Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Thank You Roses Card

When I first saw this rose stamp from Penny Black, I thought it was stunning....still do!  I have seen it colored in various mediums, and myriads of colors, and I have loved it every time.  So for a very special thank you card today, I thought of it immediately......
The rose image, as I mentioned, is a Penny Black slapstick cling stamp - Scented beauty # 40-428.  The other images on the background are also Penny Black - Swirls 40-282, Letter background 1999L, and the verse is from the clear Gratitude set - 30-105.

I stamped the rose using distress inks in abandoned coral, candied apple, and fired brick, with squeezed lemonade, crushed olive, forest moss for the leaves.  I used my Misti, and stamped one area at a time.  I colored a rose, for example, with abandoned coral, then misted the stamp with water, and stamped it onto watercolor paper.  Keeping the paper and stamp on the Misti, I use a watercolor brush to paint in the inside areas of the rose, then without reinking the stamp, I stamped it again, thereby bringing back the details.  I then cleaned off the stamp, and added a darker color, candied apple, and stamped again, this time using my brush to shade a little, more; finally the third stamping was with fired brick, watercolor lightly, and let dry.  I cleaned off the stamp, inked it with abandoned coral again, and stamped over the rose a final time, bring back many of the details.  I repeated this technique with the other rose, and the leaves.

For the background, I used masks over the flowers and leaves, then added salty ocean distress ink with my Clarity brushes.  Using the salty ocean and ground espresso for the background stamps, I added the final touches, along with some spatters, flicking with my watercolor brush.  
Close up of detail
The thank you was stamped with rich cocoa Memento ink.  I layered the panel with some coral card stock to match the roses, then the panel, and finally a strip of lace and some pearls.

Before I called it finished, I decided the roses did not have enough contrast for the shading, so used my polychromos colored pencils to add some deeper color to the shaded areas.  Then I used my battery operated eraser to take bring back some highlights on some of the petals.  Oh, almost forgot.... I added some dew drops on a couple of the petals and one of the leaves with Glossy Accents.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Nature

Penny Black at Allsorts - Add a sentiment

Addicted To Stamps Challenge - Your favorite embellishment

We are having the most glorious weather, just perfect.  It's sunny and warmish, and the evenings cool down significantly, making it great sleeping weather.  So, now out for a walk along the river before making dinner.  I hope you can take some time to enjoy your evening, whatever the weather is where you live.

Thank you for visiting.




Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Card - God Knows

Sometimes you need to express what a get well card, or just plain thinking of you card just doesn't convey.  This 'God knows' verse from Simon Says Stamp (Blessed SSS101370) is exactly what I needed for this card for a friend...
 I created the background with an acrylic brayer and distress inks on white card stock.  Click HERE  for my post detailing how this is done.  I took this a step further than the original technique by spattering some droplets of water onto the background, then lifting the color in the areas where the drops were with a paper towel.  

When the background was dry, I stamped the Sketch Ranunculus (SSS101626) stamps and leaves from Simon Says Stamp, with India Ink black.  I love those little bubbly thingies included in this set, also.  I used a Copic multi liner to draw in the stems for the flowers.  

I embossed the verse in black onto a scrap of vellum, then attached it to a card stock scrap, then foam mounted this to the card.  I layered the panel onto a black card, and added a narrow strip of coral card stock along the left side, to match the card stock scrap under the vellum.

A spattering of clear opalescent sequins finishes off the card.

I am adding my card to these challenges today.....

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Powder power

AAA Cards Challenge - Masking

Addicted To Stamps Challenge - Favorite embellishment

Make My Monday Challenge - No patterned paper

Mod Squad Challenge - Splat (spatters or splat)

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fall Card For A Friend

A few years ago, I taught a class at my stamp store where we used paper grocery bags to create fabulous painted backgrounds.  I came across the class notes while looking through my files the other day, and decided to grab a couple of bags and my paints and get a little messy in my craft room.  Oh, did I have fun!  This card is a result of my play time....

The background was created with a paper bag, and acrylic paints.  First, I cut the bag open, then cut off the front and back panels.  I crumpled the bag panels tightly in my hands, and then smoothed them out.  Next, I squirted fall colors of acrylic paint onto the crushed bag pieces one color at a time.  I started with one color, and squirted a small amount in one area, then brushed it in with a one inch or so paint brush, spreading that around a bit.  I applied a second color and spread that, then a third and fourth color.  

I repeated this, arranging my color areas randomly and pleasingly on the bag panels.  I let the bag show through in some areas on this particular panel, as it complimented the fall colors.  Then, to kick it up a notch, I added some gold metallic acrylic paint here and there.  

When the paint was dry (it doesn't take long at all), I cut card size panels, and attached them to A-2 card fronts.  Viola!  Instant fall backgrounds!

I made this card for a very special friend's birthday.  She loves fall, and leaves, as much as I do.  

The ginko branch die is from Poppy Stamps, and the single ginko is from Impression-Obsession.  They both have lovely texture and embossed lines, which, unfortunately do not show up in my picture.  I also used a manilla colored card stock, and it looks way more white in the photo than in real life. 

I added gold embossing to the tips of the ginko leaves by using my versamark marker along the edge, them dipping the dies into gold embossing powder and heating them.  

I gold embossed the phrase, from Penny Black's special thoughts clear stamp set, onto vellum and cut it out close to the words.  I added it to the card front.  A spattering of some gold sequins, and it was done.  

I got a message from my friend today, thanking me for the card, so since I now know she has it, I am posting it.  I did not want to post it until she had received it, as I wanted her to see it in person, before she saw it online.

It was fun revisiting an old technique, and playing with my paints and getting messy.  I love whenever I can upcycle items, and do my best to reduce, reuse, recycle whenever I can.  I want our earth to remain beautiful for our children, grandchildren, and their children and grandchildren.

I am adding my card to the AAA Cards challenge.  The theme for this week's challenge happens to be upcycling.  

Thanks so much for visiting.  If you live in an area where it is fall now, I hope you find some time to get out and enjoy the beauty of this season!  



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Simon Says Stamp CAS Card

Just popping in quickly to post a card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge .  The theme is clean and simple, which is definitely not my style, but a challenge is a challenge!  So, here goes......
I started with a watercolor like paper.  It's not true watercolor paper, but has a great texture, and has minimal watercolor paper like qualities.  Using mustard seed TH distress ink, I used the smoosh technique to apply some color to the card.  I let that dry thoroughly.  Well, ok....I didn't let it dry, I helped it along a bit with my heat tool.  Impatient I am. 

Next I heat embossed the verse from Simon Says Stamp Blessed clear stamp set SSS101370 with copper embossing powder.  

I stamped some leaves and bits from the Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetings SSS101627 with various TH fall color distress inks.  I layered the panel onto some textured copper paper, then onto an A2 card made from the same stock as the panel.

A tiny sprinkling of 'diamonds'...crystals which I shaded with Sharpies....and that was that.  I walked away from the card before I was tempted to take it to the next level, thereby disqualifying it from the CAS challenge.

I am also adding my card to these challenges:

Addicted to Stamps Challenge  - Trees, branches, leaves

Make My Monday Challenge  - Autumn/fall colors

Simply Less Is More - Diamonds (crystals and background paper has diamond pattern)

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge - Colors of fall

That's it for today.  I appreciate you stopping to visit.  If you are so inclined, I would love to hear your comments.  And if you would like email notifications of my blog posts, just sign up in the Follow by email area on the right.




Monday, September 19, 2016

Day To Celebrate With Penny Black Stamp

When I saw this stamp by Penny Black, of course I thought about winter and Christmas.  However, I do enjoy the challenge of finding other ways to use seasonal stamps.  Today, I decided to take this stamp into the fall season by using the colors of autumn.....
I colored the berry branch with Tombow markers in stages, starting with yellow, then gradually built up the shading and colors one by one, by using my Misti tool.  I had seen this technique on a UTube video by Jill Foster.   If you would like to see how Jill uses the Misti to create lovely layers of color and detail, click for the link  HERE
I created the card panel on watercolor paper by spattering some scattered straw distress ink onto the paper.  Then I used my Clarity brush to soften the edges with the same ink.  I attached it to an A2 size card.

Next, I used my distress inks in fall colors, and applied the inks onto another piece of watercolor paper with my Tim Holtz ink applicators.  When I had the colors nice and deep, I dropped water in areas, then dabbed it up with paper towels.  This creates the light areas where the ink lifts from the background in the areas that the water drops were.  I cut a strip and attached it to my card front, then used some fine gold cording on each side of the strip.  
Close-up of berries and background strip
The gold scroll was die cut from watercolor paper using Penny Black die 'scrolls' 51-013.  I applied gold embossing to it to compliment the cording, and the verse I knew was going to emboss in gold.

I die cut the berries with a Spellbinders circle die, then used the Clarity brush and ink to soften the edges, then layered it onto a slightly larger gold paper die.  I used craft foam to give it dimension, and adhered it to my card.

The verse is from Penny Black 'gratitude' 30-105 clear stamp set.  I embossed it in gold onto vellum, then attached it to the die cut panel.  Finally, I punched some circles with my Cropodile, used a foam base and an embossing stylus to 'cup' them, and attached them to the card with Ranger Matte Medium.

I am adding my card to these challenges......

Addicted To Stamps - Anything goes

Addicted To Stamps Challenge - Trees, branches, and/or leaves

Make My Monday Challenge - Autumn/Fall colors

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Nature

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Inspired by music (Celebrate Good Times)

I really had fun creating in my craft room today.  The weather was delightful, and I had my windows open, enjoying the fresh air while I played.  This was a fun card to make.  Thanks to Jill Foster for showing this technique, which is becoming one of my favorite techniques.  I will be using it a lot, for sure.

Do you have any stamps for which you can 'change-up' their intended use?  Challenge yourself to find other ways to use them other than their intended way.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  See you next time.  Until then, happy stamping!





Monday, September 12, 2016

Falling For You

"Autumn.....Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness."  
This lovely quote by John Keats from his poem Ode to Autumn was my inspiration for this card today.  
It is a top-folding A2 size card.  For the background panel, I randomly stamped the flourish from the Impression-Obsession clear set CL138 Autumn Squares, using VersaMark ink. 

The tag is done on watercolor paper.   I used the 'smoosh' technique to lay down the first layer of colors, using TH distress inks in various fall colors.  After applying the inks, I used a paper towel to pick some of it up,as I did not want it too dark, since I was going to stamp over it.  I also dripped some clear water on it and lifted more of the color with the paper towel in areas.  To ink the leaf stamp (same IO stamp set) I put colors of TH distress ink onto my craft mat, then tapped the stamp into the various inks, moving from one color to the next to get blending on the stamp before I stamped it. I created spatters with my paint brush and inks, as well as white gesso.  A little blending around the edges ties it all together.  I thought it could use a little something, so I white embossed the word Autumn from the poem onto a rust scrap of card stock, cut it out, and attached it with foam tape for dimension.  

I created a second tag from orangey-rust card stock, and brushed some gesso onto it, and also added some gesso spatters.  This tag went directly onto the card, and the stamped tag is elevated with craft foam.  Some fall colored fibers and copper and gold sequins add the finishing touches.

I created this card for the Impression-Obsession challenge, where the theme is Falling for you.

I am also adding my card to these other challenges......

Addicted to Stamps - Trees, branches, and/or leaves

Make My Monday Challenge - Autumn/fall colors

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Stamp it

Virginia's View Challenge - Spray, mist, splatter

Time Out Challenge  - Inspiration words

I hope you have been enjoying these late summer, early almost fall days.  I know I sure am!  

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  

Be blessed,


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Back To School Challenge Card

The challenge theme on the Make My Monday Challenge Blog is 'Back to school.'  This stamp set by Unity Stamps, I love big books IB-663, was what I chose to use to make my card for this challenge today.
I stamped the books (the book stamp is just one stack of books with a heart on top) onto a white card, an inch or so from the right side of the card.  Then I stamped it a couple of more times on some scrap white card stock.  To color the books, I used Tombow markers.  I rubbed the markers onto my craft mat, and used a Dove blender to add the color to the books.

I fussy-cut the other stacks of books from the scrap piece, and added them to the card with foam tape for dimension, arranging them so that they looked like piles of books.  The verse is from the same set.  I used a Die-namics tag die from My Favorite Things to die cut the verse, which is from the same stamp set, and used foam tape on that as well.  I wrote names of subjects on the books with my Micron pens to make them look like text books.

I used a background text stamp from my stash to make a strip of text along the left side, and a strip of black card stock.  A few splatters from my brush with the yellow and black, and my card was finished.

In addition to the Make My Monday challenge , I am adding my card to these other challenges.....

Color Throwdown - Use yellow, blue, black, and white

Tuesday Throwdown - School spirit

It rained a little, and there is finally a cooler air mass moving in tonight, a much appreciated relief from the steamy, humid, hot days we've had too many of!  We will definitely sleep with the windows wide open tonight!

Thank you for visiting.  I hope you find some time this weekend to do the things you enjoy.  





Friday, September 9, 2016

Missing You Challenge Card - Simon Says Stamp

This card is for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge 
and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge .  It's Stamptember at SSS, and they are showcasing lots of new merchandise.   
There is lots of glimmery shimmer on the flowers in real life...doesn't show up in photo
 I started with some highly textured card's similar to watercolor paper,  only more deeply textured, and it doesn't take water as well.  But I love it for the texture and sturdiness.  I inherited almost a full ream of this card stock when I was working.  I was the secretary at my church, and one day when I was inventorying the supply closet, I came across the package.  I asked the pastor what it was for.  He didn't know, so I proceeded to ask the rest of the staff, and nobody knew.  So he said I could take it if I had a use for it.  I sure snatched that up in a hurry!

So, onto the card....I made the A2 card and put it aside.  Then I stamped the flowers from the Simon Says Stamp Artful Flowers clear stamp set SSS101488 onto another piece of the paper, using TH distress inks, and fussy cut them out.

On another piece of the same paper, I used my Ranger mini misters.  I put a few drops of different ink refills into four of the misters, then added a little water.  Then the fun began.  I spritzed and sprayed some of each of four colors onto the paper, making sure to get different colors all over.  I let a bit of the white show through, so that the effect of the sprays is evident.  It was so much fun....I just love to play with inks!

A trip to the heat tool to dry my piece, then I proceeded to assemble the card.  I cut a strip of the sprayed paper, and attached it along the left side of the card front.  It looked a little plain, so I cut a couple of narrow strips of purple glitter card stock to put along the left and right edge of the strip, then spattered the ink colors with my brush onto the rest of the card.

I selected some of the flowers that I had fussy cut, and arranged them pleasingly (is that a word?) onto the card front, using foam tape and curling the edges of the flowers up and under for added dimension.

The 'missing you' verse is from the Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetings set SSS101627.

Some glimmer from the Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush on the flowers and along the edge, and I was finished.  It was a fun card to make.  Now I will make some variations with the rest of the flowers that I had cut out, and the rest of the card stock that I spattered and misted and sprayed!  

I am also adding my card to these other challenges:

Cas-ual Fridays Challenge  - Dimension and bling!

Love to Scrap Challenge - Flower Power

Virginia's View Challenge - Spray, mist, and spatter

Thank you for stopping by today.  Be sure to check out these challenges if you get a chance.  




Thursday, September 8, 2016

Wonderfully Made - Verve Stamps Challenge Card

Today's card features Verve Stamps clear set Wonderfully Made 0180....
To create this card, I started with a watercolor panel for the background.  I rubbed red, orange, yellow, and green shades of Tombow markers onto my craft sheet.  Using a round ink application tool (Tim Holtz), I applied the colors, one by one, to the panel.  I was careful to keep colors that blend well together next to each other, so I didn't get any muddy areas.

Once the ink was on the panel, I spritzed it with my mister bottle, and used a waterbrush to move color around and blend, creating interesting puddles and water marks.  I dried it with my heat tool, then repeated the process.  I dried it again, and spattered clear water onto the panel, creating water droplets.  I dabbed a paper towel over the panel, and it pulled off some of the ink where the water droplets were, creating a blotched look.  When dry, I attached this panel to an A2 card.
I created another, smaller panel in the same fashion, and stamped the verse onto it with India Ink black, then layered this panel onto a panel slightly larger in the same shade as the card.  To add dimension, I used craft foam to adhere the panel to the card front. A piece of twill adds interest and texture.

The flowers, from the same stamp set, were inked with Tombow markers, then watercolored.   I fussy-cut them out, and used foam tape and glue dots to add them to the card.

Black sequins and amber rhinestones complete the card.

This card is for the Viva La Verve Sketches Challenge - sketch

I am also adding it to:

Mod Squad Challenge - Use bright fall colors

Virginia's View Challenge - Spray, mist, and spatter

Love to Scrap Challenge - Flower power!

Here is the sketch for the Viva La Verve challenge.....

Thanks for visiting today.  Take a few moments to check out these challenges, and the awesome design team cards and other entries.  Maybe you'll even decide to enter one or two!