I don’t usually combine challenges but it just so happened that I have done just that for my card today. The Monday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is Monochromatic and then the Wednesday Challenge is Masking. I have been wanting to use my Masterpieces of Paisley stamp set from Technique Tuesday and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to combine the two challenges into on card.
This card only features the stamps and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink and Distress Marker. I think that it is so cool that this one product can create different looks on one project.
I started with my piece of white cardstock and I created a mask using a post-it note and Spellbinders Label One Dies. I placed the die in the center of my card and started stamping. Once I had stamped the two-step paisley images I the used the Distress Ink Watercolor technique to color in the center of each shape.
At this point I took of my post-it note and set it aside. (Okay, I actually tossed it but since I ended up using it again, let’s pretend I didn’t have to fish it out of the recycle bin later.) I stamped the frame shape from Papertrey Ink in the center and then stamped the flourish from the same set in the center. To achieve the lighter image I stamped on a scrap of paper first and then onto my card. I again Distress Ink Watercolored the space in the frame.
So, I sat back and looked at my card and was disappointed that it didn’t really look like I had masked anything, although I had. So, I dug out my mask again and painted some more. This time I really watered down my ink so achieve the lighter purple. I also light watercolored in the center of the frame.
Now, I needed to create a sentiment. I searched out an old and unfortunately retired stamp set from Stampin’ Up called Small Script and stamped this over my flourish with the Seedless Preserves. Well, this was too light and the small size of the word made it a little difficult to read so I got out my Seedless Preserves Distress Marker and drew over the stamped sentiment. this was just the ticket! The marker was dark enough to allow the sentiment to really pop.
I mounted my stamped panel to two different shades of purple stock and then added this all to a card base. The I decided that I could make a matching envelope. I just repeated the process on one side of my envelope and that was it. I like how going over the stamp with the marker really made it pop and give the sentiment a handwritten feel.
This was a really fun card to create! Thank you all for stopping by!
Stamps: Masterpieces of Paisley – Technique Tuesday, Vintage Labels – Papertrey Ink, Small Script – Stampin’ Up
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Dark Purple – Bazzill, Orchid Opulence – Stampin’ Up
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
Wahoo it is Friday and today I am sharing a card that I have been holding onto for awhile. I didn’t really do it on purpose it was just one that sat in my studio, unfinished for awhile. Well, no more here is it in all it’s glory; dark Damask. I think that it is no secret that I adore damask in my card making and really in all things. I might actually use in every card if I wasn’t worried that you all might get bored with it.
Two of my favorite pieces of this card are; the iridescent violet embossing powder and the top garden rose which I watercolored. It just has a neat matte look to it and I really like the two different colors.
I knew that I wanted to create a grey. black and purple card with a wallpaper feel to it. I started by stamping my background on a piece of grey cardstock knowing that I was going to cut it apart later. I stamped the black damask shape using VersaMark and heat embossing with Black Embossing Powder from Ranger.
Then I began to layer up the background. I used Ornaments from BoBunny, Papillon from Stampers Anonymous, French Foliage and Gorgeous Grunge from Stampin’ Up, and Bella Brush from Fancy Pants Designs. I used a variety of inks; VersaMark, Hickory Smoke and Weathered Wood Distress Inks. I allowed my background to dry overnight so I could stamp the flourish from the Pollen Dust set by Fancy Pants Designs on the left-hand side using VersaMark and the Violet Satin Pearl Embossing Powder. This powder is awesome and is very iridescent. I was glad the lighting was good when I photographed it. When I create a background like this I just keep working and adding things as I go along.
I distress my edges using Broken China, Weathered Wood, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Inks. I then cut my background into somewhat equal strips and the distressed those edges with the Hickory Smoke and Black Soot. I then did a little physical distressing with my Edge Distresser. I really wanted my wallpaper to be peeling off.
At this stage I went ahead and adhered my stamped panels to a piece of 7 1/4″x 5 1/4″ black cardstock. I then die cut the damask border using my Epic 6. This is a retired die from QuicKutz. I used black cardstock and used VersaMark and Black embossing Powder to give it the shiny finish.
