Saturday, November 21, 2015

Holiday Style Subtle Stenciling

I was initially stumped about Soft and Subtle cards...and then I found a combination I will be using again!

The background was created with Texture Paste spread through Tim Holtz Festive stencil.  After removing the stencil, I sprinkled the wet paste with Ranger Silver Pearl embossing powder and let it dry completely.  It was magic to apply the heat and melt the powder--a lovely pearl shine!

The Santa image is an old stamp from an unknown source.  I watercolored it with Distress Ink reinkers.  The layering paper was created with Inka Gold Platinum spread on white matched the shine of the stencil!

Thanks for taking a look!

Holiday Style, 1 Stamp 5 Ways - Card #5

This was a fun challenge to try to come up with different ways to use the same stamp!

I stamped Stampendous Jumbo Pointsettia multiple times on kraft paper with Tree Branch Archival Ink.  The circle is stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils.

The green layers were created with Emerald Green Inka Gold so it has a nice shine!  The sentiment was cut on the Cricut and mounted on vellum to help set it off.

Thanks for taking a look!

Holiday Style 1 Stamp 5 Ways, Card #4

I am continuing to play with Stampendous Jumbo Poinsettia to try to do 5 different styles.  This is the 4th card.

I stamped on vellum and embossed with white embossing powder.  I cut it down to the desired size keeping the petals that hung over the rectangle.

It looked too plain so I pulled out the Inka Gold Platinum and spread outside the flower.  (I had a mask to keep the Inka Gold off of the petals.

The sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp die.

Thanks for looking....card #5 is coming next!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Holiday Stamp, 5 Ways--Card #3

I am continuing my attempt to use the Stampendous Jumbo Poinsettia stamp in 5 ways.

This card uses paper piecing with papers from Authentique.  Sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.  The kraft paper was stamped with Impression Obsession Ticking in Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then smudged further to make the stamping more subtle.

I have to finish up Cards 4 & 5 this weekend.

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Holiday Stamp, 5 Ways

I am taking on the challenge from the Online Card Class Holiday Style to use one stamp in 5 ways.  I used this stamp in a Day 3 link.  This one was stamped on watercolor paper with Faded Jeans Distress Ink with more added to provide shading.

Poinsettia is from Stampendous, senctiment is Simon Says Stamp.

 This next card uses no-line watercoloring.  I stamped with Distress Ink Antique Linen.  The lines disappeared as I added the color.  Some gold splatters and the gold layering paper was created from Inka Gold.  Sentiment from Just Rite stamps.

My next post will have the third card.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Holiday Style Shimmer and Shine

I was inspired by Kristina Werner's card today.  I didn't have glitter paste so I used Texture Paste with the Tim Holtz Festive stencil and sprinkled with Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder.  After letting it dry, I heat embossed.  Wow!  What shine!

I cut multiple sentiments on my Cricut to get a thick embellishment.  The trim pieces are Inka Gold silver.

Thanks for taking a look!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Bird Crazy Holiday Style!

The Santa hat from Crazy Things finally saw some ink today.  I was inspired to pull out my Tim Holtz supplies.

The look on the bird's face just makes me giggle when paired with the "Be Joyful" sentiment.  The bird and accessories were stamped on watercolor paper and colored with Distress Ink reinkers.  Glssy accents were added to the eyes to give some shine and dimension. 

The background are Tim Holtz dies.

Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy and Crazy Things
Sentiment:  Simon Says Stamps Be Joyful
Die:  Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Knits

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Holiday Style, Day 5

Although I have stamp sets that fit the bill...I seem to struggle with cute and whimsical.  I do appreciate the inspiration from the Online Card Class to try to stretch my comfort zone!

The background is watercolor paper created with Brusho.  Once dry it was spritzed with Picket Fence Distress Stain and watered down silver Inka Gold.

The stamps were colored with Prismacolor pencils.

