Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Three Holiday Cards

Online Card Classes' "Merry Making" class is winding down this week. :( It's been another fun class, and I've learned quite a few techniques for card making--not just for the holidays, but year-round. These are 3 more cards I made for class


Kristina Werner had a lesson on Day 5 of stenciled watercolor. I used The Crafters Workshop "Mini Rosetta" stencil for this card. I adhered it to a piece of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper with repositionable spray adhesive, and colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers & a water brush. When that was dry, I removed the stencil, and stamped my greeting from Our Daily Bread Designs' "Christmas Ornament" set in the lower left corner.

I rounded the 2 opposite corners of my panel with the 1/2" side of my Corner Chomper. I matted that with black and then with pink, rounding the corresponding corners each time. Finally, I adhered it to a white A2 card base.


Gina K., a guest instructor, inspired this next card. I used one of the branch images from WPlus9's "Spring Blooms" stamp set with Altenew Forest Glades & Hero Arts Forever Green inks to make my wreath. I filled in with a berry stamp from the same set with Altenew Ruby Red ink.

For the greeting, I stamped a banner from Avery Elle's "Build a Banner" set (discontinued) onto white cardstock, and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder. I curved the greeting, from Hero Arts' "Vintage Christmas Post" stamp set, to match the curve of the banner, and stamped & gold heat embossed that as well. Finally, I die cut it with the coordinating "Build a Banner" die. I tied a bow with some red satin ribbon, and adhered it to the top of my wreath with a glue dot. I adhered my banner in place, using foam tape in the middle and Scor Tape at either end. I matted that panel with black, and adhered it to a piece of green cardstock, before mounting it to a white card base.


Jennifer McGuire had a lesson on Day 1 of class that inspired this card. I took a piece of blue cardstock that I had cut to 4x5.25", spattered water on it, and heat embossed with Recollections Snow embossing powder for the background. I die cut Winnie & Walter's "Peace" die 4 times from navy cardstock, and glued them all together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. After that dried, I heat embossed along the top of the die cut with white, to make it look like snow.

I stamped "on Earth" from Clearly Besotted's "Holiday Sentiments" set (apparently discontinued) onto a scrap of white cardstock. I cut that into a strip to go under my die cut "peace." I die cut a heart from vellum using Little B's "Hearts" die set. I positioned the heart on my background, and taped it in place with a couple of small pieces of painter's tape. I glued my "peace" on top of that, and glued the white strip below it, then removed the tape. I did not actually adhere the vellum directly to my panel; the glue on the greeting pieces is all that holds it in place. Finally, I mounted my card panel to a white A2 card base.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Merry Christmas


Julie Ebersole had a lesson on Day 4 of "Merry Making" at Online Card Classes on camouflage die cutting. I've done this before, but I still love how it produces that, "How'd she do that???" factor!

I stamped a panel of white cardstock with images from My Favorite Things' "Sophisticated Snowflake," (discontinued) using Hero Arts Cornflower & Soft Lilac and Memento Summer Sky inks. I filled in some of the small empty areas with a snowflake image from Hero Arts' "Color Layering Christmas Tree." Once I'd finished, I stamped the "Christmas" from Clearly Besotted's "Holiday Sentiments" (apparently discontinued) in Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Detail of the greeting
I used the "Merry" die from Winnie & Walter to complete my greeting. I die cut it from the panel, and 4 more times from white cardstock. I stacked those together, and adhered it back into the negative space in my stamped panel. I really love how this came out!

Christmas Blessings


On Day 1 of Online Card Classes' "Merry Making" class, Kristina Werner had a lesson on bokeh backgrounds. I created this card based on that lesson.

I cut a panel of 140 lb. watercolor paper and taped it to a cutting board. I used Peacock Feathers & Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks, adding a bit of Black Soot Distress ink at the bottom to create an ombre. Then I did the bokeh effect with a wet paintbrush, following the instructions in Kristina's tutorial.

I stamped several snowflakes from My Favorite Things' "Sophisticated Snowflake" set (discontinued), and heat embossed with Ranger Silver embossing powder. I stamped some additional snowflakes with Lawn Fawn Yeti white pigment ink, just for another, more subtle look.

For my greeting, I used Simon Says Stamp's "Christmas Blessings" die. I cut it once from white cardstock & again from black. I glued the black onto my panel, then overlaid the white, slightly offset to give a shadow appearance.

To finish my card, I matted my panel in grey & navy cardstocks, trimming a 1/16" border on each. Then I adhered it to a white A2 card base.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Happy Merry Joyous Christmas


On Day 2 of Online Card Classes' "Merry Making" class, Jennifer McGuire had a lesson on using scoring lines through an image on your card. I ended up making 2 cards with this technique.

After scoring my panel for my first card, I placed it in my MISTI and positioned my reindeer stamp. (This stamp is quite old, and I have no clue who made it or what the name is.) I inked up the top portion of the stamp with Hero Arts Soft Lilac ink, and daubed the lower edge of the ink with a dry cloth to soften the transition. I stamped that on my panel, inked up again in the middle of the image with Memento Sweet Plum, daubed the top & bottom edges, and stamped. I repeated one more time with Memento Elderberry ink for the bottom portion of the stamp. I also stamped the greeting, from My Favorite Things' "Joyous Christmas Sentiments," (discontinued) in Elderberry.


On my second card, I did the same basic steps. This time, though, instead of 3 dye inks, I used just Delicata Silvery Shimmer pigment ink. I had a few more spots on the score lines where the ink got in the groove than on my first card. But, on both cards, I just touched those areas up with a white gel pen. All that was left was to adhere the panels to white A2 card bases. These cards really came together quickly, and I can see where this technique would be good for mass production.

