Summer Christmas Bear?

Hi everyone.  Normally, I don’t make Christmas cards in the summer, especially on the hottest weekend of the year so far, but after seeing a couple of Christmas cards today and checking out some challenges, I was inspired to create this CAS Christmas card.

The bear was stamped with Memento black ink on A2 X-press It paper, then coloured with Copics.

It was then masked and the snowflakes were clear heat embossed.  Salty Ocean distress ink was applied with a mini blending tool to the background and a tissue was used to wipe off excess ink for a little emboss resist.

 

The camouflage die cut technique was used for the Warm Winter Wishes sentiment.  This technique can be tricky with little pieces getting lost, but a good trick I found to keep everything together is to use Press n Seal.

For some sparkle, clear shimmer added to the camouflaged diecut sentiment finished off the card.

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:
Merry Monday #253 Bears
AAA Cards – Game#92 Resist Technique
Addicted to Stamps and More#247 Make Your Mark
CAS on Friday#110 Animals

 

 

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space Love

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I must admit I prefer to create a love/loving theme card when it comes to Valentine’s cards. That way, they can be used beyond one day. As you can see from my non-traditional one layer Valentine’s card, this card can easily be given to a friend for a variety of occasions.

First, I cut the top folding card base from Bristol smooth paper.  I wanted to create a selfie card and to keep it one layer I used the masking and reverse masking techniques.  I created a reverse square mask with a square die and masking paper.  I positioned the reverse mask onto the card base and stamped the astronaut and alien with Intense Black ink.

They were then masked before the outer space distress ink background was created (Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers, Black Soot).  To complete the look, it was spritz with water and splattered with white pigment reinker.

The masks were removed and the images were coloured with Zig markers and a watercolor brush.  I used a ruler and black Copic multiliner to draw a border around the square. I used a rectangle die to trace the rectangle.  I also used the masking technique to customize the sentiment.  The hearts were stamped with Real Red ink.

To give it some depth, I masked the rectangle and blended really “toned” down Black Soot around it.  For a little shimmer, I added clear Wink of Stella to the space background.  To finish, a few silver sequins were added.

 

 

Update: Some of you are in disbelief that this is truly a one layer card, so I recorded a short video which I hope will clear things up. 😉

 

 

 

 

I am linking to the following challenges:

Less is More – #315 One Layer Opposites Attract (human/alien, blu/orange, right-handed/left-handed)
Gerda Steiner Designs – #29 Share Your Design (use GSD products)
Time Out – #76 Inspired by Words (distance)
MarkerPop –  #114 Be My Valentine

 

Juggling Fun

Hi everyone.  For today’s card, I actually got the idea a while back when I saw a snowman image looking upwards and juggling presents.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember where I saw it, but then THIS CARD reminded me of it again.

I wanted to participate in the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop, so I used coffee cups instead.

On a white Stitched Rectangle panel, I masked off the bottom for the snowy ground. I blended Blueprint Sketch and Tumbled Glass distress inks for a wintery sky. Next I white heat embossed the sentiment. For a snowy look, I spritz with water, then dabbed with a paper towel to lift some colour.

I stamped the deer and cups with Memento black ink, coloured with Copics then fussy cut them out.

I adhered the images onto the panel, then splattered some white shimmer paint to create more snow.  In keeping with my goal to create two cards, I did create the other card using presents

I am also entering this in SSS Monday Challenge Let There Be Snow

Sweet Joy

Hi there.  Still plugging away at Christmas cards, but now for my own personal use, especially now that I’ve donated all my cards – yikes😱!  So today I am sharing a sweet CAS Christmas card.

The Candy Stripe background was stamped with Real Red dye ink.  The gingerbread and hat were stamped with Memento black ink, coloured with Copics and then fussy cut and die cut out, respectively.  The candy cane was die cut from red and white cardstock.

I sponged on some Squeezed Lemonade for the background. For shimmer and sparkle, I spritz with DIY shimmer spray. The sentiment (wishing you, joy) was stamped with Versafine ink then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

I assembled the card onto a white cardbase and finished with a few white snowflake sequins.  I made two versions of this card.  The main difference on the other card (pictured right below) was sponging Real Red ink through a Candy Cane stencil instead of stamping the stripe background.

 

I am entering in the following challenges:

Curtain Call – Sweet
Cards in Envy – Wouldn’t that be SWEET?
Merry Monday – #225 Candy Cane
MarkerPop – #109 Color
CAS(E) this Sketch – CTS#201
AAA Cards – #79 Christmas
CAS on Sunday – #97 Christmas
Fantasy Stampers – #77 CAS Christmas