This post is all about dads! Well, the birthday cards I made for my dad and my father-in-law. I am lucky in that their birthdays are within a few days so that means that I get to hit two birds with one stone this year and make similar cards. Last year, I made my father-in-law a very special Cubs card. I am not going to say that was why they won, but I can’t say that it didn’t help.
Well, on to our Steampunk Birthday Cards. These were so much fun and involved lots of supplies. All of the paper I used in these cards started as either white or black cardstock and they ended up at 5″x7″. I just loved how they turned out. As you may have noticed, I haven’t done a ton of cards this summer but it was great to get back into the swing of things.
I was really channeling the pickers on these, I was imagining vintage signs with rust and peeling paint. I felt like I had half of my drawers on my workspace when I finished.
When I was creating the cards, I tried to keep to that vintage feel and there is no better product line than Tim Holtz for that. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the gears and the sentiment frame.
I will have a complete list of the products I used to create these birthday cards below.
Well, if you are a card maker you probably know that the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxides are the latest hot trend from Time Holtz, who we love (ps). I will admit that I have the capability to go full hoarder on all things Tim Holtz and these are no exception. I knew that I would need them and that it was really useless to try and resist. I ordered the first collection which includes Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Iced Spruce, Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain. I really wanted to use them right when they arrived but I was just too busy with other projects.
Well, I finally got a chance to work with them and yep, they are awesome. And yes, I will now have to buy the whole collection. I must have them in all colors. Just have to, there is no point in resisting. I whipped up a card to go with my Maleficent cross stitch. I really liked how the inks performed and I am loving the finished product.
I started with my white cardstock and stenciled the diamonds using Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks. The stencil is actually too small to cover the whole background but I was able to line it up and I think that it looks like it was done all at once. Once I had my diamonds I went back over them with the same colors. Then I added some distress with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain around the edge. The last step on the background was a little flick with water.
Once the background had dried, I added the stenciled flourish. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the shape from a piece of clear acetate. Then I applied Golden Molding Paste colored with Distress Ink Reinker in Walnut Stain over the stencil. You have to clean up your acetate immediately or the paste will not come off. Once I was done stenciling I added a touch of Distress Glitter in Rock Candy over the wet paste. This was then set aside to dry.
While I was patiently waiting for my background to dry, I created my roses. I used my McGill Paper Blossom punches and the Distress Oxide Ink to create the blooms. Then I created the sentiment by stamping the words on a piece of scrap paper then trimming it down and adding Vintage Photo Distress Oxide. When the background was dry I glued the roses on and added the sentiment with two lavender eyelets.
I mounted my panel on a piece of brown cardstock and then inked another background with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain. The last step was to add a little bit more shimmer with the adhesive gems.
I will totally admit that I am loving the Distress Oxides. Yet another great product from the master! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the card.
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Brown cardstock – Archivers
I have posted my video for the Harry Potter Party Invitations over on YouTube, or you can watch it here. I show the fun fold I did for the invitation itself. This might help you if you are having any trouble.
I hope that my post and video help inspire you to create your own party invitations. You can view the original post here.
Today’s card is a Winter Birthday card featuring a moose. This card is for my brother whose birthday is fast approaching. It was fun to make something that is “man friendly.” I will be sharing this card with this week’s Simon Says Stamp Challenges, Winter Birthday and Be Square. I also have a video for you.
I started with a piece of 5 in. x 5 in. white cardstock, and using a scrap of paper with a circle punched out I inked the moon with Scattered Straw and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. I then used the negative to cover my moon so I could ink the rest of the card.
Next, I stamped the moose using VersaMark and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I then heat embossed the moose with clear embossing powder. The embossing powder protects the moose from smudging or getting any additional ink on him.
I then stamped the trees using Memento Ink, then using a scrap of copy paper I created a mask for the snow mounds. I randomly tore the paper and then using the stamps as a guide inked the mounds of snow using Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. Next, I covered the snow with the copy paper so that I would be able to ink the sky.
Then I created the sky using Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Faded Jeans Distress Inks. Once I was happy with my sky, I removed the masks and added a little snow with a white Gel Pen. I also added a shadow under my moose with by drawing with Weathered Wood Distress Marker and then softening the ink with an Aqua Pen. Since I wasn’t using watercolor paper I quickly removed the excess water with a paper towel and then heat gun.
I trimmed my stamped panel to 4 in. x 4 in. and stamped the sentiments. Then I added the gold and navy cardstock background. I thought I was done but it was just missing something. You guessed it, glitter! I added Crystal Stickles on the moon and the mounds of snow. Then I also added a little White Pearl Liquid Pearl on my snowflakes. That was just what this card needed and made it feel more like night. I can almost see my breath by the moonlight. Well, maybe not but the glitter really completed it.
I think that my brother will really like this card – thank you for stopping by to check it out.
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree & Pines (Retired) – Stampin’ Up & Saying Stuff – Tim Holtz for Stampers Annonymous
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Marigold Morning – Stampin’ Up, Navy – Unknown
I so thought that I would be able to get this post up last night but I am forever underestimating the time that it takes to create videos. No worries though I am up and rolling this morning with a new card. I needed a few thank you cards and this was what I came up with!
I will admit that I am a copper fan when it comes to metallics. I mean gold and silver are nice but I really love copper. For those of you that would like to watch the video here you are.
I started this card by stamping the “Merci.” This is from the Think Big Favorites #3 Mini Stamp Set. I love this font and I use it a lot. Since I was making a few of these (7) I used my MISTI which helped everything go quickly. I stamped with PTI True Black Ink and then heat embossed a few with Zing Black Glitter Finish Embossing Powder. For some reason, the embossing powder wasn’t really popping on the sentiment so I left it off the rest. It just didn’t really add anything.
Next, I stamped the large feather, this is from the Feather Finery Stamp Set, also from Papertrey Ink. I again used my MISTI and inked using VersaMark then heat embossed using Zing Glitter Finish in Copper Embossing Powder. This is a great embossing powder, it just really created the pop I was looking for. Then I stamped the additional four feathers using VersaMark and the regular Metallic Copper Zing Powder.
I then added the circle stamps. These are also from the Feather Finery set and I used the large and small circles, stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed using the Gold Metallic Zing Powder.
I then added glitter dots using Stickle in Copper and Platinum. The last step on the stamped panel was to add the sequins. I added two gold and one silver.
I then started work on the card base. As usual, I started with Neenah Solar White base and scored it, then I used metallic copper washi tape in the front to create the background. It took just under two rolls of the tape to make seven cards. Now, normally I don’t like products that shed glitter, and this washi tape sheds a lot, but I still went with it since the overall look is awesome! Next, I mounted the stamped panel onto a piece of metallic copper cardstock and then that was added to the base using pop dots.
That was it! I just love the feathers in copper and the variety of metallics were som much fun to work with. Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Feathered Finery & Think Big Favorites #3 Mini Stamp Set – Papertrey Ink
Ink: VersaMark – Tsukineko & True Black – Papertrey Ink
Embossing Powders – Glitter Finish Black, Glitter Finish Copper, and Metallic Copper Zing Embossing Powder – American Crafts
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Brushed Copper Cardstock – Stampin’ Up (retired)
Other: Platinum & Copper Stickles – Ranger, Gold & Silver Sequins – The Paper Source, Copper Glitter Tape – Recollections
It is a chilly day here in Colorado and it is only going to get colder in the next few days. That’s okay with me, that means more time to craft.
I mentioned that I could see myself getting addicted to the Tim Holtz Villages. well, the inevitable is in progress. Today I am sharing my second house, I am calling this one the Tower House. I saw this amazing house on Pinterest and knew I needed to make a tower.
