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.

Happy B-Day: SSS Flickr Challenge #52

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The Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge #52  theme is “CUT IT OUT!” This means creating a card using some die-cutting.

Wallis Simpson (formerly the Duchess of Windsor) once said, “You can never be too rich or too thin.”, however my take on the quote is, “You can never have too many stamps or too many die-cuts.” LOL

That being said, I tried to use NO stamping and only die-cutting on this project. However, I wimped out a bit on this when I realized I need a little texture for the background. So I used a background stamp.

The SSS Hexagon Pattern Circle die reminds me of a honeycomb and bees, so I decided the card was going to be a B-day card.

I used the SSS Painted Happy Birthday wafer die and cut it out of black cardstock. To emphasize the “bee” or “B” theme, I cut apart the word birthday so I only used the “B” and the “day” for the birthday part of the sentiment.

I realized as I planned the layout of the card, it kind of looked plain. So I used one of my new background stamps from Concord & 9th (absolutely love their stamps) to simulate the wood you would find in those wooden beehives in apiaries.

The structure of the card was simple after die-cutting all the pieces. I used a piece of A2 sized orange colored cardstock and stamped the wood background onto it with some orange ink for a more subtle tone-on-tone pattern. I later cut this down by a quarter of an inch on each of the dimensions so that it was 4-inches by 5.25-inches.

Using the solid circle die that comes with the Hexagon circle die set, I cut a circle in the exact spot I wanted the open hexagon circle to be. I mounted the solid circle piece to the back of the hexagon circle and this was mounted onto black fun foam for dimension.

The orange wood background piece was mounted onto a top-folding A2 portrait-oriented card base and then the entire circle piece was placed over the die-cut hole in the card front. I made sure that the woodgrain behind the circle lined up with the wood background piece before adhering it to the front of the card.

I die cut a cute bee from black cardstock with Paper Smooches’ Bee Dies. There are two bees in that die set and I used the one that was carrying a little heart. The black outline of the bee was used and I also die cut the same bee from some bright yellow cardstock scrap and used that for the bee’s stripes and wings. The black-outlined bee was adhered to the bottom left of the circle and I then glued the little stripe and wing pieces in using a glue pen. The heart at the bottom of the bee’s feet was die cut from a scrap of yellow/gold glitter paper from my stash. I added a tiny black enamel dot for the bee’s eye (also from my stash).

The “Happy”, “B,” and “day” word pieces were mounted onto black fun foam and then glued to the front of the hexagon circle.

There is a lot of assembly involved when making a card using mostly dies, but it is rewarding once the final project is complete. I like the dimension on the card created by the raised sentiment and different die cut pieces.

Hope you have a bee-you-tiful day!

 

Supplies used in making this project:

Dies:  Simon Says Stamp: Hexagon Circle wafer die set, Painted Happy Birthday wafer die; Paper Smooches: Bees die.

Stamps:  Concord & 9th: Barnwood Background stamp.

Ink:  Simon Says Stamp: Orange Peel.

Cardstock: Simon Says Stamp Cardstock: Burnt Orange (for the hexagon circle); Orange Peel (for the card front); Black (for the sentiment, bee outline piece, and card base); yellow scrap cardstock from my stash (stripes on the bee’s body and wings).

Other: Small black enamel dot (for bee’s eye) from my stash; yellow/gold glitter paper (for bee’s body stripes) from my stash.

Sending You Sunny Smiles

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Summer is here (almost).  Bring on the sunshine and lots of it! Here’s how I made the card for the Simon Says Stamp flickr challenge.

Hero Art mid-tone shadow ink was used to stamp the sun from a SSS stamp set and then the sun was die-cut using the coordinating die.

I die cut a white panel from 80# cardstock and I also used the same die to cut on a frame from blue cardstock. The die I used cuts stitches inside the die-cut piece as well as outside it. I really like the double-stitching effect.

The white panel was ink-blended using a cloud template. I moved the template around to create staggered clouds using Distress inks. I love how it turned out. The sentiment was stamped in black ink.

I then glued the blue frame onto an A2 card base and glued the white panel inside the frame. I die-cut a piece of white fun foam using the same die I used to cut out the stamped sun and mounted the fun foam onto the back of the stamped sun and adhered it to the card front as you see here.

Blue sequins in various shades and sizes were added as embellishments to finish the card.

Happy sunshine!!

 

 

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps: SSS: My Sunshine (sun image); Hero Arts: Beach stamp set (sentiment)

Dies: SSS: Sunshine die (coordinates with the SSS My Sunshine stamp set); My Favorite Things: Die-namics: Inside & Out Rectangle STAX.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for front card panel; Papertrey Ink: Hawaiian Shores (Frame); Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

Stencil:  Cloud Template (stencil) from Impress Cards and Crafts.

Inks: Hero Arts: mid-tone Shadow Ink in Butter Bar (sun); Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass for blended sky/clouds; Versafine Ink in Onyx Black (sentiment).

Other: Avery Elle sequins in Caribbean Blue.

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.

Hello Spring: SSS Flickr Challenge #42

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The theme for the forty-second Simon Says Challenge is things that remind us of spring.

Bright colored flowers always remind me of spring. Spring colors are always so fresh and vivid which is such a contrast from the gray days of winter. I used bright colors for my flowers and bright green for the stems. I imitated the bright flower beds I see planted in the spring.

