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.
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!
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'm busy taking another of the wonderful Online Card Classes. The latest class is Copic Markers for Card Makers. Each day several videos are available that teach new techniques using Copic Markers. We have been given a set of practice sheets to do our "homework". Here is one of the practice sheets that I completed:
The practice sheets have been lots of fun. They certainly help hone your colouring skills using Copic markers.
I recently purchased the "Wetlands" set from Stampin' Up. I just love it! When I first saw this set, my son had just been involved in a study of the Piping Plovers that have returned to nest at Wasaga Beach. This species had been extirpated from the Great Lakes area for over 70 years, so there was a lot of environmental excitement when they successfully nested in the area. The little sand pipers in the Wetlands set reminded me of them. The set contains some terrific sentiments as well as a wonderful Canada Goose, the sand pipers, and a very versatile grass stamp. My love of watercolours continues, so I created a watercoloured background before stamping on the goose and grass. The sand pipers were a perfect accent on the envelope.
I double matted the finished watercolour piece, first with black and then with a craft coloured piece of cardstock. I trimmed the mat with my hand held Purple Cow mouse, using the deckled edge blade. Next I burnished the edges of the cardstock with some bronze metallic ink. I mounted everything on a black card base. I used some natural jute twine from May Arts to tie a multi-strand simple knotted embellishment.