Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Cosmobella birthday girl card



Recipe:

Stamps: Paisley Print, Cosmobella, purse from Shopabellas, word stamp from I Like Your Style

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, black, Green Galore, white

Ink: VersaMark, Basic Black, Creamy Caramel

Accessories: Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles embossing folder, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending sticks, Inkworx air art gun, Basic Black marker, oval template, aqua-blue grosgrain ribbon, sponge, Dimensionals, mini Pop Dots, copper mini-brads, 2" circle punch, 1/16&q

Techniques: Gamsol Magic, Cuttlebug

I was fortunate enough to do an image swap with a fellow SCSer and finally got around to using one of the images she sent me.

This card was tons easier to do than the last few! I was tired of complicated and decided simple was a good thing. Not that this card wasn't work. The Bella was a bit, but it was fun coloring her.

All I did for the biggest piece of cs (Tempting Turquoise) was stamp it in VersaMark ink with the Paisley Print background stamp. Easy. Then for the Green Galore piece I did the same thing, stamped it in VersaMark with Paisley Print. Then I ran 2/3 of it through the Cuttlebug with the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder. I mounted the Green Galore onto black cs. Then I covered the line between the two areas on the Green Galore with some lovely aqua-blue ribbon that has lime green stitching on both edges. It was actually the inspiration for the colors in this card. I set that aside.

On the Bella, I used Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol to color her. Did you know you can just dip the pencil tip right in the Gamsol and color? I used a blending stick (looks like a gray newspaper stick with pointed ends) here and there, as needed. After coloring her I cut her out (no easy task with those stick arms!), cutting the martini glass from her hand, and touched her up here and there with my Basic Black marker (thus the thicker arms). Her hat is actually a purse from another Bella stamp. I was going to use it as a purse hanging from her arm, but couldn't get the purse strap cut out without ruining it. So I cut off the strap and turned the purse into a hat! lol

The oval under her feet was created using a plastic template I bought when I first started stamping years ago. It was just right, so I laid it where I wanted it and sponged Creamy Caramel over it. I also spritzed the background behind her with my Inkworx air art gun (I love that thing!) using the Basic Black marker.

I adhered her to the background with mini Pop Dots and glued her feet to the background using my mono adhesive so she wouldn't look like she was hovering. ;)

I stamped a word phrase from I Like Your Style on Tempting Turquoise and punched it where I wanted the phrase to be with a 2-in. circle punch. Then I stamped it with the Paisley Print stamp to give it more interest, and adhered it behind the Bella piece.

I mounted the Bella/word phrase piece to the Green Galore with Dimensionals (another product I couldn't live without) and glued the circle down on the GG with mono (a bit tricky).

I punched 3 holes in the Green Galore with a 1/16" hole punch and then punched 3 holes in a scrap of black cs. Then I punched 1/4-in. squares in the black scrap over the 1/16" holes (turning the punch upside down to see where to punch) and applied those to the card with copper mini brads. The mini brads went well with the oval feature under the Bella.

I mounted the whole black/Green Galore piece to the Tempting Turquoise and was done! This card will go to my niece who is turning 20 on April 2nd. Seems like she was just 3!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Cracked glass thank you card



Recipe:

Stamps: Petal Prints, Paint Prints, Many Thanks, Hero Arts "Thank You Greetings"

Paper: White, black, glossy white

Ink: Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor Rainbow pad, VersaMark, Basic Black; Markers: Brilliant Blue, Taken with Teal, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black

Accessories: Inkworx air art gun, gem, black grosgrain ribbon, clear EP, Ultra Thick EP, Dimensionals, Pop Dots, Cuttlebug Script EF, sponges, heat gun, sandpaper

Techniques: Reversed Faux Linen, Cracked Glass

Oh boy! Another hard to make card. What is it with me lately? lol This one is for Amy's Super Sketch Sunday Challenge #8 which I thought was a beautiful sketch idea - very balanced and pleasing to the eye.