This little house with round tower was so much fun to create. There were little scraps of paper everywhere in my studio as I cut and recut and trimmed and “Frankensteined” parts together. I did a bit of research but I really just had an idea rattling around in my head of a tower with weathered copper roof and everything else grew from there.
I started with the tower, which was created using the bell tower die. Next, I cut two roofs and two side walls and adhered them together to create an eight-sided top. I then cut the base to match. The siding was created with strips of cardstock colored with Distress Ink and then cut again with the die. The roof was created with color sprays and clear embossing powder. The bricks were the negatives from the windows. I now have a little baggie of house parts, just in case.
For the house, I used the Village Dwelling Die for the main house and then added the front from the from the Village Manor. I moved the main entrance from the side to the end of the house. I also added the dormer windows from the Village Bungalow.
The roof was colored with Distress Stain and I used Distress Ink on the window frames.
I used my Silhouette Studio Software and Silhouette Cameo to create the window frames for the tower. I also added acetate behind the windows and then I added a floor in the tower before adhering it to the “stone” portion.
The door was created in the same manner as the roof but without the embossing powder. I used a paper punch to make the door knobs and then gave them a dot of Glossy Accents. The front window is also from the Village Manor Die and was colored with Distress Inks and the center also has a coat of Glossy Accents.
I really had a lot of fun building this little house. This time I even created a mock-up version before I started to be sure that my ideas would work. I can see a few places where I should have taken a little more time but I am definitely learning with every house.
This little door was created using the door die and extra scraps. I then gave it a coat of Distress Stain and then a coat Indian Summer Glimmer Glaze. I added a little brad and then glued it to my tower.
Dies: Village Dwelling, Village Manor, Village Bell Tower, Village Bungalow, & Village Rooftops – Tim Holtz for Sizzix & Silhouette Cameo
Well, the good news is that I am not dead, although there were a few moments in the last week that I wasn’t really sure. My cold turned into an ear infection and has just been miserable. I feel like I am finally on the mend, albeit totally behind in everything!
Today, I will be sharing a knit hat that I made for a commission along with a cute stamped tag containing the yarn particulars.
I really like this pattern and the actual swirl is pretty easy to remember. It is very easy to make a mistake on the pattern, especially when you are getting started. This happened to me twice and required a total restart. Once you have an inch or so it is much easier to follow along and if/when you make a mistake it is easier to fix it.
The pattern is available for free, which is great. You can find it via Ravlery here. I used two double pointed knitting needles in size 2, versus magic loop or double pointed needles.I am still a little new to this technique and sometimes I feel like I have too much in my hands but I feel like the end results are much nicer than I get with double pointed needles.
I purchased the yarn online and while I usually prefer to feel it I was really pleased with the yarn and the color. This is a hand painted yarn and it is just beautiful. It is a pretty thin yarn, categorized as Fingering Weight. I wanted the hat to be light and soft and this just fits the bill perfectly.
I used the long tail cast-on method as I find that it gives a cleaner edge, for me. When I do a traditional cast-on I often make my stitches too tight which can make that first row difficult to knit. I haven’t had that kind of problem with the long tail cast-on.
To create my gift tag, I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the tag shape and I used the Pen Holder and a fine Sharpie Pen to write the yarn information on the back.
I used the font SF Melissa purchased from the Silhouette Online Store. Once I “wrote” the information I cut the tag shape out with the Cameo. Then I just had to stamp it. I stamped the three sheep from the Mama Elephant Stamp Set Carnival Cupcakes using Memento Ink. Starting with the center sheep first and then I used a post-it note to mask her and then stamped the other two. I colored these in using a variety of colored pencils.
I then used my MISTI Tool to stamp the words using the Celtic Lowercase Alphabet from My Sentiments Exactly. The MISTI made this so easy. I have tons of alphabets that rarely get used because lining everything up into a word always looked “off.” Not anymore. I love this tool. (PS – I am not sponsored by them and I purchased mine at full price it is just that awesome). It isn’t totally perfect but I was in a bit of a hurry but it is still way better than I have ever been able to create with a normal block. I added an eyelet and tied a length of yarn through it and we were all set!
I am very happy to be sending this little baby on to its new owner. Thanks for stopping by!
Knit for You Tag
Paper: Sahara Sand – Stampin’ Up
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Carnival Cupcakes – Mama Elephant & Celtic Lowercase – My Sentiments Exactly
I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We enjoyed our time with family and are gearing up for the week today. I feel like I am coming down with a cold but hopefully I’ll be able to stave it off.
On to today’ card! There is a little video to go with today’s card if you’d like to watch as well.
I have created this ombre die cut background using Distress Inks and my Silhouette Cameo. The sentiment was also cut with the Cameo.
To begin I purchased this holly overlay. While I liked the shapes I wasn’t crazy about the layout so I ungrouped the shapes and repositioned them on a 5″x7″ rectangle. At this time, I also created the sentiment. I used the Silhouette font LD Demure for the word and simply created an oval around my word. I did tweak the word a little by increasing my Character Spacing to 108%. When I initially typed “Joyful” the “o” and “y” were just a little too close. The Character Spacing allows you to determine how far apart the letters in a font appear. I usually use this to move letters closer together to create a word merge with a script font.
Once I had cut out my background, I weeded my design. I really should have made my cuts a little deeper but I was able to work it out without tearing or ripping my shape. I added a little border around my holly background, however, it didn’t really work the way that I hoped so I had to trim my shape down to remove it. It all worked out in the end.
At this point, it was time to create my ombre pattern. First, I cut a piece of 5″x7″ white cardstock and taped it to my workspace using Washi tape. Then, I started applying the ink for the red portion of the ombre. I started with Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries Distress Inks and worked those until I was happy with the result. Next, I began working on the green portion, I began inking with Evergreen Boughs and I had a tough time getting the ink to go on smoothly. Then I worked my Lucky Clover ink over this and went back and forth with my Ink Blending tools to try and get everything to be a smooth transition. Next, I added a layer of Cracked Pistachio which really helped blend my colors together. While it isn’t as smooth as I would really like it was much better then it looked at the beginning. my last step for the ombre was to add a little Spun Sugar over my red focusing on the red/green transition.
Next, I then adhered my holly panel over my ombre panel using Quick-Dry Adhesive and 2 Way Glue. I then trimmed off the excess and let my panel dry.
Then it was time to work on that sentiment. While I do realize that this is my third card that features a single word sentiment in the last few weeks, but I am just feeling the minimalist sentiment right now. Again I cut the oval and sentiment using my Silhouette Cameo. Next, I then cut a scrap of cardstock to fit behind my words. Then I applied a coat of Boss Gloss ( you could totally use Versamark) and then gave my paper a healthy coat of Enchanted Gold embossing powder. I then heat set my powdered using my heat gun. I repeated this process again. Next, I glued my glitter background behind my sentiment and glued in the little bits that required it. This would be the center of the “o” and the loops in the “f” and “l.” I used one of my acrylic stamping blocks as a weight to hold everything in place as it dried.
I the created a little red mat for my sentiment. Again the Cameo was my tool of choice. To created the oval, I used the Offset feature to cut another oval slightly larger than my sentiment. For the color, I inked this with Festive Berries Ink and adhered that to my sentiment using Scor-Tape. I added a green grosgrain ribbon around the center of my holly background.
My next step was to create two mats. I created one using Lucky Clover Distress Ink on the white cardstock. Then I created a slightly smaller mat using my Boss Gloss and the gold embossing powder. I then adhered my holly panel to my gold mat and then the green mat. This would be the time in my project when glitter went e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e!
