Monday, May 28, 2018

Nature's Solution ~ 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Another fabulous coffee card for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.  I've been wanting to use the Hero Arts Spice Market stamp again and this was the perfect opportunity.

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Hero Arts, Basic Grey Spice Market, #CG638 {retired but available}

Watercolor Paper
Sue Wilson Toronto die, #CED6204
CAS-ual Fridays Sentiment, Coffee Talk 
CAS-ual Fri Dies,  Coffee Cup
Simon Says Stamp Detail White Embossing Powder
Distress Oxide Inks in Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain & Vintage Photo
Distress Sprayer
Distress Ink in Ground Espresso
Versamark Ink
Shades of Brown Cardstock

I had an idea in my head about how I wanted this card to look and I can proudly say it looks like it does in my head!  That's an amazing feat!  I began with a piece of watercolor paper, place it in my MISTI, and covered the middle area with a piece of scrap, about 1 3/4" high and long enough to cover the card side to side.  Then I stamped the Spice Market stamp onto the paper, removed the strip of paper, and embossed the image using white embossing powder.  If you click on the picture you can see the background stamp inked with the Versamark ink.   

Once the embossing was finished, I colored the image with the brown shades of
Oxide inks, spraying the inks with the Distress sprayer, re-inking, and generally working the colors until I got a balance of color that pleased me.  My next step was to stamp the sentiment directly on the panel, but my plans were changed because the ink ran a bit.  I guess I didn't wait long enough for the watercolor paper to dry.  No problem!  If there is one
thing I've learned from being a crafter it's how to step back and regroup!  I cut a piece of brown card, edged it with Ground Espresso ink and stamped the sentiment on that.  I attached the die cut to the card and then glued my already cut "coffee."  

I think the card came out wonderfully and I just cannot get enough of the CAS-ual Friday snarky coffee sayings!  I hope you'll join me in the Hop and then pop on over to my giveaway post and enter! I have TONS of great stuff to give away!  Thanks! Christi

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop #3
ScrapyLand - #90, Anything Goes w/ Dies They Sell
The Artistic Stamper - M, Background, {entry #2}
Crop Stop Challenge - May Challenge
A Blog Named Hero - Watercolor {my background is watercolored}
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - I is for Inky {entry 2}
Monochrome Magic - Anything Goes Monochrome, TWIST: No Patterned Papers


  1. SO glad I've found that morning solution. I'd be lost without it. Thanks for sharing this one. I love the sentiment.

  2. Just beautiful! I love the lacy look and coffee brown coloring. Sentiment is great too.

  3. Very elegant card. I love how it looks like lace.

  4. Fun saying with nice coffee card, love it!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! Love that sentiment!

  6. SUCH a pretty the fun sentiment too!

  7. SUCH a beautiful card --- I LOVE that pretty background!! Thanks SO MUCH for linking up to Cropstop! It's a pleasure to see your work in the gallery!

  8. This is so beautiful!! Love it!

  9. Beautiful card Christi, thanks for joining us at Inspiration Destination and we hope to see you again next time. Wendy DT xx

  10. Beautiful lace look to the background. And, the colors are wonderful.

  11. Oh Christi, this is gorgeous! Beautiful, inky and snarky too - it has everything. Even though I'm a tea drinker myself, I still love it. Thanks for joining us at SOSS

  12. This is Karen Bull, a design team member from A Blog Named Hero. The effect over that heat embossed stamp is fantastic and it truly reminds me of my morning cup of joe! Thank you for playing along this month!

  13. Your card is very elegant but the sentiment is too funny!!!

  14. Beautiful! Love the coffee colours and that is a fab sentiment. Thanks for joining the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

  15. That coffee-colored background is amazing! So glad you joined us at SOSS!

  16. This is lovely! That Hero background stamps is still one of my favorites! Thanks for joining us at a Blog Named Hero :)

  17. Lovely card. Looks amazing. Thanks for playing along with me this month. Lisa Monochrome Magic


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