I began with good old white cardstock as the base for the card. I lightly sponged its edges with several colors from the Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor pad. I cut a black piece of cs just a bit smaller and set those aside.

I used a piece of glossy white cs to create the main background. I dusted it with my powdery pillow thingy, the name of which escapes me just now (this is to keep stray embossing powder from adhering via static electricity where you don't want it - it's very pesky stuff). Then I stamped a Petal Prints flower (the larger one) and a Paint Prints flower (the smaller one) randomly using VersaMark ink. I sprinkled clear embossing powder (EP) over the flowers, tamped off the excess, and heat embossed them. Then I sponged different colors from the Blue Breeze pad all over the glossy. I spritzed black marker ink via the Inkworx air art gun. After it dried, I sandpapered the glossy cs both horizontally and vertically to give it a sort of reversed faux linen-ish look (slightly different from Beate's tutorial). Then a little more sponging and it was finished.

For the mini background feature, I ran a piece of glossy white through the Cuttlebug using the Script embossing folder and sponged colors from the Blue Breeze pad over it; next, I sponged over the Script with black ink to emphasize it. I adhered that piece to black cs and then to the main glossy background. Then I added the black grosgrain ribbon. I adhered this whole thing to the main pieces of black and white cs.

The main flower feature consists of two of the same image stamped in black on glossy white and sponged with the Blue Breeze inks. It's popped out with Dimensionals; and it and the gem are attached with Diamond Glaze because I don't want them wandering off anywhere. ;)

Am I the only one that thinks SU's Dimensionals are not as sticky as they used to be? They're positively wimpy!

The word sayings were stamped in black on regular white cs and were spritzed (Taken with Teal, Tempting Turquoise, Brilliant Blue) and sponged (Blue Breeze) accordingly. Then they were covered in VersaMark ink and sprinkled with Ultra Thick clear EP (the big, chunky kind). Then they were heat embossed and allowed to cool. Then I bent them in order to "break" the EP surface to give it a cracked appearance. Then I sponged Blue Breeze darker colors in the cracks to enhance their appearance. This is referred to as the Cracked Glass technique. (I didn't put mine in the freezer like Beate does in her tutorial, but it probably helps in the cracking process.)

Close-up of the cracked look:


I adhered those to black cs and then used some Pop Dots to put them on the card. May I just say that Pop Dots (at least the ones I have from a few years ago) are incredibly sticky? I had positioned the "thank you" piece where you see it, and realized I had put it too high. Too bad! The piece underneath it started to rip when I tried to remove and reposition it only seconds later. Oh well. At least I know it ain't going anywhere!

Masculine antiqued car thank you card



Recipe:

Stamps: Canvas, Classic Pickups, Amazing to Zany

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, vanilla

Ink: Basic Brown, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, "Vintage Photo" Distress Ink by Tim Holtz, Kaleidacolor "Cappuccino Delight" rainbow pad

Accessories: Cuttlebug "Tiny Bubbles" embossing folder, sponges, waterbrush, Inkworx air art gun, Chocolate Chip marker, Close to Cocoa marker, Dimensionals, Diamond Glaze, leather string, cream ribbon, dark antique brass brads, scissors

Techniques: antiquing

I needed to make a card for one of my hubby's work colleagues who generously loaned us his truck to pick up our new riding mower recently. So this is what I came up with.

Like a lot of stampers, I find it very challenging to do masculine cards. This one was doubly challenging as I chose to do it with the TCL108 coffee with cream challenge in mind: browns and creams and nothing else, and no coffee or chocolate themes. That's right, no black for me! Do you KNOW how hard that is? Well, I'll admit I did at one point use a teensy bit of black via a Micron pen to try to emphasize the truck feature a bit as I was having quite a time trying to bring it out. Unfortunately, the micro lines of black weren't a good addition. So I went over them with the Chocolate Chip marker, which did the trick. I should've tried that in the first place. You'll read more about this further down.

