Saturday, October 1, 2016

Sending You Prayers

Our Daily Bread Designs' current challenge theme is "Dots or Dashes." A woman I know has a sister who is under hospice care. So I decided to go ahead and create a sympathy card to send to her whenever her sister finally passes.

I cut a tag from 140 lb. watercolor paper, and rounded the upper 2 corners with my 1/2" Corner Chomper. I also created a hole reinforcer from the same paper with 1/4" & 1/2" punches. I backed the tag with Scor-Tape adhesive sheet, and ran it through my die cutting machine with the inside die from ODBD's "Fancy Fritillary." Because the paper & Scor-Tape were so thick, the die did not cut completely through, which was exactly what I wanted. I stamped my greeting, from Hero Arts' "Prayers" stamp set, in Versafine Onyx Black ink, and heat embossed it with Recollections Clear Detail embossing powder. Finally, I added some fibers from my stash through the hole.

To color my tag, I used Fossilized Amber, Crushed Olive, & Broken China Distress inks. I applied areas of each color with a fingertip sponge dauber, and then spritzed the panel generously with water. I dried that with my heat tool, being careful not to "overcook" it, and applied another layer of the same colors. I spritzed the tag again to get some slight "texture," and dried it.

For my background, I cut another piece of watercolor paper to 4.25x5.5", and inked it thoroughly with Black Soot Distress ink. After I had covered the panel, I spritzed it lightly with my Distress Sprayer bottle, so I would get large water drops. I let that set for several seconds, then blotted it with a paper towel, to lift some of the ink. I just felt, since quite a bit of the background shows, this would give it a bit more interest, while still not detracting from the tag.

I removed the release paper from the Scor-Tape pieces I'd put on the back of my tag. I adhered it to the background at a slight angle, and used a black pen to add some faux stitching lines around the tag. After mounting my card front to a white A2 card base, I used some Ranger Multi Medium Matte to glue down some black Doodlebug Designs sequins.

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

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Anything Goes"
Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge: "Powder Power"
Incy Wincy Designs: "Things That Fly"

Friday, September 30, 2016

Thank You

Ellen Hutson is having their September Pin-Sights Challenge at The CLASSroom blog. Actually, today is the last day, so I'm getting my entry in kind of just under the wire! :) I used all the images from the Essentials by Ellen "Mondo Hydrangea" stamp set, as well as its coordinating dies. The greeting is from Stampendous' "Happy Messages" set.

I stamped the flowers & leaf with Hero Arts Soft Granite ink on Canson XL Mixed Media paper. I needed a waterproof ink, but wanted a softer look than black, hence my choice of ink. I stamped the individual blooms multiple times, and the large cluster & leaf just once. Then I watercolored them with my Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolors and a water brush. After they had dried completely, I cut them with the coordinating dies.

I liked the "weathered wood" background I used in this card so much, I decided to do another version for this card. This time, instead of leaving the paper white, I lightly inked a panel of 140 lb. watercolor paper with Hickory Smoke Distress ink first. Then I applied lines of Perfect Paper Adhesive over the panel, and let that dry completely. After scoring the panel with a stylus to create the look of boards, I went in with more Hickory Smoke and a mini ink blending tool and just blended the ink lightly. Then I blended on Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink. I went back & forth a couple of times with each color, until I had the look I wanted. I finished by wiping off any residual ink from the glue lines with a damp paper towel.

I stamped my greeting on a strip of vellum with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. Because my background would be so busy, I really needed my greeting to pop. I set the ink with my heat tool, and cut the left end of the strip into a V-shape.

After I glued all my die cut images in place with more PPA, I positioned my greeting banner. I held it in place on the front of my panel with a couple of pieces of painter's tape, and wrapped the right end of the banner around to the back of my watercolor piece. I adhered that in place with my ATG adhesive, and removed the tape. I applied tiny dots of PPA behind the greeting on the back of the banner, then put an acrylic block over it to adhere it to the background panel. Once that had set up, I added a bit of sparkle & shine with some Darice 5mm & 8mm Crystal sequins, and glued 3mm clear gems from The Paper Studio in the center of each. Finally, I adhered my card front to a white A2 card base.

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

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Anything Goes"
Craft Your Passion Challenge #331: "Anything Goes"
Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"

Monday, September 26, 2016

Happy Birdday

A Blog Named Hero's current challenge theme is "Texture." I decided to create one more card for this. I will send this to Darlene at Live Love Cards, to go to a Meals on Wheels recipient. She has a few opportunities if you like to donate cards. You can read more about them at her site.

