Elegant

The MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge last week was to make an elegant card.  I made mine, but never had time to post it.  So, here it is.

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Pretty plain and simple.  Had fun cutting the screen with the Silhouette, but found my less expensive card stock is less expensive for a reason.  Oh well.  The sentiment is from the MFP Little Church 2012 collection.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.

Stencils: Coloring

There are lots of different types of stencils, from brass and other metals, plastic, down to ones you make yourself out of paper.  The fun thing about stencils is that you can use them in different ways.

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The one on the bottom is a metal stencil called Bare Trees (Dreamweaver), the one on the right is a thin plastic (Plaid), and the one at the top is one I cut out of lightweight card stock on my Silhouette.  You can use punches, or even rips to make your own.

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There are different ways to color using stencils.  For this one, I taped my card stock to the stencil and I am choosing to use sponge daubers with distress ink.  You can also use stencil brushes for dabbing in the ink, then pouncing all over the stencil and paper.

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For this, I swirled my sponge dauber on the green ink pad to ink it up, then started swirling it on my craft mat, then up onto the card stock/paper.  I continue inking up the dauber as needed, but always starting off the paper and moving my way up onto it.  If you start swirling on your paper/card, it can be way too dark in one spot, where this way you can add a little color at a time to get it just the right shade.

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I do hold the stencil down while adding the color to make certain it doesn’t move and that the color is not getting under the stencil.

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This is done being colored.  You notice I have some areas darker than others, which seems more realistic to me.

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Here I have just removed the stencil, so you can see the finished product.

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For my next way of coloring, I taped my card stock onto my stencil, then flipped it over so the card is on top and put it on a light box.  If you don’t have a lightbox, you can tape it (or hold it up) to a window or glass door with light outside (this works on a glass top table with light under it, too).  Then I rub all over the card/paper with wax paper to transfer a tiny bit of the wax and make it more slippery.  Then I used a ball end tool to go around the stencil to push the paper up around the stencil.

Leave your paper/card attached to the stencil and flip it over to color in the same way as before.

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The finished product.

Other ways to color using stencil would be spraying or misting ink across with the stencil attached.  You could also pat ink on with the ink pad itself, though that would make it quite dark with less opportunity to blend.

When you use a metal stencil, make sure you rinse it with warm water right away to remove the ink.  If you use embossing paste or gesso, you may need to use dish detergent to clean it, as well.

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This is a card I made with the first background.

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For this one, I used a card stock stencil I cut with my Silhouette and laid it across the card base, then smoothed embossing paste across.  After the embossing paste was in the areas I wanted it, I pulled the “stencil” straight up and off, then let the embossing paste dry completely before making the card.

There are lots of ways to use stencils, but these are a few ways to use them with coloring.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Brads or Knot

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The 3rd picture is of a card I made for my husband’s birthday according to the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of Speedy TV challenge to use 3 or more brads.  My husband’s favorite color is teal and he has been working with wood as of late, so made an appropriate card.  According to my son, it has plenty of “stuff” on it.  The sentiment is from the MFP Fabulous Dogs 2012 set.  Not sure where the fun screw head brads are from, but I’ve had them for a long time and love using them on masculine cards.  Embossed the sentiment with a fun embossing powder called By The Lake (Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle).

The first and second pictures are of the same card.  I made a pocket using knotted ribbon in the corner according to the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With a Twist challenge.  The background was made using the Bare Trees stencil (Dreamweavers) and some distress ink (Ranger).  On Tuesday, I’ll have a tutorial on using stencils on here.  The bookmark is tucked in the pocket, but can be pulled out and used.  The set I used is called Enjoy The Sunshine (Gina K).

So now you have a couple of fun ways to dress up your cards. . .brads and knots.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Textured Baby Card

One of the guys at work is expecting his first baby tomorrow.  Had to make a fun card for that.

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This is for the MFP SpeedyTV Tutorial Time challenge last weekend.  I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut out the background from a light weight white card stock, then used some embossing paste on the blue card base.  The sentiment is from the MFP Fabulous Dogs 2012 set, that I went over with a clear Stardust pen (Sakura) and the exclamation point I used a Souffle pen (Sakura).  The koala is called “Cute Koala” and is a Silhouette design that I cut out.  The body is from a lighter blue that I embossed.  Just a hint, but cutting out the body would have worked better had I embossed it AFTER I cut it out.  Had so much fun putting the little guy together.  Used some Fun Fur (Lion Brands) to add a bit more texture to the side.  The label with the sentiment is from the Fancy Tags set (Spellbinders).

A lot to this, but so fun to make.  Now to write in it and get it delivered.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

ScrapZee PJ Party Tonight

Tonight is the ScrapZee.com PJ Party.  It has been lots of fun.  Here are the items I made that I am also using for challenges over at MFP SpeedyTV.  See, I know how to get my crafting together.

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These are two different views of a basket I made, which I think works perfectly for the MFP SpeedyTV Color challenge this week.

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There are all sorts of crazy questions going on at the PJ party that we have been answering.  One of which was, “What would you do if you were in the circus?”  A couple of the ladies were talking about riding or working with the elephants, which kind of got me stuck on elephants.  So, I made a pretty, girly elephant.  I was inspired by the pretty colors and the flowers in the MFP SpeedyTV Inspiration challenge, so this is my entry for that, too.

Now, as it is a PJ party, here I am working on the basket in my pjs.

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Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Enjoy the rest of your day.

Burned Lemon Technique

There is a challenge on ScrapZee to try the Burnt Lemon Technique, which consists of stamping with lemon juice, then heating that until it “burns”.  It took a lot longer to get to that point than I had anticipated and my pieces were fairly small, so I wound up burning fingers, messing up the table finish in one spot, and actually burning the paper a bit in at least one spot, too.  However, it did turn out pretty “antique” looking, which is cool.  The sketch and theme are from the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With A Twist challenge.

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I used lemon juice, ivory and brown papers and the sentiment is stamped using Rich Cocoa ink (Memento).  The pocket watch (top), old-fashioned alarm clock (bottom) and hourglass are from the Timeless Treasures set (Gina K), while the sentiment is from the Follow Your Dreams set (Gina K).

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  If you try this, let me know what you think of the technique.