Archive for ‘Masking’

December 9, 2014

Paper craft project no. 316: Merry Christmas one layer card

Hey, everyone! We have a new challenge this week at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge. Our theme this week is…yep, you guessed it — Christmas! I used the holly square digi provided by our sponsor, Eureka Stamps, to create my one layer card. I printed the image on cardstock, colored it with Chameleon pens, then trimmed the cardstock to size. I masked the image before stamping the poinsettias and sentiment. I applied a bit of green shabby shutters Distress ink along the edges to finish the card. I hope you’ll come check out the projects that my teammates created and then play along. I should also mention that this is my last project for the team, as I decided it’s time to step down. I’m sure I’ll be playing in the challenges, though, because it’s a great place to play and my teammates are simply awesome! :o)

Linking my card to these fun challenges: (1) Addicted to Stamps and More #125 – Photo Inspiration (I was inspired by the red, green, and gold); (2) Paper Creators Crafts #33 – All About Christmas; and (3) Crafty Cardmakers and more #129 – Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Shery

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December 8, 2014

Paper craft project no. 315: You’re a sweetheart one layer card

It’s a great Monday morning, folks! I have been up since 8 last night (I’m on a weird schedule) and DH and I should be well on our way to town by the time this post is published. I haven’t been out much in the last couple of weeks because of work, school, and my weird sleep schedule, and this week, I’m trying to get turned around and at the same time get a bit of sunshine. I’m dropping packages in the mail and then we’re headed to do some grocery shopping. After that, we’re having a little lunch date at our favorite Thai restaurant (I can almost taste that vegetarian pad thai…). Keeping my fingers crossed I’ll be awake enough to enjoy lunch ;o)

Anyway, this one layer card is to remind you that there’s a little less than 3 weeks left to play in the last sketch challenge at STAMPlorations. Linky is open until December 28, you can link up as many projects as you want (instead of the usual 3 projects max) as long as they’re based on the sketch, and you can win one of two gift certificates!

I made my card by first stamping the butterflies (from the Trendy Butterflies set) in different shades of blue. I masked the big butterfly then stamped the leaves (from the Trendy Leaves set) in different shades of green. Then with a TCW reversed chicken wire stencil, I sponged broken china Distress ink for a bit of interest and then stamped the sentiment (from the Sugar Rush set) in black. Finished the card by rounding the bottom right corner. As you can see, I flipped the sketch and used butterflies instead of circles :o)

Thanks for stopping by!

~Shery

November 21, 2014

STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop – Day Five


Welcome to Day 5, the last day of the of the November Stamp Release Blog Hop here at STAMPlorations! For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.

Today, we’re putting the spotlight on Trendy Leaves. We’ll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls’ posts for a chance to win the set.

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To make my card, I used my Japanese watercolor brush pens to paint the background on 140-lb cold-press watercolor paper. I layered yellow, orange, light blue, and violet. After the panel has dried, I stamped the leaves in Memento morocco and rhubarb stalk inks. I went over the stamped leaves with the watercolor brush pens again, laying down some yellow first and drying it, before adding layers of orange and red watercolors. I stamped the sentiment (from Sentiment Builders: Thank You and Boxed Blooms & Bold Sentiments). For the border, I simply ran the side of the black watercolor brush pen along the edge of the panel.

Thanks so much for visiting and hopping along! If you haven’t yet, check out how the rest of the STAMPlorations girls used the Trendy Leaves set in their projects. I hope you’ve enjoyed hopping with us all week this week. Stay tuned because we’ve got a few more surprises up our sleeves in the next few days!

If you’ve missed a day of visiting and commenting on the projects, you can go back to the STAMPlorations blog. We’re giving everyone until Tuesday, November 25, to finish hopping and commenting for a chance to win the stamp sets we’ve featured this week as well as a $25 gift certificate to the shop.

All 5 sets we’ve featured this week are available at a special release bundle price too until November 25! If you want just one or two sets, they’re also available at 10% off their regular price here. After November 25, the bundle will no longer be available and the individual stamp sets in this release will be sold at regular price. However, our stamp club members will always be able to buy stamps at 15% off when they use their personal discount code.

*** The stops in the hop***

Debra | Deepti | Kylie | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley | Vicki

 

November 20, 2014

STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop – Day Four


Welcome to Day 4 of the November Stamp Release Blog Hop here at STAMPlorations! For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.

Today, we’re putting the spotlight on CityGirl, another fabulous stamp set that Shirley Bampton designed. We’ll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls’ posts for a chance to win the set.