Now, I knew my card was missing something so I decided to add custom enameled brads. Doesn’t that sound fancy? Really all you do is coat your brads with embossing powder. Easy-pease. I used Boss Gloss but again you can use VersaMark. Get a healthy coat of Boss Gloss and dip the brad into the embossing powder and then heat. Repeat this process until you are happy. You do not have to reapply the gloss/VersaMark if you are quick because the melted powder will pick-up the embossing powder from the jar. If it gets cold or if you are having trouble just give it another coat before dipping. I gave my brad three coats.
You will want to be sure that you use tweezers or some other heat safe tool to hold your brad while you are heating it as it gets hot and you cannot hold them with your fingers. Also, be very sure that your tool and brad are cool before you touch them, these can get very hot in a very short period of time. You will get embossing powder on whatever you use to hold your brad so just keep that in mind too. I use tweezers from Tattered Angels and the embossing powder wipes right off.
Now my new fancy brads were added to my sentiment oval and then I mounted my oval to my card using foam tape. I then created an extra large card base and adhered my completed panel to the front. Voila! This card turned out so fun and I used very few supplies. Thank you as always for joining me today.
Today’s card is a little rustic holiday greeting for you. This is a fairly simple card but it has seriously taken me all week to create. I knew what I wanted to do, I just kept having strange technical issues! Stag and deer images are all the rage now and I had this little set hanging out just begging to be used. This little card will be entered in this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Christmas Critters. Nothing like sneaking it in just under the wire!
There is no color cardstock on this card. Everything started a piece of white cardstock and had Distress Ink applied to color it. All shapes were cut using Spellbinders Dies. The square is Labels One and the sentiment is cut using the Fancy Tags Die.
I’ll have you note that there is very little glitter on this card. Only two little spots of Distress Stickles on the sentiment tag. This is very unlike me and I think that it shows a lot of restraint. I have used minimal colors on this card but I think that gives it a real manly feel. I won’t go into too much more detail since I am pretty sure you can work out what goes went where but you are always welcome to send any questions my way.
We are getting ready for the beginning of birthday season, our first birthday party is officially set for the 11th of December and for a change I actually have the card ready. This time I won’t be frantically coloring, gluing, or stamping just minutes before the card is whisked out the door. I make no promises about the other celebrations.
I went with a shaker card, I’ve done a kiddo birthday that featured a shaker before. This time I went with a unicorn from The Greeting Farm.
I started by stamping the single unicorn on a scrap of white cardstock using Memento Ink in Jet Black. Then I colored her in using Copic Markers. I will list all of the colors I used below. Once the coloring was complete I fussy cut her out and applied a coat of Wink of Stella in Clear on her body. She also received a heavy dose of glitter in the form of Crystal Stickles on her main and tail and then Blue Stickles for her horn.
Now, I started on the shaker. I used my Spellbinders Circle Dies to create one solid circle, a ring, and a solid circle of clear acetate. I inked the ring with Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks. The ring was a little too plain so I also added a few butterflies from the same stamp set. At this time, I assembled my shaker portion by gluing my ring to the acetate and the adding a ring of foam adhesive under the solid portion. I then added blue and clear micro beads and a touch of glitter and allied the solid cardstock background.
Next came the background, I used Salty Ocean to stamp the unicorn and butterflies. I did second generation stamping to achieve the lighter color stamping. Once I had everything how I wanted it, I added a little Tumbled Glass ink over my stamping. At this point, I adhered all me pieces together using ATG and foam tape.
The very last element was the sentiment, I cut a thin piece of cardstock and used a corner rounder punch to create the edges. I then stamped the sentiment in Salty Ocean Ink . Next, I then applied a layer of VersaMark Ink and heat embossed using Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the sentiment to the shaker. This card makes me feel like I need to buy more of The Greeting Farms “Ponies” set.
Stamps: Magical Friends – The Greeting Farm & Saying Stuff – Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous
Ink: Salty Ocean & Tumbled Glass Distress Ink – Ranger, Memento in Tuxedo Black – Tsukineko