Next, I created the sentiment label. I cut out one shape in white cardstock and one in gray. I repeated my damask flourish shape; this time in Hickory Smoke. Once I allowed that to dry, I stamped my sentiment from Think Big Favorites #3 from Papertrey Ink using VersaMark and then heat emboss with my Ranger Black Embossing Powder. I added a little Black Soot Ink to my gray label and then adhered the newly stamped sentiment on top. I used foam tape to layer this over my damask die cut. I added two adhesive pearls from Kaiser to complete the label.
Now on to my roses! I started with my gray rose. You can see my tutorial on this process here. These are created using the McGill Paper Blossoms punches and shaped with the McGill Tools. I wanted something that was at least a little realistic so I did an internet search and found this page with grey roses. To create the two tone look I used watercolor paints on the petals before I shaped them.
The large purple rose was created in the same way but instead of watercolor I used Wilted Violet Distress Ink on the edges. I also created the tiny light lavender flower using my McGill Punches. These were assembled and adhered using hot glue.
Whew – I think that is it. I am certain to have forgotten some step somewhere along the way but I really tried to remember everything.
I didn’t disappear! We made the decision to get a new puppy and so I drove out to Oklahoma to pick him up from the rescue organization. It was a crazy thing that we had kind of talked about for awhile and this little puppy came up and we decided he was the “one”. Course, I have spent the last few days managing his day and not getting anything done! We have two other dogs and a cat and overall things have been going well but puppies are like little kiddos; into everything!
So, just a quick project today. If, you have watched my YouTube videos you may have noticed that I have a tattoo on my left wrist that says “Fearless.” It is a memorial tattoo that I share with quite a few people that I rode with and it means a lot to me. It has become a motto for the barn where I rode and many of the team sport “Team Fearless” apparel at shows in addition to tattoos. Some people are not into tattoos, and are looking for other ways to show their “Fearless” Spirit. This tattooed helmet is a project I created one of my un-inked friends.
It was created using my Silhouette Cameo and fabric paint. It was a fairly simple project but it made me really nervous since these helmets are pretty pricey and I was nervous to make a mistake. The best tip I found for stenciling was on the Silhouette America Blog. The author suggested that you dab a very light coat of paint for your first layer of paint and I think that this made all of the difference.
To create my stencil I opened my Silhouette Design Studio and created the text and then merged the word. On my practice run I found that the letter centers in “e” and “a” were really hard to position so I modified my shape by editing my points in the software to make the negative shapes bigger. While it sounds kind of scary it really isn’t too bad. For my project, I used regular vinyl since I was working on a curved shape I wanted to be sure that I was able to really stick that puppy down.
I really worked that stencil down. Here you can see it in place. I then wanted to be sure that I didn’t get any paint smeared on the velvet I put masking take around that vinyl. I think that I would have use painters tape but the regular masking tape worked well.
Here you can see the light application of the first layer of paint. I ended up doing about three very light coats of fabric paint. I had a little glitter fabric paint laying around and for my last layer I mixed a little into the purple. It is very subtle but you can totally tell.
I am not sure what was going on with my camera (operator error maybe) but I just didn’t have a great photo of the finished project. I gave the project a full 48 hours to dry just to be sure but it seemed pretty dry after 24. I really want to stencil more things now! I would highly recommend making a test project first. This was really helpful. I tried very hard to go slow and take my time with everything. The recipient of the helmet was very happy with the final product which is all that really matters to me!
I am hoping to get back into the swing of things this week! Thanks for stopping by!
As promised I am have uploaded a video tutorial on how I make the classic roses I use in my projects. We are once again buried in snow here so it is nice to think of summer and roses for this tutorial. The classic roses were created using punches from McGill’s Paper Blossoms.
Here is the video:
And here are the written directions to accompany!
