Shiny & Bright

Happy Monday everyone.  So MFT is doing a second session of Camp Create.  As you may have remembered, I was the lucky random winner of the $150 MFT grand prize in the first session.  Unless lightening strikes twice, I highly doubt I will be as lucky again, but these challenges are fun and it forces me to use products I’ve bought.

Christmas card created for Camp Create Fantastic Foiling, Send a Smile 4 Kids Christmas in July, MarkerPop 99 Die Cuts, and Naughty or Nice Anything Goes.

For the first challenge, I needed to create a card with shine.  I love shiny Christnas cards, so that is what I decided on.  I know it’s only July, but there are a lot of Christmas themed product releases and challenges popping up lately.  Initially, I was going to heat emboss with sparkly embossing powders and use Wink of Stella, but then I found a scrap piece of red foil tissue wrap.  I glued the foil to a piece of cardstock and then die cut the sentiment from it.

Christmas card created for Camp Create Fantastic Foiling, Send a Smile 4 Kids Christmas in July, MarkerPop 99 Die Cuts, and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 238.

I stamped the elf on white cardstock with black Memento ink.  I first colored the ornament, shoes, pants and bell with a yellow Daffodil Delight dye ink marker and then added gold Perfect Pearls.  It gave a beautiful gold metallic shine, but it’s hard to capture that in the photo. I proceeded to color the rest of the elf with Copics and then die cut it out with the matching die. I also die cut another elf image from white cardstock to stack them for dimension.

Christmas card created for Camp Create Fantastic Foiling, Send a Smile 4 Kids Christmas in July, MarkerPop 99 Die Cuts, and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 238.

Next I die cut a stitched panel from white cardstock.  Since the stitched panel has two rounded corners, I die cut the white card base to match.  Using a mini blending tool, I blended Peacock Feathers for the background.

Christmas card created for Camp Create Fantastic Foiling, Send a Smile 4 Kids Christmas in July, MarkerPop 99 Die Cuts, and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 238.

To finish and for a little more shine, I added some gold sequins.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:
MFT Camp Create – Fantastic Foiling
Send A Smile 4 Kids – Christmas in July
Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 238
MarkerPop – Challenge 99 Die Cuts

 

 

 

Custom Out To Sea Stamp

Hello everyone.  It’s Sunday and I have a one layer card to share using the inlaid die cutting technique.

Out To Sea card for HLS May CAS. Challenge Inlaid Die Cutting and Penny Black and More May Challenge Anything Goes

I haven’t seen a sailboat stamp I really liked, so when I saw this image online, I knew I had to buy it. BUT (and here’s the kicker) this wasn’t a stamp! The image that I saw was actually a die from Penny Black called Out To Sea.  Now the dilemma–Should I still buy it?

Custom Out To Sea Die Stamp

Of course, I bought it. Otherwise, I couldn’t have made this card. 😉  I took the die (pictured left above) and created my own custom stamp from fun foam (pictured right above).  You may have noticed that I was able to reverse the image.  I used a temporary adhesive to adhere my custom fun foam stamp to an acrylic block. In this case, I used my 2-way glue pen, allowing it to dry clear for the temporary adhesive before pressing it to the block.  This is one great way to stretch your dies.

Out To Sea card for HLS May CAS. Challenge Inlaid Die Cutting and Penny Black and More May Challenge Anything Goes

I inked up my “stamp” with VersaMark and stamped it onto a piece of watercolor paper. I heat embossed it with white embossing powder then watercolored with distress inks.  Once it dried, I cut it out using the Stitched Rectangle die with stitching on both sides of the cut line.  I used the 3rd and 4th largest dies to cut a stitched frame from thick white cardstock.

Out To Sea card for HLS May CAS. Challenge Inlaid Die Cutting and Penny Black and More May Challenge Anything Goes

Next I dry embossed the thick cardstock by running it through the Big Shot with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder.  With the pieces die cut out, I inlaid them back into the thick dry embossed cardstock before die cutting the happy sentiment below. I mounted this piece onto a white card base and then inlaid a black happy die cut to finish.  With everything inlaid, this is a one layer card.

UPDATED: I forgot to add that I left the sentiment with just happy to be filled in later once I decide what type of card I want it to be (ie. birthday, Father’s Day, etc.)

