a•muse|studio Perk Up

amuse studio rubber stamps

Right about now I could use some more coffee…yawn…  I’ve gotten up early two days in a row with hubby and need to refill the coffee pot!  🙂

Today’s SCS Ways to Use it challenge was to use stencils.  I just picked up a few over the summer but always think of them more as mixed media tools so I seldom grab them.  I love today’s results!  This card is also for the Beverage challenge over at Less is More so my card had to be a one layer card.  I knew I wanted the base to be Kraft cardstock (this is a beautiful color and weight Kraft that amuse studio carries), but I also wanted it to be interesting!  I stamped my new set, Perk Up, by A Muse Studio, including the sentiment.  The first stencil I used was the Mini Coffee Splats from Rebekkah Meier and I sponged French Roast amuse studio ink through it, shifting it around so that I could use different stencil cuts.

Next, I cut a reverse mask from my cup (two:  the lid and the wrapper) .  I took some stencil paste and added 2-3 drops of Sky reinker, also from A Muse Studio, and laid the Tim Holtz grungy circles over where the wrapper was.  I laid down a thin layer of paste and then when I could remove the two layers (stencil and reverse mask), I moved up and laid down some stencil paste for the lid, leaving it thick and uneven.  It looked okay but still needed a little bit more color so I grabbed a white Prismacolor pencil and colored in the cup, smudging it a bit with gamsol.

amusestudio perkup stencilpaste closeup

I had some blue stencil paste left over so I couldn’t help myself and made a second card…  This time I sponged Lime amuse studio ink through a Tim Holtz harlequin stencil.  I did shift the stencil on the opposite side and added some more color – off setting the diamond shapes on purpose.  I randomly added some stencil paste through the circle stencil and you can see towards the top is where I finally ran out!

Luckily, and my accident, I left a nice spot for a sentiment and I chose this one from the A Muse Studio set:  Just Because.

amusestudio hummingbird stencilpaste

I stamped my Hummingbird (that’s the name of the set too from A Muse Studio) on Sugar cardstock with Memento and watercolored it with Tombow markers and an aquabrush.  After I cut this little guy out, I hit him/her with a spritz or two of Stardust Finishing Spray – from amuse studio, but it’s hard to capture the sparkle and shine.

amusestudio hummingbird stencilpaste closeup

Thanks for taking a peek!  Here are some other challenges I’d like to enter:

19 responses to “a•muse|studio Perk Up

  1. Superb one layer card Chris, perfect image for the challenge and love the effect of the embossing paste and the colour … yummy.
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  2. These are awesome, Chris! What a great idea to add re-inker to paste! You are rockin’ the cards, my friend!!

  3. I love it. The coffee rings are so realistic and effective. A wodnerful masculine card. Thanks for sharing with us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Caz.

  4. What a clever idea! LOVE the coffee cup rings … so creative! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘SINGLE LAYER CARD’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the ‘Sistahs’
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  5. Such lovely cards!

    Warm hugs

  6. Beautiful cards!! What great ideas for different techniques!!!! 🙂

  7. This is fab stencilling… it gives such depth to your creation!
    Super card.
    Thanks so much
    “Less is More”

  8. Both cards are awesome! I love the details on your coffee card. So much interest for a one layer card. So glad you shared your creation at Cardz 4 Guyz.

  9. Both are so nice!!! I love how that stencil paste looks!! I have to get some of that!! Great projects!!!

  10. Amazing beverage card, love the texture and dimension you gave it
    Thank you so much for joining us this week at Less is More
    LIM Designer

  11. Beautiful and fab card! Love the inking! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrap it Girl!

  12. Very cute card. Love the coffee rings and spills. Fantastic idea using paste for added texture. Thanks for playing along with the Sisterhood’s “Single Layer” challenge.

  13. OMG – LOVE LOVE LOVE! The best of both worlds – mixed media and cards. LOVE both….. thanks so much for playing along with us in The Sisterhood of Crafters in our “Single Layer Card” challenge!

  14. Two great cards but the coffee cut one is just perfect!

    Love the kraft base and the ‘coffee ring’.

    Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz.

    Helen x

  15. Both cards are beautiful but the first one took my breath away! What a great way to use a stencil!

  16. Love the use of texture on the coffee card….just perfect! Thanks for joining us over at Scrap It Girl!

  17. What cute and fun cards! Love the texturing! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrap It Girl! 🙂

  18. Beautiful. Thanks for playing along at Scrap It Girl!