I had started this card last week, but once I had the glittery stars I wasn’t sure where to take it. I wanted to highlight them, but the card just looked too plain. I definitely am on the side of more clean and simple designs naturally, but even my simple eye knew it needed something.
Let’s start with the stars though! I decided to make my own stickers with double-sided sticky sheets from Jo-Ann Fabrics. You could use any double-sided sticky sheets you have. Those were just what I could find easily. I die cut the stars using my Sizzix Framelitsr Die Cuts. ( I forgot to include those in my supply picture!). I positioned them on sticky sheet so that I could also find a use for the negative space created by the star cut outs. I haven’t decided what I want to do with this negative space yet though. Once I stuck my stars down on my card base, I added some Martha Stewart fine glitter to the shapes. I only took off the release paper on one of the stars at a time so that the colors would not get trapped into the other stars, although that could be a cute look too! I used the release paper and a bone folder to press the glitter into the star shapes. That way the glitter does not keep flaking off the card. I had seen Jennifer McGuire do this and I can attest it works great!
I liked the dark navy cardstock ( I used a piece from the Recollections cardstock packs that go on sale for like $3.33 for a pack). I embossed some small dots on the bottom with my Lifestyle Crafts Polka Dot Embossing Folder. I added some flourishes and stars with the Colorbox Frost White Pigment Ink and someWow Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing Powder . The star and flourishes are part of the Avery Elle Cake And Wishes Stamp Set that I used for the sentiment inside.
I had various bling from my Recollections collection and embossed the sentiment from the same Avery Elle stamp set with Recollections White sparkle embossing powder.
The metal tag I had lying in my stash for years! I found some stickers that I got free in the mail from a scrapbook club that sent them out and added blue swiss dot ribbon, and some bakers twine to jazz it up.
I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge—Start from Scratch!
If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them!
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I started with this cute little birthday girl from the Penny Black Big Wish stamp set. I bought it so I could practice my coloring techniques. I used watercolor pencil (Derwent Inktense and regular Watercolor) and a little Sakura Micron Pen (for her bows) to color her in. I usually use a Tim Holtz waterbrush, but decided to break out my real watercolor brushes (DaVinci) to try this time.
I added a bit of Elmer’s White Paint Marker for the dots on her hat and dress. I wasn’t terribly fond of the dots, so I added some tiny bling to the flowers and some glossy accents to the balloon and the dots on her hat.
I embossed some little hearts from another set onto the notecard because it was looking a little plain. I used Recollections White tinsel embossing powder. It embossed clear with some glitter. I embossed the sentiment that also comes with the set, with some Recollections Purple Detail embossing powder. I used the Sizzix Framelits Flower Dies to create the background behind the little girl. I used the 2nd to largest for the image, and the largest for the two background papers. I used that same foil paper and striped paper I mentioned in other posts from Recollections as well.
It felt like it was missing some more dimension/texture, so I added a washi tape banner. The washi tape is from We R Memory Keepers (bought from Costco) and I had some embroidery floss lying around that I used as the string for the banner. I used a ready-made note card again, and am pretty happy with how this turned out.
I am thrilled to enter this creation into Virginia’s View Challenge. This week is die cuts!]
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I was intrigued by this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I really enjoyed this challenge. Using ALL white was definitely a challenge. I am a fan of color, so trying to come up with something that was more monochromatic but still made a statement got my crafty wheels turning.
I originally was going to do all die cut flourishes, but didn’t like the look of it, so I dug in my Quickutz stash (LOVE that my Big Shot machine cuts out my Quickutz dies by the way!) and found this cute sand dollar. You could add some shading if you wanted to, but I wanted as white as possible for this card. I die cut a bunch and used my Xyron Mini X, and Tombow Mono Multi Glue to adhere them to a basic Michael’s notecard. Before I adhered them, I embossed them with Recollections White Tinsel embossing powder. It gives a great sparkle but ends up clear. I spaced the sand dollars around the notecard until I found a configuration I liked. I had some hanging off the card, so I just trimmed them with my trusty Xacto blade when the glue was dry. I couldn’t resist adding some bling with clear diamond-like embellishments (also from Michael’s).
