Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Hubby's Father's Day card



Recipe:

Stamps: Classic Pickups, Smorgasborders (sentiment)

Paper: Black, Basic Grey Urban Culture designer paper, Chocolate Chip

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black pigment ink, "Vintage Photo" Distress Ink by Tim Holtz, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Only Orange, Summer Sun, Real Red

Accessories: bleach, water brushes, sponges, Detail Black embossing powder, Prismacolor silver and gold pencils, Dimensionals, Diamond Glaze, antique brads, leather strips, 1/16" hole punch, 1/2" circle punch, 1/4" circle punch, sm. oval punch, Cuttlebug

Techniques: Bleaching, heat embossing, cuttlebugging

This is the card I made for my hubby for Father's Day using Beate's sketch challenge #5.

I really loved this simple design. Sometimes the simplest designs are the most satisfying to play with, don't you think?

As you can see, I used the Cuttlebug embossing folder yet again! I can't help it, I love the look, especially on designer paper.

I made this card as a 5.25" square to fit in my 5.5" square envelope. The directions are on Beate's blog (through the above link).

I used black as my background cs. For the inside, I made a square of Chocolate Chip cs to go inside so the sentiment phrase would be visible. I sponged the inside square's edges with Chocolate Chip ink after stamping the sentiments. Then I adhered it inside the card. Sorry for the poor sentence structure. :)

For the outside front, I used pieces of Basic Grey designer paper (Urban Couture, I think) and rubbed them with a vintage distress ink by Tim Holtz. Then I cuttlebugged them using the Mesh embossing folder. It was really tricky trying to line up the holes for the brads as they had to go through a little 1/2 circle piece of cs, the leather strip and the cuttlebugged cs. Very difficult. I won't even try to explain what I did. There's probably an easier way than mine. ;) The look was worth the trouble to me, thankfully.

For the oval sentiment, I used the smaller oval punch and sponged it with Chocolate Chip ink and punched 1/16" holes on either side. Then I punched 1/16" holes in black cs and, turning a 1/4" circle punch upside down, punched to get the smaller holes in the center - like a tiny doughnut. I used antique-finish brads and adhered them as you see. I used a bit of Diamond Glaze (Crystal Effects) on some Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment to the card front. That helps it adhere better to the Cuttlebugged surface.

For the pickup truck feature, I first powdered a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock with my embossing buddy pillow thingy. Then I stamped the truck using Brilliance Graphite Black pigment ink and heat embossed it with Detail Black ep. Then I bleached the inside design of the truck completely and colored it with a combination of waterbrush/inks and Prismacolor pencils (silver/gold for the chrome portions). I just kept applying color until I got it the way I wanted it. When finished, I sponged the area around the truck with Chocolate Chip ink, then mounted it to black cs. I adhered that piece to one side of the card with Dimensionals.

Thanks to Miz Beate, for the inspiration!

Father's Day card



Recipe:

Stamps: Horse stamp (can't remember maker), alphabet stamps by CTMH "Storytime alpha lower"
Paper: Black, Chocolate Chip, Basic Grey Urban Couture designer paper
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black pigment ink, "Vintage Photo" Distress Ink by Tim Holtz, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard
Accessories: bleach, water brushes, sponges, Detail Black embossing powder, Dimensionals, Diamond Glaze, antique brads, leather strips, 1/16" hole punch, 1/4" circle punch, sm. oval punch, Cuttlebug "Mesh" embossing folder
Techniques: Bleaching, heat embossing, cuttlebugging

This card is for my dad using the same technique as this card.

I just used different colors and images. I bleached out the horses and used Chocolate Chip, Vintage ink by Tim Holtz, and More Mustard to get the dimensional look of the horses. The white parts are where I left the bleached part alone.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Wonderful Wings card



Recipe:

Stamps: Wonderful Wings, Birthday Greetings, Ferns, French Script

Paper: Baroque Burgundy, black, Basic Grey designer paper, white, thick vellum

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Basic Black, Baroque Burgundy, Almost Artichoke

Accessories: Markers: Basic Black, Old Olive, Inkworx air art gun, Detail Black EP, misc. Twinkling H2Os, water brush, sponge, black zigzag ribbon, Dimensionals, Diamond Glaze, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Cuttlebug "Mesh" embossing folder

Techniques: Cuttlebugging, Twinkling H2Os, heat embossing

I used the retired Ferns set on the big green background, which is a piece of designer cardstock from Basic Grey. I stamped in Basic Black dye ink and then ran that piece through the Cuttlebug using the Mesh embossing folder. I find that using designer papers in the Cuttlebug folders causes the papers to slightly tear a bit. But I can make that less noticeable if I sponge a similar color of ink over the white parts lightly.

I pressed some strips of thicker vellum onto the French Script background stamp which was inked up with Baroque Burgundy ink and sponged a bit with black ink. I attached the strips with a mono adhesive only where it would be hidden behind the butterfly feature. I tied one end of the black zigzag ribbon and glued it down and around with mono. I did a fancy cut on the end that was tied.

For the butterfly feature, I stamped the butterfly from the retired Wonderful Wings set in Brilliance Graphite Black craft ink. Then I sprinkled Detail Black embossing powder over it, tamped off, and heat-embossed it. Then I painted it with many different Twinkling H2Os which gave it a shimmery appearance. They dry quickly, which I love. I stamped the word stamp from Birthday Greetings and finished the piece off with a few squirts from the Inkworx air art gun and Basic Black and Old Olive markers. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line everything up where I wanted it. I adhered the butterfly feature with Dimensionals and added a little Diamond Glaze (Crystal Effects) to the Dimensionals to help them adhere better to the Cuttlebugged surface.