My card today is inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Gentlemen. Sometimes it is easier to may girlie cards then cards for the men in our lives. This was my first opportunity to use this great set from Waltzing Mouse. It is called My Kind of Guy and it is cute!
I really wanted something minimal and quick. I stamped the images using Gathered Twigs and inked the background with Antique Linen. I drew the solid line in using a Distress Ink Marker in Gathered Twigs. I mounted the sentiment to a piece of scrap brown cardstock. I added a tiny little dot of Glossy Accents on the monocle. I adhered the sentiment on a jaunty angle.
For years, I have used the rectangle shaped Ink Blending Tools and I was a little reluctant to switch over to the new round ones but I have purchased a few and I am really happy with them. I feel like they give a much smoother application of ink without the hard edges that you can sometimes get with the rectangles.
I cut around the frame with scissors and cut the corner on an angle. I then added the brown cardstock, mirroring the corner with scissors. This card is significantly flatter then most of my cards and I just used a few supplies on this card.
I am back. It seems that I took an unplanned absence there. Sorry about that, things got a little crazy and I just needed to step back and focus on non-blog things but I am back! I have a few projects lined up. Today’s project is a fun fairy door cards. I have been pining little fairy gardens and doors on Pinterest (Fairy Garden). I really want to make a full fledged fairy garden but I really want to plan it out and make it great, so while I am in that process I thought that I would make a “Fairy Door” Card.
I started this door by creating the doors. I stamped the Hardwood image from Stampin’ Up on white cardstock and hand cut the door shape. Once I had all my pieces cut I inked each piece with Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and a tiny bit of Weathered Wood Distress Ink.
I then assembled my doors. This take a bit of trial and error to get right and I figure since this would be a handmade door it shouldn’t be “perfect.” Next, I added the brads and once those were set I flattened each with a hammer. These were not straight at all but those fairy hammers are heavy. The door knobs are extra large brads.
Next I cut out the hinges. This is a shape I purchased via the Silhouette Design Store and it is called Boho Flower Border. As usual, I cut the shape out of white paper and then colored with Crushed Grape Dylusions Ink Spray. Once this was dry I trimmed down the piece to look like a hinge. I glued this in place on the door.
Next, came the flowers. I cut the stems and flower shapes out of white cardstock and sprayed the stems with Fresh Lime Dylusions Ink Spray. This was also a purchased shape, you can find it here. Once that was dry I sponged over it with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.
The mini roses were created in my normal way. I cut the flower shapes out of white at the same time as my elements. I inked these with Sweet Cherry Color Shine from Heidi Swapp. This is an awesome color. Once everything was dry I glued the shapes to my cards.
I then created my card base by tracing around my doors onto copy paper and then cut it out and transferred to my cardstock. This was a little tricky and wasn’t something that worked out the first try. I cut a separate background for the card base that I stamped and inked, then adhered on the inside.
When I got to this point it was time to add the glitter and bling! I started with my trusty Stickles in Fruit Punch, Firefly and Muse (Recollections). I added the white pearls on the vines with White Opal Liquid Pearls. The last step was the tiny crystals. These are not actually for card making so I glued them individually.
That was that! I really like how this card turned out. I am thinking about making another card like this but I think that I might start by creating a card base first because it was a little challenging to get everything all lined up and cut properly the way I did it, in my defense I had no real plan for this card when I started. Maybe a purple next.
I hope you are having a wonderful day. Things around here are moving at a break-neck pace. My daughter has the week off from school and so there is much chaos as I try to sew her Halloween costume and finish up some other projects. My studio looks like a tornado went through. I was able to finish my quilt (finally) and hopefully I’ll get some photos up for you this week. I am still having some issues with my sewing machine and it has been frustrating to try and figure out what is going on. I have confidence that I will get it all figured out soon.
Moving on to my card for the day! This card was a joint effort with my daughter. It was inspired by something that she said to my husband. He was using a stethoscope to let her listen to his heart and she told him that she was sorry but “he had a zombie heart.” I have no idea where she came up with it, but the next time we worked together in the studio we made this card for him.
We started by cutting out a basic heart shape I created in my Silhouette Design Studio software on white card stock. I also cut out the bones which I purchased through the Design Store, (here), I used just the bones for this one. To separate the skull from the bones you simply select the image and right-click and then select the ungroup option. Once you have this the individual elements are stand-alone and you can delete, move or modify them individually.
We started by inking our bones with Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Ink. The heart was inked with Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Inks to create the healthy zombie glow. The crackle texture is from the Stampers Anonymous stamp set, Ultimate Grunge which was stamped with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. The small dots are from the Stampers Anonymous stamps set Bitty Grunge and were stamped in Tea Dye Distress Ink. The heart was then grunged-up with Weathered Wood and Black Soot Distress Inks.
We then set to work adding additional some additional character to our heart by adding the eyelets from Stampin’ Up and distressing the heart and adding stitches. The dripping goo was created using the Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch. It started as a piece of white card stock that we inked with Weathered Wood and Black Soot Distress Inks. We also added Glossy Accents to our goo for the eww factor.
Next we created the background, for this I just took another piece of card stock and inked it with Weathered Wood & Black Soot Distress Inks. This was adhered to a piece of DP from DCWV – Rockstar Mat Stack.
The last step was to stamp the word “Zombie” at the top so the card would read – Zombie Heart. I used the Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween Typeface Stamp Set. I am not in love with the “z” in this font but I really like the rest of the font so we went with it. I think that I would use a computer font and cut it out with my Silhouette, if I were to do it again. The word zombie was stamped using Papertrey Ink’s True Black Ink. I feel like that ink works the best on these older acrylic stamps.
So, while this is not your typical card, the recipient loved it and it is a fun reminder of a memorable kid quote.
When I begin creating a card I often plan out my colors and a basic design before I start. For today’s card I sort went a little more free-style with my color selection. I started with the Salty Ocean Distress Ink and just grabbed a few coordinating colors without too much thought. I like the way it turned out this stamp set could work for almost any color scheme.
I think that I could have really made myself crazy if I tried to get my spacing exact, so I just went with as close as I could get without driving myself too mad. While this means that my stripes aren’t exactly perfect, I am okay with that. When I used to teach classes I would tell people that things not being perfect was how someone would know that it was handmade.
I began with the background and stamped the Chevron Background. If you are unfamiliar with this set, it has several different line styles that are separate. You can use which ever lines appeal to you. This also allows you to make each line a different color, or not as your design dictates. I used Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry and Shaded Lilac for this card.
Once I got about 2/3 down the card front I added a copy paper mask and kept stamping. This left a negative space for me to add my sentiment. Once I had completed the background, I stamped the sentiment using Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. I then added the purple stipe using a Distress Ink Marker and my Tim Holtz ruler in the same Seedless Preserves.
I did find that the Distress Inks did bead up a little on the PTI stamps but I think that it adds to the design and isn’t too bad. When I have this happen I try to leave my stamp on the paper for a little longer to give the ink more time to sink in, it doesn’t always work but I think it helped on this card.
I added the adhesive rhinestones in the negative space; the clear and light purple gems are from Hero Arts and the large purple gem is from The Paper Company. I then mounted my card front to a piece of purple card stock from Bazzill and then everything mounted to a card base.
I really liked this challenge and am pretty happy with how this card turned out. I have really been enjoying creating cards using challenges as I feel like it gets me looking at my supplies in a different way and allows me to stretch those creative muscles.
So, I totally did not intend to neglect my blog for the last few days. A few other projects took me away and just general life got in the way. I am sure that you can all understand.
I have always been a mulit-hyphenated crafter; I knit, crochet, sew, quilt, paint, cross-stitch and make little toothpick dolls in addition to my paper crafting. Sometimes there are not enough hours in the day. I currently have a in progress; a quilt, a knit baby blanket, a cross-stitch and my daughter’s Halloween costume. These are scatterd aroung my house in various states of completion. Then to top it off my sewing machine had a conniption that required a call to support. Anyway, I am hoping I am back on track.
My card for today is an Alice in Wonderland inspired card. This will go in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is Die Cuts. This card is similar to my Mermaid card (here). About a million years ago I purchased a whole month of QuicKutz release. It had damask dies and a chandelier, things of that sort. Included in the set was a chess set. I always really like them but I never made a project that could use them, that was until this card. . .
I started with my background panel, I sponged it with Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean Distress Inks. I then stamped a damask image over the top in Peacock Feathers. Then I spritzed the whole thing with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in teal. Once that was dry I used the Tim Holtz Regal Flourish Texture Fade to add the dry embossing.
My next step was the chess board. I sketched a pattern on copy paper and then cut it out of white and black cardstock. I used the white for the background and added squares from the black on top. While I did have a pattern this took a little bit of adjustment while assembling. I inked the edge with Old Paper Distress Ink.
