Make Waves!

Make-Waves

 

I made another card using images and a sentiment from the latest Essentials by Ellen stamp set Mermaid Tail’s. The details of the mermaid tail are so beautiful, that gold embossing is perfect for it!

I wanted the gold embossed details of the mermaid tail to really show, so I used vellum instead of regular cardstock to give the image a transparent, light feel as if the image was floating on top of the water.

Hope you liked this project and the effect I was trying to achieve. Remember, be like a mermaid and make waves!

 

How I made this project:

  1. For the waves background:
    • Prep an A2-sized piece of white cardstock with anti-static powder.
    • Stamp the wave background onto the cardstock with Versamark ink
    • Apply white embossing powder to stamped background and heat with a heat tool until melted.
    • Let the embossed background cool.
    • Using the embossed-resist technique, use 3 shades of blue ink to create an ombre effect from top to bottom. Blend the background as much as you need for the desired effect.
  2. For the mermaid tail:
    • Prep a piece of vellum cardstock (40# is best) with anti-static powder.
    • Stamp the mermaid tail image onto the vellum using Versamark ink.
    • Apply gold embossing powder to the stamped image and heat with a heat tool until melted.
    • Let the embossed image cool before die-cutting (with coordinating die) or fussy-cutting it.
    • You may want to put the vellum under a heavy book or block to flatten it after it has been heat embossed.
  3. For the sentiment:
    • Prep another piece of vellum cardstock with anti-static powder.
    • Stamp the sentiment onto the vellum with Versamark ink.
    • Apply gold embossing powder to the stamped sentiment and heat with a heat tool until melted.
    • Using a small cloud image die, cut out the sentiment.
  4. For the assembly of the card:
    • Cut down the A2 wave background by an eighth of an inch on all sides. The final size of the wave background will be 4” x 5.25”.
    • Cut out an A2-sized piece of turquoise or blue cardstock that complements the blue colors used in the wave background. This is the mat for the wave background.
    • Adhere the wave background to the mat. (Note: For added dimension, you can adhere a piece of craft foam sheet cut slightly smaller than the wave background to the wave background and then adhere the card front to the mat).
    • Apply a runner adhesive (not a wet adhesive) to the mermaid tail and adhere it to the card front. Do the same for the sentiment. (Note: the background is busy enough that runner adhesive will not be noticeable underneath the vellum).
    • Adhere the entire card front to a top-folding A2 card base.
    • Apply sequins to the card front as desired.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  1. Stamps:
    • Essentials by Ellen: Mermaid’s Tail stamp set (mermaid tail, sentiment)
    • Hero Arts: Wave Background stamp (background)
  2. Dies:
    • Essentials by Ellen: Mermaid Tail’s coordinated dies (tail)
    • Hero Arts Dies: Infinity Nesting Clouds (for die cutting the sentiment)
  3. Cardstock:
    • Neenah Solar White 80# for card front for wave background
    • Turquoise-colored cardstock (from my stash) for the mat
    • Bazzill Vellum 40# for mermaid tail and sentiment
    • Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base.
  4. Ink:
    • Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink
    • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in: Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Broken China)
  5. Other:
    • Heat tool
    • Wow Embossing Powder in Gold Rich Pale
    • Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
    • Hero Arts Ombre Sequins in Blue

 

Believe: SSS Flickr Challenge #55

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Simon Says Stamp’s Flickr Challenge #55 involves interpreting the sketch shown below:

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I decide to use SSS Secret Garden stamp set to execute this challenge. I love the sweet little fairy in this stamp set. She stamps beautifully and the details of her flowing gown are so simple and delicate.

To match the delicacy of the fairy image, I decided to use a soft blended background against the other elements in this sketch. To achieve this, I die-cut masks for the fairy and the banner from Inkadinkado masking paper. I placed the two masks on the card front where I wanted my images to be placed according to the sketch. I then created a soft blended background using Tumbled Glass Distress Inks around the masks so that background would highlight the sentiment banner and the fairy.

For the fairy image, I stamped the image on a separate piece of cardstock in Copic-friendly ink (Memento Tuxedo Black) using my MISTI stamping tool. I stamped the image twice to make sure I had a good solid line image. I did the same for the two butterflies.

I used Copic markers to color the fairy and the butterflies. Here are the colors I used:

Fairy:
• Hair: E13 and E17.
• Skin: E01 and E93 (for flushed cheeks)
• Dress and shoes: RV52, RV55, YG23
• Wand: Y06
• Headband and flowers: Y06, RV55, YG23
• Little Bird: BG11

Butterflies: Y06 (body), R22 (wings).

