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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Sunshine Gal glitter background

Hello. Thanks to a friend and a recent shopping trip to the craft store, I learned how to make my own glitter paste. You can make it shiny, clear or any color you may need.

This lovely new stamp from Unity Stamp Co and her awesome sentiments just begged for a sunshiny background. I thought, why not make it shiny and glittery while I was at it. 

These are the basic supplies to make your own glitter paste. You can use colored glitters but I wanted to experiment first so I picked up a clear one. I decided my Vicki Boutin art supplies would be perfect for changing the colors because they don't make the paste runny. I started by scribbling my yellow crayon on a non-stick surface. Then I squirted out a 50 cent piece size of the gloss gel medium, then sprinkled some glitter on and started mixing like a mad woman. I kept adding glitter until I got the sparkle I wanted. Then I just used a palette knife to spread it through a sun ray stencil onto my card stock and set it aside to dry. I left it over night because dinner had to be made so I don't know how long it takes to dry. 

It is so shiny and glittery in person. I am going to have a lot of fun playing with these supplies.

Copic colors used:
Skirt Y19, YR23 & YR24
Shirt, belt, hairband-BG10, BG11, BG13
Flowers-BG13, BG15
Skin: E000, E11
Hair: E35, E37
Purse: E53, E55, E57

I cut the sun ray panel down with a stitched rectangle. Then I cut some white card stock about 1/8" larger and I used the BG11 marker to color the edges for a perfectly matched mat. I cut some yellow card stock with a scallop die and then I matted it on white card stock cut to an A2 size and then colored with the BG11 marker along the edges also. The sentiment was matted the same way. 

Supplies used
Hello Sunshine Girl-image & sentiment
Vicki Boutin Art Crayons
Gloss Gel Medium
Extra Fine Glitter

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Happy Birthday Cake card

Hello. I wanted to make something bright and cheerful today and this new stamp set and a paper pad from the clearance section of Hobby Lobby provided just what I needed. I tend to make a lot of birthday cards because that is what I need most. 

I used lots of layers on this one. I trimmed down the patterned paper and mounted it to an A2 piece of orange card stock. I then cut a white panel for the cake image and stamped it using Gina K Amalgam ink. I mounted that on a slightly bigger piece of orange card stock.

I found this pom pom trim at Hobby Lobby also. I just sewed a piece onto my image panel before coloring just in case my sewing machine ate the card stock. 

I colored the cake using Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I have a swatch sheet, so I just held the patterned paper next to the swatches to pick the right pencils.
Colors used: PC923-red cheeks & candle, PC915-halo around flame, PC916-yellow on cake & candles, PC921-orange on cake & candles, PC1027-cake stand & candles, PC1051-shadow at base of cake.

I often want to pop something up just a bit, so instead of foam tape, I will cut a piece or two of card stock and place it behind what I want to pop up. 

Supplies used:
Prismacolor pencils

Monday, May 20, 2019

Purple Daisy with vintage background

Hello. I recently visited a blog where she was doing a patchwork background around a flower stamp. It was beautiful so I tried to use it for inspiration. I ended up doing something different but it was so fun to try.

Here is the final card I made, I will have the original one that I tried using her video below as well as a link to the blog post I got the idea from.

Once I completed all the stamping and coloring, I trimmed it down to 4 1/8" x 5 3/8", distressed the edges and mounted it to black card stock, then to an A2 card base. 

I started by stamping my large daisy onto the A2 size card face. I cut one out of masking paper and placed it over the daisy. I actually shortened the stem of the daisy by putting tape over the bottom, inking the stamp and removing the tape before stamping. 

I then stamped a small cluster of flowers stamps randomly around the daisy using Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide. I masked them off as well. I placed this back into my Misti and stamped a dot background over all of it using the same Hickory Smoke ink. I removed the mask from the small flower clusters and using a Tim Holtz blending brush, I blended Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide all around the still masked daisy using a very light hand. I also blended a scrap to stamp the sentiment on. I then removed the mask on the daisies and colored them as follows.

Colors used: BV000, BV00, BV01 & BV02

Centers: Y13, Y19 & Y26 dotted on.

Leaves YG61 & YG63

My other card used a square cut out of thin paper like the original blog post seen here. Art Ventures in France blog inspiration.

The background ended up a little darker on this one, so I deepened the colors of the flowers. I will add a sentiment when I need to use it. 

The square I used was a 1 1/4" square punch.

Colors used: BV01, BV02 & BV13-- Leaves G21 & G24--Centers Y19 & Y26

Supplies used
Happy-small cluster of flowers in background and birthday sentiment
Distressed Dots-background on first card
Bitty Backgrounds-dot on 2nd card background

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Black Embossed Lace Card

Hello. I am here with 2 cards inspired by the most unlikely source. My husband and I go to car shows. Sometimes we have a car in the show, sometimes we are just spectators. Today, we were just there to enjoy the other cars and I came across a car with a beautiful black, patterned wrap. I just had to try and replicate it on a card background. I have a lace background stamp so I started with that. 

This is the patterned wrap on the car I was trying to emulate. 

I started by taking some A2 size pieces of black card stock and stamped my lace background stamp with Versamark ink. I covered it with clear embossing powder and heat embossed it. It turned out great. I did 2 of them and I cut them down with a stitched rectangle die that was 4"x5 1/4".

I also did the same thing with a piece of white card stock to use for my word dies and embellishments..

I die cut the word Hello and Hugs out of plain white card stock twice and once out of the embossed white card stock and glued them in a stack for dimension. I cut some hearts out of the white embossed card stock also. The small heart was stacked with 2 hearts out of plain card stock. 

For the hello card, I wrapped a piece of black organza ribbon around the embossed panel and tied it in a knot off to the side. I glued the hello on top of that. I popped the whole panel up with black fun foam and mounted it on a black A2 sheet of card stock mounted to a card base.

For the hugs card, I mounted the black embossed panel onto white card stock that was cut about 1/16" inch bigger on all sides. I mounted this flat onto an A2 piece of black card stock attached to a card base. I then glued on the hearts and hugs.

Supplies used:

Brutus Monroe Lace-background stamp
Hugs die has been discontinued

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

1 Stamp 3 Ways, Yellow Card

This is the last card in the 1 stamp, 3 ways series. I started out intending to fill up the card, but when I had it stamped 3 times, I decided to leave the corner bare for a sentiment.

To help me figure out the placement, I actually stamped the flower on copy paper 4 times and loosely cut them out. Then I laid them on my card base and folded the edges in to see what I liked. I took a second card base to do the stamping on so the I could use the mock up to guide me. 

I placed a sheet of acetate into my Misti. It fills it up and I only magnet the top down. Then I stamped my flower onto the acetate. I slid a card panel under the acetate until I got it lined up with the stamped flower. I stuck it down, removed the acetate and stamped the flower onto the card panel. I just put the acetate back in, moved the card panel around and repeated that twice more to the three stamped images.

I did some very basic colored pencil coloring and blended it out with Gamsol. It was a lot of flowers to color so I didn't use multiple shades of pencil.

Once I had all the flowers and leaves colored, I used a Cloud Blue colored pencil to go heavily around the image and blended that out until it faded away. I stamped a sentiment in the top right corner. Trimmed down the white panel to 4 1/8"x 5 3/8" and mounted that on yellow card stock. I then adhered the whole thing to a card base and added sequins for some sparkle.

Supplies used:
Prismacolor Pencils

Monday, May 13, 2019

1 Stamp, 3 Ways Pink & Teal border

Here is the second of the 3 cards in the 1 Stamp, 3 Ways series. 
This time I decided to use the stamp as a border and add an Angie Girl to the card. I love Angie Girls so it's fun to find pretty ways to use them.

I kept the colors down to one pink combo and one teal combo. I used them on the flowers and the Angie Girl. Once I had every thing colored, I trimmed down the flower panel to 4 1/8" x 5 3/8". 

I cut the Angie Girl panel along one side with a decorative border die. I used that same die on the pink card stock and adhered them together. I trimmed the height down to 5 3/8" and then mounted it in the proper place to allow the flowers to show. I flipped it over and trimmed away the overhang on the right edge. I mounted this onto the pink card stock and then adhered it to an A2 card base.

Pink flowers RV00 & RV52

Teal Flowers BG10 & BG11

Hair: E34 & E35
Skin: E00 & E11
I colored the Angie Girl clothes using the same pink and teal of the flowers.

I added a small sentiment in the top right corner that was mounted on the same pink card stock.

Supplies used:
Anna Girl-Angie Girl

Here are some other cards I have made using this same flower stamp from Unity Stamp Co.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

1 Stamp, 3 Ways Spotlight card

I thought it would be fun to take one stamp and make three cards with a different feel to them. My first one uses revere spotlight coloring.

I started by cutting 3 white panels with a stitched rectangle die. I placed one of them in my Misti and arranged the flower stamp how I liked it. I stamped it in Gina K Amalgam ink. I left the flower mounted in the Misti and placed one more of the die cut panels in there and stamped it in the same place.  I took one of the stamped panels and cut a circle out of it, moving the die around until I liked the placement.

The third die cut rectangle was going to be used to pop up the top panel just a bit for dimension. So I used purple tape to tape the stamped panel with the circle cut out to the third panel. I put my circle die into the hole and ran it through the die cut machine. This way I had perfect placement of the hole in both panels.

I colored the flowers just where they were going to show through.
Copics used: R27, R29 and R59

Leaves were colored with Copic YG 63 & YG 67

Centers were Copic: Y23 & Y26

I gave what would show on the circle a shadow using B0000 and blending out with colorless blender

Once everything was colored, I adhered the top stamped panel to the blank panel lining up the edges and the circle cut out. I used a red Gamsai Tambi water color to add splatters. I wrapped a piece of organza ribbon around the bottom of that panel and mounted the sentiment over it. Then I adhered that stack to the colored panel, again making sure the outside edges were aligned.

I placed the stamped panels on red card stock and mounted them to a card base. The picture below gives an idea of how added that middle panel gave it some dimension.

Supplies used:

Gansai Tambi water colors
Stitched Rectangle Die