Friday, August 15, 2014

Butterfly Thanks

I don't really remember what my inspiration for this card was. I guess I wanted to use a bunch of distress inks and see what happened! I sponged distress ink all over some cotton card stock and spritzed it with water. I added in some more sponging since I wanted a bit more vibrancy. Next, I stamped one of the background triangle images from Trifecta and filled random triangles with solid and patterned smaller triangles.

I decided to add a scalloped border on there. I was looking for some ribbon the coordinated nicely with the colours and found some of this old stitched Baja Breeze that went nicely! I finished it off with a layered butterfly die cut and an embossed thanks die cut.

Stamps: Trifecta
Inks: Seedless Preserves, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Versamark
Paper: Cotton pater, White, Vellum, Dark Chocolate
Accessories, etc.: Life is Beautiful die, Wet Paint Cuts I, clear embossing powder, scalloped edge die, white enamel dot

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Make It Monday- Embossing Paste

This week's Make It Monday focused on making backgrounds with embossing paste.

I've only just recently started playing with embossing paste. I've mostly used it in single colours at a time- usually the white that it comes as, or with jazzing it up with reinkers. I've tried to do some blending, but hadn't had much success at first. After lots of practice and several garbaged attempts, I have started to get more consistent results that I've been happy with.

Some tips for success-

1) Make sure you have a bit more space than you're used to working in. Stuff gets messy and it's best if you can temporarily place tools and whatnot down away from the project. Likewise, make sure you have plenty of cleaning supplies handy.
2) Until you get better at blending, work in similar colour families. Start by colouring the paste with your lightest reinker. When you scrape off the excess, add in your next slightly darker reinker. This way each colour is built upon the previous colour. For my card here, I started with Orange Zest reinker,  my next colour was Berry Sorbet, and then I finished with Pure Poppy.
3) Don't be afraid to make your own stencils. I did that here using the Quatrefoil coverplate.

I like the look of the swirl thread behind a main sentiment that I've been seeing a lot lately. On Laura's card she showed how to achieve this look by using the circle scribble vellum dies. I liked this choice since it was more controlled and it was super easy to attach the circle.

Stamps: Wet Paint I
Ink: Orange Zest, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow
Paper: Smokey Shadow, White, Harvest Gold, Vellum
Accessories, etc. Circle Scribble dies, Wet Paint Cuts, Embossing Paste

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Wet Alphabet Background

Over the weekend, I had packed up a few stamp sets, inks, and papers and was off house-sitting. I really wanted to try a few background stamping techniques, but didn't have any background stamps with me. I did, however, have the Wet Paint Alphabet with me. I took a look at how the letters were all arranged on the plastic sheet they came on and thought, "hey, that'd make a good background". I temporarily adhered the plastic sheet to a larger acrylic block, inked the stamps up with Fresh Snow, and then stamped it onto some water colour paper. I applied a coating of clear embossing powder, heated it, then washed a few colours over it.
The colours I chose, from left to right are New Leaf, Tropical Teal, Blueberry Sky, Ripe Avocado.

I wasn't sure what kind of card to make, given that anything with an alphabet background reminds me of school, so I thought maybe I could make a congratulations card and then I have a school related or perhaps a graduation card, ready to go!

Stamps: Wet Paint Alphabet, Wet Paint III
Ink: Fresh Snow, New Leaf, Tropical Teal, Blueberry Sky, Ripe Avocado
Paper: Smokey Shadow, White Cotton
Accessories, etc.: Clear Embossing Powder

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A few congrats!

I really loved how Shari had used the Butterfly Drift die on a card recently. I was inspired to use the die similarly, filling it with various patterned papers.  I liked the Congrats with a Happy For You for a bridal shower card.

Once that one was completed, I thought I should try something similar with the Star Parade die. I didn't have the same variety of patterned papers, so I stuck with two colours of cardstock. I kept the Summer Sunrise stars plain and added some polka dots to the Lemon Tart stars. I used the same big sentiment, but changed the small one to You Did It. For both cards, the Congrats was done using Smokey Shadow, however I just recently re-inked it, so it comes across quite dark in the photos.

Supplies: Stamps: Wet Paint III
Ink: Summer Sunrise,  Smokey Shadow, Baja Breeze
Paper: White, Baja Breeze, Various Retired Stampin' Up Patterned Papers, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart
Accessories, etc.: Star Parade die, Butterfly Drift die, rhinestones

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thanks a Million!

I wanted to use some different dies together, I combined one of the dies from Butterflies and the thanks die.

After the butterfly was cut out,  I stamped it using the background image included in Ice Cream Dream. I made a little banner tag using one of the greetings from Really Big Thanks. Finally, I wanted more than just a plain colour background, so I set up my Ledger Drop stencil and blended coordinating ink over top.

Stamps: Really Big Thanks, Ice Cream Dream
Ink: Harvest Gold, Bermuda Bay, Berry Sorbet
Paper: White, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Bermuda Bay

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dots & Spots & Balloons!

I recently got some new goodies from Simon Says Stamp, including this super fun Circle die, called Bubble Parade. I adhered some wide tape to some cardstock and ran it through the Cuttlebug. I removed the adhesive piece by piece to get a multi-color glitter effect! 

I didn't want to add much else, so I added a fun greeting from Birthday Balloons and finished it off with a brown card base!

For my next card, I wanted to use the Happy Birthday die. I decided place that over a stamped balloon background. The balloons also came from the Birthday Balloons stamp set.

Supplies (for both cards):
Stamps: Birthday Balloons
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Sweet Blush, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold, Orange Zest, Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Summer Sunrise, White
Accessories, etc.: Glitter, Happy Birthday Die, Bubble Parade Die

Sunday, July 06, 2014

A few drinks!

Hello! Hope everyone's having a good weekend. I've got a few drink themed cards.

For the first one, I was inspired by this month's PTI Colour Play. I just loved the colours and was inspired to make a drink themed card. I used the Day at the Beach stamp set and the Sunrise impression plate to give the background a bit of texture. I managed to use all of the colours in the drinks. To add dimension I cut out the itsy bitsy garnishes and popped them up.

For my second card, I pulled out some old Stampin' Up! sets- Sparking Summer and Tart & Tangy. I coloured the drinks with Copic markers and added just a touch of Stickles for sparkle. I finished it off with a sentiment from PTI's Flipping Out.

Supplies: Stamps: Day at the Beach, Sparkling Summer, Tart & Tangy, Flipping Out
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile, Summer Sunrise, Limeade Ice, New Leaf, Aqua Mist
Paper: Terracotta Tile, Summer Sunrise, Black, White
Accessories, etc.: Copic markers, Stickles, Sunrise Impression Plate