Next, I tackled the Alice dress. I decided to go with 2010 version of the film for my dress inspiration. I created it in the same way as the chess board; by creating a pattern and then hand cutting out the image. I added shading with Stormy Sky Distress Ink and a Sharpie marker for the details. I freehand cut the white lace trim on the top. This was added to the card with foam tape.
I die cut my chess set in black and white card stock and added dimension to the white pieces by distressing the edges with Old Paper Distress Ink. I glued these on to the card and then began adding my collage elements to the right side.
The key was created by inking a Grunge Paper die cut key with Distress Embossing Powder in Vintage Photo. The large paper flower was created with by combining four Prima Flowers and adding a Lush brad. The little flowers are also from Prima and the fleur-de-lis is a brad. The crown is a sticker from Jolee’s Boutique.
Stamps: Damask – Recollections
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Basic Black -Stampin’ Up, Blue Card Stock – Unknown
I had a very good time making this card today. I love this set from WPlus9 and I am sure you will see more cards made with it. The stamps are from the Dream Believer set and the dies are from the Dreamcatcher set. I used Distress Inks and Glossy Accents. Really as a supply list goes it is pretty light but that just shows that you don’t have to use a lot of product to create.
The dreamcatcher was created by cutting out the dies in card stock , with the exception of the back set of strings and back feathers as I cut those from vellum.
Each individual piece was inked with Distress Inks and ink blending tools. I used Old Paper, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain on the main pieces. On the light pieces I used Old Paper and Vintage Photo and on the darker pieces I went with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.
I stamped the “bead” directly onto the dreamcatcher using Peacock Feathers. Once dry I added a layer of Glossy Accents.
To created the background I used the Old Paper and Vintage Photo Distress Inks directly on the paper and then stamped over with the little dots using all of my browns. The mounting piece of card stock was created with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Inks. I also stamped a set of “beads” at the top, again accentuated with Glossy Accents. The sentiment was stamped with Walnut Stain.
Stamps: Dream Believer – WPlus9
Ink: Old Paper, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain & Peacock Feathers Distress Ink – Tim Holtz for Ranger
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Vellum – The Paper Company
Misc.: Dreamcatcher Dies – WPlus9 & Glossy Accents – Ranger
I love how this card turned out. I just love that you can keep blending and building up your Distress Inks. As always I appreciate you stopping by to visit me. Have a wonderful day!
Today’s card is a simple little thing that features a darling little Highland Cow. Who wouldn’t want a cute little Scottish cow to show up at their door. They are really the most darling creatures. Something about their shagginess is just adorable, I think that it really may have something to do with the fact that they basically have bangs. Seriously, check out this beauty. According to Wikipedia this breed of cattle has been around since the 6th century. (Since Wikipedia is always correct and if you read it online it must be true, right.)
The cow was cut out using the QuicKutz Scotland set. I then colored it with Distress Inks. The frame was cut using Spellbinders Label 1. This set is discontinued and QuicKutz has been at least two other companies since they were QuicKutz. A quick Goggle did show a dies sets few for sale out there. The framing dies are Label One from Spellbinders.
The paper was from my decorative paper stash it is from Chatterbox. My solid paper is Really Rust card stock from Stampin’ Up. I edged the inner square with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.
This was a very simple card by it was fun and I like to make a few easy and simple cards now and again.
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Really Rust & Basic Black – Stampin’ Up, Designer Paper Chatterbox
My husband and I watched a fantastic show called The Good Guys on Netflix. It stared Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks and was about two police officers; one of whom was a by the books rookie and the other “what rules” veteran. It only had one season but I really found it fun. Bradley Whitford’s character rocks an awesome mustache and mirrored shades. This was what brought my manly man card to life.
I started by purchasing two different sunglass shapes. Neither one was exactly what I wanted and I just didn’t feel like making one from scratch today. I used the inner part of this shape (here) and the main part of this pair (here). It actually worked out how I was hoping. The moustache is from this set (here).
To make the shades I started by shading the lenses using Distress Inks and my handy-dandy ink blending tools. I laid down Tumbled Glass at the top followed by Salty Ocean on the bottom. I blended a little Broken Glass and Faded Jeans over the lower portion of the lenses.
To create the frames I first coated them with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. Once that had dried I sprayed over the stain with Iron Chalkboard Glimmer Mist. I added a little Black Soot Distress Ink on the edges.
Next came that awesome mustache, I mean seriously how cool is that thing? While I love how the shaded lenses turnout, I know that it is really the moustache that makes this card. Once it was cut I used Vintage Photo Distress Stain to color it.
