Saturday, August 19, 2017

OCC Rainbow Maker - Ink Blended Cards

Hey there, everyone! I've shared all of these cards on Instagram, but now I'm going to share closeups of the cards I made for the latest Online Card Class - Rainbow Maker. I started this class 5 days late....shame on me. I had time to make cards for most of the class, but not share them properly. I hope you're ready to see my creations! Today I'm sharing the cards I made for day 1 of the class. The focus was on ink blending. 

Here they are! I used my Distress inks for both of these. My rainbow of colors included Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Dusty Concord.

I used masking paper and die cut a heart and used the negative space to mask off most of my card front. I blended my Distress inks in rainbow order and added some flicks of water. I loved the result when I peeled off the masking paper!

I thought it needed a little something, so I used a black pen to freehand some doodle outlines. I added a thanks die cut from Simon Says Stamp and added some Wink of Stella glitter.

I tried another technique for my second card. I blended on the same Distress Inks from the top to the bottom of a piece of watercolor cardstock. I added a stencil and spritzed some water over the top. It didn't turn out how I wanted it, but I still like the texture! I trimmed down the panel and added some strips of black cardstock to the sides.

I used a sentiment from Neat & Tangled and some Sparkling Clear Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

That's all! Two quick and easy cards! And both of them are super flat for easy mailing! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Distress Ink Bleed

Hi, again! I have another card that I'm entering into the A2Z Scrapbooking Bright and Beautiful challenge! Click the photo link below to add your own creation! 

I used the Birthday Animal Silhouettes stamp set from Hero Arts and I stamped the giraffe image with a variety of Distress Inks - Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, and Peacock Feathers. The balloons are Fossilized Amber and Picked Raspberry. I added water with a spray bottle and let the ink colors bleed out from the original image. Then I stamped the image again (getting perfect placement with my MISTI) with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it with sparkle embossing powder. The embossing powder is clear, but it gives the black ink a blue sheen - a happy accident!

 I added the balloon strings with a black pen and then I went to town with my Nuvo drops. I made this card super late at night and I didn't realize that my drops aren't perfect. Oh well. Everyone knows I hand make all of my cards. No one will care that the drops aren't perfect circles! I used 3 colors - Caribbean Ocean, Silver Moondust, and Dandelion Yellow.

That's all! This was simple to make, but I love the results!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bright Birthday Animals

Hello, there! Today I'm sharing a card that I'm entering into the A2Z Scrapbooking Challenge for August - Bright and Beautiful. Click the image below to take you to the challenge! You just have to create a card that fits the challenge and uses Hero Arts products! This is also some homework for day 2 of the Rainbow Maker class at Online Card Classes! 

I used the Birthday Animal Silhouettes stamp set from Hero Arts in combination with my Distress Oxide Inks. I used Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Wilted Violet, and Cracked Pistachio.

 I stamped all of my images randomly around my cardstock and then flicked on some water. I white heat embossed a sentiment from the same stamp set and foam mounted it on top of some gold glitter cardstock.

Super quick and easy! I'll be back soon with another card for this challenge! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Lawn Fawn Father's Day Card

Hey! I have another out-of-season card to share with you! This one is going into my county fair, too! I pretty much make Mother's and Father's Day cards only once a year, so I had to make this one special! 

I started by stamping frames from Lawn Fawn's Flirty Frames with Versafine ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I masked off the frames and stamped various images from Let's BBQ and a sentiment from Happy Everything inside of the frames and watercolored them with my Gansai Tambi watercolors.

I thought the backgrounds was too white, so I diluted my black watercolor to a very light gray and watercolored the whole background. Some black Nuvo drops and some Glossy Accents here and there and this card is done! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 31, 2017

A Very Special Unicorn

Hey there! This blog post is a very special one for me. Today my husband and I finally adopt our son! Those of you who have followed me for a while may remember that in October of 2015 we became foster parents with the hopes of adopting. We were placed with our son in November of 2015. He is the most amazing little boy and we have been praying for 21 very very long months that he would be ours forever. Today he will finally share our last name. Anyone who has adopted through foster care knows the stresses, fears, and worries we have had for almost 2 years. We have been so blessed by our baby boy (...I guess he's a toddler boy now!) ! When we found out that I wouldn't be able to have kids we were devastated. Traditional adoption was far out of our finances and we thought we would never have a family. But there are so many kids in the foster care system that need loving homes and we are so happy that he is ours!! We don't have a lot, but we have a lot of love for him! 

Anyway, here is the card I have planned for today! 

Follow your dreams - it means so much to me. I dreamed of having a family and it seemed like a unicorn dream a few years ago...but now I have my son forever!

I watercolored my unicorns and clouds with Gansai Tambi watercolors and added a bunch of shimmer with my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen.

I created my background with Simon Says Stamp inks and rainbow sparkle embossing powder and the Concord & 9th Triangle Turnabout stamp. This stamp is a-maz-ing! Seriously! Quick and easy backgrounds are my favorites!

That's all! This card was really quick, but I think it's super cute! See you soon!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Magical Unicorns on the BRink Blog!

Hey! I'm guest designing over on the Butterfly Reflections, Ink blog today! I've made a card with lots of glittery, shiny rainbows and a unicorn! Here are some photos! Be sure to head over to the BRink blog for all the details on products and how I made the card!

See you next time!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Triangle Turnabout Thank You's

 Hey, everyone! I have two cards to share with you! One masculine and one that's more feminine. I'm always short on thank you cards and since I had all of my things out I thought I would make two cards!

Who else is in LOVE with the turnabout stamps from Concord & 9th!? I love them! They make backgrounds so easy! For the blue card I used 3 shades of blue inks from Simon Says Stamp and Studio Calico for the first three turns and then Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder for the last turn. I love this one! I usually shy away from blues, but this might make me come back to them! I love how they pair with the liquid platinum!

The second card is more feminine. Again I used various colors from Simon Says Stamp and Studio Calico. The backgrounds really do all the work for these cards! I wanted to finish off the cards and keep these clean and simple. I used the new script thanks dies from Simon Says Stamp. I love that this die is a set - one to cut the sentiment and another to cut the shadow! I cut a black sentiment for the blue card and a dark gray sentiment for the other. I used various sizes of Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins to add a little shine!

That's all! Super simple, but the background really packs a punch!