Monday, August 21, 2017

Joy


My Favorite Things' Camp Create goes on! The craft activity for Day 4 is "Monochromatic Magic." I used MFT's "Sophisticated Snowflake" (apparently discontinued) & "Joyous Christmas Sentiments" (also apparently discontinued) for my simple, monochromatic holiday card.
I cut a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper to 4.5x6". I wanted it a little larger than an A2 card size, so I could mask off the edges. I masked off 1/4" on each side with painter's tape, and stamped the snowflakes with Versamark ink. After I stamped each snowflake, I sprinkled on Ranger Silver Pearl embossing powder, so I could see where I had stamped. Finally, when I had finished stamping, I melted the powder with my heat gun, and removed the powder-coated pieces of tape.

I then taped my panel to a wooden cutting board with yellow Frog tape, both to mask the edges again and so it would stay flat. Then I blended Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Festive Berries, & Fired Brick Distress inks to create an ombre look on my panel. After I had the inks down, I spritzed the paper generously with my homemade Perfect Pearls mist, and tilted the board around to get the color to move somewhat. I dried it with my heat gun, and buffed off the extra ink from the embossed snowflakes. Then I added flicks of gold (which I used as a neutral) with Champagne Gold & Yellow Gold Gansai Tambi Starry Colors watercolors over my panel.

When I went to trim down my panel, I realized that my measurements had been slightly off when I cut and masked it. So, I decided instead of leaving the masked white border, I'd just die cut the piece down with a Lawn Fawn "Small Stitched Rectangle" die.

I cut am A2 size mat from pearlized cardstock by The Paper Studio. I die cut an oval from that panel with a "Large Stitched Oval" die from Lawn Fawn. I stamped my greeting on that with Versamark, and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder. I attached that to my inked panel with a bit of foam tape in the middle of the oval, and brads at the ends. Finally, I adhered my focal panel to the mat, covering up the oval hole, and mounted my card front to a white A2 card base.

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

Christmas Card Throwdown: "Embossed Impressions"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Add a Sentiment"

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Celebrate Your Special Day


Day 3's theme for My Favorite Things' Camp Create is "Background Bonanza." Stephanie Klauck, one of the camp counselors, demonstrated using stencils & ink blending to create backgrounds. I went a slightly different route, using MFT's "Wood Plank" background stamp with ink blending/emboss resist.

I cut a panel of Canson XL Mixed Media paper to 4x5.25". I stamped the "Wood Plank Background" on that with Versamark ink, and heat embossed with Recollections Copper Detail embossing powder. Then I ink blended with Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy, & Gathered Twigs Distress inks. When I had the "wood" look I wanted, I buffed off the ink from the embossed lines.

I die cut one of the "Flutter of Butterflies - Solid" from another scrap of mixed media paper, & the coordinating "Flutter of Butterflies - Lace" from vellum. I also die cut a body from navy cardstock. I used 3 colors of Tombow markers to scribble areas on the solid butterfly, and then spritzed it generously with my homemade Perfect Pearls mist. I dried it with my heat tool, and repeated with the markers & mist to get a deeper color. I dried it again with my heat tool, then applied a bit of liquid glue to the center of that piece, and glued the vellum butterfly to that. Finally, I glued on the body, and set that aside to dry.

After die cutting one of the "Mini Delicate Doilies" from white cardstock, I marked the vertical center of my woodgrain panel. I lined up the doily, centered on that mark, as well as the butterfly. I heat embossed a greeting from MFT's "Birthday Greetings" stamp set with Recollections Snow embossing powder onto a strip of light teal cardstock, and adhered that over the doily.

For the mat, I cut a piece of navy pearlized cardstock from The Paper Studio. I inked around the edges with my Versamark pad, and then sprinkled on more copper embossing powder. I heat set that, and adhered my main panel to that. Finally, I mounted my card front to a white A2 card base.

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

Dies R Us Challenge #79: "Anything Goes Using Dies"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Add a Sentiment"

Back on Your Feet


Lawn Fawnatics' current challenge theme is "Custom Sentiments." My mom needed a get well card for a friend. I found this card through Pinterest, and used it as my inspiration.

I began by making the turtle. I die cut his shell using a Spellbinders "Standard Circles LG" die, then cut that in half. I embossed one half with the Cricut Cuttlebug "Honeycomb" embossing folder. After inking around the edges with Peeled Paint Distress ink, I inked the straight edge of the other half of the circle. I glued that behind the embossed piece, letting about 1/8" show through beyond the straight edge as a finishing touch for the shell. I hand cut the legs, using a 1/8" Corner Chomper to round the 2 corners. I also drew & cut the tail & head, and glued all my pieces to the shell. I added toenails & shading where the head meets the neck with a Tombow marker, and also inked around the edges with Peeled Paint. Finally, I drew on a smile with a black Pitt pen, and added googly eyes for the cute factor.

For the grass, I used 2 colors of green cardstock & Lawn Fawn's "Grassy Hillside Borders" dies. I decided how high each section should be, and cut them with 3 of the dies. After I adhered them together, I placed the grass on my A9 card base, & marked with a pencil where the sky would need to end. Then I cut a panel from light blue cardstock a little longer than that and the width of the card. I adhered the sky, & then adhered the grass in place.

I die cut 2 cloud sections with the "Puffy Cloud Borders" dies from Lawn Fawn. I adhered the top section to my card, and used my MISTI & Lawn Fawn's "Riley's ABCs" to stamp the greeting on the lower cloud section. Then I adhered that in place, butted up against the top cloud layer. All that was left was to glue down my turtle in the grass, and this get well card was done!

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

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Add a Sentiment"
Dies R Us Challenge #79: "Anything Goes Using Dies"
Die Cut Divas August Challenge: "Anything Goes"

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Have a Lovely Birthday


The crafty theme for Day 2 of My Favorite Things' Camp Create is "Magnificent Masking." I did a masking technique that Jennifer McGuire demonstrated a couple of years ago.
I cut several masks from full sticky Post It notes using the coordinating dies for "Watercolor Flowers" by My Favorite Things. After placing them on a 4x5.25" white cardstock panel, I inked the background with Bundled Sage Distress ink. Then it was time to start stamping.