After coloring all the images, I die cut them using the dies from the coordinating die-set for the Secret Garden stamp set. I raised and placed the images as you see above on the card front using foam tape. I then stamped the sentiment in the banner area using Versafine pigment ink in Onyx Black.

The original card front was A2-sized (4.25”x5.5”). I cut this down a little so that the final size was 4.00”x5.25”. The card front was then mounted onto an A2-sized turquoise colored mat and then mounted onto an A2-sized, top folding horizontal-oriented card base.

The card is soft and sweet just like the fairy image. Hope you like it. Have a great day!

 

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Secret Garden.

Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Coordinating dies for the Secret Garden stamp set; Simon Says Stamp: Sketch Banners die (larger of the 2 dies in the set).

Inks: Memento dye ink in Tuxedo Black; Versafine pigment ink in Onyx Black; Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass.

Markers: Copic (see above for the numbers).

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (card front); Neenah Solar White 110# (card base); Papertrey Ink cardstock in Hawaiian Shores (mat for the card front).

Other: Inkadinkado Masking Paper; 3M Double-Sided Foam Tape.

It’s Your Time to Bloom: Pin-Sights Challenge

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The inspirational photo shown below was provided as a starting point for the Ellen Hutson August, 2016 Pin-Sights Challenge.

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The beautiful floral images in this photo are my point of reference for this challenge as well as the soft, graceful pleats on the back of the bride’s gown.

To imitate the pleats, I used the W R Memory Keeps Next Level 3D embossing folder named Wave. There are two folders in this set, and I chose to use the one with the soft wavy linear lines. I can’t say enough about how I love WRMK’s 3D embossing folders. I have a few of the sets and can’t say which one is my favorite. If you like interesting and unique dimension in your cards like I do, try out one of these folder sets. They really give a card that special something. I don’t know if my photo of the card does the wave pattern justice. The lines are so pretty and subtle.

Since I had decided on using an embossing folder for the background, I chose to use die-cut flowers on top of the embossing. I didn’t think stamping on the embossed surface would produce a clean stamped image. The Essentials by Ellen line has a lot of beautiful floral dies. I chose a flower die and leaves from the Wild Garden die set.

I die cut the flowers and leaves from the set using Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock. Using sponge daubers, I used distress inks to color the flowers and leaves. I used separate daubers for each color. The flowers were blended using the colors Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, and Picked Raspberry. The leaves were colored by blending Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio. The die-cut flower pieces and leaves were assembled and glued onto the embossed card front as you see.

The sentiment was heat embossed with gold embossing powder onto a double-stitched circle. Sparkling Clear sequins were added to the front of the circle with micro glue dots. The circle was then glued to the card using the same micro glue dots hidden behind the clear sparkling sequins on the circle.

Since the card front was slightly warped due to the embossing, I cut down its original size from 4.25” by 5.5” to 4.0” by 5.25”. The piece was then adhered to a piece of white fun foam cut slightly smaller in dimension.  I used Be Creative Tape for this.

The front of the card was then mounted onto a top-folding, portrait-oriented card base cut from Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

Hope you like my inspiration for the Pin-Sights Challenge.

Supplies used in making this project:

Dies:  Essentials by Ellen: Wild Garden; My Favorite Things: Doubled-Stitched Circle Stax die set.

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Lovely stamp set (sentiment).

Embossing Folder: We R Memory Keepers Next Level 3D Embossing Folders: Wave.

Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron,  Cracked Pistachio ; Versamark Ink.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80#; Neenah Solar White 110#; Bazzill Vellum 40#.

Other:   WOW Pale Rich Gold embossing powder; Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins;

Up the Happy: Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge with Neat & Tangled

Up-the-Happy

 

Summer has been really busy and I haven’t had the chance to post cards, though I’ve made several. Today I pushed myself to do a post.

This is a card I made for Ellen Hutson’s classroom July, 2016 Mix It Up Challenge. The challenge requires that you use stamps or products from Essentials by Ellen and Neat & Tangled. I decided to go with a CAS style card. I chose images with strong graphic lines from both brands that I think go well together.

The clouds and balloon where colored with watercolor coloring pencils and then die-cut and then popped-up on the card front using dimensional foam dots. All other images were stamped directly onto the card front.

I love Neat & Tangled’s products. They have a very graphic feel to them and they’ve just recently added cute critters (Kitty’s Favorite Things) and other whimsical images such as a mermaid (Mermazing).

I remember buying my first sets (Little Tangles and On the Strip) from them before they were ever sold by online stamp stores such as Ellen Hutson and Simon Says Stamp.

The N&T Punchinella stamp is one that looks great in bold colors or on tone-on-tone. N&T even has a Punchinella die!

Have an outstanding and happy day!

