Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #281

I have been wanting to use my latest Simon Says Stamp Watercolor Friendly Flowers for a while now, and the latest Freshly Made Sketches sketch seemed like a good place to start.

Here is the latest sketch…

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This is the card that I made…

My Empty Nest Creations card using Simon Says Stamp Artsy Flowers

I started by white heat embossing the outlined flowers in the set.  I pulled out my Zig clean color markers and selected a few softer colors that worked well together.  I used a water brush to disperse the color on each petal.  Once they were dry, I heat embossed the center portions of the flowers with Zing Metallic Silver embossing powder using my embossing pen.  They still needed a little something more, so out came my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.

On to my card design…I knew that I wanted a little color on the white background where my flowers were going to go, so I lightly ink blended an area in the center with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I liked the 3 horizontal stripes on the sketch, but I really wanted my flowers to be the highlight.  I found a very old stamp set from TPC Studio called Dots and Stripes.  (I’m so glad that I dug into my stamp collection because these stamps are fantastic!)  I chose one of the dot border stamps and stamped it 3 times with Versamark ink and used the same silver metallic embossing powder as before.

My Empty Nest Creations card using Simon Says Stamp Artsy FlowersI fiddled around with my flower placement until I liked what I saw.  I glued 4 of the flowers on to the white base and adhered 2 with some fun foam to give the grouping some dimension.  For my greeting, I chose the “just for you” stamp from a 3×3 set from Lia Griffith (Hero Arts) and stamped it in black.

I knew that the card base needed to be something other than white, so I went with my next favorite, light gray.  I think it coordinates well with the silver embossing.

I hope you like it!

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Getting Out of My Color Comfort Zone

With the Help of Freshly Made Sketches

I know the trend in card making is now about florals and bright colors.  I’ve found myself getting too comfortable with those designs.  I wanted to change it up a bit (at least for me) by using colors that I never really even think of when starting a card – orange and navy.

Now, for the design…I went to one of my usual sites for inspiration–Freshly Made Sketches.  Here is the latest sketch…

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While I usually don’t follow their sketches to the letter, I just received a new stamp set that is perfect—Hampton Arts Lift Me Up.  The detailed butterfly is gorgeous, and the sayings are terrific.

My Empty Nest Creations Card using Hampton Art's Lift Me Up Stamp SetI started off by white heat embossing the butterfly on navy Bazzill card stock towards the bottom right corner of the paper.  I wanted this image to be kind of a shadow for the main butterfly.  Next, I stamped the butterfly  with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and cut it out with the matching die.  I colored the butterfly with Copic markers and added a few small white extras with my white gel pen.  I attached the butterfly with foam tape to give it some dimension.  For the last touch, I covered the butterfly with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.  The “You Lift Me Up” greeting from the stamp set seemed to perfect, so I white heat embossed it on the bottom left corner.

I knew that I needed to accent the card with some orange to balance the orange butterfly, so I cut the navy card stock slightly so that I could have a strip of orange on the left side of the card.  Then, I realized that the card front was still a little dark, so I trimmed a slight edge off of the top and bottom so that the white card base would peak through.  Once all of that was done, this card still needed something else.  I’ve really been trying to incorporate sequins (another card trend) on to my cards, but I didn’t have any orange ones (remember, orange is not one of my go-to colors 🙂  Then, I remembered seeing Jennifer McGuire use her Copic markers to color some pearl accents.  I found my pearl dots and colored them with one of the same orange Copic markers that I used on the butterfly.  They were the perfect final touch on my card.

I hope you like it!

Need Something to Brighten Someone’s Birthday?

I’m on a rainbow kick, and I’m pretty sure that it has something to do with this crazy weather we’re having.  I really shouldn’t complain when I see pretty much everyone north of the Mason-Dixon line shoveling like crazy.  As a former northerner, it gives me flashbacks!

I made this card (along with some others) to give to some friends as a small birthday gift.  I wanted something that was pretty generic as far as birthday cards go.  I figured that children or adults would enjoy receiving this bright, cheerful card.

Rainbow Ink Blending Birthday Card by My Empty Nest Creations

 

I started off by heat embossing, with Recollections Gold Embossing Powder, the Hero Arts Tiny Star Background stamp.  I used Barn Door, Mustard Seed and Broken China Distress Inks to ink blend the background.  I just love Neat & Tangled’s Celebrate dies, so I knew that I had to gold heat emboss the detailed die cut.  So that it wouldn’t get lost on the background, I also cut the die from black card stock and adhered it to the back of the gold die cut.  It gave it a slight shadow–exactly what I wanted.  To tie in the black shadow on the die, I white heat embossed a happy birthday greeting from the Altenew Birthday Greetings stamp set onto black card stock.

Because I’m so pleased with how this card turned out, I’ve included it in my Etsy shop.  I hope you like it 😉

Using Ink Blending with a Detailed Background Stamp

The Latest Freshly Made Sketch Challenge

I just love the Freshly Made Sketch Challenge blog.  Their sketches are so wonderful because they allow for a lot of creative freedom.  They never fail me when I’m in a little bit of a creative slump.  If you’ve lost your creative mojo, you should definitely check them out!  They even have all of their sketches archived.

Here is this week’s sketch…               and this is what I came up with…

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My Empty Nest Creations Distress Ink Blended Rainbow Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started with an A2 size piece of Bristol paper and white heat embossed it using the Hero Arts wave background stamp.  This was my first time using this stamp.  I always worry a bit when I’m using a detailed background stamp, but let me tell you, it stamped beautifully!  I just love Hero Arts stamps and my Misti of course.

