Friday, November 30, 2012

Snow Pals

We've had our first snow that stayed on the ground over the past few days.  The temperature has dropped into the twenties with highs in the thirties during the day.  It's feeling a lot more like winter here in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on this last day of November 2012.

I was cleaning out some stacks on my worktable and came across this wintery scenic card I made last winter while designing for Third Coast Rubber Stamps.  It was featured in Third Coast's ad placed in last spring's issue of Rubber Stamp Madness magazine. I never got around to posting it online last winter.  With the wintery days we've had lately, I decided this would be a good time to share this card. 

Third Coast Stamps used:
Snow Pals VB-072-I
Large Birch Trunks CM-055-P
Contemplating Polar Bear CO-072-H
Curious Polar Bear CO-071-I
Sitting Polar Bear CO-073-J
Pine Trio ES-044-B

  • Stamp Snow Pals girl on Copic X-Press It white 5" x 7" cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, color with Copics, colorvwith VersaMark marker and clear heat emboss.
  • Stamp Pine Trio twice usng the same steps listed above, then Birch Trunks and finally Curious Polar Bear.
  • Tear along the sticky edge of a Post-It Note to look like snow drifts and place along the horizon about 1/3 of the way down from the top covering the snow area (bottom of card).
  • Brayer Stampin' Up Baja Breeze ink across the sky to the horizon line. Repeat with Marina Mist but don't go quite as far down to the horizon.
  • Brayer Pacific Point ink across the very top of the sky and sponge lightly along the horizon line.
  • Move Post-It Note around in snow area and sponge more snow drifts with Baja Breeze ink several times.
  • Mat slightly off center to allow room for the other two polar bears with Stampin' Up Night of Navy cardstock 7 1/2" x 5 1/2".
  • Stamp Sitting and Contemplating Polar Bears on Copic X-Press It with Memento Tuxedo Black, color with Copics and cut out.  Pop up onto main scene overlapping onto the Night of Navy mat.
  • Add some Our Craft Lounge Sparkly Fluff (color - Sugar) to the fur on the girl's jacket, hood and boot tops.
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a super weekend.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Perfectly Penned Fall Foliage Happy Birthday

A November birthday card for a special friend. 

Supplies used:
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Perfectly Penned - sentiment; Inkadinkado Foliage Trails acrylic clear stamp set; Inkadinkado dollar set Fall Flourish
  • Spellbinders: Nestabilities Labels Twenty-One die set - largest die
  • Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Countess - used once across top and once across bottom of card
  • Punch: Stampin' Up ticket corner punch
  • Inks: Versafine Onyx Black; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress - Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade
  • Copic Markers
  • Stickles: Star Dust, Yellow, Orange
  • scrap orange and red-orange card stock, Copic X-press It white card stock
  • scrap orange ribbon, sponges, dimensional foam tape
Have a great weekend.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Homage to Autumn Beauty

This card is one of the ones I made at our monthly stamping club meeting this last Saturday. 

We were playing around with the direct-to paper-technique, trying a few different ideas and this is how my card ended up.  Actually, by the time I finished, not much of the direct-to-paper inking showed anymore.

Using the direct-to-paper technique, for me, is kind of like taking that first step into cold water.  I have to talk myself into making the first swipe of ink across the paper.  The key is not to overdo the amount of ink applied - to know when to stop.  Also working from lighter to darker colors, rather than the other way around is the best approach.

I wound up sponging the land and sun using punched and torn Post-It Note masks.  The tree is from the gorgeous "Lovely As a Tree" Stampin' Up! set.  The script down the side is from the SU set "French Foliage".  All inks used are Stampin' Up!. The tree is stamped in Early Espresso and watercolored using SU marker ink applied to a plastic palette and painted on with a watercolor brush. For a finishing touch, I sponged around the edges with Always Artichoke and Early Espresso inks.  It gives a definition between the main image and the Old Olive mat.

The sentiment is from Stampin" Up!'s "Nature Silhouettes" stamp set.  Perfect for this card.
Have a fabulous week.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Perfectly Penned Japanese Lantern Fall Birthday

A fall birthday card that features a new polymer stamp I recently purchased from Lavinia Stamps in Great Britain.  Japanese Lanterns are a fall favorite of mine.  This stamp captures their delicate beauty perfectly. 

The red-orange lanterns stand out as the focal point with the blue-violets and golden-yellows used for the background.  Violets, oranges and pale yellow-oranges are a wonderful fall color combination.

Versafine Onyx Black Ink was used to stamp all of the images.  The embossing folder, Art Deco by Cuttlebug - one of a set of four folders, was embossed twice for the card.  First they were both sponged with a variety of Stampin' Up and Tim Holtz Distress blue, violet and pale-yellow inks.  Then Stampin" Up markers were used to color the grooves in the folders, which helped to give them a bit of a metallic look..  One folder was popped-up and used to frame the main image after the center was cut out. For the second one - a center strip from top to bottom was cut out and popped-up as a background for the Delicate Vine Memory Box Die on the side.  The two pieces that were left from the folder were overlapped, glued together and popped-up as a background for the sentiment.

Stamps used:
Stampin' Up: Inspired by Nature - grass; Perfectly Penned - Happy Birthday sentiment
Lavinia Stamps - Japanese Lantern

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Never Ending Thanksgiving Card

This card was made a couple of years ago for my husband's great nephew while on a trip over Thanksgiving visiting some of his family in the South East.  He is a little boy who loves being in the woods and is infatuated  with wild animals, especially deer.  Thus all of the deer and elk on the card. 

While cleaning out some picture files on the computer today I rediscovered the card.  I never got around to posting it, but since Thanksgiving is just around the corner now would be a good time to share it.

It's called a never ending card because you just keep opening it till you come back to the beginning.  A fun card, especially for a child, that's actually fairly simple to make.  Here's a link to a video tutorial by Dawn on how to make one.

I had a limited selection of card making supplies with me on the trip so it's a pretty basic card.  Very Vanilla Stampin Up cardstock was used along with SU waterbase markers and a white gel pen.  Unfortunately I don't remember the names of the stamps used from that long ago.

Front of card.

Second page.

Third page.

Back of card.

When you open it one more time you come back to the beginning again. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great to start a new week.