For this rose I used a slightly light cardstock, normally I prefer to work with thicker paper but the lighter cardstock can make the shaping a little easier. I find that you don’t have to press as hard but you can’t work it as much. When I was creating this rose I tore of the side of one petal when shaping it and with larger shapes they can tear when you shape. So, there are pluses and minuses to using the lighter cardstock but I was overall pretty happy with it on this rose.
To start you will want to punch out five Dogwood shapes and then cut the flowers apart. This will give you 20 individual petals.
Now you will take each petal to the Molding Mat and shape it with the 12mm Ball Stylus. You want to soften the petals and give them a slightly curved shape.
Once you do this you will give the petals their final shape. I like the reverse tweezers for this. First, gasp the center of the petal at the bottom, where the point is. Then take your index finger and thumb to fold the base into a “v” shape. You don’t want the “v” to go all the way up the petal. Ideally it will have a fold about halfway up the petal.
Once you have your “v” shape you will hold the base and remove the tweezers. Now you will shape the top-rounded portion of your petal. I place the tweezers on the outer 1/4 edge of the petal and pull the tweezers out and down in a twisting motion allowing the paper to slip out of the tweezers. This creates a rounded edge. Repeat this on the other side. You will do this for all but two of the petals. The two unshaped petals will create the center of the rose.
Now you should have all of your petals ready to go. Punch out one Starflower shape. Shape this on the molding mat. Once the arms are softened you will want to rub a small circle in the center of the shape which will cause the arms to fold-up creating a “cup” shape. This will be the base of the rose.
Now, you ‘ll start to adhere the petals to the Starflower. I have been using high-temp hot glue for these and I have been really happy with the final product but you can really use any adhesive that you like. Each of the Starflower arms should have a petal, so you will now add the next layer of petals. This row needs to be off-set so I place each new petal between two petals from the previous layer.
Now you will create the little petal tube in the center of your flower. Take one of the unshaped petals and use the Slotted Paper Rolling Tool to create a small tube. To do this slip on edge of the petal into the slot and roll the paper around the shaft of the tool. I really like this tool but you could easily use a dowel of knitting needle to wrap your petal around to create a tube. Glue this petal together. Add a second petal around this center tube and glue it together. I like to cut off the very bottom of the tube before I glue it into the center of the flower. I find that if you leave the points on the center petals they don’t glue in as well and then they can be a little too tall.
Once you have your center glued in you will want to add the remaining petals around the center tube. For the purple rose I ended up using 19 petals, partially because I tore one petal apart and then once I have 19 petals on it just looked right. I have made some with more petals and some with less. This all really is determined by the weight and shape of your petals and then really it is a personal preference thing. So, do what looks right to you.
At this point you have a completed rose. You can add leaves now if you want. I typically like to glue my rose down first and then add my leaves as the last step. For this rose I punched three leaves using the Birch Leaf punch. Shape these in the same manner as the flower petals. Then using a 1mm Stylus draw the leaf veining on the leaf. Now glue these under your rose. Now you should have a darling little rose. They aren’t really that had to create but they do take time and a little practice.
Paper: Purple Cardstock – Recollections & Gable Green – Stampin’ Up
Punches: Dogwood, Starflower & Birch Leaf
Tools: Molding Mat, 12mm & 1mm Ball Styli (seriously this is the plural for stylus, and yes I had to look this up), Slotted Paper Rolling Tool – McGill Inc., Hot Glue Gun
Thank you for stopping by and if you have any questions or need any additional clarification on the rose creation just let me know. Have a great day!
I was really planning to have a post for you all on Sunday but I had the worse case of creative block. I had the house to myself and I just couldn’t get anything going. Sometimes I can force it, just kind of start working on something and everything will just click. Sunday I just couldn’t find it. So I finally gave up and finished painting my daughter’s room. The good news is that I have been working on a really fun project that I am super excited to share with you all in the next few days. It is another Steampunk creation and I am loving it and hope you’ll enjoy it too.
My card for today is one that I made a little while ago but I still really like it and it is still my “style.” I don’t know if any of you go back and look at old project and see a clear shift in style but I know that I sure do.
