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.

Halloween: Vampire Boo

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Do vampires say boo (maybe mwahahaha)? Or do only ghosts say boo? Anyway, this vampire says boo ( I didn’t have a stamp that said mwahahahha).

This is a whimsical card for Halloween. I created it using products from several of my favorite stamp companies. Please refer to the list below for all the supplies I used.

I think the results are fun! It only goes to show that you can make a funny card using a variety of products from different brands and they will all come together just fine. I made 15 of these puppies and gave them to family and friends for Halloween.

The silhouette of the tree is a die from Lawn Fawn, while Dracula is from My Favorite Things. The moon was cut using a 1.25” circle punch from EK Success. I was too tired to run a circle die through my die-cut machine, so I used my trusty punch. Sometimes the low-tech approach is the way to go, especially when you want to give your die-cutting machine a rest. The bats flying around were also cut from another EK Success punch that had 3 bats in different sizes.

Anyway, construction of this card was fairly easy. The time-consuming part was coloring 15 Draculas. I used Copic markers to color Dracula, using  various shades of cool grays for this. I know Dracula is usually dressed in black, but you lose detail when you color in black and I’m not that adept at coloring with Copics like Sandy Allnock.  She is a great teacher when it comes to showing you how to use Copics. I try to be a good student, but a good student does their homework, which I sadly must admit—don’t do enough of–but I’m getting there!

Hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: My Favorite Things: Frightful Friends (vampire); Hero Arts: Happy Halloween Greeting Stamp Set (CL353 – obsolete unfortunately).

Dies: MFT Die-names: Fright Friends (companion dies to Frightful Friends stamp set); Lawn Fawn: Leafy Tree Backdrop: Portrait.

Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black (for image); Versafine Onyx Black (for sentiment).

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (for stamping vampire/Dracula); Papertrey Ink cardstock: True Black, Royal Velvet, Summer Sunrise.

Copic Markers:  C1, C5, C6, C7 all cool grays, YG25 (Celadon Green), Y08 (Acid Yellow) (, R89 (Dark Red Scarlet)

Other: EK Tools: Circle Punch 1.25” diameter; EK Tools Paper Punch: Bats.

SSS: Resist Technique Challenge

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For the SSS ‘s Resist Flickr Challenge #56, I chose to use an embossed resist technique with Distress Inks.

I first stamped my floral images in Versamark ink and then heat embossed the images using white embossing powder.

To create a more autumn look, I used 3 Distress Inks for an ombre effect. The ombre effect was created at a slight diagonal across the card front. I started with Abandoned Coral distress ink in the upper left-hand corner, then blended Squeezed Lemonade and finally Wild Honey to finish midway. I then started to blend using Squeezed Lemonade at a diagonal across the second-half of the card and finished with Abandoned Coral at the bottom right-hand corner. I kept blending and adding more color as needed across the entire front of the card until everything looked blended.

I added sequins in pink and cream to the card as well. These sequins were from my stash, but I think they are from Neat & Tangled.

When I assembled the card, I cut down the card front to 4” x 5.5”, and placed 3M foam tape all over the back to raise the panel. I then matted this against an A2-sized piece of cardstock in a cardstock color that picked up the pinky/coral hues in the card front. This in turn was mounted onto a top-folding, portrait-oriented, A2-sized card base.

Hope you like the finished product! Have a great day!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Look for the Miracles stamp set

Dies: SSS Painted Hello wafer thin die

Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey; Versamark Ink

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for card front; Stampin’ Up cardstock in Regal Rose (now obsolete) for matting for card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

Others: Neat and Tangled Sequins in Cotton Candy and Buttercream; Hero Arts White embossing powder, 3M foam tape.

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.

So Many Reasons to be Happy

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The theme for SSS Flickr Challenge is ‘Anything Goes’. So, I decide to try a technique for creating beautiful inlay backgrounds. This was demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire on her blog post called Easy Die Cut Inlay Backgrounds

A friend of mine gave me some leftover gold shimmer cardstock she had from her wedding invitations. I believe this cardstock was purchased from Paper Source. I’m not really sure. But Simon Says Stamp just released some glimmer cardstock as part of their Stamptember Release. I ordered an assortment, but it hasn’t arrived as yet. I was eager to try Jennifer’s technique, so I used what my friend gave me and I was impressed with the results

This technique produces beautiful backgrounds and is so easy to do! I won’t go on about the technique, Jennifer McGuire does such a beautiful job of this, so just click on the blog post link I mention above.

I used several die from SSS to create this card. The background was created using their Maple Leaf Corner die. I angled this die several different ways across the shimmer cardstock to create the inlay pattern. There were some spots that couldn’t be filled in because of the size and angle of the corner die. For these spots, I used the individual Stitched Maple Trio Dies to fill in what spaces I could. The dies from the trio set coordinate with the Maple Leaf Corner die.

I cut 2 large maples leaves using the Stitched Grand Maple die from vellum to make a sturdy platform for my sentiment. I heat emboss my sentiment with copper embossing powder on one of the large maple leaves. I added bronze sequins to this leaf, attaching them with glue dots. I added glue dots to the back of the leaf underneath the sequins and adhered the second maple leaf to it. More glue dots were then added to the back of the double-layered vellum leaf to adhere them to the card front.

The inlay front was cut down to 4 inches by 5.25 inches and mounted with white fun foam and then adhered to a top-folding A2 portrait-oriented card base.

I was very pleased with the results. The card has a very elegant feel to it and it was a fairly easy technique to use. Thanks Jennifer for showing us this technique!

Hope you all have many, many beautiful reasons to be happy!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:
SSS: Uplifting Thoughts

Dies:
SSS Maple Leaf Corner Die; SSS Stitched Maple Trio Dies; SSS Stitched Grand Maple Die.

Inks:
Versmark Ink.

 Cardstock:
Neenah Solar White 80# for the front card panel, Gold Shimmer cardstock from Paper Source?; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base; Bazzill 40# Vellum for sentiment base.

Other:
Hero Arts embossing powder in Copper; Pretty Pink Posh 6mm flat sequins in Bronze.