Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Fun in the Sun

Today I used a Pure Innocence set from My Favorite Things called Fun in the Sun.  I wanted the raft to look like it was floating on water so I started by doing the polished stone technique with shades of blue.  To see a tutorial on how to do the polished stone technique click here.  You need glossy card stock, rubbing alcohol and reinkers.  I used alcohol reinkers.  To make the piece shiny like water I covered the polished stone with Versamark embossing ink by dabbing the ink pad all over the card stock.  I used clear Amazing Glaze embossing powder and heated.  I repeated this step 2 more times until the surface was nice and shiny.

I mounted the water piece onto kraft card stock and added a Kraft frame cut with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle Frames from MFT.  I colored the little girl and her raft with Copics and then cut her out. The beach bag and ball stamps were perfect to embellish the sentiment on the corner of my card.  The cute little sunglasses were cut using the Fun in the Sun dies that go along with the stamp set.  The next photo shows the shine better, it is so cool.  It really looks like water!! 

When I was doing the polished stone technique, I tried out some different blues and this one came out a lighter color.  It looks more like pool water to me!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Keep stamping!!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Shopper Tunnel Card

I'm really enjoying making tunnel cards lately!  Here is another one that I made for some of my friends who are excellent shoppers!  For this card I used the MFT set called Mon Cheri and the coordinating dies.  This set has everything you need for a shopper card!  I started out by making a tri-fold card by adding a flap onto a regular A2 sized card.  I used 
repositionable Dotto to attach the flap so I could cut the holes where I wanted them.  The holes were cut with MFT Circle STAX. I drew lines for the pavement and store floor and then removed the flap.  I colored the background with Pan Pastels and Sofft Tools applicators.  Pan Pastels are smooth and buttery and make applying color to backgrounds quick and easy.  

I used Copic W1 to make the edge of the sidewalk a darker color because I only had one shade of gray in Pan Pastels, neutral gray tint.  For the sky, I used Pthalo Blue Tint and for the store floor Yellow Ochre.  I like having something of interest peeking out on the second layer of my tunnel cards and for this one I used tiny trees made with the Trees in the Forest dies from MFT.  I adore the street lamp from the Mon Cheri set!  I used my Misti so that I could get the lamps nice and black, then I colored the glow in each!!

My idea was to have the little shopper go into the city to her favorite store.  I colored a separate piece of card stock with the yellow ochre and then stamped the shelves for the store onto it so when I cut them out with the die I wouldn't have a stark white edge around them.  

All of the little extras in the stamp set were perfect merchandise to put in my store!  I did the wording on my computer and added a heart banner from Penny Black called Heart String.  It was fun putting the store together and deciding what to put "on sale"!  

I decided that my little shopper needed a fancy scarf and matching purse so I did some paper piecing.  I have to confess that I made 6 different sets because I liked seeing how she looked in all the different scarf patterns!!  It was a little bit like paper dolls!

I hope you like my card today.  It looks more difficult than it really was.  If you haven't tried coloring backgrounds with Pan Pastels before, you should get a couple and try them.  I use the Pthalo Blue Tint most because it is perfect for coloring skies.  The finish you get is matte and chalky looking.  Nice!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  Keep stamping!!


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hog Heaven Inchies

I have a quick post for you tonight with an inchie card!  Everyone who knows me, knows that I like inchies...a lot.  I've been making cards with them for years!  I think the reason I like them so much is that they focus on my stamps from a different perspective.  They allow me to highlight areas that might not get as much attention otherwise.  For the inchies on this card, I used the Hog Heaven set from My Favorite Things.  It is so cute (I hear me say that every time I use a Birdie Brown set)!  

I started by punching a 1" square in a scrap piece of card stock to make a window.  Next I stamped the images that I wanted to use.  Then I took the window and held it over the stamped images, moving it around until I found the perfect area to highlight. I then traced the outside edge of the window very lightly with a pencil to mark the portion that I wanted to use for my inchie.  I colored the area inside the pencil square with Copics and then cut each square out on the pencil line. 

To give the inchies more substance and to make them stand out and really pop I glue them onto 1" square pieces of black chip board.  It makes the inchies look so much better.  I cut these from a 12" x 12" sheet, but if you don't like cutting or you want them very precise you can buy Inchie Arts Art Squares from Ellen Hutson.  The little flower that comes in the Hog Heaven set is the perfect tiny little embellishment for each square!

I used MFT's Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 for the black panel underneath the inchies and MFT's Lucky Prints Paper Pack for the pink part.  This is a thank you card, so I only inked up part of the "I'm TICKLED PINK for you" sentiment.  I stamped it and made a flag for the front of the card and tied a little bow using thin black silk ribbon from May Arts.  The card still needed something so I added a 1/4" strip of Silver Sparkle card stock from MFT along the edge.  Inside the card I used the Hog Heaven sentiment that says, "Thank you SOW MUCH"!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Birthday Greetings from Paradise

I have another tunnel card today, I'm really having fun with these!  This one uses an MFT set called Polynesian Paradise.  This set has the little hula girl and lots of animals and flowers to embellish a scene.  I wanted to add some trees so I used my favorite, the palm tree, from MFT's Penguins in Paradise!  

Like I did in my first tunnel card, I cut white card stock for an A2 size card and then added an extra panel by gluing on a 5.5" x 4.75" (scored at 4.25 and folded) onto one side.  Next I used the MFT Oval STAX to cut holes in the top and second panel.  I drew light pencil lines for the sky water and sand on all 3 panels so they would match then I did some masking and used my Clarity brushes and dye inks to color them.  I used Stampin' Up Bashful Blue for the sky, Ranger Distress Tumbled Glass and Broken China for the water and Distress Antique Linen for the sand.  I used a flat brush and floated a little white acrylic paint in the water for waves. 

I added some sea grass to the middle panel using a Stampin' Up set called Wetlands.  The next step was to color and cut out all the bits and pieces.  I needed 5 palm trees, the Hula girl, some clouds, some flowers, a turtle, a pineapple and 2 lizards.  To get the reverse image lizard, I stamped with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto waxed paper and then quickly rubbed it onto white card stock.  The image wasn't perfect but it was clear enough to trace with a fine tip Micron black pen.  This pen doesn't smudge when you color over it with Copics.  Once the images were colored I used Herma Dotto repositionable adhesive to place everything and make sure it would work when the card was closed.

When I was happy with the placement with the card open and closed, I glued everything into place.  This card is really fun when you open it and bring the 2 side panels together to stand it up.  It really does look like you are looking through a tunnel at a scene on the beach, and you get two views!  One looking through the front side of the card...

and another looking through the second panel side!!

I hope you liked seeing this card and you give tunnel cards a try! 
Thanks for visiting, happy stamping!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Love You Lots Tunnel Card

I've been seeing a lot of tunnel cards on Pinterest and blogs lately and wanted to try one.  For this card I used the cute little hedgehogs from the Stampin' Up hostess set called Love You Lots and the tree from Thoughtful Branches.   To start I added a flap onto an A2 card so I could have 3 panels.  I used MFT Oval STAX to make windows in the top and middle panels.  Next I used my Clarity brushes and die ink to add grass and sky to each panel.  

I made 6 trees to add to the panels.  I wanted the leaves on my trees to be nice and thick so I stamped them with 4 different colors.  I used the Ranger Distress Inks: Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron.  For the top panel I added two trees on the edges of the oval cut out, some clouds and the first part of my birthday sentiment.

For the second panel I did the same but included a die cut fence and some little punched flowers with gems .

For the last inside panel I centered the little hedgehogs then added the trees, clouds, flowers and sentiment.  Overall I was pleased with my first tunnel card.  I know I will be making more of these!!

Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Awesome Birthday

This cheerful little birthday card was made with a Stampin' Up set called Endless Birthday Wishes.  I liked the cute little cake as soon as I saw it.  The set has a lot of great sentiments to go along with it, too. 

I used all of the different sentiments to make my own decorative paper for the background. I chose ink colors that matched the plaid layer that I put behind it. The plaid is from a paper pack from My Favorite Things called Plaid Patterns Merry & Bright .  When I was finished stamping the words I didn't think it was festive enough so I inked up one dot of the dots stamp and used it to stamp dots randomly among the words.  I added some clear Stickles dots, too!

I like interactive cards so I hid a little flip up message on the front of the card under the birthday cake!

I used the MFT Stitched Mini Scalloped Circle STAX to make the flip up.  I folded a piece of pink card stock and placed the die so about an inch of the fold was inside the cutting edge of the die and wouldn't be cut.  Then I cut another complete pink circle to lay on top.  Two white circles for inside and top finished it off. 

I stamped the cake on one of the circles and then I masked off the cake and stand and added some color to the background using my Clarity brushes.  I added some darker ink with a short bristled brush to suggest a table.  Next I colored the cake with Copic markers. To make the cake really special I added some white liquid appliqué for the frosting, put it on a cake stand stamped onto silver mirror card stock and added some glitter to the top of the candles.   Here are a couple of close-up pictures...

Here is a photo of the inside of the card...

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Snowy Thank You

I have another dog card for you today.  This time I used a little stamp from Rosie's Roadshow called Bentley.  Rosie's Roadshow stamps are all small and they have a quirky sense of humor that I really like!  This is one of my favorite because it looks just like our dog, Bella. It's a good stamp to build scenes around.  The tree is from a Stampin' Up set called Festival of Trees.  I used Ranger Distress inks to stamp the trees.  The colors are Pine Needles and Peeled Paint.  The frame was made using a Die-namics die from My Favorite Things called Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames.

I took some typing paper and cut 3 pieces with different wavy lines.  I used them as masks to make the snowy hills and I used a Clarity brush to apply the Night of Navy ink.  I am so in love with these brushes and the smooth soft look you get with them!!  Once I got the hills done, I used the same masks and stamped the trees.  The card seemed too flat so I stamped some more trees and added them with foam tape.

On the inside I used a stamp from the Stampin' Up set called Floral Phrases, a Die-namics die called Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX to echo the scalloped frame on the front and little Bentley again!  

Here is a picture of our Bella...isn't that stamp perfect for her?

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Keep stamping :)