Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Blended Background Birthday Card

I made this lovely card for a CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge. Click HERE to see the post, and the sketch is below. 

I stamped a Mama Elephant sentiment and then die cut it using a Spellbinders Lacey Circles die.

 I then took a piece of white cardstock, A2 size and coloured it with distress inks. I started by colouring the center with Peacock Feathers, and then did the outsides in Worn Lipstick. I love how the colour perfectly blends to a beautiful purple where the teal and pink meet! Still working on my distress techniques, but I really like this idea! Now that I've got tons of distress inks, I'd love to see how they all play together.

I finished off the card with some enamel dots sporadically placed to sort of match the butterflies on the sketch. Thanks for checking out my card!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hello Baby with Stenciled Embossing Paste GLITTER!!! - SSS Challenge

Double posting today! I just realized I need to post this card I made for a Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge before it closes! The challenge this week was "Stencil It".

Below is a progress picture. I took one of my Heidi Swapp senticls, and masked most of it off, leaving just some hearts exposed. I used some clear embossing paste on the stencil, and then quickly piled a bunch of glitter on top. I've struggled with "sticky" embossing powders in the past... The results weren't always great. I was wondering if my loose glitters would be a waste. At the same time, since the clear embossing powder didn't give off quite the effect I expected, I wondered if that would have been a waste as well... But now I've discovered that they work perfectly together! Now I just need more stencils :)

I used my new Simon Says Stamp stamps & dies for this card. The flower on the onesie was attached using a foam dot.

Here is a close-up of the bottom of the card:

Here is a close up of the glittery hearts. I love that the embossing paste adds a lot of dimension too!

I mimicked the front of the card on the inside.

I combined a couple of Simon Says Stamp sentiments for the inside of the card. They didn't stamp so great... I'll have to look up some tutorials on how to condition/file stamps properly. I'm worried about ruining them!

Masked Snowflakes & Distress - CASE Study Challenge

I made this card for my first every entry for a CASE Study Challenge! You can click HERE to see the challenge blog post with the inspiration sketch. 

I masked off part of my card and then stamped some wooden Martha Stewart snowflake stamps I had diagonally along the card using "Watering Can" archival ink. I then coloured the top and bottom of the card using distress ink. When I thought it looked good, I removed the mask and stamped a sentiment from MFT in the middle.

I finished this card off easily on the inside with a grey layer and my go-to MFT Christmas sentiment.

Monday, June 16, 2014

PI Christmas Card - MFT Sketch Challenge

I had so much fun making this card for an MFT Sketch Challenge (blog post HERE, sketch is below). 

This was my first time using this PI stamp set. I also used MFT fishtail flags dies to die cut the dotted and red flags. The "Believe" sentiment is from the same stamp set. The paper is actually from a small Recollections pack from a while ago, and the enamel dots are Recollections as well.

Here is a close up of the PI boy. I coloured him in with Copics.

The red colours bled a little into the white part of his suit. Luckily, I recently bought some white enamel accent from Ranger, so I used that to colour in the white spots. It got rid messy parts, while adding some shine and dimension! Love!

The sentiment on the inside is from the same stamp set. I like this layout! All thanks to my amazing fishtail flag dies. I love how this card turned out! I wanna make it a zillion times.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Diagonally Distressed Christmas Card - FMS Challenge #140

Check out this card I made for a Freshly Made Sketches challenge. The blog post is HERE, and the sketch is below.

I just masked off parts of the card, and used distress ink to colour the top and bottom. I used four different colours of Archival inks to stamp a bunch of Simon Says Stamp sentiments.

I did a simple layer job on the inside, and finished it off with a big sentiment from My Favorite Things.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

You're so cool!!! - MFT Color Palette Challenge

Here is the beautiful palette for MFT's current challenge:

I recently picked up this adorable PI set "Ice Princess". I had so much fun colouring her with my copics! I don't have any MFT cardstock, so I used Recollections brand. I suppose the colour I chose in lieu of spearmint is a little more blue, when it should be more green... Oh well! The three circles were die cut with spellbinders dies. The flags were cut with MFT dies. I LOVE the fishtail flags dies. They just look so much better than when I try to make flags on my own. I recently ordered the layering flags set.

Here is a close up of the PI girl!

I recently picked up some Zig Wink of Stella markers. I thought I was ordering the brush markers, but ended up getting pen markers. I didn't even know there was a difference!! I still like the effect that they give. I like how I coloured the skirt with the glitter pen. It makes it almost look pleated. The shimmer is really soft, and only visible from certain angles. I love the effect.... But I will add the brush markers to my wish list!

Here's another close up. I need to work on my hair techniques... I wanted to show that I added shimmer to the barette as well!

This is my favourite part, I added shimmer to the skates. By going over it a few times with the marker pen, I was able to get the shimmer to blend a lot more so there's no lines like on the skirt.

I used another sentiment from Ice Princess on the inside, and added more flags to match the colour palette. I love how much interest it adds! Thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Soy Happy For You - STS #22

I played with another Seize the Sketch challenge this week. You can check out the blog post HERE, and the sketch is at the bottom of this post. 

I recently got Lawn Fawn's Let's Roll Stamps & Dies, and used this sketch as an excuse to play around with them! I tilted the sketch on its side, and used the chop sticks to represent the line that goes across the card. I just love the images. I'm a big sushi fan, and these are just so cute you could eat them!

I used my copics to colour in the images. I guess I could have blended the serving plate a bit better. I'm still figuring stuff out, but I'm pretty happy with how my pictures turned out. I got the copic ciao 72 set A, now I'm eyeing the 72 set B and 36 set E.....

I embossed the panel in the background using my cuttlebug.

I attached the die cuts to my card using foam glue. I took a picture at an angle so you could see some of the dimension.

I finished off the inside with a sentiment from Let's Roll and a piece of shrimp nigiri -- adorbs! Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sending Hugs Bandaid Card - CAS(E) Challenge

I made this card for a CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge. You can check out the sketch below. 

I used differed coloured cardstock to cut our bandaids that I made with Lawn Fawn stamps & dies, and added a sentiment in the middle.

Sorry for the blurry picture! I added a sentiment from the same Lawn Fawn stamp set and a green turtle to the inside of the card to finish it off. This card was quick to make, and super cute. I love it!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Embossing Paste Trials - Lawnscaping Challenge

The current lawnscaping challenge (click here to see post) is to use some sort of embossing. This was a perfectly timed challenge, since I just picked up some embossing paste and I was eager to use it.

I used some lawn fawn stamps and dies to create the card below. I used translucent embossing paste, and it is actually more transparent than translucent. I ordered some white embossing paste, I think that'll give me the result I want.

I used an MFT stencil to add the clouds with the embossing paste. They show up much more in the photos than in real life.

I just love how this birdie turned out:

I added an encouraging sentiment (lawn fawn of course) to the inside of the card.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Masculine Birthday Card - SSS Challenge

I was on a kick with masculine cards. I made this card for a Simon Says Stamp Blog Challenge - Father's Day/Masculine. The challenge suggested using ranger products. Most of the cards I make use tons of ranger products -- my Archival Inks! All the inks used on this card are Archival. I spent a long time deciding which brand/line to go with for my ink pads. I decided on Archival because of the beautiful swatches I found on blogs online. The colour was just much crisper than other brands. I'm super happy with my purchase! My only gripe -- not enough shades of purple!!!

I used a couple of new-ish Simon Says Stamp birthday stamp sets for all the stamps on this card. This was my first time using Simon Says Stamp stamps... I was very pleased! I love the creative designs they come up with, so I will definitely get more in the future.

I kept the colours simple, sticking with a couple brown colours and three shades of blue.

There is an itty bitty sentiment on the inside! :)