Merry Christmas Reindeer


I've been participating this past week in Online Card Classes' holiday card class, "Merry Making." Shari Carroll inspired this card with her lesson on Day 2, demonstrating "paint resist."

I cut a panel of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper to 4-1/8x5-3/8" for my background. I stamped the Hero Arts "Newspaper Background" stamp with silver paint, following the tutorial. I also used Distress inks in Iced Spruce, Bundled Sage, & Stormy Sky on my background. Finally, I stamped around the perimeter with images from Hero Arts' "Pine Branches" set.

I die cut Impression Obsession's "Reindeer" (apparently discontinued) from more bristol paper, and colored him with 3 shades of brown Tombow markers. Then I blended the colors with a water brush. I ran him through my Xyron machine to coat the back with adhesive. Because his antlers are so delicate, I didn't want to use liquid glue, and have it ooze out the sides. Finally I adhered him to my panel.

For the greeting, I stamped half of one of the "Build a Banner" images from Avery Elle (apparently also discontinued) onto more bristol, and heat embossed it with Ranger Silver embossing powder. I also took a greeting from Hero Arts' "Vintage Christmas Post" stamp set, curved it to match the banner, and stamped & heat embossed it. I fussy cut the banner out, inked it with Stormy Sky, and adhered it with Scor Tape on either end & a bit of foam tape in the center.

I cut 2 small slits on either side of the reindeer's neck, and threaded through some red ribbon, taping the ends to the back. I also pierced a small hole on either side of the banner end, and threaded red embroidery floss through those holes. I threaded the other ends through the slit along the back of the reindeer's neck, so it looks like he's pulling the banner. Finally, I tied a bow from the same red ribbon, and adhered it with a glue dot.

To finish my card, I adhered my background to a piece of burgundy cardstock cut to A2 size, and mounted it on a white card base.

I'm entering this card in A Blog Named Hero's October challenge, "Calling All Critters."

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Season's Tweetings


The current theme at the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge is "Happy Little Critters." I made this holiday card using mainly Lawn Fawn's "Winter Sparrows" stamps & coordinating dies.

I began by coloring a piece of acetate with Sail Boat Blue, Stream, & Silver Mixative alcohol inks, following this Splitcoaststampers.com tutorial. I applied the inks with a blending tool & felt pad. While that dried, I die cut a window from a piece of white cardstock with a Simon Says Stamp "Stitched Rectangles" die.

To decorate my panel, I stamped several snowflakes in Hero Arts Soft Pool ink. I used stamps from "Winter in the Park" & "Deck the Halls," both by Lawn Fawn. I also stamped the birds and notes with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I stamped the branch with Hero Arts Wet Cement ink, and shaded it with 2 brown Prismacolor colored pencils. I also colored the birds with colored pencils, & die cut all my images.

I stamped the greeting from "Winter Sparrows" in Tuxedo Black onto a pale blue cardstock, and die cut it with a Spellbinders "Grommet Tags" die (discontinued). I inked the edges with Broken China Distress ink, just to help it stand out from the background a bit more.

For the scene, I first glued the end of the branch behind the window in my cardstock frame. I adhered the acetate to the back with Scor Tape, and glued my birds & music notes to that. I also added a little more liquid glue under the branch, just to keep it steady.

I adhered my greeting to the panel with ATG adhesive, pierced a hole at either end of the tag, and inserted 2 silver mini brads. Finally, I popped the panel up with foam tape onto a white A2 card base.

I'm also entering this card in Incy Wincy Designs' "Let's Celebrate" challenge.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Two Birthday Cards

This past weekend, my mom turned 81 years young! My brother & SIL were able to come down and help us celebrate. I created these cards for Mama, including one from our 3 cats.


I totally CASEd this card from one that Darlene DeVries did recently for Live Love Cards. In fact, it was seeing her card that made me get the "Owl" die from Taylored Expressions. Mama & I both love owls, so I figured this would be a great card for her!

I die cut the owl pieces from scraps of cardstock. I used "regular" colors for the body, eyes, beaks, & feet; but made their bellies rainbow hues. After cutting all the pieces (and managing not to lose any!), I glued everything together to create 5 owls. A fine-tip applicator bottle & cross-lock tweezers come in VERY handy for operations like this! :)

For the fence, I stamped the Altenew "Wood Pallet Background" onto Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper with Hero Arts Wet Cement ink. I then blended Brushed Corduroy Distress ink over the panel. I also stamped & inked a thin strip for the cross piece, glued it in place, and stamped the nails with Hero Arts Charcoal ink.

I cut another piece of bristol for the sky, and inked with Tumbled Glass & My Favorite Things' "Mini Cloud Edges" stencil. I adhered that & the fence panel to my white A2 card base. Then I glued the owls in place, and stamped the letters to spell "happy" on their bellies with Essentials by Ellen's "Basic Alpha" stamps & Versafine Onyx Black ink. I also glued down a balloon I'd die cut with a Lawn Fawn "Party Balloons" die, tied a thread around the bottom of the balloon, and glued the other end, plus a bow I'd tied with another piece of thread, to the one owl's wing.

Finally, I die cut the "birthday" from My Favorite Things' "Cause for Celebration" set from black cardstock, and glued it in place on the fence. I coated that & the balloon with clear Spectrum Noir shimmer pen, and followed that with Glossy Accents on both pieces.


I got the inspiration for my second card from this one by Amy Yang for My Favorite Things' blog. Because I was using digital images, I began by creating a blank "canvas" in Photoshop. I used that to size several kitty images from Bugaboo Stamps, and then printed them onto white cardstock. I colored them with my Prismacolor pencils, and fussy cut them out.

I used 140 lb. watercolor paper for both my frames & grass panels. I first cut a piece to A2 size, and inked it with Distress inks in Broken China & Peacock Feathers, letting the color fade towards the top of the panel. I spritzed it with water from my Distress Sprayer, let that sit for a few seconds, then blotted it dry. I cut the 3 frames from that panel, going from largest to smallest, with a craft knife & metal ruler. I inked more watercolor paper with Twisted Citron & Mowed Lawn Distress inks, distressed with water, and die cut them with the "Grassy Hillside Borders" from Lawn Fawn. I stamped the "Happy Birthday," from My Favorite Things' "Big Birthday Sentiments" set on the top of the largest frame, with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

To assemble my card, I placed the frames on my card base, one inside the other, to determine where my background panel needed to go. After gluing one of the grass pieces to the background panel, I adhered it to my card base. I glued another grass panel to my innermost frame piece, and popped the whole thing up with one layer of foam tape. I proceeded in this manner for the middle & outer frames, adding another layer of foam tape each time, so that my outer frame has 3 layers.

Inside of cats' card

I used a combination of liquid glue & foam tape to adhere my kitties in place in my little scene. For the inside, I created a 5.25x4" canvas in Photoshop, and positioned "Bosko" from Jane's Doodles in the lower left corner. (Bosko is one of Mama's favorite characters among all my images, so I try to include him on the cats' card to her every birthday!) I created the greeting and signatures, and even drew a little paw print beside each cat's name, using the Custom Shape tool in Photoshop. I printed that out onto white cardstock, & adhered it to the inside of the card. I can easily say, she got a kick out of these cards!

I'm entering these cards in the following challenges:

Friday, October 6, 2017

Two Christmas Cards


Christmas Card Throwdown's current challenge theme is to use only pink, red, and green on your card. I created 2 cards to enter.


I used Our Daily Bread Designs' "Christmas Ornament" stamp set for my first card. I stamped it on Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper with Versamark ink, & heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder. (I am using gold as a neutral, not another color.) I colored it with my Tombow markers, using a water brush to blend the colors & create highlights.

For the front panel, I decided to keep it simple. I don't have the coordinating die for the stamp set, so I stamped the ornament in the middle of my panel, and cut around it with a craft knife. I stamped the greeting, also from "Christmas Ornament," and gold heat embossed that as well. Finally, I foam mounted that to my image panel, and adhered it to a white A2 card base.

My second card, though still a CAS design, was a bit more involved. I die cut several flower & leaf pieces from Canson XL Mixed Media paper with the Poppy Stamps "Blooming Poinsettia" die set. I smooshed Worn Lipstick & Barn Door Distress inks on my non-stick craft mat and spritzed them with my homemade Perfect Pearls mist. Then I laid the die cut flower pieces face down in the ink, and moved them around until they were full covered. I used my heat tool to dry them, and added more ink where necessary. I repeated the process with Mowed Lawn Distress ink for the leaves.

For the card front, I took a cue from Jennifer McGuire. She had demonstrated using stitching dies to make an impression in your card front, just for a bit of added interest. I used the largest of Lawn Fawn's "Small Cross-stitched Rectangle" dies to do this. It doesn't really show up in the photo, but it adds a nice detail in real life. Then I stamped the greeting, from "Christmas Ornament," and gold heat embossed that.

I glued my poinsettias together, adding liquid glue just in the centers at first. When that had set up, I glued the 3 flowers & leaves to my card front, adding glue under all the petals to keep them from tearing off. After that dried, I trimmed off the overhanging bits with my scissors, & adhered my card front to a white A2 card base. As a finishing touch, I added Nuvo Honey Gold Glitter Drops to the centers of the flowers.

I'm also entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Christmas"
Incy Wincy Designs: "Let's Celebrate"
613 Avenue Create: "Anything Goes"

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Birthday Bridge Card


Ellen Hutson has their September Pin-Sights challenge up. In fact, this is the last day to enter! I created this card for a friend of mine whose birthday is coming up soon.
Pin-Sights challenge mood board
I decided, after reading this tutorial, to make a bridge card. A special card for a special friend! I created the card base from white 110 lb. cardstock. I cut patterned paper strips from 2 papers in Graphic 45's "Couture" 6x6" pad. I matted them with navy, and adhered them in place on the card base.

For the focal image, I used the Essentials by Ellen "Mondo Magnolia" stamp set. The full flower was a bit too large, but fortunately, the coordinating die set has a die that cuts out the middle section of petals. I stamped it on Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper with Versamark ink, & heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder.

I colored the flower with 2 blue Tombow markers, using a water brush to help blend the colors & add shading. I did the center with an orange marker. Because the flower was on a different paper than the card base, I knew the whites wouldn't match, so I just colored the edges of the flower blue. Finally, I die cut it with the coordinating die.

Another view of the card
I wanted leaves, but the "Mondo Magnolia" set has none. So I pulled one of the dies in the "Wild Garden" set, also from the Essentials by Ellen line. I die cut it 3 times from a scrap of bristol, and colored it with a teal-green Tombow marker & water brush. To tie in with the gold embossing, I painted around the edges of the leaves with gold paint from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors set. The die cuts out the inner portion of the leaf, but I wanted the whole thing intact. So I just adhered the die cut leaves to white cardstock, & fussy cut around them.

For the greetings, I pulled stamps from 2 sets: Winnie and Walter's "The Party," & My Favorite Things' "Birthday Greetings." I stamped the latter onto a panel of white cardstock that I had matted with navy, and gold heat embossed it, before adhering it to my card base. For the "Happy Birthday," I cut a piece of the striped patterned paper I'd used for two of the vertical panels. It has a mottled teal pattern on the back side, so I stamped & heat embossed on that. I matted that strip with navy as well, adhered it to the "bridge" strip for my card, and used Scor Tape to adhere that to my card base. Finally, I glued my flower & leaves in place, and the card was finished!

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

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Shoot for the Moon


I decided to create another card for A Blog Named Hero's "One Layer" challenge. The woman I send cards to for Send a Smile 4 Kids is desperate for boy cards, so I figured this one would work for that! I decided to create a galaxy background, so I used 140 lb. watercolor paper.

I used Hero Arts' "Shoot for the Moon" stamp set. I began by die cutting 2 circles from masking paper using the "Standard Circles LG" & "Standard Circles SM" die sets from Spellbinders. After I determined where everything would go, I stamped Saturn with Colorbox Putty archival dye ink. I colored it with my Inktense pencils, using a damp paintbrush to pick up the color & apply it to the paper. I then stamped it again with Versamark ink, & clear heat embossed it to seal in the color.

To create the moon & Earth, I placed the negative of my circle masks on my card panel. I used an ink dauber to blend a light coat of Scattered Straw Distress ink onto the larger opening (for the moon), and then made "craters" with Stormy Sky Distress ink. I used another dauber to ink over the whole thing with Lawn Fawn Yeti pigment ink. The yellow & blue areas show through, but it's still subtle. Finally, I stamped my greeting with Versafine Onyx Black ink. For Earth, I blended Broken China Distress ink through my mask, then colored a rough estimation of continents with a green Tombow marker.

For the background, I first masked off my moon & Earth with the masks I'd die cut. I inked over the whole background with Distress inks in Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, & Mermaid Lagoon. When it looked like a hot mess, I knew it was time to add the black! :) I inked over the whole panel with Black Soot Distress ink. This is always kind of scary, because the risk of ruining your whole panel is there. But I think this actually came out to be the best I've ever done! After I'd finished inking, I spattered 2 colors of Gansai Tambi Starry Colors over the panel for stars.

I removed the masks, and replaced the negative masking pieces. I inked Earth & the moon with Versamark, and clear heat embossed them, so they would match Saturn. Finally, I removed my masks & adhered my panel to a white A2 card base.

I'm also entering this card in 613 Avenue Create's Challenge #201: "Anything Goes."

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Masculine Birthday Card


The woman I send cards to for Send a Smile 4 Kids has mentioned a couple of times recently that she needs boy cards desperately. So I have been working to make some for my next shipment. This is one that was inspired by the "One Layer" challenge at A Blog Named Hero.

I remembered a lesson in the "Stenciled" class from Online Card Classes that I took ages ago. Jennifer McGuire demonstrated turning the "V-Pattern Mask" from Studio Calico (discontinued) into a diamond design. So I decided to combine that technique with the "LOL" stamp set from Hero Arts to create this one-layer birthday card.

I first stamped the phone from "LOL" in Versafine Onyx Black ink in the center of an A2-size panel of white cardstock. I also went ahead & stamped the greetings in Hero Arts Lime Green & Navy inks. I stamped the little hand icon with Hero Arts Stone Wash ink, & the 2 smiley face emojis with Simon Says Stamp Sunshine ink. The green & yellow inks kind of mooshed on the paper when they dried, so I ended up going over the letters in the greeting and the eyes & mouths on the smiley faces with a white gel pen. Finally, I masked off that area.

For my background, I used Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Lucky Clover, Evergreen Bough, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, & Blueprint Sketch Distress inks. I taped my stencil over my panel, and masked off on either side of one of the chevrons. I inked that, moved my masks, inked with the next color, & so on. The Blueprint Sketch ended up being too warm a blue, though, so I inked over that also with Mermaid Lagoon. Finally, I flipped the stencil around & went back the other way with the same colors.

I removed my mask, & drew 2 black lines along either side of the inked diamond pattern. All that was left then was to adhere my panel to a white A2 card base.

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

613 Avenue Create #201: "Anything Goes"
Pile It On #134: "Feathers/Scales and/or No Patterned Paper" (obviously, the latter category)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Joy Pop Up Box Card


This is my 3rd entry for My Favorite Things' "2017 Card Design Superstar" challenge. I'm entering this in the "Innovation Master" category.

I decided to make a pop-up box card for this challenge. I have a hit-or-miss track record with this type of card, but I keep trying to perfect my technique! I think I did fairly well with this one, if I do say so myself! :)

I created the box from 140 lb. watercolor paper, following the instructions in this post, and the measurements from a different post. After cutting & scoring the paper, I sprayed it with Dylusions London Blue & Vibrant Turquoise; Luminarte Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist; & Heidi Swapp Teal Color Shine mist. Since I was using snowflakes, I just wanted a variety of blues to go with the "cold" theme. I dried that with my heat tool, and repeated the process with the insert pieces. Once everything was dry, I used Dylusions White Linen mist to flick speckles on both sides of the main box piece, to mimic snowflakes.

