Thursday, June 22, 2017

Floral Slider Card


The craft for Day 4 of My Favorite Things' Camp Create is "Sensational Sliders." I must admit, I could count the number of slider cards I've ever made on one hand, probably with at least 1 or 2 fingers left over! But I decided to take the plunge and make a slider card.


I decided to make my slider a floral arrangement. So I stamped all the images from MFT's "Watercolor Flowers" set multiple times. For the red flowers I used Hero Arts Bubble Gum, Memento Lady Bug, & Altenew Ruby Red inks. I stamped the purple flowers with Lawn Fawn Fresh Lavender, Hero Arts Orchid, & Memento Sweet Plum. I used Memento Dandelion & Cantaloupe with Simon Says Stamp Sunshine ink for the yellow flowers; and Altenew Frayed Leaf & Forest Glades and Hero Arts Forever Green for the leaves. I finished with Hero Arts Navy ink for the flower centers. After I had finished stamping all the flowers & leaves, I cut them out with the coordinating dies.

I stamped Inkadinkado's "Mason Jar" on a scrap of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper with Hero Arts Soft Pool ink. After I stamped the flower stems with Forest Glades & Frayed Leaf, I colored the water area with a light blue Tombow marker. I blended the color out with a water brush, & fussy cut the image.

To create the flower arrangement, I took some of the flowers & leaves I'd stamped and die cut, and positioned them around the top of the jar. Once I had the arrangement like I wanted, I glued them to the jar & to each other, so they were all in one piece. I arranged the rest of my flowers & leaves in another cluster, and glued them to a scrap of white cardstock. Once the glue had dried, I cut that out with my scissors.

Card with flower arrangement extended
For the slider, I created a channel on the back of the jar with 1/4" wide strips of bristol paper. I also cut a strip of bristol for the pull mechanism, and added a narrow strip to the bottom of it, to act as a stopper. I adhered my second flower cluster to the pull strip with Scor Tape, & determined where I wanted the slider to stop. I glued another strip of bristol across the back of my jar at that stop point, adding the glue only to the ends of the strip, so the pull strip would slide freely, and the stopper would catch on the cross strip. I die cut a heart with a Nellie's Choice "Straight Heart" die from a patterned paper scrap, and glued it upside-down on the top of my pull strip. I trimmed off the bristol that showed from behind the heart, and stamped the "pull" & an arrow from MFT's "Interactive Labels" set in Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I cut a piece of black dot paper from Pebbles' "Garden Party" 6x6" pad and a strip of chevron paper from Basic Grey's "Fiction" 6x6" pad for my background. I adhered the chevron strip to the bottom of the dot paper, and adhered my focal image with Scor Tape. I ended up having to pull it apart, though, because the slider mechanism caught on the paper seam. So I added a piece of Scotch tape over the seam where the jar would cover it, and reattached my jar. That worked!

I used MFT's "Happy Hellos" (discontinued) for the greeting. I adhered a piece of patterned paper to fun foam with Stick It on both sides of it, and die cut my "hi" from that. I adhered that to my card front over the jar. All that was left was to mount my card front to a white A2 card base. I'll have to make an envelope that's larger than A2, since the pull tab sticks out over the top of my card. But hey--I'm glad everything works in the end! :)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rainbow Hello


Day 5 of Camp Create at the My Favorite Things blog is about "Glitzy Glitter." I don't use glitter often, but decided to create this glitter die cut inlay card for this challenge.


I die cut the greeting from MFT's "Happy Hellos" set (apparently discontinued) in a panel of dark blue cardstock. I also cut a scrap of white cardstock, applied Scor Tape to the front, and die cut the hello again. For that, I adjusted the pressure setting on my die cutting machine, so it only cut through the liner paper on the adhesive layer. I removed the liner paper from around the word, and adhered that piece to the back of my blue panel, being careful to line up the letters.

After choosing 6 colors of glitter (in rainbow order), I removed the liner paper from just the "h" and applied first red glitter, then orange. After burnishing the glitter into the adhesive & wiping away the excess with a tack cloth, I moved on to the rest of the letters. I removed the liner paper from one letter at a time, and applied the glitter. I had made sure, before I starting glittering, to adhere the centers of the "e" & "o" that had been cut from the blue panel. After I had applied all the glitter, I gave one final burnish.

For the arrows, I used a die from "Blueprints 13." I die cut the first arrow from a piece of red patterned paper (all the papers were from my scrap stash). For the remaining arrows, I did only partial die cutting, letting the end of the arrow hang off the edge of my cutting platform. After I'd finished with the die cutting, I determined how long to make the arrows from orange on, and finished the cut on each with my craft knife. Then I adhered them in place on my panel. All that was left then was to mount the card front to a white A2 card base. I will send this to Send a Smile 4 Kids, to cheer up a hospitalized child.

I'm also entering my card in Incy Wincy Designs "Sparkle & Shine" challenge.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Celebrate Your Special Day


My Favorite Things has a special "Campfire" challenge for Camp Create--dry embossing. I'm not sure if you could use embossing folders, because Stephanie Klauck demonstrated using a die. So I went ahead and used one of the "Flutter of Butterflies--Lace" dies from My Favorite Things & also a Spellbinders "Classic Ovals LG" die.

I began by cutting a panel of white cardstock to 4.25x5.5". I marked the center of my panel, and used that to help me position my greeting, from MFT's "Birthday Greetings" stamp set. I stamped it in Lawn Fawn Guava ink, and positioned my oval die around it. I ran that through my die cutting machine with a silicone mat, to impress the oval into the cardstock. Then I removed the die, and used the butterfly die to make several impressions around the oval.

Because I inadvertently ended up with an awkward empty space on my card panel, I created a "faux bow" with pink satin ribbon, following these instructions. That added a nice bit of dimension to my flat panel, and filled in that space perfectly!

I decided I wanted a mat around my panel, so I trimmed off 1/8" from each side, to keep the greeting centered. Finally, I adhered my card front to a white A2 card base with foam tape.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Emboss It"
Dies R Us #75: "Celebrations" (I hope this qualifies, even though I just used my dies to emboss!)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Make Everything Better


The theme for Day 2 of My Favorite Things' Camp Create is "Remarkable Resist." I created this card to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids. Even though I used MFT's "Get Well Wishes" stamp set, this particular greeting could go for pretty much any time someone is going through a tough patch.


I decided to use just plain white cardstock for my card front, since I wanted to color the butterfly with colored pencils. I first stamped one of the "Elegant Butterflies" from Clearly Besotted with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, using my MISTI so I could double-stamp & get a good impression. I then masked the image, and stamped over it with MFT's "Romantic Script Background" stamp inked with Versamark. I sprinkled on Recollections Clear Detail embossing powder, removed the mask from the butterfly, and melted the powder with my heat tool.

