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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

S’more Card–Lawn Fawn Stamps

6.2014smorefathersdayblogI don’t think I have ever been so excited to get a stamp set than I was to get this ADORABLE Lawn Fawn Love You S’more Stamp set and die cuts. It is way too cute.  I was inspired by the watercolor backgrounds I had seen from kwernerdesign.com, jennifermcquireink.com,  and the Lawn Fawn Blog. So, I created a kind of northern lights background and tried out my new stamps and dies. LOVE THEM! I used some Hero Arts White embossing powder to make  the stars stand out.

I realized two things while making this card:  1.  I need to perfect my die cutting ability with small dies. Using Washi tape has helped, but getting them centered just right will take some practice. 2. I need better markers. I used my kids markers and I was not happy with the result. I need to sit down and just keep coloring these. I have great watercolor pencils that I think will give a better effect, since I do not have any Copics at the moment. I am having a hard time pulling the trigger on that expense, even though Simon Says Stamp is having a 20% off sale right now on Copics.  That is SO hard to resist.

I can see myself using this set tons!  This card I made for my hubby for Father’s Day, but this set is SO versatile.

–Lisa

 

 

Watercolor seashells card

6.2014 shell thanksI am loving the watercolor look right now. It is just such a pretty addition to cards.  It definitely steps up an ordinary card.

So for this one, I am always needing more masculine card ideas. I have TONS of girly feminine ideas but the masculine cards always seem harder since they are usually more simple and sometimes simple can translate into BORING.  I hate boring!

Here are the supplies I used…

20140630_192536I used $1 stamps from Michael’s, Hero Arts Everyday Sayings StampsVersafine Onyx Black InkTim Holtz Distress Ink in Salty Ocean, Strathmore 300 series watercolor paper,Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker,We R memory keepers washi tape, a Fiskars 2″ circle punch (not pictured), and an adorable paper pad collection from Michael’s. You could easily find a similar pattern in your own stash I am sure.

QUICK TIP: I like to stock up on my basics like notecards and watercolor paper when my local craft store has their 40% or 50% off and sometimes like this week, Michael’s is having an additional 15% off all items. That way I am never run out of my go-to supplies when I feel the creative urge.

I started with punching out three circles with my Fiskars circle punch. You could use any circle punch you have, or just trace around a circular item and cut out.  I am using a standard A2 notecard (also from Michael’s). I then stamped all three seashells in Salty Ocean Distress Ink. I spritzed the stamped images with just a few squirts of water and then with my fingers I spread the ink around until it looked the way I liked it. There will be a faint trace image of the seashell. I then used my tweezers and held onto the stamped images and then used my heat gun to dry the stamped watercolor images. After I was sure it was dry I stamped the same seashells with Versamark Black ink. I stamped them a bit offset.

20140627_133728I really liked the ghost blue image and the darker black image. You could use any color combo that speaks to you. It looks like the image got stuck in the rain and left a great watercolor background I added some Wink of Stella glitter marker to the seashells for a bit of sparkle. Guys can appreciate some sparkle too!

I then just cut  my patterned paper to fit the note card and used some brown We R Memory Keepers washi tape (that I found at Costco of all places!) as a border. It added enough extra interest, but because it was brown like the background it doesn’t take away from the seashell circles.

I then used my Hero Arts Everyday Sayings Stamp Set to add a variety of “thanks”. I only inked up part of one of sentiments to add just the word and not the original entire phrase. I love how versatile this set is for cardmaking!  I could easily add a happy birthday sentiment and change this to a masculine birthday card as well.  I really like the technique that I used here and I will definitely be trying it out again.

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Experiment with some watercolor stamping today. The great thing is that it is very forgiving and you can experiment away without too much worrying. Too much water?  Just use  a dry cloth to blot it up. Not enough water?  Just spritz some more.

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

 

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers Watercolor Card

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This card is a lovely way to bring spring into your cards!

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Here are the supplies I used. If you have any questions on what I used, please leave a comment.

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Have fun creating a little Spring for your cards!