Posts tagged ‘all occasion card’

December 20, 2013

Paper craft project no. 102: Life is better because of you

2013-12-19 Life is better because of you
Here’s an A2 card I created as an inspiration project for the STAMPlorations December Challenge: Stamps and Silhouettes. When you have a moment, do check out the STAMPlorations blog, as my card is just one of 3 inspiration projects featured in this post. The other two cards are by DT members Nonni and Vicki. The challenge ends December 31st and there’s a prize for the winner — 2 Vignette stamp sets of his/her choice.

To create this card, I channeled my inner Heather Telford, but instead of creating snowy or wintry scenes like she did here and here (aren’t those cards incredible?), I went with a sunny scene — one with blue skies and green grass…no snow!

I first masked the lower portion of scrap watercolor paper with a thin sheet of paper then loaded my brush with water and painted teal zeal dye ink on the upper area. Next, I cut out a mask shaped like a cloud and with a sponge, I applied nautical blue dye ink lightly, moving my cloud mask across the top. I blended the dark blue ink with my water brush. With the lower portion still masked, I stamped the tree silhouettes in different shades of green. I removed the mask and painted the foreground by brushing water on the area first before layering and blending different shades of green again. I used my heat tool to dry the area. Using the black soot distress marker, I added some black on the tree silhouettes and the ground.  I then stamped the sentiment and trimmed my watercolor panel down to 2.75″ by 4.25″ and rounded off the corners. I thought that the ground needed some more color in addition to all that green grass so I painted in some flowers in nautical blue, love letter, tangelo, and dandelion dye inks. I added some faux stitching around my panel using one of the stitch stamps in the Patchwork Frenzy: Graphic Pentagons set (a new set from STAMPlorations that will be available in January). I adhered DSP and ribbon on my card base before adhering my watercolor panel on pop-up foam dots.

2013-12-19 Life is better because of you -up close

I’m linking up this card to the following challenges: Emergency Crafters: Anything But Christmas; Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #76: Anything Goes; ScrapbookerPhD Challenge #5: Anything Goes; and Simon Says Monday Challenge: Use a Stamp. I thought this card also fits Keep It Simple #29: Warm — the sentiment implies warm thoughts and my stamped watercolor image shows a warm day. I grew up in a tropical country and I’ve never really gotten used to the 20-degree-and-below temps in the winter months here in the valley even though I’ve lived here for years. Creating this little “art” was my escape.

Stamps — VIGNETTE: Tree Silhouettes [trees, sentiment], PATCHWORK FRENZY: Graphic Pentagons [stitching] (STAMPlorations)
Inks — Teal Zeal, Nautical Blue, Pistachio, Cottage Ivy, Olive Grove, Northern Pine, Love Letter, Tangelo, Dandelion (Memento); Black (Hero Arts); Black Soot Distress Marker (Ranger)
Paper — 140-lb Cold-Press Watercolor Paper (Canson); Designer Paper (The Paper Studio)
Other — Ribbon (The Paper Studio); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Water Brush; Corner Rounder Punch

Thanks so much for stopping by!


July 28, 2013

One Layer Card No. 19: Just because

2013-07-27 One Layer Card Just because

A2 card using layer stamping, repetition, masking, and blending techniques.

Stamps: flowers (Stampin’ Up); sentiment (Heidi Grace); newspaper background (Hero Arts)
Inks: peeled paint, broken china, dusty concord, barn door, dried marigold (Tim Holtz Distress inks); tuxedo black (Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink); jet black (Ranger Archival ink)

Steps for creating this one layer card:

1. Cover the middle of the card with a post-it note before sponging/blending peeled paint distress ink on the top and bottom areas.

2. Stamp flowers randomly using different distress inks.

3. Stamp newspaper background with peeled paint distress ink.

4. Remove post-it note and stamp sentiment.

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July 18, 2013

One Layer Card No. 9: Time to celebrate

2013-07-17 One Layer Card Time to Celebrate

A2 card using direct stamping.

A little bit about this card: I was going through my art supplies last night and found a couple of zip lock bags containing ColorBox Cat’s Eye chalk and pigment ink pads. I’d forgotten about these ink pads. (Well, I didn’t know where I had stashed them — out of sight, out of mind!) I think I got them 3 or 4 years ago. Several were still sealed in their packaging. I was afraid they’d be dried up but they were all still moist (miraculously!), save for two ink pads. So I’m 58 ink pads richer–yay! I thought I’d give my distress ink pads a break and use these babies in today’s one layer card :-D I also made this as a birthday card for my brother — it’s simple and not too girly that I think he’d appreciate it.

Stamps: decorative strips (Kaisercraft), sentiment (TPC Studio)
Inks: warm red, citrine, wisteria, french blue, orchid pastel, surf (ColorBox Cat’s Eye chalk and pigment ink pads); jet black (Ranger Archival)

Edited to add:  I’m entering this card to the Birthday Card Challenge in the Moxie Fab World :-)

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July 17, 2013

One Layer Card No. 8: Hello

2013-07-16 One Layer Card Hello

A2 card using masking, blending, edge sponging, distressing, and spritzing techniques.

Stamps: sentiment (Heidi Grace), flowers (Hero Arts)
Inks: wild honey, barn door, dusty concord (Tim Holtz Distress inks); pale ochre, jet black (Ranger Archival inks)
For masking: top note die cut positive and negative (Sizzix)

Steps for creating this one layer card:

1. Place and secure top note die cut negative on top of card base.

2. Using a foam applicator, apply wild honey distress ink on the bottom part, followed by the barn door distress ink, and finally the dusty concord distress ink.

3. Spritz a bit of water over the area, blotting some with a paper towel. Dry with a heat gun.

4. Apply jet black ink on silhouette flower stamp and stamp onto card. Do the same with the sentiment.

5. Remove the top note die negative and place the top note die cut (positive) over the image.

6. Using a foam applicator, apply wild honey and pale ochre on all sides of the card.

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