Smile–The Sun is Out

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Simon Says Stamp’s Flickr Challenge #72 is all about summer and what it means to you!

A bright sun and the clear blue water of a lake would make anyone smile during the summer. This is the second of two submission to SSS’s Flickr challenge. If you want to see my first interpretation of this challenge please go to my post Hello Summer.

How I made the “Smile—the Sun is Out” project:

  1. The wave background was stamped onto A2-sized white cardstock with Versamark ink and then heat embossed using white embossing powder, after prepping the cardstock with an embossing bag.
  2. Then the embossed wave background was colored using three different colors of blue Distress inks to create an ombre effect.
  3. The sun was stamped onto yellow-orange cardstock and then die-cut using a coordinating die and orange enamel dots were added to the sun’s cheeks.
  4. The sun was mounted onto the card front with foam tape.
  5. An oval die was used to cut an oval from vellum cardstock for the sentiment.
  6. Then sentiment was stamped in a black ink compatible with vellum.
  7. Sequins were then adhered around the sentiment using glue dots.
  8. Glue dots were adhered to the back of the sentiment behind the sequins and the entire piece adhered to the card front.
  9. The card front was cut down to 4” x 5.25” and mounted onto an A2-sized piece of cardstock.
  10. The entire piece was then mounted onto an A2 top-folding, portrait-oriented card base.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:

  • SSS: Happy Days (sun image)
  • SSS: Happy and Smile (sentiment)
  • Hero Arts: Wave Background

Dies:

  • SSS: Happy Days (coordinating die set – for sun)
  • My Favorite Things: Wonky Stitched Oval STAX Die-namics

Inks:

  • Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Mermaid Lagoon.
  • Versamark
  • Versafine Ink in Onyx Black (sun)
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Ink in Graphite Black (sentiment on vellum)

Cardstock:

  • Neenah Solar White 80# (card front)
  • Papertrey Ink: Summer Sunrise (sun)
  • Stampin’ Up: Tempting Turquoise (card mat)
  • Neenah Solar White 110# (card base)

Other:

  • Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
  • SSS: Crystal Reflections Sequins
  • Pinkfresh Enamel Dots

Hello Summer

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Simon Says Stamp’s Flickr Challenge #72 is all about summer and what it means to you!

Whenever I think of summer, I think of the sun and puffy white clouds against a bright blue sky. This card is a representation of all of that. This is one of two of my submissions for this challenge. For the other submission, please go to my post: Smile: The Sun is Out.

How I made the “Hello Summer” project:

  1. Using watercolor cardstock, I used Distress Oxide inks to create a yellow/orange back ground using plenty of water. I did this by smooshing (a very technical term) Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade oxide inkpads onto a craft mat and spritzed water on the craft sheet until the colors beaded up. I then swiped the cardstock face down onto the colors, moving the cardstock until the cardstock was full covered with ink. I dried the cardstock with a heat gun and then swiped it onto the inked craft mat again, and dried the cardstock again. I repeated this process until I got the desired result. I added more ink or water as needed after each swipe.
  2. The cardstock was then die cut using SSS’s Full Card Sunshine craft die. I saved the die-cut pieces and the negative space for the final assembly of the card.
  3. Using another piece of watercolor cardstock and a cloud stencil, I colored the cardstock using a blending tool and Distress Oxide ink in Broken China to create clouds.
  4. After the cloud background was finished, I laid the negative die cut piece from step #2 over the background and used it as a guide to properly place the sun and the sun rays onto the cloud background. I glued down each piece with a glue pen and lifted off the negative guide piece after everything was glue into place.
  5. Next, the hello and summer dies were die-cut from turquoise cardstock.
  6. The puffy cloud was cut from vellum using one of the dies from a nesting clouds die set.
  7. For the assembly:
  • The sun and sun rays were already adhered to the cloud background in step #4. This assembled piece was then cut down to around 1/8-inch on all sides.
  • The die-cut “hello” and “summer” were glued to the vellum cloud using a glue pen.
  • Sequins were adhered to the cloud using mini glue dots.
  • Glue dots were adhered to the back of the vellum cloud behind the sequins and then the entire cloud piece was adhered to the card front.
  • An A2-sized turquoise piece of cardstock was used as a mat.
  • The mat and card front were adhered to an A2-sized, top folding, portrait-oriented  card base.