As you can see, I've incorporated the Canvas background stamp mixed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder again, this time stamping Canvas in Chocolate Chip on Close to Cocoa and then running it through the Cuttlebug using the Tiny Bubbles EF. And finally, rubbing the "Vintage Photo" Distress Ink pad (by Tim Holtz) over the Cuttlebugged part and sponging (I think! I'm a bit vague on the color I used here) the lightest color from the Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight rainbow pad in the holes. The look is pretty cool, I think.

I began the card by rubbing the same ink just mentioned (Vintage Photo) all over the biggest piece of cardstock (the main "card" portion). It looked awesome, like leather. It proved a bit challenging to glue the Cuttlebugged piece to the main card because the ink was so thick from all that rubbing, it affected the "stickability" of the adhesive. So I had to help things along by using Diamond Glaze (aka Crystal Effects) to adhere them. That took care of it.

The horizontal ribbon feature I used is from SU and comes in a cream color (what is that stuff, basting tape?) and I sponged the lightest color from Cappuccino Delight pad onto it and touched it up a bit with the next darker color on that pad (I was glad to find an excuse to use that pad). I stamped the "thanks" stamp from Amazing to Zany on it and used a 1/16" hole punch to make holes for the brads. I thought the brads kind of kept the circle theme of the Cuttlebugged part pretty nicely. I wanted the ribbon's edges to be a bit frayed to add more texture. I do love texture on a card. I also used Diamond Glaze to help the ribbon adhere. There was definitely a lot of trouble with adhering on this card. Diamond Glaze came to the rescue many times!

The truck feature was the hardest part to deal with and I'm not sure it'd be that easy to duplicate. I did so much layering of color to achieve the final look, it would be hard to describe. But I'll do my best, beginning with a close-up:



The cardstock I worked with for the truck was vanilla. I stamped the truck twice: once for the base, and once for the cut-out part. I stamped them both first in the Vintage Photo ink, then danced the stamp in SU's Basic Brown ink and then stamped it on the vanilla and it gave the trucks a lovely mottled look. But once they dried, the images were kind of blah. So on the base piece, I sponged inks from the Cappuccino Delight pad to give the look lots of warmth, and then spritzed it with the Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa markers via my Inkworx air art gun to add a vintage-y look. Then I roughed up the edges with my scissors blade, scraping it across the edges and then sponged some more. I adhered that piece to a piece of Chocolate Chip cs which was well-rubbed with the Vintage Photo ink. I used Dimensionals, but they wouldn't stick. So I put some Diamond Glaze on the Dimensionals and they're good and stuck now.

Once the base was done I worked on the cut-out part. I cut it out and adhered it to the base with Dimensionals, and then I waterbrushed and sponged it with various browns (Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Basic Brown, Cappuccino Delight). Still blah. So I took the aforementioned black Micron pen and tried to very lightly doodle over the truck lines so it would stand out more. It did, but not in a good way. It added a bluish tone. So I doodled over that with the Chocolate Chip marker using both ends of the marker here and there, and that did the trick. Phew!

Once that was finished, I prepared the leather string by tying the ends in knots for more texture and looped and adhered it behind the truck feature. Then I adhered that whole thing to the Cuttlebugged part with Dimensionals and Diamond Glaze.

What a job!

Monday, March 19, 2007

3-D rose scripture card



Recipe:

Stamps: Canvas, Roses in Winter, Scripture stamp (source unknown)

Paper: Baroque Burgundy, Black, Always Artichoke, White

Ink: Basic Black, Baroque Burgundy, True Thyme, Old Olive, Always Artichoke; Markers: Ruby Red, Rose Red, Baroque Burgundy, Real Red, Close to Cocoa, Basic Black

Accessories: Cuttlebug Script embossing folder, Gingham ribbon, Dimensionals, Sponges, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Inkworx air art gun, crochet hook (for curling rose petals), water spritzer

Techniques: Watercolor misting, sponging

Well, how about that! I actually got the Sunday challenge done on a Sunday for a change!

