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Copper Embossed Halloween Card

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I finally am ready to start THINKING about fall. Although I do hate to see summer go, this cute Halloween set caught my eye today.  I decided to make a background stamp of almost the whole collection of stamps in this set. I placed them on my card the way I wanted them and then took my large acrylic block and set them over the stamps so I could keep my arrangement.

20140913_111559I then inked up the stamps with my Versarmark ink and embossed them with my new favorite embossing powder—American Crafts Zing brand Copper. I LOVE the way this looks.

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I added some fall flower sequins and a strip of purple cardstock (leftover from my first Halloween card).  I corner chomped the corners of the notecard and that is it!  It is a tad simple, but I think the copper embossing powder helps to give it more interest.

If I were to do this again, I think I would stamp this background on a piece of cardstock and then add it to a notecard with a banner sentiment across the card front. It would add some dimension and make it a bit more detailed, since I think it has a bit too much black showing.

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Thanks for stopping by!  Love to hear any questions or comments you have!

–Lisa

 

Watercolor Hello Card

8.2014flowerhelloIt is nice to have some general cards on hand that could be used for birthdays, thank yous, or just  thinking of you cards. I am going to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challlenge—Anything Goes!

I started with the idea of wanting a soft watercolor flower look. I used my Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint Distress Markers to color in the flower image (from Doodlebug). I then stamped the image onto Strathmore watercolor paper and it left a soft imprint with some blank spaces. I then took my paint brush and added some water and scribbled a bit of each color on my craft sheet to lightly fill in some of the image, but being careful to leave some white space. I think that is the biggest challenge for me when it comes to watercolor is embracing the white space!  I think it is the leftover childhood refrain of color everything in that still rings in my head.  With watercolors, though the white space it what makes the creation.

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I added some white dots (ala Nichol Magouirk) on the leaves for some interest. I glued a purple sequin into the center of each flower since this stamp and die cut it leaves that area perfectly blank.

I dry embossed the image on some tan cardstock with the Cricut Cuttlebug Birds and swirls embossing folder.  Opps!  I forgot to include it in my supply shot!

I added a sentiment from the Paper Smooches Chit Chat Stamp set with the banner die from the same Doodlebug set. I used vellum for the sentiment. The vellum added some more softness that went well with the softness of the watercolor. I embossed the sentiment with American Crafts Copper Embossing Powder. I just bought this and I LOVE it. The copper color is really great.  I used foam dots to pop the flowers  up off the card a bit and glued the sentiment down carefully by adding some Ranger Multi Medium Matte so it would not show.

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I tied some purple bakers twine from Paper Studio around the tan embossed piece and adhered it to my notecard. Before I attached the notecard, however, I added little white dots with my Gelly Roll white marker to break up all that tan and tie back into the dots on the flowers. I used some Hero Arts Lime Green Shadow Ink to make an outline on my notecard to break up the more  neutral palette of this card.  Finally,  I added some white lines around the lime green edge of the notecard.

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Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Birthday fishes

7.2014fishesbdayI have been really inspired by the cute summer cards that I have seen on Instagram lately. Since my family just spent a week in the OBX, summer and beach is  definitely on my mind.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge fit in perfectly with a summer theme.  I have this adorable stamp set from Recollections that features lots of sea creatures. I stamped a whole bunch of them on Strathmore Watercolor Paper, and got to coloring!  I used Derwent Inktense Pencils to create these vibrant fish. I practiced a lot of different color combinations and  finally settled on a rainbow scheme with charcoal grey. I liked the cohesiveness of the fish using that color combination.  I have a bunch of other fish that I colored in other combinations that I can use on other cards.

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QUICK TIP: To keep the fish looking neat and the color staying in the lines, I drew in the colored sections of the fish first, and then let them dry before I colored in the grey parts. Since this stamp is pretty small, I was finding that the color was bleeding into the other areas of the fish if I tried coloring the whole fish at one time. I know the point of watercolor is a soft flowing look, but I just found the effect too messy for this project.

After I colored in the fish, I added glossy accents to make them look wet and shiny. I forgot to add the Wink of Stella to the fish, and that bums me out since I think that would have looked really cute.

I made the background with Strathmore watercolor paper and all the Distress Ink blues that I own. I layered the color so that the lightest blue would be at the “top” of the ocean with progressively darker colors of blue as you would go deeper down.

I cut waves out of vellum, and attached them to the background with Multi Medium Matte. I put a navy piece of cardstock behind the water scene to give it a little more dimension. I added sequins for a bit more shine and sparkle. I stamped the bubbles and colored them in with a distress marker and added glossy accents to make them look like water.

