GIU Day 2 Textures in cards

Today is Day 2 of being a Growing in Unity participant.  I am overwhelmed with all of the kind comments people have made. Remember that I will randomly pick two winners out of all of the comments for the week on Sunday for a grab bag of Unity stamps. I have also decided to pick a winner from those who choose to follow my blog and send them a couple of my extra Unity stamps (don’t ask how I ended up with a couple of duplicates) All of these cards were made using stamps from Unity Stamp Company. They are a great company and there is also a fun Facebook page called Unity {show & tell} where people can share their creations and get lots of inspiration.

On to today’s cards.

I added texture to this card in a couple of ways.  I embossed the background using a Darice embossing folder.  To leave the clouds white, I lightly sponged Distress Ink on the debossed side so that the color went over the indentations and not into them. Then I stamped this adorable sheep set called Love Ewe on white paper coloring the face and legs, then fussy cut it. I stamped it again on white felt material.  I tried a four different inks including Satz-On, Versafine, Memento Dye Ink and Memento Luxe.  The Memento Luxe did the best job.  I stamped it about three times (using an empty DVD case as a home-made Misti) to get a decent image.  After making sure it was dry, I fussy cut the bodies and glued them on top of the paper cut outs.  I stamped the sentiment on green paper and put that at the bottom, placing the sheep on top of that.


Close up of sheep.


The card below is similar to one from yesterday.  It uses corrugated and cork paper from DCWV.  I stamped three different images from All About the Journey on the cork and cut strips in various widths and lengths putting a notch at the end of each. I overlapped them before attaching them to the base.  I did sponge the edges of both the cork and the corrugated paper to add visual depth.


I love looking through the clearance aisles to see what interesting things are there and I picked up a package of sheets made of actual wood by EK tools.  I cut a piece and stamped Forrest Guy on the wood.  Because it is wood, the image stamped a little roughly, which I thought looked cool. The background paper is from a 12 x 12 pad by g.c.d. called The Great Outdoors.


Finally I dug out some burlap paper from a pad by DCWV that I purchased on clearance a few months back.  I stamped trees and a deer from A Joyous Season onto the burlap using Distress Oxide ink.  It took stamping it about three times for the colors to be dark enough to see. A Misti=type tool is a must for doing that.  I tried to stamp the sentiment on too, but it was just to bumpy to be able to read it, so I stamped it on cork and put that over the place I tried to stamp before.  I piece of green twine tied in a bow gave it a little extra.  I also sponged the edged of the burlap with the same green as the trees.


Adding texture with fun papers or other materials you can come up with are a fun way to make cards look extra special.  Don’t forget to comment and follow my page for chances to win Unity stamps. To follow, go to the home page and click the follow button on the right hand side. -Denise


60 thoughts on “GIU Day 2 Textures in cards

  1. I love creative stamping, and stamping on felt isn’t one I have tried yet! Thanks for the inspiration, and I love your guy cards too!


  2. Such clever cards and clever ways to stamp! Love that!! I love your idea of using a CD case as a positioner tool like the Misti. I don’t have a Misti so I may have to use your genius idea!! Thank you. I love all of your lovely cards & appreciate the more masculine ones for the inspiration.


  3. Fantastic ideas for using texture!! I love them all, but I think the last Christmas one with the burlap paper is my favorite!! Love it!


  4. I just sent the Love Ewe to my daughter. I think your idea of felt is VERY creative. I will have to think more about other materials after seeing your ideas. Love them all. Very descriptive in materials and how you created your cards. Thank you.


  5. I love your textures especially since they didn’t add a lot of bulk. I scrapbook too and love for my pages to have lots of interesting details that don’t add so much bulk that the book itself becomes too bulky.


  6. Great cards !!! I love all you wonderful textures Denise! Again I learn something great from you that I will have to try.. a DVD case as a misti!!!😊


  7. Sometimes ya just gotta be brave, try new things and stamp on stuff! Ha! What awesome examples of stamping on different materials. Love it all!


  8. I like the different textures also! It’s been a while since I’ve used my tool that makes paper look corrugated. Or used my cork! Good ideas!!! Thank you for the inspirations!


  9. What great cards. “I Love Ewe” has been a longtime favorite of mine. Years ago when released all the projects just wowed me. Your use of felt really steps it up a notch. The clouds look great behind them.


  10. Wow!!! Very impressive! Love how you used so many different textures!! and the blank DVD case for a platform, genius!! Gives me an idea to have an assembly line of stamps for making duplicates!!! Love all of your cards!!!


  11. Texture is the hardest thing to add for me, but these are all great ideas. I especially love the cork and it’s vintage feel. I can imagine using pieces on a wine card or tag. Great job.


  12. I love how you used the different textures. The felt on the sheep is a cute idea. I’ve never heard of the wood sheets. but what a fantastic Forrest Guy card. Such imagination.


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