 

Challenges:

HLS CAS Challenge – May 2016 Inlaid Die Cutting
Penny Black and More Challenge – Anything Goes

 

 

 

Whitewash Wish

 

Happy Friday everyone.  I was really hoping the Smile stamp set I ordered would arrive before the challenges ended…and it did — TODAY!

Whitewash Flower Birthday Card using Smiles stamp set for challenges Time Out, Crazy 4 Challenges, SSS Monday and SSS Wednesday.

Because one of the challenges is white flowers, I decided to use the whitewash watercolor technique for my card. I stamped the flower image with white pigment ink onto Kraft cardstock and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Using a water brush, I colored in the stamped image with white pigment ink refill and then dried it with my heat tool

Whitewash Flower Birthday Card using Smiles stamp set for challenges Time Out, Crazy 4 Challenges, SSS Monday and SSS Wednesday.

To add color and shading to the image, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  The flower itself was essentially untouched.  I just added a bit of shading in the middle area for some depth

Whitewash Flower Birthday Card using Smiles stamp set for challenges Time Out, Crazy 4 Challenges, SSS Monday and SSS Wednesday.

I wanted part of the image to extend onto a strip of Elegant Eggplant cardstock, so I used my trimmer to cut up to and around the image to get a straight edge. Then I used my scissors to cut the overhang portion.  I die cut Wishing from Elegant Eggplant cardstock and stamped the birthday sentiment in the matching dye ink. I wanted the whitewash flower to stand out, so no embellishments.

Whitewash Flower Birthday Card using Smiles stamp set for challenges Time Out, Crazy 4 Challenges, SSS Monday and SSS Wednesday.

 

Challenges:

Time Out Challenge – CAS with the Optional Twist of Purple to celebrate Sandie’s birthday
Crazy 4 Challenges – C4C336 White Flower
SSS Monday Challenge – Make a Wish
SSS Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

 

 

 

Fireworks

I am needing at least half a dozen birthday cards in the weeks to come, so it’s no surprise that I have another birthday card today. This time it is a masculine birthday card.

Less is More 277, CFC-148, masculine birthday card

I usually keep masculine cards pretty minimal, and yet these cards can be difficult to do. Go figure. However, this card was simple to do.  I applied distress inks on the upper portion of a white piece of  cardstock.  Of course I chose masculine colors. I made sure the inks were dry before stamping the Fireworks with VersaMark ink.  Next I covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set it.

Less is More 277, CFC-148, masculine birthday card

Using the emboss resist technique, I applied black ink to the entire white piece.  Once done, I took a tissue and removed the excess ink from the embossed images.  I heat embossed the sentiment with Sparkly Gold embossing powder. I wanted this black panel to really pop, so I used the same sparkly embossing powder to heat emboss the edges of a slightly larger piece of white cardstock.  I layered them together and adhered it all to a split black/white card base.

Less is More 277, CFC-148, masculine birthday card

 

Challenges:

Less Is More – Week 277 Something That Pops or Bangs
CAS-ual Fridays – CFC148 Birthday Boy

 

 

 

Magical Day

Boy, it was a busy long weekend.  And today I finally got a chance to play in My Crafting Closet to make this fun CAS birthday card.

YNS Magical Unicorn, birthday card, color challenges 39, AAA Card Challenge Game 65

I die cut a Stitched Rectangle from Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock.  I stamped the Magical Unicorn image and sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink so that I can color with Copics.

YNS Magical Unicorn, birthday card, color challenges 39, AAA Card Challenge Game 65

Next, I created a mask for the unicorn and masked off the unicorn.  I  ink blended over a sunray stencil with distress inks and mini blending tool to create the background.  Once again, for a bit of shimmer I added some clear Wink of Stella to the unicorn’s mane and tail.  I love this product because it’s mess free!

YNS Magical Unicorn, birthday card, color challenges 39, AAA Card Challenge Game 65

I mounted the stitched piece on white fun foam cut slightly smaller and finished with some blue sequins.

 

Challenges:

AAA Card Challenge – birthday theme.
They are celebrating their 2nd birthday.  Lots going on over there with many prizes to be won.
YNS Color Challenge 39