Friday, June 11, 2021

Topflight Stamps Summer Blog Hop

Come celebrate Summertime with Topflight Stamps! I’ve teamed up with some of their designers and special guests to showcase summer cards using the unique products available at Topflight Stamps. If you'd like, hop along for a chance to win! 

You should have arrived here from Lisa Hoel's blog if you're already hopping. If not, you might want to start at the Topflight Stamp Blog so you don't miss a thing! I've got the full hop list below as well.

One of my favorite things about summer is the classic car shows and cruises - I've mentioned before that my dad loved cars, and he'd always take us to car shows when we were growing up. He had an amazing memory for details, especially the vintage makes and models. Every time I see a classic car on the road I think of him, and I imagine that's his way of letting me know he's looking after me and things are going to be ok. My mom is "babysitting" a friend's Mustang right now, and I know he'd have a kitten if he were there! 

I've been eyeing the Classic Cars sets from Darkroom Door for a while now, so I'm excited to have them to play with for the hop! My first card looks just like it did in my head, so that makes me happy! You can find instructions for the Burst Through technique over on Splitcoaststampers. I lightly sketched an oval where I wanted the car to come out, then cut out from the center of that area. Each little wedge is torn away, and then rolled.

I've used a quilling tool in the past, but this watercolor paper didn't quite fit in the slot, so I used a paper bead roller instead. I ended up splitting the paper and doing a little more tearing after this step too. 

Here's a closer look at the dimension on the card - I had a lot of fun with this one! The car image is watercolored and fussy cut. I used a white colored pencil and white Posca pen to add reflections on the body and windshield.


One more card, because these 2 sets deserved more play time! I stamped two of the car images onto a 4" x 8.5" sheet of cardstock with black ink, overlapping the images for a collaged effect. 

I cut the panel in half, and then into 1" strips, then cut those strips on the diagonal. Here's how I arranged them on the top panel of the card - I think that was about 3.5" x 5". I trimmed all the overhanging edges, and trimmed the panel down to 3" x 4.75" for layering.

Here's a closer look at the top panel - I wanted my color combo to mainly be black and white with the car carrying the punch of color, so I love how those wedge pieces fill space and add bold interest, while pulling your attention to that amazing car!

The car again is watercolored, with a few accents added with a white colored pencil. So fun!

Topflight Products:

Darkroom Door Polka Dots Stencil

Visible Image Scripted Streets clear set

Now it's your turn!! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $50 Gift Certificate to the store. For a chance to win, make sure to comment on every stop on the hop by June 18th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on June 20th. Good Luck!

Also don’t forget to check out the Summertime Sale going on now - all summer, beach, and patriotic themed items are 20% off through June 13th, and no code is needed! For everything else, feel free to use code YAYDINA! for 12% off!

Hop on!

Topflight Stamps

Ericka Strange

Lisa Hoel

Dina Kowal <<<<<<<< you're here!

Autumn Clark

Connie Mercer

Natasha Vacca

Kathi Rerek

Cornelia Wenokor

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Both cards are fabulous with great coloring and design. I also really love the patterned paper you used.

  2. I love your first card where the car is literally popping off the page! Fantastic!

  3. I have had to bookmark this for both of your optical creations.

  4. I love both your special effects looks. I never thought about the second one at all...using a pattern and then cutting it into rays. Cool! :D Margot

  5. Wow! Two stunners for sure! I am especially in love with your first one bursting right through the card!

  6. That first card is a really cool design; love it!
    Both cards are lovely.

  7. Your creativity is amazing! Awesome work!!!

  8. My dad was also big into antique and classic cars. He's in his 90's now and I try to incorporate them into cards for him. Your cards have blown me away! So ingenious in Your design! So artistic!

  9. These cards are completely amazing! The car coming out of the burst is so cool! Your coloring on the cars is spot on, with the reflection in the glass and the shine on the chrome. My dad had a 1929 Packard, a 1930 Model A, a 1927 ModelT and a 1923 Model T. We used to go on weekend or longer Car tours, usually on the back roads in more rural areas, since the older antiques couldn’t go very fast. I learned to drive in a 49’ Chevy. We have one of his Model T’s and a 58’ Corvette (that needs work). Thanks for the blast from the past!

  10. I love the cards you created with these classic car images! Awesome textures and colors! I'm just in the midst of selling a 1972 Cadillac deVille, so I am loving your car cards!

  11. Fabulous cards! I love your creativity in both of them!

  12. These cards are fantastic!!! I'm definitely borrowing the idea for that top one for my father-in-law's birthday!!!

  13. First time I've seen the Burst Through Technique and I love it!! Two great cards and design.

  14. Wonderful cards Dina! I need to get this stamp for my brother who was born in 1958!

  15. Amazing work on
    both cards!
    Carla from Arizona

  16. Wow! Fantastic cards! I love old cars.

  17. Great ideas, second card knows my socks off, with fanned collage work, great idea.

  18. Dina, I'm so happy to have you hopping with us and thrilled that you've used Darkroom Door stamps for your cards. (I hope you'll join the DD FB group and share too!) These cards are both gorgeous and I especially love the car bursting out of the bg. Hugs, Autumn

  19. OMG what a fantastic cards - LOVE how the car is exploding out of the first card!!!!!

  20. The coloring on the card is amazing. They look so real. I love both cards. Want to try some of this myself for sure.

  21. I am not sure what to say. I was born in 1958, the license number on the car. lol
    Looking at the stamps, I would never had thought it looked so good until I saw how you colored the cars and created the cards.

  22. These are awesome and I love how you made the car coming through the paper. So bright and fun.