Fall/Winter 2019 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hi all my coffee loving friends!

Today I am hopping along with WOW! Embossing Powder and their DT for the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop on the Coffee Lovers Blog.

I’m an avid coffee drinker and love making coffee themed cards so this was a no-brainer for me. If you want to check out the full hop and prizes, make sure to start at WOW! Embossing blog.

For my card, I started by heat embossing a stamp set from Picket Fence Studios, aptly called Love of Coffee on Kraft card stock with Metallic Copper embossing powder. This copper is absolutely stunning and it captured all the small lines and images perfectly. Before stamping anything though, I used my anti-static tool all over the Kraft card stock.

I used my MISTI to make sure the image stamped really well with VersaMark ink, before sprinkling the embossing powder all over it.

Next I stamped up one of the cups from Coffee Understands, another Picket Fence Studios coffee themed stamp, with Fadeout ink from Inkon3 on Copic friendly paper.

The reason I used the Fadeout ink is because I planned on using white embossing powder over the image once it was coloured in. With black ink there is a risk of that showing through the white.

I coloured in the cup with Copics, and before the heat embossing was added, it really looked kind of terrible. Except for the ombré dots pattern I created on the cup itself.

After the white embossing powder was added, it looks totally fab and frothy! Very carefully, I added some more Copic colouring to the coffee foam to make it pop a bit more.

On a piece of teal card stock I stamped the sentiment ‘Coffee doesn’t ask questions, coffee just understands‘ with VersaMark and heat embossed that in Clear embossing powder for a tone on tone look.

I also heat embossed a steam image in white in the left corner of this piece. The steam is from a Trinity Stamps set called Coffee With Character . I added a little bit of texture to the steam with a white coloured pencil.

I kept the colour scheme Kraft, teal and white so the card base is the same teal as the sentiment piece is. The heat embossed Love Of Coffee panel was trimmed down a little so that the teal would frame it. The last thing to do was to add the coffee cup and the card was done!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this card and feel inspired to get caffeinated. Or go crafting. Or both!

Now that all the card making is done and dusted, let’s get to the hop stuff and how to win some fab prizes!

How it works – It is for sponsors only where each sponsor has their own prizes to be won at each sponsors stop. Make sure to comment as you go for a chance to WIN one of the many prizes up for grabs!

WOW Prize – Please be sure to leave your comments on each DT blog you visit to be eligible to win 1 x $25, Gift Card. It will run for one week with the winner announced on Friday, October 11th. The Coffee lovers will also announce their winners on October 11 also.

I’ve linked as many of the products as possible that I have used for my project. Most of the links are affiliate links, which means I get a small commission, at no extra cost to you, if you shop using these. The rest of the links are just for your convenience.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you like my card and found some inspiration here.

Lots of love and happy crafting and coffee drinking from Erica

Joining in the Winter Coffee Lovers blog hop with a Trinity Stamps card

Hello everyone!

I know it’s been a long time, and that’s on me. I ran out of storage here and as I’m in the process of changing over to a website, which I thought I’d have sorted by now, I didn’t bother upgrading. Which meant I couldn’t blog. However, it’s me, the anti-technology-guru, we are talking about here, so naturally, that has not happened yet. Oy, the decisions are agonising and confusing. I think I’m going to have to speak to someone who knows this sort of stuff. And it can’t be The Man, he takes too much pleasure out of mocking my lack of technology skills. Hence the reason we are here today. I caved and upgraded the plan here instead. Eh, sue me.

Anyway, now I have got that off my chest, let’s get to the card, shall we?

I’ve used the Coffee with Character set from Trinity Stamps, with a little help from Picket Fence Studios, MFT Stamps and the Mega Alphabet diecuts from Altenew. Oh, and lots of Copics.

First off, I stamped all the images with Copic friendly ink on Neenah card stock. After colouring in all of them, using about half of my Copic collection, I cut them out using the coordinating diecuts.

When it came to putting the card together, I have used all sorts: For the card base I used Lawn Fawn card stock in Black Licorice. I also used Ground Coffee card stock, another fabulous card stock from Lawn Fawn. To give some interest and add texture, I decided to use the Give Me A Break background stamp from Picket Fence Studios on it.

Instead of just stamping it with ink, I heat embossed it using Clear embossing powder. Just to give it some extra oomph. Don’t forget to dust your card stock with an anti-static tool before doing any heat embossing though! That is a rookie mistake you want to avoid.

After letting the embossing powder cool down, I cut out the ‘C’ from Altenew’s Mega Alphabet diecuts. A random Kraft-ish coloured card stock I used a MFT Stamps diecut on(from Blueprint 29), which I adhered to the card base with foam sheet cut to size.

It took a while to puzzle all the pieces together to get it just right. Maybe because I had so many of them? Who knows? I mean, I did use pretty much ALL of them and then some. The picture above and below show a few options of the layout I was playing with.

I do find it very helpful to take pictures and compare to find the best look. Sometimes you are so close and it just needs a tiny tweak, or you can see what works and what doesn’t. I do craft with my camera close to hand almost every time.

When I had all the pieces where I wanted them, I took a picture again and then got to work with my glue pen. When all of them were glued down I added some Glossy Accent to some of the bits, like the plastic top, the donut glaze, the hearts and the glass pots.

I didn’t add a sentiment to the front for once. Usually I do, but there is no mistaking this card for anything but a heavily caffeinated one, is there?

I’ve used compensated affiliate links in this post. What does that mean you might wonder? It means that if you click on one of these links and end up buying something, I get a small commission directly from the company, at no extra cost to you. Any money I get from these links I put towards the running of this blog and any upcoming cost of getting the website sorted out. Thank you in advance if you use mine. I really appreciate it! Any links that are not affiliate links are there for your convenience, in case you fancy that little something-something for yourself.

If you want to read more about affiliate links, and maybe start using them for yourself, there is a really helpful and informative blog post about affiliate links written by Debby Hughes on her blog Lime Doodle Design. You should definitely check it out.

Well, that’s it from me for today. Thanks for stopping by and I will be back soon, now I have storage space on my blog again. *insert an eye roll from The Man here*

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica