Saturday, December 28, 2013

Winter Birthday Card

Hi card crafting bloggers. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! 

While I haven't done much blogging the past couple of months, it doesn't follow that I haven't kept up on the trends. I've been fascinated with the embossing paste mania and couldn't wait to try it out for myself. Oh my STARS, this stuff is SO FUN to play with. 

I started this card with a simple light blue cardstock and used my favorite background stamp from Impression Obsession called "splatter" I used Hero Arts Tide Pool Ink and Soft Granite Shadow Ink to create a starry night backdrop. I love the three dimensional effect it gives. After using the embossing paste with a star stencil, I used Silver Wink of Stella Glitter Pen to make them really shine. 

The heart is die cut and covered in glossy accents. The little critter is from Lawn Fawn's Into the Woods stamp all time favorite stamp set ever. I colored him with Copics and covered him in Star Dust Stickles. Putting him in a party hat transforms this into a birthday card. 

Happy stamping!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Project Cheer Part Two!

Hi! Terri here. I'm popping in as promised to share three more Christmas tags I've been working on for the holidays. 

I love the freedom the larger tags give you because you are not limited in space.

This first tag is a Penny Black stamp with a Hero Arts sentiment. I love her spunk and fun personality and so I had to use her on a package for my daughter.

I went bright on the copic coloring and used Star Dust Stickles and my white gel pen for accents. It's amazing how much fun you can have with a white gel pen. Knowing when to stop having fun is the hard part for me. I finished her off with glossy accents on the goggles and the surf board. 

So, yes…I jumped on the glittered snowflake band wagon. Who wouldn't after seeing what great results you can get from that yummy Clear Rock Candy Glitter?

More snowflakes? Yes please. I'm also in love with Evergreen Bough Distress Paint. I mixed in some Broken China and Brushed Pewter for this background. I silver heat embossed the greeting and of course, center stage is Lawn Fawn's adorable Polar Bear from their Critter Series. 

Have a great weekend, and Merry Christmas!!

Happy Stamping!

Some Christmas Project Cheer

Hi. It's been a long time since my last post but that doesn't mean I've not been crafting. I've actually been very busy working on an art journal for my daughter. Hopefully, I will post pictures one of these days soon. 

Today, I thought I'd share a sampling of some tags I've been working on while there is still a few days left before Christmas. Some of them are already under the tree so the pictures aren't the greatest. I hope you enjoy them anyway. 

I know this Lawn Fawn Bunny has been around for awhile but some things are so cute they never grow old. I'll probably use it a few more times on a few more packages before I'm done stamping. :)

I love this deer in a Santa hat SO MUCH that I colored him multiple times and he flew out on many mailed cards and packages. My grandma used to have a book about Davy Deer and His New Red Scarf. It's not a scarf, but it's a hat…and it makes me happy.

I'm also digging the chalkboard look, so that is showing up a lot as well. I love how coloring with Prisma Colored Pencils shows up so well on black card stock. 

I used some Penny Black Stamps on the next couple of tags. I think this boy and girl is so cute. Copic coloring during Christmas movies is fun and relaxing. Except the part about trying to keep what I'm coloring a secret from those watching the movies with me.

This poinsettia is also Penny Black. I tried a messy look by just coloring it in with sponge daubers. I don't know that I love it, but I'm intrigued enough to keep practicing. 

This last tag, is a Hero Arts Christmas Tree Stamp. It's not a great picture so sorry about that. I colored the tree blue and red to match the wrapping paper. The stars are covered in Christmas Red Stickles although you can't really tell by the picture.

Tomorrow, I will post part two of my sampling of Christmas tags. Until, then, I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season and enjoying all of the little things along the way.

Happy Stamping!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Technique Play - Distress Paint Resist

Hello friends. Today I'm sharing a card once again using the Distress Paint resist technique that I love SO MUCH! I love, love, love how it resists in a matte finish and dries flat like printed paper instead of raised like ink. You honestly can't tell it's been stamped. I think it is a beautiful technique.