To complete the background, I replaced the mask over the butterfly, and inked a gradient using Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, & Abandoned Coral Distress inks. I was kind of nervous about doing this on plain cardstock, and was pleasantly surprised that I got no blending foam marks, but instead, just a smooth blend! After I finished inking, I buffed off the embossing with a dry cloth, and colored the butterfly with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I created kind of a purple-to-mint gradient, to contrast with the warm hues of the background.

For the greeting, I stamped in Versamark ink on white cardstock, and clear heat embossed that. After cutting it down into a banner shape, I inked with Shaded Lilac, Broken China, & Cracked Pistachio Distress inks, working from the middle outward. I thought these colors went well with the colors I'd used in the butterfly. I adhered that to my card front with some ATG tape, coated the butterfly with clear Wink of Stella for a bit of shimmer, and mounted my finished card front to a white A2 card base.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Emboss It"
Creative Knockouts Challenge #198: "Anything Goes"

Enjoy Your Special Day


Day 3 of My Favorite Things' Camp Create is all about "Spectacular Shakers." I really like making shaker cards, and especially love when I show them to people, because they just have to shake them! I decided initially to do a birthday card, though I suppose with the particular greeting I used, it could go for any celebration.


I cut a piece of patterned paper from Pink Paislee's "Birthday Bash" 6x6" pad with the stitched rectangle die from MFT's "Blueprints 13." I used the larger star die from "Blueprints 18," & die cut 3 openings in the panel, making sure to leave room for my greeting. I adhered a piece of acetate behind the stars with Scor Tape, added 2 layers of foam tape to the back of the panel, and filled my shaker wells with seed beads. I used only one color of beads for each star, which wasn't easy, since they kept wanting to mingle! But I finally succeeded in filling my wells. I carefully peeled off the liner papers from the tape, and adhered a piece of blue chevron paper from Simple Stories' "SN@P Color Vibe" 6x6" pad as a background.

For my greeting, I used one from MFT's "Birthday Greetings" stamp set. I die cut a label shape with a die from "Blueprints 13," and stamped my greeting on that. I heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder, inked around the edges with Broken China Distress ink, and adhered it to my shaker panel. To finish my card, I adhered the shaker panel to a 4.25x5.5" piece of lime green cardstock, mounted that to a white A2 card base, & added Honey Gold Nuvo Glitter Drops to the front.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Emboss It"
Creative Knockouts Challenge #198: "Anything Goes"

Saturday, June 17, 2017

You Make Life Beautiful


My Favorite Things has been having their first session of Camp Create on their blog. Day One's theme was "Wonderful Watercolor." I created this card as a "pick me up" to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids, using MFT stamps & dies.


I had to play around with what size card I wanted, that would work for the design I had in mind. A2 size turned out to be just a bit too small, so I went for 4.5x7.25" instead. (I have envelopes made to fit that size, so every so often, I make a card to go with those.) After cutting a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper to that size, I laid out my dies & stamps to make sure everything would fit where I wanted it. I used my MISTI to stamp the greeting, from MFT's "Simply Fabulous Sayings," in Versamark ink, and then heat embossed it with Ranger Silver Pearl embossing powder.

My idea for the background was similar to the one Stephanie Klauck shared in the Camp Create post, to do a galaxy-type look. But rather than do a rainbow like she did, I wanted spots of color behind the butterflies. So I lightly traced around my dies on my watercolor paper, just so I would know where to apply color, and then erased just enough so my lines were barely visible. Since pencil gets trapped under watercolor & can't be erased afterwards, I had to do that so my outlines wouldn't show. I applied watercolor to each area. I then went around each spot of color with black watercolor, blending in around the edges of the colored areas to create soft edges. I did a few coats of each color & black, drying with my heat tool in between coats, to build up the color intensity.

I die cut all the butterflies & bodies from MFT's "Flutter of Butterflies--Lace" set from pearlized cardstock by The Paper Studio. I used Perfect Paper Adhesive to glue them down to my background, applying the glue only to the middle portion, so the wings were free to bend up. Then I glued the bodies in place. As one final touch, I decided I needed some sparkle. So I used the Light Gold color from my Gansai Tambi Starry Colors watercolor set to add flicks to the panel. The gold did get on the butterflies, but I don't really mind. Finally, I adhered my panel to a white card base.

I'm also entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge: "Emboss It."

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mini Happy Birthday Card


a2z Scrapbooking's challenge theme this month is "Take Shape." I created this tag-shaped birthday card to add to my stash.

To create my card base, I used the largest of Nellie's Choice "Tags" dies. I die cut a folded piece of white 110 lb. cardstock, letting the die hang off from the folded edge, so the fold wasn't cut completely. I also die cut a piece of blue cardstock with the same die for my card front. To add a bit of interest, I used My Favorite Things' "English Brick Wall" stencil and Golden Fine Pumice Gel medium. After I let the medium dry, I inked over the bricks with a Ranger Snow Cap white pigment ink pad, just to bring the details out a bit.

For the flowers, I used Hero Arts' "Color Layering Hibiscus" stamps. I stamped the base layer in Hero Arts Lemon Yellow ink, the second layer with Memento Dandelion (double-stamped), and the third petal layer with Memento Cantaloupe. I used Altenew's Ruby Red to stamp the centers, and Hero Arts Lime Green & Moss inks for the leaves. After I finished stamping all my images, I cut them out with the coordinating dies.

I die cut a banner from white cardstock using a die from Mama Elephant's "Tags a Lot" set. I curved one of the stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' "Happy Birthdays" set to fit the curve of the banner, and stamped it with Ruby Red ink.

I arranged my flowers on the card front, and used Perfect Paper Adhesive to glue them on. I die cut a few extra flowers & leaves from white cardstock, and glued them to the back side where the stamped images stuck out beyond the tag edges, to hide where the ink had soaked through the cardstock. I glued my banner in place, tucking it slightly under one of the leaves, and adhered the card front to my card base.

I'm also entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's Work It Wednesday challenge: "Sunshine." (Yellow hibiscus are the color of the sun, right?)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Happy Birthday Shaker


I've been on a bit of a "birthday card" kick lately. I created this one in response to 2 challenges: a2z Scrapbooking's "Take Shape" & A Blog Named Hero's "Interactive."

