September 11, 2014

Happy Skating Card

One of my sister-in-laws did some figure skating in her youth, so I looked around to find a nice digital stamp and stumbled on Lil Lolita Sookie Skates by Tickled Pink (via C.C. Designs)

I started out by printing the image on white cardstock and colouring it in using markers.  I used the Spellbinders Devine Eloquence as a template and cut around the edge, then used a blue marker to edge the cut.  I cut a frame using the Devine Eloquence die out of a light blue paper to back the image, and used a marker to darken the two side panels.

I die cut the skate (Marianne Designs) and used a silver gel pen for the heel and blades.  When mounting the image on blue cardstock I thought the card was missing something and so added two pieces of silver glitter ribbon behind the elements.

September 5, 2014

Look Who's Turning 1 card

This is a card I made for my nephew who turned 1 recently.  I'm submitting it to Simon Says Stamp's Stamp It Challenge.

I started out by carefully stamping a corner stamp all the way around the card, masking it so I could make a full frame (you can see one spot where there's no blue dot between the shapes and another with 2 hearts meeting, showing where the stamp didn't do quite what was needed).  I stamped the hanging moon and stars, and the presents, then started colouring all the shapes with markers.

I stamped the sentiment and ran over the 1 with blue glitter glue and the large moon with yellow glitter glue.  I finished the card by attaching the panel to a piece of light blue cardstock.

September 4, 2014

Books, Bonbons and Wine Card

I made this card for a friend I hadn't seen in ages.  I'm submitting it to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Stamp-It Challenge.

I started out by stamping the image on a piece of white cardstock then die cutting it out.  With the die still in place I inked the background with a dark blue ink.  I then coloured the image with markers.  I picked the colour scheme to match her former apartment, where she had a big orange couch and dark blue walls.  It sounds strange, but it looked fantastic.

I wanted to use a variegated thread I bought, and so threaded it between and around the holes of the die.  I didn't have my full layout in mind or I'd have had it end in the middle at the bottom with my charm, rather than at the side where it's so close to the faux bonbons.  I tied the string into a series of loops and glued it in place with a piece of shrink plastic.  The plastic has a box of bonbons stamped on it in black ink and coloured with permanent markers, then shrunk down with a heat gun.

For the bonbons, I used metallic cardstock and punched a circle, trimmed on the bottom and three squares with rounded edges.  For the main bonbon I added a paper rosette underneath then put them all into brown crepe paper I coloured brown with a copic marker.  I finished them off with some dimensional glue on top.

I glued everything on my blue cardstock then added a few finishing touches: glossy accents to the wine glass and liquid applique to the slippers (this puffs up if heated once dry, making them look fuzzy).

August 29, 2014

Fairy Dance Card

I made this card for Lavinia stamp's 'Add some glitter' challenge.  I started out by die cutting the square out of glossy paper.  I stamped the 2 fairies and the mushrooms (all from Lavinia stamps).  I then used 3 shades of blue ink for the main image, and the second tone all around the outer edge (I kept one of the dies in place as a stencil for the ink, leaving that area white).  I added some purple tinted glitter glue to the fairy on the left, and some greenish blue glitter glue to the one on the right.  I topped the mushrooms with red glitter glue.

I die cut a companion circle out of blue vellum, and three flowers from crepe paper.  I added some glitter glue dots to the circle and put a pearl sticker in the middle of the flower.  I wanted something else and decided on a piece of glitter ribbon, which shows through the inset die cut of the square.  Then I glued everything down.

August 25, 2014

Ivy Prayers Card

I made this card for the Marianne Design Diva's card challenge "Anything Goes".

I started out by cutting out the image from the MD Vintage Christmas 2 cutting sheet.  I decided to use the square passe partout die as a frame, but needed a backing so cut out a plain square and the passe partout from cream resume paper.  I inked the edges of the plain square with tan dye ink.  I die cut the ivy (CR1253) out of green cardstock and a rectangle of red paper that I stamped with a french script background stamp.

When it came time to put the card together I decided to turn the plain square so it would make a kind of star double framing the image and then glued everything down on a base of cream cardstock.

It was meant to be a summer card, but looks more like a Christmas card (despite the use of ivy rather than holly).

August 22, 2014

Rainbow Medallion Card

I made this card for a challenge but didn't like it enough to submit it.  The challenge was to use a stamp not designed for medallions and create a rainbow medallion with it.  I used my stamping gear wheel for it, and didn't notice in time that the placing of my stamp wouldn't be properly spaced in the circle for the corners, so the cardinal directions stamped right but the corners are slightly off (the pink being the most noticeable).  I finished the card with a die cut circle and white stamped sentiment.

August 15, 2014

Christmas Carollers Card

I made this card for Lili of the Valley's Christmas in August challenge.

I stamped "Carol Singing" and coloured it in with alcohol markers, then fussy cut it out.  I die cut a frame out of cream cardstock and inked the edges in tan, then die cut some vellum snowflakes and a poinsettia.

I glued the vellum down with glossy accents, hoping it wouldn't show through but it did.  I've tried other means of gluing vellum with equally poor results, including a specialty vellum tape runner.  Ah well.  I used a regular tape runner on the frame and pop-dots on the image.

I think I should have added another backing paper as it feels too empty.  I'll have to try that on the next card.