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!

CAS(E) this Sketch #205

Another one of my favorite card sketch challenge sites is CAS(E) this Sketch.  Their sketches always challenge me to try and think outside the box (which is a pretty difficult thing for me).

Here is their latest sketch…

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and here’s what I came up with…

1_22_17-case-this-sketch-love-card-img_0822I started off with my favorite size card base–A2 4.25″ x 5.5″ made from kraft card stock.  I then cut my patterned paper from 2 different 6×6 My Mind’s Eye paper pads by eyeballing it.  I have to get better at being more precise when it comes to cutting paper 🙂

Using the Pierced Heart Stax dies from My Favorite Things, I cut the hearts out of the top kraft layer, the blue layer and the yellow layer, leaving the red layer alone.  I adhered all of the layers so that the hearts lined up.

After seeing it all put together, I thought it looked a little dull, so I added the black strips along the outside cut edge because I knew that my greeting was going to be black.  I triple cut the love greeting from the Simon Says Stamp Love die set and glued them together to give a little dimension to the greeting.  Even after that, it still looked a little plain, so I pulled out my newly acquired black Nuvo drops and added those above the heart and below the greeting.  I also added the small kraft heart in the center from the Pierced Heart Stax smallest die.

I hope you like it!

 

My Latest Etsy Listing– “Let It Be” Wood Sign

I know at the beginning of the year, many of us select “one little word” to focus on during the upcoming months.  While I really love the concept, I have to admit that I haven’t always been very good at following that through.  With that said, I chose a 3 word phrase to follow this year—Let It Be.  I’ve always loved what that stood for, and I’m the kind of person that over analyzes and thinks and re-thinks about ridiculously unimportant things.  In an effort to help me remember (I told you that I’m not very good with follow through :), I made this painted wood sign.

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Since I have neglected my Etsy shop recently, and because I was so happy with how it turned out, I’ve added a listing for it.  Please stop by and take a look.

Freshly Made Sketches #271

Once again, I’m enjoying the sketches from Freshly Made Sketches.  I just love how they are simple, but allow for a lot of interpretation.  It truly is a great site.  Be sure to check them out!

Here is the most recent sketch…

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and here is my interpretation…

1_20_17-floral-gray-get-well-card-img_0815I used two different stamp sets for the floral piece—Altenew’s Adore You and Stampendous’ Fronds.  I stamped them in Versafine Black (my favorite crisp black ink), and did just a little Copic coloring.  I didn’t intend to do such a large gray outline with my Copic marker until it decided to just leak on my image.  I’m not sure why that happened, but it has definitely happened before.  Oh well…I think I camouflaged it pretty well.

I then cut my piece apart to allow for my greeting.  I knew I wanted a white embossed greeting on black, so I played around with various greetings until I decided on this one from My Favorite Things Delicate Pretty PoppiesI cut my black mat and then cut a little more off of my floral image in order to fit the greeting.  Using my powder tool to help define the area, I stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder.

You can’t tell from the picture, but I adhered the white floral image sections with foam tape to raise them up from the black greeting area.  For final touches, I added some white dashed lines to help define the greeting and some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Red Berry.  The card base is a light gray to compliment the gray floral outline.

I hope you like it!

 

Trying Out My Colored Pencils

I was one of the lucky ones to get the complete Primacolor Pencil Set for Christmas.  It was such an incredible deal on Amazon, that I couldn’t (or should I say my husband) couldn’t pass it up 🙂

I’ve been putting off coloring with pencils for a long time now because frankly,  it looks kind of daunting.  I have to admit that I’m a little “type A” in that I struggle with something that doesn’t give complete coverage (I love my Copics).  I’m working on it, but it’s a slow process.  I decided to be brave and give my shiny new pencils a try.

I thought it would be best to ease into it a little bit, so I chose a pretty small image to color.  It’s an adorable image called Bunny Love from From the Heart Stamps.  You really should check out Faith’s site.  She truly does incredible work.

1_14_17-valentine-bunny-img_0796I just used a few colors for the bunny and the heart.  I have to admit that blending and shadowing with colored pencils is really going to take some practice, but I think I’m up for the challenge.  The greeting is also from the Bunny Love digital set.

Since the card base is kraft, and the bunny is a little muted, I knew that I needed to brighten it up a bit.  I added a strip of patterned paper (sorry I don’t know the manufacturer because it’s at least 10 years old!).  To balance the black greeting, I adhered a small strip of black to the left side, too.  Since I just got some Nuvo Crystal Drops in red berry, I thought a few dots would finish it off.

I almost forgot…because I wasn’t incredibly careful about coloring over the bunny lines, I outlined him with my Copic black liner.

I hope you like it!