I decided to create a shaker card, with a stamped image in the window. I began by die cutting a piece of butterfly patterned paper from Pebbles' "Garden Party" 6x6" paper pad with a Spellbinders "Labels Eight" die. I also cut 2 pieces of 110 lb. white cardstock for my card base with the same die. I scored one of those about 1/2" below the top edge, applied Scor Tape above that line, and adhered the other piece. Then I set that aside while I worked on the card front.

I stamped the butterfly from Hero Arts' "Butterfly & Flower" set (apparently discontinued) on my patterned paper panel with black ink. If there are coordinating dies for this set, I don't have them, so I used a craft knife to cut (oh-so-carefully!) around the outside of the butterfly to create my shaker window. I stamped the butterfly again on acetate with Staz On Jet Black ink, using my MISTI to make sure I got a good impression & didn't smear it. I had to trim the window in the patterned paper a bit larger to get the image on the acetate to line up. When it showed through the window just right, I adhered the acetate to the back of the patterned paper with Scor Tape.

After applying a double layer of foam tape to the back of my card front to create the shaker well, I sprinkled in some sequins and seed beads that coordinated with the colors in the patterned paper. I backed the well with another piece of patterned paper from "Garden Party." For once, I'm happy with the amount of sequins & beads in my shaker--not too full, but not too skimpy, either! :) Then I adhered my card front to my card base.

For the greeting, I chose one from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' "Happy Birthdays" stamp set. I die cut & embossed a banner with a Spellbinders "Ribbon Banners" die, and with the white cardstock still in the die, I inked through the openings in the die with Spun Sugar Distress ink. I used repositionable adhesive on the back side to keep it in place in my MISTI, and curved my stamp on the door of that to fit the curve of the banner. When it was positioned correctly, I stamped it onto the banner with Versafine Onyx Black ink. Finally, I adhered the banner to the card front.

To add a little extra something, I used small dots of Glossy Accents to glue down some "enamel dots" I'd made previously with Nuvo Honey Gold Glitter Drops. I added them in a visual triangle around the greeting, which finished off this card!

Monday, June 12, 2017

One in a Million


a2z Scrapbooking's challenge theme this month is "Take Shape." In other words, make a shaped card, using at least one Hero Arts product. I created this card to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

I began by die cutting a star from 140 lb. watercolor paper, with a We R Memory Keepers "Nesting Stars" die. I adhered it to a cutting board with repositionable tape runner on the back of the star. I stamped my greeting & several stars from Hero Arts' "Shoot for the Moon" stamp set, & heat embossed them with Ranger Super Fine Detail White embossing powder. I used Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolor paints in green, blue, yellow, & purple to paint areas on the star, then painted over much of it with black watercolor paint to create a galaxy sky look. After that dried, I buffed the paint off the embossed greeting & stars. I added splatters with the White Gold color in my Gansai Tambi Starry Colors watercolor set. Then I let that dry.

For the card base, I die cut 2 more stars with the same die from white 110 lb. cardstock. I scored along one point, and applied Scor Tape above the score line. Then I adhered the other star on top. Finally, I adhered my watercolored star to the card base. Hopefully this will cheer up a hospitalized child!

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Make It Masculine"
Dies R Us #74: "Masculine"

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Dude, Sup?


Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge this week has been "Masculine." I decided to make this card to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids. I used the "Truck Single" stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs & 2 greetings from Paper Smooches' "Slang Gang" stamp set.

I began by creating my background. I cut a piece of white cardstock to 4.25x5.5", and laid a strip of orange washi tape (Recollections brand) at a diagonal. I lined that up on my grid mat, so the tape went horizontally, then used the lines on my mat to space out the rest of my washi tape strips. I added in a black & white tape that makes me think of road markings, since it kind of goes with the truck. After I had applied all the tape, I just trimmed off the overhanging pieces.

For the greeting, I wanted something that might suit a teenage boy. Or, at least, a very tomboyish teenage girl! :) I chose the "dude" & "sup?" stamps from "Slang Gang." I die cut 2 arrows with one of the dies from My Favorite Things' "Blueprints 18" set out of grey cardstock. Then I heat embossed the words with Ranger Super Fine Detail White embossing powder, and set those aside.

I stamped the truck in the lower right corner of a scrap of white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored it with my Prismacolor colored pencils, pulling my color scheme from the washi tape I had used. After I'd finished the coloring, I adhered that panel to the bottom front of my white A2 card base.

To pull my design together, I die cut an arc from the bottom of my washi tape panel with the curved die from Avery Elle's "Custom Panels." I tacked my greeting arrows down with a little ATG tape, and stapled the left end of each with my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. I added a piece of craft/fun foam to the back of that panel with Scor Tape, and adhered it to my card base, flush with the top edge. This was really a quick card to pull together. Hopefully, it will bring a smile to the recipient's face!

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Make It Masculine"
Creative Knockouts' Challenge #197: "Washi Tape Wonder"
Dies R Us #74: "Masculine"
Send a Smile 4 Kids: "Anything Goes 4 Kids"

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Joy


The theme for Challenge #251 at Merry Monday is "Monochromatic Blue." I used Hero Arts' "Joy Burst" stamp & Spellbinders' "Grand Ovals" dies (discontinued) to create my shaped card.

I used one of the "Grand Ovals" dies as a template to trace onto a piece of Strathmore Smooth Bristol Paper. (Because of the sizing, I had to trace around the inside of the die, rather than cut with it.) I cut that out with scissors, and erased any pencil marks. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to help me position the image, and stamped it in Versamark ink. I heat embossed with Wow White Pearl embossing powder.

After the powder cooled, I used 3 blue Tombow markers to color in the letters for an ombre look. I coated them in Glossy Accents, to act as a resist for the inking I planned to do. After that dried, I inked around the outer perimeter with Blueprint Sketch Distress ink. I followed that with Salty Ocean Distress ink, going over the darker blue & also adding that alone in the center to create an outside-to-inside ombre effect. Finally, to deepen the color around the very edge, I inked with Chipped Sapphire.

I traced around the inside of the next larger oval die onto white cardstock, cut it out with scissors, & matted my main panel onto that. I traced around the outside of the same die for my blue mat. Then I traced around the inside of the next die up twice for my card base. I scored about 1/2" from one long edge on one of those pieces, and also cut off about 3/8" from the opposite side. I added Scor Tape above the score line, and adhered the other matching oval to that to form the base for my card. Then I mounted my layered panel to the card base. Finally, I added some 3mm clear gems from The Paper Studio to the centers of some of the snowflakes in the stamped image.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

a2z Scrapbooking's June Challenge: "Take Shape"
Christmas Card Throwdown's June Stash Challenge: "Use Gems, Pearls, or Sequins"

Friday, June 9, 2017

Roses Birthday Card


I created another birthday card for the Stella Says Sketch Challenge #511 at Catch the Bug. This time I used the "Roses and Butterflies" digital image by Bugaboo, and a greeting from Dreamees that I had gotten from a CD-ROM in a magazine. I also flipped the sketch horizontally.


I used the same template I created in Photoshop I used for this card to size my image & greeting. I printed the image onto a piece of Canson XL Mixed Media Paper, and the greeting onto a strip of patterned paper from Pebbles' "Garden Party" 6x6" pad. I colored the roses with my Inktense pencils, using a damp paintbrush to pick up the color from the pencils and apply it to the paper. Finally, I cut my focal panel along the outer line in the image, and matted it with black cardstock.

To create the lacy border under my greeting strip, I cut a piece of red cardstock to 4.25" wide, and punched along one long side with Fiskars' "Lace" border punch. I adhered that to the bottom of my greeting strip. I cut 2 pieces of patterned paper from Basic Grey's "Hey Girl" 6x6" pad, and adhered them to an A2-size panel of blue cardstock. Then I adhered my greeting strip & focal image, and mounted the card front to a white A2 card base. As a finishing touch, I added some "dew drops" to the roses & leaves with Nuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops.

I'm also entering this card in Catch the Bug's "Anything Goes" challenge.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Happy Birthday


Catch the Bug Challenge Blog is having their (now) monthly Stella Says Sketch Challenge #511. I am in need of birthday cards, and so created this one using Bugaboo's "Birthday Cake Tag" digital image.


I opened the tag image in Photoshop, and sized it to fit on a design I created on another A2-sized canvas I created in Photoshop, following the sketch. I printed just the image onto a piece of white cardstock. After coloring the cake & confetti with my Prismacolor colored pencils, I used my scissors to cut off the scalloped border. (I wanted a border that wasn't black.) I inked around the perimeter with Worn Lipstick Distress ink. I die cut a scalloped circle from more white cardstock with a We R Memory Keepers "Nesting Scallops" die, and inked it with Peacock Feathers Distress ink. When the ink had dried, I glued my focal image to that.

For the patterned paper strips, I used one pattern from Pebbles' "Garden Party" 6x6" paper pad, and another from Basic Grey's "Hey Girl" 6x6" pad. I cut them to 1.25x5", inked the edges with Worn Lipstick, and adhered them to an A2-sized piece of yellow shimmer cardstock. I also cut a strip of pink cardstock, and used the Martha Stewart "Daisy" border punch to create a strip of "lace." I adhered the punched strip to my pink strip, and inked the top & sides with Worn Lipstick. I adhered that in place, and glued my focal image on top. To balance out the design, I added 3 black brads to the left of the pink strip. Finally, I adhered my card front to a white A2 card base.

I'm also entering this card in Catch the Bug's "Anything Goes" challenge.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

I'm Rooting for You!


Lawn Fawnatics has been having a "Spring Inspiration Board" challenge. I was inspired mostly by the colors, but also the gardening theme. (Even though I used vegetables rather than the flowers in the mood board. Yes, I have no Lawn Fawn flower stamps.)

I stamped out multiples of all the veggies from "Rooting for You" onto ivory-colored cardstock. I used Memento Tangelo & Hero Arts Fresh Peach inks for the carrots; Colorbox Putty Archival ink & Memento Lilac Posies for the turnips; Hero Arts Raspberry Jam & Grape Jelly (layered) for the beets; Altenew Ruby Red for the radishes; and Memento Bamboo Stalk with Cottage Ivy for the greens, substituting Raspberry Jame for the veins on the beet greens. I also used Putty for the plant pokes, with Hero Arts Charcoal ink for the label text. After I had everything stamped out, I die cut them with the coordinating dies.

I cut 3 pieces of Canson XL 140 lb. watercolor paper for my dirt layers. I die cut the tops of 2 strips with the larger of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' "Scallop Border" dies. Because the die is designed to cut the entire piece, I had to do some partial die cutting. I taped the die to my watercolor paper, and taped that to my cutting plate, making sure the bottom edge of the die was not between the base & cutting plates. That way, I cut just the scallop edge, without cutting my strips narrower than I wanted. I also used one of the "Stitched Borders 1" dies from Pretty Pink Posh to cut the "hill" for the back-most layer. I inked all three layers with Frayed Burlap Distress ink, adding some Walnut Stain around the edges to darken them up a bit. Then I spritzed them with water from my Distress Sprayer, and picked that up with a dry cloth, just to add some interest to my pieces so they didn't look so solid.

I layered my dirt pieces together, and lightly penciled where the tops of the 2 scalloped pieces were on the layers behind. I started with the radishes, gluing them to the middle layer, so they would peek out between the scallops on the front layer. I popped the front layer over that with foam tape. I glued the rest of the veggies to the front & back sides of the hill piece. I then popped the middle piece up in front of the hill with another layer of foam tape.

For the sky, I marked on the front of my card base where the hill piece would go, and inked above that with Broken China Distress ink. After adhering my foreground pieces to the card base, I stamped my greeting (also from "Rooting for You") in Versamark ink on the front-most panel, and heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine Detail White embossing powder. I will send this card to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge: "Anything Goes"
Pile It On #130: "Animal and/or Spring Garden"

Daffodil Thank You


Our Daily Bread Designs' most recent challenge theme has been "Just Say Thanks." I used ODBD's "Daffodil" stamp on my thank you card.

For the card design, I used Sketch #SC615 (flipped horizontally) from Splitcoaststampers. I stamped the daffodil onto a piece of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper with Hero Arts Lemon Yellow ink, and die cut it with a Lawn Fawn "Small Stitched Oval" die. I colored the flower with my Tombow markers, and inked around the perimeter of the oval with Tumbled Glass Distress ink on a sponge dauber.

I cut a strip of pink cardstock to go behind the oval & greeting, and used a My Favorite Things "Basic Stitch Lines" die to add faux stitching along the 2 long sides, to echo the stitching on the oval. I also ran a piece of yellow pearl cardstock through my die cut machine with the "Circle Background" embossing folder from Darice (apparently discontinued).

I layered my pink strip on the yellow cardstock panel, and adhered my oval in place. Then I die cut the greeting from green cardstock, using 2 of the "Celebration Words: Script" dies by Tim Holtz for Sizzix. I ran them through my Xyron Sticker Maker, to apply adhesive to the back side of each. After adhering them in place, I matted the yellow panel with blue, and mounted it to a landscape-oriented, white A2 card base.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge: "Anything Goes"
Pile It On #130: "Animal and/or Spring Garden" (obviously, I'm going for the latter with this card)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Prayers to You and Your Family


I decided to make one more card for a2z Scrapbooking's May Challenge: "Sentiment Focus." I got my inspiration from a lesson in an older Online Card Classes' class, "Stretch Your Dies."

To create my background layer, I first watercolored several scraps of 140 lb. watercolor paper with blue, green, & yellow Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolors. After they dried, I die cut leaves from those pieces using Lawn Fawn's "Stitched Leaves" dies. I arranged several of my die cuts close together on my work surface, and stuck a piece of Glad Press 'n Seal to the front of them. I taped the largest of Lawn Fawn's "Small Stitched Oval" dies over the whole thing, and ran it through my die cutting machine. To be honest, I wasn't sure it would stay together & not get overly stuck with the Press 'n Seal, but it came out perfectly! I added pieces of foam tape to the back of each leaf, and set that aside.

I chose Hero Arts' "Prayers" stamp and cut set for my greeting. Using my MISTI, I stamped the "prayers" onto a strip of Essentials by Ellen 40 lb. vellum with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I removed that stamp and, with the vellum in the same place in my MISTI, I placed my 2 smaller greeting stamps below the main word. I picked those up with the door of my MISTI, and stamped them in Versafine as well. Finally, I sprinkled Recollections Clear Detail embossing powder over the ink, and melted it with my heat gun. I cut the vellum strip shorter, and created a V-notch in each end.

After I peeled the backing papers from my foam tape pieces, with the leaves still stuck to the Press 'n Seal, I flipped the whole piece over onto a 4x5.25" panel of ivory cardstock. I got it as centered as possible, and pressed down to adhere my leaves to the panel. Finally, I oh-so-carefully removed the Press 'n Seal--which, I'm happy to say, did NOT rip any of my leaves! I applied bits of Perfect Paper Adhesive to the back of my vellum banner, hiding the glue behind the thicker lines in "prayers," and adhered that on top of my leaves. I placed 2 acrylic blocks over the banner, just to hold it down until the glue dried.

I inked around the front of a white A2 card base with Stormy Sky & Bundled Sage Distress inks. I felt these colors complemented the colors in the leaves. I rounded the corners of both my ivory panel & card base with the 1/2" side of my Corner Chomper. Once the Distress inks had dried, I used my ATG to adhere the ivory panel to the card base.

I'm also entering my card in Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Anything Goes" challenge.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Merry & Bright Stars


Christmas Card Throwdown's current challenge theme is a color palette of kraft, yellow, & gold. Not exactly traditional holiday colors, no matter what holiday you celebrate! But I was able to incorporate all 3. I did add a little purple, just for a pop of contrast, but otherwise, only used their palette.


I used the star & one of the greetings from Hero Arts' "Joy to the World" stamp set for my card. I stamped the greeting on a scrap of Essentials by Ellen 40 lb. vellum, and heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder. Then I fussy-cut around the greeting.

For the background, I cut a piece of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper to 4.25x5.5". I stamped the star from "Joy to the World" all over the panel with Versamark ink. Periodically I sprinkled on gold embossing powder, just to keep track of where I'd already stamped. After I finished stamping, I melted the embossing powder with my heat gun. I used a yellow Zig Clean Color Real Brush marker and my water brush to color in the stars. I added a bit of color at the center with the marker, skipping every other section in each star. Then I spread the color with my water brush, carrying the ink over to the sections I hadn't applied color to.

When the background had dried, I trimmed off a 1-3/8"-wide strip from one side, and trimmed another 1/8" from the edge of the wider panel, to give me a small gap. I adhered both panels to a strip of kraft cardstock, letting that peek through the 1/8" gap between them.

I die cut a snowflake from yellow shimmer cardstock, using a Spellbinders "2013 Snowflake Pendant" die (discontinued). Because it didn't really stand out against the background, I die cut another from purple cardstock (since purple is the complement of yellow), and layered it behind the shimmer one, slightly offset, to create a shadow. I glued that to my card front.

I cut a 1/2" wide strip of kraft cardstock, trimmed the ends into wonky V-shapes, & glued that on top of the snowflakes. After running my greeting through my Xyron Sticker Maker, I adhered it to the card, above the kraft strip. Finally, I mounted my card front to a white A2 card base.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:

A Blog Named Hero: "Watercolor"
a2z Scrapbooking's May Challenge: "Sentiment Focus"

Monday, May 29, 2017

Otterly Awesome Birthday Card


A friend has a birthday coming up, so I decided (of course) to make her a card. I just got the "Otterly Awesome" stamp set & coordinating dies, as well as the "Otter Ware" stamps & dies (all from Essentials by Ellen), and couldn't wait to play with them for this card!

I began by creating my card base. I cut 2 panels of white cardstock with a Spellbinders "Grand Scalloped Ovals" die (discontinued). I scored one about 1/2" from one "side," and adhered my other die cut panel to that, applying Scor Tape & liquid glue only above the score line.

I stamped the otter from "Otterly Awesome" & starfish (from "Otter Ware") on white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then colored both images with my Prismacolor colored pencils, & cut them out with the coordinating dies. I glued the starfish in the otter's "hands," and added some clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen just to the starfish, for a bit of shimmer.

For the card front, I die cut another scalloped oval with the same die from 140 lb. watercolor paper. Because there is no birthday greeting in "Otterly Awesome," I used Lawn Fawn's "Claire's ABC's" to spell out the first part of the greeting. Since I was using 2 of the greeting stamps from "Otterly Awesome," I wanted to keep the first part of the greeting in the same casual style. So, using the otter as a guide for placement, I mounted the alphabet stamps to the door of my MISTI at angles & with a bouncing baseline. This actually was a big help, since I didn't have to be so persnickety about getting the letters lined up exactly right! :) I stamped the greeting in Versamark ink, and heat embossed with Wow White Pearl embossing powder. I also stamped the waves image from "Otter Ware" a few times and heat embossed those as well.

