Friday, July 24, 2009
This card was created using Hero Arts stamps (little girl with sunflowers and the fence with birdhouse) that I've had for a long, long time. I don't know if they still make them anymore. The "Just a Note" stamp is by Eureka. I used Stickles to add a little accent to the colored stamped images, although you can only see it if you click on the image and look closely at the enlarged version. It can be seen better in person. The embossed background is a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The punched flower in the lower left corner is a Stampin' Up punch with a flower button on top.
The top image is the front of the card, and the image below it is the inside of the card. The inside image is not really as large as it appears here.
Monday, July 20, 2009
I used to buy a lot of stamps at a stamp store that eventually went out of business. Among my most favorite stamps were some by a company named Art Impressions. They have special stamps that I've never seen elsewhere: front and back stamps that go together. I'd have bought a lot more if I'd been able to afford it. As it is, I probably spent more than I should have, but the above images were made from 4 of their front and back stamps. The windows are sold as two separate stamps, but the little girl is a set of two. I looked on the internet and found that Art Impressions is still in business, and they still sell these stamps along with a lot of fun others. You can find them in the "Oldies" section of the Art Impressions online catalogue. I may have to buy some more, especially since they sell them unmounted, too.
This is the front and inside front of a card that I'm planning to send to a friend. The rest of the card is plain, but I used clear plastic for the window itself, so you can see through it from the front of the card, and also from the inside of the card looking out. I haven't decided how I'm going to do the inside of the card where the message should go. I want the recipient to be able to see something through the window besides a saying.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I used Ranger alcohol inks, Fancy Pants and CTMH stamps to do this tag. I cut the tag from a plastic report cover using a Sizzix die. The rhinestone flower is from CTMH.
I used Stream and Silver metallic inks on the tag. It is a much more brilliant color than shows in the scan, the silver especially gives it a lovely sheen.
This was done for the Thinking Inking class, week 5 part 2.
For those who haven't yet found this class, here is a link to the video for this part:
Thinking Inking video week 5 part 2
I have to admit, I'd never been interested in alcohol inks before this class, but you can get some beautiful effects with them.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I skipped Weeks 2 through 4, since I already started late. I've done heat embossing, anyway (week 2), and I'm not really as interested in Paint Dabbers (tried 'em, didn't like 'em) or crackle paint (week 4). This week (5) is using alcohol inks. I'd never used them before this class. They really can give a very pretty coloring to glossy surfaces, although to get the effect I liked, I really had to play with it a bit.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I finally tried the techniques shown in the first week of the Thinking Inking class at Two Peas in a Bucket. The above card front is my project. I used Ranger Inks, Cuttlebug embossing folder, a Spellbinder scalloped square Nestabilities die, a Sizzix die (tag), Glimmer Screen for the mask (Tattered Angels), Purple Daisy Dragonfly stamp, EK Success Dragonfly punch, and Perfect Pearls (they don't show well in the scan, but they added a very pretty shimmer). I think the layered flowers are both Prima, but I'm not sure.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
At GASC, I found some fun card templates sold by Let's Party Hearty (www.letspartyhearty.com). Although I have seen a couple of the template designs available for free on the internet--I bought templates for unusual cards that I had never seen before. One of them was for a circle pop out card. It's a little like a swing card, and a little like a tri-fold shutter card. It's shown above.
Most of the stamps I used to make this card were by CTMH. I don't know who makes the circle geometric frame design. The punched borders were an Ionic Punch. I found the Ionic Punch Border system at last year's GASC at the Purple Daisies booth, although they aren't the only ones to carry it. I used Distress Stickles to accent the capital "T" in the stamped middle panel.
The actual card is a vivid aqua kind of blue. For some reason when it uploaded, the color went weird and looks yellow. I guess Blogger is color blind or something.
The card on top was the original version. I wanted to make a card for a friend who was long overdue for a letter. It was a rush job, obviously. I wasn't happy with it, so I didn't get around to writing in it or sending it. I finally decided to do a makeover on it, which is the image underneath. I used Versamark watermark ink to create a simple background pattern on the plain cardstock with a tiny Stampin' Up stamp that was discontinued years ago. I'm not sure how well the embossing shows up in the photo, but I used the Spellbinders Daisy Edgeabilities die to create the flower clusters on this card. I used Spellbingers Labels Nestabilities dies (not sure which, maybe #4) to create mats for the big flower cluster and the saying. The saying is from the CTMH Follow Your Dreams set. The front says "We can do no great things..." and inside it says, "Only small things with great love." (Mother Theresa) I moved the single small flower from the front of the card to the inside. I could probably dress it up more, but at least it's not quite so plain as it was originally.
Friday, July 3, 2009
I made this card for a talented friend who is having a rough time. The background was stamped with Versamark watermark ink with Botanicals acrylic stamps by Hot Off the Press. The saying on the front of the card is a CTMH stamp. The saying on the inside is from Stampers Anonymous. It's actually a single stamp, but I decided to use it in two parts. The flower buttons were found at Michaels craft store, but I don't have the package that says who makes them.