May the Caffeine Be With You…

In The Studio

Go ahead and say it: And also with you.


(Even if I’m still more or less caffeine free, this card makes me happy.)


Imagine is teaming up with Flourishes LC, today, for a blog hop and I got to play with their My Cup Over Flows set to make this card tutorial for you!


So the main image of the coffee cut included words that tied into a bible verse. That’s all well and good, but it didn’t fit my vision for the card. The awesome thing about acrylic stamps, though, is that they are incredibly easy to manipulate. I **carefully** cut away the words from the coffee cup and then selected the rest of the stamps I wanted to use to build my scene.

I stamped them in Coffee Bean (appropriate, no?) Brilliance ink, embossed them with clear embossing powder, and colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers. Even though I had them, more or less, in the spots I wanted them, I decided to fussy cut the elements out and layer them on a stamped background instead.


To make that background, I used several of the images in a cluster and Versamark Dazzle ink in Champagne to make a tone-on-tone background on craft cardstock (by DCWV). Just stamp and turn and stamp and turn and fill the cardstock with the images.


I layered the stamped craft cardstock onto a white and then a yellow patterned cardstock (the latter from the Recollections Country Farm House paper stack) before using  Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to position and pop-up my stamped and colored elements.


It still needed a little something, but I didn’t want to clutter up the main images, so I grabbed my awl and a ruler and punched holes on the top and middle layers every 5 mm, offsetting the outer layer punches to fall between in the inner ring.


Then I sewed a zig zag backstitch through the layers with yellow thread and a regular sewing needle. Could I have put it on my sewing machine? I suppose, but I don’t like to dull my sewing needles like that, and this way was much more precise. And the stitching, I think, is the perfect touch to finish the card. It took about as long as the coloring did, but it was worth it.

Even if my coffee got cold in the process… Oh, the irony.


Caffeine Blessings Card Recipe:

  • 4″x6″ Craft Cardstock (DCWV)
  • 4.5″x6.5″ White Cardstock
  • 5″x8″ Yellow Paterned Cardstock (Recollections)
  • 10″x8″ Cardstock Card Base
  • My Cup Over Flows Stamp Set
  • Coffee Bean Brilliance Ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Spectrum Nior Markers
  • Champagne VersaMark Dazzle ink
  • Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
  • Darice Awl, Heating Tool
  • Needle and Thread

Flourishes LC was kind enough to send a few different stamps sets and I also made these cards, too:


Camellia Card Recipe

  • 5″x3″ White Cardstock
  • 5.5″x3.5″ Green Dot Patterned Paper (American Crafts)
  • 12″x4″ Cardstock Card Base
  • Camellia Love Stamp Set
  • Olive Memento Luxe ink
  • Prismacolor Colored Pencils
  • Sage Satin Ribbon
  • Craft Knife
  • Hermafix Tape Runner
  • Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots


Winter Cheer Bouquet Card Recipe:

  • 3.5″x5″ White Cardstock
  • 4″x6″ Green Plaid Patterned Paper (American Crafts)
  • 5″x7.125″ Craft Cardstock (DCWV)
  • 11″x8.5″ White Cardstock Card Base
  • Winter Bouquet Stamp Set
  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
  • Spectrum Nior Markers
  • Pink Plaid Washi Tape
  • Twine (American Crafts)
  • Enamel Dots (Franklin Covey + My Minds Eye)
  • Hermafix Tape Runner
  • Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

And since this is a blog hop, it’s really worth checking out all the other cool projects made from this latest Flourishes LC and Imagine collaboration! Leave a comment on each blog in the hop for a chance to win prizes, too!

Imagine Blog -
Barbara Thompson -
Toni Storie -
Alison Heikkila -
Beverly Cole -
Kren Kurts -
Neva Cole -
Roni Johnson -
Linda Lucas -
Davi Long -
Jennifer Vanderbeek -  <<–You Are Here
Naomi Gong -
Vickie Yeakley -
Nadine Carlier -
Rebecca Ednie –
Gloria Hayoung Lee -
Mark Melnick -
Shirley Qu -
Martha Lucia Gomez -
Terre Fry -
Mary Prasad -
Trisha Traxler -
Monica Edwards -
Flourishes L.C -