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Colorado Eventer Card

Hi,

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.

Card created by Jennifer Miner
Card created by Jennifer Miner

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.

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

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.

Created for local eventing by Jennifer Miner
Created for local eventing by Jennifer Miner

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.

Horse and Rider jumping a drop on Colorado flag background
Horse and Rider jumping a drop on Colorado flag background

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!

Set of 12 cards
Set of 12 cards

Materials

Paper: Black cardstock – Recollections, Neenah Solar White, Cherry – Bazzill, Brilliant Blue – Stamping’ Up, Summer Sunrise – Papertrey Ink

Ink: VersaMark Champagne Dazzle – Tsukineko, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Faded Jeans, Gathered Twigs, and Tea Dye Distress Ink – Ranger

Other: Clear Embossing Powder – Stamping Up!

 

Follow Your Own Star – Galaxy Horse Card

Hi all,

I am back with a  card and video today. Don’t worry if you are enjoying the dolls there are more of them on the way. I am planning to do a video time-lapse of the creation of my next doll. Not too sure on the timeline for that but it is in the works.

Today’s card  is one I have created for an upcoming fundraiser. it is actually one of 12 cards.I created two different sets of cards each with 12 cards and envelopes.  The other style will be featured here later this week.

So, a quick word about my creative process. These two sets of cards really show my two main workflows. The card today was a work-in-progress creation. I wasn’t really sure where I was going and I only knew the silhouette I wanted to use and that was it. It can be a challenge creating  multiple cards in this manner but I just jumped in. This style of work requires a bit of trial and error and sometimes that looks like staring at a half-made project or ripping things off a completed card.

The other way I work is with a clear plan or vision. The other set  was a project that was clearly formed in my mind. I knew what I wanted and how I was going to get there. It is just an interesting process.

So, with that out of the way on to the card and video link!!

 

Galaxy Background with Silver Horse head by Jennifer Miner
Galaxy background with Silver horse silhouette by Jennifer Miner

I started with a piece of white cardstock and started applying ink in Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, and Dusty Concord. I laid down my colors from light to dark and then went back over them to blend. This can get darker ink on you ink blending tool but I haven’t had this be a problem and I think that you could just replace your sponge if you started getting ink transfer.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

Next, I gave my panel a splash with water and then white watercolor paint. I used a long bristled paint brush to splatter the watercolor and that seemed to give a smaller splatter.

Next, I die cut the circles from white cardstock using my Silhouette. This is a shape that I created by using the circle tool and then the offset tool. Once I had my first circle I simply used copy and paste and then resized the circles to the size I wanted. Once I had the circle as I wanted I merged everything together.  If you replicate this you will want to be sure that your circles have been made a Compound Path before you merge them, if you don’t they will be solid circles. Once I had these cut, I inked them with a little Dazzle Versamark and then heat embossed them with clear embossing  powder.

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

Then onto out horse, I applied Brushed Pewter Distress Stain to my die cut and then gave it a few spritzes with Silver Sugar Glimmer Mist.  The horse silhouette is a shape that I purchased online.

I then cut out 12 hearts from white cardstock. This is a shape I created in my Silhouette, it is a very basic heart but I use it all the time. I inked my hearts with Seedless Preserves and then Dusty Concord on the edges.  I adhered the horse with Scor-tape and then glued the hearts on.

Follow Your Own Star - Galaxy Horse Card by Jennifer Miner
Follow Your Own Star – Galaxy Horse Card by Jennifer Miner

So this was where I got stuck. I just couldn’t decide what to do. I stared at this card for awhile, played with embellishments and was generally lost. This it hit me! I have the wonderful Star Gazer set from Papertrey Ink. The sentiment was perfect and it fit in the space I had created and the little stars were just what I needed. I used Memento Ink and Black Detail Embossing Powder. Everything went on a black cardstock mat and then to the card bases.

I was afraid that there would be a time when I would have to scrap these and I am so glad that they came together! I hope that you all have a wonderful week.

Distress Ink, Distress Stain, Digital Die Cuts & Stamping
Distress Ink, Distress Stain, Digital Die Cuts & Stamping

Materials

Stamps: Star Gazer – Papertrey Ink

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Champagne Dazzle Versamark, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves & Dusty Concord Distress Ink – Ranger

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Black – Recollections

Other: Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Detail Black Powder – Ranger, Silver Sugar Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels

Green & Gold Horse Head Sympathy Card

Hi ya!

Another distress/grungy card for you today. I found myself in the sad position of having to make another sympathy card for a dear friend that had recently and unexpectedly lost her horse. The recipient of this card has been one of my best friends and her horse was truly one-of-a-kind. I thought a lot about them while I create this card and I hope that it brought her some comfort.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

When we use to compete in Eventing, my friend’s colors were electric blue and neon green. I tried to incorporate that into this card, but with a grungy twist. I started with my horse silhouette and cut out the heart using my Silhouette Cameo.  To color the horse I used a collection of Tattered Angels Mists and Glazes along with a few Heidi Swapp and Dylusion’s Mists.  I was working to create an aged bronze look, which I am not sure I really got to, I still like it.

