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.
I am back with another horse themed card. This is the other set of cards I have for an upcoming event. Before I had to retire my horses I trained to compete in eventing. I miss it so very much but that is just how things work out. Many of my friends are still in the sport and so while I am not currently riding I am still surrounded by those who do. If you are unfamiliar with eventing, it is the triathlon of horse sport.
Today’s card features a horse and rider silhouette jumping down a drop on the background of the Colorado State flag. All of the dies were cut using my handy-dandy Silhouette Cameo. I created the flag shape in my software and cut the shapes out of colored cardstock. Often I will just use white cardstock and then color my paper with Distress Ink but this time, I started with colored paper.
Once I had cut out my shapes I added a little Distress Ink to each shape. I adhered my flag background and “C” to a white piece of cardstock.
For the horse and rider, I cut out the shape in black cardstock and then inked them with Dazzle VersaMark in Champagne. I then applied Clear Embossing Powder. I reapplied the VesaMark and embossing powder three times, melting the EP between each application. While it is a little hard to see in the photos each horse and rider shape has a subtle glitter in the embossing powder. I was really pleased with how that looked.
I did try to use my Melting Pot to create the enameled look but this worked out much better. Not to mention I didn’t burn any part of myself in this process. I am still picking up little blobs of melted embossing powder from the carpet in my studio.
I glued my horses down and then once they were dry I adhered everything to my card. Thank you, as always, for taking the time to stop by my little blog!
Paper: Black cardstock – Recollections, Neenah Solar White, Cherry – Bazzill, Brilliant Blue – Stamping’ Up, Summer Sunrise – Papertrey Ink
Happy Fall! Today’s post is pretty short and sweet. I have been fighting with my computer all morning and I have sadly lost that battle. I hope that I am able to get things fixed up this weekend, and if not I should be able to get ahold of tech support on Monday. Grrr – technology! It is great when it all works and this was all kicked off by an automatic update. I am sure that I’ll be able to get it straightened out, I guess it is just a matter of when.
Today’s card is a variation on my Bronco card I made around the time of the Super Bowl. Our friends let us use their Broncos tickets recently and so I needed another Bronco themed thank you card.
I started with all white cardstock. I created the Bronco logo on my computer and then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it out.
I then used my Distress Inks to color each section. I threw a little Old Paper on the white portion to set it apart, a little.
I then used an old QuicKutz Font called Venus to cut out the “Thanks.” I used the Distress Inks to color it again. I was trying for a graffiti look. I also used the ink to color my orange mat behind.
Next, I assembled everything. I applied my “thanks” first. I used regular adhesives and two different heights of foam tape for the letters. I then added my horse head with the fatter foam tape.
Per usual, I had to add a little glitter. I gave the horse head a very light application of Crystal stickles. This was a really quick project but fun!
Paper: Neenah Solar White
Ink: Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch, Old Paper
So, I have a confession for you, I love, adore, relish, and cannot get enough of Halloween. It is my very favorite holiday, it has always been my favorite. In honor of that adoration, I have my first Halloween card for this season.
I apologize for again I using stamp sets that are retired but it is so much fun I thought that you all might not mind too much. This is Wanda’s Pantry and Midnight Feast from Waltzing Mouse Stamps.
I started this card by creating the center label. I stamped the Witch’s Brew label using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I then cut out the label using Spellbinders Label Four. I then added the aging with Distress Ink in Tea Dye and Vintage Photo.
I dabbed a little Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold Distress Ink into the circle at the top of the label. I then added a touch of Glossy Accents over the circle. My witch smudged a little but I decided that it was okay and didn’t take too much away from the overall look.
Next, I cut the next size up of label in white cardstock. I inked this with Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet Distress Inks. I then applied Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder over and heat set it. I copied my label again, this time in black.
Next, came the background. I started with a piece of white cardstock. I inked the green inks in the top left corner and worked them into the purple shades. I then added a little distress around the edges by inking with Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs. I then stamped my bats with the Tuxedo Black Ink.
Next came my dripping goo band. I punched out the goo using my Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch and white cardstock. I inked the goo with Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron Distress Inks. I then applied Black Embossing Powder and got pretty vigorous with my tapping off. This allowed the green to show through. I then applied Clear Embossing Powder and heat set that. This gave the goo a high gloss. I added the black mat, assembled my card and then added a few tiny green and purple gems.
Really Halloween makes me so happy! I must get a jump on our costumes if I have any hope of getting them done before the holiday gets here!
Today’s card features a digitally cut die, more Distress Inks, and gems! That is really just about it, however, the way these all came together creates a really high impact and fun card! I think that the part of this card that took the most time was the application of gems! Ah well, they were worth it.
