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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mixed Media Masculine Tag

Today's creation is something totally out of the ordinary for me --- mixed media, a tag, and masculine! Both mixed media and masculine are areas I "struggle" in, but lately I've been branching out and trying my hand at both.
 (For a step by step tutorial on creating both the background and the tag, visit the Cropstop blog today!)
 Supplies and Tools:
Manila Paper, Distress Stains (Picket Fence/Peeled Paint), Distress Crayons (Peeled Paint/ Vintage Photo), Distress Inks (Black Soot/Ground Espresso), TCW Mini Life Numbers Stencil, Burlap Stencil (Tim Holtz), Bitty Grunge Stamp Set (Tim Holtz), Curious Possibility Stamp Set (Tim Holtz), That's the ticket die set (Spellbinders), Burlap String, Corrugated Cardboard, Cheese Cloth, Gears, Twine, Circle Punch, Crop-a-dile 

This post linked to:
Allsorts Challenge - Name and/or Number
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes with stamped image
Creative With Stamps - Boys to Men
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bee Kind

I've been wanting to do a bee card for some time now, and thought I'd try out the bee from the Graciellie set: Bee Kind.
I printed my bee's wings twice and added the second set above the first for a little more dimension. I also inverted the color on the sentiment to create a chalkboard look (again!).
Supplies and Tools:
Graciellie Bee Kind Digital Stamp Set, Prismacolor Pencils, Postcard Stamp (Hampton Art), Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Honeycomb Embossing Folder (Darice), White Pigment Ink (rubbed over embossing), Baker's Twine, Washi Tape, Bee Stamp (Stampin' Up)

 This post linked to:
Mod Squad Challenge - Black and White with One other color
Little Red Wagon - Bugs and Slugs
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes with ribbon/lace/trim
The Paper Players - The Great Outdoors

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Brick Wall

Today's card features a brick wall background that I made from gesso and several layers of ink! For a run-down on how I created it, visit the Cropstop blog today.
To accent my wall, I die cut a window using a Memory box die, and added a lovely flower box full of tiny tattered florals!
Supplies and Tools:
Watercolor paper, Gesso, Inspirational Stencil (Tim Holtz), Fired Brick Distress Oxide Re-inker, Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Re-inker, Fired Brick Distress Oxide, Fired Brick Distress Paint, Small Paintbrush, 
Window/Flower Box Die (Memory Box), Tiny Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz), Branch Punch (Martha Stewart), Distress Inks (Ground Espresso/Walnut Stain), Frayed Burlap Distress Paint, Burlap String, Lace,
Coffee Stained Paper, Old Book Sizzix Tag Die, Bible Journal Sentiment (American Crafts), Heart Punch

This post linked to:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee Bowz - Handmade Bow

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hello There

 Today's card features an oversized sentiment as the focal point and some pretty little blossoms accenting the corners.
To create this card I used digital stamps from three Power Poppy sets: Countryside Bouquet (I cropped in two of the flowers and printed them in three different sizes), Everything's Rosy (the oversized sentiment), and Strawberries (the leaves).
After coloring my florals with Prismacolor pencils, I added some tiny seed beads to their centers for added dimension. I also used dimensional tape to pop the flowers up off the card front and tucked my tiny green leaves underneath.
 Supplies and Tools:
Power Poppy Digital Stamps (Countryside Bouquet, Everything's Rosy, Strawberries), Scholar Prismacolor Pencils, Baby Oil (for blending), Watercolor paper, Seed Beads, Diamonds Embossing Folder (Sizzix), White Pigment ink, Labels 10 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Kraft/Purple Cardstock, Hampton Art Layered Flowers Stamps Sets (Amaze/Happy), Distress Ink (Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Black Soot)

This post linked to:
Power Poppy - Mix and Match
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
The Paper Players - The Great Outdoors

