Ever since I saw Jennifer McGuire video on this technique, I’ve wanted to give it a try. Pretty Pink Posh’s Cherry Blossoms stamp set was the perfect set to use.
Abandoned Coral is one of my favorite Distress Oxide colors. Using my ink blending tool and a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Bristol paper, I blended the ink darker on top fading to a lighter layer (kind of ombre-looking) at the bottom edge. Once that piece was dry (remember, Distress Oxide ink stays wet a bit longer than traditional inks), I white heat embossed the cherry blossoms. I used my waterbrush to paint the petals with water which removed a bit of the ink from those areas. I repeated this two or three more times just to get enough of a contrast to make it more noticeable.
Once that was dry, I trimmed the bottom edge with My Favorite Things Pinking Edge die. For the sentiment, I white heat embossed a greeting from Pretty Pink Posh’s Thoughtful Greetings stamp set onto a strip of velum. Attaching velum is always tricky. I’ve been using spray adhesive and really like how it’s been working.
All that was left was to attach this piece to the card base with foam tape. I placed a few pearls on the card front and called it done.
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I’ve seen so many famous card makers do this beautifully on their cards, so I thought that I’d give it a try. This card background is a piece of Bristol paper that is ink blended using Distress Oxides Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet. To get the bokeh effect, I stamped a heart stamp from Simon Says Stamp’s Tons of Hearts stamp set with Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink. Before stamping on the paper, I stamped it first on a piece of scrap paper (I believe that this is called second generation stamping.) because I wanted the bokeh hearts to be very soft. Because they were stamped with pigment ink, I set it aside to dry for a bit before putting the card together.
The butterfly was die cut using Poppy Stamps Ornamental Butterflies dies and colored with an orange Copic marker (no color blending here). The black details were added with a fine tip black Sharpie marker. The sentiment, from an older Teresa Collins Now & Then stamp set, was white heat embossed onto a strip of black card stock. To give it a bit of character, I fishtailed the ends using a small square punch.
I used foam tape to adhere the butterfly and sentiment banner to the bokeh background and then used the same foam tape to attach it to my card base.8
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I have had Neat & Tangled’s Koalifications stamp and die set for just a little while, and I can’t believe that it’s taken me this long to use it. This koala is just precious. I knew that I wanted to make him the highlight of my next card.
After stamping and cutting him out with the matching die, I colored him with Copic markers. I’m really just a beginner at using Copics, so this coloring was very simple—RV02 for the slightly rosy cheeks and C0, C1, C3 and C5 for the rest of him. (I always like to either restamp the image or use a black fine tip marker to go over the outlines after coloring.) I used one of the sentiments from the same stamp set that fits perfectly on the banner.
Next…making the perfect background for this little guy. Like many card makers, I just can’t resist bright rainbow colors. I taped off the stripe areas with 1/2″ micropore tape, and then I ink blended the stripes with Distress Oxides (Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean). I adhered the cutie-patootie koala to the background with foam tape. The card needed just a bit more punch, so I cut some small hearts using the heart die from the same die set. To get the hearts to match the colors of the stripes, I simply blended some of the colors onto some white card stock scraps. Voila…perfect color match to the stripes.
I hope this little guy makes you smile just a bit!
While trying to clean stuff off of my work surface, I came across some darling gold metallic bunny stickers that I got last year from the dollar section at Target. I thought that they be perfect inside a shaker card. I’ve only made one shaker card in my life, and it turned out better than I expected, so I thought I’d give it another try.
The stamped background was actually a piece that I made a few weeks ago. I wasn’t really happy with how it turned out for the card I had planned, so I set it aside hoping that it would work for another card. It’s Distress Oxide ink blending (Broken China and Cracked Pistachio) over white heat embossing using Simon Says Stamp’s Ornate Background stamp.
I cut several frames from white card stock scraps using Waffle Flower’s Lacy Layers die set. (I just love how many pieces that set gives you.) I used liquid glue to adhere them together. With one of my last orders from Neat & Tangled, they included a darling set of sequins that matched perfectly with my card colors. I stuck two bunny stickers together for each of the bunny poses and added them to the sequins in the shaker area. Before gluing the top frame, I placed a piece of acetate in between and then glued the last frame on top.