Green & Gold Sympthy Card
Green & Gold Sympathy Card

Once I had the head as I wanted it, I set it aside to dry. Then I went to work on the background. I used Distress Inks along with the Tim Holtz stencils Dot Fades and Rays. I tossed a little water on the background to create depth. I just love how the Distress Inks react to water. Once that was dry, I added more stamping with the Bitty Grunge stamp set ( from Tim Holtz) set and French Ledger both from Stampers Anonymous.  I then added Distress Ink over my stamping to give depth and add that grungy and distressed feel.

Distress Horse Card
Distress Horse Card

I the created the heart. I know you have seen this style of heart a few times on my cards but I just love the look. So, you’ll probably see it again. I colored the heart with Postbox Red Dylusions spray and  when dry I added Xmas Red Stickles. I allowed that to dry and then added a coat of Glossy Accents.  I gave the heart overnight to dry.

Close-up of the glitter heart
Close-up of the glitter heart

I created the sentiment tag using Papertrey Ink’s Mega Mixed Messages and a scrap of white paper. I added the Mark Richards gems and glued on the gold sequins. This completed the main part of the card and it was then added to a piece of teal cardstock.  I did also add a little ink to the teal cardstock for more gungy-ness. I was overall pretty pleased with the end result.

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Materials

Stamps: French Ledger & Bitty Grunge – Stampers Anonymous, Mega Mixed Messages – Papertrey Ink

Ink: Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, & Tumbled Glass Distress Ink – Ranger

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Teal – Bazzill

Mists & Glazes: Woven Burlap, Tattered Leather, Butternut Squash Glimmer Mists – Tattered Angels, Cowboy Glaze – Tattered Angels, Postbox Red & Pure Sunshine Dylusions – Ranger, Mustard  Color Mist – Heidi Swapp

Stencils: Dot Fades & Rays – Stampers Anonymous

Other: Xmas Red Stickles – Ranger, Glossy Accents – Ranger Teal & Citron Gems – Mark Richards, Sequins –  The Paper Studio

Thank you, as always!

Weathered Copper Horse Sympathy Card

Hiya!

My card today is a sympathy card for someone that recently lost their horse. Horses and other pets really become a part of our families and their loss can be very difficult. I was very grateful to create this card and I thought about the horses in my life and how much they have each meant to me as I created. I am very pleased with how this card turned out. I used a ton of products on it; a lot of stamps, sprays and inks.

Sympathy Card by Jennifer Miner.
Sympathy Card by Jennifer Miner.

To begin, I opened my Silhouette Design Studio and opened the horse silhouette image. I duplicated the shape so I would have a top image and a base image. I then added the flourish heart where I wanted it to appear on the horse on one of the silhouettes.  I then cut the two horse shapes out of white cardstock. I also cut one heart out of red cardstock.

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I then got started creating the weathered copper look on the horse image with the flourish heart cut out. I used the Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Paint System Bare Metal in Weathered Copper. (That’s a mouth full!) Once I had the effect as I wanted it I set that to dry, for awhile since there are multiple applications of Glimmer Mist and Glimmer Glaze you end up with a soggy piece of paper. I was a tiny bit impatient and used my heat gun to speed up the process.

Weathered Copper-4

I then took the red heart and spritzed that with Cherry Glimmer Mist. Once that was dry I added Glossy Accents. The glitter is subtle but very nice.

Next, I started on the background. This is a free-flowing process. I kind of start with an idea and use that as my starting point. I just keep adding stamps and ink and embossing until everything just feels right. Of course, it is very possible to go to far and have to start over. Weathered Copper-3

For this card I started with the heat embossed images; the lower-right hand stamp is from Bo Bunny’s Ornamental stamps set and was embossed with Copper Embossing Powder from Zing! The top left-hand corner is an image from the Fancy Pants Designs stamp set called From the Garden and was embossed with Chestnut Zing Embossing Powder. Once I had those in place I started adding color using Distress Inks.

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I used Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Inks on the background. Next I added the script stamp using Ground Espresso. Then the light flourish on the top left-hand corner using Vintage Photo. I then added splats, splotches and dots in Peacock Feathers and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

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I then adhered my solid horse silhouette to the back of my silhouette with the heart shape. Once that was dry I added a little Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Black Soot around the edges and adhered my heart then added Crystal Stickles to the flourishes. This was then adhered to the card background which had been mounted to a piece of copper metallic cardstock and then a piece of brown cardstock. The last steps were adding accenting  the left-hand flourish with Antique Bronze Distress Stickles and then a few gems.

