Saturday, January 31, 2015

Inked Backgrounds and Adding texture

I kept up with my homework for exactly 2 days...then fell behind.  Then I caught up days 3 and 4, but didn't photograph or blog it until the weekend.

DAY 3 - Inked Backgrounds
I had some trouble with the techniques on this one. I have 11 front panels in the trash.  The gesso really was a tough one, my first attempt the gesso pulled up a layer of paper off my panel when I pulled the stamp away...I had to double check the jar to make sure it was gesso and not some glue.  That was a fun stamp cleaning session. No baby wipe and run...

I stamped Penny Black's Love is in the Air with white gesso on the card panel, let it dry and then used some HA Passion Flower ink with water to add color to the panel.  I couldn't resist a bit of gold Heidi Swap mist droplets as well. then some gold thread under a gold heat embossed sentiment from the same stamp set. This was the 4th attempt, and the best of the lot. Tough technique for me.

Next up is stamping on  inked panels with versamark.  I used HA Cup of Joe and Wet Cement to color the white panel.  Lawn Fawn's Wood Grain Backdrops was used to create the wood panel, and the "carved" heart. I added a white heat embossed sentiment from SSS Chalkboard Love.

Lastly was the velveteen stamping.  I have tried something similar with the kissing technique--but rarely had the results I was hoping for.  This technique had the white layer put to the card, then the color layer ontop of the dried white layer of stamping.  You can see the HA houndstooth background on the red heart from SSS Chalkboard Love.  The sentiment is from SSS Valentine Spoons.  This last technique was my favorite of the day, probably because it was accomplished in fewer attempts. 

Day 4 - Adding texture
 This was so far my favorite day, but I have yet to check out Day's 5 and 6.

This was all about adding texture, and I loved all the examples and loved working on all the cards.
I have been wanting to try this faux embossing technique of adding die=cuts to the card panel in the same paper as the card base. The best tip was to adhere the die-cut paper to a sticky backing before cutting. It made laying these words down so much easier. I used SSS's Wishing die, and the Sending and Wishing stamp set, along with Valentine spoons for the sentiments.

The sewing was kind of fun and relaxing. I laid the big heart from SSS's Chalkboard love onto a white panel and took my piercer and punched holes around it.  Then I strung embroidery floss (3 strands) around the holes in random order...meaining sometimes I hit a hole twice or more. 

I used a die from PTI's Happy trio and the word Valentines from the SSS stamp set Valentine Spoons to create the sentiment.  My main panel was cut using SSS Stitched rectangles.

My most favorite technique of the day and so far the class used my two favorite techiniques, water colors and embossing paste.
I used Heidi Swapp color mists in Primrose and Gold for the watercolors. I wet the water color paper then dribbled some drops of mists from the spritzer tube onto the paper. I added a bit more water with a brush then let it dry.  The two stencils I used are from SSS - Falling hearts, and Leaves I used white embossing paste, the hearts first as they covered more of the card base, then when that was fairly dry I added the leaves.  My sentiment was heat embossed in gold on vellum. I used the PTI sentiment set Keep it Simple Valentine Mini.  I saved my favorite for last.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend.  I will probably catch up with the next two class days sometime over the weekend.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

January Card Chain Challenge

2015-01I love Deborah's Card Chain Challenge.  Make a card, send it and get one from another crafter.  Deborah provides several prompts for your card, you can choose from several and use as few as one or as many as you like.

Each month includes a color palette, a sketch, and variable choices. This month included themes of snow, friendship, or Valentine's Day, as well as stencils or embossing paste. 

I chose the color palette, the sketch, and the friendship theme,


My card started with several white embossed flowers, and sentiment. Once they were fully dried I grabbed several distress inks and added color to the card front.  Once this dried, I spritzed it with pearlized water to add a subtle shimmer. I really love the color palette this month.

I also added a bit of the color combination to the inside right side.

Sign ups are going on right now for the February exchange click the link ->  February Card Chain Challenge Post.

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Hero Arts white embossing powder
Versamark ink
Distress inks - Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Dusty Concord
Stamps - Simon Says Stamp Thinking of you; A Muse Studio Everyday Greetings
Neenah Aspen White 110lb Cardstock

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CAS4 Day Two

Three cards today, one for each of the examples today which all involved Die cutting. 

This wasn't quite what I envisioned when I started making the card, but I cannot say that I am displeased with the outcome. The card has a bit more impact in person, the gold embossing shines, and the gold glitter paper really glistens.  I started with white paper, stamped - embossed - inked - diecut then mounted the panel onto a card front.  Supplies - SSS -Valentine Spoons Stamp Set, Mama Elephant Heart Border Die, Distress inks Milled Lavendar, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Embossing powder Hero Arts Gold.

Debbie Hughes made a spectacular card out of bits and pieces from various dies, and mounted it onto dark grey cardstock.  This took time.  I didn't have the dies she used, some but not all.  However, this is a definitely a very close CASE of her card. Patience is the key word.  Dies - SSS - Heart Wreath, Fresh Daisies, Love You small; Memory Box- Precious Hearts, Prim Poppy, Mini Heart Collection; Elizabeth Craft- Bunch of flowers.

Shari Carroll made an amazing card with the feathers, fun foam and all her special little bits and pieces.  I need Valentine cards, so this went a bit off the rails from her card, however 97% of it is a CASE of her project. Dies-SSS-Pointed Feather, Lawn Fawn - Party Banners, SSS - Moonshine sequins, DCVW Glitter Paper, Stampin Up Washi Tape, Fun Foam, Hero Arts Pool Ink.

The class as usual is fantastic. These instructors are so very talented.  Give it a try if you can.

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