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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Swallowtail

Caroline, from our stamping group, taught some neat cards using this stamp at class last week.  Then she was kind enough to bring it over and allow me to stamp a bajillion more of them to play with.  While these are about a million miles from what we started with, these are the first two cards that I have finished. 

These were stamped onto ShimmerPaper and embossed with Black EP.  They were colored with Copics and/or SU ink pads and Aquapainter.  Then fussy cut with the second copy of the wing placed slightly offset from the first one and raised with dimensionals.  It barely shows in the scan, but the yellow background has subtle sunflowers in the right hand corner for the butterfly to land on.  I used Pumpkin, Regal Rose and Real Red to color the yellow one and used Brilliant Blue and Soft Blue on the second one.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thanksgiving

I am so thrilled with this years card.  I fear the detailing won't show well in a picture, but here goes....
I guess maybe that's not too bad.  Special thanks go to Nancy Tellerico of our monthly stamp club.  She taught this card at the September meeting and I fell in love with it.  We used SU Hardwood stamp to get the woodgrain effect, using chocolate chip ink on brown.  That was dimensionaled onto another piece of plain brown card stock.  I 'smooshed' (technical term) fall colors across white cardstock, using pearlized watercolor paints and my Aqua Painter and then punched out the leaves.  I used splotches of Copic colors to add just a hint more color here and there.  The leaves were glued to a ring base.  The ring of leaces was affixed with dimensionals and a jute bow was added.  Various brads were used to adhere the 'planks' and for the 'doorknob'.  "Give Thanks" was typed in brown and printed onto Pumice color cardstock and then punched out using SU Word Punch.  Lots of piddly detailing but I think the end result was worth it.  Thanks Nancy!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

In Full Bloom again

Found another unfinished project.  Love, love, love this retired set.  This is done with Barely Banana, Pixie Pink and some old designer paper.  Colored with Copics, glittered generously on the flower and on the bees wings.  Flower head and bee are fussy cut and attached, no dimensionals this time.  This is the only one with a sentiment.  For the other ones I have simply stamped an assortment of sentiments and have them ready to put in place once I decide how the card will be used. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Send A Celebration

Birthday time again.  Organizing some cards and supplies (endless job) and finding cards that I started years and years ago, made 1 sample and cut pieces to make the rest.  There they sat, in a dark drawer, for far too many years so I'm trying to finish some up instead of starting more new projects.  These two are made with an old SU set 'Send a Celebration" with a harlequin background stamp applied with VersaMark so it is very faint.  That is just enough pattern to add a little interest to the card.  The image was stamped with Stazon and colored with Markers and a blender pen.   Added a little glitter to the 'flame'.  The base card is Tempting Turquoise and layered with oranges, yellows and/or greens.  One card has a yellow star eyelet.  The other has a Star brad that started white and was colored with Copics.  The word 'celebrate' and a little ribbon complete this card - no dimensionals used on this one.



Monday, July 28, 2014

Happy Anniversary Barb & Dave

My sister has an anniversary coming up soon.  The real love of their lives, however, is their beloved Doxie so this called for a special card.  Drats, I can't remember where I bought this digi image but thought it turned out pretty cute.  Paper is from a freebie pack that comes with my wonderful English stamping magazines.  The heart was printed on the PC and cut with a Nestie.  Printed a couple extra hearts so I could punch out the matching photo corners. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

More Black Magic

This card uses Burgandy, White and Black card stock, plus a piece of striped vellum.  I cut the Ovals using my Nestabilities.  The image on this one is Vintage Vogue.  The card is finished with organdy ribbon and a border punch on the vellum piece. 

Black Magic

I have wanted to try this technique for some time and am so happy with it.  You can be sure I will be doing more cards with this technique.  It's called Black Magic.  You start by embossing a more solid type image with White Pigment Ink onto a dark piece of paper.  Once it has fully dried, you can color it using most any medium.  You can expedite drying with your heat tool if you are impatient like me.   I played around with watercolor pencils, chalk pencils, metallic pencils, Copics, pure color, and regular water base dye markers such as Tombow or Stampin Up.  I think I am happiest with the markers, mostly because it gives me a wider range of color options.
These first two are on different background colors and use white, black and Almost Amythest papers.  Stamps used are from SU Fast & Fabulous set, a two-step stampin' set.  Flowers on the left  are colored with Chalk pencils.  On the right I used chalk pencils on the side flowers and metallic pencils on the center flower.  All are highlighted here and there with white gel pen.  Metallic gold pens provided the center flower dots.  The Amythest piece was run through the Big Shot using the Lattice embossing folder, just to add texture and interest.  Pearls were the right finishing touch.