Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Inkadinkadoo Fall Trees Silhouette stamp card

I never really knew what to do with this stamp when I bought it at Michaels years ago, but when you use it as a reflection stamp, it actually looks pretty cool:

Stamp the stamp for the reflection part on a piece of acetate then line it up and press down like it's a rub-on, pushing all over to get every detail of the stamp off the acetate.   Next time I will leave a little more room at the bottom of the trees in the reflection so they aren't so close to the edge of the paper.  Learn by your mistakes, right?!  This is actually a very quick card to make if you are looking to mass produce cards.

Silver on Silver cards

 The tree stamp is the Inkadinkadoo Fall Tree Silhouette stamp from Michaels in the above card.
I heat embossed it using Martha Stewart fine silver embossing powder which, I think, is the best embossing powder on the market.  The silver paper is Recollections from Michaels.  Greeting stamp is Hero Arts.

This is a stamp from Stampin' Up which came out very crooked since it is the first time I've ever used it.  I didn't think ahead to make sure the star was straight, then everything else would have lined up.  It is silver embossing powder again on silver cardstock from Michaels.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Distress Thinking of You cards

I saw a card like this card on Pinterest and knew I had to try making is a very quick, one layer card.  All you do is cut out a butterfly on a piece of paper, lay that on top of your card and apply ink thru the cut out shape.  You can then stamp a black silhouette of any small stamp over it and remove the mask.

Below is another attempt but when I accidentally got ink on the card front, I ended up cutting out the butterfly (it's the EK Success butterfly punch so I lined up the inked image with the punch and punched it out), then used foam dots to raise it on the card and scored around the edges.

The next set of cards were made the same way but using a simple punched out circle on a piece of paper and inking thru that onto the card front:

The final card was made by using an acrylic stamping block directly onto the ink pad as if it was a stamp, then stamp over that with your black silhouette stamp:

Monday, November 18, 2013

Blue and White Christmas cards

 I used the foil wrappers from Dove dark chocolate, sea salt and caramel candies for the snowflakes, glued them on to the paper, then embossed the entire paper.  I love the color of these foil wrappers and had to use them on a card somehow.

Originally I inked the edge of the snowbanks but then wanted Stickles on them as well, the clear diamond stickles turned blue over the Tumbled Glass distressed edge -- lesson learned!  The white in the trees is puffy paint which comes in a tube with a very fine nozzle.

This is my cheater card...............looks like it was embossed with blue embossing powder but it came this way.  I picked up a bunch of it last year at one of the local stores when it was on clearance.    I just added some gems and the greeting.

This time I didn't use distress ink along the snowbanks, just the diamond Stickles.  Dropped some water
dots on the distressed background to make it look like it was snowing.

Poor stamping, I have to admit.  I desperately need new glasses as I can't see very well close-up anymore and my cards are definitely suffering from it. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die cards

I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die on the cards below, along with some snowflake brads from Hobby Lobby and various embossing folders.  Very simple, quick cards to make:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Second attempt at cards with texture paste

These cards were made using the same texture paste formula as the cards in the previous post.  It's fun to play around with texture paste and do different things with it, but it's definitely not for everyone.   I think I needed a break from making normal looking cards everyone expects to see.

 I stamped a flourish stamp into the texture paste first, let it dry, then stamped the background stamp Flurry by Impression Obsession using a blue archive ink.  The snowflakes are just embellishment stickers.

The background on this card took a long time to get it to where it looked the way I wanted it.  I started with a piece of white cardstock and ran it thru my Cuttlebug using the Swiss dots embossing folder.  Then I covered the majority of the paper with texture paste, just spreading it around with an acrylic block.  I used several colors of Shimmer Mist sprays and Perfect Pearls sprays (red, greens, golds) but left some of the white showing through.  The embellishment is from K&Co.

After I applied the texture paste to the card and dried it with a heat gun, I stamped it with a script background stamp using a blue archive ink.  Distress inks don't dry very well over texture paste for me.  It may be the formula I used when making the texture paste.  The leaves are stamped on using Green Stazon Ink.  The embellishment is another from K&Co.

For this card, I applied a layer of texture paste to the center of the card then took a sheet of cardstock, laid it on top of the texture paste, then slowly peeled off the top piece of cardstock.  I sprayed on some Perfect Pearls mists then sprinkled on some dry embossing powder in pewter, copper and silver and heat embossed them into the texture paste.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Cards with Embossing / Texture Paste

I stumbled upon Wendy Vecchi's blog today and saw how she made cards using her line of Embossing Paste.  I don't have any embossing paste so I looked on YouTube and found tons of different recipes for making your own.  For these cards, I mixed one part white acrylic paint to one part talcum powder to one part mod podge and just brush it on the paper as heavily as you want it.

These are the cards I've made using my own texture paste which is the white / light  part on each card.  I still need to experiment with it more as this is just my first day.

 In the first card I applied the paste over the stencil which shows in blue, then filled in the areas without any paste with Tumbled Glass distress ink.  I then stamped over the entire page with a crackle background stamp from Impression Obsession and adhered the die cut with the flower.

White texture paste applied first and spread over the paper with an acrylic stamping block.  I then used a blending tool and applied Tumbled Glass and Crushed Olive distress inks on top of the paste and the rest of the paper.  When that was dry, I stamped the crackle stamp and a script stamp on the paper and added the flower.  I used a gold Krylon leafing pen around the top layer edge of the card.

In this card I just brushed on the paste with a paint brush, blended on wild honey distress ink and stamped over that with pine needles distress ink using a script stamp.  The gold around the edge is a small square stamp inked with gold Stazon ink then smudged in using a wet wipe.

Tomorrow I will try using a different recipe for the texture paste to see how it compares to this.  The nice thing about the texture paste is if you don't want the distress ink on top of it, you can wipe it off with a baby wipe and it doesn't hurt the paste.