The doors to the Card Maker Success Summit just opened again! Ellen Hutson, is one of our Top Sponsors, and they sent me a box full of goodies to create some cards to share with you! I am obsessed with these stitching dies!
Let's talk about the Card Maker Success Summit
A few years back, I started creating handcrafted cards. I thought, won’t this be nice… I’ll send all of my friends and family handmade cards for their birthdays. And so I did.
The feedback I got back was awesome. Everyone wanted one of those special cards I created.
The following year came, and I waited until the last minute to make those cards.. I had to make over 100 cards over the course of a year. It was unbelievably stressful. I did not want to let anyone down.
I also was missing out on some of the festivities with my own family because I was so worried about getting these birthday cards done.
This was not fun.
I vowed the following year that I would do better. So I did.
I created a plan in January on how I was going to tackle this huge project and spread my plan over several months so I wasn’t so stressed.
I figured out what cards I wanted to make, looking for inspiration from my favorite card maker influencers. Figured out what supplies I needed and what I needed to purchase.
Then I decided how many cards I needed to make and made a plan when I was going to work on them.
What I realized was that it helped me be accountable to myself and my project and it helped me save money. I was forced to decide on the designs ahead of time so I had time to go through my stash and see what I had already… and what was needed to buy. Thus I didn’t buy what I didn’t need.
So in the end, I was able to create over 100+ cards over 6 months and saved a ton of time and money. I was able to be creative without the stress. And I looked forward to spending that quality in my craftroom, knowing I was creating something beautiful and cherished from my friends and family.
I want this for you.
That's why I'm so excited to bring this free 4-day event to you!
The Card Maker Success Summit
You can learn absolutely everything you'd ever want to know about the summit over here, but as a quick overview:
- The summit will run from February 17th through Feb 20th.
- Each day will be packed with amazing speakers who are ready to help you create a card making plan that will minimize stress, let you get your cards done early and create beautiful professional hand crafted cards that will WOW your friends and family.
- We've got a pop-up Facebook group where you'll find crafting friends, connect with other card makers, ask the speakers questions, and whatever else we come up with!
- You can attend the summit absolutely free, but you can choose to grab the VIP All-Access Pass at any time during the summit. The VIP All-Access Pass will give you an all inclusive pass to the summit (meaning you get all the videos for life or at least until my Stamp Me Some Love business is around).
The VIP All-Access Pass is currently being offered at a special price, and it will disappear for good once the summit is over, so start thinking about now!
Are you excited?! (I sure am!)
Head over to the website to learn more and grab your free ticket. More information will be sent straight to your inbox afterwards.
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One of my earliest hobbies as a child was cross stitching. I have so many unfinished cross stitched projects it is not even funny. I even have my grandmother's last unfinished cross stitch project. It is a bedspread. The thought was that some day I would finish it. Atlas, 20 years since she has passed, I still have it unfinished. But I hold on to it because it feels like I am holding on to her.
When I saw that Ellen Hutson was coming out with stitched dies, I just knew I had to try them out. And the folks over at EH have been so gracious to send me several of them.
The die set that I used for this card is the Essential Arches For Stitching. It reminds me of rainbows, so I've been brainstorming on another card that I hope to have up in the next few days. I'll come back and link it here.
How I created the card
The first thing I did was create the background. For this I used the saran wrap ink blend method. On my new Glassboard Studio Magnetic Craft Mat I put a drop or two of three different distressed oxide ink from the reinkers. The colors I choose were Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry.
Sidenote, the magnetic glass mats are the bomb! I love them because no only are they easy to clean up, but they don't reflect light as much since it is white. It's great with videoing.
Interested in getting your hands on one? Us my promocode BRANDI20 to get 20% off your order! Here is the link to the exact model I bought.
Then I took a small piece of saran wrap and dipped it in the ink on the glass mat. Be careful not to mix them too much. Then I blotted them on to the card stock. Then I dried the card stock with my heat tool before going back in to blot some more. Drying in between each layer.
Once there were not any large spots of ink on the glass mat, then I crinkled the plastic wrap and begin to blog the cardstock no worrying if the colors were running together.
This gave me a variety of different patterns in the background. Also adding drops of water to the background gave it an interesting effect.
Once all of it was dry, then I took a small paint brush and dipped it into some of the Wilted Violet Distressed Oxide and flicked it onto the background to give some contrast.
Next I die cut one of the arches in to the background and did a basic back stitch with dmc thread 894.
That adorable bear!
Originally I had stamped the bear image with moment black ink and colored in before I realized that the die that coordinates with it, is not an outline die. It is a special kind of die in that it not only cuts the outline, but it also cuts out it's arms. But what that meant was that it was impossible to color first, then die cut.
So I died to die cut first, then I put some non permanent adhesive on the back and laid it in my MISTI.
Next I lined up the clear stamp to get perfect alignment. I used the MISTI platform door to ink up the stamp and then stamped the image perfectly!.
Next I did some simple copic coloring of the bear. I used mainly the cool grays but just a hint of pink for his cheeks.
These are the colors I used.
I heat embossed the 2 sentiments with WOW super fine white opaque embossing powder and fussy cut the sentiment.
I used some scrap of the background of the background and die cut the heart out and placed it under the bear's arms to make it look like he was hugging it. So cute!
Because the thread gave the card a bit of depth, I decided to pop it up a tad with some foam tape. I think it made the card more secure and gave it a clean look.
Special Promocode and Digital Download
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It was such a pleasure working with Ellen Hutson. If you are reading this blog before Friday, February 18th at 8:00pm EST, set your alarm to catch us live! Ellen is going to show us some neat cards with her stitched piercing plate.
Supplies used in this card
Sponsor Giveaways and the VIP All-Access Pass
As one of our sponsors, Ellen Hutson is giving away some fabulous product during the summit. We don't have the specific details just yet, but maybe just maybe they might be giving away some of the product used in this card.
Be sure to register to win at https://stampmesomelove.com/cmss-giveaway-feb2022 for this and other prizes!
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