I also whipped up another video! You can see that here:
I began this card with the background. I applied the Distress Inks in Evergreen Bough, Cracked Pistachio, Shaded Lilac, and Wilted Violet. I used my Ink Blending tools.
When I use Distress Inks I try to really blend them together. This means going back over the shades multiple times to work them in together.
I added a little Walnut Stain around the edges then toss some water onto the inks.
Next, came the die. I purchased the die on the Silhouette America Online Store. It is called Circle Overlap Lace. To start the shape was way too large for what I had in mind. so, in my Silhouette Software, I joined four of the shapes together and used my Merge tool to create a shape with finer detail. I was exactly what I had in mind.
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the shape out, I used basic white cardstock. I really should have set my blade a tiny bit deep or done my cut twice because it was working pulling all of these little pieces out. Once, I had finally separated my die from the background I set about adding a little something extra. I applied VersaMark to my die and applied Violet Satin Pearl Embossing Powder. I heat the embossing ink and repeated this process three additional times. This embossing powder is really neat. It is iridescent violet.
I then used spray adhesive to adhered my die to the background. I then created the sentiment flag with white cardstock and Wilted Violet Ink.
I used regular craft gems for this project. I knew that I would need a few and I didn’t mind the gluing. Of course, the first step was to sort of the size and colors I needed. It took awhile but I am loving the final look. I popped this baby on a top fold card and that was it!
I am very excited to get this card in the mail this weekend. I am hopefull that all the gems will make it. Thanks for stopping by today!
My card today relies heavily on Tim Holtz products and techniques. Of course, I might use a little more glitter and shimmer then he does but that’s why I say “inspired by Tim Holtz.” I had a really great time creating this card and while it started out looking totally different, (think blue bee) I am very happy with the results.
In addition, to this blog post I have also made a video! One caveat here, I am still learning about the process and getting my technique all worked out. I am not totally thrilled with my audio and I think that I’ll look at getting a different microphone. I will also be entering this card (last minute) into last week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Stamp It.
I started the creation of this card with the background. I stamped three damask shapes with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. I always clean my stamps immediately after stamping with paint, I like to be sure that they don’t get paint residue stuck to them. Next, I stamped the French script using VeraMark and then embossing with clear embossing powder.
Then, started adding color using the wrinkle-free distress technique. To do this I applied Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean to my craft mat. I then spritzed the ink with Perfect Pearls in Pearl and water. This activates the ink and the Perfect Pearls add some sparkle. I then added a little intensity by adding some color mists in Teal by Heidi Swapp and Crushed Grape Dylusions spray. I used my heat gun to dry my background.
I then add some more color using the same inks and my ink Blending Tool. This adds more depth and dimension to the background. I also find that it makes the embossing distress “pop.”
Now, I added the crackle honeycomb. I used the Honeycomb stencil and mixed Rock Candy Crackle Paint with a drop of Tea Dye Distress Ink Reinker. I used my palette knife to spread my mixture over the stencil. I set this aside to dry. I just love how the transparency of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint looks like actual honey.
Now I got to work on my bee. I cut my bee shape using the Layered Bee Die by Tim Holtz from Sizzix. This is a great die that includes a Texture Fade that puts the detail on the bee. I inked the Texture Fade with Ground Espresso and my brayer. I then embossed the detail and color onto my die.
Now I set about coloring my bee. I used a basic direct-to-paper technique to apply Tea Dye, Scattered Straw and Fossilized Amber to my bee. Next, I added Distress Stickles in Wild Honey to my wings and then a thin coat of Glossy Accents over that. I then painted a little PearlEx Powder onto the body of my bee. I used a basic paint brush and Brilliant Gold and Super Bronze PearlEx Powders.
While I was waiting for my bee to dry, I created the sentiment panel. I stamped the frame from BoBunny in Ground Espresso and then inked it with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks. I then added the sentiment from Fancy Pants Designs and the bee from Papertrey Ink. I also added a few bee silhouettes to my now dry background.
I added the sentiment to the background using pop dots and then placed my shimmery bee, also with pop dots.
I created two Distress Ink colored mats; the first was created with Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet and the larger mat with Tea Dye, Scattered Straw and Fossilized Amber.
I adhered my bee panel to my two mats. I added four vintage brads in the corners. While I did this because I like the look and it also keeps the paper in place. Anytime you add water or mists to regular cardstock it can cause the paper to warp and this will sometimes pull you panel up. Four little brads and presto everything stays put. I also added a few Prima flowers.