After I assembled the box, I glued in the insert pieces. Then it was time to work on the decorations. I stamped the 3 smaller snowflakes from My Favorite Things' "Sophisticated Snowflake" set (apparently discontinued) in Versamark onto Essentials by Ellen 40 lb. vellum. I heat embossed with Recollections Snow embossing powder, and fussy cut them out. I used a tiny piece of Scor Tape to attach a 1/4" wide strip of acetate to the back of each snowflake, hiding the adhesive behind the embossing.

I applied more Scor Tape to the bottom of each acetate strip, and adhered my snowflakes to the inserts in the box. I also adhered a few to the back of the front panel of the box itself. They were a bit too floppy, so I used tweezers to add another tiny piece of tape further up the strip, and adhered each strip in those spots to the insert/box panel.

Side view of box, showing the stamped snowflake panel
For the side panels, I cut pieces of white cardstock so there would be a 1/8" border all around when I adhered them to the box flaps. I stamped them with the same snowflakes, using Hero Arts Soft Pool and Memento Teal Zeal inks. I used both first & second generation stamping with the Teal Zeal.

I used one of the "Stitched Scallop Basic Edges" dies from My Favorite Things to die cut the top & bottom of my greeting panel. I stamped the "Joy" from "Joyous Christmas Sentiments" (also from MFT, but discontinued) in Memento Danube Blue ink in the center of the panel. I then used Hero Arts Pastel Blue ink to stamp a snowflake over the greeting, to add some interest but still not compete with the greeting. Finally, I adhered that & my 2 side stamped panels to the box flaps.

I really like how this came out overall. My only regret is that I didn't stagger the heights of the snowflakes more. But hey--live & learn, right? I hope whoever gets this card will get a kick out of it!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Butterfly Sympathy



I recently found out through a Facebook group I'm in that a lineman was killed in Victoria, TX, while working to restore power to the residents there after Hurricane Harvey went through. The group member who posted included his grandmother's name & address, so I made this sympathy card to send to her.

I began by cutting a panel of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper to 4.25x5.5". I marked the vertical center of the panel, and adhered a mask that I'd die cut from a full-sticky Post It note using one of the "Flutter of Butterflies - Solid" dies from My Favorite Things. I also cut a piece of copy paper to the same size as my panel, and tore an oval shape from the area that corresponded with where the butterfly was on my panel. I used repositionable adhesive to stick that mask to my panel, and stamped through the opening with My Favorite Things' "Romantic Script Background" stamp, inked with Pumice Stone Distress ink. Before removing either mask, I also lightly inked inside the oval with Pumice Stone.

For the greeting, I pulled one from My Favorite Things' "Get Well Wishes" (discountinued). I stamped that with Hero Arts Wet Cement ink, centered on my panel below the butterfly area.

To give the panel a more finished look, I marked on the back 1/8" from each side at the corners. Then I used my scoring board & a stylus to score a frame 1/8" in, just to those marks at the corners. I also felt there was a bit of a disconnect between the image area & the greeting. So I colored various size dots with a Tombow marker, and covered each with Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops. That gave the perfect finishing touch!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

My Favorite Things' 2017 Card Design Superstar Contest: "Clean & Simple Genius" category
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Clean and Simple"
613 Avenue Create #201: "Anything Goes"

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sunny Thoughts



My Favorite Things is having their third annual "Card Design Superstar" challenge. I created this card for their "Coloring Virtuoso" category.

I cut a panel of Strathmore Mixed Media paper to 4.25x5.5". I stamped the little girl from My Favorite Things' "Sunny Thoughts" set (sadly discontinued) in Hero Arts Charcoal ink onto my panel. I went ahead & masked her off so I could work on my background before I spent a lot of time coloring. That way, if the background went awry, I wouldn't have "wasted" my coloring time! :)

For the sky, I used the "Mini Cloud Edges" stencil and Stormy Sky Distress ink. I started towards the top of my panel with the inking, then gradually moved down, using different portions of the stencil so all my clouds didn't look identical. I did leave a bit of a gap in the inking towards the left side. I used painter's tape to mask off a section there, & inked a sun ray with Squeezed Lemonade & Mustard Seed Distress inks. I moved my tape, inked the next ray, and repeated one more time. I made sure the rays got down to the girl's umbrella.

I ink blended Shabby Shutters & Peeled Paint Distress inks for the foreground and middle ground. I decided to put a hedge of sorts behind the girl, so I made that a bit darker. I made quick strokes for grass blades with a green Inktense pencil, then went over them with a damp paintbrush, just to "set" the color. (Inktense pencils become permanent after water has been applied & dried.) I also added variation into the hedge with a couple other green Inktense pencils, using a water brush to pick up the color & apply it in a mottled fashion to my inked area, just to add some texture.

Finally, it was time to remove my mask & color the little girl. I used my Inktense pencils for that as well, picking up the color from the pencils with a damp paintbrush & applying it to the paper. (This is my preferred method for these pencils, since it gives me more control & I get get softer colors.) For her face, I wet the paper first with clean water, then dropped the color in, to get a smoother blend. On the white bands of the umbrella, I actually went in with a light, gradated wash of yellow, to make it look like the sun rays are shining through the material. After I had finished coloring her, I let the paper dry completely & added more grass blades in front of her boots. I set that color with a damp paintbrush to finish.

After letting the panel dry for several hours, I stamped a greeting from "Sunny Thoughts" in Versamark ink over the hedge portion. I heat embossed that with Recollections Snow embossing powder. I let that cool, then adhered my card front to a white A2 card base.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Thoughts and Prayers


We were in need of another sympathy card. I created this one using Hero Arts' "Prayers" stamp set & Spellbinders' "Feathers" dies.