I used the Avery Elle Cake and Candles Stamp Set for my sentiment, but you could easily make this any kind of sentiment. I stamped with Versamark on some vellum and embossed with Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder. I used my powder bag on the vellum before I embossed so that no embossing powder stuck.
You can see how sparkly these cute little sand dollars are in the light. The embossing powder gives it a great sandy texture as well.
I love thinking outside my creative box. I never would have thought to use all white. I think I might try some more monochromatic schemes in the future.
This card is inspired by the awesome Jennifer McGuire and is based on her post: http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2014/05/video-ink-splatter-new-hero-arts-discount-code-giveaway.html
I took some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers and a blending tool to layer on some color to the white cardstock I used.
I think used my Derwent Inktense pencils to splatter on some more color. I love the Inktense pencils because they add a vibrant color to your project. I used a cheapy paint brush to splatter some of the color onto my card stock. I got the paint brush wet first and then rubbed the tip of the paintbrush to the tip of the pencils and then flicked the color onto the cardstock.
QUICK TIP: Use a craft sheet or plastic placemat or some other surface that you can easily clean when you are done. This can definitely make a mess. Also, I recommend doing a few trial runs to figure out the amount of water versus color you want to use. You can always use the trial pieces for other projects.
This is what it looked like when I finished. I used my heat tool to dry the color between applications so the color would not get muddy.
I then used my punch bunch MegaGiant (around 3 inches) circle punch and my Fiskars circle punch (around 2 inches). I didn’t have the exact punches that Jennifer used so I adapted it to the ones I had. I had a star punch that I used but you could easily use any die cut stars you have on hand. I used glitter paper from Recollections ( a Michaels’ brand) but you could use any glitter paper you have on hand.
I cut out the big circle and then cut into the big circle with the smaller one to make a moon shape. You could make the moon as full or crescent as you would like.
For my sentiment I used my computer to print it out. I found fonts that I liked together. I printed out a bunch so I could make multiples of this card.
I simply adhered the elements to a standard size note card and added some yellow bling. I cut the sentiment into a banner shape and adhered the moon and sentiment with double sided adhesive so it popped off the page.
You could have so many different color combinations for this card and it will be unique every time. There are a lot of elements but this was a pretty simple card to put together.
I have been in love with watercolor effects lately. They have such an elegant lovely look to them. For this card I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink markers. I used the brush tip abd scribbled Worn Lipstick, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, and Pine Needles on my Ranger craft sheet. I spritzed the craft sheet with some water and then laid my watercolor paper into the pools of watercolor ink.
I waited for the watercolor paper to dry and then I stamped my Her Arts flower image onto the watercolor paper with Versamark Ink in frost.
I enbossed the image with Hero Arts white embossing powder. At first my watercolor image was a bit muted against the white embossed flower image, so I decided to add some more color. I used the same color markers and the same technique of scribbling on the craft paper, adding a bit of water and then pressing the image into the watercolor pools of ink. I was careful not to spread it around too much so that it wouldn’t create a muddy effect. It really is just trial and error to get the look that you want for your card.
I used a piece of Bazzill 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock and cut it in half for the card base (4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″). After I scored the card I scored lines down the entire card for a raised embossed look to add dimension to the card.
I added bling and a birthday wishes greeting to finish it off. I got the stamp at the dollar section at Michaels. I wanted the watercolor image to speak for itself so I only inked the greeting part of the stamp with Versamark Black Onyx Ink. The bling I bought at Michael’s too when it was on sale. It is their Recollections store brand.
I adhered the water color image onto a scrap piece of black cardstock (also from Michael’s) then added foam tape to the back of the water color image to have it pop off the card with more dimension.
This card is a lovely way to bring spring into your cards!
Here are the supplies I used. If you have any questions on what I used, please leave a comment.
Have fun creating a little Spring for your cards!