Thursday, June 30, 2011

Stampscapes Summer Card

This is another card we do in my Dayscapes class. Set in Summer, it uses a number of Stampscapes stamps all inked with a black dye pad and heat set. The color was added with watercolor cryaons which were rubbed on and then blended with a blender pen. A stylis tool blended extra color with dye pads into the corners of the card once the card is dry.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Birds in the Sun Card

Here's a good summer card. This is one we do in my Techniques II class to show how "reverse masking" works. The first thing we do is ink the birds with a Versafine black and stamp onto the paper. (Stamp is by American Arts) Then we stamp the sun with a rust dye ink. Then we mask and add the color to the water. The word is a canvas sticker.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Scene

This looks like a Stampscapes card. However, these are all stamps I've accrued over the years and I'm not even sure who made them, except for the clouds which are by Stampscapes. But they all went together well to make this summer scene. The color was first added to the glossy paper with a brayer and a multicolored pad. Then the stamps were inked with a black dye base ink pad. A quick and easy card to do.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Flower Soft Window Card

I really like this stamp by Impression Obsession. It was colored to look like one of the many window boxes I saw on Martha's Vineyard. When we were at Cape May, I saw a store with window boxes that looked like I had used them as my inspiration for this card. The image was stamped with Momento Black and then colored in with Copic pens. The Flower Soft yellow was added to the center of the petal flower, and then the Ultra fine green flower soft went on last. The punch for the white under the window is a Fisker's punch.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Graphic 45 Thank you Card

Graphic 45 has come out with a new line incorporating the Wizard of Oz into Halloween paper. Very creative and looks great! It's in the store now. It put me in the mood to do a card using their paper. It's not the new paper, but some of their lovely florals. After layering up some of their double sided paper, the tag was punched with a Stampn' Up! punch and a MSE clear stamp was inked in Versafine black onto the tag. One of the butterflies was cut out and placed on to of the tag.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Patriotic Card

We've got some nice patriotic paper and supplies at the store. I took some paper and made this card. The stamp was inked in blue and a red gem was added there as well. The circles were punched with Marvy circle punches. The two blue stars are actually wooden buttons. Think I'll go pull out my 4th of July decorations today and start decorating. This card put me in the mood.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Summer Stampscapes Card

Are you enjoying your summer? We had a nice family celebration over the weekend. Dinner was on my sister-in-law's porch. It was a very pleasant evening which we all enjoyed on her farm setting. So I'm sharing one of the cards we do in my "Dayscapes" class. It looks a lot like where we were this weekend. All stamps were by Stampscapes. The trees were masked before the pond was added. All images were stamped with Momento black. Then the color was added with a stylis tool. A variety of colored pads were used. After the color was added, a white pen was used on the tree to enhance the image.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Flower Soft Window #2

This is another card that we do in my Flower Soft Windows class. We're using an image by Impression Obsession. It is stamped in black first, then the brick area around the windows is stamped again in red and cut and pieced over the black. Coloring was done with Copics. Flower Soft has two parts. Used regular Flower Soft in the boxes, but did two different colors that were put on one at a time. The pebbly background is a Cuttle Bug folder that embossed a white paper. Then a red pad and a brown pad were brushed over top to give it some color.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Beach Card

My hubby and I celebrated our tenth anniversary last week by heading up to Cape May for a few days. I love the beach and we had a wonderful time. This was my first trip to Cape May and definately not my last. It is a lovely town with great beaches. Put me in the mood to share a beach card. Hope you get a chance to enjoy some beach time this summer.

The grass is inked with a Creamy Brown pigment ink by Color Box. The stamp was repeated across the page reinking each time before stamping. The birds were done with a slightly darker pigment ink and were not reinked when stamped again. The words are a canvas sticker that was distressed with some brown dye ink. Simple, but works well all together. Stamps are by Stacy Stamps.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day Card

We're celebrating Father's Day with my Dad. He's 88, and just this year has begun to have memory issues. Dramatic memory issues. Memory and facts have always been strenghts of his. So this has been a keen loss for him. He's taking it pretty well, and I wanted to give him a card to remind him that we love him so much he can't forget that.
The background to this card was made with a cloud template. I used a round sponge that I dabbed on a blue pad and tapped it along the edge of the template. Then the template was moved and the process was repeated across the paper until the whole page was completed. The moon and ship were free hand drawn and cut out. Then some extra color was dabbed onto the edges. Then the stamp was inked with a blue dye.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Patriotic Card

Maybe it's because we live so close to DC, but I really enjoy sending folks cards that celebrate the Fourth of July. We have lots of celebrations here as you can imagine. This card uses a great printed vellum bacground which was placed over a white paper to help make the image pop. The stamps are by Stampendous and were inked in black. The coloring was done with various markers including a gold pen. The sparkler was enhanced with some red glitter glue.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bunny Trails