I began with the feathers. I had seen this card on Pinterest, and liked the verdigris look on the feathers, so I decided to recreate that with ink. After die cutting the feathers from 140 lb. watercolor paper, I embossed them with the same dies. I smooshed Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, & Lucky Clover Distress inks onto my non-stick craft mat, and spritzed each with a little water. I dipped each feather in the pools of ink, letting the colors mix on the paper. I added some Delicata Golden Glitz pigment ink to my mat, spritzed it with water, & dipped my feathers in that after the green inks had mostly dried. Then I set them aside to dry completely.

For the background, I first determined how much space I needed for my greeting. I marked that with a pencil, and lightly spritzed my cardstock with water, to soften the fibers, so it wouldn't crack. I lined up the bottom edge of the "Woven" 3D embossing folder from Sizzix with my pencil line, & ran that through my die cutting machine.

I stamped my greeting in Versamark ink, & heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder. Once that had cooled, I stretched 3 pieces of jute twine across my card panel, to hide the "line" where the embossing ended, and set off my greeting better. I taped the ends to the back of my panel, and knotted another piece of twine around them. I tied more twine around my feathers, and adhered them to my card front with glue dots at the top of the bunch, letting the bottom ends pop up a bit. Finally, I mounted my card front to a white A2 card base.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Stamp It"
613 Avenue Create #201: "Anything Goes"
Pile It On #134: "Feathers and/or Scales"

Monday, September 11, 2017

Comfort & Peace


The brother-in-law of a friend of my mom's was recently killed in a motorcycle accident. Mama asked me to make a sympathy card to send to her friend.

I used the sketch from the current Fusion Card Challenge for my design:

I began with my focal area and worked out. I die cut a doily from ivory cardstock using the larger of My Favorite Things' "Decorative Doily Duo" (discontinued). I also cut several flower pieces from blue & yellow cardstock using 2 of the Spellbinders "Blooms One" dies. I glued the flowers together--3 layers per bloom--applying liquid glue just to the centers.

For the background, I cut a piece of patterned paper from Graphic 45's "Trousseau" 6x6" pad for the left side, and adhered it to an A2-size panel of navy cardstock.

I stamped a greeting from Avery Elle's "With Sympathy" set onto a strip of tan cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and cut the right end at an angle. After adhering the doily to the card front, I glued down my greeting strip & flowers, tucking the left end of the strip under the larger flower. Finally, I mounted the card front to a white A2 card base.

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

Dies R Us #80: "Die Cut Handmade Flowers"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Stamp It"
613 Avenue Create: "Anything Goes"

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Joy to the World


The theme for Merry Monday Christmas Challenge this week has been "Joy." I created this one-layer card using Hero Arts "Stain Glass Nativity" (discontinued) & "Joy to the World" stamps.

Because of the size of the stamps & the layout I wanted to use, I ended up having to make a card slightly smaller than A6 size. I first cut a piece of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper to 4.25x6.25". After I stamped & heat embossed the image & greeting, I masked them off. I created the mask for the greeting by die cutting one of the "Labels" from Sizzix/Tim Holtz from a full-sticky Post It note, and trimming the top & bottom to be straight.

Once the masks were in place, I inked the whole panel with Hickory Smoke Distress ink. I wanted to create a brick wall look, so this was my "mortar." I taped the "English Brick Wall" stencil from My Favorite Things over my panel. I inked that with Fired Brick & Pumice Stone Distress inks. I had to move the stencil up, matching up the pattern, because it wasn't large enough to cover my whole card front. Thankfully, it's an easy pattern to match! After I removed the stencil, I inked around the edges with more Pumice Stone, to accent the center.

I colored the image with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, adding in a few Tombow markers for colors I didn't have in the Zigs. Once that was done, I lightly (and carefully!) buffed off the ink that was on top of the embossed lines. I outlined the greeting area with a black marker, and adhered my card front to a white card base.

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

A Blog Named Hero: "One Layer"
Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge: "Stamp It"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Stamp It"
Creative Knockouts #210 : "Something to Say"

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hugs and Kitty Kisses


The Houston (TX) Humane Society personnel have been working to help rescue animals from the flooding there as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Even though we did send a financial donation to help support their mission, I thought I would send an encouragement card to their employees and/or volunteers as well.

For the design, I used the current challenge sketch for Stella Says Sketch. I went through my critter (digital) images from Bugaboo, and came across the "Kitties" image. I felt this would be perfect for my card.

I sized the image in Photoshop, and printed it onto a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper. I die cut that with a Simon Says Stamp "Stitched Circles" die. I colored the kitties with my Inktense pencils, using my preferred method of picking up the color from the pencil with a damp paintbrush, and applying it to the paper. I also added just a bit of shading under the image to ground it.

I cut a piece of patterned paper from The Paper Studio's "Best Day Ever" mat stack to go in the center of my card. I also cut 2 strips from a peachy-beige cardstock to go on either side. I adhered the strips to a 4.25x5.5" panel of white cardstock, and adhered my patterned paper in the center. I then machine-stitched a zigzag stitch along each long edge of the patterned paper.

To mat the focal image, I die cut a scalloped circle using a We R Memory Keepers "Nesting Scallops" die. I adhered my image circle to that, and glued it to my card front.

For the greeting, I cut a strip of pool colored cardstock. I created the greeting in Photoshop, using a "canvas" the same size as my strip. Then I printed it onto my cardstock. I die cut each end with the smallest of the "Tag Toppers Crescent" dies from Sunny Studio to make a label shape. I adhered that to my card front, punched a hole in either end with my Crop-a-Dile II, then used the same tool to set a white eyelet in each hole. Finally, I threaded 3 pieces of crochet twine through the eyelets, spread out the ends on either side of my panel, and taped them to the back.