Leaving the masks in place to help me remember which flowers went where, I adhered the panel in my MISTI with repositionable adhesive so it wouldn't move. I had to place it in the middle, because several of my stamps hung off the edges. I placed the solid "Watercolor Flowers" stamps (this stamp set has been discontinued) over their respective masks, picked them up with the door of the MISTI, and removed just those masks. Then I inked them up using Memento Angel Pink, Cantaloupe, Lulu Lavender, & Dandelion; and Altenew Frosty Pink inks and stamped. I repeated this process with the solid images for all my flowers, before moving on to the next step.

I stamped the second step for the flowers, lining them up with the solid images. For these I used Hero Arts Bubble Gum, Orchid, & Butter Bar; Memento Tangelo; and Altenew Coral Berry inks. For the final layer of my flowers, I inked with Lawn Fawn Guava, Memento Morocco & Sweet Plum, Altenew Ruby Red, and Simon Says Stamp Sunshine. Finally, I stamped all the flower centers with Hero Arts Navy ink.

For the greeting, I used one from My Favorite Things' "Birthday Greetings" stamp set. I stamped with Versamark onto a strip of navy cardstock, & heat embossed with Recollections Snow Detail embossing powder. After adhering that in place with my ATG tape runner, I matted my panel with more navy, and mounted it to a white A2 card base.

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

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Add a Sentiment"
613 Avenue Create: "Anything Goes"

Friday, August 18, 2017

Enjoy Your Special Day



My Favorite Things is having another week of Camp Create as this summer winds down. Day 1's crafty challenge was "Inlaid Made Easy." I didn't do quite as elaborate a design as the camp instructor, but I still like how my simple birthday card came out!

I used MFT's "Blueprints 20" dies (apparently discontinued) for my card. I began by die cutting the quilt squares from scraps of cardstock. The die is all one piece, and I didn't feel like cutting all the squares each time, just for the 2 I needed. However, it was easy to line my scraps up over the squares I wanted & cut them without missing any parts.

After I cut the squares & inside design pieces from blue, pink, lavender, & yellow cardstocks, I ran the die through my machine once more to get the dark purple frame. I embossed a piece of golden yellow cardstock with the Provo Craft "Oxford" embossing folder, and glued my frame in the center of that panel. Then I used Perfect Paper Adhesive to glue the inner pieces into each opening in the frame. I used more glue to mount that panel to a piece of light purple cardstock that I'd cut with another "Blueprints 20" die, and then adhered that to a piece of black cardstock cut to A2 size.

For the greeting, I used one from MFT's "Birthday Greetings" stamp set. I die cut the banner from "Blueprints 20" from a scrap of vellum, and stamped the greeting on that with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. I dried it with my heat tool, and ran the banner through my Xyron Create a Sticker machine to apply adhesive to the back. Finally, I adhered the banner across the middle of my quilt panel.

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

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge: "Add a Sentiment"
Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"
Die Cut Divas: "Anything Goes"
Dies R Us Challenge #79: "Anything Goes Using Dies"

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Floral Sympathy Card


I recently learned that the mother of an old friend of mine had passed away. So I created this card for my friend & her husband, just to let them know I'm thinking of them. I based my design on the sketch for the current Fusion challenge. I rotated the sketch to be a landscape format & flipped the 2 panels to put the greeting on the smaller one.


I cut a piece of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper to 5.5x3" for my image panel. I stamped the main flower from Essentials by Ellen's "Mondo Hydrangea" set multiple times. I heat embossed as I went with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, and masked after each embossing to stamp the next cluster. I did make sure to turn the stamp with each new impression, so I didn't build up any pattern. I finally ended up with a panel full of hydrangea blossoms.

To color the flowers, I used 2 Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers--a violet and a blue--and a water brush to blend/lighten the colors. I added a light yellow-green for the stems and flower centers. I started by coloring the fullest blooms, that you can see all 4 petals on, because they were the easiest to see what petals went together. As I colored more and more blossoms, it got easier to see how the flowers were turned. I didn't worry about a light source or shading; I just wanted a panel full of subtly-colored blooms. After I had finished coloring, I set that panel aside to dry.

I cut another strip from light blue cardstock, and die cut the top edge with a Lawn Fawn "Stitched Hillside Borders" die. After positioning the "sympathy" from Avery Elle's "With Sympathy" stamp set, using my MISTI to help me get it straight & positioned right, I added the small "with" from the same set. I stamped them on my blue cardstock with Versamark ink, and heat embossed with Liquid Platinum. I adhered the image panel even with the top edge of a white A2 landscape card base, and then adhered my greeting panel below it.

I'm also entering this card in the August Ellen Hutson "Mix It Up Challenge."

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Personalized Birthday Card


The theme for Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #10 is "Custom Sentiments." I have a friend whose birthday is coming up soon, and decided to make her a card. I got the idea for the greeting from Jennifer McGuire.

For the main part of the card, I chose Lawn Fawn's "Claire's ABCs" & Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' "Script Birthdays" stamp sets. I also used "Quinn's ABCs" & "Quinn's Capital ABCs" for her name. I decided a little rainbow stamping--OK, a lot!--was in order. What is more festive than bright rainbow colors??? :) I had 12 lines of text, not counting the name, so I decided to use 2 shades of each color.

Sizing the panel was the biggest challenge with this card. I initially planned on doing all the stamping on a 4x5.25" panel. Ha! I quickly realized all my stamping would take up way more real estate than that! I finally decided to do a "test copy," and cut a piece of copy paper. I set up my stamps on a few acrylic blocks, and stamped everything out like I wanted it on that paper. I determined from that test that my panel had to be 6-5/8" tall. So I cut a piece of Canson XL Mixed Media paper to 4-3/4x6-5/8". (My plan at this point was to make a 5x7" card, with my focal panel matted.) Then I marked the vertical center, so I could keep my stamping in the middle of the panel. (When I set up my stamps, I made sure to center them on my blocks--also not an easy task!)

I stamped out my greeting, going in rainbow order. I used Hero Arts Bubble Gum; Lawn Fawn Guava; Hero Arts Fresh Peach; Memento Tangelo; Hero Arts Butter Bar, Lemon Yellow, Lime Green, Green Hills, Pool; Memento Danube Blue, Grape Juice; & finished with Lawn Fawn Fresh Lavender. Whew! When it came to stamping the name, I used Versamark, and heat embossed with Recollections Snow detail embossing powder. I colored in those letters with my Tombow markers, choosing colors that went pretty well with the inks I'd chosen, and blending as I went across.

