Hello crafty friends! I am so excited to be guest designing today for My Favorite Things. I absolutely love their products and am honored to be up on their blog today with this post.
I’d love to share with you a few examples that I made using the newly released “In Paris” Stamp Set.
When I first saw this set, I immediately knew that I wanted to make a shadow box card. I wanted to keep it on the smaller side, so I worked on some measurements (listed below) until I found something that would work and still fit into a pre-made envelope. This card fits perfectly into a 5″x5″ square envelope when folded flat.
For my images, I first stamped them onto smooth white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, colored them with Copic Sketch Markers and then diecut them with their coordinating dies. I also added one smaller sized hot-air balloon from the BB Up In The Air stamp set. For my background, I used the MFT Stencil Cloud with some distress inks (Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean). For the frame around my card, I used the MFT Die-namics Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames.
- Cut 2 pieces of card stock to 5″ x 6 1/4″ and score along the long side at 1 1/4″ & 5″
- Cut your window in one of these pieces (I used the MFT Die-namics A2 Rectangle STAX)
- Cut the inside strips to 4 3/8″ long and however high they need to be to just reach the bottom of your window. Score these pieces at 3/8″ & 4″
I wanted to go a completely different route for my second set of cards. The Eiffel Tower is such an elegant structure and makes for great photographs. I wanted these cards to showcase mainly the silhouette of the tower standing majestically over the city skyline and/or landscape.
I love black and white photographs. Especially the ones that have a bright pop of red that really contrasts well against the subtle shades of gray. For my first and second card, I first stamped the Eiffel Tower and then lightly drew in a treeline with a pencil
I then colored in the treeline with a black Copic Sketch Marker following the silhouette stamping technique showed by Jennifer McGuire (wonderful tutorial HERE) a few months back. For my first card, I wanted to let the intricate structure of the tower be seen, so I only colored the treeline. For the other, I colored in both the treeline and the tower. I then embossed anything that I had colored with clear embossing powder.
For my final silhouette card, I blended MFT Pink Lemonade and Bubblegum Inks along with Spun Sugar, and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks. For the skyline, I used the city skyline stamp that is included in the BB You’re Super Stamp Set that was released last month using the same technique as above. I added a few Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Clear Droplets for some added interest.
Lastly, I made two cards inspired by the French Par Avion Envelopes. I wanted to create that red, white and blue striped border around the outside of my cards.
To start, I cut two pieces of white cardstock to 4 3/4″ x 6″. I then cut blue and red strips using MFT Blueberry and Wild Cherry Card Stock. For the one card, I cut the strips at 1/4″ wide and for the other, 1/8″ wide. I then glued them onto my pieces of white card stock and then trimmed both pieces to 4.25″ x 5.5″ once the glue had dried. It may sound like a lot, but it was actually pretty easy to do. I do recommend using a guillotine-style paper trimmer for this technique.
For my first card, I used the cute little dog from the In Paris Stamp Set. I reverse-stamped him and added a little black and white striped shirt with a black marker. For the other dog, I used the same stamp but masked the hat and drew in some hair and a bow. I used both the MFT Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX and the MFT Die-namics A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 2 for my card mats.
Lastly, for my second card, I simply added a few of the images (stamped and colored to match) from the In Paris Stamp Set to the front of the card with foam adhesive squares to compliment the border.
I hope you all enjoyed these ideas today! I will be sharing another guest design post on the 19th with some other fun projects. Thanks so much for stopping by!