Friday, November 30, 2012
Still working on December birthdays. This is a card I did for my sister-in-law. The printed paper on the front was also used inside-it was just on the reverse side of the print. Copics added color to the images. A red smooth gem was added to the top of the cake. This is a clear set by Inky Antics.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Things were a little quiet in the store yesterday. So I used the time to take a Dreamweaver stencil and create a Zentangle. Once I was done with the free hand design, color was added with Copic markers. The background was made with a long stamp from Savvy inked with a dark brown. Felt brown brads were added at the bottom.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Memory Box was a big help with this sympathy card. The printed paper was added and then the words by Hero Arts were stamped in gray onto a cream card. Once stamped out, extra purple was sponged around the edges. The ribbon goes around the card and ended near the middle of the card. It is held on with red line tape. The leaves are pressed and have words printed on two of them. I like to keep sympathy cards streamlined.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Getting Christmas cards ready and buying presents reminded me I'll be needing some "thank you" cards very quickly after the holidays. Found some left over Christmas paper by Memory Box and I ran it through the Cuttlebug. After stamping the words in black on white paper, a hole was punched and red ribbon was knotted on the side. This was attached with foam tape to the card.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Well I guess my willingness to add more color to my cards has reached new hights with this card. The bed of the truck is filled with cupcakes by Hero Arts. They were colored in with Copics and glitter was added with the help of a two way glue pen. The truck was inked with a black pad and cut out and attached with the help of foam tape. The all white flowers were colored with dye inks. Yellow brads were used in the center holes of the flowers. Next, they were added to felt green sticker flowers.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Feel bad for my friends who have birthdays in December. It's easy to forget about birthdays with all the bustle and focus on holidays. So I'm working on cards now before it gets too busy. The backgound to this card is actually an Impression Obsession stamp. It was inked in a darker pink than the paper. The bunny, cake, and words are colored with Copic markes. Dots of stickles were added to the flames. Extra pink was sponged around the edges of the circle.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Ok, now on to Christmas! We'll be home decorating the house this weekend. Thought this house card was a good reminder of my mantra, "Simple is good" as some of you are figuring out what to make for Christmas cards. This is all one stamp that was inked with Versamark and then white embossing powder was added. The top layer was cut a little shorter than the back of the card and a layer of red was added. Red Stickles was dotted onto the wreaths and allow time to dry. A star brad was added above the house.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Well it's here! My favorite day of the year. Hope you all have a day to be thankful for all your blessings. Here's a card wishing you many more blessings! We'll be celebrating with our folks and with any luck, I'll get a chance to watch some of the parades. Happy Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A friend has a November birthday so this stamp by Hero Arts seemed fitting. It was inked onto cream paper wth a Color Box "Chanti" pad. Then "Tea Dye" Distress ink was sponged on top.
The ribbon is by Stampn' Up! and was origionally white and red. It was stained with a Distress "Tumble Glass" blue and then Hero Arts "Sand". It was gathered with a brass brad which was glued onto the card with white glue. The two corners are from a punch by Stampn'UP!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Center on center long cards are not what I usually do, but the words were the driving force for this card. The words were inked in black on light paper and then pink was sponged over it. A Copic marker was used to color the edge in gray. Memory Box printed paper is under the words, and an EKsuccess punch was used on a light gray paper. Everything went onto a dark gray Memory Box paper.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Used to do this card for my Techniques class. Sadly, Hero Arts discontinued the stamp. The flower was a great way to show off how nicely Twinkling H20's look when you color them onto a stamp. Went with another company that carries stamps they don't discontinue. Oh well. The dragonfly is by Magenta and the words are by Verses.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
This was a quick and easy card. Had this square of printed paper all ready cut. The stamp fit perfectly above it. Added bright colors to complete the card. Am enjoying stretching myself with the use of more color contrast on cards than I normally would pick. Am finding it's hard to go wrong with bright and cheerful.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Used the copper metallic embossing paste on this Dreamweaver template to create the "Thank you". Then layered it onto Graphic 45 Asian paper. The flowers were inked with black Versa Fine and stamped onto cream paper that had been colored with one of the Distress Daubers. Two small black gems were placed in between the flowers.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
There are lots of truck stamps out there, but this one from Printworks is one of my favorites. The focus is on the back bed and is big enough to fill the front of a card. Picked pumpkins to fill in the bed of the truck since it fit in so well with Thanksgiving. The saying is also by Printworks and goes perfectly with the truck. By inking the truck in black and stamping on brown paper I didn't need to do much coloring. Did use a colored pencil just to add a few high lights. No need to color the pumpkins since they were stamped on orange paper. Used an exacto knife to cut some space for the pumpkins and then just slid them in. As the card says, loads of fun!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Here's another card done with the Asian theme paper. I love doing blank cards with Graphic 45 paper so when an occasion arrives I can fill in an appropriate quote. Added some paper flowers by Petaloo to the one corner. Otherwise, it's all from the Asian paper.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Sooooo, not to be causing any stress, but how are your holiday cards going? We did this one last week as a Make It Take It at Angela's Happy Stamper store. A relatively simple card which at this point- is a really good way to go. All the pieces here are from two clear sets. Just used one Momento pad and a little bit of blue paper and you are done. It's turned rather cold here so this card seems really appropriate to be working on right now. Hope you all are keeping warm.
Monday, November 12, 2012
You know those cards you make and then you look at them and think- really? You're just not sure if it's one you like. This is that card for me. I was following a template from Splitcoast Stampers and using paper from the same line, but then I got done and... -it just didn't seem to hit me well. Got some suggestions? Feel free to comment.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
A couple of days ago a card was posted that was inspired from a card shown on the "Simplicity" blog. I had added a few things to it. Today I'm showing the card more in keeping to the one that was the inspiration. The one difference here is the use of the brown paper rather than white. It definately gives it a very modern feel. Will definately be doing more of these for "thank you" cards. Quick, easy, and looks great. My husband has been pilfering my stash of cards, and I think these will be ones he'll want to use.
Friday, November 9, 2012
We do a similar card to this in my Techniques I class. It shows how to brayer onto glossy paper and how to create a mask and reverse mask. Kalidacolor "Melon Melody" was brayed onto this paper over the circle mask. Then a reverse mask is placed over the card and yellow is sponged onto the sun with a round sponge which creates the textured look. The Hero grass stamp was next. Then the Stampscapes birds stamp was used. It was inked twice. The word "Fly" is by Impression Obsession.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Love this set by Stampn'Up!. So many ways to use it. For this card I inked the image in dark brown and stamped it on cream paper. With a sponge applicator, rust colored ink was added. The imaged was stamped again and the center cut out and sponged with a yellow. This piece was added with foam tape to the card. The orange piece was cut and added to the yellow circle which had its edges sponged in brown. All this was attached to the card over the crushed silk ribbon. Words are Impression Obsession.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The lovely lady over on the "Simplicity" blog showed a card a while ago that was the inspiration for this card. She took paper scraps and combined them together like this and then had some twine wrapped around her piece. It seemed so simple but looked great. One thing I did differently here was to add some texture to the card with an Impression Obsession wall stamp. The ink was an orange which covered the whole front of the card. I also added a brown border to the piece. Will show one that is more like hers at a later. The words were inked with a brown dye ink and the stamp is by Stampn' Up!. I"m getting low on my "Thank you" card stash, so will be showing more samples on that theme this month.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Ever see a stamp that you get a good idea on how to use it, but then find out you actually don't own it? Yeah, you know what I'm talkn' about. This word stamp was one of those for me. Looked all through my stash only to realize I had to go buy it. Happily, it was still at the store. The word stamp is by Verses. Already have a wedding idea and a baby card idea on how to use this stamp. But, I think it works for a "new house" stamp as well. The houses are by Hero Arts. Colored in the main house with Copic markers.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Am sorry to say, but have had several friends who have recently found out they have cancer. Get well cards just don't fit the bill. The inside of this card has a saying from this set that says, "Praying for you during this difficult time". Seemed the right sentiment for the hard road ahead for my friends. The tower was colored in with Copics and also outlined with a light gray Copic marker.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Loved being able to go through my scrap pile to make this card. Been getting good milage out of my silk leaves this year. Seemed to add just the right touch to the edge of this card. Mini yellow gems went down the left side, and one extra one was added onto the top leaf. Words were inked in black.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Have a friend who has a birthday this month. She recently moved and this paper reflects some of the color scheme she chose for her new home. Was excited to use the printed paper to make a card for her. The base card is a light tan. Then metallic gold paper was put on top of the tan. Then the printed paper was added. The word stamp was inked with a Versfine brown and layered onto more gold metallic paper. A satin ribbon piece was added to the side. Hoping it's a hit with her.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Got around to the third step in the process of using crackle paste. First step was to apply black paste and let dry. Then crackle paste went over top of the black. Once dry, it's time for color. The stencil was laid down over the paste and color was added with stipple brushes. Color Box "Tangerine" and "Chestnut Roan" was used. Tied the ribbon around the card and then stamped the words in brown dye ink.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
On to the next holiday! On this card are more of the Accu-cut leaves. This time three leaves are toghether. The top leaf and the sides of the card are all colored with Tim Holtz's new metallic dauber "Antique Bronze". Before it was put on the card though, an Impression Obsession background stamp was inked first in Colorbox Chalk "Chestnut Roan". The stamp was turned and Versmagic "Sierra" was applied. Once the leaves were added, a ribbon was glued on top. The words are from a clear set by Hero Arts and were stamped with a metallic bronze ink pad.