Monday, April 29, 2019

Hello Friend!

Hello and welcome back!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Barbara is hosting this week and she has chosen the lovely combination of Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach and Old Olive, with a dessert option of using a die or punched element on your card.  I'm also joining the current Ways to Use It challenge at SCS, where we are to use white ink on our card (link above will take you to SCS front page where you can check out both challenges).

I'm also linking up to the Anything Goes challenge at the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

I decided to use a technique I recently saw on Jennifer McGuire's blog, which she terms Trapped Emboss Resist (link to that post here).  I started with a panel of Bristol paper and ink blended Abandoned Coral and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks (substitutes for the SU colors).  After the ink was completely dry, I stamped a large background stamp using Versamark ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Next, I ink blended white pigment ink over the entire panel, making sure to buff the ink off the embossed areas, revealing the "trapped" colors under the embossing.  I then went over the panel again with my heat tool to bring back some of the embossed shine.  I sprayed the entire panel with shimmer spritz and set aside to dry.

I knew I didn't want to cover up too much of the panel with the sentiment but needed something to help it show up against the design, so I ended up die cutting and layering the Hello sentiment 3 times, then used Copic markers to create a peachy ombre look and adhered to a vellum heart along with word "friend".  I was happy with that so far but the card still seemed rather plain, so I decided to use a die cut frame (cut a layered 3 times) but rather than plain white, I wrapped it with some Washi Tape I recently acquired, since the most prominent colors worked perfectly with the CC colors.  After adhering everything to the Old Olive card base, some iridescent jewels were added for the finishing touch.

Thanks for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  Have a great week!


Stamps:  Floral Mix background (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Old Olive, Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, Vellum, SSS Sentiment Strips 2
Ink:  Versamark, Abandoned Coral and Spiced Marmalade Distress ink, Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink
Other:  Hero Arts Nested Hearts Infinity die, MFT A2 Rectangle Stax Set 1 and Stitched Rectangle Frame dies, SSS Hello Beautiful Gorgeous sentiment die, Tsukineko Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spray, Hero Arts Ultrafine Clear embossing powder, Lucy' Iridescent jewels,
Carta Bella Flower Bouquet Washi Tape, Copic markers

You Are Special

Hi friends!  I'm back with a card made for the current challenges at CAS(E) this Sketch and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  I recently received my May card kit from Simon Says Stamp and just had to use it along with a new background stamp also from SSS.

Surprised myself by making a one layer card, although I did add dimension under the main flower.  I first stamped all the flower images from Delicate Flowers on white card stock, colored with Copic markers and then fussy cut the ones I decided to use for this card.

The sentiment was stamped on the card base, then the flowers were adhered, popping up the largest flower on top with foam tape.  It looked a little bare, so I decided to stamp a corner of the Sketchy Lines Background stamp with light ink on the opposing corner.  After inking of the stamp I did take a baby wipe and dabbed around the edges to soften the ink.  Added a few sequins, and my CAS card was done!!

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope you have a great week!  Come back tonight when I'll be posting my DT card for the new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!


Stamps:  Delicate Flowers, Sketchy Lines Background (both SSS)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White both #80 and #110
Ink:  Gina K Black Amalgam, SSS Barely Beige
Other:  PPP Sparkling Clear Sequins, Copic markers

Monday, April 22, 2019

Beautiful Day

It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  I'm hosting this week and have chosen Balmy Blue, Coastal Cabana and Tranquil Tide with a dessert option to add leaves. 

For my card I used the Outline Leaves Background stamp, heat embossing on a panel of Arches cold press watercolor paper.  After taping to a board, I covered the panel with clear water then dropped in ink in the challenge colors.  When dry, I heavily splattered some gorgeous Metallic Pearl Acrylic paint, which I loved with the soft watercolor background.

I used the Altenew Leafy Garland die to cut leaves from both Coastal Cabana card stock and some Platinum vellum, which has a gorgeous metallic look.  Because it is not as sheer as regular vellum I was able to add drops of Ranger Mat Medium along the stalk to adhere it just off the card stock die cut below.

With the leaves attached, the panel was layered on a slightly larger piece of white card stock, then added to the Coastal Cabana card base.  The sentiment was stamped on white card stock with a light gray ink, hand cut then popped up with foam tape.  A few iridescent jewels and sequins were added as the finishing touches.

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you'll use the link above to check out this week's SCS Color Challenge!


Stamps:  Outline Leaves Background (Simon Says Stamp), Beautiful Day (sentiment/Altenew)
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Neenah Solar White, Arches 140# Cold Press watercolor, Platinum vellum (Grafix)
Ink:  Versamark, Balmy Blue, Coastal Cabana, Tranquil Tide, London Fog (Memento)
Other:  Hero Arts White embossing powder, Ranger Metallic Pearl Acrylic Paint, Leafy Garland Die (Altenew), Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Lucy's Iridescent Jewels

Monday, April 15, 2019

More Spring Flowers Birthday

Hi there!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Karen is hosting this week and has chosen the lovely combination of Lovely Lipstick, Mint Macaron and Very Vanilla, with a dessert option to add roses.  I did have a bit of dessert on my card with a rose in the lower right corner of the watercolor panel.

