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November 27, 2013

Paper craft project no. 91: Holiday hexagon card

2013-11-26 Holiday hexagon card
When I saw The Paper Players Challenge #173: Shaped Card last Sunday, I knew I wanted to create a hexagon shaped card — I just needed to find time to squeeze it in between the Christmas card-making project I’ve been doing for my mom-in-law all week. My cards are typically A2 size, and I can’t remember the last time I made a shaped card, so it’s wonderful that TPP has this challenge this week.

To create this card, I started with an A2 card base (the usual — 140-lb cold-press watercolor paper) that I clear embossed with the distressed floral swirl stamp from STAMPlorations (I used Versamark watermark ink and Zing! clear embossing powder). Next, I got out the largest hexagon die I have (Spellbinders Nestabilities), but instead of using my Cuttlebug to cut my card, I traced the die on my card base and cut out the shape. Taking my sponge, I applied mustard seed distress ink over the card base. Next, I took another one of the distressed floral swirl stamps and stamped it in charcoal shadow ink (Hero Arts). On a scrap piece of watercolor paper, I stamped 3 images from the Holiday Hexagons set in Versamark watermark ink, sprinkled Stampendous blue tinsel embossing powder, heat embossed, cut out the shapes and used foam dots to mount them on my card base. I also stamped 3 different sentiments (from the Holiday Hexagons and Oh, Christmas Tree! sets) in Memento tuxedo black ink on scrap watercolor paper, cut them out, and adhered them to my card using foam dots. Finally, I affixed blue sequins to finish off the card. Card size: 4″ tall, 4.25″ wide.

I’m entering this card to a couple of challenges as well:  Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #73: Holidays and Addicted to Stamps Challenge #70: Embossing.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you have an awesome Wednesday. Oh, and think of 3 things (or people) you’re thankful for. I guarantee thinking about them will brighten up your day!


Stamps used:

floralswirls  007 holidayhexagons-preview copy 006 ohchristmastree-preview copy

October 30, 2013

Paper craft project no. 73: Missing you

2013-10-30 CAS Missing you

Here’s a card (4.5″ by 6″) that was inspired by this gorgeous card by Nonni. As soon as I saw her card, I knew I had to CASE it. I masked the card and stamped the distressed floral swirls in the middle. First, I inked my stamp with Versamark watermark, inked it with tuxedo black ink, then stamped randomly. I did the same thing with the border. I then sprinkled clear embossing powder all over and heat embossed. I sponged distress ink (mustard seed) and adhered two strips of textured black cardstock. I finished the card by stamping the simple sentiment.

I’m linking this card to the following:

Stamps: floral swirls, border, sentiment (STAMPlorations)
Inks: tuxedo black (Memento); mustard seed (Tim Holtz Distress ink)
Other: watercolor paper (Canson); black cardstock (DCWV); watermark stamp pad (Versaark); clear embossing powder (Zing!); heat tool (Ranger Inkssentials); glue dots

Thanks so much for stopping by. Make a wonderful day!


October 23, 2013

Paper crafting project no. 71: Oh, Christmas tree!

2013-10-23 CAS Oh Christmas Tree
I’m keeping this blog post short and sweet today because I’ve got a ton of reading to do for my applied design class. That, and a tri-fold brochure assignment that’s due Monday. Okay, a little story about this card: I bought the Spellbinders nesting hexagons die set last week. It was on sale and it was impossible to pass up. It’s been on my craft table all week teasing me to use it. So tonight, just as I was getting ready to hit the books, I happened to glance at my craft table (big mistake!) and my eyes zeroed in on the dies — which is an amazing feat considering my craft table is a HUGE mess (it took me 5 minutes to find my acrylic block under all the clutter). What’s a girl gotta do but give in? (I’m trying not to give in to the urge to dip my hand into the pack of dark chocolate covered dried fruits on the kitchen counter as well!) I just had to give it a try and I thought I’d make a card for two challenges: CAS(E) this Sketch #50 (sketch below) and Less is More Week 142: Trees.

I kept the card’s color palette fairly simple: I used chipped sapphire distress ink and tuxedo black ink for sponging and the sentiment. And yes, I am still on an embossing kick (I’m afraid it’s become an addiction) so I clear embossed my Christmas tree (which is from the STAMPlorations Oh, Christmas Tree! clear stamp set, btw). And while I’ve got my Cuttlebug out, I busted out one of my Sizzix embossing folders and a QuicKutz square thin die. The latter is part of a set — I forget the name — that lets you create a Christmas mini-album and it’s got a bajillion other dies with it in a bajillion other shapes and sizes. (Okay, I’m exaggerating — there’s only about 50 or so dies in the set.) I bought it three years ago on eBay on sale and I can’t believe I never thought to use it until tonight! <<insert sound of me smacking my forehead here>>

Well, so much for keeping this thing short! I should be fine for tonight since I’ve got my crafting urge appeased somehow. Now about those chocolate covered fruits…


October 19, 2013

Paper craft project no. 69: Thankful

2013-10-19 OLC Thankful
Here’s an A2 one layer card I created that was inspired by Heather Telford’s card here. In her One Layer Wednesday challenge #162, she wanted leaves featured in our cards. I’m still on an embossing kick so I went ahead and created a one layer card using the technique.