As a finishing touch, I created a faux bow at the bottom of my greeting label, following the instructions in this YouTube tutorial. I adhered my card front to a white A2 card base, and this card is ready to write & send!

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

Creative Knockouts #210: "Something to Say"
Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Gonna be O.K.


Sandy Allnock recently posted about sending encouragement cards to the rescue workers in the Houston, TX, area. Since we live only a few hundred miles north of there, I've been seeing a lot from friends about the devastation & horrors; but also about the generosity that has been going on there. I decided to make a few cards to send to the first responders in the area.

Sandy suggested making cards aimed at both men & women. This first one of mine definitely falls in the latter category! I really decided to play & experiment a little with the flowers & leaves on this card. Using the "Bold Blooms" stamps from the Essentials by Ellen line, I first tried "inking" up 2 of the stamps with Tombow markers, misting with water, and stamping onto Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper. While that was nice, I didn't really like the uncolored spaces between the stamp lines. So I tried again, this time misting the paper rather than the stamp. Again, an OK look, but now a bit too mushy. Finally, I just scribbled spots on scraps of bristol paper with the markers, spritzed it generously with water, and dried that with my heat tool. Then I stamped the leaf & flower in Versamark ink, and heat embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Finally--I had the definition I wanted, and the all-over color! I created a total of 5 each of the smaller flower & leaf, & cut them out with the coordinating dies.

For my panel, I stamped the "Wood Plank Background" from My Favorite Things onto a piece of ivory cardstock, with Hero Arts Wet Cement ink. I wanted some interest in the background, but didn't want it to compete with my main elements.

I stamped the greeting, from Essentials by Ellen "Up the Happy" set, in Versamark on another scrap of bristol, and heat embossed it with Liquid Platinum. I die cut it with a Simon Says Stamp "Stitched Circles" die. To create an ombre look, I took one of my pink markers that I had used on the flowers and colored the bottom part of the circle, bringing the color up maybe 1/4 of the way. Then I took my water brush, and spread the color up the rest of the circle, letting it fade out to a pale pink at the top.

To complete my card, I adhered the greeting, so it is centered on a "line" about 1/3 of the way from the right side of the card, in accord with the Rule of Thirds. I arranged my flowers & leaves, and glued them to the panel with liquid glue. When that had dried, I trimmed off the overhanging bits with scissors. Finally, I adhered my card front to a white A2 card base.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Ellen Hutson's August "Pin-Sights" challenge
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge: "Anything Goes"
613 Avenue Create: "Anything Goes"

Monday, August 28, 2017

Winter Deer


The technique challenge theme at Christmas Card Throwdown this month is "Embossed Impressions." I used heat embossing on the background of my card this time.


For my focal panel, I chose the "Deck the Halls" mini stamp set by Lia Griffith for Hero Arts. I used Operation Write Home's Sketch #59 for my design, and cut my focal panel from Canson XL Mixed Media paper to the measurements in the sketch. For the background on my focal panel, I die cut full-sticky Post It notes with a My Favorite Things "Snowdrifts" die (discontinued). I applied the mask to my panel, and stamped the tree line with the solid layer of the "Color Layering Christmas Tree" set. I only inked up the top portion of the stamp with Hero Arts Soft Leaf ink, and stamped above my mask, making sure to vary the heights & spacing of my trees. When I finished stamping the trees, I inked over the area with Stormy Sky Distress ink, then removed my mask. I also used the mask to ink light bits of Stormy Sky on the snow, to indicate drifts.

I stamped the deer from "Deck the Halls" with Colorbox Chestnut Roan ink, using my MISTI so I could stamp them a couple of times. Then I added shading with my Prismacolor colored pencils, so the images didn't look quite so flat. I considered adding the antlers in the set to the larger deer, but decided to leave it a doe instead. I also added a bit of pinky-beige colored pencil to the insides of their ears & noses.

To create the background panel, I cut a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper to 5.5x4.25". I stamped the Hero Arts "Designer Woodgrain" background on that with Versamark ink, & heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder. I inked over that with Tea Dye & Vintage Photo Distress inks, and added a bit of shading around the edges with Ground Espresso Distress ink. I also inked around the edges of my brown mat with Ground Espresso. Finally, I matted my focal panel, adhered a strip of light blue cardstock to the background, adhered my matted panel on top, and mounted the whole card front to a white A2 card base.

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

613 Avenue Create #200: "Anything Goes"
A Blog Named Hero's August challenge: "Embossing"

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Peace & Joy - Texas Style


A Blog Named Hero's challenge theme this month has been "Embossing." I'm not sure if dry embossing is acceptable for this challenge, but I went with heat embossing on this card, just to be on the safe side. Here in Texas, we don't get much snow, and certainly not at Christmas time. In the 39 years we've lived here, I have experienced only ONE white Christmas. So I made this card, using the "Color Layering Christmas Tree" stamp set by Hero Arts, in the Texan Christmas style! :)

I began by stamping the tree onto a scrap of white cardstock. I used Memento Bamboo Leaves ink for the base layer, and stamped it 3 times to get a darker shade. I stamped the second layer with Memento Cottage Ivy, and the third with Hero Arts Pine ink. For the final layer, I decided to do something a little different. I stamped with Versamark, and sprinkled on Ranger Sticky embossing powder. I heated that just until it melted, then laid a piece of Opal DecoFoil over the tree. I rubbed the foil with my fingertip so that it adhered to the embossing. The look is really subtle--even more so than I was expecting--but I like it. Finally, I die cut the tree with the coordinating die, & stamped the trunk with Hero Arts Cup o' Joe ink.

