Sunday, August 19, 2018

Fall to Layout #85

Happy Sunday!

I have a "sweet" card for you today. Once again, I decided to take a look at the images I used on the sketch and specifically choose something different from the sketch image.

  • Card Base: 3-1/2 x 6
  • Main Image Layer: 3-3/8 x 5-7/8
  • Patterned Paper Layer: 3-1/2 x 1-1/4
  • Ribbon: 3/8 inch wide
Here's my card. I grabbed a few different sweet treat images from a few different sets.I stamped them on the white layer using the sketch as a guide, leaving room for the sentiment. Next I decided on some patterned paper and colour matched my Copics to that piece of paper.  The ribbon is from a large roll of 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon I have had for a long time. I decided to add a few white gems to add a bit of texture to the card.

Stamps: Baked with Love, Beam Me Up, Sweet Friends, Year 7
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: White, Really Rainbow 6x6 paper pack, Black
Accessories, etc.: Grosgrain ribbon, Copics, Gems

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sweet Wishes

As promised, I got the sketch card done. Today is a welcome (albeit temporary) relief from the heat. So it was a perfect evening for crafting! Just as a reminder, here is the sketch #84.

  • Card: 5x5
  • Image Panel: 2-1/4 x 2-3/4
  • Image Panel Frame: 2-3/8 x 2-7/8
  • Scallop Border: 5 x 1-1/4

Here's my card. I decided to use the milk and cookies set by Lawn Fawn. I stamped the glass and two of the cookies. I masked the bitten cookie so that I could have it overlapping the full one.  I also masked the milk portion of the glass so that the entire straw was not visible. The little heart has some clear nuvo drops onto to give it some fun shine.

For the background I used the Bahama Blue Memento ink (once stamped off) onto some Tempting Turquoise. I found an older EK Success scalloped edge punch and used that with some Real Red to make my border.

Supplies: Stamps: Milk and Cookies (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue, Lady Bug, Versafine- Black Onyx
Paper: White, Black, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories, etc: Nuvo clear drops, copics, scalloped edge punch

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Fall to Layout #84

Happy Sunday everyone!

Sorry for the delay. It's a gross heat wave here right now, so I'm not doing that much crafting this week. I don't actually have a card to share.

I have the sketch up if you are wanting to get inspired. You can also check out my original challenge card here.

I'll try and get a card made on Monday or Tuesday. It's supposed to be a little cooler (high of only 25 on Monday and 18-19 on Tuesday) so hopefully that will be some relief from this heat!

This is now...

This was from December 30th. Yep we sure get both extremes here!

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Easy Ink Blending

Hello everyone. I hope you're having a good week so far.

I've got a fun Altenew Academy project to share today. I've really been enjoying these classes. Today's project is from the Easy Ink Blending Techniques class. This class really inspired me to try something new. It's funny, I love doing many techniques, but the thought to combine these two techniques never cross my mind. Let me tell you, game changer! 

First I decided on my stamps- Coffee Love is such a fun set. I love the sketched illustration style to it. Once I was set on the images, I decided to use a coffee colored palette- I used Distress Inks here- Ground Espresso, Gathered Twigs, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber.

Okay, so onto the technique- Faux Watercoloring!
I started with embossing my images on some watercolor paper. I started my background with some ink blending, and finished off the project, adding in some water and more of the same colours to give a looser, organic feel. I love how this technique really takes your ink blending up a notch, while still feeling like watercoloring, but you have SO much more control this way!

I highly recommend this class to check out the technique fully. Even if you consider yourself advanced in blending techniques, Amy Lee has such a way of presenting, that you are sure to learn some new techniques and you will certainly be inspired! Her card for this technique is truly gorgeous!!

Stamps: Coffee Love
Ink: Versamark, Versafine Black Onyx, Ground Espresso, Gathered Twigs, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber
Paper: Early Espresso, Cream Watercolor Cotton Paper (Savoy)
Accessories, etc.: white embossing powder

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Fall to Layout #83

Happy Sunday!

It's a long weekend over here, so I am enjoying the extra day for some relaxation and crafting! This week, I was a bit better about sticking to the sketch. Ultimately it breaks down into a sentiment surrounded by a triad of objects,

My Dimensions used:
Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Image Layer: 3-5/8 x 4-7/8
Image Layer Frame: 3-3/4 x 5

And here's the card, I really wanted to make a space themed card for my friend's birthday, so I started off with a few images from Out of This World and got to colouring. Next I thought I should make a quick galaxy background. I love these and they really are quick and easy. For this one, I started off with a piece of 110lb black card stock (I just buy the pack from Michaels). I used black because it means you don't have to use quite so much ink for blending. I selected Distress Oxide inks,Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, and Black Soot and blended on top of that. Next I misted it a few times with the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer. I wanted more of a starry look, so I stamped some White Snow pigment ink onto an acrylic block (to use as a palette), watered this down and then splattered that all over.

I embossed the "out of this world" phrase on the galaxy layer and popped up the rest of the sentiment on some white cardstock. Truthfully this was done because that part of the embossing smeared! But I actually like the little pop of white it gives.

Final steps were adhering my images. I popped all of these up on foam tape. I wanted the little astronaut tethered, so I drew a little rope with a white gel pen leading off the scene to some unknown tether station, ha!

Stamps: Out of This World
Dies: Out of This World lawn cuts
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxide-Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Pigment- Fresh Snow
Accessories, etc: various Copics

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Fall to Layout #82- Take Two

Happy Sunday!

So, this week is a bit different. Below I have the original sketch 82 that was featured. You are more than welcome to take a stab at it, although I don't have confirmed measurements. Eyeballing it I would say that the scalloped layer is about 4 x 4.25 and then apply a scallop punch or die to fancify the edge.

So confession time, I totally deviated from the sketch, but the original sketch was completely my starting point. I looked at how I had 3 images on the card, I really wanted to use the Lace Leaf set. I started with a piece of watercolour paper and stamped the ink-like stamp. I used 4 distress inks on the stamp, spritzed it with water and stamped onto the paper. Then I spritzed the paper, and lastly, any spots that didn't stamp smooth I evened out with a wet paintbrush. 

To stamp the large leaf, I decided to use my MISTI. I inked up the leaf using Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, and Summer Sunrise. I did that twice to ensure it popped against the inky background. Next.I added in two of the smaller leaves for the 2nd and 3rd elements.

Now here is where I really struggled with keeping to the sketch. Did I force my stamped image into the sketch? Did I start over with something else that worked a bit better with the sketch? OR did I just accept the fact that this card was going to deviate from the sketch? That's the option I went with!

I already had some baker's twine ready to go, as I was intending to use it for the above sketch, but I decided to change the orientation. 

Lastly, the sentiment I wanted worked best on the image panel, so I stamped it in Versamark and embossed it with some copper embossing powder.

So now, I present to you sketch 82-ish. Feel free to use this one instead if you like!

  • Stamps: Lace Leaf
  • Distress Ink: Barn Door, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, 
  • Other Ink: Versamark, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise
  • Paper: White watercolour paper, copper, Early Espresso
  • Other: copper embossing powder, baker's twine

Lastly, as I was staging my photo, I had a little helper jump up. The two newest kitties to our family sure love being in the craft room! This is Malone trying to sneak to the window behind my desk.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Fall to Layout #81 Take Two

Happy Sunday everyone.
Time for another sketch. This one is great for using small bits of patterned paper or smaller stamped images.

This sketch doesn't really require much for measurements. I would say stick to a standard sized card front and aim to have your circle elements be around 1 inch.

I pulled out Foxy Friends and decided to use three of the critters. I used the coordinating punch to cut them out. The fox and raccoon are fairly obvious. For the brown critter- you decide- is it a bear, a wolf, a cat- I'm not sure! I thought this old greeting from the long retired Faux Ribbon was a great combination since there was "many" critters to say thanks.

The background is from an older 6x6 We R Memory Keepers set (Happy Camper). I thought the slightly muted woodgrain image was a nice touch.

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