Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Butterfly Tag Thanks

Hi everyone!  Today's project is for the Splitcoaststampers challenge from Monday, which was to somehow incorporate a tag onto your project.  I cut my tag from a piece of watercolor paper, and started by sponging on some Tumbled Glass distress ink from the top of the tag down, getting lighter as I went.  Then I colored in one of the flower stamps from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps set Nature Silhouettes, using Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write markers.  I spritzed the stamp lightly with water and stamped it down, repeating this process two more times.  I colored in the butterfly from the same stamp set with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze markers, spritzed it with water and stamped it above the flowers.  I drew in his body with a Chocolate Chip marker and softened the lines of it with a baby wipe.  Finally, I roughed up the edges of the tag with the blade of my scissors, and sponged around the edge of it with Broken China and Peeled Paint distress inks.

For the card background, I cut a piece of Kraft cardstock to 3 3/4" x 5" and heat embossed the butterflies from Stampin' Up!'s Kinda Eclectic stamp set all over it, using clear embossing powder.  I also heat embossed the "thanks" sentiment from the Hip Hip Hooray card kit stamp set in white onto a 3/4" wide strip of Tempting Turquoise cardstock.  The rest of the card layers are made with Tempting Turquoise and Cajun Craze cardstock, and the chevron ribbon is adhered on with glue dots.  The tag was popped up with dimensionals at a slight angle. 

I hope you like this colorful project today!  I tried to use some colors that transition from late summer into fall, because that's how our weather has been around here lately.  It's been absolutely gorgeous.  Hope you're having a great week - it's our last week of summer before we are back to school on Monday!  Enjoy!  

Stamps: SNSS Nature Silhouettes, SU Kinda Eclectic, Hip Hip Hooray
Ink:  Versamark, Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peeled Paint
Paper: SU Cajun Craze, Tempting Turquoise, Kraft, and watercolor paper
Accessories: SU chevron ribbon, foam adhesive, glue dots, sponge wedges, Stampin' Write markers, spray bottle with water, white and clear embossing powders 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Butterfly Basics Birthday Card

Hello everyone,
Today's card was made with the Butterfly Basics stamp set, using a distress stain watercolor technique that I learned from Heather Telford's tutorial here.  If you have never browsed Heather's gorgeous watercolor work, check out her website for lots of amazing inspiration.  She is one of my favorite card makers, and I absolutely adore her watercolor style. 

You can check out the tutorial I linked above for a video that explains everything in detail, but basically what I did here is I inked up the flower stamp with distress stains and spritzed it lightly with water.  Then I stamped it onto the smoother side of a piece of watercolor paper, and used my Aquapainter to pull some of the ink into the image to color it before it completely dried.  I love this technique with outline image stamps, and I can't wait to play around with it more!

Have a great day!
Stamps: SU Butterfly Basics
Ink: Distress stains in Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, and Peeled Paint; distress marker in Vintage Photo; Memento Rich Cocoa inkpad
Paper: Watercolor paper (cold press), Chocolate Chip and Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock
Accessories: Aquapainter, spray bottle containing water 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Happy Congratulations: Stepped Up Version

This is the second version of the card I made in the previous post, inspired by the decorations at a wedding we recently attended.  You can decide which one you like better; I personally like this one!  A card never feels quite right to me unless it has at least a couple of layers, ha!

I followed the same basic steps that I used to create the first one, except that instead of masking off the whole front of the card, I just stamped and sponged the lantern scene onto a piece of Whisper White that measured 2 3/4" x 4 1/4".  I also added a little Apricot Appeal ink to the lanterns to give them a bit of dimension, and the chalk that I used to shade in the hearts was an orange-yellow instead of straight yellow.  I matted this panel onto another piece of Whisper White that was 3" wide, and then onto a piece of Midnight Muse that was 3 1/4" wide.  The Kraft card base was stamped with the lantern outline image in Baked Brown Sugar ink, after stamping off once each time so it wouldn't be too dark.

Hope you like these two designs... have a great night!
Stamps: SU Happy Congratulations and GKD Nature's Greetings
Ink: Midnight Muse, Night of Navy, So Saffron, Apricot Appeal, Versamark
Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Midnight Muse
Accessories: Sticky notes, white gel pen, clear embossing powder, white embossing powder, heat tool, orange-yellow chalk, eyeshadow applicator, sponge wedges, iron, Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Happy Congratulations

We just got back from the most lovely wedding, and this card is inspired by the decor and color scheme that the bride chose.  She had a gorgeous blue and purple theme going on, with all these beautiful paper lanterns glowing around the room.  I just had to pull out the Happy Congratulations stamp set and make this card when I got home!  I had already made them a different wedding card, but now I wish I'd made this one instead.  I still might send it to them now, after the fact!

