Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Congrats


Welcome
Meet today's card.
A super simple one for congratulations of a new baby.
I thought this cute image from Old Island Stamp Company would work great for this.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I cut a panel from a piece of heavy white cardstock and then positioned the Marvelous Rectangle mask from A Colorful Life Designs over that.  (they are so awesome to use instead of taping it all off)
  • I took out the Tie Dye set from Hero Arts and using one of the stamps, I inked it up with some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink and randomly stamped inside the masked area.  I repeated that process using some Twisted Citron and then some Broken China until the area was covered.
  • Next, I placed the stamped piece into my Misti and I took out this sweet birdhouse stamp called Community from The Old Island Stamp Company and stamped it with some Versafine Clair ink over the background.  
  • I stamped the birdhouse again onto some white cardstock, fussy cut it out and then watercoloured it with a paintbrush using some diluted DOX inks with the same colours mentioned above.
  • Using my Misti again, I stamped the 'Congrats' with some Versafine Clair and clear heat embossed it.  
  • I glued the inked panel to a piece of blue cardstock and then to a heavy card base.  I pop dotted the watercoloured birdhouse back onto the image.


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Discount Code for A Colorful Life Designs


Supplies
Stamps- Congrats (Basic Grey); Community (The Old Island Stamp Company); Tie Dye (Hero Arts)
Inks- Versafine Clair Noir; Distress Oxides (mentioned above)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ontario)
Accessories and Tools- Rectangle Mask (ACLD); Misti (My Sweet Petunia); pop dots; 
Wow cl embossing powder; heat tool

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Typography Birthday


Welcome
Yes....you guess it!!  
Another inked background from my stash became a card today.
This one had some faint stenciling done with embossing powders and my Distress Oxide inks.  
You can see some hints of the stenciling in the background done with a resist technique.
I will do my upmost best to remember what the heck I did since I didn't write on the back of this one!!  I need to get better at doing that.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • Background- Like I said, I will try my best to remember what I did with the layers.  I inked the panel with Broken China and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide inks.  I laid on the Floral Stencil from Tim Holtz over the inking and pressed on some Versamark ink and then clear heat embossed it to create a resist.  I inked over that with some Dusty Concord DOX ink and rubbed away the ink over the embossing to reveal the flowers.  I splattered with water to lift some of the ink too. I added some stamping with some Salty Ocean DOX ink along the edges with the Reverse Squares from AALL and Create.  At that point, I didn't know what I wanted to do with it, so threw it into the basket where it sat until today.  
  • I just recently picked up this embossing folder called Typewriter by TH and if you saw my post from Monday HERE, I decided to emboss and then sand off the top layer of the colour to reveal the letters....love the look!!
  • I die cut a circle that I wanted to use for the sentiment and stamped on the sentiment with some Versafine Clair Noir ink using my Misti.  I clear heat embossed that as well to help make it pop.
  • I die cut the flowers called Dandelion Posies from some white cardstock and set aside.
  • I glued the inked background onto a piece of white cardstock, then onto a heavy white card base, then glued on the flowers and pop dotted the circle greeting over onto the other side. 


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamp- Everyday Circle Tags (Avery Elle); Reverse Squares (AALL and Create)
Inks- Versafine Clair; DOX inks; Versamark
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ontario)
Accessories and Tools- Typewriter eb folder (TH); Floral stencil (TH); Wow clear eb powder;
heat tool, Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Dandelion Posies (Creative Expressions); 
sandpaper, pop dots, circle die (Spellbinders)

Friday, 2 April 2021

See the Light


 Welcome
I am on a mission to use some of the inked background that I have in my stash.  
I have quite a few that I made that either didn't work out for my card or were made just for the fun of it.
That's how this card began.  By stamping over this inky mess with a large background stamp, it was instantly transformed.  

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I found this piece in my stash of backgrounds.  It was sitting there because I had no idea what the heck to do with it.  Luckily, I wrote on the back of the panel what I had done! (amazing that I actually remembered to do that!)  
  • Background:  I spread a thin layer of Gesso using a palette knife over the heavy weight cardstock.  Spread it on like you are buttering a piece of toast.  I let that dry completely before going onto the next step.  I got out my Vicki Boutin Art Crayons and rubbed them onto a piece of acetate.  *they are highly pigments so you don't need a lot*  I diluted them with some water and a paintbrush, then using a brayer, I rolled the colour over the dried Gesso background.
  • ....and there it sat in my stash bin, until I was looking through my stamps and came across the Shattered Glass stamp from Local King and had a lightbulb moment.  I placed the panel into my Misti and stamped over the bkg. with some Distress Archival ink.  It worked so well.
  • I decided to make a side fold card (you can see all the instructions HERE), so I cut the panel down into the 2 pieces needed for my card.
  • I placed the square main piece into my Misti and stamped the sentiment from Impression Obsession with some Versamark ink and white heat embossed it.
  • I glued the pieces onto the side fold card base and then die cut the flower with the Tall Sketch Daisies die and glued them beside the sentiment.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Have a great weekend.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
Time Out- INSPIRED BY WORDS
We Love to Create Mixed Media- ANYTHING MIXED MEDIA


Supplies
Stamps- See the Light (Impression Obsession); Shattered Glass (Local King)
Inks- Vicki Boutin Art Crayons, Versamark, Distress Archival
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ontario)
Accessories and Tools- Gesso; Wow eb powder; Tall Sketch Daisies (Poppystamps);
Paintbrush; palette knife; Brayer (Speedball); 

