Saturday, February 26, 2011

Inexpensive way to make alcohol ink applicator pads

If you use alcohol inks and an applicator with removable felt pads, here's a tip I ran across that keeps the cost down on those pads.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

More frogs!



These frogs are not altered much. I actually did them before playing around with the frogs for the last card.

For the stamped background I used SU Shapes & Shadows, doing the Double Time technique by overlapping complementary images and leaving some white space, then cutting a piece for my card. Then I ran it through the Cuttlebug with the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder.

I used the Swiss Dots folder on the frog pieces and the Forest Branches folder on the yellow cs. Almost everything is textured!

I colored the frogs with Copics. I just can't seem to use anything else as the Copics are so gentle and smooth on the paper.

Thanks for looking! Today is my birthday and I'm meeting a friend for lunch. This card will be for her. I hope you enjoy it!

Recipe:

Stamps: SU Unfrogettable, SU Shapes & Shadows, SU Upsy Daisy

CS: Pixie Pink, Black, Summer Sun, White

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Pixie Pink, Certainly Celery, Summer Sun

Other: Copics, Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls, Forest Branches and Swiss Dots embossing folders, Nestabilities circle, inverted scallop circle and rectangle and scalloped rectangle dies, black organdy ribbon, foam tape

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The many faces of Unfrogettable



I never realized how versatile the sitting frog from SU Unfrogettable was. It was so much fun playing around with the features using just the thin end of an SU Basic Black marker. Now I need to see what other stamps I can embellish like this!

I had to be careful not to touch the black ink with the Copics as I colored them. The Copic ink makes the SU marker ink run, unfortunately. And the Versafine ink I stamped with also is not Copic-friendly. So you have to be careful. But I liked the more cartoonish way I colored the frogs. I meant them to show a little white here and there. It looks more whimsical, I think.

I used puffy fabric paint for the girl on the bottom right's pearls.

Nifty tip: To switch the direction of the eyes, draw eyelid lines over the pupils. Then redraw the pupils in a new spot.

Thanks for coming by for a look!

Recipe:

Stamps: SU Unfrogettable, SU I Like Your Style

CS: Black, Real Red, White

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink Antique Linen

Markers: Copics, SU Basic Black

Other: Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder, Nestabilities circle die, inverted scallop circle die, black hemp, foam tape, white puffy fabric paint, sponge dauber

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Little black dress sihouette cards

I saw this post at a new-to-me creative blog. I thought her idea of making such simple cards with just a couple pieces of cut out cardstock on a white background was pretty cool. These make me think of Julie Ebersole's style (JulieHRR).

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Frog fun

I'm in the process of making a card using SU's Unfrogettable set (retired) and I thought it'd be fun to play with the sitting froggy a bit. So I made a few changes to the frog's appearance. How fun is that!

You can see in this pic what the original frog looks like:



And here are some new characters I came up with:





The possibilities are endless! Do you ever alter your stamps for certain effects?