Saturday, February 14, 2015

A few more challenge cards!

I found a little bit of time to play along with the rest of the Papertrey Ink 8th anniversary challenges.

First up, the metallic and neutrals challenge- This one was very inspired by Danielle's card set. I masked off a thin stripe and used Versamark directly to paper and then applied gold embossing powder. I also embossed the dots with gold.


The next one is for the ombre challenge. I had much higher hopes for this card, but was feeling the pressure of a time constraint. Oh well, it got done!


Monday, February 09, 2015

A few cards

Hello!

Over the past few months I've been busy making cards, but have been somewhat inconsistent with blogging them. I have a few reasons- my card reader on my laptop is working poorly, my hard drive was mostly full (this has since been rectified!), I've felt more like creating than writing about creating, and the list goes one. I know they are just excuses, I guess I just need to make the effort to get back to regular blogging! I certainly have enough projects that I could be sharing!

It's February, and that brings out the Papertrey Ink anniversary contests! I've been playing along with all of the challenges so far!

Here are my cards for the first 5 challenges.

#1 Colour Combination/Sketch
I used the colour combo of Melon Berry, Blueberry Sky, Fine Linen, Classic Kraft, and Aqua Mist. I was really drawn to this combination and didn't think I'd ever put these colours all together before.


#2 Inspired by Maile
Really, who hasn't been inspired by Maile at some time? I drew some inspiration from this post. I really liked the idea of using a coverplate over a colourful background. I don't have the star cover plate, so I did some selective die cutting, being careful to leave an un-cut panel. I also wanted a more blended background so I sponged by background instead. I suppose with the rainbow look, you could say I was a little inspired by Laura Bassen as well.


#3 Make a Tag and Matching Gift Bag
I always like using the bold flowers from Beautiful Blooms 2 and thought they would work well for a gift-giving duo. Here's a look at the tag:


And here's the full project:


#4 Bouquet using Multiple Stamp Sets
I think this might be my favourite challenge so far. It was so fun going through all my stamp sets and figuring out which flower images might go well together. On the car I used flowers from Green Thumb, Everyday Classics, and Rosie Posie. I really wanted them to look like they could have come from the same stamp set. I stamped the images onto some natural cotton paper. Once I had my bouquet arranged to my liking, I went over with a fine paintbrush and water and blended the images to create a more painted look. I also added a few free-hand stems and then tied a silver bow around the whole thing. It was surprisingly enjoyable to do this with my stamps, as I am a little guilty of refusing to combine stamp sets with different design styles.


#5 Use a stamp set that hasn't been used in a while.
I've used In Bloom and the Year of Flower sets in the past, but it's kind of been a long while since I've used either. I also had it in my mind that the card was supposed to be Spring themed, so I went with a Spring type colour combination.

For this one, I first decided on a colour palette- Winter Wisteria (lol the irony!), Spring Rain, Spring Moss, Lemon Tart, and Sweet Blush. Next, I knew I wanted to try to split panel type of layout and I also knew that I wanted a spring-ish sentiment.


That's all I've made for the challenges so far! I am looking forward to the next 5 days!




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sparkle Watercolour Backgrounds

The other day I was seeking some inspiration. My husband gave me one of his challenges. He wanted a rainbow sparkle card. He wasn't that specific with the requirements, so I did what I wanted with the suggestion.


First I got some watercolour paper and blending several colours into a rainbow type background. I used all distress inks here (Red Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, and Picked Raspberries).

Once that was dry, I stamped some flowers over top with Fresh Snow pigment ink. Before those faded too much, I covered the whole thing with Versamark and embossed it with a clear/glittery embossing powder. I loved how sparkly it became! Because of the glitter in the embossing powder, it's not the easiest surface to stamp on. I cut a piece of acetate to the same size and stamped my greeting using black Stazon. I attached that to the watercolored layer using brads. It's nice because the acetate gives the card a nice smooth, shiny finish.

This photo gives a slightly better view of the sparkles!



Friday, September 26, 2014

'Tis the Season

Here's my card for this week's sketch at Clean & Simple Stamping. I went with a gold holiday themed card. I started by using some older holiday paper. I used the colours in that to figure out the rest of my colour scheme. Once I had the circles adhered to my card base, I really wanted the greeting to pop out. I tried die-cutting a few things, but couldn't decide on a colour. So finally, I decided to add a vellum overlay and emboss a gold sentiment on that. I have to say, I'm glad I did! I added a few sequins to mirror the circle elements and that was that!