Inside sentiment
I ink blended an ombre effect on the background, with Mermaid Lagoon & Salty Ocean Distress inks. I applied the Mermaid Lagoon at the bottom, and then added the Salty Ocean, blending it out to almost white at the top. Finally, I used my homemade Perfect Pearls mist, flicking the solution with the nozzle of the spray bottle over my panel. I let that sit for a few seconds, then blotted the mist up with a dry cloth, to give a distressed look to the background. Then I glued the otter to the card front, & stamped the inside sentiment with Tuxedo Black ink. I did add 3 dots to the greeting on the front with a white gel pen, and 3 in front of the inside sentiment with a black pen, just to make the greeting seem continuous. All that was left to do then was adhere the card front to my card base.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Furry Friends"
Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge: "Little Critters"
Pile It On #130: "Animal"

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sparkle & Shine - Two More Cards


Today is almost the last day for Online Card Classes' "Sparkle & Shine" class. :( I must admit, I was hesitant when I first heard about this class to sign up. How much can one possibly do with glitter & foil? Well, after having learned my lesson when I didn't sign up for the "live" version of their "Heat Wave" class (which I later regretted), I went ahead & registered. And Jennifer, Kristina, & their guest artist instructors did not disappoint! I have learned quite a few new techniques, and some tips that improved my experience with foiling. If you ever want to have a great class experience, which is not too costly, head on over there!

For my first card, I used the "Hi" die from Winnie & Walter, along with a supporting greeting from Hero Arts' "You're a Rainbow" stamp set (discontinued). To create my background, I "inked" up the "Capture Prism" stamp (discontinued), also from Hero Arts, with leafing glue, and stamped on my cardstock panel. I foiled that with Heidi Swapp Gunmetal foil. The results were a bit "sketchier" that I'd really expected, but I kind of like the look. (You can see what I did with the remainder of that foil piece on my next card below.)

I die cut the "hi" from black cardstock, and from blue shimmer cardstock. I also heat embossed the supporting greeting with Ranger Silver embossing powder on a strip of vellum. I wrapped one end of the strip around the right side of the "i," adhering it to the back with a little ATG tape, and adhered the other end under the left side of the "h."

After determining placement, I used Perfect Paper Adhesive to glue my blue "hi" to the foiled panel, and then glued the black one on top, slightly offset. I cut another piece of the blue shimmer cardstock into an "L" shape for my mat "layer." Finally, I adhered that to a white A2 card base, and mounted my foiled panel on top.


I created my background for my thank you card by foiling a sheet of homemade toner paper with the leftover foil from my "hi" card. I had heard about this technique before this class, but had never been sure about all the black toner showing through the "openings" in the foil. But when I saw Gina K demonstrate this in class, I decided to try it. And I must admit, I kind of like it! After foiling my toner paper, I trimmed it down to slightly smaller than 4x5.25".

I stamped the "Bee Balm" & "Hummingbird" images, both from Our Daily Bread Designs, onto a scrap of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper, with Hero Arts Charcoal ink. I fussy-cut the flower (just in case I messed up the cutting, I wouldn't have to redo all the coloring), and colored both images with my Tombow Markers, blending the colors mainly with the markers themselves. I did use a water brush just a little on the pale grey parts of the bird's body. After I'd finished coloring, I used the coordinating die to cut out the hummingbird. Then I used Perfect Paper Adhesive to glue both the flower & bird to my background.

For the greeting, I applied Stick It adhesive to both sides of a piece of black craft foam. After running it through my die cut machine (without dies) to stick the adhesive firmly, I peeled off the release paper on one side and adhered my green cardstock to that. Then I ran it through my die cut machine again, with the Simon Says Stamp "Thanks" die. I popped the die cut out from the surrounding cardstock, and adhered it to my background, over the flower stem. Finally, I matted the foiled panel with purple cardstock, adhered it to a white A2 card base, and added some more sparkle with 2 coats of clear Wink of Stella on the hummingbird.

I'm entering my cards in the following challenges:

a2zScrapbooking's May Challenge: "Sentiment Focus" (1st card only)

Second card only:
Our Daily Bread Designs: "Just Say Thanks"
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday: "April Showers Bring May Flowers"
Pile It on #130: "Animal"
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: "A Bit of Sparkle"

Essentials by Ellen May Pin-Sights Challenge - Floral Thanks


I have an exciting announcement today--I'm guest designing for the Essentials by Ellen May Pin-Sights challenge!!! This is such an honor. I love the Essentials by Ellen line of stamps & dies, and to get to participate in their challenge in this way is beyond wonderful!


The Pin-Sights challenge is a monthly event at The CLASSroom blog. To participate, simply create a project that is inspired by the following mood board, using Essentials by Ellen product(s). You can create any sort of project; the challenge is not restricted to cards. One entry will be chosen at random to win a $50 gift voucher to the Ellen Hutson online store. Just remember, you must use one or more Essentials by Ellen products.


The flowers & soft colors in this mood board spoke to me, so I chose the "Mondo Peony" stamp set & "Hinged Thanks" die for my card.

I began by cutting a piece of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper to 5.5x4.25", to create a landscape-oriented card front. After masking off a little over an inch on the top of the panel, I stamped 3 of the flowers with Hero Arts Soft Lilac ink, having each go off the edge. I masked the two larger flowers, and stamped the leaves around them with Hero Arts Wet Cement ink.

To color my images, I used my Tombow markers. I added a light purple color to each petal, then went around the edge with a slightly darker marker. Before the ink had a chance to dry, I used a damp paintbrush to blend the darker color out to create shading. I must admit, I wasn't sure if this would work without the markers leaving harsh lines, but I'm really pleased with the soft results I got! I went slightly bolder with the greens for the leaves, just for a pop of contrast, following the same process. When I'd colored the images, I took a pale blue marker and outlined each flower & leaf, then used my paintbrush to blend that color out.

Close-up of the die cut thanks
After I removed the masking, I taped my "Hinged Thanks" die in place, and ran the panel through my die cutting machine. Since I had cut the letters of the die apart, I had to be careful to make sure that the score lines were all on the correct side, especially on the "N" & the "H," since those letters are basically symmetrical. I like how the greeting is there, but almost hidden. Kind of a nice surprise for the recipient. 😊

I decided to add a ribbon & bow above my images. I adhered a piece of green satin ribbon above the line that I'd masked off, taping the ends to the back of my panel. Then I made a "faux" bow with more of the same ribbon, following the instructions in this video. Finally, I mounted my finished card front to a white A2 card base.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Happy Mail Owl


On Day 6 of Online Card Classes' "Sparkle & Shine" class, Heather Ruwe had a lesson on "Faux Ombre Embossing with Distress Inks." I used that technique with this card.

To create the background, I used Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, & Rusty Hinge Distress inks and Winnie & Walter's "Madison" Creative Screenings stencil. I wanted to go for a more gender-neutral card, and knew I would use the "Curious Owl" stamp by Hero Arts. I thought the stencil resembled feathers, hence my choice.

After finishing the background, following Heather's instructions, I stamped the owl onto a scrap of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper with Hero Arts Wet Cement ink. I colored that with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, using a water brush (sparingly) to blend the color a little in places. Then I set that aside to dry, before fussy cutting him out.

