Friday, September 22, 2017

Oxide Inks and Water

Hello, there! Today I have just a short blog post. This card is heavily inspired by a technique I saw on Jennifer McGuire's blog! Please follow the link to see all of her examples and her video!

I started by taking a regular piece of cardstock and sponging Black Soot Distress Oxide all over the piece. I heat set the ink to make sure it was good and dry. Then I used regular water to spray a stencil from Hero Arts and put the stencil on top of my inked piece. I held it in place with a paper towel for about 5 minutes, and when I looked I was sooooo amazed! It looks so cool! The picture does not do it justice! It's awesome!

I needed to make this into a manly birthday card, so I used a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp to emboss a sentiment with silver embossing powder. I wanted to keep the focus on the background, so I used clear Nuvo Drops to add some little details around my sentiment.

That's all! It's so simple, but really packs a punch! I encourage you to go to Jennifer McGuire's blog and look at her examples and watch her video!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Fairy Happy Birthday

Hi! I have another birthday card to share with you! This time a girly one! Again, I used a bunch of Lawn Fawn products! I've been on a kick lately! 

I am loving the stitched tree border dies! I wanted to use them again! I cut them from white cardstock and did some masking so that I could use Oxide inks to add color. I used Vintage Photo for the tree trunks and Twisted Citron with Peeled Paint for the grass. I also used a mix of Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean for my sky. I did all of my inking on watercolor paper because I knew I wanted to add some water flicks for texture.

I used Distress Oxide inks on the tree "leaves" as well. Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, and Spiced Marmalade. I die cut clouds using the Simple Puffy Cloud Frames dies from Lawn Fawn. I'm so sad that there isn't a gray oxide ink...but I used my regular Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke to add some color to the clouds...a "silver lining" if you will!

I stamped images from Lawn Fawn's Fairy Friends stamp set and colored them with Copic markers. This is a fairy that calls for a bunch of shimmer! I used my Spectrum Noir clear overlay shimmer pen. This picture just doesn't do it justice! I added so much shimmer to almost everything! I just love it!

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Little Knight Card

Hi! I was tasked with making a birthday card for a boy, so I whipped out some of my favorite stamps from MFT and some Lawn Fawn products, too! 

Isn't it adorable!? I cut a piece of light blue cardstock to be my background and I used Lawn Fawn's Puffy Cloud Border dies with some white cardstock. I also cut out the Radiant Sun die from MFT from some yellow cardstock. My foreground is a piece of light green cardstock that I cut with the Forest Border Die from Lawn Fawn. That's my scene! It's really simple, but I think I like it that way!

The little images are from My Favorite Things Magical Dragons stamp set. I colored them with Copic markers. I made a boo boo on the shield the little knight is holding. The shield was meant to be silver around  the outside and red on the inside. I colored the gray on the outside and as I was coloring the red inside marker bled! I've never had that happen, but I've read horror stories from other crafters! Luckily, the blob of red didn't go far. I grabbed a towel and sopped up the ink hat was sitting on the paper. Can you believe that it didn't go outside the lines of the shield!? I got soooo lucky! And I quite like how the shield looks!

I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and white heat embossed it. It's from Lawn Fawn's Loveable Legends. I use it all the time!

This card is for a boy, but I couldn't help myself from adding just a bit of sparkle! That's all!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Gnome Slider Card

Hello! I have the cutest of cute slider cards to share with you today! I used products from a bunch of different companies for this one. I'm really pushing myself to mix up my goodies! I struggle with mixing companies together...I don't know why! 

Isn't it so cute?! I started by cutting out Lawn Fawn's Leafy Tree backdrop from cream colored cardstock...backwards! I die cut it and flipped my piece on it's back because I wanted my tree on the right. Then I masked off the edges and added some Distress Ink to the tree. I also die cut two pieces of green cardstock with the Stitched Trees Border dies also from Lawn Fawn. I wanted my tree trunks to be brown, so I die cut the same dies from white cardstock and used some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give the tree trunks some brown color and glued them on top. The leaves and tree backgrounds are from yellow, orange, and red cardstocks. While I was die cutting I also cut out the Radiant Sun and Cloud 9 dies from My Favorite Things. I used Lawn Fawn's Slide on Over dies to die cut a slider panel in the foremost green piece of cardstock.

I love this little gnome and hedgehog from an old Studio Calico stamp set. Seriously, so cute! I used Copic markers to color them in. I also added some color to the outside of the clouds with Distress Ink.

As with all of my cards, I added a healthy amount of Wink of Stella to almost everything! All but the background and the trees have glitter! My hedgehog is stationary, but the little gnome slides back and forth! So cute!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Halloween Shadow Box

I've raved about the Lawn Fawn fall / winter release before...but it just keeps getting better! They released dies to make a little shadow box card! There are some seriously smart people over at Lawn Fawn! 

Of course I had to make a shadow box card with the Costume Party stamp set! I made my box from some dark purple cardstock. Purple is my go-to Halloween color! I cut some custom inserts for my shadow box - I used the forest border die, a simple stitched hill die, and the grassy border die. I used two shades of green cardstock - lighter in the front and darker in the back - to add more depth.

I love how you can see different details every time you tilt the shadow box! I colored a bunch of candies, pumpkins, and kids in costumes! I really wanted to fill up this shadow box!

After I colored and cut out my images I added a bunch of clear shimmer from Spectrum Noir. I even added shimmer to the front of the box. I ran out of somewhere to stamp a sentiment, so I took a cue from one of the Lawn Fawn videos and I stamped my sentiment onto a strip of white cardstock and added it to the top of the box.

Thanks for joining me!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fingerprint Thank You Cards

I have more fingerprint doodle cards today! This stamp set is one of my new favorites! I just love how cute it is! I can't wait for my son to get old enough that I can make teacher favors with this stamp set! 

I started by stamping the "thank you" sentiment in the middle of the card multiple times using my MISTI with black ink. I stamped the outlines of the critter images in black as well.

After I stamped all of the outlines I started using the various fingerprint images to fill in their little bodies. I could have used my MISTI for this as well, but it was faster to just use a small acrylic block.

I added two more "thank yous" to two of the cards. Because of the way the critters were stamped they seemed a bit empty, so I added another sentiment to the top and bottom of the three I had already stamped.

This stamp set makes it super simple to make cute cards! I'm in love!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Season is Here!

I must be a weirdo...I don't like coffee! At all! But when I saw the Pumpkin Spice stamp set from Lawn Fawn I thought it would be perfect for hot chocolate! That being said...I know many lovers of coffee and pumpkin spice, so I felt compelled to make this card! 

I started by taking all of my Simon Says Stamp stitched square dies and taping them together so I could put them through my Big Shot at one time. However, instead of using them to cut my paper, I just wanted them to leave an impression in my paper. I used a tan embossing pad from Spellbinders under my paper and ran it through my Big Shot like I would an embossing folder. Jennifer McGuire has a fantastic tutorial on how to do this!

I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copics - Y17, YR02, and YR04 and a little C1 and colorless blender for the whipped cream - and cut them out with coordinating dies. I stamped the sentiment on black cardstock and embossed it with Hero Arts white embossing powder and cut them into little strips. I adhered everything with foam squares and added the embossed panel to an orange card base.

So simple and so cute! My sister already snatched this card right off my desk! I guess it was a hit!