Quilt Card

The challenge on WeCraftCards this week is to plan for cooler weather and make a quilt card. The Monday SimonSaysStamp Blog challenge is to make a card with texture. I figure a quilt has lots of texture, so made sure the pieces of my quilt do have texture.

I have glitter paper, highly textured card, a couple of the pieces have embossing just on some of the images, there’s a super smooth piece, and I popped up the center pieces, as well as the butterfly at the top. Some of the patterned paper is DCWV, some is Echo Park, and some is “other”. The whole piece to the bottom left in the picture is alcohol ink on Yupo paper. Had lots of fun figuring this out and making it.

Here’s another one I did:

My husband got me a Spellbinder’s Glimmer machine for my birthday, so I used a die and foiled on the Spellbinder’s paper for the glimmer machine. I had trouble stamping and “coloring” a couple of images, as the ink doesn’t seem to dry on this paper and I didn’t think to heat it before I smeared it. Oops! So, on this one, I wanted to see if I could use Distress Oxide Ink with water and just smoosh color onto my foiled piece. It worked quite well. However, I don’t suggest running a dry cloth over the foil until it is completely and totally dry. The paper didn’t like being that wet and peeled up a bit. So, if you’re going to watercolor, let it air dry for a while, then go on. I am loving learning to use my new machine!

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Crushing on Cardstock

Online Card Classes has a new class called Crushing on Cardstock. I peeked at a friend’s and came up with these for days 1 and 2.

Frog with Butterfly

Used the Simon Says Stamp Frog Kit and a Butterfly die to cut out my herringbone paper I made. Also embossed some cardstock to make my own lily pad.

Frog Floating

Used the Simon Says Stamp Frog kit to make this one, as well. Also did some spraying and splattering on part of it, so putting this in the SSS Blog Challenge for Monday. Made my own backgrounds for this.

Prayers

Did this one for the COC day 2, as well as day 1.

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Singing in the Rain

The MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge this week was a fun one. I decided to have fun on a spring theme. Granted, it doesn’t rain much in Phoenix, except generally at the end of July and early August, so not a spring thing. It did, however, rain a tiny bit this past weekend, which is spring-ish. Anyway, had fun making this one.

I colored the fun girl image with alcohol markers. It takes me forever, but I am trying and with practice, will improve. Had a lot of fun with the background, as well.

The image is from MFT and was designed by Birdie Brown: Rain or Shine. Used a raindrop stencil on a fun watercolor background. First I tried using clear gesso, hoping it would show up shiny. Nope, after it dried, you can feel where it is, but definitely can’t see it. So, then used a fun Nuvo spray through the stencil for those sparkly drops. Added some Nuvo Crystal drops to make a couple of raindrops in clear and a couple in blue. Embossed the blue panel with a wave embossing folder to give a bit more interest and texture. You can’t see much of it, but it’s there.

Also made sure there was green in this so I could enter it in the Simon Says Stamp Monday and Wednesday challenges, as well. It wasn’t difficult to make sure there was a bit of green.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today checking out what I made. Whatever you’re up to, enjoy it.

Cactus Blossom Way 2

Finished coloring with alcohol markers the other night. Now, I stamped 2 of them with green ink for no line coloring. The other 2 I stamped with black ink. Between my husband, son, and I, we decided we liked the ones that were stamped with black best.

I like the way they turned out. I know I’ll get faster about coloring, too.

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Textures

I do love adding texture to cards. So, the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday challenge of texture was no problem. The WeCraftCards.com challenge of something regarding live, laugh, and love was more difficult, as God is the answer to all of that.

Here is what I came up with:

Loads of texture in this as I used Gesso, as well as embossing paste that I colored yellow, glitter, heat embossing, watercolors, and layers.

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Better Slimline and Resist

Simon Says Stamp Blog challenge for Monday is to use resist. Their Wednesday challenge is to do a slimline card.

The WeCraftCards.com challenge this week is to use a pun. I had started this and came up with 4 images from My Favorite Things and their punny sentiments. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

Here are the other 2 that I did. All 4 cards are slimline style and have a pun, only 2 were resist.

Once again, the color isn’t quite right in the picture. It really is super cute. Used an MFT Die-Namic for stitched sentiments. I heat embossed the pawprints in clear, then inked over them. Some are hidden, but it was fun to do. Used Distress ink and some blending brushes for the background.

This is my favorite of all 4. I used a Gina K Designs background stripe stamp to do my banner. Used the same MFT Die-namic Stitched Sentiment. Also colored these with Prismacolor Pencils. Colored last night, then did backgrounds and put them together this afternoon.

Smaller cards are quicker to do, but not as economical as A2. These were lots of fun to make.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me!

