Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Floral Frame Watercolor

Good morning! The other day I was struggling for inspiration - so I decided to do something I don't do very often. Make a card just for fun - so I browsed through current challenges online and decided to enter one of them as well! Here is what I ended up making:


Here is the inspiration challenge photo - for this month's Altenew Inspiration Challenge:


This card was incredibly hard to photograph! I actually stamped my image and heat embossed in white on watercolor paper, then used coordinating Altenew inks to watercolor the image in (smooshing them on my nonstick mat and picking up with a waterbrush). Distressed the edges of the paper, added some twine, and attached to a green card base at an angle to finish off!


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Monday, July 24, 2017

Doily Card Two Ways

Good morning again! Are you getting tired of doilies? I seem to be on a kick, with them lately - hopefully I'm not boring you! Today I have a couple more cards to share using the same stamp set as I used in this post HERE -  Simon Says Stamp Rebecca Lace Background stamp. I always love seeing how many different ways I can use a stamp set - and while this is the same image, today's techniques give them a TOTALLY different feel!


For the first card, I stamped and white heat embossed it on white cardstock, then did some blending with Oxide inks. Um...these things blend like a dream! I added some splashes of water and dried with a clean cloth for texture and effect. I fussy cut out the bottom edge, then cut a line through with a paper cutter near the top. I heat embossed a sentiment on vellum and then adhered it to the back of the split edges, then adhered the entire panel with foam adhesive on a white cardbase after adding a simple bow. This makes a nice window for the sentiment to shine! 


The second one I did in a simple classic gold embossing - then did the same thing with the sentiment and twine and used a kraft card base.


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

DIY Mask and Stencil Combo

Good morning! And - after yesterday's fall card...shall we fast forward even a little more to a winter card? With this darling new Wintertime Friends stamp set from Unity Stamp Company - why not?!?!? This new set is ALSO on sale as part of the new releases this weekend!


Here is the Quick Tip Video for this card - showing how to use a die cut AND a negative to create your own mask AND stencil - a great way to stretch your supplies!


These little snowmen just melt my heart (pun intended!) - I don't think they could be any sweeter. A little Copic coloring on the star and snowman are the final finishing touches on this card.


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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Distress Oxide Ink Smooshed Background

Hello! Seems crazy at the end of July to be starting to think of fall crafting, but in the cardmaking world that is exactly what we do! And this new release from Unity Stamp Company called Full of Fall  will probably help you get in the mood even quicker! And as a new release, it is also on sale this weekend as well!


Here is a Quick Tip video I made showing how I used Distress Oxide inks to create a "smooshed" background for my card:


I love the way the colors blend together, and the effects you can get with water after the ink dries. It is also one of my favorite things to leave an image uncolored and do something fun behind it like this - especially one as intricate and beautiful as this one!


A twist of jute twine around the top is the perfect bit of texture to finish this card off!


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Friday, July 21, 2017

Concord and 9th - Unicorn Awesomeness

Good morning! Back again today with my second guest designer post for Concord and 9th's BRAND NEW release! Tooday we are showcasing the Unicorn Awesomeness Bundle. You can check out the other guest designers and their takes on the Concord and 9th blog HERE!


For my first card I combined the fabulous Unicorn Awesomeness Stamp Set with the coordinating Unicorn Awesomeness Dies. I watercolored the unicorn, then used the cloud border die cut to cut some puffy white clouds for her to stand on. I also watercolored a scrap of watercolor paper in the same yellow as I used on the mane and tail, then die cut a heart to put on the horse, as well as a few stars to scatter around. I stamped some of the sparkles on the clouds, and covered them with silver Nuvo drops. I added sparkly stickles to the mane, tail, and the hearts and stars. This is one SPARKLY card I tell ya!


And next, I decided to play around with a little paper piecing for the image - so I used only the Unicorn Awesomeness Stamp Set for this one.


Now, this was a little bit of fussy cutting, but I find it relaxing to sometimes take the time and do this. And this image was so fun for it! I used some pattern paper from an older Lawn Fawn paper pad, and then matched my cardstock colors for the mat and cardbase to those. I love this soft girly color scheme, and the clean and simple feel of this card!


I also used the Unicorn Awesomeness Stamp Set on this card that I posted last week when we were featuring the Sunshine Turnabout - you can read more details of this one HERE if you are interested:



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Rainbow Doily Cards

Good morning! Sharing a couple rainbow cards I put together recently using an AMAZING new large and detailed stamp from Simon Says Stamp, paired up with a fabulous Simon Says Stamp die and stamp set for the sentiments!


I used the Simon Says Stamp Rebecca Lace Background stamp for both of these. For the first one, I set up my watercolor paper and stamp in my MISTI, then used various mini distress inks to ink it up in a rainbow pattern, overlapping slightly to blend between colors. I then misted my WATERCOLOR paper to dampen it, then stamped over on the wet paper. This allowed the colors to bleed and blend on the watercolor paper.


Then, while I set that aside to dry, I glanced at my stamp, and thought...hmmm...there is another card hiding there I think! So I grabbed a clean piece of watercolor paper, and stamped off the residual ink and water onto it. And as is sometimes the case, I think this one ended up being my favorite card of the two - LOVE the soft rainbow inked effect with a hint of doily texture to it!


Once the first one dried, I stamped over the distress ink with black ink to bring a little detail back to the image and give a more bold and striking effect. I die cut both layers of the fun Script Thanks Wafer Die in white and black cardstock, layered them together, and then stamped and heat embossed an extra sentiment using You + Me (part of the SSS August Card Kit) on a Stitched Banner.


For the softer one, I just die cut the top layer of the Script Thanks Wafer Die and stamped the rest of my sentiment directly on the watercolor paper, again using You + Me (part of the SSS August Card Kit).


I die cut both front panels with a Stitched Rectangle, then mounted with sturdy adhesive on a white top folding card base.


So what do you think? Do you like the bolder effect, or the softer look?


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Penny Black Guest Design Day 4

Good morning! Super excited this week to be guest designing for Penny Black with a week of Christmas cards! Today I have these two cards over there - pop on over and visit the Penny Black Blog HERE to see details!



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