Sunday, September 11, 2016

Merry Monday is Back!

Playing along with Merry Monday challenge today, but before I reveal my card, if you're looking for the Technique blog hop, click here to quickly get to that post.

Merry Monday is back from summer hiatus, and Christmas is looming nearer.  Today's challenge was to create a card using black, white and gold.

 I went with a white background and created my design using gold and black in a variety of form.  My sentiment is gold foil cardstock, my snowflakes gold embossed, and my circles and sentments are black ink ,with a few black sequins to add some dimension.  

I hope you all find some time to create today.

Supplies Used - Happy Holidays
Stamps:  Snowy Sayings (CAS-ual Fridays)*
Ink: Hero Arts Black and Versamark
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Licorice (The Stamps of Life); Gold Foil Cardstock (DCWV)
Accessories:  Happy Holidays Die (Neat and Tangled)*; Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger); Black Onyx Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

*from Stamp of Approval Holiday Magic Collection

Friday, September 9, 2016

Mixed Media Cards for A Year of Card Techniques

It's month nine of our year-long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products.
We hope you got the chance to hop with us each month.  It's not too late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing.  If you missed any of the previous months, you can click on the month to be taken directly to the start of that month's hop.

January - Emboss Resist Technique
February - Ink Layering Techniques
March - Inlaid Die-cutting
April - Shaker Cards
May - Spinner Cards
June - Step Cards
July - Watercolor Cards
August - Baby Wipe Technique

We're mixing things up this month with a few mixed media techniques and products.

We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop.   Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 or Stampin' Up gift certificate (Winner's Choice).

Now on with the projects.  I have three of them for you today.  I'll start with two that I created using the same watercolor piece which I cut down to create the two projects.  The watercolor piece was created using Ken Oliver Color Bursts.

On this one, I wanted to explore using black embossing paste but in two ways.  I always struggle with matte or glossy when I buy embossing paste.  So i go with matte and then I can make it glossy by adding clear embossing paste and heating.  This first card shows a card made with matte . . . 

There was no stamping on this card - it was all stencil and embossing paste.  Even that sentiment.  The close-up below really shows how the matte paste looks.  

 So here is the second version; this one shows the embossing paste with clear embossing powder, giving it the glossy look.  Also added . . . in mixed media fashion . . . micro beads and glitter.  I put down strips of scor-tape and used two colors of beads/glitter.  

While the black paste with the clear embossing isn't quite as glossy as glossy would be, you can definitely see below how different it is from the previous card.


And now my final card, which I have to say started out as a hot mess!  The watercolor piece with the embossing paste was just not working for me.  But I truly have to say that I love how this card turned out. 

My one regret in the end was not the hot mess of a watercolor/emboss/stencil piece . . . nope . . . it was the fact that my Rock Candy Distress Stickles, which I put on using a stencil, made my sentiment run.  If you look close in the white area, there are dots of those Distress Stickles which were stenciled onto the card.  Note to self . . . need a permanent ink in the future if I'm going over that sentiment.  

Next up is Sharon!

Here is the line-up in case you get lost along the way . . .

Thanks for hopping! 

Hope you find some time to be creative. 

Supplies Used - Smile
Ink: Violet, Ultramarine Blue and Alizarian Crimson (Ken Oliver Color Burst)
Paper:  Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Watercolor Paper (Canson); Licorice Cardstock (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Ice Cream Cone Stencil (Mint Owl Studio); Adhesive Sentiment Stencil (Momenta); Matte Black Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver); Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Whisper White Ribbon (Stampin' Up)

Supplies Used - #SMILE
Stamps:  Jumbo Stripes (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink: Violet, Ultramarine Blue and Alizarian Crimson (Ken Oliver Color Burst)
Paper:  Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Watercolor Paper (Canson); Licorice Cardstock (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Mini Stencil Collection 12 (Tim Holtz); Matte Black Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Mini Staples (Close To My Heart); Bitty Beads and Pixie Dust (Queen & Co.)

Supplies Used - Peace, Love, Joy
Stamps:  Holiday Trimmings (Winnie & Walter)*
Ink: Pthalon Green and Alizarian Crimson (Ken Oliver Color Burst); Emerald Envy (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Watercolor Paper (Bee); Silver POW (American Crafts)
Accessories:  Translucent Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver); Pattern of the Rings Stencil and Circle Creative Screenings (Winnie & Walter)*, Funky Flakes Dies (CASual Fridays)*; Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles (Tim Holtz);

*from previous Stamp of Approval Collections

Sunday, August 21, 2016

All About Color

Sharing two more cards with you tonight, and both of them were for color challenges. 

First up was Color Throwdown's challenge.  The color inspiration is below with my supply list.  Here is my card . . .

 For this card I used one stamp and some splattering to create a background on watercolor paper.  It was a fun background to create using distress inks. 

For my second card, another color inspiration, only this one from Colour Q, which you will see with my supply list below.  

What was fun about this card is that it started with a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock, and ended with a floral piece that just had hints of white.  This could not be darker!  I love how it turned out. 

This was a fun card to create, and I would definitely try it again.  It's a different look for sure, but I really love it.  

 Some really fun techniques.  I hope you found some time to create over this past weekend . . . and if not, schedule yourself for some creative time. 

Supplies Used - Hello
Stamps:  Yay Kites (Lawn Fawn) and Celebrating You (Clearly Besotted)
Ink: Mowed Lawn, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink (Ranger); Onyx Black (Versafine);
Paper:  Bubblegum, Licorice and Marshmallow Cardstock (The Stamps of Life), Watercolor Paper (Canson)
Accessories:  Chevron Washi Tape (American Crafts), Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Ranger Clear Embossing Powder; 

Supplies Used - Beautiful Day
Stamps:  You're So Lovely (Hero Arts);
Ink: Versamark; Poppy (Close To My Heart); Pistachio Pudding, Basic Gray, Basic Black (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Licorice Cardstock (The Stamps of Life); Basic Gray Cardstock (Stampin' Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Charcoal Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

CASology and Freshly Made Sketch Inspired

A couple of cards to share with you today.  First up is a card for CASology whose cue card this week was "dream".  Here is my card . . .

This stamp set reminds me of the adult coloring books, and in fact, I think that was what Simon Says Stamp was going for when they released this one.  I stamped it both on my card base and on my pattern paper background.  

For my second card I used a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches
It's a little busier than my usual card.  I used fun foam for that sentiment, and I love that the die matches that pattern paper. 

The brown circle is actually the card base showing through the circle window of the pattern papers on top.  

 I hope you were able to find some time to create today! 

Supplies Used - Dream
Stamps:  Look for the Miracles* (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Glitter Pen* (Kaiser Kraft); White Gel Pen (Uniball Signo); Dark G
reen Glitter Pen (Wink of Stella);
Paper:  White Cardstock* (Simon Says Stamp); Believe Collection 6 x 6* (Bo Bunny); Gold Adhesive Paper (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Supplies Used - Sending a Hello
Card created using stamps and dies from The Stamps of Life August 2016 Card Kit
Additional supplies:  Versamark Ink, Ranger White Embossing Powder, and White fun Foam

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Pigments and Dye Inks and Embossing

A little something for Seize the Birthday challenge which was "anything goes" for this last two weeks.  Here is my card . . .

 I made a card similar to this one before, but with less pizazz, and it was long time ago.  I think there is something about this little bunny that just capture my heart.

I just love the texture of the balloons, which you can see in the picture below.  It's a result of dye inks mixed with pigment inks mixed with embossing powder.  Just love the textured look.  

My hope for those who are crafty is that they find some time in their day to create. 

Stamps:  Birthday by Lizzie Mackay (Studio Calico)
Ink:  White (Simon Says Stamp), Real Red (Stampin' Up), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper: Solar White and Desert Storm (Neenah), Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Thin Washi Tape (Little B), In Stitches Die (My Creative Time), Marshmallow and Raspberry Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)