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Plaid Thinking of You


Welcome
Meet today's card.
I'm always excited to get time to play especially with some new stencils.
This one is a great one called Tic Tac Toe from ACLD.
The great thing about this stencil is that it has no edge so is perfect for also creating slimline cards.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I decided to make a print on my Gel Plate so I got that out and some of my Distress Oxide inks and my brayer.  The Oxides work so well for this simple technique.  I took some Blueprint Sketch and brayered that onto my plate.  I laid the stencil down and then rubbed over my cardstock to pick up the print.  (you can see some of that ink in the background)
  • Without wiping the plate off, I brayered on some Broken China DOX ink onto the plate and using the same inked panel, I pulled another print right on top of the first one.  It gave a fun shadow like effect to my cardstock.
  • I took the inked panel and dried it completely.  I then placed it into my Cuttlebug and die cut the 'Thinking of You' sentiment.  I set all of that aside and die cut the sentiment again 4 times more from some white cardstock.  I glued the sentiments together and set them aside to dry.
  • I placed the inked background into my Misti, and stamped the Wildflowers Rest and Refresh from Simon Says with some Versafine Clair ink along the bottom.  I clear heat embossed the flowers to help them stand out more against the inked bkg.
  • I glued the panel onto a piece of white cardstock, then fit the layered sentiment back into the cut away area of the background for an Embedded Sentiment.  (I love using this technique as it doesn't cover up the background)
  • I glue it onto a heavy white card base.
 

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.



Discount Code for A Colorful Life Designs


Supplies
Stamps- Wildflowers (SSS)
Inks- DOX, Versafine Clair Noir
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Tic Tac Toe stencil (A Colorful Life Designs); Wow clear eb powder;
heat tool; Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Gel Plate; Brayer (Speedball), Thinking of You die (Echo Park)

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Wee One- Sanded Embossed Background


Hello and Welcome

It's my turn to host the TLC Challenge (Technique Lovers) over at Splitcoast Stampers.
I like to try and think of some challenges that would be accessible to everyone and this is the one I came up with.  
I've been going through my background pieces that have been inked or painted that I haven't used for cards or that I just went 'yuck' after I was done.  You know those scenarios don't you?
Well instead of throwing them away, I put them in a bin and keep them for die cutting or for who knows what.  That is how this card started off.....and I watched a video by Jennifer McGuire a few weeks ago too so that helped.  

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I went through my bin of discarded backgrounds and found this one that was blue and green.  Since I wanted to make a generic baby card, I figured this one might work.  It was a blue and green paint roll off from one of my Gel Plate printing sessions.  (For those unfamiliar with a Gel Plate, you roll paint or ink onto it with a brayer.  Many times, while rolling smooth with a brayer, there is too much paint, so to remove some of it I roll it onto scrap paper.  I keep those scraps for future whatever.)
  • I placed the painted piece into my Cozy Knit embossing folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug to emboss.  I removed the piece and then used a piece of sandpaper to remove the ink from all the high points of the embossing.  It totally transformed the look of the background.  (I wish I would have taken a picture of the before and after....especially since I hated the before!)  I set that aside.
  • Next, I die cut the scalloped circle using a Spellbinder die and placed that into my Misti.  I stamped the Baby Bunny from Impression Obsession with some Versafine Clair Noir ink.  I clear heat embossed it as I wanted to watercolour the bunny and the embossing helps contain the wet ink. 
  • Using some Peacock Feathers and some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks, I watercoloured in the bunny.  I just press the ink pad directly onto my Tim Holtz Glass mat, spray with water to dilute and use a paint brush to add colour.
  • Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Little One Animals from Photoplay onto some white and fussy cut it out.
  • I glued the sanded background onto a piece of white cardstock, then onto a heavy white card base.
  • I pop dotted the scalloped bunny circle over the background, the glued the sentiment banner over the circle.
 

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
I hope you get a chance to try it out.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- SPRING/EASTER MOOD BOARD
The Crafting Challenge- PASTEL COLOURS


Supplies
Stamps- Baby Bunny (IO); Little One Animals (Photoplay)
Inks- Versafine Clair Noir; Distress Oxides
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook-Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Cozy Knit eb folder (Fun Stampers Journey); Cuttlebug, sandpaper;
acrylic paint (Dollar Tree); pop dots; Scalloped circle die- Spellbinders; paintbrush; TH glass mat;
Misti (My Sweet Petunia), clear eb powder (Wow)

Monday, 22 March 2021

Rockin' Birthday


Welcome
Meet today's card.
A really fun and easy one to create.  These two stamp sets work so great together.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began with a piece of white cardstock cut for my front panel.  I positioned the Dot Circle Stencil from A Colorful Life Designs over my panel, then I used my blending brush with some Peacock Feathers and some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks to stencil.  I applied the ink with varying pressure to help give it a feeling of motion as if the record was spinning.  
  • I took another piece of cardstock and stamped the record and the turntable arm from the Vinyl Greetings set in my Misti.  I clear heat embossed it to give it a shiny look like an album would have.  I stamped the 'Happy Birthday to You' from that same set onto the center of the record with some red ink.
  • I fussy cut out the record and the arm and set that aside.
  • I placed the stenciled piece into my Misti and stamped the sentiment from the For the Record set along the bottom. 
  • I pop dotted the record onto the center of my card, then added the turntable arm.
  • I glued it all onto a piece of blue cardstock, then onto a heavy white card base.




Here is the Dot Circle stencil I used.

Discount Code for A Colorful Life Designs

Adding my card to these challenges:
Stamping Sensations- MONOCHROMATIC

Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look.


Supplies
Stamps- Vinyl Greetings (Create a Smile);  For the Record (Honey Bee)
Inks- Versafine Clair Noir, Distress Oxides
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook, Waterloo Ontario)
Accessories and Tools- Dot Circle Stencil (ACLD); clear eb powder; heat tool; TE blending brushes,
pop dots;