I then added some adhesive gems, adhesive pearls, and a few gold sequins. That was it. This was really quite the process but it was so much fun!
Stamps: French Script Background Stamp – Stampin’ Up, Honey Bee – Papertrey Ink, Flourished and Such – BoBunny, Distress Damask – Stampers Anonymous, Bella Brush – Fancy Pants Designs
Today’s card is a quick square card I created using the Folk Art Medallion Stamp Set by Waltzing Mouse Stamps. I also used a few little “flowers” from the complementary set called A Good Egg. When Waltzing Mouse Stamps went out of business, I found it very sad but I feel like I have a decent stash. In addition, the main designer for WMS is now designing stamps for gina K Company and I am really looking forward to her upcoming stamp sets.
When Waltzing Mouse Stamps went out of business, I found it very sad, they made really unique stamps and they were always high quality. I was thrilled to learn that the main designer for WMS is now designing stamps for the Gina K Company and I am really looking forward to her upcoming stamp sets.
I started by stamping the large circular image with black ink. The I stamped each additional element. The large shape is symmetrical so I stamp in all of the corresponding spaces and just kind of build organically.
I used my beloved Distress Inks for this card. I had a very difficult time deciding whether I should add a vintage feel to this card but in the end the grunge won-out. I applied Antique Linen , Tea Dye, and Frayed Burlap to age my creation.
I applied the same color of ink to my sentiment tag and added a few adhesive gems.
My stamped panel found itself mounted to a distressed piece of teal cardstock and then to a plum colored piece. Because I am totally incapable of stopping myself where glitter is concerned I add some glitter. I used Stickles on a few of the flowers and on the dots that are in the main image.
All in all, this was a pretty quick and simple card. Have a happy and safe holiday weekend. Thanks for stopping by for my quick little post today!
Stamps: Folk Art Medallion & A Good Egg – Waltzing Mouse Stamps
Today I have a really fun card for you. I am calling this card, “Aloha to Summer Fun.” I was inspired by last week’s Monday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp which was Summer Fun. I am too late to enter the challenge but I wanted to share my card anyway,
I started stamping the sunset square. I stamped the hut and palm trees using True Black Palette Ink and I then colored the sunset stamp using Distress Markers and then gave it a little spritz of water before stamping. I tried to overlap the markers so the color change would be gradual. I used a Corner Chomper to round my corners. Then I added a little bit of Vintage Photo around the edges. Next, I created the monotone background panel.
This panel was created by stamping the larger palm trees in Vintage Photo, rounding the corners and then getting serious with more Distress Inks. I used Tea Dye and Vintage Photo. My next task was to great the mat for my sunset panel. I eyeballed the alignment and stamped the large palm tree in Vintage Photo. I also lightly stamped the Linen background stamp in Tea Dye over the palm tree. Again with the corner rounding and Vintage Photo on the edges.
I used an oval Spellbinders Die to cut a white oval where I stamped the frame and “Aloha.” More Tea Dye and Vintage Photo to age this piece. I then created the green mat. This was another rounded square with Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink with a touch of Vintage Photo around the edges. I assembled everything and added the scavenged ribbon and the Lush brads to complete the card.
While I hate that I didn’t get my post up in time for the contest I totally love this card. I turned out just as I imagined in my mind. My only wish was for a tiny pineapple stamp but other than that. Below you will find my materials! I hope you have a wonderful week.
Paper: Neenah Solar White
Stamps: My Island – Waltzing Mouse Stamps (Now available from Gina K), Linen – Stampin’ Up
Markers: Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized amber, Carved Pumpkin, Barn Red and Festive Berries Distress Markers – Ranger
I hope that you are doing well out there. Our summer is in full swing and between all the activities and generally craziness I haven’t had much time to blog! Yikes the time just flies. Today, I am sharing a very special card I created. This features a handmade sunflower and die cut dragonfly. I used lots of layers and blending to create this card. As you may have noticed, I often create presentation boxes for my cards with flowers but this time I mailed this in a padded envelope and it worked great. And here it is. . . .
To begin this card I started by creating the panel with the stamped butterflies. I used Archival Ink from Ranger to stamp the butterflied and the I went to work with my Distress Inks. For this project I used Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin. I used my Ink Blending tools to created the panel. Once I had it how I wanted I used the Gothic Stencil by Tim Holtz from Stampers Anonymous to add the damask shapes in Picked Raspberry. I then stamped the background images using Carved Pumpkin. I completed this panel with an application of Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.
