Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lakeside Sunset, Color Challenge

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I am just having so much fun this spring break.  Every day I get to try the Splitcoaststampers challenge, and I don't have to rush off to work right away.  Happy sigh!  It's also a gorgeous sunny day out, so I'm eager to get out and go for a long walk.  Can't sit on my keister all day stamping, right?  Ha ha!  

Today's card is for the color challenge: So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Strawberry Slush.  Just look at that beautiful color combo.  It's perfect for sunsets!!  

I'm going to apologize right up front; a few of my photos turned out awfully out of focus today.  It's annoying, and I'm sorry!  But I included them because I thought you'd at least get the idea of what I did, and a blurry visual might be better than no visual for some of us.  Anyway, here goes:

I started off with a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I sponged So Saffron in a band right across the middle:

Then Crisp Cantaloupe above and below that:

 Then Strawberry Slush at the very top and bottom.  Sorry about the blurry photo!  Quick!  Scroll on!

Using black ink, stamp the tree line across the middle of the paper.  Mask off the bottom half, under the hills, and sponge in the hills with black ink.

Remove the mask and use what little ink is left on the dauber to sponge in a lighter reflection of the hills in the water.

Clean off the stamp, dry it well, and mask off the hills with a post it or painter's tape.  Ink up the stamp, remove the tape, and stamp the trees onto a sheet of acetate or transparent plastic.

Quickly, before the ink dries, flip the plastic over and position it underneath the first row of trees.  Press with your fingers to transfer the ink from the plastic to the paper.  It will create a patchy, mottled image, rather than a crisp one - good for reflections.

Here is what it looks like after the reflection is stamped.  Now I kind of wish I'd stopped here, but NO!  I went on tinkering!

Use a clean eyeshadow applicator to sponge in some clouds with Strawberry Slush ink.

Use a Calypso Coral marker to swipe in some ripples on the water.  Highlight with a white gel pen.

Sponge around the edges with black ink.

Mat it onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock (I like a 3/16" border, so I cut the black cardstock to measure 5 3/16" x 3 15/16").  I also ran out of black candy dots, so I used a black Sharpie to color in some of the white ones.  Stamped the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes onto white cardstock, and punched it out with the Word Window punch.  Matted it on a black piece punched with the Modern Label punch.  Cut off the right side of the sentiment and butted it up against the edge of the black mat.  Stuck the whole panel to a Crisp Cantaloupe card base.

Placed the candy dots in the top left corner, and voila!  The card is done!

I hope you enjoyed today's project!  I'm excited to see what other people do with this awesome color combo today.  Supplies for this card are listed below.  Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 30, 2015

3-Page Gift Card Holder

This is a special card that I made to hold two gift cards inside, with room to write a note as well.  It has three pages, held together with brads and scored so that the pages fold open nicely.  This is a really nice gift card holder with some weight to it, so it makes a lovely gift.

Start with three pieces of your base color cardstock (I used Blackberry Bliss), cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  Score a vertical line half an inch in from the left side of each piece.  This will be the "spine" of the card, where you attach the brads.

Next, cut four panels of Wild Wasabi, each measuring 3 1/2" x 5 1/4".  Also cut four panels of coordinating patterned paper, each measuring 3 1/4" x 5".  I used the Painted Blooms DSP, and I chose a larger, more colorful print for the outside of the card and a smaller monochromatic print for the inside.  You will adhere the outside panels to the outside front and back covers of this card, and the inside panels will go on the inside front and back covers.

I'm sorry I forgot to take a photo of the middle page while I was making it, but here are the directions:  Cut another panel of Wild Wasabi that measures 3 1/2" x 5 1/4".  Mount this to the front side of the center page.  Attach a 3 1/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White to that, so that you have a space to write your message.  On the back side of the center page, attach a 3 1/2" x 5 1/4" piece of DSP (no cardstock mat on this one).  Then use a paper piercer to poke three holes in the spine, and join all the pages together with three brads.  I got my brads at Michael's.   Here's what the card looks like when it's all put together:

  Here's the front, in the photo below.  I used the Lovely Amazing You stamp set with Garden Green ink to stamp the sentiment.  I punched it out with a 1 3/4" circle punch, and adhered it to a 2" Wild Wasabi circle and a 2 3/8" Blackberry Bliss scalloped circle.  I also cut a strip of Rose Red cardstock to 3 1/4" x 1/2" and stuck it horizontally onto the patterned paper before popping up the sentiment with dimensionals.  I added a little bow made from Rich Razzleberry cotton ribbon at the bottom of the circle.

In the photos below, you can see the gift card pockets.  To make these, I cut two pieces of Blackberry Bliss that measured 4 1/2" x 1 3/4".  I scored them at 1/2" on both of the short sides and one of the long sides.  I trimmed off the two corners where the score lines criss-crossed, folded back the three tabs, and used Sticky Strip on the tabs to adhere the pockets to the card page.  I used two 3 1/2" x 1" pieces of yellow DSP along with punched out flowers to decorate the pockets, with candy dots for the flower centers. 

Here's the inside of the front cover next to the front of the center page, where you can write your message.

And here's the card from the back.  I cut a strip of Blackberry Bliss that was 5 1/2" by 1/2" and used it to cover up the backs of the brads, for a more finished look.  

Well, that about does it!  I hope my instructions were clear; let me know if you have questions.  Supplies are listed below.  This was a really fun card to make, especially if you have a pack of patterned paper that you are dying to play with and it has lots of patterns that go together well.  Have fun!

  Product List 
(the Petite Petals punch is on sale this week!)

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