Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Christmas sweater or Halloween? Can't decide...

Hello! The fans of Papertrey Ink can join along and stamp a card inspired by the reveals for this month, to date. My inspiration came from a different source, the sweater that Diana posted in a thread where we were all guessing the theme for the Mini Market kit to be released later this month.

So this combines the sweater, Ursula and the Make it Monday challenge from last week (I'm late, but it was a great layout to copy). Here is the sweater she posted....

And here is my card.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Tiny Treats: Halloween, Paper: Neenah solar white, PTI black, PTI black gingham check, watercolor paper; Ink: Archival black, Ranger distress oxides in Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Iced Spruce: Other: Silver stickles, sequins

I made a background using distress oxide inks, but the problem was, how to add that glittery dimension in the sweater photo? First I tried inking up a background stamp and embossing in silver, but that didn't work. Then I mixed a bit of pearl colored Perfect Pearls with some water and then flicked it on with a paintbrush. That gives me spots of shimmer placed randomly on the cardstock and also activates the oxide effect of the inks.

I stamped the cauldron on the cardstock chips and then stamped another on plain white cardstock to color, then fussy cut and lay on top of the stamped image on the watercolor paper. Then I used silver Stickles to fill in the miniature stars. There also is a star image in the Halloween set I used that is like a blown up version of the mini stars in the cauldron. I stamped that on the watercolor background also and cut it out, then added a few sequins and paper strips to finish out the card. I also tried to balance the elements in the card by adding a very thin strip of the distress oxide colored paper to the bottom, so you have bottom, middle for the cauldrons and upper right with the star.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Walking on Sunshine

Hello! I discovered Nuvo metallic flakes due to a challenge at Papertrey Ink, very cool when used with a strip of Scor-tape. However I had this image in my mind of using it with a TCW sunflower stencil I had purchased. I tried sticky sheets like one video recommended but then you have blank areas that you need to cover with another form of glitter or beads because in my house if a sticky space is left blank for too long it gets covered in pet hair. :) Also, I really wanted the sunflower image on top of the watercolor background I had made with distress inks, because I was looking for a vivid panel of color with the pop of gold and copper for the flower. 

Finally I tried a spray adhesive. The right kind will stay tacky long enough to put on the Nuvo flakes, although for the two tone look that I wanted for the sunflower, you have to very careful when breathing not to get have the flakes flying around too much and getting onto the wrong part of the stenciled image. 

The actual stencil itself is now gorgeous, I ought to post a picture, because the adhesive stuck to it as well and of course then the flakes themselves, so it is very glittery! 

If you're going to try this, make sure that you tape down the stencil so the adhesive goes where you want it to on your card surface. Also, cover over the portion that you don't want to get sticky. Any normal sheet of paper will do. I used Frog tape so it wouldn't lift up the watercolored background. And then flake at will! 

I used a variety of distress inks for the background and learned that candy apple red really creates a vivid background. I obviously need more practice when embossing letters, it looks a bit sloppy. 
I made one card for my daughter's "golden" birthday when she turned 25 on the 25th, which was one of my main motivating factors for trying to master the technique of using the gold flakes on the sunflower, with the distressed ink background. I didn't master it by any means but it looks close to what I wanted. 

Stamps: Papertrey Ink alphabet, birthday sentiment; Paper: PTI white linen, orange zest, watercolor paper; Ink: Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks in pumpkin, peeled paint, mustard seed, marmalade; Other: Nuvo gold and copper flakes, spray adhesive, gold gel pen, PTI button
Thanks for looking. 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sketch Saturday #479

Good morning and welcome to another Sketch Saturday! This week is sketch #479 and the sponsor is Pink Gem Designs. My printer is low on ink, no digis for me right now, so I chose an image from my stash of a pumpkin, since the temperatures here are in the 60s right now and it feels like Fall is on its way! Fall also means greens and orange and golds so I selected that color palette for my card this week.

I managed to get decent results for the first time with some gold leaf on a scor-tape strip. I'll be looking into that technique again, I like the look it adds to a card!