The star bursts in the background are stamped in Antique Linen Distress Paint. Even though I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment over the top the star bursts still shine through the ink. Isn't that a cool trick? This collage is really an eclectic mix of just about all of my favorite stamp companies. There is some Jim Holtz, Penny Black, Hero Arts, Impression Obsession, Simon Says Stamp and of course the beautiful sunflowers from Lawn Fawn. 

The flowers were colored with copic markers and the background is done in a combination of Walnut Stain, Victorian Velvet, and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I finished it off with some pearls, white gel pen and ribbon painted with Seedless Preserves and Walnut Stain Distress Paints.

Here is a close up of the star bursts through the ink.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Into the Woods Gift Tags

Hi everyone! Happy Fall! I am loving the changing leaves, the fresh crops of apples and pumpkins and the cool crisp air. I was putting together a fall themed care package for my son and inspired by the current Lawnscaping Challenge I had to use Lawn Fawn's incredible "Into the Woods" stamp set, 6x6 paper pad as well as their "Tag You're It" stamps and die sets to make these adorable gift tags. The "Into the Woods" set is probably my all time favorite stamp set. Who wouldn't smile to get a gift with these cute little guys?

I would have included a picture of the tags on the packages but got excited to get them mailed and forgot to snap the picture. I just may need to find someone else to send a care package to.

Happy Stamping!

A Quick Happy Birthday Card

Just popping in with a quick happy birthday card. I love how the pop of color on the sides can make such a difference and it is so easy. I just cut small strips instead of using a larger piece under the main card front. What can I say? I am very stingy with my patterned paper. 

The greeting is colored with memento markers. I love this technique because it is simple and you can get so much versatility from your stamps this way.

Sometimes simple is just awesome!

Happy Stamping!!

Technique Play - Creative Chemistry Floral Arrangement

I have been so inspired by the online card classes this month. You can check them out here. I haven't posted much because I've been working on an art journal for my daughter. It's my first time to branch out and do something besides card making and I'm finding it to be more fun than I thought. 

Today I am posting a birthday card that uses a lot of techniques I have learned from Creative Chemistry 102. One the striped background you can see the silhouette of the dot stencil pattern with a combination of distress inks overlaid on the top. The random lines are stamped in Peeled Paint. The shadow effect is really cool.

The numbered background behind the flowers is a Hero Arts stamp that is inked in Picket Fence Distress Paint. I LOVE this resist technique. It's beautiful for one, but I love that it is smooth when it is finished rather than the raised effect of embossing powder. It makes it look more like a printed paper. I also love the option of not dragging out the powders and my heat tool. 

Above is the same distress paint resist technique on a tag, and below is a better shot of the same technique as a backdrop for the flowers. 

The vase for the flowers is manilla card stock covered in Broken China Distress Paint. When it was dry I applied some Metallic Bronze Distress Paint and spayed it with water. I rubbed it off when it was only semi dry creating a really cool aged effect. I die cut the vase from a Memory Box die that you can find linked in the supply list below.

The flowers are Avery Elle Petals and Stems with matching dies. Add a gold heat embossed sentiment, some gold sparkle twine and some liquid pearls for accents and wa la...done. Who knew chemistry could be so much fun?!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Stitched Journaling Cards

Finally...Here are the cards I promised to share from last week. 

You will recognize the one that I already shared. You can check it out here. All three cards feature the stitched journaling card from Lawn Fawn. 

The background on all three cards was made the same way. First stamping an image on white card stock, than coloring in the image with Distress Ink. 

The pumpkins on this first card are from Penny Black. I never get tired of the magic of simple Copic coloring and what it can do to transform an image, bringing it to life.

Flowers make me smile, and blue, the rich blue of the sky, makes me smile. Blue is such a happy color. So what better sentiment to pair with these sunflowers on this Impression Obsession background. 

The gold sparkle Lawn Fawn trimmings finishes it off.

Happy Stamping!!