Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Card Sketch #49 - Love is being stupid together!

Here's a simple sketch that can be used in a lot of diffent ways. I kept it simple for this Valentines day card.

I started with black cardstock and made the fold at the top of the card for a change. It measures 4 1/4 X 5 1/2.

On the top and bottom layers, I stamped the heart across the panel and then added flourishes in versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. I decided not to mat any of my panels on this card and kept it simple for my DH. However I did distress the edges. If you click on the card, you can really see how the embossed flourishes really add some extra texture to the panels.

On the main panel in the middle, I used the same heart stamp, but stamped it off once so that it's lighter for the back ground. The sentiment is stamped over the heart and then I distressed the edges with the same ink. Red ribbon is threaded through the slit punches on the sides of the panel and attached on the inside of the card.

Black cardstock by Bazzill
Basic white cardstock
Stamps: The Angel Company (all gift with purchase stamps)
Ink - Moulon Rouge by Palette, versamark
Clear embossing powder
Red grosgrain ribbon

Sunday, January 27, 2008

New Technique - Varnished Alcohol

I liked what I saw in the technique junkies December newsletter on Varnished floating pearls, but I had none of the supplies to do it with. So, while playing around trying to match it, I came up with this new twist and call it varnished alcohol!

White copy/printer paper (cut to size of your project)
Simple Solution 2 (can be purchased at your local craft store)
Alcohol inks of your choice of color
foam brush

Crumble up your white printer paper tightly and then flatten out. You want to make sure that there is enough wrinkles in the paper. Using a small container, mix your simple solution (about 1-2 tablespoons) with your choice of colors of alcohol inks. I used pearl in mine and it left a really nice sheen on my finished project.
Brush on your mixture with a foam brush and then let dry or heat set. Finish your project.

CTMH - Autumn Splendor (leaves)
TAC - Tag tidbits for the sentiment
Ink - Colorbox chalk inks from the autumn pastels line
Brown and kraft cardstock from Bazzill

TAC - butterfly stamp
Impression Obsession - sentiment
Designer Paper - Hot off the Press
Blue cardstock by Bazzill and DCWV
White brads

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Card Sketch #48 - cutout criss cross

I really enjoy doing criss cross cards and was playing around and came up with this cut out version. Card dimensions are 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

I used white cardstock as a starting point and layered on the designer paper. To give it more punch I matted it using the colors that were dominate in the dp. Using your craft knife and a ruler carefully cut out the bottom triangle and then add a coordinating piece of designer paper to the inside of the card.

I stamped the flowers using palette noir and colored them with my Tria alcohol markers. The marker colors were a pretty good match for the colors in the dp. I carefully cut out the flowers, added a white brad for the centers and adhered them with a pop up circle.

Inside, on the designer paper was the perfect spot to stamp the sentiment and I went with it! Simple, short and sweet!

Designer paper - Basic Grey, perhaps
Stamps - The Angel Company
Bazzill olive green and burgandy cardstock
White brads
Palette Noir Ink
Tria alcohol markers

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Card sketch #47 - Silhouettes

Here's sketch #47! A few diamonds and rectangles for you this time around! The card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

I found this new online stamp store called Just For Fun Rubber Stamps. They sell mounted and unmounted stamps (just the rubber) and have a great eclectic selection to choose from. I really liked this wild flower stamp and decided to use it as a silhouette. The image is stamped in Memories black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I matted them with the coordinating paper that came in the soft serenity scrap pack from Provo Craft. I think I picked this paper up at Michael's a while ago.

I cut out some squares with my marvy punches and matted them with white cardstock and then turned them into diamonds behind the two main panels. I stamped the dragonfly in black and then added the magic mesh (drywall tape) to the top right hand corner. I have a whole roll of this stuff and always forget to use it. The two main panels are popped up on foam tape.