Slimline and Resist

Simon Says Stamp Blog challenge for Monday is to use resist. Their Wednesday challenge is to do a slimline card.

The WeCraftCards.com challenge this week is to use a pun. I had started this and came up with 4 images from My Favorite Things and their punny sentiments. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

Here are the first 2 that I did. All 4 cards are slimline style and have a pun, only 2 were resist.

This one is just using different patterned papers for the background. The papers look like their actual colors, but for some reason, the heart looks really dark. In real life it is a bright red color with some shading. The sheep is a lot more white, too. Pictures can be very weird.

For this one, I used a piece of card that had foiling on it and used that to resist the inking I did. There are actually 5 colors of Distress ink blended in that background. It was a bit difficult to get some shading to ground my llama, but used a dark gray alcohol marker for that. I also used a My Favorite Things Die-namic to cut the sentiment strip. Colored the images with Prismacolor Pencils.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me. I’m hoping you saved a bit more for part 2 with the other 2 cards.

Comfort Zone

I have been working on trying new things and adding things in a way that is not in my comfort zone. This week, I checked the SimonSaysStamp challenges and had an idea for the Monday challenge of “Let’s be on Time.”

I needed a masculine birthday card, so went with a Tim Holtz stencil with clocks on it and added some clear gesso with Distress walnut ink mixed in. Added some of that to 2 backgrounds. It was a humid week in Phoenix, so it took quite a white for that to dry. Over the top, I used another Tim Holtz stencil and added some VersaMark ink through it and used some Crackling Campfire glaze. I really liked the look of that, so stamped a clock from a very old set (Stampendous?) onto some velum with VersaMark ink and added the glaze on that. Before embossing my sentiment onto the background, I added a couple of Diana Weekly Acrylic sprays in I think Night and Apricot (I didn’t have a dark orange or red one). Then embossed the sentiment, from that same stamp set using dark brown embossing powder. Added my vellum clock by putting Multi Medium Matte under the embossed areas and pressing down. Like I said, it was a very humid and rainy week in Phoenix, so it did not want to stick. The fact that my bottle of Multi Medium Matte is very old may have contributed, as well. Anyway, I think I wound up using some liquid glue under parts of it as well, to get it to adhere completely. When I had it all done, I trimmed off the overhang on the clock, then adhered the whole panel to some Gina K Coral card stock.

With the other background that I had started, I went a slightly different way. As the SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge was Anything Goes, I went a bit wild.

I knew I wanted to use some of the Altenew Mini Poppies I had embossed and cut out, so used a leaf stencil from Picket Fence and inked using some Distress mowed lawn and olive. I had an area that was light, so added a bit of tissue paper that I had used to clean up different water color inks and saved. Added a bit of that with some more of the clear gesso. Took quite a while for that to dry, too. Cut the sentiment, which is an MFT Die-namic out of black paper, then I smeared some Art Extravagance Phoenix Effect Paste over the top with my finger. This paste has fine glitter in it, as well as some big chunks of glitter and has a pink and orange color. You can’t see it well in the picture, but it’s fun in the light. The paste does come in different colors, this is the one I wanted and received for Christmas.

On a side note, I had planned to use some of my Opal Blaze Cosmic Shimmer polish, but was out of the right color. When I checked my others, most had dried solid. I added a few drops of distilled water to the jars and left them overnight and they were usable the next day. Not as good as when they were new, but usable.

Added my Altenew Mini Poppy flowers that I had done in red on both white card and kraft card. Added a few leaves and then went and got one of my K&Company Grand Adhesions Dimensional Stickers and added a butterfly. There wasn’t enough room left for the die cut butterfly I had planned to use.

Sometimes something will catch my eye, so I will purchase it, then don’t wind up using all of the pieces. Or, like these, they are thick, so require extra postage. As these cards are to be hand delivered, it works. I did use foam tape under the flowers to give them a bit of dimension, too.

So, neither of these cards is really in my comfort zone, but I rather like how they turned out.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

Shaker Valentine

I wanted to make a fun Valentine for my husband. Granted, he normally gets a few throughout the day. The Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge was to make a shaker card, so I went with that, as I enjoy making shaker cards.

This was quite a fun one to make, as it has a huge shaker. I decided to put the sentiment on the inside as I didn’t want to cover up much of the shaker window.

There’s not a whole lot of room to write on this one as the base is black, but it’s still a fun card.

Products Used:

  • Black and White card stock
  • Circle Die
  • Rectangle Die
  • Tulle
  • Chunky Glitter
  • White & Silver paint pens
  • Altenew To the Moon set
  • Foam tape
  • Liquid Glue

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Try something new and just have fun doing it, no matter how it turns out.