Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hero Arts Neon Inks

I've recently been playing around with the neon ink pads from Hero Arts:

 I love how bright and translucent the colors are - true fluorescent neon colors, and great for layering on top of each other like in my card below.

Stamps: SU Million and One, GKD Dreams Take Flight
Inks: Hero Arts Neon ink pads, SU Bermuda Bay, Versafine Black Onyx, Adirondack Pool
Paper: SU Whisper White, Basic Black, Coastal Cabana
Accessories: adhesive rhinestones, homemade "petal" shaped stamp, Ranger Inkssentials black enamel accents, stamp-a-ma-jig 


I went for a clean, bright, graphic design this time, and I created my own petal shape from some leftover rubber I had after I mounted some SU stamps.  I also used Adirondack Pool ink for the blue, because the Hero Arts neon blue is more of a royal blue, and I wanted something bright turquoise for this.  They also make daubers in the neon colors, which I don't have...
...but apparently they are great for doing projects like Kelly Rasmussen's cute card here!


 Today is our last day of spring break and then it's back to the structured life for me.  From Millan.Net  But my tomato and lavender seedlings are starting to sprout under the grow light downstairs, and it's supposed to be warmer today!  Time to get away from my craft room and out into the sunshine!  Have a beautiful Sunday!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Relaxed body, creative mind?

Yesterday I went in for a 60-minute, full-body relaxation massage.  It was heavenly.  It was only my second massage EVER, since I have a hard time spending money on that kind of thing for myself... although for some reason I have no trouble spending money on stamping supplies!Smiley  But this particular visit was a birthday gift from my thoughtful parents, and it was really just what I needed!  A great spring break treat for myself!  Anyway, as I was lying there all relaxed, my mind began to drift and suddenly the idea for this card popped into my head.  I was kind of worried that I wouldn't remember it when I got home, but I did, and here it is!  Funny how good for my creativity a little relaxation can be.

Stamps:  SU Pleasant Poppies, Kanji
Paper:  GKD 110lb ivory, SU Rich Razzleberry and Very Vanilla
Inks:  SU Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, StazOn Timber Brown
Accessories:  Post-it tape for masking, sponge wedges, SU Apothecary Accents and Circle dies, aquapainter, dimensional foam adhesive

To make this card, I inked up part of the Pleasant Poppies stamp with StazOn Timber Brown and stamped it a bit lower down on the paper and towards the left side.  Then I used my aquapainter and inkpads to watercolor the stems, buds, and blooms with Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry inks.  When the inks were completely dry, I covered the buds and flowers (not the stems) with masks that I made by stamping onto Post-it tape and cutting them out.  This took a little time, but I saved the masks by sticking them to the inside of my stamp case so I'll have them for future projects.  Once the masks were in place, I sponged Old Olive and Crumb Cake ink onto the card panel, coming in from opposite corners and getting lighter towards the middle.  Then I removed the masks from the flowers and buds (this is why they look so bright next to the more shadowy sponging around them - especially that flower on the lower left, woot!).  Finally I created my sentiment by stamping the "love" image onto Very Vanilla and die cutting it with a circle die.  I sponged around it lightly with Old Olive and adhered it to a Rich Razzleberry piece cut from the Apothecary Accents dies.  This was popped up with dimensional foam at the end.  

Thanks for looking, and have a great day! 

Come on, Spring!!

WHEN will winter finally end?!Smiley  It seems like spring is so very slow to start this year!  I wish I could make it move along faster but I can't, so... here's a butterfly!

I made this card last year, and I thought it looked rather lifelike, sitting there on our back fence like that!  All that sunshine and bright color... sigh!

To make this card, I stamped the swallowtail background stamp (SU) onto plain vellum using Jet Black StazOn ink.  I colored the front of the butterfly with markers and adhered only the body to the center of the card.  I folded back the wings slightly to make it look like it just fluttered down there to rest for a minute in the sunlight.  :)  This card won't fit into a standard-sized envelope but there are punch boards out there now that let you create your own envelope of any size, if you are so inclined.  Tomorrow it's supposed to get close to 60 degrees, and I can't wait!  Have a great day!
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