Midweek Media: Staying crafty while traveling (or to stay busy)

Hello crafty people! Today, I wanted to share two cards I made with stamped images I colored while away from my craft room.

Here in the United States, summer is here! As a teacher and a parent, that means that our home dynamics shift during this time. We travel to see family, and I find myself participating in a lot of virtual meetings and trainings. All of these find me with time to craft (while relaxing or to help me keep my hands busy during long boring I mean fun virtual meetings). But I can’t bring my whole craft room when I travel, nor would my colleagues appreciate me stepping away from our work discussions while I go to die cut or use my heat embossing tool.


My solution is to color! I bring my coloring medium of choice (I personally love Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers because they are water reactive, blend well, and have a lot of colors) and lots of pre-stamped and heat embossed images and pull them out when I can to color. Then when I am back home, I can take the colored images and use them to make cards. Many times that requires die cutting or fussy cutting the image to fit onto a card as well as adding other elements such as patterned paper, sequins and more. Today’s examples are two cards I made with some background stamps that I colored while I was helping my mom take care of my dad in the hospital last month.

Card #1

This colored image was colored in with a variety of cool colors–blues, greens, purples. The stamp set itself is large (6 inches by 6 inches), and so after die cutting it to make this card, I have some of the image left over for another project.

I decided to use a fun non-rectangular die I just purchased for this project to mix it up, and I really like the way it turned out. I used the next-largest die to die cut a piece of watercolor paper previously sprayed with a shimmery spray. Both of the layers were glued together, and then a simple thank you sentiment die cut was added to the card as well as some blue sequins. Because the coloring was already done, the rest of the card was quick to assemble.

Card #2

This stamped image was also colored while we were in the hospital, this time with all of the different green markers I had. After returning home, I splattered the panel with some gold watercolor and green ink mixed with water. After I die cut it with a fancy rectangle die, I used my finger to blend some gellato around the edge. I then used the next larger fancy rectangular die to die cut a piece of light green patterned paper and then blended more of the same gellato around the edge of that paper before gluing the two layers together.

I added a hello sentiment cut out of black paper and some sequins to the card before gluing the whole thing to my card base.