Supplies used in making this project:

Dies:

  • SSS: Full Card Sunshine craft die; Painted Hello wafer die; Painted Summer wafer die.
  • Hero Arts: Nesting Clouds Infinity dies.

Stencils:

  • My Favorite Things: Stencil Clouds

Inks:

  • Distress Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, and Broken China

Cardstock:

  • Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock (card front)
  • Stampin’ Up cardstock in Tempting Turquoise (mat)
  • Neenah Solar White 110# (card base)

Floral Background Birthday Wishes

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This card represents some of my favorite go-to techniques. I made this card for the SSS Flickr Challenge #71 which requires you to make a project using your favorite technique(s).

I’m not really a heavy user of a lot of different tehnqiues. I love what others can do with the latest techniques, but I’m usually slow to adapt to the latest cardmaking trends. Some of these trends such as watercoloring take a lot of time to master and do effectively. I love watercolor techniques, but I’m still trying to develop my eye for watercoloring.

Several of the techniques I rely on often are represented in the card above. I love the emboss resist technique and die-cuts!

Details of this project:

Stamps:

  • My Favorite Things (MFT) Bundles of Blossoms Background stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp (SSS) Birthday Bits stamp set (sentiment)

Dies:

• MFT Die-namics: Stitched Flowers
• PTI Limitless Layers 2.5” Circle Die Collection

Inks:

• Versamark Ink
• SSS Rose Apple Dye Ink

Cardstock

• Neenah Solar White 110# card base
• Rose/Coral cardstock (from stash) for mat
• Papertrey Ink (PTI): Rustic Cream cardstock (die-cut flowers)
• Ranger 8.5×11 Mixed Media Cardstock (card front)
• Bazzill 40lb Vellum cardstock

Other:

• Hero Arts white embossing powder
• WOW Embossing Powder in Gold Rich Pale
• Pretty Pink Posh: Metallic Gold Sequins (4mm and 6mm)

How I Made this Project:

1. Using an A2 sized piece of Ranger Mixed Media cardstock, I stamped the card with MFT’s Bundles of Blossoms background stamp with Versamark ink and then heat embossed the image with Hero Arts white embossing powser.
2. I then used the embossed-resist technique to color the background using SSS Rose Apple dye ink. The ink was applied lightly to the center of the background, and then more heavily moving outward to the edges.
3. Using a die from the PTI Limitless Layers Circle die collection, I die-cut the circle piece from vellum and heat embossed the sentiment onto it using WOW gold embossing powder
4. Three dies from the MFT Die-namics Stitched Flower die set were used to cut out flowers from PTI Rustic Cream cardstock. These flowers were adhered onto the vellum sentiment circle using micro glue dots.
5. For assembly of the final card:
• I cut down the A2 embossed-resist card panel to around ¼ inch on all sides.
• Matted this to full A2-sized card panel in a rose-coral piece of cardstock from my stash.
• The center sentiment piece was adhered to the card front using micro glue dots placed behind the small die-cut flowers.
• Gold sequins were adhered to the centers of the die-cut flowers.
• The entire finished card front was adhered to a top-folding, portrait-oriented card base.

Happy Valentine’s Day – SSS Flickr Challenge #63

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Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #63 is all about making a project using your favorite technique.

One of my favorite techniques is die-cutting. I love dies of all kinds, especially the large bold die-cut sentiments and words. They can easily become the focal point of your card design!

The card I made uses one Simon Says Stamp’s recent sentiment dies, the Big Valentine’s Day die. The sentiment was die cut from gold foil cardstock. I also die cut the sentiment two more times using white 80# cardstock and then adhered the three pieces together for a more raised look.