I stamped an envelope from Technique Tuesday's "Random Act of Cardness" set onto bristol paper with Wet Cement, and fussy cut it out. I used a craft knife to cut along the sides of the owl's beak, and slipped the envelope into the slits, gluing it in place with a bit of liquid glue.

I figured the owl would blend into the background too much if I adhered him directly to it, but also didn't want to cover up a lot of the stenciled panel. So I die cut a piece of Essentials by Ellen 40 lb. vellum with a Lawn Fawn "Large Stitched Oval" die. I stamped a greeting from the "Snail Mail" set, also by Technique Tuesday, on the vellum above where the owl would go with Ranger Archival Coffee ink. That turned out to be a mistake, since the greeting didn't show up against the background, even with the vellum to mute the colors on my panel. So I used a fine-tip black marker to trace over the letters. It's not absolutely perfect, but it's close enough for me, and at least I didn't have to die cut and re-stamp another oval! :)

To complete the card, I adhered the owl to the oval with foam tape, and used Scor-Tape pieces on the back of the vellum (behind the owl) to adhere it directly to my background. I felt the panel needed a little more definition, so I machine-stitched around the perimeter with black thread. I finished by adhering the card front to a white A2 card base. I will leave this card in our mailbox for our postal carrier, just as a little appreciation card, as part of Jennifer McGuire's #ShareHandmadeKindness campaign.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

A Blog Named Hero: "Watercoloring"
Pile It On #130: "Animal"
613 Avenue Create: "Anything Goes"

Glitter Balloons


I've been participating in Online Card Classes' "Sparkle & Shine" class. On Day 1 of class, Jennifer McGuire had a lesson on "Glitter Die Cut Inlay." I used her tutorial as inspiration for this card.

I die cut my balloons from purple cardstock using 4 of the "Party Balloons" dies from Lawn Fawn. I added the panel to my adhesive sheet, & sprinkled on some glitter, creating a gradient effect. After burnishing the glitter in, I adhered that panel to a 4.25x5.5" piece of white cardstock.

I poked holes at the base of each balloon, and threaded crochet twine through the holes. I tied the twine in bows, and then, for each balloon, cut one end short, leaving the other end long. I pulled the long ends around the bottom of the card, and taped them on the back.

For the greeting, I used the "Happy" stamp from Simon Says Stamp's "It's Your Birthday," and one of the "Birthday" stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' "Script Birthdays" set. I stamped them on a scrap of yellow cardstock in Versamark, and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder. I cut that into a strip, & trimmed one end at an angle. I adhered it to my panel with a little ATG tape, & used my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to staple two gold staples in one end. Finally, I mounted my card front to a white A2 card base, and dotted the knots of the bows with a little Perfect Paper Adhesive glue to keep them from coming undone.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Mother's Day - Times 3!


Yes, here in the U.S., Mother's Day is this weekend! Even though it's on Sunday, my brother, sister-in-law, & I are celebrating with our mom Saturday, so my brother & his wife can spend Sunday with her parents & grandmother. I made three cards total to give to our mother: one from me, one from my brother & sister-in-law, and one from our 3 cats (I call Mama their Grandma! LOL). This first one is from me.

I got my inspiration from this card that Jennifer McGuire had on her YouTube channel & blog. Debby Hughes' lesson in Online Card Classes' "Sparkle & Shine" class also provided inspiration for the background. I used Simon Says Stamp's "Leaves Background" stamp, Versamark, & Perfect Pearls to stamp the background, then stamped over it with My Favorite Things' "Romantic Script" background stamp. It's very subtle, & doesn't show up well in the photo, but it has a nice shimmer.

I used a Nellie's Choice "Straight Hearts" die to cut the window, and Simon Says Stamp's "Happy" die & Lawn Fawn's "Smitty's ABCs" for the greeting. I also stamped the "Frangipani" from Our Daily Bread Designs on watercolor paper, heat embossed with Ranger Silver Pearl powder, and watercolored the flowers with my Inktense pencils. I fussy cut the image, cutting off the leaves, then inked those with Twisted Citron & Mowed Lawn Distress inks, sprayed them with Perfect Pearls solution, and let them dry. Finally, I glued the leaves to the flower cluster, cut a piece of white cardstock the same shape, glued the flower cluster to the card front, & backed it with the white cardstock piece. I stamped "Mother's Day" in Hero Arts Ultra Pink ink, to play off the flowers, and assembled my tulle shaker card, following Jennifer's instructions.


For my second card, I took the design idea from this post that I found via Pinterest. I stamped multiple flowers & leaves on a piece of white cardstock, using Paper Smooches' "Botanicals 2" stamps & Hero Arts Lemon Yellow, Cornflower, Lime Green & Bubble Gum; and Lawn Fawn Wild Rose & Fresh Lavender inks. I used Colorbox Putty ink to stamp some of the flowers & leaves, just as a "placeholder." After cutting the first part of my greeting with Winnie & Walter's "Happy" die, I applied adhesive with my Zig 2-way glue pen to the Putty-colored images. I let that dry so it was tacky, then foiled them with various colors of Heidi Swapp foil. Again, the photo doesn't do it justice, but it has a nice shine in real life!

After die cutting a frame from an A2 size white cardstock panel with a Taylored Expressions' "Frame in Frame" die, I used my laser printer to print "Mother's Day" on the center portion. I then foiled that with Rose Gold Heidi Swapp foil & my mini Minc machine. I added white craft foam to the back of the "happy" & the frame, then adhered everything to my A2 card base.


This third card is from our cats. I thought the bird patterned paper, from Crate Paper's "Bloom" 6x6" pad was particularly cute for a cat card! I used these instructions to guide me in completing this card. I used 2 of the "Straight Hearts" dies for the window. For the heart on the belly band, I die cut one that was a little smaller than the window, printed "Happy Mother's Day" on it with my laser printer, and foiled it with Heidi Swapp Mint foil & my Minc. I adhered that to a piece of teal cardstock, & used my scissors to cut a small border.

For the card base, I inked a piece of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper with Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, & Pine Needles Distress inks to create an ombre. Then I stamped My Favorite Things' "Romantic Script" background stamp in Hero Arts Soft Granite ink over both sides. I don't know really why I chose that particular stamp, since this is a not-so-elegant cat card, but I just wanted a little extra visual texture & interest.