For the sentiment,  I printed it out on my computer using the font Wacky Action BTN 22pt. I used grays, going from lighter to darker to mimic the gradually descent into the deep parts of the ocean. I used foam dots for the sentiment and the fish. I was inspired by Nichol Magouirk, who made up her own sentiments. Since I didn’t have any ocean related sentiment stamps, this was a good solution. Inside the card, I have another fish, and the sentiment says “…and hoping you have oceans of fun on your birthday!”

I love this card, and I am going to make a few more like this, since the little fish is so cute! This is a 5X7 notecard, but I think I will make a few A2 size.

Check out the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  It is full of great inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear any comments or questions you may have.

–Lisa

 

 

Kitty Happy Birthday

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I had another bit of inspiration for the Virignia’s View Challenge featuring Die cuts!

I colored in this adorable kitty from the Penny Black Big Wish Stamp Set a few days ago with my Derwent Watercolour pencils and was  thinking of a way to make him into a card. I added some Glossy Accents to his party hat to make it appear shiny.  I also added a little Wink of Stella to the kitty to make him sparkle. I have found that there seems to always be a reason to use a little Wink of Stella.

I have an 8-year-old daughter and it is always wise to have a few kiddo birthday cards ready to go for birthday party invites.

I forgot to add the Sizzix Circle Framelit dies that I used to cut the circles with my Big Shot in the Materials picture!  Opps!

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I started by die cutting a circle into a square pre made notecard from Michael’s. I added some SEI patterned paper on the inside and attached my birthday kitty on some foam tape so it would pop up out of the circle. I played on a black and turquoise theme for this one.  I love that color combo and the cute kitty and bright turquoise work great to offset the small splashes of black that I have so it keeps it looking like a kid’s card. Although I could see this as a cute woman’s card too actually.

I kept this pretty simple by adding some sequins (found at Hobby Lobby) and a simple sentiment from the Chit Chat Paper Smooches Stamp Set. I used a border stamp from my Stampabilities Mixed Border Stamp Set(another Hobby Lobby find).  I embossed the sentiment with American Crafts Zing Black Embossing Powder. I added some Sakura Black Micron 005 Marker to the outline of the sentiment and border because for some reason I didn’t get a crisp enough outline like I wanted. I am wondering if I might need some more Versamark.

I spaced out my sequins to make sure they looked good to my eye and then I one by one glued them down with some Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

I love this sweet little cat and I can see myself using this stamp over and over again. This card would be easy to reproduce but yet is still so cute!

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I am entering this into the Virginia’s View Challenge–Die cuts! I am loving Die cuts right now, so this challenge has been great inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Color Challenge Birthday Card

7.2014chevroncolor challengeI created a Color Throwdown Challenge card. This was the pallette:

swatch+299 (1)I decided to use my Pale Tomato Hero Arts ink pad for the strawberry slush, Broken China Distress Ink for the Tempting Turquoise, and the flowers for the Very Vanilla.

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I took my chevron stencil and used round spongers to  blot and blend the ink onto my cardstock. I added some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker over the colored chevron for some sparkle.

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I added some Recollections and Making Memories paper flowers for a corner accent and brought in more of the red color with Doodlebug acrylic letter tiles. They spell out “luv”.

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The card looked a little too simple and so I added some silver foil paper from the Michael’s Recollection brand. If you don’t have silver foil paper, you could easily use plain paper and use silver embossing powder to create those strips of paper. I used my Xyron and some Tombow Mono Multi Glue to adhere the silver strips, and I preferred the Xyron strips. The Tombow didn’t work as good for this application in my opinion.

I stamped a happy birthday sentiment with my Avery Elle Cake and Candles stamp set onto some scrap vellum I had in my stash. I cut the banner shape and used glue dots to dug the sentiment banner under the flowers.

I used my Cropadile 1/2″ corner chomper to round the corners. I like the way the banner stands out a bit, and this pale red color and the turquoise offset each other nicely.

This one had me stumped at first, so I enjoyed the color combination since I wanted to use it for something other than a patriotic theme. I  have a glitter chevron  that I rejected for this challenge that I think I will finish up and post soon.

Thanks Color Throwdown for the inspiration!

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Thanks for visiting!

–Lisa

 

S’ more Lawn Fawn birthday fun

7.2014smorebdayI just can’t get enough of this adorable Lawn Fawn Love you S’more Stamp set and die set.  I created another  birthday card in preparation of a bunch of summer birthdays we have in my family.

20140703_122232I started with some Strathmore 300 series watercolor paper. I used faded jeans, chipped sapphire, and peeled paint Distress Inks to create my background. I started with chipped sapphire at the tope, faded jeans for the middle and peeled paint for the bottom.  I sprayed it with water numerous times  and then placed my watercolor paper into it.  I dried it with my heat gun, and layered more color onto my craft sheet with my ink pads and did another layer of color. I had trimmed my watercolor paper down to fit onto my A2 notecard. I trimmed it so that a small border would be around the notecard.