The background I mounted the sentiment on was created using washes of Distress Inks in several different colors on watercolor cardstock. Once the watercolor cardstock panel was thoroughly dry, I placed a floral-patterned stencil over it and used a dauber to gently dab on white pigment ink. The pigment ink I used has a slight sheen to it.

I had to be careful while inking the stencil because the stencil was quite delicate, with a lot of open areas. The end result was soft floral impressions against a rosy pink watercolor background. I liked the effect, vibrant, but soft enough to not overpower the die-cut sentiment.

I added a few sequins and some tiny die-cut hearts. The tiny hearts were cut from the same gold foil used for the sentiment.
The front panel was cut down to a 4 inch by 5.25 inch panel and the edges of the panel were colored with a sponge applicator to deepen the color around edges a little bit more.

The finished panel was mounted using foam tape onto an A2, top-folding card base (Simon Says Stamp cardstock in Doll Pink).

Supplies used in creating this project:
Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Big Valentine’s Day die; Memory Box: Heart Delights die (for the small heart embellishments – this die may be no longer available).

Stencils: Memory Box: Modern Fantasy Flowers stencil.

Inks: Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar and Wild Violet; Tsukineko: Brilliance pigment ink in Moonlight White.

Cardstock: Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock; DCWV gold foil cardstock from a foil stack; Simon Says Stamp cardstock: Doll Pink.

Cheers 2017! Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge Jan. 2017

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The Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge for January, 2017 came from the inspiration photo below:

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I was inspired by the gold lettering against the black background, the oval wreath and “year” themes.

I love metallic colors against black, especially gold against black. Metallic colors really seem to pop against a black background. The “this year” sentiment also made me think about the coming New Year. We’ve almost finished the first month of the New Year, and I only just made a card to celebrate it. Maybe one of my resolutions should be not to procrastinate.

I know one of my resolutions should include posting the cards I make more often on my blog. I make more cards than I actually post. However, by the time I’m finished with a card design (and I really agonize over the designs), I’m exhausted. So the idea of writing about the card sometimes becomes overwhelming. But I really need to do more posting. I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll do more postings.

Anyway, back to my project. I ran with the theme of black and gold and found a 6×6 cardstock pad that had all black and gold and cream designs. I’ve been hoarding this pad for a long time. (Note to self: Stop hoarding supplies and use them! This is another new year’s resolution.)

I cut a piece of A2-sized black cardstock along the diagonal. Then, I chose a complimentary pattern from my cardstock pad (gold dots against a cream-colored background); cut an A2-sized piece of the patterned paper along the diagonal as well. I now had 2-pieces of cardstock that I could mount onto an A2-sized mat.

After mounting the two diagonally-cut pieces together, I die-cut a wreath in gold foil cardstock and mounted it against the patterned side of the card front. I then stamped the word “cheers” from the Essentials by Ellen Advent stamp set onto the black side of the card front using Delicata Golden Glitz ink. I had to stamp the word several times to get the impression I wanted (thank God for my MISTI!).

I also stamped the numbers 2, 0, 1, and 7 from the same stamp set onto a scrap piece of black card stock in the same gold ink. Again, I had to stamp the number several times with my MISTI to get the proper coverage.

I die cut the stamped numbers using the coordinating dies for the Advent stamp set. The numbers were adhered underneath the “CHEERS” sentiment with tiny black foam adhesive pieces.

The entire card front was mounted onto an A2 top-folding card base.

So there you have it! An almost-one-month-old New Year’s greeting card! Better late than never.

But sincerely, to everyone reading this post, I wish you a very happy, healthy, exciting New Year brimming with creativity.

 

Supplies used in creating this project:

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen Advent stamp set.

Dies: Essentials by Ellen Advent coordinating dies.

Cardstock: My Mind’s Eye: Yes, Please 6×6 cardstock pad; DCWV: gold foil cardstock from foil pack; Papertrey Ink: True Black (100#); Neenah Solar White cardstock (110#).

Ink: Tsukineko: Delicata Ink in Golden Glitz.

Happy Year of the Rooster!

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Happy Chinese Lunar New Year! The New Year officially begins January 28, 2017.

This is the year of the rooster. In Chinese astrology, the rooster is considered honest, bright, communicative, ambitious, capable and warm-hearted.

I made a card to celebrate the occasion using Mama Elephant’s Lunar Animals stamp set. This set contains cute critters that represent the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. The cute little rooster is part of the set. I also used the complimentary set, Lunar Extras to add a cherry blossom branch to the card and the New Year sentiment.

There are several symbolic elements that I used in creating this card. The number eight is considered lucky to the Chinese, so I die-cut an octagon from white cardstock as the background for the images. Red, green and gold are considered lucky colors to the Chinese and I used these colors to color my images. The blossoms on the branch are colored in a shade of red and I add tiny gold dots to the centers of these blossoms with a gold gel pen. The green leaves on the branch stand for themselves. The rooster of course is colored in different shades of red and he has a gold beak and is standing on a gold die-cut oval so he doesn’t look like he is floating in mid-air.

The branch was stamped directly onto the octagon and colored, while the rooster was stamped on white cardstock, colored and then die-cut using the Lunar Animals coordinating die set and adhered with foam dots to raise the image. The gold oval he is standing on was cut from gold cardstock.

All images were colored using Copic markers.

The octagon was matted on an A2-sized piece of red cardstock to add to the red them. This was in turn adhered to a top-folding A2 card base.

Have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year everyone!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Mama Elephant: Lunar Animals stamp set and Lunar Extras stamp set.

Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities: Octagon die set (large set); Mama Elephant: Lunar Animals die set; My Favorite Things Die-namics: Oval Shadows die set.

Inks: Memento: Tuxedo Black ink (for images-Copic friendly); Versafine Onyx Black ink (sentiment).

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (die-cut octagon); Neenah Solar White 110# (card base); Simon Says Stamp cardstock in Schoolhouse Red (used as the mat for the card front); gold cardstock from my stash (oval shadow rooster is standing on).

Other: Uni-Ball Signo pen in gold, Copic markers.

EEK Ghosts! – Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge

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This month’s Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge inspiration plays tribute to Fall and all its trappings from pumpkins, leaves, Halloween parties, treats and the color orange.

Here is the inspiration photo:

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My interpretation of the images is a pumpkin patch late on Halloween night. Ghosts float eerily above the pumpkins in the field and a bat flies menacingly overhead.

For this haunting scene (pun intended), I used the Essentials by Ellen stamp set, Got Candy and its matching dies. I stamped all the images on white cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I knew I was going to color the pumpkins with Copic markers and Memento Ink is Copic-friendly. The pumpkins were colored in three shades of Copics from the YR family and blended. I die cut all the images using the coordinating dies for the stamp set.

To create my background, I used black cardstock for my A2-sized card front. I then die cut an arch out of the card front. I used a die from a set of nesting dies by My Favorite things to do this. I used the same die to cut out an arch from deep purple cardstock for my night sky. The purple piece was inserted into the negative area of my card front.

I proceeded with assembling all my die-cut images. The ghosts and pumpkins were all glued together, after arranging them the way you see here. I then raised the entire piece with foam tape and the pied was adhered at the bottom of the arch. The bat was mounted with foam tape as well and adhered onto the night sky up to the left. The entire card front was then adhered to an A2 top-folding, portrait-oriented card base.

The sentiment is from the same Got Candy stamp set. I die-cut a banner with irregular edges from the same purple cardstock and embossed the sentiment onto it with white embossing powder. The sentiment was mounted on foam tape and adhered just below the arch.

The end result isn’t scary at all, but rather cute and fun. Hope you like the card and have a fun, not scary, Halloween.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:  Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen: Got Candy stamp set.

Dies: Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen coordinating dies for Got Candy stamp set; Simon Says Stamp: Sketchy Banners dies set (smaller banner); My Favorite Things Die-namics: Stitched Arch STAX die set (largest die).

Ink & Markers: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink; Versamark Ink; Copic Markers: YR08, YR16, YR18.

Other: Hero Arts: White embossing powder.