I stamped Rubbernecker Stamps' "Cat on Yarn Basket" image onto another panel of bristol paper. I colored it with my Tombow markers, using a water brush to blend the color on the cat & basket. We actually don't currently have a black cat, but I thought that would be a nice compromise, rather than trying to decide which of our cats would be featured. I did go over the eyes & mouth with a black marker, and added white gel pen detailing for the whiskers, just to make them pop more. Then I adhered that inside my card. Finally, I printed my greeting (created in Photoshop) onto a piece of pink cardstock, & adhered it to the bristol panel, so it would be below the window in the card front.

I'm entering my cards in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Work It Wednesday: "April Showers Bring May Flowers" (first card only)
Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes" (cat card only)
Pile It On #130: "Animal" (cat card only)
Die Cut Divas: "May Flowers" (first 2 cards only)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Happier than a Seagull


Even for holiday occasions, like Father's Day, I always try to include a few cards to send specifically for the kids through Send a Smile 4 Kids. I just sent off my latest package to them, and this was one of the cards I created to encourage a hospitalized child.

I cut a panel of Canson XL Watercolor paper to 4.25x5.5". I determined how much I wanted for the beach, and cut that strip off from the panel. I inked the textured side of the beach piece with Antique Linen & a bit of Brushed Corduroy Distress inks. I spritzed the panel with water from my Distress Sprayer, and lifted off the water & ink. That bleached the ink in spots a little too much, though, so I went over the panel again with Brushed Corduroy, without reinking my blending foam, just to add a little color back in.

For the sea & sky, I used the smoother side of the watercolor paper. I masked off the sky, and stamped the waves from "Stay Salty" (designed by Julie Ebersole for the Essentials by Ellen line) several times with Versamark ink. As I went, I sprinkled Wow White Pearl embossing powder on the waves, so I could see where I had stamped. When I had finished stamping, I used my heat tool to melt the powder. Then I inked the sea with Salty Ocean & Peacock Feathers Distress inks. I removed the masking, & inked the sky with Tumbled Glass, adding some shading with Broken China.

I stamped the seagull from "Stay Salty" in Versafine Onyx Black ink onto some Canson XL Mixed Media paper. I colored him (her?) with my Tombow markers. I also stamped the anchor & life preserver, coloring directly on the stamps with my markers. For the anchor, after I'd colored it in spots with 3 different markers, I spritzed it lightly with water to mingle the colors and then stamped it. The colors still came out spotty, so I used a water brush to blend the colors a little more. I stamped the clouds with Salty Ocean, on mixed media paper. Finally, I cut all the images with the coordinating "Stay Salty" dies. I also punched a crab from red cardstock using an old Martha Stewart punch. I did a bit of shading with markers, & glued on tiny googly eyes.

Because I wasn't sure if I wanted to add anything else, to assemble my card, I joined the beach & sky/sea panels by adhering them to a strip of cardstock. I glued my images on with Perfect Paper Adhesive. I stamped the greeting in Versafine on the sky. I decided I didn't need to add anything else, so I went ahead & adhered the card front to a white A2 card base. As a finishing touch, I added dots to the beach with both a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen & a Sakura Star Dust glitter pen.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Happy Father's Day Koi


I've been on kind of a "Father's Day card" kick lately, since I want to send several to Send a Smile 4 Kids. (They have to receive cards by May 15, so they have time to ship them to the hospitals they serve.) I think Father's Day cards are hard to create when you're not creating them for a specific man. Not so much because they are masculine cards, but because you don't know what the recipient is into. So I just try to make them generally masculine. I don't know where (or when) I got this koi stamp, or who makes it, but I figured it would fit for a Father's Day card!

I stamped the koi onto a scrap of 140 lb. watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I colored them with my Inktense pencils, kind of following photos I found online for how the colors might go. I also colored the background, first using color from a blue pencil, then over that with green, so they look like they are swimming in a pond.

For the "wood" panels, I stamped the "Wood Pallet Background" from Altenew (a new one for me) onto a piece of cream cardstock with Hero Arts Cup o' Joe ink. I inked over it with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink, followed by a coat of Pumice Stone ink, to give it a worn, weathered-wood look. My idea was to emulate a pier by the koi pond.

I cut a strip to go between the 2 woodgrain panels, and printed one of the greetings from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' "Father's Day Sentiments" digi set onto the bottom. I inked around the edges with Iced Spruce Distress ink, and then adhered that & the woodgrain panels to a piece of green cardstock. I inked the edges of the focal panel with Iced Spruce as well. After punching a piece of blue cardstock with Fiskars' "Threading Water" border punch (apparently discontinued), I cut it into a strip, inked the edges, & adhered it to the image panel so it's peeking out below. Finally, I glued the focal panel onto my card front, and mounted that to a white A2 card base.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Send a Smile 4 Kids: "For Dads or Special Males (From the Kids)"
613 Avenue Create #197: "Anything Goes"
Pile It On #130: "Animals"

Best Dad Ever


The current challenge theme at Lawn Fawnatics is "Black, White, & Bright." Use black & white, with a bright pop of color. I decided to make a Father's Day card with gold accents to donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids, using Lawn Fawn's "Best Pun Ever" stamp set & coordinating dies. (After all, what color is brighter than gold? 😊)

I began by stenciling a piece of white cardstock with Black Soot Distress ink & Hero Arts "Flag Pattern" stencil. I trimmed the panel to 4x5.25", & rounded the corners with my 1/4" Corner Chomper. Then I set that aside while I worked on the rest of my card.

For the focal panel, I first die cut a mat from Canson XL Mixed Media paper, using the "Stitched Journaling Card" die from Lawn Fawn. I inked it in a gradient using Faded Jeans, Blueprint Sketch, & Dusty Concord Distress inks. Then I used my Distress Sprayer to spritz water droplets on the panel, waited a few seconds, and used a dry cloth to soak up the water & ink. That left nice "bleached" spots on my background, to add interest.

I stamped the trophy (from "Best Pun Ever") on some gold foil cardstock with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. After stamping the "#1" in Jet Black, I heat set it to keep the ink from smearing. Then I cut that with the coordinating die. I also die cut a banner from cardstock with another die from "Stitched Journaling Card," I stamped "best dad ever," from "Best Pun Ever," in Jet Black ink on that.

To put my focal panel together, I first die cut several gold glitter stars using the stars from "Stitched Journaling Card." I carefully cut a slit in the top of the trophy, and adhered it to my background with foam tape. After adhering my journaling card panel to my background, I glued down my stars, tucking 2 into the trophy, making them look like they are bursting out from the trophy. I adhered my greeting banner in place, and glued the final star next to that. I matted the background with black cardstock, mounted that to a white A2 card base, and rounded the outer corners of the card with my 1/4" Corner Chomper.