Monday, September 1, 2014

One Stencil, Different Techniques

I recently purchased several Heidi Swapp stencils.  I tried three different techniques with the stencils to see which looks I liked, and liked doing.

For the first one (Blue on Blue), I created a background using several different colors of Pan Pastels, then using the template I applied Versamark,  I then went over the entire image with the lightest color of Pan Pastels. This created a soft background.

For the second one (pinks and reds) I simply used the stencil and applied several different Distressed Inks with a Mini Blending tool.  This was the easiest, and I liked the result, although it was a bit flat.

The third one (white and blues), using the template, I applied Versamark, and then embossed with white embossing powder.  I then used several colors of Distressed Ink.  While I liked this one the best, it was not as easy to create, and for a background, I don't think I would use this technique.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Altenew Henna Elements Card

When I saw the Altenew Henna Elements stamp set I knew I had to have it.  I love the flowers in this set!

Here is the card that I made: 

For the card, I used:
  • Altenew Henna Elements
  • Stampendous Detailed White Embossing Power
  • Versamark
  • Copic Markers YR14, YG25, T2, R24, YR07, Y17, G09, V04  
To make the card, I stamped the various flowers and leaves with Versamark, and then embossed with the Detailed White Embossing power.  Since the card base is a kraft paper, I chose to use the brightest Copics I had in my collection to color the flowers (although I did need to tone down the G09 with T2).  I did color over the embossing to add additional color to the card.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Blooms and Blossoms Bird House

For this card, I totally copied one that I saw at:

I even purchased the stamps just to make this card!  Here is my interpretation of the card.  While I did not have some of the Copic Markers, I used similar colors.

For the card, I used:

  • Copic Markers RV09, RV06, RV02, YG25, E33, E49, E25, N5 and the colorless blender.  
  • Blooms and Blossoms Stamp set from Gina K Designs
  • Memento Tuxedo Black and Desert Sand Ink
  • Spellbinders Circle Die
  • Ribbon 
To make the card, I followed the directions from the website, substituting colors to what I had on hand.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Thanks! Card

Here is a card I made with incentive stamps from Gina K designs.  

This card is 3 x 5.25 inches and was made with the following:
  • Just Because Stamps from Gina K
  • Thanks stamp from Greenhouse Society 
  • Copic Markers, Y13, Y15, Y17
  • I-Rock gems
  • Memento Ink Tuxedo Black
To make the card, I stamped the flowers from the Just Because stamp set, twice with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I also stamped the Thanks sentiment with Tuxedo Black ink.  I then colored the flowers with Copic Markers. After the card was assembled, I decided that it needed a bit of bling, so I added I-rock gens in the center of the flowers, and in the corner of the card.  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Anniversary Card with Penny Black Stamps and Die

Here is an Anniversary card I made using Penny Black Stamps and matching die.  The layout is one I saw on Operation Write Home (  

This card is 4 x 5.25 inches and was made with the following:

  • Penny Black Blooming Garden 
  • Coordinating Penny Black Die 

  • Copic Markers, G21, G24, G46, R81, R83, R85
  • Ribbon
  • Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals
  • Taylored Expressions Many Minis - Occasions
To make the card, I first stamped the poppy image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and then colored the image with Copic markers.  I used the coordinating die to cut the image using my Cuttlebug.

I then stamped the sentiment and cut it out using Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals Die. Ribbon was attached to the card, with the sentiment over the ribbon.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Congratulations Graduate Card

Here is a simple card made for my granddaughters 8th grade graduation.  

This card is 4 x 5 inches and was made with the following:
  • Paper Lace Cricut Cartridge - Congrats Image cut at 5 inches
  • Stampendous Detailed Silver Embossing Powder
  • Versamark
  • Small Flower Stamp
To make the card, I cut the Congrats image and attached it to a card base.  I then stamped the flowers with Versamark, and covered them with the detailed silver embossing power and heat embossed.  

Monday, June 16, 2014

Beach scene card

This Stampendous stamp has always reminded me of various Caribbean beaches we have been to.   

This card is 4 x 5.5 and made with the following:
  • Stampendous Stamp Beachfront Boat N234
  • Copic Markers, G21, G24, G46, B00, B14, B16, E27, E31
  • Tim Holtz Distressed Embossing Powder Brushed Corduroy
  • Versamark Pen
  • Memento Ink Tuxedo Black
To make the card, I stamped the beach scene on white card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black, and then colored it with Copic Markers.  For the sandy beach, I used the Versamark pen to color over the sand area, and then added the embossing powder.I matted the final image and attached it to the card base.  The sentiment was then added to complete the card.