Detail of the foiling
I die cut an oval from Canson XL Mixed Media paper with a Spellbinders "Classic Ovals LG" die. I also cut that in 2 with one of the "Snow Drifts" dies (discontinued) from My Favorite Things. I inked the top part with Tumbled Glass & Broken China Distress inks. For the grass (remember, this is a "Green Christmas" card), I used Old Paper & Crushed Olive inks, for that kind of "dead" yellow grass look. I placed the 2 oval sections back together, and glued my tree on top, so that the tree held the oval together.

For the background, I cut a 5.25x2" strip of green cardstock, & two 5.25x1" strips of patterned paper from my scrap stash. I adhered them to a light blue A2 size cardstock panel. I glued my oval in place, and stamped my greeting, from Hero Arts' "Merry Christmas Message" set (possibly discontinued), in Versamark ink. I heat embossed that with Recollections Snow embossing powder, and mounted my finished card front to a white A2 card base.

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

Christmas Card Throwdown's "Embossed Impressions"
a2z Scrapbooking's August challenge: "Bright & Beautiful"

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Bouquet


The last day of Camp Create at My Favorite Things focuses on "Delightful Die Cutting." I created this birthday card for a friend of ours whose birthday is next week.
I decided to make a flowerpot card, following a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.com. For the flowers, I used MFT's "Watercolor Flowers" stamp set (apparently discontinued) & coordinating dies. I created the card base following the instructions in the tutorial. I used Fiskars' "Scallop Sentiment" border punch for the lower edge of the pot's rim. For the patterned paper piece on the base of the pot, I used one from Pebbles' "Garden Party" 6x6" pad. Then it was time to decorate!

Because the dies in this set are solid, I first die cut several flowers & leaves, and then stamped on the die cuts using my MISTI to help with placement. For the pink flowers, I used Memento Angel Pink & Rose Bud, and Lawn Fawn Guava inks. The orange flowers are Memento Cantaloupe & Tangelo, with Hero Arts Orange Soda for the last layer. I used Hero Arts Orchid with Memento Lilac Posies & Sweet Plum for the purple flower; and Memento Pear Tart & Bamboo Leaves for the leaves, adding Hero Arts Moss (double-stamped) for the third layer on the large leaves. Finally, I stamped the flower centers with Hero Arts Navy ink.

Card with insert
Before I adhered my flowers, I stamped a sentiment from MFT's "Birthday Greetings" set on the insert for the card, using Colorbox Chestnut Roan chalk ink. I laid out my flowers at the top of the insert, and picked up the full arrangement with a piece of Glad Press 'n Seal. I adhered the large orange & pink flowers to the insert with foam tape, and used liquid glue on the rest. I also die cut another large leaf from green cardstock, and stamped the "pull" & and arrow from "Interactive Labels." Then I glued that to the back of the floral arrangement, so the recipient knows what to do.

For the outside greeting, I used the "happy birthday" from "Birthday Greetings." I stamped it in Chestnut Roan on white cardstock, and die cut it with a Pretty Pink Posh "Mini Tags" die. I punched a 1/16" hole, and threaded through some twine. I tied the twine around the ribbon on the pot, and adhered the tag to the pot with a glue dot.

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

Die Cut Divas' "Anything Goes" challenge
613 Avenue Create Challenge #200: "Anything Goes"

Happy Birthday Butterfly


I created this card for My Favorite Things' Camp Create Bonus challenge, "Awesome Ombre." Stephanie Klauck, one of their "camp counselors," demonstrated not only ombre ink blending for a background; but also coloring images with an ombre look, which I had never thought of doing. So I did both with this card.
For the background, I used MFT's "Small Brick Wall" stencil & Dried Marigold Distress ink. I also wanted to mask a butterfly shape, so I die cut one of the "Flutter of Butterflies - Solid" from a full-sticky Post It note. After I cut a panel of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper to 4x5.5", I adhered the butterfly mask in place, and taped the stencil down over that. I blended the ink up from the bottom, letting it fade out to white at the top. I have done this before with different shades of ink, but never with just one color. I'm really happy with how it turned out!

Before I removed my butterfly mask, I adhered the negative piece from when I die cut it around the positive mask. I removed the positive piece, and inked up the butterfly area with Tumbled Glass Distress ink, again getting an ombre look. I felt like I didn't get a deep enough color on the bottom, so I added in a bit of Broken China ink. When I had the color like I wanted, I removed the negative mask.

For the overlay part of the butterfly, I die cut the coordinating "Flutter of Butterflies - Lace" from more bristol paper. I used a green Tombow marker, and applied the color to the bottom. Then I blended it out towards the top with a water brush. I die cut a body from black cardstock, and glued that to the overlay, then glued that in place over the stenciled butterfly on my background. Finally, I added a coat of clear Wink of Stella to the overlay & body.

I die cut the greeting using one of the "Happy Trio" dies from My Favorite Things (discontinued) & their "Little Lowercase Letters" to spell "birthday." I applied Stick It adhesive to the back of my black cardstock before die cutting. Then I used my tweezers to apply the word/letters to my background. When I had them positioned correctly, I used my teflon bone folder to burnish them in place.

To finish my card, I cut two 1/8" strips of black cardstock, and glued them along the sides of a white A2 card base. Then I adhered my main panel, added some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops, and this card was done!

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"