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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 “Thank you” Card

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I was inspired by this post by Kristina Werner.  I don’t have all the colors of Distress Inks, but I worked with what I had. I have done lots of these watercolor backgrounds, but I borrowed her color palette to create this “Thank you”  card.

20140809_201248I just spread these three inks down on my craft sheet in stripes and then spritzed it with water. I used my  heat tool to dry out the paper (I used Strathmore 300 series) between layers. I laid down some more color on my craft sheet to get a darker color. In order to get the dots, I did what she suggested with a slight twist. I cupped my hand above where I wanted to be, and then I sprayed water in my hand one spray at a time until it just dropped a single drop down. I tried spritzing a bunch of water in my cupped hand a head of time but I had a bunch run out of my hand and I had to re-do a section of my watercolor background.  I then let it sit a bit and used a dry rag to blot up some color.

This is a picture of what it looked like before I used the water droplets.

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At first I adhered the whole sheet down on a notecard, but wanted to break it up a bit and I liked the dramatic black background so I cut off  a little bit on either side and then left some of the black notecard show through. I cut out four thank you’s with my Circut (Alphalicious font 2 3/4″). I glued them together with Tombow Mono Multi Glue and then glued them to the watercolor piece. I added some sequins and punched hearts to the left side for a little more texture and interest.

I liked the card, but felt I could up the interest a little bit more, so I took my Gelly Roll white pen and drew some little dots on various places on the letters and the black space in the middle to tie it together. I really like the effect. I had no rhyme or reason to how I did it, I just started placing dots.  I didn’t want to overdo it, so I would place a few dots and then let it sit a second and then come back to it. I waited to see where my eye would go on the card and notice any spaces that seemed to need those white dots.

I used the watercolor pieces that I cut off on the front to glue inside the card as well.

20140810_122708I love how this turned out. It is much more dramatic than my usual.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

 

Crabby sandcastle card–Jane’s Doodles and SSS Wednesday Challenge

8.2014crabsandcastlecloseI found this sweet FREE digital file from Jane’s Doodles. I immediately feel in love with it and was so grateful that Jane was letting us have it for free!

I knew this would be perfect for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

8.1014crabsandcastlecloserHere is a close up of this cute file.  I used Derwent Inktense and regular watercolour pencils to color this in. I also used some Distress Markers to tweak my coloring technique. It really is just some trial and error.  Have some fun and play. I find that is when I usually hit on a winning technique. I then outlined all of the images with my Micron black marker to make the edges crisp.

I then used some Elmer’s glue and spread a thin amount on the sandcastle. I sprinkled some Martha Stewart glitter onto the sand castle with the glue and with my fingers mixed it around to make a pasty sandy appearance. I really liked the result. I used darker brown for the opening of the sandcastle to keep the shading. I then used my Micron marker and outlined the edges of the images again since some of the glitter spread over the edges. I used an Xacto blade to scrap some of the glitter that went over the edges as well and the worked really well to clean it up. I find that if I waited until the glue/glitter dried it was easier to outline it and the glue/glitter mixture didn’t goop up my Micron marker.

I then used two coats of glossy accents on the crab. I added some white dots (inspiration from (Nichol Magouirk) on the crab on top of the glossy accents. I punched out a little heart and put glossy accents on that too. I think I may be addicted to glossy accents.

I then used Distress inks to create the background. I just played around until I liked the results. It is a pretty forgiving technique. You can dab up what you don’t like with a towel and make changes pretty easily.  I added some more concentrated color with Derwent watercolour pencils/Distress Inks and a paint brush and flicked the color onto the images.

The image is cut out of the banner shape from the Lawn Fawn Die set. I then cut out a piece of chevron paper from a Recollections paper pad I have. I tied a bow with some Paper Studio Baker’s Twine and added some clear sequins. It is all on a pre made kraft notecard from Michael’s.  I think this would be a fun card to duplicate and try different coloring combos with it.

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QUICK TIP:  I did not put any kind of sentiment on this card yet. It would work well for so many different types of cards. Have some generic cards that you can dress up easily with a sentiment if you need to when the moment arrives. I could add a banner above the sand castle to say “Happy Birthday!”  I could add a “Thanks” to the other claw of the crab, or I could stamp a sentiment right on the sand. There are so many cards that could work for many different situations, so if you have some cards that are all ready to go besides the sentiment you can add something quickly and be ready to send it out!

Check out the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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

 

Cute kiddo Shaker Card

7.2014shaker cardSSSwednesdayI decided to go shaker style on this card!  My brother and his wife are expecting their first child (a girl!), in November and I am super excited to be an aunt. So with them in mind, I created this sweet little so happy for you card. You could easily adapt this to a kid birthday card with a different sentiment.

20140702_170120I used the smaller banner die from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners Die set some assorted sequins from Hobby Lobby, baker’s twine from Paper Studio, and the heart and small star stamp from the Lawn Fawn Love you s’more stamp setI had a $1 stamp from Michaels,  American Crafts Opaque White Embossing Powder,  Recollections purple tinsel and raspberry pearl embossing powders as well.  I used an old star punch and the We R Memory Keepers 1/2″ Corner Chomper. The patterned paper came from a clearanced out DCWV mat stack from Target. the notecard was a premade one from Michael’s (Love to stock up with their coupons!). Glitter paper is also from Michael’s.

For the shaker element, I used old acetate from a stamp set that I saved just for this purpose. I cut out two banner shapes with the Lawn fawn set and one from the acetate. I used Tombow Mono Multi glue to adhere the acetate to the top banner. In order to get the window on the top banner, I just used my Xacto and ruler and cut out a frame. I then used thin foam adhesive to line the edges of the banner shape. It is important to get along the whole edge, so your shaker filling stays put.

QUICK TIP: Need an easy cutting surface?  I bought a large cutting board and use that for all my Xacto cutting projects.

I used photo squares to attach the shaker element to the card.  Since the shaker element stands out quite a bit, I will probably include this in a baby gift package that I will send.  That way I don’t have to worry about the postal service tearing up my card.

7.2014shaker cardSSSwednesdayThis card is entered in:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Shake it!

Beyond Grey: Let’s Get Kiddish!

 

 

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