Sunday, September 28, 2014

Feathered Hello and Faux Turquoise

Lots of fun in the stamp room this weekend, woop woop!  I was so inspired to try this card, after seeing Sandi MacIver's beautiful card here.  I had the idea to create a faux turquoise-and-silver embellishment, which I thought would lend a lovely Southwestern look to those feathers.  I love how it turned out!  

To start this card, I stamped the "hello" sentiment onto a piece of Whisper White that measured 3 3/4" x 5".  I adhered that panel to a piece of Kraft cardstock that was 1/8" bigger in both width and length, and then wrapped two pieces of the Color Me Autumn washi tape across it, above the sentiment.

To create the feathers, I stamped the smaller one in black ink onto a piece of Lucky Limeaid, and the tall feather on the right in black ink on a piece of Bermuda Bay.  The gold feather was stamped on Whisper White with gold Encore ink, and then heat embossed with gold powder.  All three were die cut using SU's new Feathers framelits, and adhered directly to the white panel with double-sided tape.

For the "faux turquoise, I used the marble detail side of the Marble Texture Cube from Stampendous, and stamped it onto a piece of Whisper White that I had previously sponged with Bermuda Bay ink.  Then I wadded up a piece of paper and used it to lightly "pounce" gold acrylic paint over the piece for some random flecks.  Here's what the piece of cardstock looked like (I've already punched out a couple circles from it using SU's Itty Bitty Punch Pack):

I carefully stuck one of the circles to the center of a Build-a-Brad using a tiny amount of Glossy Accents.  Then I covered the whole circle with a dome of Glossy Accents and let it dry.  Here are three more that I just made, drying.  The Glossy Accents looks cloudy while it's wet; it dries to a clear, hard finish.  To keep them upright while drying, a metal flower frog is the perfect holding place!

To finish the card off, I created some random loops of linen thread and caught them in between the legs of the brad before pushing it through the white/kraft panel.  Finally, I adhered the panel to a Blackberry Bliss card base.  I really love the look of this card.  I think these feathers might be one of my all-time favorite stamp sets already!

Hope you enjoyed this project!

Stamps:  SU Four Feathers, Hi There, Stampendous Marble Texture Cube
Ink:  Versafine Black Onyx, Encore Gold, Bermuda Bay
Paper:  SU Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Kraft, Bermuda Bay, Lucky Limeaid
Accessories:  Gold embossing powder, SU Feathers Framelits, Designer Build-a-Brads, Glossy Accents, gold acrylic paint, Color Me Autumn washi tape, linen thread, SU Itty Bitty Punch Pack 

Christmas Is...

Today I am playing with the new Santa & Co. designer series paper by Stampin' Up!  Some of the patterns are frankly a bit strange, in my opinion (Santa in his long underwear??!  OK, it's kind of funny), but there are three or four patterns that I just LOVE, including this one.  It reminds me of the shingles on a gingerbread house - especially if I had done what I intended and glued it down the other way up!  I love the warmth of brown and red together for a Christmas card.

To make this card, I heat embossed the poinsettia twice onto Real Red cardstock with black embossing powder.  I cut out the whole flower for the base and then cut out just the center to pop it up as a second layer for dimension.  I sponged the edges of the petals with Real Red and added gold Stickles to the center.  The center layer of the flower is adhered to the flower base with a dimensional, and then the whole flower is adhered to the matted DSP with dimensionals as well.  I also curled the petals backward slightly with my bone folder.  The leaves are stamped with Soft Suede ink on Whisper White cardstock, cut out, and adhered directly onto the DSP layer.  I had to put two layers of dimensionals behind the sentiment so that it could fit on top of the flower.  I really like how cozy and warm this card makes me feel.  Never mind that it's almost 80 degrees out today!  Got to get a jump on those Christmas cards because they do take a while to make!  :)

Have a great rest of your weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  SU Joyful Christmas, Contempo Christmas
Paper:  SU Soft Suede, Whisper White, Real Red, gold foil paper, Santa & Co. DSP
Ink:  SU Soft Suede, Versamark, StazOn Jet Black
Accessories:  Black embossing powder, scissors, bone folder, gold Stickles, brads from Michael's, dimensionals, sponge wedge

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Color Me Autumn Thank You

My co-worker, Mary, gave me some of her Kohls cash on Friday because it was going to expire and she wasn't going to be able to use it.  WOOT!  Because of her, I was able to buy this awesome scarf for $1.99:

Cheesiest selfie ever:
 Seriously.  I even put lipstick on for this photo.  WHAT.

Yes, I realize it doesn't go with this outfit, but HEY!  It will be cute for a whole bunch of things, including work.  LOVE IT!  Of course she refused to let me pay her for the Kohls cash.  So to say thank you, I decided to make her some cards that she can send to people.  SHHHH!  Don't tell her till after Monday!  Here's my first one:

I just love all those rich, autumn colors!!  I am getting used to working with washi tape; it's something that I love to collect but I am never sure how to use.  Fall is the perfect season to experiment with washi, because fall is all about layering and color.  I stamped the vanilla border strip with the Woodgrain background stamp, because wood grain and leaves are perfect for fall.  I was inspired to do this basic design by Brian King's card here.

And this is the second design I came up with, following the same layout:

Very sparkly and wintery.  She'll have a couple cards for both seasons now!

I hope you enjoyed my projects for today; we are having one of the most colorful autumn seasons here in MN that I have ever seen!  Our weather is warm and the trees are just bursting with color.  I LOVE IT!  Sweaters, skinny jeans/leggings, boots and scarves are basically my uniform these days.  Couldn't be happier.  Enjoy!!

Stamps:  SU Tea Party, Woodgrain, So Very Grateful, Hero Arts Tiny Ink Spots
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Versamark
Paper:  SU Color Me Autumn DSP, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadown, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, All is Calm DSP, Silver and white glitter papers
Accessories:  Color Me Autumn Washi Tape, Rich Regals Candy Dots, Linen Thread, 1/8" hole punch, Snowflake Card Thinlits dies, rhinestones, Vintage faceted buttons, silver embossing powder

Monday, September 22, 2014

Cupcake Belly House Mouse

I love this little mouse!  He makes me laugh, with his round little belly and happy face.  I recently bought my first three House Mouse stamps, and I think they are just adorable.  

To make this card, I tried to choose colored pencils that went with the colors in the DSP.  The pattern on the paper is very bright and busy, so to keep the focal panel from getting lost, I chose a larger image and framed it out with bright Tangerine Tango cardstock.  The ticket corner punch is my go-to solution when the corner areas of the focal panel seem bare somehow. :)  

I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and then colored it in with Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  I blended the color with a blender pen.  I'm still learning how to do this, so the shading is a bit rough in places.  I had done the image on SU's shimmer white cardstock, because it absorbs water a bit better than their plain Whisper White, but when I put it up next to the DSP I could see right away that the whites didn't match.  My solution was to "paint" the entire background a light green, to hide the slightly off-white color of the shimmer paper.  I hope it worked!  

The sentiment seemed perfect for this image of a cupcake, but it's a rather small font.  To keep it from getting overwhelmed and lost in all the bright, busy patterns, I heat embossed it in white on Strawberry Slush paper and framed the banner out with two more layers - white and Basic Gray.  I also colored in the hollow letters in the word "cake" with a white gel pen.  Then to really make it stand out, I popped the focal image up on one layer of dimensionals and the sentiment up on two layers of dimensionals.

I really like the way it turned out - bright and fun!  I hope you like it too - have a great day!

Stamps: House Mouse Cupcake Belly, SU Bring on the Cake
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Certainly Celery, Versamark
 Paper:  SU Basic Gray, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Confetti Celebration DSP, Tangerine Tango
Accessories:  White EP, Watercolor pencils (Prismacolor), blender pen, aquapainter, ticket corner punch, white gel pen

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Embossed Border

Hi everyone!  Today I have a simple but elegant card for you.  It was inspired by Gina K's card in her recent tutorial here.  I copied the color scheme and the layout, but changed up the stamps and embossing folder.  I also added rhinestones, which I colored with the darkest Cherry Cobbler blendie.

I think this would be a beautiful wedding card too, and you could customize the colors to match whatever the wedding colors were.  Gina K does a great job of explaining how to use ANY embossing folder you have to create that raised border there.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for mine, and I chose one that had a flourishy vine pattern, so that it would echo the flourishy vine on the stamp itself.  I only scored the card once above and below the embossing, rather than twice like she did.  Hope you enjoy!  Thanks for looking!

Stamps:  SU Flowering Flourishes, Loving Thoughts
Paper:  GKD 120lb ivory, SU Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  SU Early Espresso
Accessories:  SU Cherry Cobbler blendability marker (darkest), adhesive rhinestones, scoring tool, Cuttlebug embossing folder (I'm sorry, I can't find what the name of it is)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Versatile White Christmas Set

I am IN LOVE with SU's new White Christmas stamp set!  It's been sitting out on my table and I've been thinking of so many different ways to use it!  It's great for way more than just Christmas/winter cards.  In my last post, I showed a Halloween card that I made with it, and today I have three more designs for you.  Here's an autumn "thinking of you" card:

I colored the bear brownish-gray, so that he wouldn't be a polar bear.  I drew in the little heart myself and covered it with Glossy Accents to make it shine.  I love this fall scene with the warm colors.

Next, I did a winter night scene with the little snowman that comes in the set:

I just love how he seems to be looking up at that bright moon.  I added white gel pen to the branches for some snow, and used Copic marker BG10 to add shadows on the back of the snowman's body as well as underneath him and the trees.