Unfortunately, I don’t own any Easter stamp sets, so I used my computer to print off my card sentiment, and cut it out with W Plus 9 Basic Banners die.
I have learned and been inspired by so many card makers out there in blog land. I came across a card challenge blog that got me thinking. I really need to work on my use (or lack of use) of white space in my card making. It’s so difficult for me to leave a large blank space on any card that I make. I’m not exactly sure why that is, so I decided to give it a try on my latest card.
I started by masking of a line a little more than a third from the bottom edge of a piece of 4 1/4″x5 1/2″ Bristol paper. W Plus 9 Doodle Buds is one of my favorite whimsical flower stamp sets, so I stamped a few of the flowers along with the stems on this bottom portion. Me being just a bit lazy, I decided not to bother masking the flowers and stems. Using a small sponge dauber, I ink blended the background using Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Oxides.
For the flowers, I used my trusty waterbrush and more Distress Oxides–Squeezed Lemonade, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves and Abandoned Coral. Once the watercoloring was dry, I went over the stamped images with a black marker to help them stand out a bit more.
To give the masked edge a better look, I cut a very small strip of paper from My Favorite Things Black & White Stripe paper pad. Here’s where I struggled with my fear of white space…where was I going to put the sentiment? My initial thought was above the black & white strip, but that is exactly what I would always do, so I decided to cut it out of white card stock and place it very near the bottom of the card. I just love how Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Script die cut fits perfectly and shows up nicely over the colored portion. To complete the card, I glued this card front to a A2 top folding card base.
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I haven’t participated in a card challenge for a very long time, so I thought I would give the latest CAS(E) This Sketch sketch a try.
Here’s what I came up with…
I have been dying to use some of the heat resistant acetate sheets that I just purchased. I wanted to heat emboss my image and back it with an ink blended background, so I pulled out my W Plus 9 Happy Wishes stamp set and got to work.
First, I stamped the flower images and a set of leaves all over a piece of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch Bristol paper using my favorite Distress Oxides, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron. The flower centers were stamped with Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade. After the inks were dry, I cut my Bristol piece apart leaving a gap of about 1 1/2 inches to make space for my embossed acetate piece.
Using a piece of scrap white card stock, I ink blended from left to right using Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet. While letting that ink dry, I heat embossed the same flower/leaves images onto the acetate. To adhere the acetate to the ink blended piece, I put liquid glue behind the embossed flowers and leaves so that the glue wouldn’t show through.
Once that was all completely dry, it was time to put the card together. I adhered the inked flower panels with foam tape for some dimension. After fiddling with the layout a bit, I realized that the window part of the card needed a little bit of balance. I simply glued some very thin strips of black card stock on the edges. I white heat embossed one of the sentiments from Avery Elle’s Simply Said: You stamp set on a piece of black card stock and cut the left edge at an angle to give it a little bit of interest. Because of the addition of the black pieces, I felt that the card front needed a little more black, so I added the black flower centers all around the colorful flowers. That seemed to balance everything out.
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For some reason, I’ve had several friends ask me for sympathy cards recently. They are the hardest cards for me to make. A lot depends on who’s receiving it, who passed away and the card giver’s relationship to them. I don’t want to make a floral card if the recipient is male. I also don’t want to make an overly personal card if the recipient is more of an acquaintance to the card giver. As most things, I know I’m totally overthinking it, but it still matters to me.
With that said, I was able to create a few different cards for them to see. Here is one from the group…
Unfortunately, my photo doesn’t do this card justice. The silver embossing is very shiny (not dark like the bottom portion looks in the picture 😦
I started by creating a circle mask and ink blended with Broken China, Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides. Because patience is NOT one of my virtues, I used my heat tool to speed up the drying process. After dusting with my powder tool, I stamped the floral image from Unity Stamp Company’s Steps of Courage stamp set at the bottom edge using Versamark ink. I heat embossed it with Zing’s Metallic Silver Embossing Powder. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings stamp set and is embossed with the same embossing powder. The card front is matted with a blue/green card stock to match the ink blending.
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