Saturday, August 21, 2010


This card was actually a combination of my playing with a few techniques. I am on a bit of a brayering kick right now so the orange background was done on white glossy cardstock and Ardirondack dye inks. I then got it into my head to try another technique I'd heard of using stencils. I taped my Dreamweaver stencil over the brayered background and applied a light colored ink through the holes of the stencil. I removed the stencil and began applying clear drying glue onto the inked areas where the stencil had been. I added Glitter Ritz as I went along being sure to make sure I worked with the dark glitter colors first since they can contaminate the lighter glitter colors. This took a bit of time but I am very please with the results!! I finished the card off by adding 2 orange strips of cardstock embossed with Cuttlebug's Number Collage folder since I was making this card as an 83rd birthday card I made sure 1 strip had an 8 in it and the other a 3. I highlighted those numbers with my Tombow white gel pen. I added a Happy Birthday sentiment at the bottome of the card.
Thanks for looking!
Card Recipe:
Stencil: Dreamweaver Fireworks
Paper: Cordinations and Bazzil
Glitter: Glitter Ritz Fire Engine Red, Stardust, Yellow, Light Copper, Kiwi
Stamp: Stampendous Happy Bday clear set
Other: Memento Tangello ink for sentiment, Cuttlebug Number Collage folder, Tombow White Gel pen.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cherish today

I thought I would do something a little out of my usual for this card. I did the Tombow Techniques Certification a while back and thought I would try some of the techniques I learned.
This technique involves stamping a stamp in a light color on vellum then going over the stamped image with a white gel pen, I used Tombow white gel pen, of course. Once that is one turn your vellum over (so the ink is touching your table) and coloring the back side of the vellum with Tombow Markers and your Blender pen. It makes for a very soft look.
I wanted a soft looking sentiment so I stamped it on my main cardstock and placed the vellum over top of it to soften it. I added Hero Arts Pearls on the right side of the vellum. If anyone has questions about this technique don't hesitate to leave a comment and I will answer them as best I can!
Thanks for looking!
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Stampendous Flower and Sentiment
Paper: Platinum Vellum The Paper Cut, Bazzill
Tombow: Markers: 727, 606, 925, 679,
025 & N00 (blender), gel pen
Other: Hero Arts Pearls, Adirondack Earthtones Pitch Black, Memories Yellow dye ink

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Leafy goodness

Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I have made a few cards but have not had time to get them posted on the blog. I've been trying to do summery things while we have good weather!!
This is a card I made a few weeks back. Crafty Capers received an order from a good Canadian company, Magenta a few weeks ago and I thought I would pull out a Magenta stamp I had in my stash and have a play!
This stamp is acually a swirly leaf stamp but for this card I cut off all the swirlies.
I began by stamping and embossing the leaves with gold embossing powder - 5 on white cardstock and 6 on light green cardstock. I colored the white leaves with my Tombow markers and my Tombow white gel pen. I then cut them out. I used my Tombow glue pen on the green leaves and added yellow and grasshopper Glitter Ritz glitter to them in stripes then cut them out. The joy of using a glue pen on projects like this, instead of a product like Stickles is that the glue pen dries in only a few minutes so there is no waiting around to finish a project! Love that!
The actual card has a slightly different fold than the usual in that the front of the card is actually only 2 inches wide. The lone leaf you see off to the right side of the card is actually on the inside of the card. I assembled everything as shown and added a sentiment.
Thanks for looking!
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Leaf Magenta Rubber Stamps, Sentiment Penny Black
Paper: Bazzill
Tombow: Markers, White gel pen and Glue Pen
Glitter: Glitter Ritz Yellow and Grasshoper

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Doing Distress

This card was supposed to be for Glenda's hardware challenge but I was having a heck of a time trying to incorporate the 1 token piece of hardware onto a card!

Anyway I had pulled out my Distress inks while trying to come up with a plan. I finally decided to scrap the plan of using hardware and work on a Distress ink card instead.

I began this card with a piece of Cathie Allen 130lb white cardstock. I then clear embossed the swirly design a few times. I then applied Milled Lavender, Tea Dye and Old Paper inks all over the white cardstock including over the embossed images. This technique leaves the embossed areas the original paper color and then rest the ink colors. I stamped the flower and sentiment with Adirondack Earthtones Espresso ink. I sanded the edges of the panel to make the piece a little more distressed then matted everything as shown. I added 1 button from my button box to finish things off.

I had a very cute shopper in the store today and thought I would share a few photos. Maureen (Momma) and Mia have given me a serious case of puppy envy!
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Hero Arts Antique Engravings, Hero Arts Speckled Ornaments, Penny Black Dreams come true

Inks: Ranger Distress inks Milled Lavender, Tea Dye & Old Paper, Adirondack Earth tones Espresso

Cardstock: Bazzill and My Minds Eye