This is where my card design took a(nother) left turn. I wanted balloons, but didn't have enough room for them on my panel. No worries! I trimmed my panel to 3-1/2" wide (basically leaving 1/8" of space on either side of "Audra"), and cut 2 more narrow panels to go on either side. Now my card would be 5-1/2x6-5/8". I die cut several masks using the two smallest of Lawn Fawn's "Party Balloons" dies, and adhered them to one of my narrow side panels. I inked over them with Distress Oxide inks in Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, & Wilted Violet, again going in rainbow order. After I finished inking, I spritzed on water from my Distress Sprayer, let that sit for a few seconds, then blotted it up with a dry cloth. I repeated the process on the other narrow panel. I was pleasantly surprised that, even though I'd used regular masking paper and the masks had stained when I sprayed the water, the balloon shapes on my inked panels remained white. Cool! :)

To finish my card, I created a portrait-oriented card base. I cut 2 pieces of white cardstock, one at 5-1/2x6-5/8" & the other 1/2" longer. I scored the longer one at 1/2", and adhered my other panel to the underside of the resulting flap. I adhered my side panels with my ATG tape runner, covering up the flap on the card base. For the center panel, I used Scor Tape to adhere a piece of craft foam to the back, and more Scor Tape to mount it to my card base.

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

Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge: "Happy Birthday"
613 Avenue Create Challenge #200: "Anything Goes" (not playing the "Shabby Chic" twist)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Decking the Halls--Penguin Style


Aud Sentiments challenge blog's theme for their current challenge is "No Sentiment on Front of Project." Yes, it does seem a bit odd for a sentiment challenge blog, but there it is! :) I created my card for Christina Hor's holiday/winter card drive for children in the Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. This card inspired my design.

I knew I didn't want to die cut my penguins (from Mama Elephant's "Arctic Penguins" set). No great earth-shattering reason--I just like to make things harder for myself every once in a while! :) I created masks for the penguins, and used those to help me decide where they would go on my panel. I stamped the hat first, and masked it. Then, using my MISTI, I placed my top penguin, picked it up with the door, and masked off the feet. The penguins in this set are wearing ice skates, which I figured would be kind of difficult to balance on, standing on top of each other. So I just stamped everything--but their feet--with Hero Arts Black dye ink. After I stamped my first penguin, I masked him, stamped the middle one, masked him, and stamped the bottom penguin.

I don't have a suitable Christmas tree stamp, so I went looking online. I found one on Free Stock Photos' website that looked like it would work. I scanned my panel with the penguins stamped on it into my computer, and opened that in Photoshop. I opened the tree file in Photoshop, and moved it to the file that had the card panel. I sized & positioned it, and (digitally) erased the star & ground lines, since they wouldn't work with my design. Then I printed just the tree onto my panel.

After drawing my penguins' feet & a tree stand for the tree with a pencil, I traced over those lines with a fine-tip black pen. To color everything, I used my Prismacolor colored pencils. Usually, I color like my light source is from the top right. But, when coloring the tree, I happened to notice that the highlights on the ornaments are on the top left. Thankfully, I hadn't colored very much, and was able to adjust with no problem. I colored the tree stand like an inverted whisky barrel, and added a horizon line & some snow/shadow lines on the ground with a light grey pencil. I punched a star from silver glitter paper, using a Recollections punch, and glued it so it looks like the top penguin is going to place it on the tree. As soon as he can reach it, of course! :)

To finish my card, I first die cut the panel with the largest of Lawn Fawn's "Small Stitched Rectangle" dies. I also die cut another A2-size panel with a Lawn Fawn "Large Stitched Rectangle." I adhered the focal panel to my mat, and mounted that on my white card base. To help the penguins' eyes pop, I added tiny drops of Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops. I also added white gel pen to the highlights on the ornaments, and coated them & the star with Glossy Accents. And that finished this card!

I'm also entering this card in Die Cut Divas "Anything Goes" challenge.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Holiday Wishes


Christina Hor is collecting cards for children with congenital heart diseases at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The theme for this card drive is "Winter Wishes" or "Holiday Wishes." You can find out the details & card requirements at her blog. I created this card to send in for that.

I used Operation Write Home's Sketch #124 as the basis for my design. I cut the focal panel slightly larger than the one in the sketch, to 4x4", to accommodate my image & greeting better. I stamped the "Wonderous Kitty" from Stampendous in Hero Arts Charcoal ink onto my kraft panel. I positioned the greeting, from Hero Arts' "Color Layering Christmas Tree" set, so the opening stroke of the "w" lined up with the tip of the holly leaf. I stamped that with Charcoal ink as well. I colored the kitty with my Prismacolor colored pencils, to look like our youngest, Barney. I went over his whiskers with a white pencil, and colored in the pupils with a black glaze pen. I added the catch lights in his eyes & highlights on the berries with a white gel pen. I also added highlights to the left side of the letters in the greeting with a white gel pen, just to help it stand out a bit more.

To assemble my card, I cut 2 pieces of plaid patterned paper from Graphic 45's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" 8x8" pad. I made one a narrow strip to go above the focal panel, and the other one long enough to fit below. I also increased the width from what the sketch said. I adhered those pieces to a panel of Hot off the Press "Red Holly" patterned paper, and then mounted my focal panel. For the ribbon, I cut a slit on either side of the plaid paper, and fed the ends of a short piece of ribbon through, taping them on the back. I followed the instructions in this video to make a faux bow from more of the same ribbon. I used my paper piercer to help separate the threads in the ribbon I had run across the plaid panel, so I could feed the bow ribbon through. Finally, I scrunched up the flat ribbon around the "knot" in the bow, just so it looked like one piece of ribbon tied in a bow, and secured it in place with glue dots. All I had left to do was adhere my card front to a white A2 card base.

I'm entering this card in Creative Knockouts' Challenge #205: "Furry Friends."

