The Ton’s Dearest Peony and Freshly Made Sketches #298

It’s been a while since I’ve entered a card sketch challenge.  Freshly Made Sketches is one of my favorite sketch challenge sites, and here’s the latest sketch…

FMS298

And here is my entry…

My Empty Nest Creations The Ton Dearest Peony CardFor the background, I used the Hero Arts Houndstooth stamp inked with Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink.  I had to stamp it a few times to get good covered (thank goodness for the MISTI tool).  Because of the design of the card that I had in my mind, I had to alter the sketch a bit.  I knew that I wanted to cut out the diagonal from the background, but I also wanted to stamp my sentiment within that cut out…so, I reversed the diagonal from the sketch and cut the opposite corner diagonal from my background.  Using light pencil markings, I determined the perfect positioning of my greeting and stamped that in Versafine Onyx Black ink (my favorite black ink for fine details) onto my card base.  To finish off the background, I used foam tape to adhere the two houndstooth pieces.  I just love how the sentiment is recessed.

Now, on to the pretty part.  I stamped The Ton’s Dearest Peony floral image onto white card stock with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  To color, I simply applied Picked Raspberry and Shabby Shutters Distress Inks with a waterbrush.  Once it was dry, I fussy cut it and glued it to the two houndstooth triangular pieces.  I added a few Nuvo drops to finish it off.

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Supplies:

  •   Stamps:  Hero Arts Houndstooth background, The Ton’s Dearest Peony
  •   Ink:  Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark,      Distress Inks
  •   Card stock:  Neenah Solar White 80# and 110#
  •   Other:  Nuvo Drops, black embossing powder
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Unity Stamp Co. Hugs, Kisses & Birthday Wishes

I love clear stamps for a multitude of reasons, but I will never give up on my cling stamps.  Their clean, crisp stamp images are fantastic!  Some of the best cling stamps come from Unity Stamp Co.  They have several sets with an adorable owl that I just can’t resist.  The Hugs, Kisses & Birthday Wishes is a large set that includes many different birthday sentiments along with this adorable owl surrounded by a large bouquet of balloons.

My Empty Nest Creations Unity Hugs, Kisses & Birthday Wishes Stamp Set

I stamped him on Bristol paper using Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Copic friendly), and colored the image with various Copic markers.  When cutting it out, I didn’t worry about the balloon strings because I knew that I could just draw them on the card at the end.

I just received the My Favorite Things cloud stencil, so I used it to create a soft cloud/sky background with my ink blending tool and Distress Ink. I used fun foam to adhere the owl image and added a very thin pink strip of card stock to each side.  For a little bit of color balance, I glued a bright blue piece of card stock to my card base.

I chose one of the many wonderful birthday greetings from the stamp set and added that to the top.  To finish it off, I used my clear Wink of Stella marker on the balloons (unfortunately, you can’t see that in the photo).

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Supplies Used:

  • Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co. Hugs, Kisses & Birthday Wishes
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Markers: Copic Sketch Markers, Clear Wink of Stella
  • Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#
  • Other: My Favorite Things cloud stencil

Coloring with Distress Oxides

I just got my first batch of Distress Oxides in the mail, and I’ve been dying to give them a try.  So many crafters have been raving about them for so long.  I had to see what all the fuss was about.  I’ve been using the Distress Inks for watercoloring for a while, and I wanted to see how the oxides differed from the inks.

The biggest difference is readily apparent when you first smoosh the pad onto an acrylic block.  The pads are much “juicier” than the regular Distress Ink pads, and the colors seem thicker and more opaque.  The color lasts a whole lot longer on my waterbrush, too.  A little definitely goes a long way with these oxides.  As far as coverage, I didn’t really notice a huge difference between the oxides and the regular inks.

Here’s a simple card that I made using the Paper Smooches Best Buds and Altenew Birthday Wishes stamp sets and Distress Oxides (and a couple of Distress Inks, too).  Whenever I’m going to watercolor a stamped image, I like to heat emboss first.  It gives me nice, safe margins to paint.  (I haven’t tried the no-line watercoloring technique yet, but it’s definitely on my list.)