Today, I made a Valentine's card using the sweet little birds that come in the set.  I popped the front panel up on dimensional foam adhesive so that the frame would be up away from the bird scene.  It was a bright, sunny morning today so some of the colors ended up a little washed out.  Not even photo editing could bring them back, so just know that IRL the Crumb Cake color is a little richer and the Soft Sky sponging shows up a little better.  ;)  In this card, I coated the whole snowy hill with glitter, as well as the heart at the top of the black frame.

And just for fun, I made a "belated" type of card.  It's pretty quirky; I'm not sure who I would actually send it to, but it does make me chuckle every time I look at it! 

Last but not least, my sense of humor took a turn for the weirder and came up with this, which reminds me a little of The Far Side comic strip.  Ha ha!

I think it's time to put the stamps down and back away very, very slowly...

Stamps:  SU White Christmas, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Hardwood

For specifics on ink colors and accessories for each of these cards, click on the link to my Splitcoast gallery, on the right side bar.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Little Monster

Fall is in the air, and it's finally sweater weather!  I do love summer, but the fall weather and upcoming holidays are so much fun!  Today I was playing around with two stamp sets; one is meant to be a Christmas/winter set, and the other is a bunch of really cute little Halloween monsters:

The one on the left is called "White Christmas," and the one on the right is called "Freaky Friends."  I put the two together to create the card below, with my little monster marching through the woods on a fall evening.  Isn't he adorable?!  

 As you can see from the stamp sets above, his little eyes are almost impossible to see, especially if your inkpad is really juicy.  All I had for googly eyes was the size you see here, and two of them were too big for his face.  So I decided to just use one eye, like a minion.  Instant personality!  He just cracks me up, ha ha!  I used the medium Old Olive blendability marker to color over the clear plastic on the googly eye, to make it green, and I attached it with a glue dot.  I created masks for the monster and the ground/sky, and sponged in the grass with Summer Starfruit and Old Olive.  The sky was sponged with River Rock and Rich Razzleberry, after masking off the moon with a 3/4" post it circle.  I colored in the trees with a Basic Gray marker, and his mouth with a Summer Starfruit marker.  The monster is stamped in Elegant Eggplant.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  I plan to try and catch up on sleep.  I've been putting in 10 and 11-hour days this past two weeks, and I am beat.  I just realized now that I forgot to color his feet before photographing, eeep!  They will be Basic Gray like the trees, so just imagine that part.  :)  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  SU White Christmas, Freaky Friends
Paper:  SU Lucky Limeaid, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Memento Tuxedo Black, Old Olive, Summer Starfruit, River Rock, Rich Razzleberry, Versafine Black Onyx (for the bat)
Accessories:  Googly eye from Michael's, Old Olive Blendability marker (medium), white gel pen, SU Stampin' Write markers in Summer Starfruit and Basic Gray, 3/4" circle punch, Post-its for masking, sponge wedges 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hope and Peace

Wow, it's been a busy couple of weeks!  I've been in my classroom getting things ready for the new school year, with not as much time for stamping as I'd like.  My life really moves in seasons... and summer is my time to stamp and garden.  Still, I'm going to be intentional about putting aside some time to create each week this year.  It reconnects me to myself when life gets hectic.  I've learned that this kind of connection is a form of self care, which is important.  Not selfish.  :D

Today, I was playing around with iron-off embossing and watercolor paints.  I wanted to try it with a stamp that wouldn't require any detail painting, so I chose Wreath of Leaves by Hero Arts, and a fall color palette.  Here's the finished card:

To make this card, I first inked up the wreath stamp with Versamark and heat embossed it on watercolor paper with clear embossing powder.  Then I painted it with these watercolor paints, which I got for about $4 at Michael's on sale WITH a coupon (double score!!):

I started in the center with the bottom yellow on the far right side.  Then I moved out to some oranges and orangey reds, and finally finished with the reddish brown that you see in the bottom row, fourth in from the right.  I let the whole thing air dry, and then I took it to my ironing board.  I sandwiched the piece between layers of scratch paper and ironed it on medium heat with no steam, until the embossing soaked into the scratch paper and came off of the artwork.  I stamped the sentiment from the Gina K Designs Inspiration Mosaic stamp set using Versafine Black Onyx ink, and trimmed it down close to the edges of the wreath.  As an afterthought, I sponged a little Smoky Slate around the edges and corners to accentuate the reddish brown shading there.  Finally, I mounted the panel onto some black cardstock and onto a Calypso Coral card base.

I like that although it's potentially a sympathy card, the colors aren't dark or somber.  The sunrise/sunset colors imply a message of hope and possibility, which reinforce the sentiment nicely.  That's it for today!  Hope you enjoyed this card - wish me well as we start a new school year tomorrow!  :)

Stamps:  Hero Arts Wreath of Leaves, GKD Inspiration Mosaic
Paper:  Watercolor paper, SU Basic Black, Calypso Coral
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Black Onyx, SU Smoky Slate
Accessories:  Watercolor paints from Michael's, SU candy dots in black, clear EP, sponge wedge

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