Monday, August 7, 2017

Distress Oxide Backgrounds

Today’s card is totally out of character for me. I’m not usually a “grunge” crafter, but I’ve found that I enjoy making an inky mess on my desk now and then! (smile) Actually, I’m not sure I have a definable style – I enjoy trying different techniques and branching out of my comfort zone. Sometimes my experiments end up in the trash, but not today…..
Steps for creating the background for my card –
  1. Ink up a large piece of watercolor paper with Distress Oxides  using sponge daubers (I used Peeled Paint, Broken China, and Worn Liptstick)
  2. Spritz with water (to oxidize) and heat set
  3. Lay a large stencil over your dry background and apply Distress Paint to the surface  (I used the 12 x 12 Garden Gate Stencil from TCW and Frayed Burlap Distress Paint)
  4. Remove Stencil and Heat set with an embossing gun
  5. Trim finished piece to fit your cards
The awesome thing about creating a full page background is you can get several cards/tags out of one “inky experience!”
 After trimming my watercolor paper to fit 4 1/4 x 5 inch cards, I distressed the edges and glued it to a kraft cardfront using my ATG gun. Across the bottom I added a strip of Petaloo lace in green. Using my Cuttlebug, I die cut a piece of vellum using my Labels 10 Nestabilities from Spellbinders. On the front, I stamped a sentiment from the Curious Possibility Stamp Set (Tim Holtz) in Black Soot Distress Ink. After adhering it to my cardfront I added tea-stained green flowers from Petaloo and a Natural Burlap String bow.
 Inside I used Peeled Paint Distress Oxide, Stencil Brushes, and the Huey’s Mask Circle Stencil from Studio Calico to create a corner decoration. Over the top I stamped another image from the Curious Possibility Stamp Set (Tim Holtz) in Black Soot Distress Ink.
I’d love to see how you use Distress Oxides to create backgrounds for your projects so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up anything that uses products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!! I’ll be looking for you in the gallery!

This post linked to:

PINspirational Challenge -  photo inspiration (the colors)
Little Red Wagon - Favorite Products (Tim Holtz inks)
The Paper Players - The Great Outdoors
Stamping Sensation - Anything Goes

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lacy Neutrals

Today's card features a background made entirely of border punched strips. I used ten different punches to create this layered lacy look.
After punching the borders, I inked all the edges with brushed corduroy distress ink before adhering them to a piece of kraft cardstock.
The next step was trimming the panel to fit my card front and distressing/inking the edges. I added a coffee stained doily and a pretty posy from Heartfelt Creations.
Supplies and Tools:
Kraft Cardstock, Martha Stewart border punches, Fiskars Border punches, coffee stained doily, Posy Patch Stamps (Heartfelt Creations), White embossing powder, leaf stamp, brushed corduroy/ground espresso distress ink, white button, burlap string, Hello Doily Die Set (Sizzix)

This post linked to:
Double D Challenge - Neutrals with Texture
Little Red Wagon - Favorite Products (flower stamps/distress inks)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Beautiful Blooms

Today's card features not one, not two, but three different sets of digital stamps from
I wanted to create a card with big beautiful blooms on the front, so I cropped and re-sized the flowers from: In Its Time, Bee Kind, and Thoughtful Greetings
I used Scholar Prismacolor Pencils to color all my images. After blending, I added some highlights with Sharpie markers and glitter. For the inside sentiment, I layered one of the digital sentiments (from Bee Kind) onto a white background and inverted the colors for a chalkboard look. (Thanks to Aumtumn of Sew Paper Paint for cluing me in to that technique!)
Supplies and Tools:
In Its Time, Bee Kind, and Thoughtful Greetings, Scholar Prismacolor Pencils, Baby Oil (for blending), Sharpie Markers, Caribbean Turquoise Glitter (Art Accentz), Brown Glitter Glue (Studio G), Honeycomb Embossing Folder (Darice), Love This die (Echo Park), Flower Punch (EK Success), Dimensional Tape, Silver Paper

This post linked to:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Favorite Products (Scholar Prismacolor Pencils)
Ooh-La-La - Anything Goes

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

You're So Sweet

I took advantage of Graciellie's summer sale and bought some digital stamp sets from her Etsy store. This one is called You Are the Sweetest  - isn't that kitten just adorable?!
The inside sentiment comes with the set....I simply layered it on a white background (in my photo editing program) and inverted the colors to create the chalkboard look.

Supplies and Tools:
You Are The Sweetest (Graciellie Design), Watercolor Paper, Scholar Prismacolor Pencils, Baby Oil (for blending), Paper Doily, Basketweave Embossing Folder (Darice), Seam Binding, Peeled Paint Distress Stain, Flower Punch (EK Success), Pearl,  Peeled Paint Distress Oxide, Pattered Trio (Stampendous), Black Sharpie, Alphabet Set, Black Soot Distress Ink,  Square Punch, Gel Pen, Baker's Twine, Martha Stewart border punch, Washi Tape

This post linked to:
The Paper Players - Tic Tac Toe (Blue, Animal, Circle)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes