Monday, February 8, 2016

Perfect Pearls, Distress Ink and Embossing

Recently, I saw a technique at and knew I had to give it a try.  Here are my results:

And some close up views of each card:

These were fun cards to make, and I can see me making several more!

I used the following to make the cards:

  • Tim Holtz Celebration Words Dies were used for all of the sentiments
  • Blue Card:
    • Distress Ink - Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch
    • Perfect Pearls - Perfect Pearl
    • We are Memory Keepers Next Level Embossing Folders - Geometric
    • Sequins
  • Orange Card:
    • Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey
    • Perfect Pearls - Perfect Gold
    • We are Memory Keepers Next Level Embossing Folders - Gemstone
    • Sequins
  • Purple Card:
    • Distress Ink - Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet
    • Perfect Pearls - Perfect Pearl
    • We are Memory Keepers Next Level Embossing Folders - Gemstone
  • Red Card:
    • Distress Ink - Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick
    • Perfect Pearls - Perfect Gold
    • We are Memory Keepers Next Level Embossing Folders - Geometric
    • Hearts Confetti 
To make the cards:
  1. Mask the edges of 4.25  x 5.5 of white card stock (I used Neenah Solar White 80lb).  
  2. In the center area, starting with the lightest color, I sponged on the distress ink, then added the darker color blending well
  3. I trimmed the card stock slightly
  4. Each piece was then embossed using the embossing folders
  5. The sentiments were die cut from black card stock and added to the image
  6. The images were then added to the card bases
  7. Sequins/confetti were added to the cards (except for the purple one - I've order some for this card)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Foiled Birthday Card

So I got a mini Minc for Christmas, and just had to use it.  Here is the card I made:

I used the following to make the card:
  • Darice Background Stamp - Music
  • Memento Danube Blue Ink
  • Tim Holtz Celebration Words Dies
  • Deco Foil - Silver Star
  • Heidi Swapp Signature Paper 6x6

To make the card:
  1. I stamped the background image with Memento Blue Danube Ink.  This was then trimmed to slightly smaller than the card front, and attached it.
  2. I trimmed a piece of the Heidi Swapp paper, to the needed size, and the deco foil to slightly larger.  This I ran through the Minc machine.
  3. The foiled image was then matted with the same blue as the card front and attached to the card front.
  4. The sentiment was cut from the Celebration Word Dies and attached to complete the card.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Bird Crazy - Belated Birthday Card

I forgot a birthday!  It usually doesn't happen, but I was able to quickly make this card:

I used the following to make the card:

  • Bird Crazy Stamps and Dies
  • Crazy Things Stamps and Dies
  • Crazy Talk
  • Glossy Accents
  • Zig Kuretake Watercolors
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Versafine Black Onyx Ink
To make the card, I stamped the bird twice with Versafine Black Onyx ink.  (Twice so that I could cut the eyes beak and wing separately). The hat, gift and balloon were also stamped the Versfine Black Onyx ink.  I used the Kuretake watercolors to color the images.  Since I have never used the Kuretake watercolors, I chose some random colors.  Once all of the images were dry, I cut them with the dies. 

To assemble the card, I used pop dots for the eyes, beak and wing.  I also used pop dots to the bird when attaching it to the card base.  The sentiment was stamped and bakers twine added for the balloon string to complete the card.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Raking Day - MFT Thankful Friend

Once I saw the Thankful Friend stamp set from MFT I knew immediately who I wanted to make a card for.  My dad!

My dad "invented" a holiday for the grandkids - called Raking Day.  This holiday falls every year, when most of the leaves are off the trees.  All of the grandkids would help rake the leaves into big piles, and then jump into them.  Unfortunately, all of the grandkids are older now, and Raking Day is history.  So, to keep the memory of the holiday, I made this card.  The card is a shaker card and is 4.25x5.5.