It helped that the idea came into my head pretty quickly after seeing Amy's challenge design. That isn't usually the case.

I decided to dig into my Scripture stamps and find one that would work for this design since Amy used one for hers. I bought this stamp so long ago that I forgot where. Somewhere online. It's unmounted, so no name on the side of a wood block to check.

I enjoyed creating this card. Lots of extra stuff was done to give a sense of depth.

First, I used a piece of Baroque Burgundy for the biggest piece of cs and sponged black around the edges to soften the transition to the black in front of it.

Then, I stamped the Canvas background stamp on Always Artichoke using Baroque Burgundy ink (still haven't switched over to Bravo Burgundy yet). Then I ran it through the Cuttlebug using the Script embossing folder. Then I sponged black and burgundy inks over the embossed areas. After that, I mounted it to the black cs.

Next, I added the gingham ribbon and adhered the Script/black cs to the burgundy cs.

When making the pieces for the rose, I started by squiggling different red markers (Ruby Red, Baroque Burgundy, Real Red, Rose Red) here and there on the biggest rose stamp in the Roses in Winter set. Then I spritzed the stamp with water and stamped it on white cardstock. I actually made 2 of the biggest rose stamp so I could add even more depth. And I stamped the biggest rose yet again so I could use the center for the top of the rose. I varied the colors and even put a little Close to Cocoa on a few spots for variation. I did this with the other rose stamps that are in the set. I used Old Olive and Always Artichoke inks when doing the leaves.

To create the rose, I cut each piece out and layered them with Dimensionals. After putting the rose together, I sponged the edges with black. That really made a difference! Then I curled the edges a bit with whatever was handy (in my case, a crocheting hook). I mounted the leaves just behind the rose with Dimensionals after sponging them also with the black ink. You could say this card is a sponge-a-rama! The sponges touched everything!

Here's a close-up:



Once the rose was on the card, I stamped the Scripture stamp on white cardstock with black ink. Then I stamped the leaf sprig stamp from Roses in Winter in True Thyme, but I stamped off once first as the full color was too intense behind the Scripture. I spritzed it with the Basic Black marker using the Inkworx air art gun. Then I mounted this piece onto the Script piece with, of course, Dimensionals. What would I do without Dimensionals??

So there you have it. Another fun stamping session thanks to Amy!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Turtle watercolored card



Recipe:

Stamps: Simply Circles, Silly Sealife, Paint Prints, For the Love of Chocolate, Magenta mesh stamp

Paper: Always Artichoke, Black, Basic Grey "Blitzen Collection" designer papers, Glossy white

Ink: VersaMark, Basic Black, Baroque Burgundy, More Mustard; Markers: Always Artichoke, Baroque Burgundy, Old Olive, Apricot Appeal

Accessories: Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles embossing folder, large circle punch, small (1&1/4") circle punch, small oval punch, 1/16" hole punch, Dimensionals, sponges, antique copper mini-brads

Techniques: watercoloring, sponging

Well, I'm a bit "early" this time! lol It's ONLY Tuesday. I am really happy with this card. Don't you just love it when your work gives you such pleasure?

Here is this week's Sunday challenge.

I did a little thinking outside the box on this one. Amy had the image feature as a square-ish rectangle and I decided to do a circle. I had been wanting to play with that Silly Sealife turtle for quite some time, so this was my chance to make him shine. Of course, I watercolored him! ;) I'm going crazy for watercoloring! Just love it!

My bigger sentiment didn't quite reach the vertical element to the left as Amy's does, but otherwise, it stuck pretty close to the plan.

To create this card I cut Always Artichoke cs so that it opened from the bottom. I stamped the big and small circles from the Simply Circles set around the edges in VersaMark ink. Then I sponged Basic Black over that to give it a softer look.

I then cut a piece of Basic Grey designer paper from the Blitzen collection and ran it through the Cuttlebug using the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder. I made sure the printed side of the paper would receive the concaved (inward) imprint rather than convex (outward). Then I mounted it on black cs.

I cut the other elements going across and down and matted them with black cs. The one to the left I stamped in Basic Black using a Magenta mesh stamp. Then I sponged it in Basic Black ink. I then used a 1/16" hole punch and made holes for the brads. I then affixed the brads to the piece and mounted it using Dimensionals.

For the turtle element, I stamped on glossy white cs twice. I punched out one of the turtles with a 1&1/4" circle punch. Then I watercolored the other one using Baroque Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Old Olive, and Apricot Appeal markers, cut him out carefully, and mounted him directly over the other turtle with Dimensionals and trimmed off the part outside the circle. I had to cut a tiny piece of a Dimensional to hold up his widdle head. :)

Next, I mounted the turtle(s) on the black circle and cut a 1&1/4" circle out of another piece of black cs. Then I positioned the bigger circle punch over the smaller punched hole right where I wanted it (hold the punch upside down so you can see where you're cutting) and punched that out. Then I mounted it to match with the bottom black circle and made sure the smaller hole was lined up with the white circle/turtle image (hope that wasn't too confusing).

I stamped the "delight" image from the Paint Prints set in Basic Black on glossy white and sponged it with Baroque Burgundy, More Mustard, and Basic Black. I masked a stamp from the For the Love of Chocolate set for the words "in life" and stamped it on Always Artichoke. I punched it out using the smaller oval punch and sponged it with Basic Black. Adhered all that on and was finished!

Lots of work, but worth the effort, I think.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Watercolored Flowers Card



I did some stamping yesterday afternoon as I had been wanting to play with the Cranberry Crisp cardstock ever since I bought it. It's not very impressive by itself, but it takes VersaMark ink very well and really comes alive under its influence.

I'm really liking the combination of Canvas and Print Pattern stamps. They really look awesome together. I hadn't played with my Petal Prints set in so long. I love that set. I need to play with it more often.


I did some more watercoloring with markers and a water brush, once again, layering and layering the colors for a richer look. Since Cranberry Crisp doesn't have a marker to go with the ink and cardstock, I used a combination of colors to achieve a good match. I used Really Rust, Baroque Burgundy, Ruby Red, and Chocolate Chip for the pseudo Cranberry Crisp tones. I used Pumpkin Pie over those colors to warm it up a bit more. (If you try this, you've got to wipe off the tip of the PP marker as you go because it picks up the darker colors. Or just use your re-inker and a water brush if you like. I prefer the marker and the water brush together.) I used Apricot Appeal and Pumpkin Pie on the lighter flowers and in the middle of the darker flowers.

For the tag, I ran black cardstock through the Cuttlebug with the tag die and then ran the tag I created through with the Script embossing folder.

Recipe:

Stamps: Petal Prints, Summer By the Sea, Print Pattern, Canvas, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Paper: Black, Cranberry Crisp, Glossy white Inks: VersaMark, Basic Black

Markers: Really Rust, Baroque Burgundy, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal

Accessories: Dimensionals, Cuttlebug tag die, Cuttlebug Script embossing folder, sm. rectangle punch (for notches), 1" square punch, black hemp cord, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Technique: Watercoloring

Orange watercolored whale card



Recipe:

Stamps: Silly Sealife, Amazing to Zany, So Very

Paper: Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Black, White glossy

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black; Markers: Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Not Quite Navy, Bordering Blue

Accessories: Dimensionals, sm. oval punch, zigzag ribbon, water brush, Cuttlebug D'Vine embossing folder, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Techniques: Watercoloring

Yes, more watercoloring. It's so much fun. I can't help myself! And yes, I snuck black in this one, too, even though I tried to hold back. I just love the contrast against the black. What can I say?

I had actually intended this card to be yellow and orange. I was in a down mood from some real life issues and needed some cheering up and was using some orange and yellow gingham as a jumping-off point. Then I turned left and went for the zigzag instead. Despite the black and dark colors, I did find this card to be quite cheerful. How can it not be with that cute little whale? Now, if I could just learn to photograph well! Urgh! (Fixed it - just need to photograph in the early part of the day, NOT at night!)

