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.
Of 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!
It’s been a little while since I’ve participated in a card challenge. I love the simplicity of Freshly Made Sketches, so I thought I’d give it a go today. Here is the latest sketch…
When I saw this sketch, I immediately thought of those oh so popular birch trees. Unfortunately, I don’t own any birch tree stamps or digital files, so I went to Etsy to see what I could find. Lo and behold, I found a lovely set of PNG and vector files from Amanda Ilkov’s Etsy shop. Using my Silhouette Cameo, I created a few cut files for this card (the birch trees and the cardinal).
Here’s what I came up with…
After cutting my files, I used Mermaid Lagoon (my new favorite) Distress Ink to ink blend the background. I didn’t go with complete coverage because I wanted to mimic the sky. I used a Copic marker to give some gray shading to the tree trunks. I glued the trees to the base and used some dimensional glue dots to adhere the cardinal. I black heat embossed the sentiment from the Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Yes set. To balance the black greeting, I added a thin black strip down the left side of the card. I sprayed some shimmer spray to give it a little extra (even though you can’t see it in the photo)! I settled on a light gray card base and attached the panel.
I hope you like it!
I found this adorable chameleon digital file on the Little Scraps of Heaven Digi Designs website and just knew that he would be perfect for a cute valentine.
I started by printing my chameleon on regular white card stock and proceeded to color him with Copic markers. I then fussy cut him and added some clear Wink of Stella to give him some pizzaz. He needed a little bit more something, so I used my white gel pen to give him a few details.
For the background, I ink blended (Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks) using the Simon Says Stamp Large Falling Hearts stencil–I just love that thing 🙂
I mounted Mr. Chameleon with foam tape and punched a heart with my Marvy Uchida heart punch. I gave the heart a few details, and mounted it with foam tape so that it looks like the chameleon is holding it.
I gave it a couple of mats and attached it to an A2 Neenah Solar White #110 card base.
For the inside, I stamped “You Color My World” from the W Plus 9 Color My World stamp set. I used a few Copic markers to color in the word Color, too.
I hope you like it!