Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cards from Handpainting Panels

I can't say I'm overly enthusiastic with these card fronts on their own.  I attempted to paint some abstract rose images and these are my feeble attempts.  I decided to finish them off by ding the background with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  I was surprised at how the background helped with my vision of the panel.  Also, I trimmed down the panels to fit onto these colored A2 card fronts and that really helped as well.  Finally, I added a simple sentiment and I thought these could actually be used as abstract art.

On this last card, the background went a little dark.  I also accidentally trimmed the panel too small.  Oh well, I simply created a sentiment flag and colored with my Prima Oil Pastels.  I think it worked and I would say I'm proud of these cards and the final result.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Happy Set of Birthday Cards

 I decided to put my Mama Elephant Birthday Wishes stamp set to work.  I started with white embossing the sentiment onto watercolor paper.  Occasionally,  the white wasn't super solid, so I poured additional powder over the still hot embossed sentiment and used my heat tool to melt a little more powder, creating a slightly more solid image.  I've found this technique to solve some of the ills of embossing on watercolor paper with the variable texture.   I then used my Mission Gold watercolors to create the watercolor washes, combining colors which complimented each other.  I ended up experimenting on multiple pieces and so this card set was born.   Once I had the washes completely dry, I used think watercolor to splatter and create the interesting detail on the card front.

I went looking for something to finish these off and decided to use my Cosmic Shimmer gold gilding flakes.  Using a technique similar to that found in this video, I sponged glue onto the panel edge and let the glue dry a bit before rubbing the flakes into the glue as demonstrated in the video.

Each panel was then backed with coordinating colored cardstock  and mounted onto a white card base.  I'm super pleased with how these turned out, so much so that I used one for my husband's birthday card.  Just so he knows I love him!

What have you been up to?   I don't know if I'll stop this watercolor kick I'm on.  It's been too much fun!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Shaker Card

I used this post as inspiration for today's card.  I had need of an encouraging card for a lady at work and thought that this vellum shaker card would be perfect.  The flowers were stamped with black Archival Ink and die cut with my Arianna Blooms stamp and die set.  The flowers were shipped and put together with Glue Dots.  I used the same technique for creating the vellum shaker element found in this video.  I used my WPLUS9 Hand Lettered Hello stamp set and Lilac Hybrid ink to stamp the hello onto white cardstock and fussy cut the sentiment out.  The same stamp set was used with white embossing powder onto black cardstock to create the sentiment flag.

On the inside, I adhered the inner rectangle cut from the white frame used to create the shaker element.  Since I wanted to write a sweet note to my coworker,  I left this space deliberately blank.

I am very pleased with how this card turned out.  It is a great technique and ultimately a stunning effect.

I hope your July is going well.  It's nearly half over and my daughter is beginning her senior year in high school in a little over a week.  To quote Ferris Bueller, "Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

I plan to spend now until June next year when she graduates stopping once in a while to look around.  I don't want to miss a thing.

Come join the fun!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Wedding Celebration Card

I'm sharing this card today inspired by this pin.  I needed a card for a male coworker.   I used my Altenew Vintage Flowers stamp and die set to create the flowers and leaves using Crimson and smoke inks.   I decided not to include the sequins since the simpler card was beautiful on its own.

I really like the results I've been able to achieve with my Altenew stamps.   If you haven't tried them,  I'd recommend giving them a try.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge Flora and Fauna


Word Art Wednesday's Challenge Weeks #238-239 Anything Goes.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Card Boxes for Gifts

I've been blessed over the first part of this year by a small group of ladies at my work who secretly left gifts and words of encouragement to me in my mailbox.  I've been reciprocating,  but wanted to give them a special gift at our midyear celebration.   From that was born this set of card boxes.

I used the instructions found in this pin though I did notify a bit for some of the larger cards that I was giving away.

I picked out matching patterned papers and coordinating stickers for many of these boxes,  creating a collage focal point.

Many of the flowers were from the stash,  leftovers from previous projects.   This made the project come together quickly,  I did ultimately make 8 of these boxes.

I wanted to have a stamped sentiment tag on each box so the ladies would know how very much I appreciated them.

Many of the focal points were adhered wroth foam squares so that they would act as a flap for the lid   in the end,  I used glue dots to hold the lids closed.

This project made me realize how many beautiful patterned papers I have stored in the stash.   I'm glad this paper finally found a good use.   I'm going to be looking for similar opportunities to use up those stash papers.   They've got to be used!

I'm entering this into the City Crafter Challenge Blog Week#320 On the Border.  Come join the fun!