I then stamped my images onto the same watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx black ink, and used my Derwent Watercolour Pencils to color it in. I shaded the animals so the color would be lighter towards the camp fire, since that would be how they would like in real life…assuming animals could roast s’mores over a camp fire.  🙂 The Derwent pencils have a very creamy texture and color.  A little pencil goes a long way, so there are portions that I did not even sketch in any color and only used my paintbrush to create a light color. A light hand with the color is definitely a key tip to getting more subtle variations in color.

QUICK TIP: Sally Beauty Supply Stores have great papercrafting supplies. I got my squirt bottle there for super cheap, they have cute decorations for nails that could easily be used for cards, and they have nail files, buffers that can be used to distress items. If you sign up for their saver card you get coupons in the mail.  Of course, their selection of nail polish makes your shopping trip a double win!

I used the coordinating dies and cut them out with my Big Shot machine.  I then started to attach my images. I cut out some trees in black cardstock and made some hills with black ink and the hill stamp that comes in the set. I wanted a night time scene so the trees are black to represent more of a shadow. I embossed the stars with White sparkle Recollections embossing powder to add some dimension as well. The sentiment is embossed with black American Crafts embossing powder. I used glossy accents on the flames to make them stand out and I really like the effect it made.

I am really happy with the way this turned out. I am still perfecting my coloring and shading techniques….so more practice makes progress!

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

Embossed Happy Birthday card

6.2014 American arts bdayI was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week and made two cards. I chose the other card to submit, but loved the bright colors of this card  as well, so I figured I would share this creation as well.

20140627_151927I used Strathmore Watercolor Paper because at first I was going to do more blending and use more water, but as I stamped it out I liked the vibrant yellow color so all I did was take a Tim Holtz Waterbrush and fill in more yellow to fill in the blank spots in the flowers. I used Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade for the flower base.

QUICK TIP: Make sure to use your heat gun to dry the flower bases first before you emboss. I also recommend using a powder bag to make sure no embossing powder sticks. I had TONS of embossing powder stick my first time I stamped these, and so I used a broad stiff paintbrush and swiped ALL the embossing powder off the images. I then used my heat gun again and then restamped withVersamark in Frost and started all over.

I used the same My Favorite Things Sweet Roses Stamp set as the previous card.  I then stamped the outline in Versamark frost ink and heat embossed it with gorgeous American Crafts Embossing Powder in Grapefruit and it so reminded me of Strawberry Lemonade when I was done. It is such a fun summery color combination.

20140627_133559I cut out the sentiment using my Cricut ( 2 3/4″ Alphalicious font) and adhered it with Tombow Mono Multi Glue . I dry embossed the whole thing using  a Paper Studio Chevron Embossing Folder BEFORE I added the sentiment.  I glued the watercolor paper onto a premade notecard from Michael’s, and left a little room on the top and bottom for the black to peek out.  I added some black sequins  that I found clearanced out at Hobby Lobby using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

6.2014 American arts bdayThis card is so cheerful and I just love the color contrasts. It shows you can use black and still make the card look cheerful and fun! Now I am thirsty for some Strawberry Lemonade.  🙂

–Lisa

 

Watercolor Embossed Birthday Card–SSS Wednesday Challenge

6.2014 SS CA challenge2I started this card as an entry into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and I wanted to use my American Crafts Opaque White Embossing Powder to create a watercolor floral image.

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20140628_131742 I love the look of white on kraft cardstock, and my Derwent Inktense Pencils give a rich vibrant color that really stands out.  I stamped the flowers from the My Favorite Things Sweet Roses stamp set.  For the coloring I used VERY little water because I wanted the color to be truly intense. I used two pencils close in color for each flower. So, the shading is subtle. I figured the pencils are pretty vibrant all their own and I wanted each flower to be a bit more monochromatic.

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20140628_114402I cut out two hearts using my Sizzix heart dies on a page of foil paper I found clearanced out at Michael’s. Gotta love a good deal! I used foam dots to adhere the hearts to add some dimension. I added the “Happy Birthday” using my Cricut ( 1 3/4″  Classic Cricut Font). I adhered the “Happy Birthday” with some Ranger Multi Medium Matte, and added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the sentiment. I tied a bow with some berry colored ribbon from Michael’s. I used glue dots on the ribbon to keep it in place and cut a slit on the fold of the card to insert the ribbon through the back. I used more glue dots to keep the ribbon in place in the back. I made sure the ribbon was cut long enough so that it overlapped in the back for a more finished look. I think the bright colors really stand out nice from the more plain kraft cardstock.

QUICK TIP:  Practice your coloring first on a scrap piece of paper to make sure your color combos are what you want them to be before you commit them to your final project.

6.2014 SS CA challenge2Summer makes me think of bright colors and you can let your imagination run wild. Experiment with some bright colors today!

–Lisa