Thursday, October 30, 2008

Replacing Stampin' Up! markers with Copics

I've thought seriously about replacing my SU markers with Copics as they die out (I have a couple that are on the verge. Jessica Fick has put together a matching chart for those of us looking to do this. Thanks Jessica!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Red Roses Happy Birthday

Yes, another rose card. ;) I hope you've not grown tired of them. I haven't, so I hope that means you haven't either. This is for my mother whose birthday is next week.

I used 2 SCS challenges to make this: one was for color challenge CC183, Riding Hood Red (or Real Red, which I used), Green Galore, and Going Gray. The other was for sketch challenge SC198.

I hope you don't mind if I skip all the repetitive explanations. Much of this card is similar, technique-wise, to others I've recently made.

One thing I did on this card that I haven't done in awhile is I used my Inkworx air art gun to spray black ink on the roses. I used to use that thing on almost every card (an old favorite), but I put it away one day and hadn't used it in a long time.

Another thing I did on all but the black cs was to DTP with matching inks. And I sponged the red cs after cuttlebugging it with Baroque Burgundy ink to smoke it up.

For the roses I stamped the roses in Real Red ink on white cs and then DTP'd them with the same. I sponged the edges first with Baroque Burgundy and then with Basic Black. For the leaves I stamped them in Green Galore on white cs and then DTP'd them with the same. I sponged Old Olive ink along the edges and then Basic Black. I curled the edges, assembled with pop dots and spritzed with the black ink. Same with the leaves.

I'm pretty predictable these days in my card making. When I try something and like it I tend to keep doing it until I tire of it. The paper piercing and Cuttlebugging are things I love to do, so I tend to incorporate them into each card I make.

I love cards with lots of depth, so I look for ways to pop things out as much as possible. Sometimes I kind of go overboard, but I try to keep the balance.

The latest thing I've enjoyed adding to my cards is the addition of colored cs inside them with a bit of embellishment to add interest. I haven't gone too far in that direction just yet. I've seen some cards that are so wow-ish inside that you'd think you were getting 2 cards for the "price" of one! Mine are simpler.

Well, I hope you enjoy this rose card!

Stamps: SU Roses in Winter, TAC Happy Birthday stamp, Purple Onion Designs small Girls Are Weird alphas

CS: Black, Real Red, Green Galore, Going Gray, White (for roses)

Inks: Real Red, Baroque Burgundy, Green Galore, Old Olive, Going Gray, Basic Black

Other: Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls and Swiss Dots embossing folders, Nestabilities dies, Small and large oval punches, Corner punch, 1/2" circle punch, 1/4" circle punch, 1/16" hole punch, Silver mini-brads, pop dots of various kinds, paper piercing tool, cushion from Mat Pack, Inkworx Air Art gun, Basic Black marker, Sponges

Using what you've got - a ramble through my brain

I've been thinking about how product-driven the stamping world is. If you tried to keep up with every trend you'd never catch your breath. You might not see a lot of new stamp images on my cards, but that's because I can't afford to keep buying new stamps. It's not that we don't technically have the money. It's that my stamping budget goes in the red way too quickly and I have to be content with what I have until I can purchase without guilt again.

I worry about the stampers who always have something new. I know many of them are given stamps to demo for the smaller stamp companies, but it seems that there has got to be some financial pain being felt by those who aren't demoing but who are trying to keep up with the latest and coolest stuff. If my budget is any indication of it I think it would be a dangerous thing to look into the average stamper's finances to see how much she is hurting her family's budget.

So I keep pulling out the same stamps I've had for years and enjoy the occasional purchase of new stamps. And I drool like everybody else over the never-ending parade of new stamps coming out, but tell myself that I will have to be content with what I have.

Is this hurting economy causing you to hold back on buying more stuff, or are you tuning out the screams coming from that sagging budget?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Marker coloring help

I've not invested in even one Copic marker yet, but I dream of someday being able to buy them! ;) They are NOT cheap. But they are refillable, which I find very attractive.

If you just want to learn good coloring techniques with the markers you already have, I think this site would be very useful.

I Like Markers

Coloring is fun and I need to be doing some!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Glitter tips

Pine has some great tips on using glitter here. Makes me want to play!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Happy Birthday Butterfly

What didn't I do to this card? Dry embossing, direct-to-paper, distressing, heat embossing, paper name it, I probably did it.

I made this for my sister. Her birthday is this month and I wanted to go all out for her. It seems my cards are getting a bit more artsy these days, doesn't it? Or is it just me?

Every inch of this card has been touched by ink. Please forgive me because I refer to this a lot in my post.

For the main black base I direct-to-papered (from now on known as DTP'd) using Basic Black ink. It sounds odd to want to cover black cs with black ink, but it does add a nice touch.

I DTP'd the Real Red cs with Real Red ink and then DTP'd along the edges with Basic Black ink, going around in a swirly motion. Then I ran it through the Cuttlebug using the Traffic Jam folder. I had actually planned to have the un-cuttlebugged area under the ribbon on the bottom of the card. But I accidentally glued it on wrong and didn't realize it until it was too late. Honestly, I like it better on the side, so that was a happy accident!

I distressed the black base and the red piece and also distressed the smaller circles and the bigger mustard circle. Really enjoying the distressed look.

To distress, I ran my open scissors blade across the edges, perpendicular to the edges, in the same way I would if I was sanding them. It's very simple and yields a nifty result. I inked the edges after distressing them to hide the plain cs I had exposed.

Close-up of distressing:

Lots of paper piercing. I used my Making Memories piercer mentioned in this post to do the holes. I used the spongy pad from my mat pack underneath. That piercer is great except that it loosens after awhile (the tip is reversible, so it comes out). So I had my hubby glue the stylus part (I don't need or use it) into the handle with super glue (found in some hobby stores). So far it's staying put, and I used it a LOT on this card.

I paper-pierced around the edges and around the Nestabilities scalloped piece. Also went around the circles. I did the back of the card as well to keep the theme going on the inside.

I stamped the "Happy Birthday" stamp from SU Birthday Greetings and a bit of a butterfly from SU Wonderful Wings on the main circle which was white cs using Basic Black ink; then I cut it out with the Nestabilities circle die. I DTP'd the circle with More Mustard and Summer Sun and sponged a bit of Only Orange on it here and there. I DTP'd the edge with Basic Black.

I only stamped part of the butterfly to get the antennae in place for my popped up butterfly later on.

For the smaller circles I used 2 circle punches: a 1" and a 1.25". Before punching the red one out I stamped the word "Sis" in Basic Black. The alphas are from the small Girls are Weird set from Purple Onion Designs. I DTP'd the red cs with Real Red ink. I should've stamped after the DTPing because of the smear factor. Then I punched it out. I DTP'd the black cs with Basic Black ink before punching. Then I distressed the circles with my scissors and DTP'd the edges with their matching inks. Then I paper pierced the edges...because I must. It's a disease.

For the butterfly guessed it...DTP'd some white cs with Taken with Teal ink. Then I let it dry and did the same with More Mustard, but only a little bit, just to warm it up. Then I stamped the butterfly from SU Wonderful Wings in Brilliance Graphite Black ink over it and heat embossed it using detail black embossing powder. Then I cut it out and adhered it with Dimensionals to the main circle. I like the way it floats. I used Sticky Doos to pop out the big circle/scallop part from the red background piece.

The black mini brads were a last minute decision, but I really like what they add to the overall look. The ribbons are black organdy, black plaid and the teal ribbon was actually some cream grosgrain I saturated with Taken with Teal ink so it would match the butterfly and add an extra touch of that color to the scene. I used the TWT re-inker to really saturate the ribbon. Then I blotted it as best I could and let it dry before adding it. Someday I plan to get white grosgrain ribbon so I can stain it any color I want to match my cs.

For the inside I took 2 pieces of Real Red cs and DTP'd with Real Red ink and did the same thing around the edges with the Basic Black as I did on the front, only a bit more. Then I adhered them with Sticky Doos. Lots of paper piercing around them on the black. Between the paper piercing and the distressing the cardstock was just about like cloth!

Phew! This card was a job to make and a job to describe! I hope I didn't forget anything! Hope you enjoy it.

Stamps: SU Wonderful Wings, SU Birthday Greetings, Purple Onion Designs small "Girls are Weird" alphas

CS: Black, Real Red, White

Inks: Real Red, Basic Black, Taken with Teal, More Mustard, Summer Sun, Only Orange, Brilliance Graphite Black

Other: Cuttlebug Traffic Jam embossing folder, Nestabilities scallop and plain circle dies, 1" and 1.25" circle punches, 1/16" hole punch (for mini brads), Making Memories piercing tool, Sponge mat from Mat Pack, Sticky Doos, Dimensionals, Black mini brads, Black organdy ribbon, Black plaid ribbon, Cream grosgrain ribbon, Taken with Teal re-inker, Scissors for distressing, Sponge for Only Orange ink, Detail Black EP