. Those white gems/perals/brads are a lovely touch & pick up beautifully on the white of the twine & the checked ribbon. The bow is a beauty & I love how it keeps theat front panel closed over the gatefold/ The rose charm echoes the design of your paper so well too & I just love all your attention to detail with the box & the inside - no apoliges needed for photo heaviness - a real pleasure.
    As for Pillow Talk - the way your zig zag lines echo the twill ribbon is so effective & I particulalry like the way you used different colours for them. her green eyes are delightful & I do like those rounded corners - they soften so much
    Paula (PEP)