There are lots of Tim Holtz grunge product on this card. The bird and cage were cut out of grunge paper using the Tim Holtz die from Sizzix called Caged Bird. The cage was embossed using Distress Embossing powder in Black Soot. The bird was colored with Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks.
The rose was created with McGill punches. It isn’t really intended to be any specific flower. The background was stamped with Versamark Ink and the damask stamp from Great Impressions was heat embossed with Candy Violet embossing powder from My Sentiments Exactly. I then sponged on a variety of purple inks.
Here you can see a close of the card. The bars wouldn’t lay flat but I know of like the texture.
Paper: Nennah Solar White, Basic Black & Vintage Violet – Stampin’ Up, Grunge Paper – Ranger
Dies/Punches: Caged Bird – Sizzix, Large Highland Snowflake, Large Geranium Leaf & Small Geranium Leaf – McGill Inc.
Recently I had a request for an card-inspired art piece. Today’s project will be hung in a little girl’s bedroom. Like many little girls, including mine, she is into pink and purple.
I was originally going to create the background with Gelatos but I was waiting on the mail and got impatient so the background was created using dye ink. I first applied a layer of Gesso over the card stock, allowed that to dry and applied a second coat to add more texture. I applied the inks with a sponge. I used images from French Foliage and Elementary Elegance. The background was created by stamping with ink and some images were heat embossed with clear embossing powder. There is no real process for creating an image like this and I find that I just keep working until I like it. Once I was happy I sprayed the background with Perfect Pearls and then dabbed with a paper towel. Since there is a layer of Gesso the paper towel will pull up some of the ink.
I create the interlocking circle in my Silhouette software and cut them out of teal cardstock. I tore off an edge of my card stock and layered that over my rings.
I stamped the butterfly with black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I then colored the butterfly by watercoloring the image with the inks used in the background. I then mounted that onto another sheet of white cardstock. The last step was adding the image to the frame.
I purchase this frame at Michaels. It is 5×7 frame with a double mat for a 4×6 opening. There is a layer of foam between the double mats so the butterfly has room to be more three-dimensional.
I hope that the little lady receiving this likes it. As always, thank you for spending your time here.
Stamps: Stipple Butterfly, French Foliage, & Elementary Elegance – Stampin’ Up
Ink: Versmark – Tsukineko, Grape – Memento, Bermuda Bay, Pink Passion and Tempting Turquoise – Stampin’ Up
A chilly hello! We are expecting a high of 20 degrees today so I am not planning on doing too much outside! It snowed all day yesterday but didn’t really amount to too much actual snow. While it is very cold the sun is out and has melted most of the new snow on the sidewalks and roads.
I am calling today’s card Purple Peony, which is uncreative but is at least is accurate! This card features a retired set from Stampin’ Up called Bliss. It was a popular Sale-A-Bration so I’d bet you could find it on eBay if you were looking to purchase it. There are also a ton of damask stamps out there that could be substituted for the set.
This card features another McGill Paper Blossom Flower. This time I went with a dark purple peony. I don’t always add the leaves to the card but I felt like they added to this card.
I wanted to make mention about the adhesive I use to make these paper flowers. The product that works the best (in my opinion) is Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives. It holds very quickly and is clear. Having said that it smells pretty strong and it dries out quickly both on the craft mat and in the bottle. I make a lot of flowers and even with the smallest bottle it is gummy and nearly useless the next time I go to use it. It says on the bottle that you can thin it with acetone, which I have done and did not have any luck. So, if I don’t have a fresh bottle of Fabri-Tac I use Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. I use that adhesive on almost all of my projects and it works okay on the paper flowers. You do have a slower drying time and I will find my petals moving out of place if I don’t hold it long enough. I am also a little messy and I sometimes get glue globs on my petals if I am not very careful to get the glue off my fingers before I hold a petal. I have seen people use hot glue but I have yet to find a glue that really works on the paper.
Stamp: Bliss – Stampin’ Up
Dies: Labels Four – Spellbinders
Punches: Geranium, Grape Leaf, Large Highland snowflake, Sun, Small Geranium leaf, Highland Snowflake – McGill Inc.