Using the Cheeky Modern Pop Collection - Looking Sharp

Using the Cheeky Modern Pop Collection - Looking Sharp

Hey, Crafters! I loved doing the part one of this series where I used the "Lucky You" stamp set to make three cards. If you missed it make sure you go check it out. Today, I am playing with the "Looking Sharp" set which features two cute cacti, cactus flowers and some cute sentiments.

Card 1 "I'm Stuck On You"

In my first card I'll be using some gorgeous Craft Smith paper from their Sante Fe Garden paper pad for my card front. I cut it down to leave an eighth of an inch of the card base exposed on each side.

Cactus: YG7, BG 3  Pot: YR and R19

Cactus: YG7, BG 3

Pot: YR and R19

To make the circle pop up, I die cut the third largest circle from the Sizzix framlits set from Recollections 65 lb. white cardstock. I stamped the little cactus in the middle of the circle and started coloring.

I went a little unconventional with my coloring for this card. Normally, I like to use three colors to blend but I went with two this time. I colored the cactus with YG7 and BG3 and used YR and R19 to color the pot with Y12 as the yellow stripe and Y 7 and Y12 for the little cactus flowers. I did all this using my Artists Loft alcohol markers. Next, using repositionable adhesive with my Xyron sticker maker I made a mask for my cactus and applied it to the paper. Next comes ink blending. Using Vintage Photo Distress ink, I just blended in a circle, making sure that it got lighter towards the bottom of the circle.

The last step is to stamp my clouds with Hero Arts Soft Granite Ink and my "I'm stuck on you" sentiment with Memento Pear Tart ink and the heart and flower with Memento Potter's Clay ink.

Card 2 "Looking Sharp"

For the next card, I was inspired by some word art I saw on a commercial. I wanted to have my cacti inbetween my words both sideways and in depth of field. I also wanted to play around with some new colors since I already had one green cacti card. So this one is  all browns and whites. I cut some light tan card stock I had down to card front size and stamped the little cactus. From there I used E17 (light) and E6 (dark) to color the cactus and the pot. Since I already had a mask from the earlier card, I applied it over my cactus and got down to the stamping.


I stamped the word 'Looking' in Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink. I wanted the 'Sharp' to stand out so I stamped it with Versamark and sprinkled white embossing powder on it from Ranger. Once I removed the mask, you can see how it looks like the cactus is in front of the word 'Looking'. 

To finish this card off, I used the cactus flower outline and the solid cactus flower stamps and repeatedly stamped them with Versamark, Rich Cocoa and Desert Sand dye inks to make a matching background. After that I used the two largest Rounded Stitched Rectangle dies from Pink and Main to make a stitched border. Just a note, the stitching made by these dies are made on the inside so when I made this frame I was left with a solid stitched rectangle.  Once I glued the frame down this card was done.


Card 3 "Prickly but Lovable"

Ink blending is a technique I love doing but don't do often enough. It's simple to do but makes the card look so complex. In this next card I blended a foundation on Bristol Straathemore paper with New Sprout Memento dye ink with a middle tone of Bamboo Leaves and a dark tone of Cottage Ivy. I only used the Cottage Ivy to darken the top edges of the card. It takes a little bit of time and patience to get a blend you want but it is worth it in the end. 


I used the large cactus for this card and used my stitched rounded rectangle dies from Pink and Main to make a frame large enough to go around. I didn't want the cactus to get lost in the ink so I stamped it with Versfine Black Onyx, heat set it, then stamped with Versamark and embossed it with clear powder from Recollections. I stamped my sentiment with Cottage Ivy then used my gold sequins from a kit I got from Owlsome Crafts. 

Thanks for following along with the second installment of my Cheeky Modern Pop series. I am looking forward to next week's post already. If you are interested in any of the materials I have used for in this post, please take a look at the materials below. I use affiliate links which means I get a small commission (please see disclosure) that I use to keep this blog going. This does not increase the cost of the item whatsoever. You also support small businesses like Scrapbook to keep selling the same products at a much cheaper price than you can find in the store or at other retailers. 

Thanks again and I'll see you next week.


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