Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Katarina - Delicious Doodles Challenge #11 - Winter Wonderland

The current challenge at Delicious Doodles is Winter Wonderland - to make a wintery project.  I decided to use one of Teri's newest images that I fell in love with as soon as I saw her - Katarina.

This wintery project was created by keeping with a color scheme combination of icy blue-greens and warm neutral grey-browns.  Copic markers were used to color both the stunning Katarina with her majestic snow leopard and the background.  I tried to give a bit of a mystical feeling to the background with an impression of faint northern lights reflecting behind her. 

Several dies were used for this project - Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities - Large Labels - the largest rectangle; Sizzix Tim Holtz On the Edge Snow Flurries; My Favorite Things Die-namics Icicle Border and Memory Box Valerian Flourish.  After the dies were cut out from white cardstock, they were colored with a variety of inks - VersaMagic Aquatic Splash, Brilliance Gamma Green and Tim Holtz Seasonal Distress Evergreen Bough.  Finally, they were heat embossed with clear detail embossing powder before adding to the project.

Thanks for a fun challenge and for taking the time to stop by.

Friday, January 20, 2012

HDH116 Macabre Monday Challenge - Chic Freaks - Stolen Heart

This week at Haunted Design House the Macbre Monday challenge theme is "Chic Freaks".  The challenge is to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece that includes a chic freak or a freakishly chic theme. 

The inside of the card is handprinted and says, "You've stolen my heart forever."

This week is my first time entering a challenge at HDH.  It looks like everyone is having lots of fun with so many awesome projects submitted and such fabulous design team projects that I thought I would like to give it a try.  

The prize this week is a $30 gift certificate for the Stampotique Originals online store.   I don't have any of the fabulous Daniel Torrente stamps from Stampotique, but after learning about them on HDH, I did go over to their store website and of course wound up placing an order for a couple of their awesome stamps.

My project for this challenge is a Valentine card using the digital stamp "Heartless" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Penny Black's "Love Grows" heart and the spider from their "Hairy, Hairy" stamp.  The roses are from the Inkadinkado's cling set "Hearts and Flowers"  and the spider webs are a Tim Holtz Stamper's Anoymous stamp.

The girl and roses were colored with Copic Markers.  The edges of the spiderweb stamped cardstocks were distressed with Tim Holtz Dusty Concord and Stampin' Up Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant inks.  The roses were popped up with dimensional foam at two different heights and the girl was popped up on one side to give the card more dimension.  The heart was heat embossed with Ranger's Black Sparkle embossing powder and then sponged with VersaMagic Rose Bud and Tim Holtz Distress inks.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Hearts and Roses Vintage Valentines

Here are two vintage looking Valentine cards I designed for a class I'll be teaching in a few days at a nearby stamping and craft store, Scrapper's Attic - Ben Franklin in Petoskey, Michigan.

This romantic, vintage Valentine was made by first creating a background using Memento London Fog Ink with Penny Black's Clearly In Love acrylic stamp set. It was then sponged with Versamagic Pixie Dust and Memento Angel Pink and Rose Bud inks. The edges of the background were distressed by sponging the above colors and VersaMagic's Aquatic Splash, an icy green color that contrasts nicely with the pinks. The sentiment from Stampendous was stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black and heat embossed with Ranger's Black Sparkle Embossing Powder.

The rose and script image, all one stamp from the same Penny Black set, is stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, clear heat embossed, then colored with Prismacolor pencils. The edges of this image and the scrolls and roses at the top of the card are heat embossed with Black Sparkle Embossing Powder.  Light pink and dark blue-green ribbons were added.  Star Dust Stickles were added for highlights after matting on light and dark turquoise cardstocks whose edges were also distressed.

This second vintage looking Valentine also uses hearts and roses, but has an entirely different look to it.  Inkadinkado's cling stamp sets Hearts and Flowers and Jewelry and Hearts were used to create this card.  All stamping was done using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, then heat embossing with clear detail embossing powder.  Copic markers R39, R29, R27, R24 and R22, E39, E37, E35, E34, E32 and E30 were used to color in the images.

The backgrounds of the four raised panels were sponged with Tim Holtz Old Paper and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  Star Dust, Xmas Red and Black Diamond Stickles were added for accents.

You can see on the angled view above that the center jeweled heart and the two heart stamps on either side of the sentiment are popped up even higher then the four main panels to add even more dimension.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pieter's Plunder

Third Coast's lovely Mademoiselle Sofie has caught Pieter the pirate's attention.   Oh Oh!!   It looks like Pieter's straying eyes and lust for "treasure" have gotten him into a bit of trouble. Look out Pieter!!   Pirate Peg doesn't look too pleased!   Could this be a bit of jealousy or perhaps the gorgeous Pirate Peg is after Pieter's buried treasure?

Close-up of Pieter and Mademoiselle Sofie

Close-up of Pirate Peg and Pieter

All stamps used are Third Coast Rubber Stamps:
Pieter's Plunder ES-204-K
Pirate Peg VB-115-I
Mademoiselle Sofie VB-241-M
Burying Treasure CH-713-G
Palm Trees - Lg ES-097--H
Dead Tree TW-005-I
Grassy Mound MY-059-D
Long Grass CH-097-CC

The scene was created by first stamping Pieter near the center then building the scene from there. All images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, masked with Judikins Eclipse Tape as the scene was created, then colored with Copic markers and gold and silver gel pens for the metallic accents. The backgound was also colored with Copic markers.

Have a fabulous week.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Put on Your Dancin' Shoes and Celebrate!

This card is for my DH's birthday.

The "It's Your Birthday" and "Celebrate!" are hand lettered with a black gel pen, The rest of the sentiment "Put on your dancin' shoes." and the image of a couple dancing are from My Favorite Things "May I Have This Dance" stamp set.

The image is colored with Copic markers after stamping with Versafine Onyx Black Ink on Copic X-Press It white cardstock and clear heat embossing.  It is then cut out ond matted on black & red cardstock.  This is then popped up with Scotch dimensional foam tape on tan cardstock.  The edges of the tan cardstock are distressed with Frayed Burlap and Scattered Straw Tim Holtz Distress ink.  Black and red cardstock are matted behind the tan.  Black and clear glitter gel pens are used on the man's suit buttons and the red in the letters for a bit of bling.  Unfortunately the sparkle doesn't show up well in the picture. 

The inside says "I love dancing through life with you.  Happy Birthday"

Thanks for stopping by.