Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Simply Sketched and Smoky Slate

Today's card is a perfect example of why I love making cards.  I knew I wanted to use the new member of the neutral color family - smoky slate!  The rest quickly fell into place and before you know it, I'm admiring this gorgeous card!

I even managed to take pictures as I was completing each step.  Here's the simple step by step direction to make this card.  

I created a mask from a white cardstock measuring 4.25" x 5.50".  Using the Stampin' Trimmer, I cut the rectagular window which measures 2.25" x 3".  Use the mask as a guide to get the proper placement and spacing of your image and sentiment.

The base card was made with smoky slate cardstock measuring 4.25" x 5.50".  I stamped the image and sentiment, from the Simply Sketched stamp set, with Versamark ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  

Then I placed the mask on top of the card and sponged the top half with crisp cantaloupe ink and the bottom half with pistachio pudding ink.  With the mask still in place, I stamped the leaves with smoky slate ink.

I removed the mask and added the embellishments - pearls and washi tapes.  I love how the card turned out, I made another one in a different color combination - strawberry slush and coastal cabana!

So simple and striking.  Don't you just love the new In Colors?

Thanks for stopping by today.  Until the next post ............




Sunday, May 12, 2013

Wildflower Meadow - Tone on Tone.Coastal Cabana

This is my third sample using the new background stamp Wildflower Meadow.  Quick and easy!

My card base was made with coastal cabana card stock, one of the new In Colors for 2013-2015.  I stamped the Wildflower Meadow background stamp with coastal cabana ink on the front of the card.  Then I stamped another one on a vanilla card stock and fussy cut a few flowers.  I used dimensionals to add the cut flowers to the card.  I wrapped linen thread around the front of the card three times and tied a bow.  I stamped the sentiment on crumb cake card stock using white pigment ink.  The sentiment is another new item from the upcoming catalog and the set is called Label Love.  The matching punch is called Artisan Label.

I liked how the card turned out, I made one for Mother's Day, too!

In person, coastal cabana is more blue than green.  I don't know why this picture looks green.

Thanks for stopping by today.  On the next post, I will show you another sneak peek stamp set.  All Stampin'Up sneak peek items will be available for purchase starting May 30th.



Saturday, May 11, 2013

Wildflower Meadow - Trifold

Hello, thanks for stopping by today.  I have another card made using the Wildflower Meadow background stamp.  This time, I wanted to play with the new In Colors for 2013-2014.  Once again, I started by stamping with white pigment ink.

My card base is crumb cake cardstock measuring 12" x 6", scored at 4" and 8".  I stamped the Wildflower Meadow on the three panels using white pigment ink .  (TIP: Pigment inks need some time to dry so use your heat gun if you want to color right away.)  I colored the flowers, leaves and stems using a blender pen and four of the new In Colors - strawberry slush, pistachio pudding, coastal cabana and crisp cantaloupe plus daffodil delight.

This card is not easy to photograph, it looks so much better in person.  After I finished coloring, I realized there's no room to write a note, minor detail, right?  On the middle panel, I smudged the hummingbird so I covered it with the sentiment. The sentiment is from the set called Label Love, from the upcoming Stampin'Up catalog and there's a matching punch called Artisan Label.  The border is one of the washi tape from the pack called Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape and the button is from the Very Vintage Designer Buttons.  All the supplies used on this card are from the upcoming 2013-2014 Stampin'Up catalog and will be available for purchase starting May 30th.

Coming up is the third sample card I made with the Wildflower Meadow background stamp then I'm moving on to another stamp set from the new catalog.  Stop by tomorrow if you want to check it out.



Thursday, May 9, 2013

Wildflower Meadow - Literally

You think I was being literal when I created this card using the new background stamp Wildflower Meadow!  It actually came together by accident.  I was playing with a technique I wanted to use on my journal.  I think it's called color wash, I'm not really sure.  On this background, I used Pacific Point and Old Olive inks with some Soft Suede mixed in for shadows.  The white pigment ink I used from recent projects was still on my work table so I naturally reached for it when I started stamping.

After I stamped the Wildflower Meadow using white pigment (craft) ink, it hit me!  It looked like I was literally looking out a window into a meadow filled with wildflowers.  So cool!!!  The rest was easy, I wrapped and tied linen thread around the front panel.  Heat embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder on a strip of crumb cake card stock, trimmed the banner tails and added the pearls.  Done!

Hope you like this one.  I love how it turned out!!!  By the way, the sentiment is also a sneak peek from the new 2013 - 2014 Stampin'Up catalog.  The set is called Really Good Greetings stamp set.

Coming up next is a sneak peek of the 2013-2014 In Colors.  Be sure to stop by and check it out.



Thursday, May 2, 2013

Secret Garden Mother's Day Card

Hello!  I can't wait to share my latest card with you.  You often hear me say 'this is quick and easy', well, today's card is nowhere near easy.  I saw this technique on Pinterest and don't really know what it's called.  Basically, it starts with heat embossing your line image in white embossing powder on a crumb cake card stock, then you color the image with white pigment ink using aqua painter.  Wait for the pigment ink to dry or use a heat gun to dry the image completely before applying color with a blender pen.

I took it a step further on my card and masked the images to achieve the crisp layered look.  The colors I used were, from top to bottom, primrose petals, raspberry ripple, calypso coral and wisteria wonder.  The leaves were heat embossed with wild wasabi embossing powder.  The base card is very vanilla and the mat is cherry cobbler.  Very striking in real life!

 What made this particular card challenging is combining masking and heat embossing techniques.  Below is my crude attempt to illustrate the step by step process.  Create masks for all the flowers using post it notes.  Start by stamping the large flower in the center with Versamark.  Masked that first image.  Next, stamp the primrose and the wisteria flowers and cover with their respective masks.  Then, stamp the calypso flower and cover with mask as well.  Lastly, stamp another large flower at the bottom using Versamark.  Carefully take off all the masks and pour white embossing powder all over the flowers.  Set with a heat gun.  Then, mask all the flowers again and stamp the leaves with Versamark ink.  Be careful when heat embossing the leaves and make sure to move the heat gun around so you don't burn the flowers that were heat embossed earlier.  The last image on the collage below is your "starting point".  You can now color your flowers the way I mentioned on the first paragraph.

If you have any questions or need clarification, leave me a comment, I'll be more than happy to help you.

Now that's a labor of love!  I sure hope my Mom would like it!!

My next project will showcase some of the new Stampin'Up products that will be available for purchase on May 30th.  Stay tuned.....