Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve Bokeh Technique

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WOOP, don't you love it when something turns out better than you thought?!  As I was working on this card, there came a point when I was sure it was nothing but a hot mess, and I almost sent it to Card Heaven.  Thank goodness I gave it a second chance, because I am IN LOVE with the results!  Thank you to Diane Dimich for her awesome tutorial here, which works like a charm!  

For this card I started with a panel of watercolor paper that was 4 7/8" x 3 5/8".  I used washi tape to secure it to my craft mat on all four sides, and then I followed Diane's tutorial step by step.  I even used the same colors as she did, because I just love the hot pink hues and all the warmth and happiness they exude.  I did add some Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Pumpkin Pie circles on top of the white ones, because I had almost overdone the white and I needed to pull in some color again.  I also tried this technique using distress inks, but honestly the Stampin' Up! inks gave me much better color saturation and blending. 

The sentiment is perfect for New Year's Eve or any kind of celebration, really... it would also be good for a birthday card, I think.  It comes from one of my favorite sentiment sets by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, called "WOOT WOOT."  It has a ton of really fun celebration phrases in it.  I made this one by stacking one sentiment on top of another.  I used Versafine Black Onyx ink because I wanted to make sure the black was really dark and crisp over all that white craft ink and on the textured paper.  And I went bananas with the rhinestones, I know - but I couldn't help myself!  I love that joyful sparkle!

Even though I used Melon Mambo ink, the cardstock seemed a little dark when I put it next to the bokeh panel, and Strawberry Slush was a much better match for me in the end.  I matted the watercolor panel on some whisper white to help it pop.  I love it so much I don't want to send it to anyone, eeeep!  Confessions of a card hoarder... who's with me?  :P

Anyway, I had a lot of fun with this technique, and it was way easier than it looks.  I think this would be a perfect one-sheet-wonder project, where you cover a full sized sheet of watercolor paper and then cut it down into several card fronts all at once.  Thanks, Diane!!  Have a Happy New Year, everyone!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Rose Gold Lotus Card

For this card, I was totally inspired to case Gloria Steger's beautiful card here.  I just loved how she did the cutaway part around the flowers.  I believe her card used Very Vanilla and Raspberry Ripple cardstock, but in the photo she posted the light gave her card a pinkish tinge (at least to me), and I just loved it.  So I used Blushing Bride and Cherry Cobbler, along with some gold foil paper and gold brads for some shine.  The sun was setting when I took the photo, so it kind of looks like Real Red, but trust me!  It's Cherry Cobbler.  :)  I went over the flower centers with a Krylon gold leafing pen.  I also used the pen to swipe along the very edges of the gold foil paper before I assembled the card, to hide the white core of the cardstock.  It came together very quickly and I think it's so elegant.  Thanks for the inspiration, Gloria!

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Other supplies:  gold brads from Michael's, Krylon gold leafing pen 

Moonlit Moose Grateful Card

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Here's my second project for today, and much more my style than the last one was, I think!  I do love creating nature scenes with masking and sponging and lots of vivid color.  This one could be a masculine or feminine card, and actually with a different sentiment it could be a good "thinking of you" card as well.  

To make this card, I started with a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White cardstock, and I stamped the moose in the lower corner with Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  Then I colored him in with Stampin' Write markers (Crumb Cake for his antlers and Chocolate Chip for his body).  If I'd had the brown Blendabilities, it would have been streak free!  But let's just pretend that those streaks are his fur, ha ha.  After coloring in the moose, I went over him with a Versamarker (making sure not to color outside his outline at all) and then embossed him with clear EP to create a temporary mask so that I could sponge around him.  I say "temporary," because later I ironed off the embossing powder for a matte finish.  

Design tip:  The moose and the moon are both rather large, heavy elements on the left side of the card, so I included three smaller elements on the right side to balance things out:  the sentiment, the land jutting out into the water, and the stamped grasses. 

To create the scenery, I punched out a 1 3/4" circle from a post it note, and positioned it over the back of his antlers.  Then I used a longer post it to mask off the water at the horizon, leaving the sky exposed.  I sponged Wisteria Wonder onto the sky area, followed by Perfect Plum around the top and side edges.  I used Concord Crush ink and a sponge dauber to work in the peninsula of land in the distance on the right.  Then I removed the masks, flipped the horizon mask upside down to cover the sky, and sponged in the water with Pacific Point.  I kept the ink darker near the horizon and lighter towards the shore, because I knew I was going to add some green there.  Finally I removed the post it, sponged Old Olive into the area at the bottom, and stamped the grasses from the Wetlands set in Chocolate Chip onto the bottom right corner.  As a final touch, I used a white gel pen to add ripples on the water and stars in the sky.  And, as I mentioned before, I ironed off the embossing powder so that the moose would not be shiny anymore.  

The sentiment comes from the Truly Grateful set and I stamped it in Chocolate Chip ink onto a scrap of Crumb Cake, trimmed it into a banner shape and matted it onto a strip of Chocolate Chip, which I also trimmed.  This card is pretty much completely flat for mailing, which is nice! 

After making the green and gold card in my previous post, which was really a different style for me, I felt sort of off kilter.  I liked the card, but it wasn't exactly my usual style.  I know it's good for me to work outside the box and stretch myself artistically, but now after creating this one I feel like ME again.  LOL!  Isn't that weird?  Anyway, it was a lot of fun and I hope you try something like it.  This moose is really a great image to stamp with.

Supplies are listed below.  Have a marvelous Monday!

Other supplies:  Post it notes, Versamarker  

Green and Gold Mosaic Card

Today I have a card for you that I think might be good for St. Patrick's day, even though that seems like eons away from now!  I tinkered and tinkered with it, trying to find the right balance of greens, white and gold.  Mainly, I just wanted to do a card that incorporated the beautiful printed window sheets from the Quatrefancy DSP, which is on clearance right now.  My first attempt at this card was kind of blah, but then I added some Garden Green and the whole thing suddenly popped.  I think I like it now!

To make this card, I started with a card base of Wild Wasabi textured cardstock (from the retired 12x12 Subtles pack).  I ran the card front through the Big Shot with the Mosaic embossing folder, and then cut a strip out of the middle, leaving about 1" for the top and the bottom. I dragged a Whisper White craft inkpad across the raised parts of the embossing and heat set them with my heat tool.  Between the two pieces, I adhered a panel of the window sheet, and added 1/4" strips of gold foil paper butted up against the seam.  I attached a strip of the gold sequin trim along the top edge, and made a flower with the Mosaic Madness stamp set and punch, using gold embossing powder.  A little gold foil flower from the Boho Blossoms punch is in the center of the flower, along with a pearl embellishment.  I attached a panel of Garden Green cardstock behind the front of the card with dimensionals so that it would show through the window sheet and also peek out along the bottom.  I think the addition of the darker green gives the card some definition.

Supplies are listed below (I'm not sure why the Wild Wasabi shows up twice; I can't seem to fix that).  Hope you're having a great start to your week!  Thanks for stopping by!

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