Thursday, August 25, 2016

Keep Calm and Party

The August challenge theme at Live Love Cards is "Birthday Cards." I created this card for a friend of ours, whose birthday is next week.

I chose one of the greetings from "Turn 29" by Technique Tuesday (retired & unavailable). I felt this particular image from Penny Black's "Birthday Party" stamp set went perfectly with the greeting, so I also chose to use that. My design is from Operation Write Home's Sketch #51.

I cut a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper to 3.25" square, and stamped my image on that with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I heat embossed it with Recollections Clear Detail embossing powder, and used my Inktense pencils & and damp paintbrush to color it. After rounding the corners with my 1/4" Corner Chomper, I inked the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress ink.

For my greeting, I stamped it in Versafine as well, and clear heat embossed it. I die cut that with a Spellbinders "Standard Circles LG" die, and inked around the edge with Worn Lipstick.

I cut a piece of patterned paper from my scrap stash to 2x5.5", and adhered it to a piece of teal cardstock. I adhered my focal panel and greeting over that, and finally mounted the card front to a white A2 card base. Really an easy card to pull together--the longest part was coloring the image!

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "It's Hip to Be Square"
Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"
Craft Your Passion: "Anything Goes"

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bring on the Cake!

A friend of mine has a birthday this week, so I decided to make a special card for her. I found this tutorial from on making a lever card, and thought that would be perfect!

I cut & scored my card base & inside pieces from a light green cardstock, and adhered the inside to the card base, as per the instructions. Then I cut my patterned paper pieces, from a 12x12" sheet by Me and My Big Ideas. I did have to adjust the widths of the pieces, because I found the measurements given in the tutorial were off by 1/8". But it was no big deal, once I figured out what was going on.

For the focal panel on the "lever" portion, I stamped the cake & candles from Essentials by Ellen's "Wish Big" set. I colored them with my Prismacolor colored pencils, and cut them with the coordinating "Wish Big" dies. I glued the candles to the cake, and then glued that to a label I'd cut with a die from the Sizzix/Tim Holtz "Labels" set. I stamped the greeting, also from "Wish Big," under the cake, inked the edges of the label with Worn Lipstick Distress ink, and adhered the panel in place.

Card opened up. I forgot to photograph the card before I wrote my message, so I blurred that out.
I cut 2 more panels from the same pink cardstock I'd die cut the label from. On one, I stamped the "Wish Big" greeting, and a balloon from the same stamp set. After drawing the balloon string with a fine-tip black pen, I colored the balloon with a red Prismacolor pencil, and added a highlight with a white gel pen. I also colored in the "BIG" letters with the same red pencil. I rounded the corners of both panels with my 1/8" Corner Chomper (apparently discontinued), and inked the edges with Worn Lipstick. I adhered them in place, and my card was finished!

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

Live Love Cards August Challenge: "Birthday Cards"
Craft Your Passion Challenges #326: "Anything Goes"

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


The final challenge for My Favorite Things Camp Create is "Shadow Stamping." Basically. you stamp a solid image in white pigment ink. Then you stamp the same image again over the first stamping, but slightly offset, creating a shadow. I do not have any solid MFT stamps, so I used some of the images from Paper Smooches' "Botanicals 2" set, along with one of MFT's "Happy Hellos" dies (apparently now retired). (I did try creating my own solid stamps by die cutting craft foam with a few MFT dies, but it just did not work out.) For inks, I used Hero Arts Unicorn (white) pigment ink and Hero Arts Green Hills dye ink.

My initial idea was to stamp the foliage starting in the lower left corner, and have it go along the bottom & left edges of the card, "hugging" the die cut greeting. But that looked a bit too unbalanced, so I added a sprig of leaves in the top right corner. By the time I finished "balancing" the design, I had to stamp pretty much the whole panel!

I die cut my greeting from some dark teal green cardstock, and used Perfect Paper Adhesive to glue it in place on my panel. Finally, I adhered my card front to a white A2 card base. Other than all the stamping for the background, a pretty easy card to put together. :)

You Make Life Beautiful

My Favorite Things had a Farewell Bonfire for the last session of their Camp Create 2016. The challenge is to make a one-layer card. This card is my second attempt. I tried to stamp a black watch plaid pattern on the first. Let's just say, it was not a pretty sight in the end. :( I think this version turned out quite well though!

I began by cutting a panel of white cardstock to A2 size. I die cut a mask from some masking paper with one of the "Labels Four" dies from Spellbinders, and adhered it in the middle of my panel. Then I used My Favorite Things' "Plaid Background Builder" stamp set to stamp my background, in Memento Bahama Blue, Pear Tart, & Dandelion dye inks. With the mask still in place, I used a fingertip sponge dauber to apply a bit of Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink around the outside of the mask. I just felt the center area needed that additional definition. Finally, I removed my mask.

After using my powder bag to apply powder to the entire card panel, I tested it by sprinkling embossing powder on it, just to see if it would come off un-inked areas. (I got that trick from Kristina Werner.) It didn't. Because it is so humid here now, I figured that might have something to do with it, so I dried the panel with my heat tool some. This time, the embossing powder didn't stick. I inked up my greeting, from MFT's "Simply Fabulous Sayings," in Versamark, then stamped it in the center. I heat embossed that with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.

