February 13, 2015

Blue Butterflies Card

I made this card for another Papertrey Ink challenge, to create a blue ombre effect.  For this card I tried something I've wanted to do for a while, make stamps out of die cuts.  I cut the four butterflies from the Beautiful Butterflies die collection out of craft foam.  Because the foam was thin, I decided to ink it up on my desk with some scrap paper underneath and use my fingers to apply the stamps rather than put them on a stamp block, which would likely have transferred ink from the edges onto my card.

Before I stamped the butterflies though, I inked my sentiment, from the Daydreamer stamp set, using white pigment ink and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

I used 4 shades of blue dye ink, starting with the lightest at the bottom.  To make the sentiment stand out a bit more I wiped a tiny bit of ink on a make up sponge over that part of the paper.

The foam stamps performed beautifully, making great impressions.  Indeed, the foam held the ink much better than I expected.


February 11, 2015

Birthday Airplane card

I made this card for Papertrey Ink's use an unused stamp challenge.  I can't believe I've never used my map background stamp, so I used several water based markers to ink it up (with some shading) and stamped it on a white cardbase.  I stamped their airplane and the happy birthday sentiment (again with markers) and fussy cut them out.  I attached the plane with pop dots.

The card seemed a bit plain, so I added score lines to make a frame and tied some thread through 3 small red buttons and hot glued them on.


February 9, 2015

Admire & Love You card

I made this card for the Papertrey Ink challenge to make a card inspired by the work of Maile Belles (one of their designers).  So I decided to case her "Wishing you a lovely birthday" card.  I liked that there was a space between the panels and started with that.

I started with a piece of pink cardstock and stamped the couple from the Papertrey Ink Simply Jane set in red ink.  I then used a paper trimmer to cut the straight line around shoulder height and fussy cut around their heads.  I trimmed the bottom so it would fit on my white card base and lined up a second piece of pink cardstock with the heads tucked under.  I stamped the frame in black ink, so it slightly overlapped on their feet but, with the heads covered, not their heads.  I then trimmed the top of the second piece so it would fit the card.

I stamped the sentiment, from the same set, on the bottom of the card in black ink.

I used a tape runner to stick the top piece on first, then the panel with the figures, with the heads stuck to the top piece.  For accent I added a few sequin hearts.

January 9, 2015

Japanese Dividing Screen Card

This is a card I made for a former student in Japan.  The card had to be fairly small in order to fit in the package I'd put together, which is why I made it into a dividing screen card.  I stamped the images on glossy cardstock (Stampscapes and a Torii stamp I carved myself), then used two shades of red, brown and black ink to shade in the image.  I left the path to the mountains lighter than the surroundings to draw the eye.

I cut a piece of black cardstock and scored it twice.  I carefully trimmed around the legs on the bottom.

When the glossy panel was dry I cut it into strips and used adhesive to attach the strips to the card base.


January 1, 2015

Glamour Card

I started this card by stamping and colouring the image with markers.  I die cut it out and lightly inked around the edges with green ink.

I die cut a larger panel to layer the image on and embossed it with a striped folder.  I laid three stripes of gold glitter ribbon on a dark green card base and layered the image on top.


December 31, 2014

Let It Snow Card

Wishing you all the best this New Year, and may 2015 be full of laughter and joy.

For this card I used a new tool, a Crayola marker airbrush.  It's a bit less spotty than the hand pump ones you can buy and a LOT less expensive than an actual airbrush system.  This was my first experiment with it, making snow drifts.  I then stamped some snowflakes and the sentiment.

For the snowman I die cut three circles, punched two branch arms (and trimmed them down), then added a paper nose and rhinestone eyes and tiny nail art jewels for the mouth.  I used pop dots to affix the snowman to the card and glue tape to put the white glossy card on the blue cardstock base.


December 25, 2014

Festive Christmas Bear Card

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas.

This is an easel card I made, using a circular die for the base.  For the front panel, I used the same outer die, but added an enhancing die to make it fancier.  I used a branch punch to make the Christmas tree, then decorated it with punched ornaments and a star.  I used nail art tape for the tinsel.

The bear was stamped on white cardstock and coloured with copic & spectrum noir markers.  I used stamps to decorate the base and a flower bead and two cut leaves to hold the card open.