Saturday, June 7, 2014

4 Star General Graduation!

I created this card based on the school crest for the recipient.  He is in their first graduating class ever, so wanted to try to make it special.  To be honest, I wanted the deckled edge but had difficulty cutting it because the cardstock was so thick.  It was ok for a one off but I definitely wouldn't do it for a group of cards with this cardstock.

I don't know about your area of the country but most people here just do a picture card with a graduation party announcement rather than announcing the graduation itself.  I miss the traditional card.  I know I had loads of friends from other schools and loved getting their announcements with their school crests when we all graduated.  So with that in mind I went traditional with this card and replaced the last layer with the cap and diploma. I cut the "banner" end by partially die cutting Nestabilities Squares and used my Scor-Pal to add some extra detail to the final panel.

Our graduate is getting the "universal gift card" - money!  So I originally made the pocket with the stars punched out, to echo the front... the problem was when it was back lit you could see the line and the stars through to the front so I used some more gray cardstock and lined the whole of the front.  Luckily I taped it and was able to just lift the pocket enough.  I love that the money isn't just going to fly out of the card onto the floor.

I also made certain the pocket overlapped the end of the card to create a contrast on the front to make it easier to see the edge.

My picture is a little bit fuzzy.  Sorry about that, but you get the general idea.

I will be honest with you, although I am happy with the outcome, I'm not thrilled.  The stamped panel bothers me.  I did consider sponging it but really didn't want to make it worse and I think clean lines for a young man's card are more masculine.  I also considered highlighting the raised embossing but didn't want to make it look amateurish if the pen slipped.  Sometimes I guess we have to accept happy and move on.  I have more cards to make for graduates of this school in the future so I can refine my techniques with them.

Card size - 8.5 x 5.5 in;
Cardstock - Recollections 110 lb; Bazzill;
Stamps - Kitchen Sink Stamps 3 step Graduation;
Ink - Memento - London Fog, Nautical Blue;
Dies - Spellbinders Nestabilities Squares, Stars

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Musical Simple Sympathy

This card  was made in memory of a High School friend and her daughter who were tragically killed last week.  

I wanted something personal that related to both of them.  I met my friend during marching band and her daughter was accomplished in her school's chorale.  I didn't want it too heavy with black so I used one of the school colors of purple for contrast with the white.

I hope it gives some comfort to their family.

Card Size - 4 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Cardstock - Recollections white 110lb white, 65lb purple
Stamps - Kitchen Sink Stamps 3 step rose (sentiment)
Ink - Brilliance - purple
Accessories - Allegro embossing folder, Cuttlebug single and double note dies, Dimensionals, Corner Chomper

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Camera Cheese Birthday!

So I saw this wonderful video by Darlene and it is inspired me to look at what I had to make a birthday card for our uncle who has a love for photography (and cheese).

I used my Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge to make most of the cuts in either black or white.  Because none of my black cardstock is that thick, I cut two backs and two fronts in the shadow setting to give it some strength.

I chose the white because I wasn't sure what color I wanted that layer.  I chose a dark grey that looks a lot darker in person.  I did want it to look textured but didn't want to emboss it or make it too dark because I wanted the contrast with the black.  After taking a tip from Darlene I colored my flash and viewfinder by flicking the color.  The yellow really makes a splash of color on the card.

Stickles added to the yellow make it special without making it girly.

I cut a bit of packaging for the front of the lens and patterned paper for the inside. 

Also used my Cuttlebug and Nestabilities to the black circle because I felt it needed an extra layer.  The white cardstock around the lens I wanted to have a metallic sheen.

The top black layer I stamped and embossed with the sentiment.

A nice matching envelope to set it off and this is a case where the card turned out better than my imagination.  I just wish the grey looked better in the photo.  

Card size - approximately 6.5 in x 5.5 in
Cardstock - Recollections black and white 65lbs, Recollections paper, upcycled packaging for lens;
Stamps -
Ink - Versamark; Gina K Color Companions Black Onyx
Color - Copics; Sakura metallic silver gel pen
Accessories - Stickles

Friday, April 25, 2014

Feeling Blue Hues...

Like loads of other people I bought these adorable quote stamps when they were all the rage and to my shame I think this is the first time I have used one!  I always came up with some cute idea and then it evolved into something I made into something else that didn't accommodate the quote.  So when I saw this technique by Darlene with the watercolor pencils I decided I had to do it and just the sentiment that would be so very adorable with it.

I pared it down quite a bit but I think it is obvious the inspiration is there!  

Card size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 in 
Cardstock - Recollections 110 lb cardstock, Artists Loft Watercolor paper
Stamp - Inkadinkado: Friendly Advice
Ink - Gina K Color Companions Black Onyx
Color - Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencils

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hoppy Easter.... well maybe? Still shaking my head.

Listing this one under "could do better/try again" .  To be honest I was experimenting with the coloring in of the background for a larger art project my youngest is working on.  So as long as we learning something all is good right?!

Card size 4 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Cardstock - Recollections 110lb white, 65lb green
Stamps - Clear Dollar Stamps "Hoppy Easter"
Ink - Gina K color companion: black onyx;
Color - Prismacolor pencils
Accessories - Gamsol, American Craft ribbon

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Test the Technique - Glitter and Embossing Powder

Another discussion on Splitcoaststampers about how to get glitter to adhere.  I have always pointed people in the direction of Gina K's tutorial because I trust Gina.  I really do.

I decided it was time to put my money where my typing fingers are and test the technique.

I started with an extra die cut I had.

I inked it by pressing it into my Versamark pad making certain it was really covered.

Then I ensured both the tops of my detail clear embossing powder and glitter were removed. I knew I need to act fast to get the coverage I wanted.  I covered with the embossing powder and put the excess back in the jar and covered it.  

Then I went ahead and put my glitter on my paper in a thick mound.

I heated the embossing powder and put it in the glitter. It mostly covered.  So I tried to reheat it and didn't get a reaction so I reinked it with the versamark and more detail clear and dunked it again and really pressed it in the glitter.  Then I left it.

I went back and re-inked it with Versamark and covered it with the detail clear and let cool to seal the glitter.  Very little is coming off now.  I mean scrub it and maybe one little bit is coming off, so I am very very very Happy with this technique and will definitely use it again.

I did get some glitter on my Versamark pad.  I used some masking tape and lightly dabbed it over the surface to collect up the glitter on the pad. 

Hope this helps those looking to get glitter to stay on.

I may try to stamp an image and see how it works that way.  I think with clear stamps and/or a stampamajig there is no reason why someone can't get really good coverage and seal the glitter in with this method.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Watercolor Daffodils for Mothering Sunday

Now if you follow my blog at all or just want to scan down a few entries you will probably realize you have already seen this image...

I, however, have to share the story behind this card.  I shall be brief.

  1. Follow the fantastic Frugalcrafter Lindsay's tutorial on how to draw and watercolor daffodils. Check.
  2. Post it on blog. Check.
  3. Put in box to make into Mothering Sunday card for MIL so it will be on time. Check.
  4. Forget to look up when Mothering Sunday is in England.  Check.
  5. Find out it is Mothering Sunday in England the day before Mothering Sunday. Check.
  6. Pull out watercolored Daffodils and mount on cheerful cardstock and stamp greeting.  Check.
  7. Blog about it several weeks later. Check.

So here are the small amendments.  When it was already late I went with less is more.

Card size - 8.5 in x 5.5 in 
Cardstock - Watercolor paper; Recollections
Stamps - Hero Arts "Celebrate Everyday" ? (doesn't have a name on the packaging that I can find
Ink - Memento (? Bamboo?)

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