Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Metallic Monochromatic Laurel and Bee

I had fun playing with textures on today's design. I'm a bit disappointed with my photography skills as these photos do not really capture the subtle sheen and delicate coloration accurately. 

Let me tell you all about it...

First up: Using Tim Holtz' "Flourishes" stencil and Studio 490 White Embossing Paste, I covered the entire panel intended as the top of the card. After the paste dried, I used Dina Wakley Media Gesso to brush over the panel lightly. After drying once again, I dabbed on Deco Art Metallic Lustre wax finish in Champagne Ice and rubbed it into random areas of the panel using my finger.  Following that, I used Tim Holtz Distress inks in Antique Linen, Tea Dye, and Mustard Seed very lightly over additional areas. 

Next up: Using a Spellbinder's Die D-Lites "Laurel and Bee,"
I die cut the bee out of cream cardstock and also from vellum. I colored the bee with my copic markers...not exactly knowing at that point where I was heading with this design (you cannot really see the coloring at the finish of the design). I layered the vellum bee over the cardstock bee, gluing the body, but not the wings. I bent the wings up slightly, as though the bee is in flight.

The bee is framed by Spellbinder Classic Oval die cut into the embossed panel and is sitting upon some Dritz Cheesecloth, dyed by some of the Tim Holtz Distress inks.

I die cut the laurel out of kraft cardstock, then dry brushed it with the gesso, trying not to cover the entire garland, leaving a bit of kraft to show through.

The base of the design is kraft cardstock. I once again used Dina Wakley Media Gesso to cover the kraft using a dry brush. I cross hatched the gesso, brushing in different directions. After the gesso dried on both the card base and laurel, I used my finger to apply DecoArt Metallic Lustre Champagne Ice wax finish over it. 

Both the laurel and main panel were adhered to the card base using Thermoweb 3D Foam Strip pieces for dimension.

I watered down some of the gesso and brushed it over some of the design to neutralize some of the color; also spattered it on the entire design for additional distressing.

A Melissa Frances Tan and Brown Pearl adds the final accent. You can see a bit of the sheen on the laurel here...

And some of the sheen here: 

I realize that it seems like a lot of steps; most time was spent for drying, and even that went pretty quickly. Fun to get your fingers dirty once and awhile!

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope that you enjoyed this design!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

For Mother

 My mother is in the hospital now and I am not able to be with her. I decided to make up a pretty little reminder of how much we love her and are keeping her in our prayers...

I began by die cutting a base for the design using Spellbinders "Cascading Grace" dies. I die cut the decorative panel layer out of cardstock and the back base layer out of vellum. I love the addition of adds so much to the design.

My intent for this design was not to be a regular card, but more of a "plaque" with a stand on the back so that it can be placed anywhere in the hospital room or attached to a bulletin board.

Here's the stand on the back. I will add a special message beneath the stand.

I added a bit of texture to the front of the design using Studio 490 Embossing Paste and Prima's "Lattice" stencil. 

Next up: Altenew Vintage Flowers stamps and dies. I stamped the roses and leaves with the following Tim Holtz Distress inks: Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters, and Bundled Sage.  The Altenew dies were just perfect for cutting the shapes...makes life so easy and the edges look so clean. I used Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips to pop up the flowers, leaves, and sentiment panel.

The sentiment is from Stamp Simply's Clear "Blessings/Beatitudes 1" set, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I used a JustRite Antique Tags One die to cut out the sentiment.

A small May Art's 1/8" Silk bow and Kaisercraft Rhinestones finish this design.

This should mail easily and hopefully bring a bit of 
sunshine to my mother's day.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Happy Birthday Dear Husband!

It's the big 6-0 for my hubby! 
Thought that I would share the card that I made for him.

The decorator paper used is Simple Stories "So Rad." My husband has always been great at working with wood, so I did the letterpress technique using Spellbinders M-Bossabilities "Brick and Bark" embossing folder and Versafine Smokey Gray ink. 

The happy birthday sentiment if from JustRite "All Boy" clear stamps; the big 60 was cut using my Silhouette Cameo. 

Thermoweb 3D Foams Strips help add dimension and Simple Stories "Claus and Co. Enamel Dots" add bling. You can get the So Rad enamel dots that match the paper, but I didn't have those and found the gray in Claus and Co. matched.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. Check out the embossing folders...they're all on sale, along with a BIG stamp closeout!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Altenew Vintage Flowers

I've been having a great time creating with The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's new line: Altenew Stamps!

This card was fun to make using Altenew's "Vintage Flowers" and "Vintage Flower Dies."  What a fun stamp set-- different flowers (including two rose images) and this lovely branch. The dies make for quick and easy cuts as well...fussy cutting has never been one of my favorite things to spend time on.

I stamped the blossoms and branch using Altenew "Four Scoops Ink Cubes." The green leaves in the picture are Tim Holtz Distress "Shabby Shutters" ink; the blue paint spatters are Tim Holtz Distress "Stormy Sky."

After stamping the background branch/image, I ran it thru my Cuttlebug using Spellbinder's "Framed Canvas" embossing folder. All embossing folders are on sale right now at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

The blossoms were attached to the image panel with bits of Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips, then adhered to the background of the card covered with Kaisercraft's "Charlotte's Dream" designer paper. 

A border of new Katarina Ivory Venise Lace  (just over 1/2" wide!) plus bow made with an Original Bow Easy and May Art's 1.25" Ivory Silk was added. A Kaisercraft coral Sparklet Rhinestone Cluster added the final touch of sparkle.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. Check out the Spring Cleaning Sale that Sharon is currently running--last chance for many items.

Thanks so very much for stopping by!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Another Mailable Watercolor Wonder design

Hello! I wanted to finish this week with one more design from Altenew's "Watercolor Wonders" stamp set. This time, I 

I began by stamping the thank you sentiment from The Stamp Simply Clear "Many Thanks" stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto white cardstock.

I then used the larger flower and some leaves from the Watercolor Wonders stamp set to stamp directly onto the sentiment panel. The smaller flower and some leaves were stamped onto a separate piece of cardstock, then die cut using the appropriate dies. 

The die cut blossom and leaves where then popped up and adhered to the card using Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips.  Ink spatters using a paintbrush were added to achieve the "watercolor" look.

Tim Holtz Distress inks used: Abandoned Coral, Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed, Iced Spruce, and Bundled Sage.

The entire is laid onto a base of Tim Holtz 12 x 12 Distress Coredinations Colorcore Cardstock. I used a bit of sand paper to distress the edges of the pink so that the white core could peek through.

Altenew's Watercolor Wonders makes such quick and easy can dress them up as little or as much as you would like! Fun to play with too!

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New Altenew!

Exciting News: The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store is now 

These stamp sets are beautiful! 
Loving the flower sets especially so!

I've used Altenew's "Watercolor Wonders" set here, along with one of my favorite sentiments from The Stamp Simply Clear "Blessings/Beatitudes 1." 

Many of Altenew stamp sets require layered stamping. They are clear stamps, and include charts either online or the package to assist with lining up. Many of the sets have matching dies, making cutting quick and easy.

Watercolor Wonders is a perfect set to create a one layer design (though I've added a couple extra layers in to make it more elegant using Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips). Watercolor Wonders also has matching dies, so you have many options and do not have to stick to single layer stamping.

I began by stamping the Stamp Simply sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink. Stamp you sentiment first so that you don't have a mistake at the end (spoken from experience here Ladies...ha). The flowers were then stamped with Altenew's "Four Scoop" ink cube set. I used Tim Holtz Distress inks in Shabby Shutters and Forest Moss for the leaves as I do not yet have the Altenew green inks.  Many of the Tim Holtz Distress inks are now marked down.

Last touch: some of the ink with water and a paintbrush to add spatters for extra interest.

Simple, classy, and easy to mail!

Make certain that you check out the Stamp Simply blog this week as Altenew products are being showcased daily by the design team.

All linked products are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wedding Wishes

Wedding Season is coming up quickly...I usually make wedding cards specifically for each couple, but since a move will be taking place during this time, I will plan and work ahead.

I began with plain white cardstock, then used Tim Holtz "Gothic" stencil and Studio 490 White Embossing Paste to create the heavily textured background. Texture paste is sooo easy-- biggest thing is dry time!

Here's a closeup of the main feature of the card:

The sentiment panel with filigree edges is from Spellbinders "Tranquil Moments" die set. I stamped the sentiment using Stamp Simply's clear "Wedding Wishes" stamp and Versafine Onyx Black Ink, then die cut it with a JustRite's Antique Tags One die. It is layered over a border of May Art's 1.5" Tulle Ribbon...look carefully--you can just see it. It adds additional subtle texture. A couple of Melissa Frances white Pearls add the final touch.

This precious Bible verse from the "Wedding Wishes" stamp set decorates the inside of the card:

Sorry, not the greatest looks perfect in the actual card!

This design is fairly flat, and should be quite mail-able.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Make sure that you check out the Closeout Stamps!
Once they're gone, they are gone!

Thanks for stopping by today!