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This stamp set took me way out of my cardmaking comfort zone. If you’ve been following my blog for sometime now, you know that me and layers don’t go along well. I try to avoid using patterned paper and having too many real layers in my cards.  I stamped just CityGirl’s chic coat on white cardstock, masking as I went along. I used a black marker to complete the coat and drew hangers on them. I stamped it again on patterned paper, one for the entire coat and another just the belt, fussy cut them out, paper-pieced, and then adhered to my stamped row of coats. I fussy cut again and then mounted on my card base, which I had covered with more patterned paper <insert shocked gasp here>. The last thing to do was stamp the sentiment, which I did on white cardstock, cut up the words and matted them on metallic gold vellum.

Thanks so much for visiting and hopping along! If you haven’t yet, check out how the rest of the STAMPlorations girls used this fab CityGirl set in their cards. See you tomorrow for the last new stamp set feature!

*** The stops in the hop***

Debra | Deepti | Kylie | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley | Vicki

 

November 12, 2014

Paper craft project no. 300: Joyful wishes one layer card

Hello! Popping by today with a one layer card for the current challenge at Time Out Challenges, where it’s a Home Sweet Home Photo Inspiration challenge. We hope you can play with us…you have a week more to share your projects! Here’s the photo:

Photo source: The Swenglish Home

I was inspired by the wooden floor and crate so I mimicked those by scoring (embossing) the lower portion of my card base and then swiping various Distress inks (vintage photo, brushed corduroy, walnut stain) over it. Next, I stamped the gift image and colored with Chameleon Color Tones alcohol markers. I then masked it before stamping the holiday words in VersaMagic chalk ink (aegean blue). And the card is done :o)

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: (1) Stamping Sensations November Challenge – Simply Christmas; (2) Crafting When We Can #82 – Use Your Markers; (3) Love to Create #141 – Anything Goes; (4) Addicted to Stamps and More #121 – Anything Goes; and (5) Creative Card Crew #74 – Christmas Joy.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Shery

PS: There’s a design team call for a new challenge that starts on January 6. If you enjoy making one layer cards and Christmas cards, please check it out here. Please feel free to pass the info along to anyone you think would be interested :o)

November 7, 2014

Paper craft project no. 298: Merry Christmas

It’s the first Friday of the month, which means we have a new challenge at STAMPlorations! This month, the theme is STAMPS & LAYERS. Lee-Anne Cross is joining us as guest designer this month and her card is simply stunning! The STAMPlorations girls did a wonderful job as well — you’ll have to check out the blog to how they interpreted the theme with their gorgeous creations! The winner doesn’t just get bragging rights, but a guest design spot and stamps too! The challenge is open until November 30 so we hope you’ll come play along.

As for my card…I layered in 3 different ways. For the background, I created a faux layer by stamping the poinsettia in white chalk ink several times and masking as I went along. Then I stamped the sketchy Christmas sentiment in red chalk ink before stamping it in black ink and a little offset to create a layered or drop shadow effect. And last, I stamped the poinsettia again on pre-cut diecuts, colored them with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, and then layered them onto my card base using foam dots. I think I managed the “layers” part of the challenge without going through the agony of layering different elements like diecuts, patterned papers, and such :o)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Shery

PS: I’m having a design team call for a new challenge that starts on January 6. If you enjoy making one layer cards and Christmas cards, please check it out here. If you know someone who’d be interested, please pass the info along and thank you in advance! :o)

November 5, 2014

Paper craft project no. 296: Joyeux Noel CAS card + video tutorial

We have a new challenge at Time Out Challenges! In the next couple of weeks, we’re doing Home Sweet Home, a photo inspiration challenge with a homely twist. Joining us this time around as guest designer is Toni of Frankie Helps Craft. I hope you’ll check out her card, as well as the cards by the Time Out girls, so you can see how we each got inspired by the photo.

Photo source: The Swenglish Home

For my card, I went with a taupe brown recycled card base to mimic the kraft/brown/rustic feel in the inspiration photo. I created the background by repeatedly stamping the poinsettia in gingerbread chalk ink, masking as I went. I also stamped it onto a pre-cut diecut and then colored with Chameleon Color Tones alcohol markers. I love these markers! I only used 2 markers (RD4 and GR3) to color the poinsettia – I much prefer coloring this way over using multiple pens to create shadings and/or gradients. Here’s a short video (4 minutes, 23 seconds) showing how I put this card together. Thanks for watching!

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I’m linking up my card to the following fun challenges: Creative Card Crew #74 – Christmas Joy; Christmas Cards All Year ‘Round – No Patterned Paper; and Dream Valley Challenge #94 – Getting Ready for Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Shery

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