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Fall Sympathy Card—SSS Wednesday Challenge

9.2014flowerfallsympathytwineUnfortunately I needed a sympathy card for an extended member of the family this week. I am reluctantly heading into the fall pallette of colors and wanted something simple. Sympathy cards are tough sometimes, because I want to cheer the person up, but don’t want the card to be blingy or colorful.

For this card, I used a pre-made kraft cardstock notecard from Michael’s. I embossed it with the big dots embossing folder from Lifestyle crafts.

20140907_143653I stamped the flower stamp (Savvycrafts) using red orange, yellow, and green distress inks on watercolor paper. After I stamped all the images, I used my paintbrush to fill in the petals of the flowers. It has a watercolor effect but it is not too splotchy, since the distress inks don’t have complete coverage on the paper when I stamped them.  If you don’t have a flower stamp like this one, you could use hearts, leaves, or any other medium shape that would work.  I made sure to be careful to wipe my brush clean between flowers so that the ink wouldn’t bleed into each other and get a muddy effect.

I used two sentiments. On the front, I embossed “sorry for your loss” from Hero Arts, and then stamped “Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you”  from Recollections on the inside with black Ranger archival ink. The newsprint vellum is from K&Company. I had it in my stash. I adhered the vellum to the watercolor piece and then used foam tape to pop the whole thing off the notecard.

I added white hearts in the middle of my flowers with my gelly roll white gel pen, and the used Forest moss distress ink to color in around the flowers. I smooshed the ink pad on my craft sheet and then sprayed it with a lot of water. I took my paintbrush and then painted the background of the  flowers. I made sure that my flowers were dry before I did this so the ink wouldn’t run.

Finally, I added some Paper Studio(Hobby Lobby) bakers twine around the top of the sentiment.

I am going to enter this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Check it out and all the other fantastic posts for STAMPTEMBER!

Thanks for stopping by!  If you have any comments or questions, I would love to hear them!

–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

 

 

Sand Dollar Card–SSS White Wednesday Challenge

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

7.2014whitechallenge–Lisa