The last component was the “‘Sup.” This was the only element that was not cut in white card stock. I used navy card stock and the font is called Bullpen. I used three cut-outs of the word to create some depth; I actually used two or three on each element, they really pop off the page.
I glued the word layers directly to the card and then once dry, I added a layer of Shy Violet Glimmer Glaze on the top. I needed something a little more manly than glitter. I really wanted a glossy component and the Glimmer Glaze gives it a glossy shinny look.
I added Glossy Accents over the lenses to make them look like glass. Is it weird that I dreamt of making this card? I know it is a little weird but I am totally embracing it!
Ink: Tumbled Glasses, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Faded Jeans & Black Soot Distress Ink – Tim Holtz for Ranger
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Navy – Stampin’ Up
Misc.: Vintage Photo & Brushed Pewter Distress Stain – Tim Holtz for Ranger, Iron Chalkboard Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels, Shy Violet Glimmer Glaze – Tattered Angels
So I have to say, I am very happy with how the blending on today’s card came out. I had something else in mind by the process evolved and I got something new. I was inspired by a new card from Michelle Zindorff; here is the inspiration.
I started this card by stamping the medium feather from the Feather Finery stamp set using VersaMark Ink and heat embossing with Clear Embossing Powder. You could use white embossing powder but since the background of this piece is white there is no real reason to. I feel like I still haven’t found a really good White Embossing Powder that resists ink the way that the clear seems to.
Once I had the feather stamped I started the inking process. I began with Dried Marigold Distress Ink, going about 2/3 of the way over the feather. Then I went over that with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and then over the very bottom edge with Barn Door Distress Ink. Next, I added a tiny bit of Hickory Smoke on the very top but it seemed a little too dark so I switched gears and went with Salty Ocean.
I then stamped back over my piece with Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold and Frost White (Color Box) with the little dots.
I mounted the feather element onto a piece of navy card stock. I then used the Tim Holtz Texture Damask Embossing Folder to emboss the white background. That was then mounted to navy and then brown card stock. I scavenged the ribbon from a beautiful gift.
I added the Lush Brad from My Mind’s Eye on the lower corner to pull it all together.
I love this stamp set and it was so much fun to work with!
Stamps: Feather Finery – Papertrey Ink
Paper: Neehah Solar White, Night of Navy – Stampin’ Up, Brown – Unknown
Ink: VersaMark, Hickory Smoke, Salty Ocean, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade & Barn Door Distress Ink – Ranger, Frost White – Color Box
Misc.: Lush Brads – My Mind’s Eye & Ribbon – Unknown, Tim Holtz Texture Damask Embossing Folder – Sizzix , Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up
I normally try to get a post up on Tuesday (yesterday) but I helped my brother move into his new townhouse. It was a lot of work but, very exciting!
Today’s card features the WPlus9 Dream Believer Set with a Distress Ink background that resembles the night sky. I feel like the direct to paper technique that creates the sky has big impact but it is really pretty easy. Breakout those ink blending tool and some inks!
I started with a piece of white card stock cut 4″x5 1/2″ and used Tumbled Glass, Aged Mahogany, Faded Jeans and Black Soot Distress Inks. I also used Stampin’ Up’s Rich Razzleberry Ink. I used both the rectangle and circular shaped Ink Blending Tools.
I took my White Wink of Stella brush marker and splattered ink on my background. To do this I simply tap the marker on my hand to create splatters. Since I added a lot of ink on top of ink, on top of ink to created the background, I let the card dry overnight.
I stamped the stars with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. I die cut the sentiment shape using Spellbinders Label 1 and then stamped using Papertrey Ink’s True Black ink. I love this sentiment.
I added a tiny bit of Rich Razzleberry around the edge of the sentiment. Then I added the gold cord from Stampin’ Up using a large Zot and mounted the sentiment onto the card using Recollections Pop Dots. I tossed on some salvaged sequins using Glossy Accents and then mounted the card to a white piece of card stock. That was it.
Ink: Tumbled Glass, Black Soot, Aged Mahogany, & Faded Jeans Distress Ink – Tim Holtz for Ranger, True Black Dye Ink – Papertrey Ink, VersaMark
Paper: Neenah Solar White
Misc.: Gold Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Gold Cord – Stampin’ Up, White Wink of Stella, Pop Dots – Recollections, Spellbinder Die Label 1, Glossy Accents – Ranger, Sequins – Recycled from an old jacket
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