Weathered Copper-1

 

Materials

Stamps: From the Garden & Bella Brush – Fancy Pants Designs, French Script, French Foliage & Gorgeous Grunge – Stampin’ Up, Ornamental – BoBunny

Ink: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo & Black Soot Distress Inks – Ranger, VersaMark

Tattered Angels – Cherry, Bronze, Verdigris Glimmer Mist, Coconut Shell – Glimmer Glaze

Other: Copper & Chestnut Zing! Embossing Powder – American Crafts, Glossy Accents – Ranger, Crystal Stickles & Antique Bronze Distress Stickles – Ranger, Gems – TPC Studios & Hero Arts

As I mentioned, I really like how this  card turned out. It was really a pleasure to create. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Distress Heart of the Horse Card

Hello!

My card today is for a friend that has recently experienced a very profound and traumatic loss. I have had this card in my mind for sometime. This is actually the second version of this card as the first attempt experienced what I would call a catastrophic Liquid Pearls incident.

by Jennifer Miner
by Jennifer Miner

The horse image was one I purchased through the Silhouette Design Store (Here). I added the circles to the image. The heart and flourish is one image, again from the online store (Here). I made two copies of the heart, one with the flourish and one without.

Close-up of heart created with Distress Inks and Glossy Accents
Close-up of heart created with Distress Inks and Glossy Accents

The heart & flourish were colored with Barn Door, Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks. Once they were adhered to the card the heart was coated with Glossy Accents and the flourish with Stickles glitter in Crystal.

Handmade Card created by Jennifer Miner
Handmade Card created by Jennifer Miner

I stamped the large flourish with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I then added Distress Inks in the following colors: Stormy Sky, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans.

Weathered Bronze Horse on blue Distress Ink background
Weathered Bronze Horse on blue Distress Ink background

I used the Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Kit in Aged Bronze to create the horse, with a additions. My base coat was done with Mustard Color Shine and Butternut Squash (which comes in the kit). I used the Tattered Leather and Woven Burlap Glimmer Mist and Cowboy Glimmer Glaze that came in the kit. I cut two horses, the bottom one without the holes and colored the bottom image with the Tattered Leather and Woven Burlap Glimmer Mists. When assembled I filled the holes with Glossy Accents, but the color is from the lower copy.

Our horses carry our hearts with them.
Our horses carry our hearts with them.

I added the triple thin ribbon and the tiny red gems. I really wanted to add more but I think I am glad that I was able to restrain myself.

Handmade card created with Tattered Angels & Distress Inks
Handmade card created with Tattered Angels & Distress Inks

Materials

Stamps: Bella Brush – Fancy Pants Designs

Ink: Broken China, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Barn Door, Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks – Tim Holtz for Ranger, VersaMark

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Navy Card Stock – Unknown

Other Coloring Mediums: Mustard Color Shine – Heidi Swapp, Butternut Squash, Woven Burlap and Tattered Leather – Tattered Angels, Cowboy Glimmer Glaze – Tattered Angels

Misc.: Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Adhesive Red Gems – Mark Richards, Black Ribbon – Celebrate It (Michaels)

Thank you for stopping by!

Embellished Saddle Pad

My project today in not a card but a saddle pad I embellished for a friend. Overall, this was a pretty easy process. I started with a black saddle pad, and then created a template on my Silhouette Studio software. When I created the letter I selected a font I liked and then added circles to represent the stones so I would know how many to purchase and also to see how my placement would look. I didn’t have the Designer Edition of the Silhouette Studio at the time so I added them individually. The Designer Edition has an automatic tool that allows you to convert a shape to a rhinestone template. I then cut the template out of light-weight copy paper, this was just the letter and not the rhinestone template. I was able to tape down to the saddle pad to give me a guide. This gave me the flexibility I needed to work around the quilting. I used 4mm Swarovski Hot Fix Crystals in Aurora Borealis (AB) and the BeJeweler tool. The tool is very similar to a wood burning tool and has different attachments for different sizes of rhinestones. I found that the 4mm stones get a little stuck in the end so I keep a toothpick to dislodge them.

My process was to use the tool (hot) to pick up a stone. Then I would hold the tool up where I could see the back of the stone. The adhesive on the back is a tiny little bump and you can see when it melts when it has flattened out. I would the put the stone down where I wanted it. Usually the stone would not come right out. I pulled a few back off when I was figuring this out and they left a little adhesive residue where they had touched the fabric. There is a tiny channel on the attachment where I could stick a toothpick and with very minimal pressure hold the rhinestone down and pull the tool away. I tried using the smaller size of attachment but I found that the rhinestone would fall out when I went to apply it, not good. Hot gem with hot liquid adhesive on the back flying around the room.

Close-up of Embellished Saddle Pad
Close-up of Embellished Saddle Pad
Swarovski Embellished Saddle Pad
Swarovski Embellished Saddle Pad
Swarovski Embellished Saddle Pad
Swarovski Embellished Saddle Pad

Considering the amount of wear the saddle pad gets the stones have stayed on pretty well. It is certainly not an everyday item but it has been very easy to fix the few stones that have fallen off. it is really stunning in the sunlight. If you “bling” a project I always recommend getting a few extra gems to replace any lost stones. I have used E6000 on other projects and may try that on the next pad to see if it is better for keeping the stones in place.