I love the Silly Sealife set. It's just so precious! I need to pull out the Fishy Friends stamps so they can all make friends with each other, eh?

Friday, March 9, 2007

Happy Harmony friend card



Recipe:

Stamps: Canvas, Print Pattern, Happy Harmony, Amazing to Zany

Paper: Black (natch!), True Thyme, Ruby Red, White

Ink: VersaMark, True Thyme; Markers: Black, Always Artichoke, Ruby Red

Accessories: Brown/Black Gingham ribbon, Cuttlebug Script embossing folder, Water spritzer, Small oval punch, Dimensionals

Techniques: Watercolor Misting

Amy Westerman holds a weekly challenge on her blog that I like participating in. This card is from this week's challenge.

For the flowers, I applied the marker inks to the stamp and then very lightly misted it with water and stamped. I love the watercolor-y look it gives.

I love this design Amy challenged us to use! I slightly altered the sentiment location because I couldn't make it work where it was supposed to go on my card. Otherwise, I think I stayed true to the challenge. Thanks again Amy!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Ribbon storage



Normally, my ribbon and fibers are kept in big storage drawers, all languishing together in a clumsy pile. Because of that I hardly knew what I had. I didn't have a really nifty storage solution for them that didn't cost a lot. I needed something small and easy to grab that would hold everything neatly and attractively.

Well, it dawned on me that I don't generally need big long pieces of ribbon at a time unless I'm doing a swap. So a smaller sub-set (think George Carlin) of my ribbon "stuff" would do me just fine. I could store the big cumbersome rolls away and just have what I'd need handy.

So, voila! My solution!

I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon going through my collection and cutting a few yards off each roll and winding it around embroidery skeins. I used rubber bands to keep them from unraveling. Now I have access to all my ribbons and some of my favorite fibers all at once! I can't believe it took me so long to come up with this. And I can easily see what I have and what I "need". ;)

Monday, March 5, 2007

Purple octopus friend card



Recipe:

Stamps: Canvas, Silly Sealife, Amazing to Zany

Paper: Black (yeeees, again), Eggplant Envy, Glossy white

Ink: Basic Black dye, Versamark, CTMH Dutch Blue

Accessories: Markers: Eggplant Envy, Bordering Blue; Cuttlebug D'Vine embossing folder, circle punch, Black gingham ribbon, Black polka dot ribbon, Dimensionals, water brush

Techniques: watercoloring

I've been wanting to do another Silly Sealife image in watercolor ever since I did the whale. So here's the octopus. :)

On glossy white cardstock I stamped in black dye ink. After it dried, I used my Eggplant Envy marker for the reddish-purple parts and a CTMH ink call Dutch Blue for the bluer areas. I used the Bordering Blue marker for the shadows. I just kept adding and building and building and adding, blending with the water brush as I went. I left an area almost completely unpainted for the shine on the head, but I did put a slight amount of the blue there so it wouldn't be too stark. I built up the lower areas a bit darker to give some roundness to the image.

If you've never tried watercoloring, give it a go. It can be such fun!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Googly frog SCS challenge card



Recipe:

Stamps: By Design, Unfrogettable

Paper: Black, Elegant Eggplant; Designer papers by KI Memories Funky Paper Pad

Ink: Basic Black, Versamark, Green Galore marker

Accessories: Square punches, circle punch, Dimensionals, googly eyes, Stamp-a-ma-jig, water brush, black zigzag ribbon by The Paper Studio

Here's my contribution to the SC113 and CC103 challenges for this week. On the colors, I didn't have Certainly Celery or Cool Caribbean, but I did have some designer paper that came close. The circles with three frogs are popped out, and the frogs' eyes are googly (see close-up below). :) The black ribbon I used looks stitched, but it's actually painted on (came that way).



This designer paper was very easy to stamp on. The ink took well: