Tuesday, August 22, 2017

You Color My World

I wanted to make a "back to school" themed card with a "generic" sentiment so it could be used for friendship and not just school related occasions.
I found a Back To School digital stamp set from Gray Bee Graphics (on Etsy), and used the crayons and crayon box from that. I created the sentiment in my photo editing program and used colored pencils to fill in the word "color." I fussy cut two sets of crayons and popped one up (with dimensional tape) over the over on the front. I also printed and fussy cut a bigger set to include in the crayon box inside.
Supplies and Tools:
Back To School digis, Typewriter Alphabet embossing folder (The Paper Studio), Baker's Twine, Washi Tape, Printable

This post linked to:
City Crafter Challenge - Back to School
Fusion Card Challenge - Inspiration Photo (I went with school themed)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Monday, August 21, 2017

Heidi Swapp Stencils

Do you enjoy using stencils on your projects? Have you ever tried the mini Heidi Swapp sets? I especially like the Frames Set that look like little Polaroid photos. Unfortunately, I'm not always very creative with turning them into cards.
I recently challenged myself to create a card using one of the Frames stencils and some DIY spray ink.
For step by step instructions on how I put this card together, visit the Cropstop blog today!
Supplies and Tools:
Frames Stencils (Heidi Swapp), Distress Oxides (Cracked Pistachio/Worn Lipstick), Mini Mister, Posy Patch Stamp Set (Heartfelt Creations), Pearls, Plaid Background Stamp (Impression Obsession), Watercolor Paper, Square Punch, Pink Burlap String, Sharpie Marker, Girls are Weird Alphabet Dies (Sizzix), Nature's Sketchbook (Stampin' Up), Black Soot Distress Ink, Fiskars Paper Crimper

This post linked to:
Ooh-la-la - Flowers
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes

Friday, August 18, 2017

"Ruff" Day Card

I send a lot of cards for the Shelter: Postmarked card ministry, and good percentage of those go to people experiencing some of life's hard knocks.
I created this somewhat fun card to send some of the "not-so-serious" requests on the list.  You can find the free vintage printables I used linked below as well as a freebie I created for you to use.

Supplies and Tools:
Vintage Dog Clipart (The Old Design Shop), Vintage Page Clip Art (The Old Design Shop), Pattern Trio Stamp (Stampendous), Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, Baker's Twine, Sequins, Doily Tag, Biblical Impression Scripture Stamp, Washi Tape

This post linked to:
{PIN}spirations Challenges - Inspiration Photo (below)
4 Crafty Chicks - Sequins
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Watercolor Sympathy

I needed a sympathy card for a friend of ours who recently lost his mother to cancer. When I saw THIS beautiful sympathy card  on The Paper Players blog last week I decided to give it a whirl. So here's my CASE of Nancy Leedy of Canopy Crafts. (Incidentally, she CASED a card from Pinterest!)
I used Distress Inks to create my watercolor background by stamping them on my desk, adding water, and smearing them around watercolor paper with a small brush.
 I made a second card using the tree from Thoughts and Prayers (Stampin' Up). This one is turned sideways and has a few more embellishments than the first.

Supplies and Tools:
Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set (Stampin' Up), Utopiary Stamp Set (Inkadinkado), Watercolor Paper, Gel Pen, Washi Tape, Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn/Evergreen Bough/ Walnut Stain/Gathered Twigs/Ground Espresso/Rusty Hinge/Salty Ocean/Blueprint Sketch/Black Soot), Baker's Twine

This post linked to:
City Crafter Challenge - Don't bring me flowers
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
Creative With Stamps - Boys to Men

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It's All White

Today I'm sharing an all white card I created to be used as a wedding card. I was going for a simple, but elegant look so I kept the embellishments to a minimum.
Since the inside sentiment simply says "love," it could also be an congratulations card for a baby girl or a birthday card for a special lady in your life!
Supplies and Tools:
Circular Grid Embossing Folder (Anna Griffin), White Seam Binding, Deep Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), Pearls, Love Stamp (Stampin' Up), Black Soot Distress Ink, Watercolor Paper

This post linked to:
Double D Challenge - It's All White
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes with ribbon/lace/trim

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Messy Watercolor

I've been wanting to create a messy watercolor look and decided to use one of my new Power Poppy digital stamps to try it out. Obviously you can't watercolor over the top of printer ink because it would smear, so here's how I accomplished watercoloring with digis:

  • I printed a draft of my image and laid it over my watercolor paper
  • I stamped my distress inks on my acrylic block, added some water to make watercolors
  • I gently lifted a corner of my draft sheet and applied the colors underneath (with a small paintbrush) to the general area of the leaves and flowers
  • After I laid down the initial colors, I removed the top sheet completely and added accents in darker shades
  • I dried the colors with my heat gun and then printed my digital images over top the messy colors 
  • Next, I added a few spatters in blue
  • I inked up my crackle background stamp and lightly spritzed it with water before stamping it over the image
  • The last step was to die cut the largest camellia, layer it on black cardstock and pop it up from the main image with dimensional tape
  • (The inside sentiment was created the same as the front)
Supplies and Tools
Camellias Digital Stamp Set (Power Poppy), Peonies Digital Stamp Set (Power Poppy), Distress Ink (Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Hickory Smoke), Watercolor paper, Small Paintbrush, Crackle Background Stamp (Stampin' Up), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Baker's Twine

This post linked to:
Power Poppy - Mix and Match
The Paper Players - Color Challenge
Shopping Our Stash - Chillaxin' and Relaxin' (working in my flower beds relaxes me)
Dies R Us Challenge - Anything Goes with at least one metal die