Edited to add: This card fits Moxie Fab World’s Tuesday Trigger: Enthralled with Fall. Fall is my favorite season. How can you not be in love, not be enthralled, with the fall leaves in their amazing orange and red hues? Here’s the trigger photo:

To create this card, I first masked off the upper part of my card. I stamped the leaf (JustRite) several times in tuxedo black (Memento) on the lower part then heat set it. Next, I stamped the same leaf in Versamark watermark ink, sprinkled Zing! clear embossing powder, and heat embossed. Using a sponge,  I blended 3 different Distress inks — scattered straw, spiced marmalade, and barn door. The embossed areas resisted the inks and created a transparent look since they overlapped some parts of the leaves that were stamped in black ink. I think I’m in love with this technique! ;-) I took off the mask and stamped my sentiment (from my Thankful, Grateful stamp set) a few times.

I was going through the different blog challenges and found that “transparent” is this week’s code word over at Addicted to CAS Challenge #24. Don’t you love serendipity? I think I’ll enter it there! I’m also entering this card to Crafts 4 Eternity Challenge #146: Autumn Leaves and Keep it Simple Challenge #25: Be Inspired.

Welps, I gotta get back to my craft table. I’m trying to make up for lost time after having been sick for close to 3 weeks. I’m doing more embossing because I finally managed to get my Distress embossing powders to stick to my cardstock! I sort of gave up a couple of months ago because they weren’t working at all for me no matter what I did. Then earlier tonight, I decided to try again using my Versamark watermark ink pad and it worked! Now those jars of embossing powder won’t get relegated to my never-to-be-used-supplies bin.

Thanks for stopping by! I’m always happy and tickled silly whenever a fellow crafter leaves a comment — it’s much appreciated and do include a link to your blog so I can ogle at your creations!


October 15, 2013

Paper craft project no. 67: May your days be merry

2013-10-14 May your days be merry

Here is another A2 card for the first bi-weekly challenge I’m hosting at my other blog. The card is based on a sketch (sketch below). I also made this card for Nonni’s Card Challenges. Do come and join us — all you need to do is create a card using stamps! I used stamps from the Merry and Holiday Hexagons sets. I’m not sure if you can see it in the photo, but the hexagon images are embossed. First, I stamped my hexagons on Versamark watermark ink then on my sienna inkpad before stamping them on cardstock. I sprinkled clear embossing powder and then heat embossed. I love the effect!

I’m also linking up this card to the following:

Stamps: hexagons, sentiment (STAMPlorations)
Inks: emerald green, sienna (Ranger Archival inks); barn door, peeled paint, vintage photo ((Tim Holtz Distress inks)
Other: white cardstock (Hammermill); watermark/embossing ink (Versamark); clear embossing powder (Zing!); heat tool (Ranger Inkssentials); washi tape (K&Company); background paper (Pink Paislee); foam dots; glue dots

Thanks so much for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment and link to your blog — I would love to come visit and see your creations!


July 29, 2013

One Layer Card No. 20: Merry Christmas

2013-07-28 One Layer Card Merry Christmas

A2 card using sponging, blending, masking, and embossing techniques.

Stamps: reindeer, sentiment (Inkadinkado); background (Penny Black)
Inks: old paper, peeled paint, shabby shutters (Tim Holtz Distress inks); jet black, sienna, emerald green (Ranger Archival ink)
Other: clear embossing powder (Zing!); heat tool (Ranger); tinted embossing ink (Ranger)

Steps for creating this one layer card:

1. Cover the upper 2/3 of card base with post-it note before sponging and blending peeled paint, old paper, and shabby shutters distress inks on the bottom area.

2. Ink text background with emerald green and stamp. Remove post-it note.

3. Ink reindeer with jet black and stamp.

4. Ink sentiment with sienna and stamp.

5. Ink sentiment with tinted embossing ink and stamp over the same area again.

6. Apply clear embossing powder. Tap off excess. Emboss with heat tool.

Entering this in Penny Black Inc’s Beat the Heat Challenge. (The PB Christmas text background I used is very versatile — I know I’ll be using it a lot in other projects, particularly Christmas tags.)


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