My Empty Nest Creations Paper Smooches Best Buds Birthday Card

I finished the card using a few strips of card stock to balance the left side.  I added a few black paint splatters, too.  There’s just something about bright colors coordinated with black and white stripes that gets me every time…love that combo!

After trying Distress Oxides for the first time, I’m definitely going to add the rest of the collection onto my wish list.  If you haven’t given them a try, you definitely should.  They are fantastic!

 

My First Cutsie Critters Card

For the past few years, I’ve seen these incredibly adorable “critter” cards all over the internet.  I have admired/loved them, but never had any darling animal stamps of my own.  Thanks to Butterflyreflectionsink and her tremendous sale, I was able to purchase some sets (and the matching dies) from W Plus 9 that I’ve had my eye on.  They are the Friends for all Seasons sets, and they are just the cutest.

My Empty Nest Creations card using W Plus 9 Friends for All Seasons stamps

I started with a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Bristol paper.  Using Hero Arts Soft Sky shadow ink, I stamped several of the animals in all directions on the paper.  I stamped them again slightly offset with Memento Tuxedo Black thinking that I was going to use Copic markers.  Once I saw just how cute the stamping was with the black and white, I decided to leave them as is and just do a light blue watercolor wash using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and my waterbrush.

I stamped a couple of the animals on Bristol paper and colored them with my Copic markers, and cut them out with the matching dies.  My original thought was to just pop up the cut images with foam tape and place it on the black/white/light blue background.  It was just too busy.  The colored images didn’t really stand out, so I decided to cut a piece of velum using the Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die to place on top of the black/white/light blue piece.  (Before I cut it out, I ran it through my laser printer with a cute “from all of us” greeting.)  It softened the background just enough to let the colored images shine.  Because velum is such a tricky paper to adhere, I just placed some liquid glue behind where the colored die cuts were on the back side of the velum.  To finish, I white heat embossed the “Happy Birthday” greeting from My Favorite Things Birthday Bears stamp set onto black card stock.  As usual, I thought the card needed just a little bit more, so I added some Nuvo drops in a few matching colors.

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Using an Older but “New to Me” Stamp Set

Wish Big Stamp & Die Set by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson

I just purchased this stamp and die set recently (but I’ve been wanting it since it first came out).  I just love the adorable hippo and bird with all of the birthday extras!  Before starting most cards, I check two of my favorite sketch sites.  I decided to go with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week.

Here is FMS #284…

FMS Final 284-001

and here is my entry…

My Empty Nest Creations Hippo Birdie Card using Wish Big stamps/dies by Julie EbersoleTo start, I cut even strips of bright card stock from my scraps (thanks Jennifer McGuire for the inspiration!).  I adhered them in rainbow order vertically on to the center of a 3.5 x 5.5″ piece of white card stock.  I stamped the hippo and bird using Memento Tuxedo Black ink because I wanted to color them with Copic markers.  After coloring the animals, two party hats and two balloons, I used the matching dies to cut them out.  To give the party hats a little bit of character, I used a Signo Uni-Ball white pen to add dots and stripes.  I knew that I wanted the balloons to be cut out of the vertical stripe area to represent the hearts on the sketch.  I decided on the placement of the hippo and bird and die cut the balloons out of the rainbow card front.

In starting to put together the card, I realized that the rainbow card front needed some kind of mat to prevent it from hiding.  I cut a piece of black card stock the same height but 1/4″ wider.  I glued those pieces together and then attached the animals and balloons with foam tape for dimension.  I used a piece of patterned paper from My Mind’s Eye Happy Day 6×6 paper pad to cover the card base and attached the rainbow piece in the center.  I white heat embossed the greeting onto black card stock, cut the fishtail end and attached it next to the balloon so that it almost looks like it is flying with the balloon.

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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 😉