 

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Up the Happy (clouds and balloon); Neat & Tangled: Punchinella stamp (background).

Dies:  Essentials by Ellen: coordinating dies to the Up the Happy stamp set.

Inks and other Coloring Mediums:  WPlus9: Flamingo (background); Versafine: Black Onyx (cloud and balloon images and sentiment); Staedtler watercolor pencils (coloring for clouds and balloon).

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# card front; Coral colored card stock from my stash for card front mat; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

SSS Flickr Challenge #43

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The Simon Says Stamp’s Flickr Challenge#43 is all about ink blending.

I used Distress Inks as the medium for my ink blending. Starting with a dark blue (Blueprint Sketch) from the bottom of the card front, I then blended a medium blue (Faded Jeans) further up and finally used a lighter blue (Tumbled Glass) as above the cloud line. T

I blended a bit of yellow (Sequeezed Lemonade) in the upper left hand corner to give a hint of the sun.

The clouds were all stamped on 80# Neenah Solar White with Versmark ink and then heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I used the dies that coordinate with the cloud stamps to die-cut the clouds. I die-cut one additional cloud from craft foam to use as a backing for the center cloud so that the cloud was raised from the other clouds. This gave the clouds a more dimensional look.

The raindrops were also stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in silver as was the sentiment.

With so much ink blending and heat embossing, the card front became a little warped. The card front was originally 4.25” x 5.5”, but I trimmed it down to 4” x 5.5” and then matted the card front onto a 4.25” x 5.5” piece of navy card stock to reduce the warping. I also though the navy-colored mat made the card front stand out a little more. The entire thing was then mounted on an A2 top-folding card base.

I hope this card doesn’t appear to gloomy even though the sentiment is a positive one.

Have a great day!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Falling Backgrounds (raindrops); Simon Says Stamp Cloudy Sky (clouds and sentiment).

Dies: Simon Says Stamp die set: Clouds.

Inks: Versamark Ink; Distress Inks: Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass, and Squeezed Lemonade.

Card stock: Neenah Solar White 80# for card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base; Simon Says Stamp card stock in Soft Navy (mat for the card front).

Other:  Hero Arts silver embossing powder.

Believe-Dream: Ellen Hutson Challenge

Believe-Dream

I really enjoy making and giving cards that are inspirational. This is especially true when someone I know is going through some difficult times. I want them to know that they are not alone and that I’m thinking of them. This is true for all card makers, part of the satisfaction of our hobby is making someone smile, feel comforted, or appreciated.

This card is made for anyone who ever wonders if they’ll ever achieve their life’s dream. I know several people in my life who have really worked hard at finding and following their life’s purpose. So this card is for them and all those like them. Keep believing and working toward your dream because “if you can dream it, you can do it”.

Part of the sentiment on this card is a quote from Walt Disney. He was a master of turning his dreams into reality.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:

  • Essentials by Ellen: Brushstroke Christmas
  • WPlus9: Dream Believer stamp set, Luck Stars stamp set
  • My Favorite Things: Jumbo Abstract Art

Inks:

  • Versafine ink: Onyx Black
  • Hero Arts Shadow Inks in Pool and Soft Pool
  • Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz Metallic Ink

Cardstock:

  • Neenah Solar White 80# (card front), 110# (card base)
  • Papertrey Ink: Enchanted Evening (mat for card front)

Keep Smiling: Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #27

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Simon Says Stamp’s Flickr Challenge #27 requires the use of complementary colors. You can choose any 2 complements on the color wheel. I chose purple and yellow for my colors on this project and used different intensities of the two colors.

Using Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade and Shaded Lilac, I used the smooshing technique as demonstrated by one of my favorite card makers Laura Bassen. The two distress inks are soft colors and I wanted to keep them that way on the front of the card since they were going to be my background colors. After I smooshed the colors around to my liking, I let them dry with a little extra help from my heat tool.

I then added the sentiment stamped in a darker shade of purple so it would stand out and then stamped little circle images and triangles in purple (same shade as the sentiment) and a deeper yellow so they would stand out slightly against the colors used in the background.

I added yellow and purple sequins for a little more sparkle to balance out the design of the card front.

There you have it. I hope you like the card. The overall effect is a softer look, but I like the subtlety.

Supplies used in making this card

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Hand Lettered Encouragment (for the sentiment); Simon Says Stamp: Birthday Bits (for small triangles and circles).

Inks: Distress Inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Shaded Lilac; Memento Inks: Grape Jelly, Dandelion.

Cardstock: Tim Holtz: A2 watercolor sheets (card front); Stampin Up: Elegant Eggplant (layer underneath card front); Neenah Solar White 100# (card base)

Other:  Avery Elle Sequins: Lemonade, Royal Purple.