Wednesday, July 27, 2016

On Trend: Pineapples

Hi there. Thanks so much for joining me today. I'll admit that I'm not much of a trend follower but the pineapple trend has stolen my heart! THIS die from Hero Arts was so fun to play with that I decided to make multiple cards...
The die is actually a Paper Layering Die, which means that it has special cut and score lines adding dimension to your project. However, I used it a different way and ran it through THIS die-cutting machine using THIS embossing pad. The pad will emboss the image instead of cutting it out, leaving a letterpress look. 
I used the lines to do a bit of no-line watercolor. I haven't ever tried this technique before but the embossed lines gave me a guide as to where to outline the image. I used THESE watercolor markers and traced the image using yellow and green. Then I used water and a paintbrush to pull the color out from the lines and color in the image. 

I did this process several times to add layers of watercolor.

I stamped a sentiment from THIS stamp set using THIS ink. Since the surface I was stamping on was very textured, I used my MISTI to get good coverage. Any areas that didn't completely fill in, I colored with a black sharpie marker. 

I finished off the cards by die-cutting the image using THIS stitched border and mounting them to THISTHIS and THIS card base. 

I hope you give no-line coloring a try using an embossed image created with a die. 

I'll be back soon. Have a great day! 


Monday, July 25, 2016

Window Cards

Hello. I'm back today with a few more cards using the ADORABLE panda stamp set that is included in the SSS Masterpiece Box. (Click HERE to see that post.) This panda stamp is intended for use with a planner but I find it to be perfect for making cards. One of the pandas is holding an envelope and I thought it would be perfect to send to my card making friends...

I stamped the pandas along with a sentiment using Black Staz-On ink on to a piece of THIS acetate. THIS stamp tool really helped me stamp on the slick acetate. However, if you stamp with Staz-On on acetate and mess up, you can always use an alcohol wipe (that is sold at a drug store) to clean it write off and try again. I had to do that several times and it worked like a charm!

So, I wanted to change it up a bit and create a window card...

Here's how I created these cards...

1. I cut one inch from the bottom of the front of the card off and then another inch from that. Save those pieces you will need them.
2. I lined the bottom half of the remaining portion on the front of the card with THIS strong adhesive and laid the acetate piece on top. I also applied that same tape to the bottom of the acetate piece.
3. I used one of the one inch strips that I cut off from the beginning and laid it on the adhesive that is on the bottom of the acetate. I adhered the other one inch piece to the back to hide the adhesive.
4. I cut a piece of white cardstock that was the same size as the portion above the window to adhere to the back of the card to hide the adhesive there also.
5. I adhered patterned paper above and below the window and rounded the bottom corners.
6. I adhered a thin black strip of cardstock above and below the window to give a finished look.
7. I also rounded the bottom two corners of the card and colored the envelope using a Copic marker. I colored on the back side of the acetate.

The sentiment I used is from Simon Says Stamp but is no longer available. However, THIS or THIS stamp set would be a great alternative.

A closer look...

I hope this inspires you to add some acetate to your next card project. It's so fun! Click HERE to see a previous card set I posted using acetate as card bases.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Photo Cards

Hi there. I'm back today sharing some cards I created for some of my crafty friends...

Twice a year, my friends and I have a craft retreat where some of my favorite people around the world (we have some ladies who fly in from England!) come and spend the weekend crafting. It is so much fun that my local group of crafty friends like to get together in between those larger retreats and meet up for the day for a quick fix.:) These ladies are so special to me and I'm so grateful for their friendship. So at the last mini retreat, I gave them all a card thanking them for their friendship and included a photo of us all together. It's so fun to include a small surprise with a handmade card. 

To create the cards, I used THIS cute stamp set from Mama Elephant. I'm not the best at coloring, so I used THESE gray markers to give a black and white photo look. I found that THIS polaroid die works perfectly with the stamped images. 

I created several cards using the same design but in different colors. I used a coordinating ink color for each with THIS heart background. I finished off the cards by die-cutting THIS border for the bottom of the card and adding an epoxy heart under the sentiment. 

I hope this inspires you to add a surprise inside your next handmade card. Thanks so much for stopping by!