Supplies:
Stamps: Big and Bold Holiday Wishes
Paper: White, Retired Stampin' Up! DSP, Vellum
Accessories, etc.: Sequins, Gold EP

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wedding Cards

There were a few weddings on the agenda this September. So that meant making a few Congratulations/Wedding themed cards.
 
First up, I had the opportunity to play with Altenew's Painted Flowers. They are a bit tricky at first, but the more you play with them, the easier it gets. I used Soft Suede as my outline colour here. It kind of has a gold under tone, so I wanted to pair that with some metallic embossing. I stamped a greeting from Bigger Blooms and embossed that on vellum. I used clear foam tape (amazing stuff I tell you!) to pop up the greeting. I made the card so long away that I am totally guessing at colours. I think I used Mossy Meadow and Certainly Celery for the greens. The coral flowers are maybe Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe, and the yellow flowers are Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry. Again, these are total guesses, and because the lighting is a bit dark in the photo, I really can't confirm.
 
 
Next up is a card using the soon to be mine (seriously, this set is out for delivery as I write this...) Spring Blooms. The wedding colours were purple, so I thought it'd be nice to incorporate those onto the card. I used Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum for the flowers and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.
I added stickles into the flower centres and also added these pretty pearly sequins as an extra embellisment. The sentiments comes from this great $5 Keep it Simple set.
 
 
Next up, a silver medallion look of sorts. I made this during Stamp-A-Faire 2014. I didn't have any of the wax for making seals, so I did my own version of it. I covered a strip of paper with Versamark and then embossed at least 4 layers of silver embossing powder. To get the impressions, I inked up my medallion image with versamark, heated the embossing powder so that it was melty and then quickly stamped into the molten silver. I did that three times, then punched these out with a circle punch. Both the image and sentiment comes from Giga Guide Lines. It's a great set for making these sort of medallions out of embossing powder. I can always make a video if people want to see this in action. 

 
The last card features some rainbow butterflies. I really like the variety of shapes and sizes in Beautiful Butterflies and I also really like that sentiment. For this one, I stamped all of the butterflies on the white layer first. Then I die cut the larger four images and restamped those. I did this since the dies don't include the antennae. By stamping all of the butterflies on the base layer first, you know exactly where you will be placing the popped up dies and you still get to include the antennae!

 
That's all for now! A bit of a wordy post, I haven't listed the supplies at the end, as it is all listed throughout the post. I have linked to any stamp sets used :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Starry Splatter

Hello!
 
I have a card to share today. I was very inspired by Jennifer's video. I loved the card then and always wanted to recreate it with my own spin. Let me tell you, I got quite messy doing this technique, but it was just so fun!
 
For inks, I used Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!), Broken China (Distress), and Salty Ocean (Distress). I blended the whole paper with the lightest colour and then splattered all three inks in stages. The next step was blending the edges with the navy ink. Finally, I mixed some Pearl Ex with water and splattered that all over. Once dry, I set the whole thing with some hairspray. The next step was adding some celestial features. The little stars are actually from this awesome die. I used the solid star peices and I also cut off a few of the outline stars. The moon was simply made using a 1-3/4 circle punch and a 1-1/8 circle punch.
 
Finally, I kind of liked the scene as it was, but I just have a hard time with sentiment-less cards. I decided to die cut this happy birthday die out. To add extra pop and strength to the die, I clear embossed it. I know it's a bit busy, but sometimes, you just want to go all out and make a mess!
 

Also, I just wanted to share that I was featured in yesterday's "Spotted" feature over that the Simon Says Stamp blog! This was a first for me!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Spring Blooms Two Ways

Here are a few more Spring Blooms card I made. They are both pretty simple, but they have slightly different styles.
 
For the first one, I wanted layered blooms and leaves. Once I had those stamped and cut out, I arranged them as a corner cluster. I didn't want just a plain background, so I used a hexagon embossing folder to jazz it up a bit. The last step was adding the greeting from Strictly Sentiments 5.

 
The next card features more of a distressed/painted look.. I stamped the leaves using distress inks and ran over top of the images with a slightly damp paint brush. Next I added some ink splatters. The final few steps were adding the bit of baker's twine and a sentiment. Easy peasy!


Supplies:
Paper: White, Terracotta Tile, So Safron, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Spring Blooms, Strictly Sentiments 1 and 5
Ink: Mowed Lawn, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Archival Black
Accessories, etc.: Hexagon Embossing Plate, Baker's Twine,
 
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