Sunday, June 30, 2013

Framed Backyard Basics - Sympathy Card

One more Backyard Basics floral card.  I really liked the framed flowers from the last post that I decided to make another one using a different frame.

My card base was made with baked brown sugar card stock.  The frame is also baked brown sugar card stock and  dry embossed with Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder.  I used a paper trimmer to cut the rectangle hole in the center.  Using the frame as guide, I stamped the background flowers and the sentiment.  The background was stamped with baked brown sugar ink and the sentiment, from the Simply Sketched stamp set, was heat embossed with white embossing powder.

The flower was created the same way as my previous post HERE except I used crushed curry and pear pizzazz markers to color.  Finally, I added the candy dots.  As I'm posting, I thought a ribbon would be nice.  So I added a ribbon!  What do you think?

Coming up... more Backyard Basics cards.  Hope you'll come back to check them out and see how versatile this set really is.

Until then...



Saturday, June 29, 2013

Backyard Basics - Happy Birthday

Here's another card using Backyard Basics stamp set and the coordinating Framelit dies.  I wanted my layout to include a frame to highlight the die cut flowers.  I have to say that I was quite pleased  that I was able to execute the concept floating in my head!

I started with crumb cake card stock for the base card.  I made the die cut flower the same way as my previous post HERE.  I chose island indigo and chocolate chip card stocks for the main panel and frame.  The flowers really pop against these two colors.  The sentiment was stamped with versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  It's from the Simply Sketched stamp set.  Finally, I added the white candy dots.

Really love how this turned out.  Looks plain and simple in the photo but much more striking in real life.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Come back and check out the next post - using a different frame concept!



Friday, June 28, 2013

Backyard Basics - A Million Thanks

Today's card features a new stamp set called Backyard Basics and it's available with matching Framelit Dies.  I also used the new Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder.

My base card is whisper white card stock.  The dry embossed panel is pistachio pudding.  I took a piece of white cardstock and stamped the flowers with versamark ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  I used strawberry slush and pear pizzazz markers to color the leaves and flowers.  Then I die cut the image with the matching die from the Backyard Basics Framelit Dies.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Million & One.  I stamped the sentiment using smoky slate ink on a white card stock, die cut from the Labels Collection Framelits.  I tied the natural twine around the front panel to finish the card.

There you have it, a clean and simple card.  You can make a stack of these cards in no time.  Stay tuned for more cards using the Backyard Basic bundle.

Thanks for stopping by.......... until the next post.



Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tape It Chalkboard Frame Father's Day Card

I didn't get a chance to post this earlier.  But if you need ideas for any occasion masculine card, I think this will fit the bill.  Once again I'm using smoky slate card stock for my base card.  If you're not familiar with the chalkboard technique, check out THIS post.

The arrows, squiggly lines and stripe images are all from the new Tape It stamp set, one of my favorite set from the new catalog.  Also love the new candy dots, the red dots are the perfect embellishments for this card.  This is my all time favorite color combinations - red, black and gray.  How about that faux frame?

When I was mounting the chalkboard panel on the front of the smoky slate card, I thought it looked too plain.  I wanted to make it more dimensional and came up with the idea of a creating a frame without adding anymore layers.

I took a long piece of scrap card stock and laid it across the front of the card from top left corner to the bottom right corner and sponged smoky slate ink on the two corners.  Then I did the same thing on the other side, top right corner to the bottom left corner.  Hope that makes sense to you.  As you can see, the sponged ink created a shadow that "framed" the center panel.  I think it looks really cool. Makes you forget the imperfections of the stamped elements, lol.

I thank you for stopping by today.  You got to see my second card without flowers!  Two cards in a row without flowers is indeed a rare event here.



Monday, June 17, 2013

Gorgeous Grunge Congratulations

Today I'm sharing with you the simple graduation card I made for my son.  His eight grade promotion ceremony was this past week.  He sometimes read my blog so I couldn't post it here sooner.

I used the new stamp set called Gorgeous Grunge.  I started with smoky slate card stock for my base card.  The main panel is 4" x 5.25" whisper white card stock.  I stamped the lines using coastal cabana ink and the dot splatter were stamped using island indigo ink.  Then I added the gray washi tape across the front of the card.  Washi tapes are great alternative to ribbons.

The sentiment was stamped with island indigo ink on a white cardstock that was die cut with the Apothecary Accents dies.  I stamped the bigger splatters over the sentiment using coastal cabana ink.  I sponged the edges of both the main panel and sentiment label with smoky slate ink.  My son likes bling, so I had to include them on his card.

I really like the new smoky slate color, made me forget that lucky limeade is retired.  Thanks for stopping by today.



Sunday, June 16, 2013

Simply Sketched Sympathy Card

I don't make sympathy cards in advance to keep on hand for "just in case" moments.  So every time I need one, I always make it on the fly and I'm never satisfied with what I come up with.  Here's one I made that needed to be mailed right away.

 I had the Simply Sketched stamp set out so I used it.  I started with the focal point - heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I sponged coastal cabana on top and baked brown sugar ink on the bottom.  The base card is white cardstock and embossed with the new Modern Mosaic embossing folder.  The sentiment is also from the Simply Sketched stamp set and stamped with coastal cabana ink.

Not my best work but I was able to mail it right away.  I'm now planning on keeping a stash of sympathy cards because I seem to need them a lot lately.  Maybe if I have a stack on hand I won't need them so much.

Thanks for stopping by.... until the next post.



Saturday, June 15, 2013

Heat Embossed Washi Tape

Heat embossing technique is what got me hooked with paper crafting.  It is my favorite technique.   When I was deciding on a layout for my next card, I thought I'd try heat embossing washi tape.  I've used washi tapes before and it never occurred to me to do something with it other than it's original purpose.  So glad Stampin'Up is finally carrying washi tapes.

I used the Simply Sketched stamp set.  Both cards are simple and easy to put together.  The first one was made with pistachio pudding card stock.  I stamped the bird image with Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  Then I stamped the image repeatedly across the front of the card with pistachio pudding ink.  I placed the washi tape on a scrap card stock, stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I carefully peeled the washi tape from the scrap card stock and positioned it on the card.  I added the natural twine and punched butterflies.

The next card was made crispy cantaloupe cardstock.  I also used the Simply Sketched stamp set.  Love this set!  I masked the bottom of the main panel and stamped the images using crispy cantaloupe ink.  I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink directly on the washi tape and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  I added the ribbon and punched butterfly to finish the card.

Now you know you can heat emboss washi tapes!  Try something different, think outside of the box.

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