For this card, I used many different products!
  • My Favorite Things - Thankful Friend stamps and dies
  • Spellbinders - Square Dies
  • Copic Markers - BG13, BG15, BG18, BG11, R24, C3, C1, C5, 91, B95, B97, B99, YG61, YG63, YG97, YR12, YR14, E50, E53, E31, E33, E35, E37, E42, E13
  • Memento - Tuxedo Black, Cottage Ivy, Rich Cocoa
  • Distress Ink - Weathered Wood, Stormy Skies
  • Stampin' Up - Lovely as a Tree Stamp set
  • Various Sequins
  • Recollections Glitter Shapes
  • Craft Foam
To make the card:
I partially die cut using the largest square in the Spellbinders set.  I cut the top and two sides.  I then partially cut with  the Thankful Friends die, after carefully lining up where she would be within the window.  The bottom area was cut using an Xacto blade and ruler.  I then stamped the girl with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  She was then colored with various Copic Markers.  The grass was also added with Copic Markers.

The leaves were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa Ink.  These were then colored with Copic Markers and die cut. 

The trees in the background were from Stampin' Up Lovely as a Tree and stamped with Memento Rick Cocoa and Cottage Ivy.  The grass area was colored with Copics using the same colors as the front of the card,  The sky was done by sponging Stormy Skies and Weathered Wood.  This was also done on the frame area of the front of the card. 

Craft Foam was cut to 4.25 x 5.5 and using the same size Spellbinders die, the square area cut so that it lined up with the front of the card.  I added acetate to the front part of the card, and then added the Craft Foam, making sure that it was well adhered.  The window area was filled with sequins in fall colors, and glitter.  The backing was added, and the entire thing added to the card base. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

More Lea France Templates

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I love Lea France templates.  You can get so many pictures on one page. For those of us who take too many pictures and have to scrap all of them, these are a perfect solution.

Here are two pages I made with two different templates:

Iris Template (I think this one has been discontinued)

Grid Template

Monday, December 28, 2015

WPlus9 Flora and Fauna 2

I wanted to try a no-line water coloring technique, and this stamp set seemed to be perfect for it.  Since I don't have watercolors, I used Distress Markers.   Here is a card that I made with WPlus9 Flora and Fauna 2.

I used the following to make the card:

  • WPlus9 Flora and Fauna  2
  • Distress Markers - Wild Honey, Forest Moss, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Seedless Preserves, Worn Lipstick, Black Soot
  • Distress Ink - Antique Linen
  • Memento Lulu Lavender
  • CTMH Joyful Birthday Occasions
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Wink of Stella clear

To make the card, I first stamped the images with Antique Linen.  I then added the Distress Markers, and with a water brush lightly blended the color out. Around the flowers and birds I added a very light wash of color.  Once the image was dry, I stamped the sentiment from Joyful Birthday Occasions in Lulu Lavender.   Wink of Stella was added to the Birds to give them a bit of simmer.  The entire piece was trimmed down and mounted on the card base to complete the card.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Northwoods Rubber Stamps - Man FIshing In Canoe with Dock

I love the names that Northwoods Rubber Stamps gives to their stamps!  They are very descriptive.  I love the stamps.  I've used this stamp before and colored them with Copic Markers.  I was new to Copics, and didn't have many colors.  Since the stamp is detailed, and at the time my Copic skills were novice, it didn't come out as good as it could have.  Recently I got a full set of Prismacolor Pencils, and thought I would use this stamp again.  Here is the result:

I really liked the result.  It seemed as if I could get the details much better with the Pencils.  Now I need to try it again with Copics!

This card is 4.25 x 5.5, and was made with the following:
  • Northwoods Rubber Stamps P9104 - Man Fishing in Canoe with Dock
  • Prismacolor Pencils
  • Versafine Black Onyx Ink
  • Gamsol
The card was easy to make - I stamped the image with Versafine Black Onyx Ink, and colored it with the Prismacolor Pencils.  I used a bit of Gamsol to blend the color in the water and the dock.  Once completed, I trimmed the image, matted it and added it to the card base to complete the card.