Using Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet), I ink blended the whole piece in a rainbow like design.  I die cut a frame from the Lil’ Inker Designs Dual Dotted Rectangles die set, and glued it on the left side of my card front.  I cut away the part of the frame that wasn’t attached to the card front, and using the same Distress Inks, I ink blended the frame to match the base.  I love how the frame got a little bit of the deeper colors.  I think this prevented it from disappearing into the background a little.

Now for the sentiment…I’ve been wanting to try the Hello die from Mama Elephant for a while.  I gold heat embossed it twice to give it a little dimension and adhered it in the bottom left corner of the frame.  I cut off the front portion of the die cut that didn’t fit on the card.  For a few final touches, I glued a some sequins just above the greeting.  I trimmed the card front just a smidge (is that a word?) because I wanted the Neenah Solar White 110# card base to frame this colorful piece.

I hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by 🙂


Supplies Used:

Hero Arts Wave Background stamp, Recollections Snow and Gold embossing powders, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Lil’ Inker Designs Dual Dotted Rectangles die set, Mama Elephant Hello die, Neenah Solar White 110# card stock

Need Creative MoJo?

CAS(E) this sketch #211 To The Rescue

Here’s their newest sketch…

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This sketch is perfect for so many beautiful floral stamps out there.  Because I just received my first Unity Stamp Company order, I was excited to use one of them.  I chose their Steps of Courage set for my floral image.

 

 

 

Here’s my card…My Empty Nest Creations card using Zig Clean Color Markers

I started with a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of Bristol paper.  I white heat embossed my floral image on the bottom right corner.  I knew that I wanted a soft look, so I pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers and used a water brush to apply the color.  After coloring the flowers, leaves and stems, I applied a very light wash of light blue around the image.  I drew a rough square around the card making sure to leave a space where the flowers met the bottom.

It took me a while to decide on where to place my greeting.  I knew the sketch had the sentiment closer to the bottom, but I felt it detracted from the pretty flowers.  I decided to place it higher on the card.  I white heat embossed a greeting from Technique Tuesday’s Beautiful Bouquet stamp set on to black card stock.  I felt it was a little plain, so I added a slight lavender mat around the fishtail greeting.  I then adhered it with fun foam to add dimension.

For some final touches, I glued a few sequins (2 black and 1 iridescent) near the flowers.  To soften the brightness of the card, I sprayed some black watercolor over the whole thing to get those small black flecks.  I attached the card front to a top folding gray card base.

I hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by 🙂


Supplies Used: Unity Stamp Company “Steps of Courage” stamp set, Technique Tuesday Beautiful Bouquet stamp set, Recollections snow embossing powder, Versamark ink, Zig Clean Color markers, Craft Medley sequins, Bazzill Alpaca card stock, Bristol paper

 

 

This Week’s Freshly Made Sketch Entry

Once again, I’ve gone to one of my absolute favorite card sketch sites to get some inspiration.  Freshly Made Sketches is a great card challenge site that you must really check out!

When I first saw this week’s sketch, I immediately thought of washi tape.  I don’t know where that came from because I don’t think that I’ve ever used washi tape on any craft item.  My small stash tends to be used to hold card pieces down when I’m die cutting.  I went with my idea, and I’m pretty happy with the results.

Here’s the latest FMS…

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and here’s my card…

Freshly Made Sketch #273 found on www.myemptynestcreations.com

I chose 3 of my favorite washi tape designs that coordinated pretty well together.  I simply ripped a piece (no measuring or cutting with scissors here) of each and placed them on a piece of white card stock.  I then matted that piece with some blue card stock and then adhered that to my A2 top folding card base.

Using one of my favorite heart stamps, Hero Arts Patterned Heart, I heat embossed it with Recollections gold embossing powder.  The heart is attached with dimensional adhesive.  All that was left was the greeting.  I decided on one of the greetings from Simon Says Stamp’s Hydrangea Blooms stamp set.

I hope you like it!

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My Latest Ink Blended Card

I haven’t made anything for several days, and I can always tell when it’s time to create.  So, I pulled out some newly purchased stamps from Lil’ Inker Designs (I just love their stuff), and went to work.

Distress Ink Blended Thank You Card by My Empty Nest CreationsOf course, I started with my favorite card size, A2 4.25″ x 5.5″, made from Neenah Solar White 110# card stock.  I then cut another 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of white card stock for my ink blending and embossing layer.  First, I white heat embossed the floral images from Lil’ Inker’s Inky Flowers stamp set.  I knew that I wanted the flowers to be on a good portion of the card, so I had to do this in multiple steps because of the size of the images.  Then, I set to work on my ink blending.  I used both Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet Distress Inks.  After I was done ink blending, I gently rubbed a baby wipe across the floral images to remove any ink that may have landed on the white embossed areas.  To finish the base layer, I sprayed a light water mist over the top.  (I just love to watch Distress Inks react with water.)  For one last detail, I spritzed my Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz over the enter surface to give it a little sparkle.  In order to do something a little different than just adhering this whole piece on the card base, I decided to cut it up in a few pieces.  After I cut them, I felt that they needed a little something to help define the edges a bit, so I used my ink blending tool and gave the edges another layer of ink.  I arranged the pieces so that there was a slight gap between them when I adhered them with dimensional adhesive.  That left just the greeting.  I thought that a silver embossed greeting would blend perfectly with the Distress Ink colors that I chose.  I cut a thank you greeting from Heidi Swapp’s thank you die and cut it in half so that I had a two word greeting.  I silver heat embossed it with Zing Silver Metallic embossing powder.  I just love how embossing a die cut gives it so much dimension.  To finish it off, I glued the greeting on the top with some liquid glue.

I hope you like it!