Hey everyone! Welcome to the very first edition of my new series Get In the Mix! I’m so excited about this. I know that I can often get into a space when I’m creating that I think I can only use products from one company (with maybe an exception of inks). I know that a company designs their products to compliment other products they offer. So it seems like the right thing to do to pull products from the same company to create with. And it is a good method. But what if we mixed products from companies???
Enter the Get In The Mix Series. In this series, I will be challenging myself to create projects using different companies. I will be using different stencils, stamps, dies, materials, mediums, – you name it! It’s all on the table to be used. No limits here.
So, to kick off the series, I thought it would be awesome to make some Valentine’s Day Cards. The bonus here – these are a 2-for-1 creation. Score! Let’s get into it.
The companies and products that I mixed for these cards are:
- Ranger – Distress Inks
- Simon Says Stamps – CZ Designs Chunky Heart Trio Die
- Honey Bee Stamps – Love You Honey Cuts Dies
- Hero Arts – You Are Loved Messages Stamps
- Pink Fresh Studio – Jewels
- Studio Katia – Clear Gems
To start these cards, I inked an A2 panel of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb. cardstock with Distress inks in varying shades of reds and pinks for an ombre effect. I splashed that panel with some water to care texture. Once it was dry, I used the “CZ Designs Chunky Heart Trio” die from Simon Says Stamp to die cut the trio of hearts so the hearts could look like they were a part of the background. I also cut the shadow layer from plain white cardstock.
Now that the hearts are cut, I assembled the elements and glued them to the panel. I heat embossed the sentiment from the Hero Arts “You Are Loved Messages” stamp set with white embossing powder. When everything was in place, the card was finished off with a few pink gemstones from Pinkfresh Studio.
This die from Simon Says Stamp is deceptive, but in a good way. Ir looks so simple but it is quite versatile. It creates multiple pieces that can be mixed and matched to create new combinations. I took the negative pieces from the ink blended die cuts on the previous card to create the focal point of this card. I cut several white borders to place the ink blended pieces into for the inlay look. The card panel is a beautiful piece of textured pink cardstock that I inked up the edges of. I adhered the focal image to it and finished the card off with a layered up “Love You” die cut sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps.
What do you all think of these first Get In The Mix creations? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time… Enjoy!
Robin, The Delta Crafter