I don't know if I over-heated the powder, or what, because some if it kind of "sank" into the cardstock. Thankfully, I had used my MISTI to stamp my greeting, and had not yet removed the stamps. So I just placed my panel back into the MISTI, stamped again in Versamark, applied another coat of embossing powder, and melted it. Much better! All I had left to finish my card was to mount it to a white A2 card base. This card will go to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door "Anything Goes"
Craft Your Passion #325 "Anything Goes"
Pile It On #114 "Make Your Own Background"

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Be Happy

I have another card for My Favorite Things Camp Create, Session #3. The challenge for this one is "Remarkable Resist." I used a stamp from MFT's "Diamonds & Dots Border" set (apparently retired) for the emboss resist on my background.
I first cut a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper to 4.25x5.5". I used my MISTI to stamp the background pattern with Versamark ink, then heat embossed it with Recollections Clear Detail embossing powder. I taped that panel to a cutting board with blue painter's tape, and used my Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolors to paint the background. After I got a layer of color down, I spritzed it generously with water, and tipped it in different directions to help the colors blend. I dried it with my heat tool, then added another layer of color, spritzed it, and hit it with my heat tool again. That got me the depth of color I wanted. Finally, I die cut the panel with the stitched rectangle from "Blueprints 13."

For the greeting, I die cut one of MFT's "Happy Trio" from white & black cardstocks. I also stamped the "Be" from "Simply Fabulous Sayings" onto black cardstock with Versamark and heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine Detail White embossing powder. I cut that into a small strip, and set it aside. I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to coat the back of my black die cut word, and positioned it on my panel with the help of my tweezers. I did the same with the white die cut, offsetting it slightly from the black to give a shadow effect. Then I glued the "Be" strip above.

I felt the greeting needed something to help ground it. So I used the larger arrow die from "Blueprints 13" to partially die cut 2 arrows from gold glitter cardstock. Because I needed the arrows to be even longer than the die, I just cut the pointed end and most of the shaft, leaving the narrower end uncut. I drew lines on the back of the cardstock, to extend the cut lines, and cut along those lines with my scissors. I glued one arrow above & one below the greeting. I really like how that finishes that area off! :)

To finish the card, I matted the panel with black, and adhered that to a white A2 card base. I will send this card to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

I'm also entering this card in Send a Smile 4 Kids "For the Girls" challenge.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Batty Halloween

My Favorite Things Camp Create, Session 3, is flying by! I created this card for the "Divine Dry Embossing" challenge.
I got my inspiration from Karolyn Loncon's card in the Camp Create lesson, and used Operation Write Home's Sketch #79 for my design. I began by dry embossing the center of an A2-size piece of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper with a Lawn Fawn "Small Stitched Rectangle" die. After stamping the little girl from MFT's "Batty About You" (retired) in the center of the embossed section, I used a mask that I cut with the same rectangle die to mask off the center. I also trimmed 3 pieces of blue painter's tape to 3/4" wide and long enough to go across the card front panel. Then I masked off the 3 stripes with the tape. I stamped a bat from a Hampton Art set (name unknown), using Versafine Onyx Black ink on the unmasked portions of my background. When that had dried, I inked the background with Fossilized Amber Distress ink.

I removed my tape masks, and masked off around the top stripe, then inked that with Twisted Citron Distress ink. I did the same with the other 2 stripes, using Dusty Concord & Spiced Marmalade Distress inks. Finally, I removed the last of my masking, including what I'd put over the central portion of my panel.

To finish my card, I colored the little girl with my Inktense pencils and a damp paintbrush. I also used a brown & a purple Inktense pencil to add some "ground" and a shadow under her, so she wouldn't just be floating in mid-air. I stamped a greeting from the same set, and mounted my card front to a white A2 card base. This card will go to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

I'm also entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Let's Go Wild" challenge.

Happy Birthday

Day 2 of My Favorite Things Camp Create is "Awesome Ombre." I was inspired by their video for that day, but decided to do my own take on an ombre greeting. Rather than stamping, I colored my glitter words with alcohol ink. My design came from Operation Write Home's Sketch #165.
I die cut one of the "Happy Duo" from silver glitter paper, and also used MFT's "Little Lowercase Letters" to die cut "birthday" from the same paper. I then used Ranger Adirondack Wild Plum alcohol ink on a cotton swab to color the bottom portion of the "happy." I applied Ranger Blending Solution to the other end of the swab, and daubed at the ink on the glitter paper to lighten the color & soften the edges as it went up the die cut. I also used the Wild Plum ink full strength to dye my "birthday" letters. Then I set those aside while I worked on the rest of my card.

To create an ombre background, I used Distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, and a bit of Mermaid Lagoon at the very bottom of my white cardstock panel. I applied the inks with a mini ink blending tool, going over it several times to blend the colors, and fading out to almost white at the top.

I cut a strip of vellum to go behind my greeting, just to mute that part of the background a bit. After determining placement, I glued my die cuts with Perfect Paper Adhesive, then applied more PPA to the back of the vellum, hiding it behind my words. Then I adhered that to my background panel. I trimmed 2 narrow strips of pink cardstock, and die cut one long edge with a "Stitched Scalloped Borders" die from Lawn Fawn. I used more PPA to glue those to the top & bottom of my vellum strip. I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the left side of my card front, and adhered the ends to the back. Then I created a "faux" bow, following this tutorial. Finally, I mounted my card front to a white A2 card base.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door "Anything Goes"
Live Love Cards August Challenge "Birthday Cards"