I made these cards awhile ago but just put them aside while I waited for the perfect stamp set and occasion. My niece had a tea party for her birthday and when I received the Tea Party stamp set, I knew it would be perfect for these cards.
Check out the Tea Party stamp set by Lila Grey Stamps by clicking here.
I should have taken a photo of the cards without the embellishments, but I always forget about the "before".
Anyhow, to make these cards, I grabbed a plan white 12x12 piece of cardstock. The thicker the better. I normally buy mine from Stampin' Up. I really love their quality and thickness of cardstock.
With that, I used paint, inks, distress inks, markers, book pages, washi tape, etc. to come up with the random background. Once I was happy with the final product, I cut three 4x12" strips. Those strips I cut into three 4x6 cards and six 3x4" cards; rounded the corners and then it's time to embellish.
Here is a photo of all the cards:
Some close ups:
Stacking Tea Cups: I used a masking technique to stamp the cup on top of each other. I stamped the bottom cup on the card and another one on a piece of scrap paper. I cut out the image on the scrap paper and placed it on top of the cup on the card. From there, I stamped the second cup in the first cup. As you can see, the saucer and bottom portion of the stamp does not appear on the final project card. Once I did that, I used white acrylic paint to paint around the cup. This allows the cups to pop.
Cupcake: Paper pieced the cupcake. I stamped the image onto different colors/types of scrap paper. Cut out the portions I wanted and adhered them to one image.
Journaling Spots: I used white acrylic paint to create an area for journaling and then drew lines with a pen. Easy peasy!
Flowers Patterned Paper: Make your own patterned paper by stamping the same image randomly on the card. This was done with the flower image. I then highlighted the flowers with marker, added dots and other small embellishments.
Each of these cards can be used alone or to add a photo or journaling. I feel I embellished them enough to where I won't need to add more to them.
FYI: Pocket cards can also be used for card fronts. They are not only for pocket pages in your scrapbook album.
I love the idea of making your own pocket cards. If you are interested in pocket pages, check out my pages from our trip to Orlando (safari). I had so much fun making this album. You can fit so many more photos on each page and once you get the hang of it, it's a lot of fun. BTW, the cards that I used for the Animal Kingdom Safari photos were also made a similar way. I couldn't find anything that worked so I made my own. The base of these cards was a piece of patterned paper that I knew I was never going to use. It already had a mixed media vibe so it worked out perfect. Don't you love that!