Wild flower stamp from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
Dragonfly stamp from Impression Obsession
Paper from Provo Craft - Soft Serenity
White cardstock
Magic mesh or drywall tape (it's a lot cheaper)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Card Sketch #46 - Think Spring

Here's card sketch #46 - lots of layers in this one! Card measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

The rectangles were cut and embossed using my nestabilities dies and measure 2 3/8 x 1 7/8. They are all matted using the 1/8 measurement on the perfect layers tool. The flowers are colored with my Tria Alcohol markers and then the centers were highlighted with the stardust pen to give it some sparkles. I added white brads to two of the corners and added the pink one's in the top right hand corner. They don't look as bright in the picture as they do in real life. The two blue panels are popped up using dimensionals as is the center scalloped circles.

I just got this new pad of designer paper from K&Company by Amy Butler called Belle Mat Pad. I fell in love with the color pallet in this and just had to use it. I don't normally use lime green in anything that I do, but with this layout and colors, it just worked.

Paper - K&Company Belle Mat Pad by Amy Butler
White cardstock for the base and center scallop
White and bright pink brads
Stamps - The Angel Company - tag tidbits (sentiment) and Deco Designs
Palette Noir ink
Tria Alcohol markers

Thursday, January 10, 2008

SCS sketch challenge - kick stand card

I wanted to show you all this fun sketch that I did over on SCS. You can do so many things with this sketch!

The main image is stamped with white craft ink and then embossed with glacier white embossing powder form Cornish Heritage Farms.

Is this stamp set cute or what? I got it from Wildflower stamps! This is my second set I bought from here and I'm very pleased with them. Check out the stitches set she carries, it's petite and it's clear, great for working in those tight areas!

Stamps - Dandylion set from Wildflower stamps
Paper - DCWV luxury stack, String of pearls from paper accents, black cardstock
Grosgrain ribbon in black and length of silver

Monday, January 7, 2008

Card Sketch #45 - Thankful

Here's sketch #45! This one's a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 square card with some different shapes! I've had a lot of you comment on what size my cards are, so I will try and remember to post the dimensions from here on out. The previous sketch was an A2 card or 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

The card base is just plain old white cardstock cut to the size above. The black card stock measures 5 x 5 and matted with turquoise cardstock to match the ink of the images. I used my circle coluzzle to cut the half round circle. I stamped the image on the white half circle and then distressed it with black ink. Since the swirls are so awesome on this stamp I decided to use it to add some background detail onto the black panel. As you can tell, this is also embossed with clear ep so that it would shine. I used my photo corner punch to punch out the turquoise and added faux brads with my sharpie and attached it in the bottom right hand corner with dimensionals, real brads would've made it a bit too bulky. The sentiment is stamped with the same ink that was used throughout the whole card. I added some skinny ribbon as bands for both sides. Don't ya just love how turquoise and black look together! Have fun with this one!

Turquoise cards stock from Bazzill
Stamp - Bohemian swirl by Inkadinkado
Sentiment stamp - Hero Arts
Ink - Turquoise from colorbox
Clear embossing powder
Black ribbon

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Card Sketch #44 - Discover 2008!

Happy New Year! Let's discover if 2008 will be a great year, creatively speaking!

And to start it's a fun card sketch to do with some great designer paper! Some of us hoard great designer paper, well this is your chance to dive in and use up a little bit of it! Come on, I challenge you!

I used a light creamy brown (almost taupe) card stock as the base for this card. I stamped the main flower image with versamark and then embossed it using glacier white embossing powder from CHF. Then I took a stipple brush and brushed (swished) on creamy brown chalk ink. I kept it going in the same direction, as I really liked how it gave a shadowed effect on the embossed image. Oh, and don't forget to tissue off the embossed image to get the excess ink off!

As you can faintly see, I then ran it through my nestabilities rectangle die, but you can hardly see the embossing (unless you enlarge the picture and look real hard). One of these days I'll get the hang of embossing with these using my cuttlebug. That tan spellbinders mat should be here any day now! ;-)

Stamps - Flower from SU! Heartfelt Thanks, sentiment by TAC
Designer Paper - K&Company - Classic K, Bazzill basic taupe cardstock for the base.
Ink - Colorbox creamy brown chalk ink, versamark, Palette burnt umber
Glacier white embossing powder
Teal brads