Thursday, August 27, 2015

Crazy for Crazy Birds

Hi there. Have you seen THESE new dies that coordinate with Tim Holtz's Crazy Birds stamp set? They are awesome! Most dies cut out an image leaving a white border around it...not these guys...they cut right up to the image. You can cut out the wings, eyes, and beak for added dimension.
Bird Crazy Thinlets Dies can be found HERE

Here's the card I made. I think it's one of my favorites...

I started by stamping the birds on to a piece of Neenah White Cardstock using THIS ink and heat embossing each image with THIS embossing powder. I love the shine it adds to all the details and really makes the images pop. If you want to pop up the eyes and beaks like I did, you need to stamp two of each image like I did HERE. For the background of the card, I used THIS cardstock and added a bit of THIS ink to the edges.

Next I used THESE watercolors to color the birds. I started with more concentrated color towards the edges of the birds and then added water as I continued to achieve an ombre look. I added watercolor to the beaks of the second set of birds and die-cut them out along with the eyes. I added black fun foam behind them before adhering them into place for added dimension.

Speaking of dimension, I used THIS amazing embossing folder on a piece of THIS cardstock and inked it up with THIS ink.

Then I trimmed it into long stripes and tore them into pieces to create "twigs" for the bird's nest...

THIS tool made the process a lot faster. Oh, and the card is a bit longer than most to accommodate the scene, measuring 9.5 x 4 inches. 

Like I said, I think this is one of my favorite cards I've ever made. That Tim Holtz sure knows what he's doing! 

That's it for today. There will be more crazy bird cards in the future because I recently purchased THIS, THIS and THIS. Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Monday, August 24, 2015

Cards for Kids-Maze Card

Hello! I love making cards for kids and I think any kid loves receiving mail!

As soon as I saw THIS stamp set, I immediately thought of my little boy, Aiden. He absolutely loves the water and I wanted to create a card to give to his cousin-who is his swimming buddy.
I stamped the little boy image using THIS ink and colored him in with Copic and Spectrum Noir Markers. I added a coating of glossy accents to his flippers, the duck's bill, and the goggles. I used THESE coordinating dies to cut him out and the water splash image.

I've had that maze embossing folder for a long time (I think I got it at my local craft store-can't remember) and embossed it on to a piece of Neenah White Cardstock. If you don't have anything similar, you can do a Google search on free maze printables and use one of those. I've done that before and it was a hit! I used THIS die to create the arrow showing where to begin the maze...
I wanted the boy image to be removed easily. My nephew, who is receiving this card, is very creative and I know he would like to use this for one of his many art projects. I used a piece of THIS velcro to attach the image so it can be easily removed...
Here's a peek at the inside of the card...
I found a pack of mini markers (two markers are attached with one lid) in the dollar bin at Target and thought they would be perfect to include in this card to use on the maze. I adhered it with THIS washi tape-so it can be removed easily. Also, I used THIS stamp set to create the custom greeting inside. 

I hope this inspires you to make a card for a kid in your life. 


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SSS August Card Kit Continued...

If you remember from THIS post, the August Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp was a favorite of mine. I decided to make another card with it...
I started with THIS die and cut it from THIS cardstock to create the sun image. I added some of THIS ink to the edges with my ink blending tool. I stamped the greeting from the stamp set included in the kit with THIS ink and clear heat embossed it. The kit also comes with an awesome sunshine word die that I cut three times from black cardstock. I inked it with Versamark ink and clear heat embossed it to make it pop. 

To create the flip flops, I colored a piece of white cardstock with THIS ink pad and stamped the flip flop images. I inked the open dot heart image in the stamp set using Versamark ink and stamped it on top of the image. It resists the ink, creating a subtle texture on the flip flops....

I stamped the solid border image from THIS stamp set in a variety of inks on to a piece of Neenah Cardstock. I created a frame around it using THIS die. I stamped the triangle border from the stamp set using THIS ink along the edge of one of THESE note cards.

I finished off the card by adhering all the elements down, putting fun foam under the sun for dimension, and spraying the card with THIS for some shine.

That's all for today. You may see some more sunshine/summer cards from me soon because I don't want summer to end! Who's with me!?

Thanks so much for stopping by.


I used THIS stamp set from Neat and Tangled to create the stripes.