Friday, March 30, 2012

Fairy Magical Birthday card

My favorite card to make has got to be a tri-shutter card.  They are really easy and have a lot of  "Wow!" factor.  Here's a birthday card I made recently using Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Motifs as the backdrop to the focal image:
 I got the water-color effect by using my Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger.  I started with Tattered Rose and pressed it on my mat then spritzed a little water next to it...
 ...I used a paint brush to mix it together...
...and then kind of swirled it on my paper until I liked the way it looked.  I added some Victorian Velvet in the same way.  I am no artist, but I do like the effect!
I stamped the images and sentiments on the paper once it had dried.  Then I used The Best Glue Ever by ScraPerfect to put little glue spots where I intended to add rhinestones later.
Once the glue spots had dried and were clear and tacky, I used ScraPerfect's Embellie Gellie to add all those rhinestones.

It is a great tool to quickly and accurately place all kinds of tiny embellishments like rhinestones, sequins, beads, confetti and more!
Here is the finished card:
I found the tutorial for this card on Splitcoast Stampers.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Egg Hunt Easter Card

This sweet little card is simple to make.
I loved coloring this little chick wearing an Easter bonnet, an image from Stampendous.  I used the same coloring technique that I used for my last card, with Distress Ink pads from Ranger and a little water providing the color.

Once it was done I cut the image with a Fleur de Lis Rectangle die from Spellbinders.  I dressed up the die cut with rhinestones.  The Best Glue Ever was used to create mini glue spots on release paper for the rhinestones, which I then placed with the help of Embellie Gellie

I used a background stamp from Impression Obsession.  It was inked with Tea Dye Distress Ink to create a little visual interest on the kraft card then finished off the whole card with a flower and a couple of home made tickets!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Presto Change-o!

I really did not like the card I made last week for CAS-ual Fridays so I took the ticket elements and moved them to a new card. For the CAS card the sentiment had to be the focal point, so this version no longer qualifies, but it is definitely a better card:

The little girl stamp is from Technique Tuesday and is new to me, so I was itching to use her. She reminded me of one of the papers from the Graphic 45 School Days line, the one with the little girl skipping rope, so I decided she needed to match!  I painted her with my Distress Inks by stamping on my craft mat and adding a spritz of water...
...then I would mix it up with a paint brush and apply it.
Here's a tip:  I often stamp my focal image twice.  One for testing colors and the other for the actual project:
Ranger has a wide variety of Distress Ink colors to play with:  I used Broken China for her Dress, Wild Honey for her hair, Barn Door for her Shoes,  Tattered Rose for her skin tone, and finished it off with Tea Dye in the Background.  I could have added Peeled Paint to the grass, but I decided to really stick with the color scheme from the Graphic 45 paper. You can vary the intensity of the color very easily by adding more or less water.

The red strip element was cut, embossed, and stenciled using Spellbinder dies.  Check out their Edgeabilities!  I love the ability to mix and match the edges and the decorative inserts to get so many different looks. The Spellbinders web site offers lots of How-To videos on using their dies, and they have more than one that focuses on the Edgeabilities.  And I really love how little space they take up compared to punches!

I had a lot of fun re-making the card before I gave it to my friend, Karen.  So much fun, in fact, that I challenged Karen to take it apart and make it over in her own style...which is inky and eclectic and very different from mine.  I can hardly wait to see what she comes up with!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lucky to Have You

This card is for this week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays:   CFC43: Clean And Simple creations with a Sentiment as the Focal Point.  I have St. Patrick's Day on  the brain so I came up with this:
I bought some markers from Marvy that are specifically designed to work with clear stamps.  They are dye based and actually work really well.  The stamps are Studio G from Hampton Arts.

Once you're over the hill...

The CAS challenge this week at Splitcoaststampers is a color challenge:  white with shades of blue.

I cut  the sentiment with Spellbinders Labels One Die and embossed the edges.  While it was still in the die, I mixed Ranger's Broken China Distressed Ink and a spritz of water on my my craft mat and added the color with a paint brush.  I love the variations you can get from one ink.  The Spellbinders die protected the edge so I had a nice white frame to highlight the sentiment! 

Sentiment stamp is from Fiskars and the motorcycle stamp is from Sassafras Lass.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Fall Fun - Sketch Challenge from SOUS

I am just sneaking in under the wire with this layout for a Sketch Challenge at Stuck on U Sketches:
 The paper is all from The Green Stack from DCWV.  
I used Autumn Leaves stamp for the title and a Martha Stewart Edge Punch. 
I created the little farm-themed tickets myself and tomorrow I will attach a 
hidden journaling tag to them that will slip behind the photo.
Here is the sketch: