Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Background Check: Day 1

I'm busy taking part in yet another wonderful Online Card Class.  The latest series of classes is called, "Background Check" and as you may have guessed, it is all about creating wonderful backgrounds for your cards.  One of the techniques that was addressed today was colour blending.  Here is my creation:

Obviously, I have already started making my 2015 Christmas cards.  This card was created by colour blending with Ranger Distress Inks and round Tim Holtz blending tools.  Before adding colour, I heat embossed the Merry Christmas greeting using Tsukineko White embossing powder on Strathmore Bristol paper and added a punched 1 1/4" circle mask of a Post-it note to create a moon.  I chose to use "tumbled glass" for the lightest colour at the bottom of the card, then "salty ocean" for the mid-section and finally "faded jeans" at the top.  I love the ombre effect this combination created.  I get such a kick out of removing a mask to reveal the resulting effect.  I cut a black silhouette of Santa and his reindeer team using an Impression Obsession die, and mounted it with some dimensional tape.  My finishing touches included a scattering of gold metallic stars and some white dots to mimic tiny stars.

Until then .. .

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Recent Cards From the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre

As you may know, I teach card making classes at the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre every Wednesday afternoon.  I thought I would show you a couple of the cards that we have made recently.

These are the cards that we made last week:

The first card features the "Love is Kindness" stamp from Stampin' Up, and is coloured with Copic markers.  The background was stamped with the Hero Arts Clings "Friend" definition.  The card base is made from Stampin' Up Strawberry Slush.

The second card was created using the super cute Lawn Fawn stamp set, "My Cup of Tea".  The teapot and cup were stamped with Memento Luxe pigment inks in Morocco and Pear Tart respectively.  Both images were fussy cut and mounted with dimensional tape onto the background after stamping the steam marks, spoon, and sentiment on 110 pound Neenah Solar White cardstock.  The teabag string was slipped through a tiny slit cut with a craft knife under the lid.  A small piece of dimensional tape was mounted under the teabag to lift it off of the pot.  The shadows of the teapot and cup were added with Copic C0 and as a final touch of detail, a generous dollop of Clear Rock Candy Stickles was added to the spoon to look like sugar.  The card base was made with Stampin' Up Early Espresso.  The patterned paper is cut from the retired BasicGrey Indian Summer collection.

I'll show several of the other cards we have made recently at the GBCSC in my next blog post.  Hope you like them.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Easter Bunnies

I just got home after walking my dog.  It was snowing.  I honestly wonder if Spring will ever come to Midland!  Today is the last day to remove ice huts from the bay - a sure sign of Spring.  I hear that the maple sap is beginning to run and it won't be long before this year's maple syrup will appear in the local stores.  As Spring approaches, I look forward to Easter and getting together with family for a fine feast.

I only made a few Easter cards this year.  I was really pleased with the way this one turned out.  Lots of die cuts in this scene!  It was great fun to put together - I just love lots of details. 

Until next time,


Friday, 23 January 2015

One stamp Set - Three Ways

I was fortunate to win a beautiful Hero Arts stamp set called "Forever" last fall.  At the time that I won, I had already started making my Christmas cards, so this is the first time I have actually played with it.  I decided that I wanted to use a neutral palette of taupes and browns for my card.  I chose to create my card base out of Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I added a panel of Kaisercraft tone-on-tone patterned paper mounted on a piece of Chocolate Chip Stampin' Up cardstock for the background.  I stamped the tag with Memento Luxe pigment ink in Rich Cocoa.  I just love the distressed look of this stamp and the pigment ink gives a beautiful opaque finish to the stamped image.  I heat embossed the birthday sentiment using Tsukineko white embossing powder.  On the first card, I cut the edges of the tag with my paper cutter.  On the other two cards,  I fussy cut around the tag in an irregular manner to accentuate the uneven, distressed look of the stamped edge.  I mounted the tag onto the card base using dimensional tape.  When it came time to stamp and emboss the butterflies, I decided to try three different looks using different colours of embossing powder.  The first card features dark brown butterflies using Ranger Adirondack Espresso embossing powder.  

On the second card I used Tsukineko White embossing powder for the butterflies on Chocolate Chip cardstock.

The third card features butterflies using Ranger Tarnished Gold and Liquid Platinum embossing powders.  On all three cards, I fussy cut the butterflies and then mounted the butterflies using dimensional tape.


I still can't decide which version I like the best!  

Until next time,

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Christmas Tag

I'm sorry for my long absence.  Life seems to be getting in the way recently.

I wanted to share some pictures of one of the Christmas tags that I made this year.  I was quite pleased with the way it turned out and the people who received parcels with one of these tags were delighted with them.

I used a Sizzix framelit to cut the tag base and then hand trimmed some patterned paper for the background layer.  I cut the white wicker basket from a piece of 110 lb Neenah Solar White cardstock using a Marianne Design Craftable - Basket and Blooms.  I hand cut a Neenah Desert Storm background for the basket to fill in the gaps in the wicker.  I die cut the poinsettias using Simon Says Stamp's Poinsettia Parade and arranged them so that they looked as though they were filling the basket.  I filled the centres of the flowers with tiny golden seed beads.  The bow was tied with some narrow gold wired ribbon.  I attached the finished basket to the tag using a double layer of mounting tape under the lower portion and a couple of rolled glue dots under the handle.  The sentiment was stamped with an Impression Obsession rubber stamp using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black.  Here is a close up showing the dimension of the tag.

I am entering this tag in the "Anything Goes" Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year full of happiness, good health and prosperity.

Until next time,