Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Birds of a Feather

This card is a simple layout using pattern paper and a stamped bird image. The image was colored with Copics. I also stamped the image again and cut out one of the birds. The layer effects adds some contrast to a simple design.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Rock Around the Clock

Here's a sweet card created using an alarm clock die by Echo Park.  I love how adding the banners and faux flowers gives this card dimension. A simple layout with awesome flair.   

Monday, June 13, 2016

Masculine Metal Birthday Card

I have created a masculine card with the new Delicata ink colors. The Delicata ink colors are perfect for the ‘Faux Metal’ technique.  We will be using Seth Apter Gridiron Fine detailed embossing folder and the Drip Drop etched dies from his Spellbinders Collection along with Black & White Simmer, Celestial Copper Delicata inks from Imagine.
Time: 1 hour
Level: Beginner to Intermediate 
Step 1
Dry emboss a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ white cardstock using the Seth Apter Gridiron Fine embossing folder. Sponge Black Simmer Delicata ink over the embossed cardstock followed by White Simmer Delicata ink.  This combination of inks gives the impression of metal. Tip: place the wedge sponge (thin end) into a medium size binder clip.  This clip allows better control of the ink without the mess on your fingers.  

Step 1
Step 2
To create the impress metal rivets use ½ inch white cardstock strips.  Turn the cardstock over and apply gentle press with the large end of a stylus.  Sponge the embossed strips with
Celestial Copper Delicata ink.  Sponge the strip edges with the Delicata Black Simmer. 
Step 2
Step 3
Die cut from black cardstock Seth Apter Drip Drop etched dies. Using a crackle stamp with Electric Green Radiant Neon ink: stamp the drip die cut, center circle and circle with the X removed.  Apply Celestial Copper Delicata ink to the X die cut.

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Step 4
The size of my card is 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” top folding.  Layer the black cardstock 4” x 5 ¼.” Cut the embossed faux metal cardstock into various square and rectangle shapes.  Mount the faux metal pieces and the metal rivets strips in the desire layout onto a black cardstock measuring 3 3/4” x 5.”  Apply the die cut pieces to the front of the card. Ink a Happy Birthday stamp with Versa Mark and heat emboss with black embossing powder. Punch out using a 1 ¼” circle and mount to a 1 ½” black circle.
Step 4
Delicata – Celestial Copper, Black and White Shimmer, Radiant Neon Electric Green, VersaMark Stamp Pad

Seth Apter Spellbinders Collection – Gridiron Fine Detailed Embossing Folder and Drip Drop etched dies, KaiserKraft – Crackle stamp, Cardstock –  White and black, Tools – scissors, stylus, heat tool, Stampin Up: 1 ¼ and 1 1/2 “circle punch, wedge sponges, binder clips.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ombre Odyssey

Today’s journal page shows you how to create an ombre effect with the fantastic range of Kaleidacolor ink pads by Imagine. Ombre is an effect which has been making appearances in home d├ęcor and papercrafts. Ombre means graduated shades of color. The Kaleidacolor pad is a perfect tool to achieve this technique.
Time: 1 hour + dry time
Level: Beginner to Intermediate  


Step 1
Place your chevron stencil over your blank journal page. Take your VersaMark and trace inside the stencil pattern. While the VersaMark is still wet sprinkle on the gold embossing powder and heat set. Tip: Emboss three rows at a time to prevent the ink from drying out.   Repeat this process until the journal page is covered. 

Step 2
Press the open Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze dye inkpad on a craft mat and spritz with water.  Apply the ink with a wet paint brush from top to bottom (light to dark).

Step 3
To create the bird’s nest; use a thick and thin permanent black marker. Write the word, ‘Nest’ in a circle in the lower right corner.  Add the darkest shade of ink with a paint brush from the Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze diluted ink to the center of the bird’s nest. This dark color will give the nest some depth. Draw with a pencil a vine and some leaves.  Apply Creative Medium Metallic Bronze with a palette knife to the vine and leaves outline.

Step 4
From old music paper cut out different sizes of leaf shapes. Arrange the leaf shapes on top of the wet Creative Medium.  In the center of the leaves draw swirls with a thin permanent black marker.
Step 5
Print off the computer a bird silhouette. Place the bird silhouette on top of a piece of cork.  Using the bird silhouette as your template cut out the main shape of the bird’s body.  Don’t cut off the feet from the silhouette. Adhere your bird silhouette to the back side of the cork as shown in the photo above. Adhere the bird to the center of the birds nest.
Step 6
Add the sentiment. Add dots and doodles with the Morocco irRESISTible Pico Embellisher. Shade around the leaves, sentiment and edges with black pitt pen.
Imagine Crafts featuring Tsukineko:

Faber-Castell: 101 Stencil Collection, Miscellaneous: Paint brush, craft mat, water, black permanent makers, gold embossing powder, heat tool, cork, old music sheets.  
Gauche Alchemy - Theme: Travel - I enjoy sitting in nature and being inspired.(May)
Creative Embellishments - Inspirational Photo (above): Inspired by the peacocks feathers, they reminded me of leaves. (May)
Tuesday Throwdown - Embossing #249 (Tues)


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