Life is Messy – My Favorite Things for Crafty Meraki

Life sure is messy lately, isn’t it? And friends absolutely do help! This poor little kitty is crying over his spilled milk but he has a friend that is trying to help him out with a torn up box of tissues and a gentle pat on the shoulder – something we could all use when things are rough.

Quick Tips:

  • I broke out of my Copic rut and used my Zig markers for these images. They were stamped on Bristol smooth paper (I’ve always found that works best for me).
  • A scene doesn’t have to take up the entire card front – a small scene on a die cut shape can be just enough!
  • If you don’t have this particular set of nesting dies, you can easily create the same look by trimming the bottom edge off of a circle die cut.
  • This card is 5.25″ square – slimline cards may be all the rage, but I still love the proportion of a good, even square!

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You’re Sealiously Awesome – Sunny Studios for Crafty Meraki

Hello! This is Samantha welcoming you to my very first blog post as a member of the Crafty Meraki design team!

Today’s card is created with some incredibly cute products from Sunny Studios available on the Crafty Meraki website:

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Quick Tips:

  • I started by blending the background using a DIY stencil made from thin plastic sheets (check the art supply section at your local craft store or Amazon) and an oval die. You could also use masking paper or one of the ready made shape stencils available on the market.
  • I find creating little “mini-scenes” like this one using an ink blended or stamped shape much easier to complete than a full card front scene!
  • Distress Oxide ink colors used for the background include Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch (for the water) along with Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade for the sky.
  • The images from the Sunny Studios Sealiously Sweet and Tropical Scenes sets were stamped and colored using Copic markers.
  • I chose to fussy cut my images and pop them up with foam tape but you could also mask the images and make this a one layer card.
  • Consider making a set of matching cards using this format but changing up the seal image used and sky and water colors – it would be an adorable gift!

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