Sunday, May 22, 2016

Coloring Cards

Hello. I hope you had a nice weekend. I'm back today with some "coloring cards."

Adult coloring books seem to be very popular these days. I thought it would be fun to stamp some images on the front of a card for the recipient to color! I used the stamp set in THIS card kit for the main images since most of them were outline images. I used an older alphabet stamp set from Hero Arts for the sentiment. I die-cut the panel using THIS stitched rectangle die and adhered it to a front of a black, top-folding note card.

Making multiple cards was quick and easy using my MISTI...
I stamped a few cards using THIS archival ink because it's permanent and waterproof and good for most mediums. I also stamped a few cards using THIS ink, which is good for Copic coloring. 

I also want to share a fun gift idea using this concept. I stamped a tag with some of the same images and sentiment and attached it to a straw dispenser...
The images were stamped on a tag using THIS ink and cut with THIS die. I used THIS cardstock (which is great to watercolor on and goes perfectly with the markers). Here's a closer look at the tag...

I filled the dispenser with THESE markers. When you lift the lid, they are all at your fingertips...
This dispenser is a great way to store markers too! 

I hope this inspires you to search through your stamp stash and find some outline images to stamp you own coloring cards. You can mix and match from different sets to create a fun, unique look. Another idea would be to stamp the same images using white ink on to kraft cardstock, which would be fun to use with colored pencils. Click HERE to see a previous idea for creating coloring books and cards for kids (scroll to the bottom of the post).

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

SSS June 2016 Card Kit plus OCC GIVEAWAY

Welcome. Today I have a few cards to share using the June Card Kit from Simon Say Stamp...
More details of the kit can be found HERE
It's called, "Look for the Miracles" and I really like the bright colors. I made two cards using an embossed resist technique and overlapping ink colors...

Before I get to the cards, I want to share where I got my inspiration. I loved this sheet of patterned paper in the kit and used it as a jumping off point to get started....

To create the cards, I stamped the flower images in the stamp set using VersaMark ink on to a piece of white cardstock in the kit. Then I heat embossed them using THIS embossing powder. I created two different sized circle mask using THIS masking paper and THESE dies. I picked circles that were slightly bigger than the flowers. I applied different colors of distress ink (since they blend so well) with THIS blending tool and layered the color on top of each other. Where the two colors meet, a new color is created!

For this card...

I used Squeezed Lemonade and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks. 

For this card...

I used Squeezed Lemonade and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks. 

I finished off the cards by stamping the sentiment on to a vellum circle and heat embossing it for some shine. Here's a closer look at where the the two ink colors overlap, creating a new color...

I added the enamel dots to some of the flower centers. I made sure that the vellum circle would intersect with one of them so I could hide adhesive behind it to keep the vellum in place. This is a trick I learned in the Clear & Sheer Class from Online Card Classes.  Speaking of Online Card Classes, how about a giveaway?!...

Just leave a comment below telling me your favorite card of the two I've shared today and I will randomly pick a winner from the comments below to receive a free class from Online Card Classes. Yay! You have until Monday, May 23rd at midnight EST to enter. Good Luck! 

(If you're unfamiliar with Online Card Classes, click HERE for more information. I've taken several classes and I can't recommend them enough.)

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day! 


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Positive and Negative Masking

Hello there. Thanks for stopping by. You may have seen THIS post last week where I shared a few teacher cards. Like I mentioned, I love to spoil teachers and I wanted to make a few more cards to have on hand...
These cards were created by masking with the positive and negative portion of the die-cut. I started by cutting THIS burst frame die from Avery Elle out of several sheets of white cardstock. I also cut it from a sheet of THIS masking paper. I used a circle die from THIS die set and die-cut the center of the masking paper. I used the frame (the negative portion) to mask of each panel so I could stamp THIS background stamp inside the circle area.

Then I used the positive portion of the die-cutting (the circle) and placed it over what I just stamped. It covered the letters so I could apply three distress ink colors (Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, and Spiced Marmalade) to the edges of the burst.
I stamped the apples from THIS Reverse Confetti stamp set using the same three colors of Distress Ink. Sometimes it's difficult to get Distress Ink to stamp smoothly. I was able to get good coverage by repeat stamping with my MISTI.

I finished off the cards by adding a die-cut arrow using THIS die. I hope this inspires you to create a card using positive and negative masking.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!