My hubby needed another farewell card and this one seemed to work. The bunny is part of a clear set by Cat's Pajamas. It was stamped in black and colored in with Copic markers. Then a light gray marker was used to outline the whole image. The pink paper was punched with a Fisker's border punch. The oval was brushed on the edge with a pink pad.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Birthday Sprinkles

Been working on some birthday cards. This one uses more of the double sided paper we have at the store. The cupcake paper was punched with a pink Marvy scalloped circle punch. The sentiment is part of a clear set from Hero Arts. The red ribbon was attched with a mini staple.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Guy's birtday card

This card would be a good one for a guy. The background was stamped with a multicolored pad onto a matte white glossy paper. Then this metal sticker was attached on top. It didn't show up, but below the 1 YR OLDR it says "and look'n good". A quick and easy card.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Stampscapes Anniversary Card

My husband and I will be celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary soon. This may not seem much like an anniversary card, but this scripture means a lot to my husband and me, so I think he'll actually like it. The scene was all stamped with Momento black using the road and the 3 trees. Color was then added using a stylis tool, some Copics, and some colored pencils. Once the color was added, the birds were stamped last. The scripture verse is by Stamp Mania.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

"D" for Dad

Are you done with your cards for Father's Day? If not, here is one that will fit to letter, so to speak. The "D" is from a Hero Arts Clear set that also included the designs and word used on this card. The "D" was stamped and traced out and placed with foam tape onto the card.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Birthday Card with Baker's string

Today's card is using printed paper and the new baker's string I got at the store.
The paper is double sided so it makes it easy to mix together. It's been layered up with an extra little stip added on top. Pulled out these brads and levers to go with all the color. The words are from a stamp by Rubber Moon. Certainly is bright and cheerful!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Dear Friend Card

If you follow the store blog, you'll know that our "Wall of Fame" theme for this month is calling for cards from customers using die cuts and embossing folders. This card was done using two embossing folders from Cuttlebug. The Dots and the Circles. They were embossed on Mmeory Box paper which is colored on one side but white on the other, which enabled me to sand the embossed surface so it showed up white once sanded. The flower is by Hero Arts and was colored directly on the stamp using markers. It was then cut out and glued on. The word stamp is by Printworks and was stamped with a black dye ink.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Baker's Twine

We recently got in baker's twine at the store. I've been seeing this used more and more on cards and had been anxiously awaiting anticipating it's arrival. More is coming, but for now I used the orange twine to make some samples for the store. Here is one combined with paper we have from American Arts.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Impression Obsession Patriotic Card

For patriotic cards, this is one that is just fun to make. The image was stamped with Momento black and colored in with Copic markers. (By the way, there is a new book out on Copic markers. Have you seen it? I was reading it last night and it really helped to clarify all the fuzzy facts I had regarding the markers. Great illustrations and very readable. We have them at the store but I doubt they'll last for long.) The gold areas were done with a gold Spica pen. It has a very detailed point which is very useful with this detailed card. Once it was all colored in I went back with a Starlight pen and went over some of the areas to add a little extra dazzle. The image was mounted onto a dark blue paper that was wrapped with a white dotted ribbon and then a red satin ribbon over that. The words are by Amuse. The star is a button that I cut the shank off of and added with a glue dot.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Tie Card

Here is another card using the man's set from Crafty Secrets. The tie is an outline stamp so it is easy to use for stamping onto different printed papers. After cutting them out, they were lined up and glued on. A Versafine blue was used to stamp the words. This is another good card to use up scraps of paper.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Angela's Glitter and Shine class

Took a class with Angela last week that covered the new glitter we recently got in and this great shimmer paper. The glitter works a little differently than other glitters, and this shimmer paper (as was done for this card) can be embossed. This is one of the cards we did in her class. Just talked to her yesterday and found out she plans to do another class with new cards. Yea! Be sure to look for that. We had a grand time and I learned a lot about how to use these new products.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Patriotic Card

Now that we are offically into Summer, it's got me thinking about the 4th of July. Just moved the patriotic stamps, ribbons, and papers to the front of the store. So, thought a post would be appropriate. This card was done with papers we have at the store. It's definately a quick easy one. Just arrange paper as desired and you're done! "Happy 4th" is stamped inside. Think the star button is from JoAnn's.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Memory Box flower card

This card was a happy accident. The background had been stamped some time ago with a large rectangular solid stamp onto the cream paper. I came across it the other night and figured this image by Memory Box would stamp well over it. The flowers were colored in with markers. The script was inked with a Dew Drop black dye ink. Unfortunately, once stamped, the red of the flowers was slightly smeared. Rather than throw it away, I pulled out a resevoir pen filled with water and continued to pull color from the flower. Did the same to the plants and even some of the background. The ink was then heat set and a litte glimmer was added to the petals with a Starlight pen. The whole piece was then distressed along the edges with Tim Holtz's Distress tool. A Martha Stewart punch was used on the orange paper. The metal words are a sticker.