This is a one-layer, CAS card, made on a card base of Gina K Designs 120lb white cardstock.  First, I masked off the area I wanted to stamp and sponge with sticky notes.  Then I heat embossed the lantern outline image in clear EP, and masked off the centers of each lantern with masking paper.  Then I sponged Midnight Muse and Night of Navy inks onto the space, starting from the top of the card down.  When the ink was dry, I removed all the masks and ironed off the clear EP to leave a flat, white outline for the lanterns.  I stamped the centers of the lanterns using So Saffron ink.  Then I heat embossed the sentiment in white EP, and added stars and hearts with my white gel pen.  When the pen ink was dry, I dabbed over the hearts with yellow chalk and a little eyeshadow applicator, to make them "glow."  For those of you who are wondering why I went to the trouble of ironing off the embossing on the lantern outlines, it's because the tiny lines that crisscross the center of the lanterns wouldn't have been heat embossed, and I thought it might look better if all the white lines were consistent (not having some raised and shiny, while others were flat and matte).  You could certainly leave the heat embossing as it is and skip that step.

Flat, and easy for mailing... but I have plans for a stepped-up version soon, so stay tuned!  Hope you enjoy today's project... have a great Sunday, and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: SU Happy Congratulations and GKD Nature's Greetings
Ink: Midnight Muse, Night of Navy, So Saffron, Versamark
Paper: GKD 120lb white cardstock
Accessories: Sticky notes, white gel pen, clear embossing powder, white embossing powder, heat tool, yellow chalk, eyeshadow applicator, sponge wedges, iron, Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Friday, August 14, 2015

Up North

Hi everyone!  For this card I was totally inspired by Heather Telford's gorgeous creation here.  I followed her directions mostly, and I just love the way it turned out!  Actually, I bought the Penny Black Prancers stamp set last year BECAUSE of Heather, and all of the gorgeous wintery cards she does with it.  It has beautifully detailed trees in three different sizes, and it's become one of my all-time favorite sets.  I don't even care about the other stamps in the set.  I just love it for these trees!

To start, I cut a piece of CanvaPaper to 3 3/4" x 5" and taped it down to my work surface using painter's tape to mask off the edges.  Then I cut some hill shapes from frisket film, and placed one down for the topmost hill.  I pressed it firmly onto the paper because the paper is textured, and I didn't want paint seeping underneath.  I actually used super cheap watercolor paints from Michael's, and just freehanded a sunset sky, starting with yellow at the horizon, working up to pink, and finally blue.  Then before removing the frisket film, I inked up the smallest tree stamp with Walnut Stain distress ink, spritzed it once with water, and stamped it down.  I repeated this three more times for the highest row of trees.  I dried the paint back a bit with my heat tool, and then stamped the trees again over the top of the already-stamped images to bring out some of the detail.

I repeated this process for the two lower hills, increasing the size of the tree stamp for each hill as I went down.  For these lower hills, I overstamped the trees again with Peeled Paint distress ink.  I used my watercolor brush to pull some of the wet paint and smudge it along the hill lines.  Some of the ink leaked underneath the frisket film here, so the lower hills look a bit greener, like there is some grass showing through the snow.  A happy accident, ha!  To finish the card, I tore the painted panel along the bottom, mounted it on a piece of Early Espresso and tore the bottom of that to match, then mounted the panel onto a Perfect Plum card base.  I added little stars with my white gel pen and three Crumb Cake candy dots as an accent, since the torn edge wandered up higher on the right side.

Hope you like this project - thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Penny Black Prancers, SNSS Nature Silhouettes (for the grasses)
Ink: Walnut Stain and Peeled Paint distress inks
Paper: CanvaPaper from Michael's, Early Espresso and Perfect Plum cardstock
Accessories: Neutrals candy dots, frisket film, painter's tape, watercolors from Michael's, spray bottle with water, white gel pen

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mallard Rising

Happy August!  I have been spending most of this summer preparing to teach a new grade level next year, as well as organizing different areas of our home... so I haven't had nearly as much time to stamp as I usually do during the summer.  But this stamp set has been out on my desk for a month now, and I've been itching to give it a whirl!

For this birthday card, I started by stamping the duck from The Wilderness Awaits set, using StazOn Timber Brown ink.  The whisper white panel I used measured 3" x 4.25".  I colored him in using color pencils, keeping the darker shading close to where the shading marks are on the stamped image.  Then I roughly sketched in the water and mountains, and colored them in with color pencils as well.  For the sky, I went with peach and pink tones.  I used the sentiment from the Wetlands stamp set, and stamped it in StazOn Timber Brown ink in the top left corner.  I lightly sponged some Creamy Caramel ink around the edges of the panel, mounted it on a 3 1/8" x 4 3/8" piece of Early Espresso cardstock, and then onto a Bermuda Bay card base that I had embossed with the Tulip Frame TIEF.  Hope you enjoy today's nature-inspired card, and thanks for stopping by! 

Stamps: Stampin' Up! The Wilderness Awaits and Wetlands 
Ink: StazOn Timber Brown
Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Accessories: Color pencils, Tulip Frame TIEF, foam adhesive, Stamp-a-ma-jig 

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