Thursday, October 31, 2013

Perfect Pearls meet Distress Ink

This tag was made by first inking the background using a non-stick craft mat and distress inks spritzed with water.  Once that was dry, I stamped the snowflakes on the tag using a darker colored distress ink.  Using dry perfect pearls powder in pearl white, I used a small paint brush and applied the powder all over the tops of the snowflakes, then used a bigger brush to wipe away the excess perfect pearls powder.

The perfect pearls powder gives a shimmery look to the tag, almost as if it had been heat embossed.

God's Love cards



Thursday, October 24, 2013

Santa in window Christmas cards

These cards were made using the Grand Madison window die from Poppy Stamps / Memory Box:


 There is a sheet of acetate in front of Santa but it doesn't show well in the photo


and this vintage image of Santa which I found on Pinterest but don't have track back for it:

Click on image to enlarge then you can right click and save image to your computer




Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hero Arts Stunning Snowflakes background stamped cards

All of these cards were made using the Hero Arts Stunning Snowflakes background stamp:


Stamped the stamp with Versamark ink then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Next I applied Picked Raspberry and Mowed Lawn distress inks using a blending tool.  The snowflake embellishment is a Martha Stewart punch on white paper then covered with Dazzling Diamonds from Stampin' Up.

Heat embossed the stamp with white embossing powder then filled the background with Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry distress inks, then sprayed the entire sheet with Perfect Pearls spray.

Before heat embossing, I wiped off some of the embossing powder in the middle to give room for a greeting, then heat embossed and colored the background with Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean distress inks.  Stamped the greeting with Versafine ink.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Stampin' Up Sizzix Bigz L Holiday Stocking die


This die is big enough to make a card out of on it's own.  I lined the blue stocking with a white layer so I could stamp a greeting on the inside.

Pink Christmas cards


Both cards were made using the Stampin' Up Ornament punch and coordinating stamp set.

SU Top Note Halloween bags

Both of these Halloween treat bags were made with the Stampin' Up Top Note die:


My next door neighbor has a little boy who will be getting the Frankenstein bag filled with candy.........she didn't want anything scary for him and I think Frankie looks pretty friendly.   The vampire bag will go to an older boy down the street.  The scratches on the vampire's eyes were done using a background stamp called "Scratches" by Impression Obsession.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Purple Holiday / Christmas cards

Why not try something non-traditional like making purple Christmas cards instead of the traditional red and green:

Impression Obsession pine branch die and Sizzix Originals - Christmas Ornament, Light and Stocking die




Sizzix ornaments die again as a spinner on the card, it twists around to reveal the other darker side:


This is the inside to the above card


Spellbinders Christmas Tree die and Hampton Art Christmas tree word stamp, background paper from Michaels


SU Mixed Bunch Christmas Card

I love how this stamp in the Mixed Bunch set by Stampin' Up works on a holiday card..........it just looks like a snowflake to me.  Silver embossed the stamps then used red embossing powder on the greeting.  The picture didn't come out that great with all the silver highlights.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Christmas Cards -- Day 2

I'm trying to use up a sheet of stickers that I had from K&Co. on these cards:






A variety of Christmas / Holiday cards

Yes, I've started making some Christmas cards already like some of you have................mostly because I have so many ideas running through my head, and I wanted to try them out before they escaped me.

So here's my first shot at Christmas cards this year; simple as usual:

Going for the vintage look, not my typical style

I should have slightly inked around the edge of the snowman now that I look at it better






This is the inside of the card above



Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Thinking of You watercolor cards

All of the cards below were made using the same batch of distress ink on a mat..........simply take your distress ink pad and stamp it directly on your non-stick craft mat, being careful not to overlap them or you will contaminate your ink pads with other colors.  Lightly spritz the ink on the mat with a spritz bottle of water.  Take a sheet of watercolor paper that you've cut down to the size you need and swipe it all across the inks.  Do this several times until you get the look you want.  Set that one aside and do another, spritzing the ink on the mat with more water if necessary.  Dry with a heat gun or let them air dry.  Once dry, stamp with an ink such as black VersaFine.

Sympathy cards don't have to be dull and dreary..............I think if you add some color to them, they let the recipient know that brighter days will come eventually.

                         Butterflies are stamped on acetate with black StazOn ink and then hand cut
             Stamp your images first then run through your Cuttlebug with your favorite embossing folder
                                                          Leaves are a stamp by Designs by Ryn