Sunday, October 15, 2017

Using Dies as Stamps

Hello! Today I'm trying a technique that I've never done - Using my die cuts as stamps! 

I used products from the Simon Says Stamp October 2017 card kit - but instead of using the stamp set, I used the little flower die as a stamp! I die cut the flower from fun foam and glued it onto my acrylic block and inked it up just like a stamp! I used Soft Navy, Pale Blush Pink, and Khaki inks from Simon Says Stamp to create the background. For the sentiment I stamped and embossed one of the watercolor stripes with the Navy embossing powder included in the kit and then embossed the sentiment right on top with white powder. I finished it off with some navy Nuvo drops!

Friday, October 13, 2017

You'll Owl-Ways Be My Favorite

Hello! I have a clean and simple card using the My Favorite Things I'm Owl Yours stamp set and Stitched Basic Edges Dies. 

I wish you could see all the shimmer I've added! I tried so hard to capture it, but I just couldn't! I started by taking one of the Stitched Basic Edges Dies from MFT and impressing it into my cardstock over and over again using a tan embossing pad from Spellbinders. Rather than die cutting my cardstock I embossed it! I am loving this technique lately! I used my clear Spectrum Noir glitter pen and added shimmer along each line of stitching on my background.

I stamped out a few of the images and colored them with Stabillo markers and added quite a bit of glitter to them as well. I love the look of a white heat embossed sentiment on a black cardstock strip! So simple...but I love it!

Thanks for coming today!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Birthday Brushstrokes

Hey, everyone! Today I have a few cards that I made using the October 2017 Simon Says Stamp card kit. This is my favorite kit that has been released in a while! I love the feel of the card kit! The stamp set is one of my new most used sets! It makes creating cards so quick and easy...without having to bust out my watercolors! 

I used one of the brushstroke images and inked it up three times with Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, and Peacock Feathers. These are some of my favorites! After I inked the stamp I spritzed it with water and heat set the color before moving on to the next. I spattered on some water and added some black embossing powder. I saw Jennifer McGuire use this technique, and I think I like it better than using regular black ink. When I spatter on the water and add embossing powder I can easily brush away any powder that I don't like where it landed. I embossed a birthday sentiment and that's it for this one!

I used a rainbow of inks for this card..again it was so quick and easy! I embossed a sentiment and added a couple of Nuvo drops. I thought the card needed something else, so I die cut my panel with a scalloped rectangle die and used some fun foam behind it. I sprinkled on some water mixed with Perfect Pearls for a bit of shine.

Thank you for joining me!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Prayers Sympathy Cards

Hello! These are the cards I hate to make. A friend needed two sympathy cards because two people she knew passed away. I hate to make these cards, but I try my best to make them extra special. 

I used the Mama Elephant Water Blooms stamp set to stamp a couple arrangements of flowers and leaves and filled in the empty space with the extra dots images. I spattered on some black ink as I love to do and finished off the card with a stacked prayers die cut. So simple, but I really think it's elegant.

I used the Many Mandalas stamp set from Concord & 9th with white embossing powder on kraft cardstock and added the same prayers die cut from Hero Arts on this card as well.

That's all! Thank you!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

World Card Making Day 2017

Hello, everyone! Today I have four - yes, four! - cards for you! After all, it is world card making day! I have been really inspired by Concord & 9th lately, so I pulled out every product that I had, with the intention to make one card, but once I started I couldn't stop! I used only a few of my stamp sets, but I still have so many ideas swirling around my head! Let's just dive in!

I used this lovely mood board from Butterfly Reflections, Ink for my first card. I will be honest, I would never have thought to pair these colors together, but that's why I love color palette inspirations so much! I struggle with color theory and so I love it when someone just tells me - hey! These colors go together!

I used the flower turnabout stamp to stamp the flowers with inks I had that were closest to the color inspiration. I love these turnabouts! They really take the work out of a background! I just stamped a sentiment from another stamp set (Enjoy It) and embossed it with black powder and added some black nuvo drops. I also added some clear glitter drops to the center of the flowers.

I didn't stop there! I made another card with this GORGEOUS image from the Cozy Up stamp set. I love love love this! I colored the image super quick with Copic markers. I really wanted the sentiment to be red, but my ink didn't show up. It just blended in. So I thought I would use red embossing powder and that still didn't pop enough, so I just embossed over the top with white powder. The red still peeks out, but I'm okay with it! I added white Nuvo drops, but alas..they did not stay white. I've been having trouble with that lately. They seem to react with Copics even if I heat set them first. Oh well. I still like how it turned out!

I love to create my own backgrounds using small images. I used the three individual cookie stamps and stamped my own background. I used three different Copic marker combos to color in the background. I had some trouble with the sentiment again. I stamped it in black directly onto my card, but it didn't stand out. I restamped using my MISTI onto vellum and cut it down with a stitched rectangle. I wish now that I had stamped with black on the vellum. I fear that the white doesn't stand out enough.

And now for the final card! This one happens to be my favorite! It is so simple...but so wonderful! I love the stocking image - also from the Cozy Up stamp set! I colored three stockings and cut them out right up to the black outline. I embossed my sentiment at the bottom of my card and then popped up my stockings. As usual...I added SO much clear glitter! There is a crazy amount of glitter - and I love it!

Thanks for joining me for World Card Making Day! I hope you head over to the Butterfly Reflections, Ink blog and shop for all of your crafty needs!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Leaf Die Cuts

Hi! I'm back with two more cards for you! Today I used projects from Pretty Pink Posh and Studio Calico. 

As soon as I saw the Stitched Foliage Dies from Pretty Pink Posh I knew I had to have them! I am in LOVE! There are so many things you can do with them! I decided to go with something clean and simple, so I die cut my two favorite leaves from watercolor paper and sponged on some Distress Inks - Fossilized Amber with Spiced Marmalade and Evergreen Bough with Scattered Straw. I embossed a few sentiments from the Studio Calico and Jasmine Jones set called Love Never Fails with gold embossing powder. I popped up the leaves with foam tape and I'm done!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

It's Never Too Early!

Hi, there! I'm sorry I've been gone for so long! My whole house has been sick and it's taken a while to get everyone well again..but I'm happy to be back! I have 2 cards to share with you...and they are Christmas cards! My favorite kind to make!

I saw Jennifer McGuire teach a technique about layering embossing powders and I loved it! I had to try it for myself! I started by covering a piece of cardstock with red embossing powder and then stamped the Simon Says Stamp Emma background stamp with Versamark ink and covered it with Hero Arts Liquid Platinum embossing powder.

I love the shine! I used the Hero Arts Merry stamp and die cut to finish it off.

I tried the technique again and started with covering the cardstock with gold embossing powder. Instead of a stamp, I grabbed one of my stencils and applied Versamark over the top and embossed it with metallic blue embossing powder.

I finished off this card the same way I did with the first. These were so quick and easy to make! I will definitely be using this technique again! Thanks for stopping by!