I used Sketch #10 from Operation Write Home--an oldie but goodie! I first cut 3 tags from cream cardstock, and stamped the owl from Hero Arts "Missing You" set on each, like he's peeking in from the sides. I colored the owls with Prismacolor colored pencils. Since this is a birthday card, and the owl looks kind of funky anyway, I colored him in bright, funky colors! I colored the whites of the eyes with a white gel pen, and used a black Sakura glaze pen on the pupils.

For the background, I used Penny Black's "Dotlets" stencil & Ranger Texture Paste. I taped my cardstock down and taped the stencil in place over it. I then spread the paste over the stencil, trying to get kind of an uneven texture, but not too wild. I removed my stencil and cleaned it & my knife, and set my panel aside to dry. After it had dried, I replaced the stencil, and inked the dots with Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink. For the strip behind the tags, I ran a piece of green cardstock through my Fiskars crimper tool, just to give another bit of texture & interest.

I stamped the greeting, also from "Missing You," on a strip of cream cardstock in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I cut it into a banner shape, and inked the edges with Squeezed Lemonade.

After I inked the edges of my tags with Squeezed Lemonade, I glued my crimped piece to the background, and then glued the tags to it. I punched a hole in the top of each tag, through all 3 layers, with my Crop-a-Dile II Big Bite. Then I set a gold eyelet in each hole. To continue the metal motif, I used my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and staples I'd painted with liquid gold leafing to staple the greeting banner. I squirted a bit of glue under the banner, just to hold it down. Finally, I mounted my card front to a white A2 card base.

I'm also entering this card in a2z Scrapbooking's September Challenge: "Make It a Tag!"

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Party Cat

When my mom first saw the "Bosko" image from Jane's Doodles, she fell in love. I think it's just the expression on his face. So, even though it's meant to be a Halloween image, I try to use him on her birthday card that her "grandkits" (our cats) give her each year! :)

I started with Sketch #SC576 from I like this clean & simple design, which allows for a sizeable image in the focal panel, with plenty of room for a greeting (if desired) underneath. I first opened "Bosko" in Photoshop (it is no longer available as a digi image), and sized him on a blank "canvas." I cut a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper, & printed the image on that. Then I colored him with my Inktense pencils & a damp brush, to look like our cat Barney. Rather than the witch's hat, I drew on spots and colored it like a party hat. For a finishing touch, I added a coat of clear Wink of Stella to the hat.

For the background panel, I cut a piece of yellow cardstock. I stamped a greeting from "The Party" from Winnie & Walter at the bottom with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I also stamped one of the streamer images from the same set in Hero Arts Butter Bar ink, just to give a bit of interest but still keep it subtle. I used another stamp from "The Party" with Hero Arts Lime Green & Orange Soda inks to dress up the background of my focal panel.

I cut a strip of patterned paper from my scrap stash, and a 1/8" strip of "screaming green" cardstock. To assemble my card, I adhered the orange paper & green strip to my yellow panel, adhered my focal panel in place, mounted the whole thing on a white A2 card base, and rounded 2 corners with my 1/2" Corner Chomper. Hopefully my mom will get a kick out of this!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"
Aud Sentiments Challenge #164 : "Fall Colors & a Sentiment"
Pile It On Challenge #117: "Autumn Colors/Theme"

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Two Fall Cards

I'm still in full-swing making fall & Halloween cards to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids next month. I decided to focus on just general fall for this first one.

I used Sketch #SC593 from for my design. I opened the "Sunflowers - Stain Glass" image from Bugaboo Stamps (discontinued) in Photoshop, as well as one of the greetings from Doodle Pantry's "Scarecrow Birdie" set. I created a blank "canvas" the size of my finished panel on the card, & moved the image & greeting onto that. After resizing & positioning each where I wanted it, I printed them onto a panel of Canson XL Mixed Media paper. I colored the image with my Inktense pencils, using a damp paintbrush to pick up the color from the pencils and apply it to my paper. Finally, I added a coat of clear Wink of Stella to just the sunflowers & leaves, for an added bit of sparkle.

To finish my card, I cut 4 patterned paper pieces (all from my scrap stash) to size. I adhered my focal panel to a piece of purple cardstock that I'd cut to 4.25x5.5", and then adhered the other pieces in place. Finally, I mounted my card front to a white A2 card base.

I suppose you could say my second card has a bit of a Halloween feel to it, mostly because of the patterned paper I used for the background. The paper is one that I've had--probably for years--in my scrap stash. I don't know why I got it (almost certainly for scrapbooking, though, since it was a 12x12" sheet); when I got it; and when I'd ever use it, since I don't really have Halloween photos to scrapbook. It seemed to be the perfect background for Doodle Pantry's "Candy Apple" image (apparently discontinued), though, so I used it here!

I chose Sketch #SC579 from for this card design. After I sized the apple in Photoshop, I printed it on a piece of Canson XL Mixed Media paper. I colored it with my Inktense pencils & a damp paintbrush, and fussy cut it out. I "painted" the edges with a black brush-tip marker, just to camouflage the white core of the paper and make it blend in better with the black outline of the image.

After cutting my cardstock & patterned paper pieces to size, I printed the greeting, also from "Candy Apple," on the wider yellow strip. I used a 2" circle punch to create the "hole" for the apple to sit in. I assembled all my pieces, popped the apple up on foam tape, & coated the caramel with Glossy Accents.

I'm entering these cards in the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments Challenge #164: "Fall Colors & a Sentiment"
Doodle Pantry Ants in My Pants Digital Challenge: "Anything Goes" (second card only)
Pile It On #117: "Autumn Colors/Theme"
Send a Smile 4 Kids: "Fall Colors 4 Kids"
Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes" (first card only)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Happy Fall!

Even though it's still officially summer for another day, I have been creating fall/Halloween cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids. Since they need to receive cards in time to ship them to their participating hospitals, it's necessary for card makers who send to them to work ahead of time for seasonal cards.

I used Sketch #SC606 for my design. I first stamped one of My Favorite Things' "Diamonds & Dots" border stamps (discontinued) multiple times on a piece of 4.25x5.5" white cardstock. I heat embossed the background with Recollections Clear Detail embossing powder, then used a flexible ruler to trace the curve on the panel. I cut that out with my scissors. I also traced the same curve onto a piece of patterned paper from Echo Park's "The Story of Fall" 6x6" pad, and cut that out for the bottom panel. For the top panel, I blended Distress inks in Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves, & Chipped Sapphire, to create a sunset look.

For my pumpkin, I die cut one of the "Scribbles & Splat" dies from Sizzix & Tim Holtz from orange cardstock. I glued that to a piece of lighter orange, and cut around the die cut. I freehand cut 2 leaves and a stem, and drew detail lines on each with a green & brown marker. I used my 2-way glue pen to adhere them to the pumpkin.

I used "Owen's ABC's" from Lawn Fawn for my greeting, stamping the letters in Hero Arts' Butter Bar, Raspberry Jam, & Navy inks onto white cardstock. I punched them out with a 1/2" circle punch.

To assemble my card, I first traced the curve along the bottom of the inked panel onto the front of a white A2 card base. I also cut down my patterned paper piece, and traced along the top of it. I adhered some dark green cardstock so it covered that gap. Then I popped my 2 panels up on foam tape. I glued my letters on the green, making them somewhat askew for a more playful look. Finally I glued my pumpkin in place, and this card was done!

I'm entering this card in Die Cut Divas' September challenge: "Fall & Fall Holidays."

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Celebrate Your Special Day

This is my third card for the 2016 Card Design Superstar challenge by My Favorite Things. I used several MFT products: "Blueprints 13," "Vintage Buttons," "Decorative Doily Duo" (discontinued), "Basic Stitch Lines," "Sequins"; & their "Birthday Greetings" stamp set.

I began by cutting a panel of teal cardstock to 4x5.25". I taped all of the "Basic Stitch Lines" dies together to create a "block," and used some painter's tape to stick them to my panel. I ran that through my die cutting machine multiple times, shifting the dies with each pass, to create my background. Once I'd finished the die cutting, I inked the edges with Evergreen Bough Distress ink for some depth & visual interest.

For the base of my element cluster, I die cut a doily from cream cardstock. I also used the washi tape die from "Blueprints 13" to die cut a piece of patterned paper from my scrap stash. I cut a piece of orange cardstock, and stamped my greeting on that in Versamark ink. I then heat embossed it with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.

After matting my background panel with more of the orange, I glued my doily in place. I adhered my greeting & "washi" strip to that. I die cut some sequins & a button from yellow cardstock, and glued them around my greeting. I mounted my card front to a white A2 card base, and coated my sequins & button with clear Wink of Stella & Glossy Accents for some sparkle and shine. I will send this to Send a Smile 4 Kids.