I'm also joining the Anything Goes challenge at Seize the Birthday and the No Designer Paper challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

I was searching around for a rose stamp or image that I wanted to use for this challenge and found a previously heat embossed panel in my scrap folder.  I used reinkers in Lovely Lipstick, Mint Macaron and Night of Navy (a SU designated neutral) to color the floral images.  To achieve the purple on the crocus, I mixed Lovely Lipstick and Night of Navy inks and used a very diluted bit of Lovely Lipstick for the light pink background.  After it initially dried, I added splatter from the reinkers and white gouache.

While the watercolor panel dried, I used Cracked Pistachio Distress ink to stencil the mint panel, added a die cut scallop horizontal strip across, then adhered to an Ivory card base.  I added a bit of the same die cut scallop strip to the bottom of the watercolor panel added to the base with foam tape, then adhered the die cut sentiment and a few sequins.

So glad you were able to come by and visit!  Have a great week!


Stamps:  More Spring Flowers (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Ivory, Mint (SSS), Arches #140 Cold Press watercolor
Ink:  Versamark, Cracked Pistachio DI, Lovely Lipstick, Night of Navy (SU)
Other:  Butterfly stencil, Happy Birthday Script die (SSS), Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame, A2 Stax Stitched Rectangle die (MFT), Hero Arts White embossing powder, White Gouache, Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen

Monday, April 8, 2019

Bouquet Birthday

Hi there!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Jeanne is hosting this week and has chosen Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove and Berry Burst, with a dessert option to add sparkle.  I'm also using a sketch from the SCS Sketch Challenge from a couple of weeks ago.

I knew I wanted to use a bouquet of some sort to work with the CC colors and went looking some of my older stamps.  I found a sweet wood stamp from the Lockhart Stamp Co. (now out of business) that I probably bought eight or nine years ago and I'm unsure if I ever used it, so I decided this was the time.

Because the image is so small, I decided to use colored pencils similar to the challenge colors.  In addition, I used colors similar to SU-defined neutrals to color the leaves, the little pot holding the bouquet and the "table" holding the pot. 

For the background panel, and to make the stripes according to the sketch, I used a score board to create the ridges after die cutting the panel.  Finally I added the heat embossed sentiment plus a few iridescent jewels and a shimmer pen on the flowers to add the sparkle for "dessert".

Thanks so much for visiting!


Stamps:  Unknown name (Lockhart Stamp Co.), Tiny Words (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Daffodil Delight, Berry Burst
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Layering Ovals framelits (SU), Stitched Scallop Rectangle die (SugarPea Designs), Sentiment Labels die (SSS), scoreboard, Prismacolor Colored Pencils, Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen, Lucy's Iridescent Jewels

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Tulip Hello

Hi there!  I have a card to share made for the current challenges at Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown (links below).

I guess I've kind of been on a tulip streak the last couple of weeks, continuing with this card using a pretty stamp from Penny Black. 

The flowers and background were colored with Copic Markers on Neenah Solar White, then die cut with a stitched rectangle die.  I cut a panel of white card stock just slightly larger so the panel would stand out better from the gray card base, wrapped it with some Baker's Twine, then adhered to the base with foam tape.  The sentiment was die cut three times and layered then added to the colored panel, along with a few sequins.  The last thing was to add a bit of aqua shimmer to the tulips and the sentiment, which is somewhat visible in the photo above.

So glad you were able to drop by and visit!


Stamps:  Tulip Queue (PB)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Smoke (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Gina K Black Amalgam
Other:  Handlettered Greetings sentiment die (SSS), White Baker's Twine, Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen, Copic Markers


Monday, April 1, 2019

Spring Flowers

Hello friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Mary is hosting this week and she has chosen Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Pear Pizzazz as her colors, with a dessert option to use an Easter or Spring theme.  'm also joining the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with the current Anything Goes theme.

I decided on a Spring theme, using a beautiful tulip image from Power Poppy.  It was colored with Copic (flowers) and Altenew Artist (leaves) markers in colors similar to those for the challenge.  Next, the panel was trimmed down, corners rounded and adhered to a slightly larger piece of white card stock.  I already had the die cut scallop square of Highland Heather card stock and decided to use it as an offset to the main image.  The sentiment is from the same PP stamp set.

I was going to mount on a plain Gorgeous Grape card base but felt like something more was needed, so I cut a slightly smaller panel of the same paper and embossed it, then adhered to the base.  The main image and the sentiment were then adhered with foam tape and a few iridescent jewels were added for a touch of bling.

So glad you were able to come by and visit!


Stamps:  Dynamic Duos Peonies and Tulips (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather
Ink:  Gina K Black Amalgam
Other:  Layering Squares framelit, Spring Flowers embossing folder, Corner Rounder punch (all Stampin' Up), Sentiment Labels dies, Lucy's Iridescent Jewels
Copic markers:  V17, 15, 01, 000
Altenew Artist Markers:  Evergreen, Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf