In June, we helped celebrated a 3rd Birthday. The theme was “Mermaids” and since we had already done a mermaid party at our house we were able to lend decorations that I had made for our party. I had made a party crown for my daughter and while I still had it; I decided to create a new one for the birthday girl. I found a darling paper crown on Pinterest and thought, “I can do that.” Enter my handy dandy Silhouette machine.
I started by creating the purple crown base. For this I purchased the crown shape in the Silhouette Store. I tweaked the crown in my software because I wanted a slightly different shape. I cut this as large as I could on a piece of 12×12 glitter cardstock. While glitter cardstock can be a challenge to cut this wasn’t very sturdy so I cut another copy in plain cardstock. I used my QuickDry glue to adhere these together (as seen below).
My next step was to cut my little starfish. I basically did the same thing as the crown; one layer in glitter cardstock another in plain cardstock. I went ahead and glued these to my crown. You can see from the above photo that I sandwiched the crown between the two layers. This was just to give a little additional support.
Next, I cut out the rosette, this was another Silhouette Store purchase. this was cut out from Pearlescent cardstock. Next I used my Tim Holtz Sand and Sea die to cut out the seahorse. I used glitter adhesive to cover it with teal glitter. In the photo the glitter seahorse is really close to the color of the rosette but in person they weren’t quiet as close. If I’d had a little more time I would have made it again in a different color.
Next, I added the extra large eyelets for the ribbon. I had these in my stash but I really wanted to find silver and I absolutely no luck. I guess that they aren’t in vogue right now. I guess I should be glad that I had these.
Next, came the gems!! Thesecame straight from my craft stash. You can find big boxes of these coordinated by color at your local craft store. I used the QuickDry glue and also added some little pearls. I tied the crown about head size as I applied the gems and let them dry this way. The glue is pretty flexible but it made me feel better.
I also added a few silver details using my Stickles. My last step was to add the ribbon and that was it. This was so much fun and I was happy to be taking on only a very small part of the party.
If you ready my post yesterday you would know that this card took a little while longer then I was hoping but it is finally done! This is my tribute to Prince. His music was truly the soundtrack of my youth. I was lucky enough to see him in concert and it was amazing how one man could control an arena full of people with only the raise of an eyebrow. He was creative and talented and his music will last forever. I was a little surprised at the strength of my reaction to the news of his passing but I cannot look back at my life without there being a place in it for his music.
When I was 15, I went on a school trip to France and England. It was a life changing opportunity for me and it helped to make me who I am today. One memory from that trip that stands out was a moment that showed me how universal music is and how it can color a moment forever. Our group was traveling via the Metro, the Parisian subway and were changing trains at an above ground station. It was a beautiful Spring day and across the tracks there was a street musician with an acoustic guitar. While he was on the other side of the platform the station was quiet and we could hear him playing and singing Purple Rain. It was one of the most beautiful moments that I have ever had. When I think of Paris, I think of Purple Rain, always. It is something that I will carry with me for the remainder of my life and when I hear that song I am back on the platform listening to a Parisian musician on a trip that changed me.
I also made a video for this one. I am really not loving my narration today but this was my fifth attempt and I really didn’t want to start again. The quality isn’t great so I may have to start looking for a new microphone.
And so without further ado, here is the process that I used to create my card for you today. I started by creating the brick background. I used a piece of white cardstock as my base and use the Tim Holtz Brick stencil. I mixed some Golden Molding Paste mixed with Naphtol Crimson and Iridescent Bronze acrylic paint. I thoroughly mixed in my red but left my mixture not totally incorporated once I added the bronze. I applied my mixture over the stencil. I allowed this to dry over night. I decided to “paint” over my bricks. I first applied Picket Fence Distress Paint to my craft sheet and added a little water, I then pressed my brick panel into my puddle of paint. This wasn’t giving me quiet enough coverage so I also applied paint directly to my panel and spritzing it with water. I also gave it a few spritzes with Perfect Pearls.
While I liked how the paint over the bricks looked, it needed more so I applied a heavy coat of Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fence. It was heavy because my paint was nearly dried up so I added a little water and tried to make it work.