Next, I created the metallic mat from my top panel. This began as a piece of white cardstock that I colored with Distress Stains. I used Tarnished Brass and Vintage Photos. I did a few coats with each color and it turned out to give a really neat look. Once my Distress Stains were dry I added a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Then I created the background of the front. Again I grabbed a piece of white cardstock and applied my Distress Inks in the same colors. I then used the Harlequin Stencil by Time Holtz from Stampers Anonymous to create the raised diamonds. I first created a colored paste using Molding Paste from Golden and Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint from Americana. I mixed these on my craft sheet and applied to my card over the stencil using a palette knife. I se this aside to dry.
Next I started on my dragonfly. This is a new Sizzix die from Tim Holtz that I was coveting for some time and I finally decided that I had to have it. This die comes with the embossing folder that creates the depth to the dragonfly. I cut versions on the dragonfly and used the embossing folder on one.
I started with the pink “shadow.” I cut my shape out of white cardstock and spritzed it with a healthy amount of Viva Pink and Sunlight Glimmer Mists. Once those were dry I added a little Picked Raspberry on the edges.
Next, I took the embossed die cut dragonfly and started coloring it. I used Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink to create the base color and then added a spritz of Sunlight Glimmer Mist. Once that was dry I added Hay Ride Glimmer Glam, I also used the Viva Pink to added a little pink to the wings. I really wanted him to have some dimension so I die cut another dragonfly and glued that to the back. At this point, I glued my pink shadow and yellow dragonfly to my main panel.
Next, I created my sunflower. I used my McGill Paper Blossoms Punches and white cardstock that was colored with Distress Inks in the same colors as the rest of the card. I made one petal pink. I broke out the glue gun and my shaping tools and went to work. Once I had created my sunflower I added Stickles in Orange Slice, Fruit Punch and Yellow.
At this point, I added three eyelets and two pink ribbons to the card and put it all together. I glued on my sunflower and added a few adhesive gems.
Using the same techniques I used to create the front of the card I created an inner panel. I kept it pretty light so I was able to write on top of the ink without any problems.
And that was all she wrote! I was very happy with how this card turned out. It was a lot of work but totally worth it!
Paper: Neenah Solar White
Stencils: Gothic & Harlequin by Tim Holtz – Stampers Anonymous
Stamps: Papillon – Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous
Remember when I made my first Fairy Door, here it is, just in case you forgot. I really liked that little card and so I was inspired to make another! Here is my new Fairy Door Card.
I started this card by working up a little template for the door using copy paper. I thought about creating the template in my Silhouette Software but this time I did it by hand. I am sure that it would have been a little neater but I kind of like the “rough and handmade” look it has. I then created the wooden panels. To do this I started with Sahara Sand cardstock and stamped the Hardwood background stamp using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
I then cut apart my wooden background and used my Edge Distressing tool to rough up the edges. I then inked my individual panels using Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks. Next, I adhered my individual wooden planks to the front of my door. I added a little more Distress Ink, just to make it a little darker and to be sure that the colors were close on both sides.
Next, I cut out the hearts. I used a cardstock heart I had cut out for a previous project as my template and traced my guidelines on the door then simply cut them out. I glued a larger pink heart behind my doors and filled them in using Red Stickle.
Then came the door hinges and door knobs. I searched the internet for some silhouettes of hinged and found these. I brought the image into my Silhouette Software and then cut them out of white cardstock. The knobs were created using a nested shape I purchased via the Online Design Store at Silhouette America and then two center pieces are simply a rectangle and circle. I also cut these out using my Silhouette Cameo on white cardstock.
Next, I added the coloring to my little door hardware. I used Stormy Sky, Evergreen Boughs and Iced Spruce Distress Inks sponged on the individual pieces. I then used the splatter stamp from Stampin’ Up’s Gorgeous Grunge over the link. I used Rusty Hinge, Stormy Sky and Evergreen Bough. Then I applied a little Vintage Photo and Peacock Feather over the stamping. Everything was glued in place on the door. To create the nails or fasteners on the door, I added tiny little blobs of Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls.
Next came the vine. These are another shape purchased via the Design Store and cut out with the Silhouette Cameo. I inked these with Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers and Lucky Clover Inks. The I simple glued them on and trimmed to fit.
I then created the inner image. Using my card as a guide, I cut out another piece of white cardstock then I stamped the sentiment and fairy using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. This fairy stamp does not really stamp cleanly so I filled in my gaps of color with a Pigma Micron 05 pen.
I then used a post-it note and 1″ paper punch to create a mask for the moon. I then applied in in Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves. I then adhered my inner panel to the card.
I added a tiny touch of White Wink of Stella on the moon, after removing the mask of course and that was it! This card seemed to be on its own path today and I nearly walked away but I am happy with where the process took me today.