Stamp set: My Favorite Things Jingle All the Way

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One More Card Inspired by Holiday Style, Day 1

While I had the Brusho out, I made another panel and covered it with a design cut from a Martha Stewart punch.  I splattered the card base with watered down silver Inka Gold.  A sentiment and die cut snowflakes finished it off.

Sentiment:  Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings Holiday
Snowflake Die:  Impression Obsession Small Snowflake

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Holiday Style, Day 1

I was inspired by Debby Hughes card from Day 1.

After embossing the snowflakes in Ranger Silver Pearl embossing powder on watercolor paper, I used Brusho to create the unexpected results!

The white cardstock was cut with My Favorite Things Stictched Snow Drifts and the sentiment stamped with Ranger Platinum embossing powder.

The snowman was colored with Prismacolor pencils.

Stamps:  Sentiment and snowman both from Hero Arts Snowman Christmas.

Thanks for taking a look!

Season's Greetings Greenery

I was inspired to play along with the Muse: Christmas Visions Challenge.  I loved the watercolored greenery and decided to follow that theme with stamps rather than a die.

After taping down watercolor paper, I did a light wash of Forest Moss and Peeled Paint Distress Inks around the edge.  I then painted and tapped Distress Ink onto the stamp and stamped randomly around the edges.  (Using a combination of Walnut Stain, Ground Espresso, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss--I could have also used markers.)

I used clean water to soften the stamping and give it a watercolor look.

The sentiment is stamped with Versamark and embossed with Copper embossing powder.  I watered down some Copper Inka Gold to add metallic splatters to the piece then mounted on dark green cardstock.

Stamps:  Penny Black Joyous, Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings Holiday

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Pink, White & Green Christmas Card

Today I am playing along with the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge to use Pink, White & Green in a card. 

I heat embossed the sentiment and greenery in Ranger Silver Pearls embossing powder (almost white!) on glossy paper then covered with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.  I have become fond of the soft colors that I get on glossy paper.

Using clean water, I painted off the color on the leaves and berries and painted them over with Twisted Citron and Festive Berries Distress Ink.

The pink panel is layered on cardstock with the edges colored with Platinum Inka Gold (so shiny!) then layered on a white card base.

Stamps:  Penny Black Festive Florals and Penny Black Season's Gifts

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Holiday Style, Day 3 Inka Gold

I was inspired by Debby Hughes and her lovely white card.  This card uses Poppy Stamps Ornament Trio Cutout and Righteous Rings dies and Simon Says Stamp Merry Christmas die.

The card bases was colored with Inka Gold Metallic Rub to provide shine. 

The rings, hangers and the Merry Christmas were also colored with Inka Gold to give plenty of metallic shine.  The die cut piece was mounted on fun foam to provide nice shadows.

Holiday Style, Day 3

I was inspired by Kristina Werner's card on Day 3 of the Holiday Style Online Card Class.  Stampendous Jumbo Poinsettia was stamped with Stormy Sky Distress Ink and then the lines were blurred and shading added with the same ink. 

Big Scripty Greetings was stamped in Ranger Platinum Distress Ink.  The same Distress Ink was used to outline the paper.

Glossy Christmas Cards

I have discovered a new favorite technique with Distress Ink--the soft colors that come from using glossy paper!  I confirmed that photo paper doesn't work--I just get an awful squeak without the lovely blending.

This first card blends Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.  I stamped with a fun foam stamp sprayed with water to remove the color and create the subtle tree. The fun foam stamp was cut with an Impression Obsession tree die. I covered up the stamped tree and spritzed the rest of the panel to create a light snowfall.

Sentiment die also from Impression Obsession.

This next card has a glossy panel stamped with snowflakes from Penny Black Season's Gifts in Ranger Silver Pearl embossing powder.  The panel was then blended with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and spritzed with water to lighten and create an interesting texture.  The panel is mounted on cardstock colored on the edges with Platinum Inka Gold.  The blue cardstock was splattered with the watered down Inka Gold from my craft mat.  Sentiment also from Penny Black Season's Gifts.

The next two cards were stamped and embossed with Ranger Platinum embossing powder.