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Polka-dotted Birthday


I find that I'm always in need of birthday cards, as I'm sure most people are. I don't have a specific recipient in mind for this one--yet--but I'm sure the need will arise before too long! I used the mood board from the current Pin-Sights challenge at the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom blog, and the sketch from the current Fusion challenge:
I had a white cardstock panel on my desk--left over from some project--that just happened to be A2 size. So no having to rummage in my scrap files or cut into a new piece of cardstock! I used one of the "Stitched Basic Edges 2" dies from My Favorite Things to cut the panel into 2 pieces. I wanted to use the polka-dot theme from the Pin-Sights challenge photo, so I broke out my Essentials by Ellen "Bokeh Dots" stamp set. I stamped 3 sizes of dots using Lawn Fawn Guava & Fresh Lavender, and Memento Bahama Blue & Dandelion inks. I did both first- & second-generation stamping of my dots, and on the blue even a bit of third-generation. After I had pretty well filled the upper panel with dots, I set it aside to work on the rest of my card.

For the greeting, I used My Favorite Things' "Cause for Celebration" die set for the "birthday," & Papertrey Ink's "Polka Dot Parade" alphabet stamps (apparently discontinued) for the "happy." (I thought the dots in the letter stamps echoed the bokeh pattern in the upper section of my card front.) I die cut the birthday from a scrap of plum cardstock, and glued it to the lower panel with Perfect Paper Adhesive. Then I stamped the happy with Memento Elderberry ink. Even though it's not quite as dark as the plum cardstock, I think it still complements it nicely.

After cutting off 1/4" from the bottom of the larger panel, I added craft foam to the back of each die cut panel with Scor-Tape. I adhered another scrap of plum cardstock to the card base, and mounted my panels so that a bit of the plum peeks through between them. As a finishing touch--and because I can never leave anything that CAS--I glued on some dots that I'd made earlier with White Blizzard & Honey Gold Nuvo Glitter Drops.

I'm also entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Anything Goes" challenge.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Christmas Mail


Die Cut Divas' challenge theme for this month has been "Christmas in July." I created this card, using Sketch #SC636 from Splitcoaststampers.com, in response to their challenge.

I stamped the "Holiday Mail" image from Deep Red Stamps onto a piece of white cardstock, with Hero Arts Black dye ink. After I colored it with my Prismacolor colored pencils, I cut a slit in the cardstock along the right side of the package in the mailbox. I die cut 3 envelopes using two of the Essentials by Ellen "Bitty Envelope" dies, highlighted the score lines on each with a light grey colored pencil, and slipped them into the slit. I squirted a little glue under each envelope to help hold them in place. I also added Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay glitter pen to the bow, Star Dust Stickles to the snow on the ground & mailbox, and Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops to the berries around the mailbox. Finally, I used a fine-tip black pen to extend the stamp lines where the mailbox post is in the snow.

Loosely following the sketch, I die cut a piece of striped paper from my scrap stash with one of the "Stitched Borders 2" dies from Pretty Pink Posh. I trimmed that into a 1.25"-wide strip. I cut my greeting strip from red cardstock. I stamped my greeting, from Hero Arts' "Merry Christmas Messages" set, in Versamark on that strip, and heat embossed it with Recollections Snow embossing powder.

To add interest to my background, I die cut several white snowflakes using dies from Sizzix/Tim Holtz "Snowflakes, Mini" set. I ran them through my Xyron Creative Station, to apply adhesive to the back of each, & adhered them to my white A2 card base. Then I used my ATG tape runner to adhere my striped paper & greeting strips. To help my focal panel stand out a bit more, I inked around the edges with Peeled Paint Distress ink, before adhering it in place. As a finishing touch, I die cut another envelope & punched a small heart from white cardstock. I glued them in place on the greeting strip, and added Star Dust Stickles to the heart. I will send this card for the "Cards for Little Hearts" holiday card drive. They are collecting holiday/winter themed cards for children in Nationwide Children's Hospital who have congenital heart conditions. If you would like to donate cards, you can read more about it at Christina Hor's blog.

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

613 Avenue Create #199: "Anything Goes"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Anything Goes"
Send a Smile 4 Kids: "Christmas in July 4 Kids"
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday: "Add Sparkle"

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Peace Joy & Love


The current challenge theme at Christmas Card Throwdown's blog is to use rainbow colors. They want to see at least 5 colors. But I went ahead & used them all!


I cut a piece of Canson XL Mixed Media Paper to 4x5.25". After marking the vertical center, I used one of the stamps from Hero Arts' "Joy to the World" set to help me decide where I wanted the baseline of my design to be. I marked that, and used my T-square ruler and a pencil to draw a light line across my panel. I stamped my center image in Versamark ink first, using my lines as a guide, and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I rotated my stamp 180 degrees, and stamped again to the right and against my first image, also lining up the top & bottom points. After heat embossing that, I stamped a third image to the right of the second, and so on. When I had finished stamping to the right edge of my panel, I did the left side in the same fashion.

After my design was completely stamped & heat embossed, I masked off the top & bottom of my panel with Frog Tape butted against the stamped lines. I smooshed Distress inks (Festive Berries, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch, & Wilted Violet) on my non-stick craft mat. I used a wet brush to pick up each color & apply it to my panel. I washed my brush between colors, to avoid creating mud. Once I had applied all my colors and they were blended, I dried the panel with my heat tool. I used a dry paper towel to buff the color off the embossing.

For the main part of my greeting, I used Winnie & Walter's "Peace" die. I centered it on my panel, and die cut it, making sure to keep both the positive & negative pieces. After matting my panel with a light blue cardstock, I used the positive die cut word as a guide to glue down the inner pieces of the letters to my background. I applied Stick It adhesive to both sides of a piece of black craft foam, and die cut the "Peace" again from that. I adhered the colored die cut to the top of the foam word, and popped that into place on my card front. To finish the greeting, I stamped the "joy & love" words from Hero Arts "Christmas Crystals" set (discontinued) in Versafine Onyx Black ink onto a scrap of vellum. I clear heat embossed that, and cut it into a narrow strip. I angled both ends to match the angle of the heat embossed design on my panel, and glued it in place. Finally, I added narrow black strips above & below my watercolored strip, and adhered the panel to a white A2 card base.

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

Dies R Us #77: "Die Cut Sentiment as the Focus"
a2z Scrapbooking's July Challenge: "Anything Goes"
613 Avenue Create #199: "Anything Goes"
Die Cut Divas: "Christmas in July"

Deck the Halls


I have had this window that I die cut from kraft cardstock (using Spellbinders' "Window Two" die) sitting on my desk for several months at least. It's been so long, I don't even remember why I die cut it originally, unless it was a left over positive piece when I needed the negative area. At any rate, I decided it was finally time I used it on a card!

I decided to make a bit of a holiday scene card. I began by temporarily adhering a piece of pink cardstock to a white A2 card base. I ran that through my die cutting machine with the window die taped in place, making sure to open the card base so I only cut through the front. Sadly, the positive die cut windows got mangled when I tried to separate them from each other, so they ended up in the recycling.

I used My Favorite Things' "English Brick Wall" stencil & Hickory Smoke Distress ink to add a bit of visual texture to the pink panel. At first, I was going to adhere my window to a piece of acetate, but then I thought it would look more wintry with the frosty appearance of vellum. I left some of the vellum hanging off from the edges when I adhered it to the window, & glued that to the card base, before adhering the pink panel on top, sandwiching the vellum overhang in between.

For the swag over the window, I stamped 2 of the images from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' "Christmas Borders" set (discontinued) onto Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper with Old Paper Distress ink. I colored them with my Tombow markers, and fussy cut them out. I stamped the bow from Sunny Studio Stamps' "Holiday Style" on bristol using Altenew Coral Berry & Ruby Red for the first two layers, and Ranger Gold embossing powder for the final layer. Then I die cut that with the coordinating die.

To finish off my card front, I used Simon Says Stamp's "Falling Snow" stencil & Golden Light Molding Paste to create the look of snow. I like how it also shows through on the inside of the card, through the vellum. It just seems to add to the whole scene. After the paste dried, I used liquid glue to adhere the swag & bow pieces above the window. I also stamped the greeting (from "Holiday Style") on the bottom part of the window, using Hero Arts Cup o' Joe ink.

View of the inside of the card (front panel of liner)
For the inside, I cut a liner piece from lightweight white cardstock, slightly smaller than the inside of my card base. I determined where I wanted Santa to be, so he would show through the window when the card is closed, and stamped him on the front panel of the liner, with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. (I have no clue where the stamp set that has this Santa came from. Update: the Santa is from Recollections' "Christmas Past" set, which is probably discontinued.) I then colored him with my Prismacolor colored pencils. Once I'd finished the coloring, I adhered the liner into the card base. I also die cut another window from white cardstock, and used that as a backing for the window opening in my card front, just for a cleaner look.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments Challenge #184: "Christmas in July"
Die Cut Divas July Challenge: "Christmas in July"
Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Happy Birthday Wishes


a2z Scrapbooking's challenge this month is "Anything Goes." I used one of the butterflies from Hero Arts' "Winged Friends" digi set for this birthday card, following the "Telescoping Image" tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.com.

I chose Spellbinders "Labels Four" dies to cut my image. I die cut the largest shape from scratch paper, & scanned that into my computer. I opened that file in Photoshop, & used that to help me size my butterfly. Then I printed just the butterfly two times onto Canson XL Mixed Media Paper.

I colored both butterflies with my Inktense pencils, using a damp paintbrush to pick up the color from the pencils & apply it to my paper. When that had dried, I die cut the images, following the directions in the tutorial.

For the background, I cut an old piece of purple hibiscus paper (I think it was by The Paper Studio) to A2 size. I adhered that to my white card base. I cut 4 strips of pool colored cardstock, & adhered the 3 thinner ones to the background. I used Hero Arts Pool ink to stamp my greeting, from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' "Script Birthdays" set, onto the fourth strip, and adhered that in place. Finally, I adhered my die cut image pieces, using foam tape to pop up each layer. I think this effect is really neat, though I don't think it would work on a small image.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hippo Birdie Magic Slider Card


One of our friends is having a birthday next week, so I decided to make her a magic slider card. She's very creative & artistic, so I really think she'll get a kick out of this! I used instructions from a lesson Kelly Marie Alvarez did for an older Online Card Classes class, "Clear & Sheer."

I chose to use Essentials by Ellen's "Wish Big" stamp set for my images & greeting. I began by placing the stamps on my panel, which I had set up in my MISTI. I knew I wanted the bird & hippo to be wearing party hats, so I began by stamping the hat for the hippo in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto my panel. I then positioned my acetate sheet, and stamped the hat in the same position with StazOn Jet Black ink. I masked the hat on my panel, stamped the hippo, masked the hat on the acetate, and stamped my hippo on that. I repeated this process for the rest of my images.

After I'd finished stamping, I used a black Pitt pen to draw the balloon strings & ground line on my cardstock panel. Then I colored all my images & the background with my Prismacolor colored pencils, using Gamsol on paper stumps to blend the colors out. After I'd finished coloring, I lined my acetate over the panel, matching up the stamped lines, & taped it down with painter's tape. I used an ultra-fine-tip Sharpie marker to draw the balloon strings & ground line on the acetate, tracing over the lines on my colored panel.

Card with slider partly pulled up
I assembled the magic slider portion of the card as per Kelly's instructions, then got to work on the frame. I cut a piece of purple cardstock to the same dimensions as my window card, and cut out the window with a craft knife. I used Scor Tape to adhere that to my window card. I die cut several balloons using the 2 smallest dies in Lawn Fawn's "Party Balloons" set, and glued them to my frame with Perfect Paper Adhesive. I used 2 other die cut balloons for the pull tab on my slider insert, and stamped the "pull" & an arrow from My Favorite Things' "Interactive Labels" stamp set.

For the greeting, I used the banner die from Lawn Fawn's "Stitched Journaling Card" set. Because it only has the one end in a V-shape & wasn't quite long enough, I had to do some partial die cutting. I taped it to purple cardstock, & ran it through my die cutting machine, with the straight end having out of the plates. I then flipped the die around, lining it up with the cut lines, & ran it through my machine again, not cutting the straight end. This gave me a longer banner, with 2 V-shaped ends. I stamped my greeting and inked around the edges of the banner with Wilted Violet Distress ink. Then I adhered it with Scor Tape to my card front.

