Smiling Unicorn

Happy Good Friday everyone!  Hope your Easter weekend is off to a good start. I just had to squeeze in another bright and cheery rainbow card before Easter.  This card makes me smile. 😉

Masks were created from a Stitched Snow Drift die and Labeling Tape. Using the mask as a guide, the sentiment was set up in my MISTI in the shape of the curve and black heat embossed on a white Stitched Rectangle.

The sentiment was then masked off and distress inks were blended in rainbow colours.  For sparkle, the rainbow area was spritz with a DIY shimmer spray.

Next, the unicorn was stamped with black Memento ink and coloured with Copics.  The present from the same set was stamped on a scrap of X-press It paper then fussy cut out.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the present and horn, and a few Crystal Clear sequins finished this card off.

Thanks for dropping by and Happy Easter to all who celebrate.

 

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:
Addicted to CAS – Smile
CAS-ual Fridays – Rainbows
Freshly Made Sketches – FMS #283
Happy Little Stampers – April CAS Blend

 

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

 

Tropical Cheers

Hi everyone.  As some of you know, I’ve been slowly working on my lengthy NBUS list as part of my crafty resolutions.  So imagine my excitement when I found out that Darnell is running her 8th NBUS Challenge this week to celebrate her 5-year blog anniversary.  In fact, she is running three back-to-back NBUS challenges.  As I was deciding which NBUS item to use, I came across a NBUS pack of Gina K Designs 120 lb. Pure Luxury White cardstock that I had purchased well over 8 years ago!  I would link to it, but it looks like it’s no longer available.  I remember buying it because supposedly, there is no bleed through when using with alcohol markers.  I didn’t own any Copics back then to test that out.  Anyway, now that I found it and have Copic markers, I wanted to do the ultimate test and create a one layer card.  And it just so happens Less is More challenge this week is one layer cards with theme favourite drink/beverage.  And luck wouldI have it, I have a NBUS stamp set that fits this theme!  So here’s my one layer card.

My first tropical drink was a virgin Pina Colada (was underage), and to this day it’s a favourite still.  I stamped, masked and coloured the images as I usually would with Copics and am pleasantly shocked to report that there was no bleed through! I guess I’ll have to hoard my stock and use it sparingly. 😏

I blended Mustard Seed distress ink through a DIY sunburst stencil for the background. I used a black Copic multiliner and a Stitched Rectangle die to trace a border. A few NBUS Crystal Clear sequins were added as a finishing touch.

Because this is a heavy weight cardstock, it makes a nice sturdy one layer card.

 

Update: it was brought to my attention (thank you CC) that Gina K Designs does carry 120 lb. white cardstock.  However, I’m not sure if this current product is Copic/alcohol marker friendly and will not bleed through

 

 

I am linking to the following challenges:

Darnell’s NBUS – #8 Use NBUS Optional Color on Kraft with Pencils
Less is More – #311 One Layer Favourite Drink/Beverage
Happy Little Stampers – January CAS Stencil

Winter Wishes

Hi there.  Today I am sharing a fun CAS Christmas card.

To keep it CAS and to create dimensions without adding any layers, I double dry embossed an A2 size piece of white cardstock with a Wave embossing folder (EF) and a Circle Peek-a-Boo die.  Then I trimmed it down to 5-1/4″x4″.

I die cut a reverse circle mask and placed it around the circle.  I then heat embossed snowflakes with VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder. Next I masked a slope within the circle then sponged Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink (retired) and Blueprint Sketch inks to create the sky.  This sky colour combo is definitely outside the box for me, but I like it.

I stamped Waddles skiing on a scrap of white cardstock, coloured with Copics then die cut out with the matching die.  I added snow with a white gel pen.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock.  The panel was mounted onto a white card base and clear Wink of Stella was added to the hat to finish.  I thought the double embossed background was enough, so no embellishments.

In that stamp set, there is a great image to create a coffee themed card, so I made a similar card for the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop .  Because I used the other wave EF in the duo set on this card and it gives a more subtle embossed look, I added a few sequins on this one.

Updated to Add:  Please note that the circle is not inlaid. The double emboss technique dry embosses both patterns of the EF and the die on one single layer of cardstock with no die cutting involved.  There is only dry embossing.  The only die cutting I did was with Waddles.  I am having trouble finding the video where I saw this technique, but when I do find it, I will update and link it here.

Update with Link:  Good News!  I found the link!  I was searching the wrong terms.  Anywho, the technique is shown towards the end of this video HERE.

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:

Your Next Stamp – Sketch Challenge #54
Merry Monday – #226 Winter Fun
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Winter Fun 4 Kids
CAS Mix Up – December Stamping + Sponging + Your Choice (embossing, die cut)
Addicted to Stamps and More – #224 CAS
MarkerPop – #110 Winter
Simon Says Stamps – National Christmas Card Day

Northern Lights Greetings

Hi there.  I’m back to share another CAS Christmas card.  I’ve always wanted to try the Northern Lights technique, so I decided to finally give it a try.  My fingers got extremely inky, and I had to start over a couple times because I kept smearing ink all over the place!  I combined that technique with the masking technique to create today’s card.

Northern Lights Christmas

I started with a white A2 size panel to make it easier to die cut it later.  First I created a reverse mask by die cutting a circle from masking paper.  I placed it onto the panel, off setting it to the right.  I then masked off the snowy ground with labelling tape that I cut a slope from with scissors.  Using sponges, I added streaks of Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise.  A couple of places, I overlapped colours to get purple and green.  These “additional” colours are harder to see amongst the streaks of Night of Navy ink.

To tried to capture the shimmery look of the real Northern Lights and brushed Pearl Perfect Pearls over top.  With the masks still in place, I stamped the trees with Intense Black ink.  I removed the masks, then stamped the deer from the same stamp set.  I added Perfect Pearls to the deer as well.

The sentiment was stamped with black Versafine ink and then heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder for even more sparkle.  The panel was then die cut with a Stitched Rectangle die.  For dimension, I adhered the panel to white fun foam and mounted it to a top folding white card base.  To finish I added a few Sparkling clear sequins.

 

 

 

I am participating in the following challenges:

Hero Arts – Holiday Cardmaking (Color Layering Snowy Trees, Peace & Joy)
CAS Mix Up – November Stamping + Masking + Your Choice (sponging/heat embossing+die cutting)
A Blog Named Hero – Holiday Themed
Penny Black – Anything Christmas
Joy Clair – November Inspiration Board