Then I started work on my heart. I went to my spare parts box and found a heart in the size I was looking for. I had previously used my Silhouette Cameo to cut this card out of burgundy cardstock. Clearly, this was not the color I was wanting so I simply painted the heart using Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint. Once that was dry I added a coat of Purple Stickles and then on top of that a coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles.
At this point I trimmed down my brick panel and did a little distressing with Old Paper & Vintage Photo Distress Inks and a very light sanding.
Next, I started working on my damask panels. I used another of Tim Holtz’s stencils this time it was the Gothic Stencil. I sponged on Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks. I trimmed my panels and then added Antique Linen and Vintage Photo to distress. Next, I tore the center of the damask panels to allow the brick to show through and then added Vintage Photo and Wilted Violet along the torn portion.
Next, trimmed everything up and mounted my purple heart with foam tape, adding the wings by sandwiching them between the adhesive. I then added Diamond Glaze over my heart. I have done this on a few other cards and I really like the look of the glaze over glitter.
Next, came the crown. This was another little treasure from my spare parts box. It was cut out with my Silhouette Cameo and then colored with Black Distress Paint and a few coats of Glimmer Glaze in Champagne on top. I added tiny 2mm purple Gems from Hero Arts to accent the crown and then added it to the card using foam dots.
I then created the rusty hinges. I started with grungeboard hinges from Tim Holtz then I inked them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Then I applied a heavy coat of Embossing Ink and applied a generous application of Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder over top. This was then heat set and once cool I rubbed off the excess material from the embossing powder. This powder has crystals in it that do not melt when heated so that you can rub them off to create a distressed look. That makes it important to shake up your powder before applying it to distribute the crystals. Once I was don’t with that I applied inked over the hinges with Walnut Stain. I applied these to my card using glue and then I added a few Tim Holtz brads.
Next, I added the distress grunge brads to my wings. I really should have added these before I put the wings on the card but since I didn’t I used a series of stick pins to create holes to place the brads. Not totally recommended but I think that they really make a statement so I wasn’t leaving them off.
Now I created my sentiment, I created the label in my handy dandy Silhouette Software and used the print and cut feature to generate the label. The quote says ” A strong spirit transcends rules.” and is a quote from Prince. I used the font Jellyka Saint-Andrew’s Queen, I love this font it looks hand written. I distressed my sentiment label using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I cut a mat from a piece of texture brown cardstock and then mounted this to my card using foam dots.
To create the dark purple flowers I used paper flowers from Prima and spritzed them with Fully Purple Glimmer Mist. The more violet colored flower came in the shade. Once the flowers were dry I glued them on and added the Pewter Adhesive Pearls from Kaiser Scrapbook. I added a brown mat from the same paper as my sentiment and I added one more layer in dark purple.
The finished size of this card is 5 1/2″ x 7″ so I created the card base with two pieces of cardstock. Once I added the card front to the base I was finished! This was a true labor of love that had quite a few starts and stops and almost didn’t make to a finished product. I know this is a long post and so if you made it this far – You ROCK!!
Paper: Neenah Solar White 80lbs & 110lbs, Suede Brown Dark & Pansy – Bazzil
I had a very good time making today’s card. I really love working with shading. I typically work with the Tim Holtz Distress Inks from Ranger but do occasionally dig out another product. I find I only do this when I am looking for a specific color or shade not found in Distress Ink line.
I started with a white card stock heart that I shaded with Barn Door and Wild Honey Distress Inks. I created the black corset with scrap paper that I trimmed to fit then cut in half. I heat embossed the scraps with black embossing power then added the gold eyelets. The hardest part was lacing up the eyelets, the paper kept sliding around and it was hard to tighten the laces, the final look was worth it. I glued the corset to the heart. The covered the red portion with Glossy Accents. I love the way it turned out. Although it is dry in Colorado and things tend to dry fast I still find that I am best to leave anything covered with Glossy Accents to dry overnight, just to be sure. Once dry I added the three pearls.
For the background I used Victorian Velvet, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door Distress Ink applied with an Ink Blending tool. I have one for each of my colors. I am a little obsessive about keeping my colors from muddling until I get them on the page and I found that switching the pads repeatedly didn’t work for me. I then stamped the corner image, this is a clear stamp and I find that the ink will sometimes bead on the surface, which makes the image mottled, instead of solid . To minimize this I ink my stamp with Versamark first and the with the colored ink, in this case Black Soot Distress Ink. After stamping the corner I stamped the wings with Versamark and heat embossed with Chestnut Zing powder. I then added my heart with pop dots. The wings were a little too subtle so I added Distress Stickles in Antique Linen and Antique Bronze. while this basically covered the stamped image, I loved the effect.