Card with coloring fully revealed
To finish the card, I used Scor Tape to adhere a piece of fun foam to the back of my slider panel. I mounted that to a piece of magenta cardstock, & adhered that to the front of my white card base.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Essentials by Ellen July Mix It Up Challenge: Lawn Fawn
Dies R Us Challenge #76: "Layers"

Sunday, July 2, 2017

You're Fintastic


Lawn Fawnatics has been having a "Watercolor" challenge. I created this card with Lawn Fawn's "Fintastic Friends" stamps & coordinating dies, supplemented with "Otter Ware" stamps & dies from the Essentials by Ellen line.

I began with my background. I cut a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper to 4.25x5.5", and die cut it into sections with the "Stitched Hillside Borders" dies from Lawn Fawn. For the water sections, I applied Mermaid Lagoon & Salty Ocean Distress inks onto my non-stick craft mat, & sprayed them with my homemade Perfect Pearls mist. After taping my watercolor paper pieces back together how they would be on the card (applying painter's tape to the back of the pieces), I smooshed them into the ink puddles. After I got an all-over coverage, I dried the ink with my heat tool, then daubed it back in the ink droplets, to create the look of bubbles. I dried it & dunked it one more time, then mostly dried it again with my heat tool. I set that aside to dry completely while I worked on the rest of my card.

For the sand, I took the bottom-most section of watercolor paper, and inked it with Tea Dye Distress ink and a blending tool, adding a little Brushed Corduroy around the edges. I spritzed that piece with water from my Distress Sprayer, and blotted up the water & ink. A little too much ink came up, so I blended on more Tea Dye & a bit of Brushed Corduroy, spritzed it again just a bit, and blotted up the water/ink. After that dried thoroughly, I stamped my greeting, from "Fintastic Friends," in Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I stamped several fish & the hermit crab from "Fintastic Friends," as well as the greenery from "Otter Ware," onto scraps of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper. I used the "Otter Ware" stamps because I wanted this to be an ocean underwater scene, and the seaweed stamps in "Fintastic Friends" were just too small. I used Ranger Archival Jet Black ink for the fish & crab, and Hero Arts Green Hills ink for the greenery. Then I used my Tombow markers and a water brush to watercolor them. I also used a green Tombow marker & my water brush on the solid greenery, to add a bit of shading. After I had finished the coloring & everything was dry, I die cut all the images with the coordinating dies.

To assemble my card, I removed the tape from the watercolor pieces, then adhered them to a white A2 card base with my ATG tape runner. Then I laid out my images to determine placement. I first glued the greenery pieces just at the very bottom of each with liquid glue, so I could later layer them over a few of the fish. Once I had determined placement of my fish, I glued them in place, and finished gluing the greenery over the fish. As finishing touches, I added some bits of sparkle to the sand with a Sakura Star Dust glitter pen, and accented the eyes of the fish & crab with a black Sakura glaze pen. I also added a coat of clear Wink of Stella to the hermit crab's shell.

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

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Anything Goes"
Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"
Dies R Us Challenge #76: "Layers"

Christmas Greetings


Our Daily Bread Designs is having their final challenge this month. I must say, I'm really sorry to see it go. I haven't been prolific in entering, but their challenges have always seemed to push me creatively. This one is no different.

The theme for June is a color challenge. Pick 3 or more colors from the palette provided for your focal point, and make a card. I chose pink, white, black, & silver for my card.


I began by heat embossing one of the ornaments from ODBD's "Christmas Ornaments" stamp set onto a scrap of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper, using Ranger Silver embossing powder. I colored portions with Light Pink & Black Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and fussy cut it out. After die cutting an oval with a Spellbinders "Grand Ovals" die (discontinued), I embossed it with 3 of the "Gold Ovals One" dies. I used Perfect Paper Adhesive to glue the ornament to the embossed oval.

For the greeting, I used ODBD's "Let It Snow" stamp set. I stamped the greeting on bristol with Versamark, and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I die cut that with a Spellbinders "Grommet Tags" die (discontinued), & inked the edges of that with Worn Lipstick Distress ink.

I have to admit, I really struggled with the background. I wanted something that wasn't just flat, but that also didn't compete with the focal point of my card. I found the "Mini Rosetta" stencil from The Crafters Workshop in my supplies, and decided to do something with that. I adhered it to a piece of black cardstock cut to 4.25x5.5" (I had previously applied repositionable spray adhesive to the back). Then I inked all over the panel with Delicata Silvery Shimmer pigment ink, using the direct-to-paper technique. When I lifted the stencil, though, I had one hot mess on my hands! Despite the adhesive on the stencil, ink had still seeped underneath, and I ended up with an almost totally silver panel, with just hints of the stencil design. NOT what I wanted!

So I had to regroup. I sat at my desk & thought for a minute, and an idea popped into my head. Could I do a monoprint with the stencil instead? So I cut another black panel, and inked up the stencil with Silvery Shimmer. I laid my panel--carefully--over the stencil, and went over it several times with my brayer. Then I lifted the panel from the stencil--and had a nice, shimmery background design! Yay!!!! After I was sure it was dry, I glued my matted ornament & greeting to the panel. I added a black brad in each hole in the "Grommet Tag" die cut, adhered the panel to a white A2 card base, and rounded the corners with a 1/2" Corner Chomper.

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

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Anything Goes"
Dies R Us Challenge #76: "Layers"
Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Magic Slider Birthday Card


A Blog Named Hero's challenge theme this month has been "Interactive." I decided, since I needed a birthday card for a family member, I'd wow her a little with a magic slider card. I followed the instructions from Kelly Marie Alvarez's lesson in Online Card Classes' "Clear & Sheer" class.

After I cut & scored a panel for the magic slider portion of my card, I die cut a window in the front of that with a Lawn Fawn "Small Stitched Rectangle" die. I used a pencil to draw lines on the inside of this card around the window area. Then I stamped the balloons from Hero Arts' "Happy Birthday" set (discontinued). Because I was masking, I had to stamp on the card & the acetate piece I'd cut for the window at the same time. I stamped first on the card, then the acetate for each balloon cluster. Then I masked the image on the card, moved my stamp, stamped on the card, repositioned the acetate over the card, stamped, and so on. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink for the card, and Staz-on Jet Black ink for the acetate. I also used my MISTI tool, which I feel is pretty important to make sure the images on the acetate & card line up well. I also stamped the "Happy Birthday" greeting from the same stamp set, though just on the card, not the acetate. Kind of an extra surprise when she pulls up the insert.