Thanks for looking and we hope you can play along this week!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

SAF 2017 10th Anniversary, Tin & Aluminum with Laurie Schmidlin

Hello again! Squeaked in one last card before the deadline for entries into Stampafaire 2017. The nice thing is I have lots of cool techniques to try in the weeks ahead when I get a chance. Always amazed at the folks who  manage to work their way through all of them. I'm poky.

Anyway, this was one of the last challenges for tin and aluminum. I used tin foil although I can see why a tin crafting sheet would work much better; you need the stiffness. I quadrupled my sheet but had to be careful rubbing on the black ink, and looking at the photo I think it could use a bit more black on mine. You can find the video in youtube or the link on Nicole's blog. But thanks Laurie, I had fun with it!

I framed mine in kraft and sort of thought of the old west, with saloons and abandoned mirrors in ghost towns or the tin ceilings and accessories so common then. I was shooting for that sort of look with my card, which is why I framed it in the Stitched Die. I painted the petals on the die in champagne and gold inks; they're a bit translucent so depending on how the light hits it, only some of the leaves look like they're painted, but they all are.

I also liked the way she gilded the bottom half of her die cut sentiment so I tried that too. Cool technique once again.

Thanks for looking and have fun stamping!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

SAF First Anniversary Tradition of Paper Hostess: Lauren Bassen

Hello again. Thought I would post this separately as my last one was getting rather long.

I also got a chance to play along with Lauren Bassen's challenge for the first anniversary of paper. She took a cover plate and then paper scraps and using multiple colors, laid out a pretty grid and then selected a few of the cut outs for a vellum overlay. She sewed on the vellum.

I don't have a sewing machine for paper purposes and I realized I don't have a cover plate that does cut outs either. So I cut out separate hearts from paper scraps. Who doesn't have a ton of paper scraps? Then I cut out a few vellum hearts as well. Instead of a sewing machine I put a very thin line of glue in the center of each vellum heart, then when I adhered the hearts and they dried, I used a white gel pen to make faux stitches to mimic the sewing on Lauren's project. I tried to take one shot from an angle that would show the edges of the vellum. They're turned up a bit like a butterfly wing.

Thanks for looking!

Some late SAF projects for take ten and Paper challenges

The best laid plans of mice and stampers. I intended to play along with Stamp a Faire but we just got busy. Things we can handle even if eventually though. Prayers going out to Houston and all those still battling with flood waters.

So I did get a chance to play some with a few challenges and I might try one more tonight.

The first is for a take ten warm up challenge. We had ten minutes to look and pick a picture for inspiration, ten minutes to gather our supplies, etc. So not the same as a ten minute card, but broken into ten minute segments!

I selected this inspiration photo although I didn't use all of the colors:

And here is my card. I case'd a technique Melissa Phillips had shared a while back with the cut out heart. I liked her card quite a bit better though!:

Next up was a challenge from Rebecca Luminarias to dye paper in hot water with dye inks mixed in. The paper comes out a delicate sort of pastel color. My next few cards are going to look quite a bit similar because I used the same dies and images I already had out...some very similar colors too.

Here are my dyed die cuts:

And here is the card I made using them. Very similar color scheme to the card above, same basic shapes really. I think it should have had a bit more yellow. Not feeling it really but hey, it is good practice to make something better in the future. Blog post is long enough, think I'll put the next card in a separate post. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sketch Saturday with Crafty Sentiments

Hello and welcome to a new sketch challenge from Sketch Saturday! This is challenge #477 and the sponsor this week is Crafty Sentiments! I chose Mia who is all cozy in her fall jacket, boots and tights because Fall is my favorite season and I'm looking forward to its beginning!

I chose the blue section of paper behind the image to highlight the beautiful shade of blue in the sky when September and October come. The plaid strip I imagine to line her jacket, and the red strip of course is to link back to the color I chose for the jacket itself.

Thanks for looking! I had fun with this image and hope you find some time to get crafty and have a little fun this week as well.

Stamps: Crafty Sentiments digital "Mia" ; Paper Neenah solar white, blue panel, scrap of patterned paper, Bazill red, scraps of green and teal; Dies: Gathered Garden from Papertrey Ink, MFT stitched rectangle, punch from Stampin' UP; Other: PTI button, twine, Prismacolor pencils and gamsol, twine, button