My last step was adding the crown. I cut the crown with my Silhouette and then inked it with Veramark and Zing! Embossing Powder in Copper then topped that with Distress Stickles in Antique Bronze.
Stamps: Bella Brush 12×12 – Fancy Pants, Regal Flourish – Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous
Ink: Versamark – Tsukineko, Victorian Velvet, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door & Black Soot Distress Ink – Ranger
Preparations are under way here for my daughter’s 5th birthday party. It is in less than two weeks and I feel like I have so much to do. I really went overboard last year so my goal was to keep it mellow, however, I suspect I am failing at that. We had already exceeded our “set-in-stone” invite number but it should be a good time. Her theme is Monster High so I spent yesterday painting 15 miniature coffins. Photos and details to come.
So, on with the show! Today’s card is really one of my all time favs. I really have a thing for damask and use it a lot. I have to stop my self from buying more damask stamps because I know that I have more then enough!
I feel like this card has that great vintage depth while staying modestly feminine, The color was applied direct-to-paper using a ink blending tool and Distress Inks.
I adore the crackle finish on the crown. This was achieved with Distress Crackle Paint. The crown and hearts are from the Silhouette America store and were cut with the Silhouette machine.
I actually made a blue card that was similar to this one that I sent as a congratulations on a new baby card. Naturally, I forgot to take a photo. Below you will find my completed material’s list. As always, thank you for spending your time here.
Stamps: Elegant Brocade – Hero Arts, Flourish Acrylic Stamp – BoBunny, Thank You – Wordsworth, Paris Les Liu’s Inkadinkado, French Ledger – Stampers Anonymous
Paper: Chocolate Chip – Stampin’ Up & Neenah Solar White
Ink: Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Black Soot & Vintage Photo – Distress Inks by Ranger
Dye Cuts – Silhouette America and cut with Silhouette Machine
Misc.: Eyelets – Stampin’ Up, Gems – Hero Arts & Mark Richards, Distress Crackle Paint in Tarnished Bronze, Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Pop Dots – EK Success, Glimmer Mist in Suede by Tattered Angles (on larger heart)
I am still working on the Game of Thrones cards. I started on a new House of Baratheon card as well as a House of Stark and House of Lannister cards. I am hoping to have them completed next week. So there will be more roses and perhaps a peony. I may try to photograph the rose process for my first tutorial. And now without further delay, here are today’s cards.
Let me start with a statement, I love the Steampunk aesthetic. I just love the combination of old and new, love the brass and copper and gears. I am calling today’s first card; Steam Heart. I had a blast making this card and loved house the little raven in the corner turned out. The crown was something that turned out completely different then I was planning but I liked much better then what I was planning.
All of the shapes on the card were cut from the Silhouette Library using my beloved Silhouette Cameo. The gears were colored using Distress Paints in Antiqued Bronze, Brushed Pewter, and Tarnished Brass. The front oval was colored with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and the larger oval was colored with Walnut Stain Distress Stain and then embossed with Distress Embossing Powder. The crown was created with Black Soot Embossing Powder and Flirty and Indian Summer Glimmer Glaze from Tattered Angels.
The raven was cut with the Silhouette Cameo. The wing was created using a scrap piece of cardstock. He was colored with Distress Paint. The eye was created with a gold brad and Firefly Stickles. The heart was colored with Vintage Photo spray. I cut it apart and then using the Tim Holtz Ruler I poked holes to sew it back together with embroidery floss. The stamped images are from BoBunny’s Flourish Acrylic Stamp set. Gems are from Hero Arts and brads are from Impression Obsession.
The second card, Gentlemen of Steam is more grungey-geary goodness!
More Distress Inks and gears. These gears were created with the Distress Paints and Stains and then embossed with Clear embossing Powder. The key was from an old Tim Holtz Grungeboard sheet with keys, embossed with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. The flowers are from Prima and the gems are from Hero Arts. The stamps are from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Steampunk and House of Three Daily Junque.
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