After I had finished stamping, I put my acetate aside and colored the images on the card with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I used paper stumps dipped in Gamsol to blend the colors out & give some shading to the balloons. I then lined up my acetate with the image, & adhered it to the front window portion of my card with Scor Tape.

Insert halfway up
I used 1/4" wide cardstock strips along the sides & bottom of my colored card to create the channel for my insert. I cut the insert from white cardstock, and added another strip to the bottom, to act as a stopper. I cut a slit along the fold of the card, for the insert to slide up & down through. Then I slipped the insert through the slot, and adhered the front of the card to the back with more Scor Tape, sandwiching the insert in between.

For the pull tab, I die cut 2 hearts with a Nellie's Choice "Straight Hearts" die from a scrap of pink chevron patterned paper. I inked both hearts with Worn Lipstick Distress ink, just to knock the pattern back a bit. Then I stamped the "pull" & arrow from My Favorite Things' "Interactive Labels" set on one of the hearts. I glued that to the top of the insert, and glued the other heart to the back.

Insert all the way up
To create a mat for my magic slider, I used a Prima chevron stencil & Worn Lipstick to ink up a 4.25x5.5" piece of pink cardstock. I added Scor Tape to both sides of a piece of craft foam, adhered that to the back of my slider card, & adhered the foam-backed slider to my mat. Finally, I mounted my card front to a white A2 card base.

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

Dies R Us Challenge #75: "Celebrations"
613 Avenue Create #198: "Anything Goes"

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Floral Slider Card


The craft for Day 4 of My Favorite Things' Camp Create is "Sensational Sliders." I must admit, I could count the number of slider cards I've ever made on one hand, probably with at least 1 or 2 fingers left over! But I decided to take the plunge and make a slider card.


I decided to make my slider a floral arrangement. So I stamped all the images from MFT's "Watercolor Flowers" set multiple times. For the red flowers I used Hero Arts Bubble Gum, Memento Lady Bug, & Altenew Ruby Red inks. I stamped the purple flowers with Lawn Fawn Fresh Lavender, Hero Arts Orchid, & Memento Sweet Plum. I used Memento Dandelion & Cantaloupe with Simon Says Stamp Sunshine ink for the yellow flowers; and Altenew Frayed Leaf & Forest Glades and Hero Arts Forever Green for the leaves. I finished with Hero Arts Navy ink for the flower centers. After I had finished stamping all the flowers & leaves, I cut them out with the coordinating dies.

I stamped Inkadinkado's "Mason Jar" on a scrap of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper with Hero Arts Soft Pool ink. After I stamped the flower stems with Forest Glades & Frayed Leaf, I colored the water area with a light blue Tombow marker. I blended the color out with a water brush, & fussy cut the image.

To create the flower arrangement, I took some of the flowers & leaves I'd stamped and die cut, and positioned them around the top of the jar. Once I had the arrangement like I wanted, I glued them to the jar & to each other, so they were all in one piece. I arranged the rest of my flowers & leaves in another cluster, and glued them to a scrap of white cardstock. Once the glue had dried, I cut that out with my scissors.

Card with flower arrangement extended
For the slider, I created a channel on the back of the jar with 1/4" wide strips of bristol paper. I also cut a strip of bristol for the pull mechanism, and added a narrow strip to the bottom of it, to act as a stopper. I adhered my second flower cluster to the pull strip with Scor Tape, & determined where I wanted the slider to stop. I glued another strip of bristol across the back of my jar at that stop point, adding the glue only to the ends of the strip, so the pull strip would slide freely, and the stopper would catch on the cross strip. I die cut a heart with a Nellie's Choice "Straight Heart" die from a patterned paper scrap, and glued it upside-down on the top of my pull strip. I trimmed off the bristol that showed from behind the heart, and stamped the "pull" & an arrow from MFT's "Interactive Labels" set in Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I cut a piece of black dot paper from Pebbles' "Garden Party" 6x6" pad and a strip of chevron paper from Basic Grey's "Fiction" 6x6" pad for my background. I adhered the chevron strip to the bottom of the dot paper, and adhered my focal image with Scor Tape. I ended up having to pull it apart, though, because the slider mechanism caught on the paper seam. So I added a piece of Scotch tape over the seam where the jar would cover it, and reattached my jar. That worked!

I used MFT's "Happy Hellos" (discontinued) for the greeting. I adhered a piece of patterned paper to fun foam with Stick It on both sides of it, and die cut my "hi" from that. I adhered that to my card front over the jar. All that was left was to mount my card front to a white A2 card base. I'll have to make an envelope that's larger than A2, since the pull tab sticks out over the top of my card. But hey--I'm glad everything works in the end! :)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rainbow Hello


Day 5 of Camp Create at the My Favorite Things blog is about "Glitzy Glitter." I don't use glitter often, but decided to create this glitter die cut inlay card for this challenge.


I die cut the greeting from MFT's "Happy Hellos" set (apparently discontinued) in a panel of dark blue cardstock. I also cut a scrap of white cardstock, applied Scor Tape to the front, and die cut the hello again. For that, I adjusted the pressure setting on my die cutting machine, so it only cut through the liner paper on the adhesive layer. I removed the liner paper from around the word, and adhered that piece to the back of my blue panel, being careful to line up the letters.

After choosing 6 colors of glitter (in rainbow order), I removed the liner paper from just the "h" and applied first red glitter, then orange. After burnishing the glitter into the adhesive & wiping away the excess with a tack cloth, I moved on to the rest of the letters. I removed the liner paper from one letter at a time, and applied the glitter. I had made sure, before I starting glittering, to adhere the centers of the "e" & "o" that had been cut from the blue panel. After I had applied all the glitter, I gave one final burnish.

For the arrows, I used a die from "Blueprints 13." I die cut the first arrow from a piece of red patterned paper (all the papers were from my scrap stash). For the remaining arrows, I did only partial die cutting, letting the end of the arrow hang off the edge of my cutting platform. After I'd finished with the die cutting, I determined how long to make the arrows from orange on, and finished the cut on each with my craft knife. Then I adhered them in place on my panel. All that was left then was to mount the card front to a white A2 card base. I will send this to Send a Smile 4 Kids, to cheer up a hospitalized child.

I'm also entering my card in Incy Wincy Designs "Sparkle & Shine" challenge.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Celebrate Your Special Day


My Favorite Things has a special "Campfire" challenge for Camp Create--dry embossing. I'm not sure if you could use embossing folders, because Stephanie Klauck demonstrated using a die. So I went ahead and used one of the "Flutter of Butterflies--Lace" dies from My Favorite Things & also a Spellbinders "Classic Ovals LG" die.

I began by cutting a panel of white cardstock to 4.25x5.5". I marked the center of my panel, and used that to help me position my greeting, from MFT's "Birthday Greetings" stamp set. I stamped it in Lawn Fawn Guava ink, and positioned my oval die around it. I ran that through my die cutting machine with a silicone mat, to impress the oval into the cardstock. Then I removed the die, and used the butterfly die to make several impressions around the oval.

Because I inadvertently ended up with an awkward empty space on my card panel, I created a "faux bow" with pink satin ribbon, following these instructions. That added a nice bit of dimension to my flat panel, and filled in that space perfectly!

I decided I wanted a mat around my panel, so I trimmed off 1/8" from each side, to keep the greeting centered. Finally, I adhered my card front to a white A2 card base with foam tape.

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

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Emboss It"
Dies R Us #75: "Celebrations" (I hope this qualifies, even though I just used my dies to emboss!)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Make Everything Better


The theme for Day 2 of My Favorite Things' Camp Create is "Remarkable Resist." I created this card to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids. Even though I used MFT's "Get Well Wishes" stamp set, this particular greeting could go for pretty much any time someone is going through a tough patch.


I decided to use just plain white cardstock for my card front, since I wanted to color the butterfly with colored pencils. I first stamped one of the "Elegant Butterflies" from Clearly Besotted with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, using my MISTI so I could double-stamp & get a good impression. I then masked the image, and stamped over it with MFT's "Romantic Script Background" stamp inked with Versamark. I sprinkled on Recollections Clear Detail embossing powder, removed the mask from the butterfly, and melted the powder with my heat tool.

To complete the background, I replaced the mask over the butterfly, and inked a gradient using Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, & Abandoned Coral Distress inks. I was kind of nervous about doing this on plain cardstock, and was pleasantly surprised that I got no blending foam marks, but instead, just a smooth blend! After I finished inking, I buffed off the embossing with a dry cloth, and colored the butterfly with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I created kind of a purple-to-mint gradient, to contrast with the warm hues of the background.

For the greeting, I stamped in Versamark ink on white cardstock, and clear heat embossed that. After cutting it down into a banner shape, I inked with Shaded Lilac, Broken China, & Cracked Pistachio Distress inks, working from the middle outward. I thought these colors went well with the colors I'd used in the butterfly. I adhered that to my card front with some ATG tape, coated the butterfly with clear Wink of Stella for a bit of shimmer, and mounted my finished card front to a white A2 card base.

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

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Emboss It"
Creative Knockouts Challenge #198: "Anything Goes"

Enjoy Your Special Day


Day 3 of My Favorite Things' Camp Create is all about "Spectacular Shakers." I really like making shaker cards, and especially love when I show them to people, because they just have to shake them! I decided initially to do a birthday card, though I suppose with the particular greeting I used, it could go for any celebration.


I cut a piece of patterned paper from Pink Paislee's "Birthday Bash" 6x6" pad with the stitched rectangle die from MFT's "Blueprints 13." I used the larger star die from "Blueprints 18," & die cut 3 openings in the panel, making sure to leave room for my greeting. I adhered a piece of acetate behind the stars with Scor Tape, added 2 layers of foam tape to the back of the panel, and filled my shaker wells with seed beads. I used only one color of beads for each star, which wasn't easy, since they kept wanting to mingle! But I finally succeeded in filling my wells. I carefully peeled off the liner papers from the tape, and adhered a piece of blue chevron paper from Simple Stories' "SN@P Color Vibe" 6x6" pad as a background.

For my greeting, I used one from MFT's "Birthday Greetings" stamp set. I die cut a label shape with a die from "Blueprints 13," and stamped my greeting on that. I heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder, inked around the edges with Broken China Distress ink, and adhered it to my shaker panel. To finish my card, I adhered the shaker panel to a 4.25x5.5" piece of lime green cardstock, mounted that to a white A2 card base, & added Honey Gold Nuvo Glitter Drops to the front.

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

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Emboss It"
Creative Knockouts Challenge #198: "Anything Goes"

Saturday, June 17, 2017

You Make Life Beautiful


My Favorite Things has been having their first session of Camp Create on their blog. Day One's theme was "Wonderful Watercolor." I created this card as a "pick me up" to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids, using MFT stamps & dies.


I had to play around with what size card I wanted, that would work for the design I had in mind. A2 size turned out to be just a bit too small, so I went for 4.5x7.25" instead. (I have envelopes made to fit that size, so every so often, I make a card to go with those.) After cutting a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper to that size, I laid out my dies & stamps to make sure everything would fit where I wanted it. I used my MISTI to stamp the greeting, from MFT's "Simply Fabulous Sayings," in Versamark ink, and then heat embossed it with Ranger Silver Pearl embossing powder.

My idea for the background was similar to the one Stephanie Klauck shared in the Camp Create post, to do a galaxy-type look. But rather than do a rainbow like she did, I wanted spots of color behind the butterflies. So I lightly traced around my dies on my watercolor paper, just so I would know where to apply color, and then erased just enough so my lines were barely visible. Since pencil gets trapped under watercolor & can't be erased afterwards, I had to do that so my outlines wouldn't show. I applied watercolor to each area. I then went around each spot of color with black watercolor, blending in around the edges of the colored areas to create soft edges. I did a few coats of each color & black, drying with my heat tool in between coats, to build up the color intensity.

I die cut all the butterflies & bodies from MFT's "Flutter of Butterflies--Lace" set from pearlized cardstock by The Paper Studio. I used Perfect Paper Adhesive to glue them down to my background, applying the glue only to the middle portion, so the wings were free to bend up. Then I glued the bodies in place. As one final touch, I decided I needed some sparkle. So I used the Light Gold color from my Gansai Tambi Starry Colors watercolor set to add flicks to the panel. The gold did get on the butterflies, but I don't really mind. Finally, I adhered my panel to a white card base.

I'm also entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge: "Emboss It."