I added butterflies that were punched out of bright pink cardstock using an old Martha Stewart’s punch.

This card is fairly simple no special stamping techniques and I didn’t add any special background because I just wanted all the flowers and butterflies to pop.

Hope you like the card.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Birthday Flowers stamp set.

Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Painted Hello.; Martha Stewart butterflies punch (obsolete).

Inks: Papertrey Ink:  Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise, Bright Buttercup, and New Leaf.

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# for the card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base; Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz for the punched butterflies, New Leaf for matting the card front.

 

 

 

You Are My Sunshine: SSS Flickr Challenge #29

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Simon Says Stamp’s Flickr Challenge #29 requires that the project you create incorporate the colors black, yellow and white.

My project for this challenge is a rather bold black and white background behind a white frame with the addition of yellow flowers to soften the look of the card. I stamped SSS’s Leaves background stamp in black ink on white cardstock. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink for this because the ink leaves a really solid and detailed image. I really wanted the tangle of vines and leaves to really stand out against the white cardstock.

Since the background stamp is such a busy and bold pattern, I softened it somewhat by using a die-cut frame die called Stitched Cover-Up Companion Die from  My Favorite Thing’s Die-namics line. It is currently my favorite stitched frame die. I like the 2 windows that the die creates. The frame was cut from white cardstock and layered over the black and white cardstock. Yellow flowers with black centers were inked from SSS’s Flowers on My Mind and die-cut using the set’s coordinating dies. The flowers were arranged in a cluster on the white frame. A sentiment was stamped onto the frame in Versafine Onyx Black ink,

The entire card front was mounted onto black card stock and then adhered to a top-folding, A2 portrait-oriented card base of white cardstock.

There you have it, my submission for challenge #29. Hope you like it!

 

Summary of supplies used in this project:

Stamps: SSS: Leaves background stamp; SSS: Flowers on My Mind stamp set; SSS My Sunshine stamp set (sentiment).

Dies: My Favorite Things, Die-namics: Stitched Cover-up Companion Vertical Die.

Inks: Versafine ink: Onyx Black; WPlus9 Pure Color Inks: Hayride and Falling Star.

Cardstock:   Neenah Solar White 80# (card background & frame) and 110# (card base); Papertrey Ink: True Black (as 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.

Hello: SSS Flickr Challenge #25 – White-on-White

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Simon Says Stamp’s Flickr challenge #25 is a tricky one. The challenge is to make a card using a white on white style. The guidelines are to use as little color as possible on your project. I discovered that to make a white on white card interesting, you need some kind of texture or dimension.

So, I used an embossing folder to create raised stripes for the background of the front of the card. I die cut each of the flowers three times and glued them together to create a thicker flower for additional dimension. The hello sentiment was die-cut three times as well and glued together for the same reason. The stitched label was die-cut from 60# vellum and used as a base for the sentiment for additional textural interest. The flowers were all die-cut from linen textured cardstock, though the photograph does not pick up this detail as I would have liked.

My only color is the addition of silver sequins which only adds to the tone-on-tone look.

Hope you like the card.

Supplies used in making this project:

Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Hello (from Painted Words die set); Simon Says Stamp: Calliope Flourish die; Paper Smooches: Frame 1 die; Paper Smooches Wise Dies: Flowers 2.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base; Linen-textured cardstock from my stash; Bazzill 40# vellum.

Other: Lifestyle Crafts: Stripes embossing folder; Pretty Pink Posh: silver sequins.

Happy Mother’s Day! and SSS Flickr Challenge #18

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I made this card for my sister-in-law. She is one of the most kind and loving mothers that I know. The card is also part of SSS Flickr Challenge #18.

The flower images are from Simon Says Stamp’s Artful Flowers stamp set. I stamped the flowers (there are 3 flowers in this set) onto some blush pink cardstock using Versamark ink. I then applied gold embossing powder to them. I heat embossed the flowers first and then used the coordinating die set to cut out the flowers.

One of the dies from the Die-namics Stitched Basic Edges set from My Favorite Things was used to cut a stitched piece on which the flowers were mounted with dimensional foam tape. The bottom piece of the card front is a patterned cardstock from My Mind’s Eye Fancy That collection.

The sentiment was stamped in Versamark Ink onto vellum and then heat embossed with the same gold embossing powder that was used for the flowers. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Keep It Simple: Mother Mini Stamp Set (love the different fonts for Mothers’ Day greetings in this set).

Please note that the blush cardstock that I refer to is Stampin’ Up’s cardstock in Blush Blossom. This color is no longer available. I was holding onto this cardstock because it is such a beautiful, delicate shade. It just happened to go well with the Mind’s Eye Fancy That patterned papers that came in my SSS May card kit. What luck! I used the gold-dotted pattern paper from this collection.

I hope you like this card as much as I enjoyed making it!

Supplies used to make this card:

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Artful Flower stamp set; Papertrey Ink’s: Keep It Simple: Mother Mini Stamp Set.

Cardstock: Stampin’ Up: Blush Blossom cardstock (discontinued); My Mind’s Eye: Fancy That 6×6 paper collection (part of SSS May card kit); Bazzill 40 lb. vellum; Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock for the card base.

Inks: Versamark Ink.

Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Designer Flowers Wafer Thin Dies Set; My Favorite Things: Die-namics Stitched Basic Edges.

Other: WOW Embossing Powder in Gold Rich Pale.