day-dreamin’ chicken – hey chick card

Handmade card made with Stampin' Up's Hey Chick stamp set.

Do chickens dream?

So, admittedly, I don’t really know a thing about chickens, but the first time I saw this new Hey Chick stamp set, I couldn’t help noticing that one of these chickens didn’t look like the others.  The two chickens on the front of the card look like your ordinary, average, everyday chickens.  The one on the right is happy just pecking his corn.  The one on the left though… I think maybe he dreams of something more.

See that skinny dude with the crazy feathers peeking through the window?  Now, he’s not your ordinary, everyday chicken.  He’s a wild and crazy rock star chicken.  I think our little day-dreamin’ chicken on the front wishes he could be like that.  🙂

Details

So, to make this card, I started by stamping the two ordinary chickens on a piece of white cardstock.  I colored them with my Prismacolor pencils and blended them a bit with some odorless mineral spirits.  Then, I stamped them again on some post-it notes, and fussy-cut them out to make cheap and easy masks.  I used the masks to protect my two chickens while I blended a bit of Soft Sky ink over the top of the piece.  I’m not sure why I thought this, but there’s this one dot stamp from the new Avant-Garden stamp set that just looked like corn to me.  So, I pulled out some So Saffron ink, and stamped some corn on the bottom of the card.

The Window

Now, the best way to make the window would have been to layer all the pieces first, and then use my scalloped circle die to cut through all three layers at once.  It might take a couple of runs through the Big Shot, but at least the holes would line up.  Did I do that?  No, of course not, LOL.  I fussed and messed with this thing a bunch, trying different colors and designs, and in the end, decided that this slightly misaligned version would have to do.  To finish off the front, I added three little bubbles, to give the impression that our left-side chicken was dreaming, and I added a matted sentiment with some dimensionals.  The sentiment is actually from another Sale-A-Bration set called Designer Tee.  I thought it was just perfect for this card.

The Inside

The crazy rocker chicken is featured on the inside, but carefully positioned, of course, to show through that window on the front.  I actually added a bunch of Wink of Stella to his brightly colored wig and tail feathers but the camera doesn’t seem to want to capture the shimmer.  I hand-cut a microphone, and added a couple of tiny music notes, to make the dream complete, and matted the image with a lacy oval die-cut.  Here’s what it looks on when open:

Handmade card using Stampin' Up's Hey Chick stamp set.

What’s Missing

Now, in my head, this little guy is wearing a black leather jacket, holding a guitar… but that seems to be beyond my skill-set.  If anyone there knows how to dress my chicken in a leather jacket, please let me know – I’d love to see it! 

We’re down to the wire, but as I post this, there’s still a week left to get your own day-dreamin’ chickens.  Not only that, but Stampin’ Up added some new, last minute goodies to the Sale-A-Bration – items from their regular catalog, including cardstock and DSP!

That’s it from me today.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  Rock on, and Don’t Quit Your Day-Dream!

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medallion medley – make a medallion stamp set

Cards using Stampin' Up's Make a Medallion stamp set.

Medallions and Lace

My shipment of Sale-A-Bration goodies arrived, and I’ve been having so much fun!  I did get a late start, but as I type this, there are still two weeks left to take advantage of this sale.  It’s the best time of year for Stampin’ Up! fans – free stuff!  You can pick one free item from the special Sale-A-Bration catalog, for every $50.00 you spend.  Okay, yeah… that totally sounded like a commercial.  I’m just so excited!

Stampin' Up Sale-a-bration

All of my cards today were made with two of those free stamp sets – Make a Medallion, and Delicate Details.  These were really easy to make.  They look so much more complicated than they really are.  For my first card, I went with some bold, bright colors:

Card made with Stampin' Up's Make a Medallion and Delicate Details stamp sets.

Bright Colors!

I started by experimenting with the medallion stamps, and different colors.  The set has two large round stamps, and a handful of smaller options for finishing up the center, if desired.  There are also a handful of sentiments that will fit nicely in the middle.  For this one, I used Pacific Point, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight inks, and a total of five stamps. I stamped it on white cardstock from my stash, and then cut it out using an old Nestabilities die.  Stampin’ Up has a wonderful tiny scallops die that looks awesome with these, too.

The Backgrounds:

For all of the backgrounds, I started with a piece of cardstock, cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″ – just a little smaller than my card-bases.  The medallions are the star of the show here, so I wanted the background pieces to be a little subdued.  To achieve that effect with bold colors, as above, I just used ink in the same color as the paper, for a tone-on-tone look.  (In this case, Pacific Point cardstock and ink.)  I then chose two or three patterns from the Delicate Details stamp set, and stamped them together – repeating the pattern over the whole piece.  To finish this one off, I stamped a sentiment I liked on a separate piece of cardstock, and used dimensionals to adhere both the medallion, and the sentiment strip.

 

Glimmer!Card made with Stampin' Up's Make a Medallion and Delicate Details stamp sets.

For my next card, I just had to try out some of this amazing new Glimmer Paper.  I stamped the medallion using the two largest stamps, plus a word stamp.  Just these two stamps alone, when stamped in different colors, make quite an impression.  I also wanted to try fussy-cutting, so this medallion was actually cut out by hand… a little tedious, but totally do-able.  I then die-cut a separate lacy circle from the luscious Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper, and layered it under my medallion.  (You can’t tell here, but I also took a plain, round die a bit smaller than the medallion, to cut the center out of that glimmer piece.  This stuff is too awesome to waste, LOL.)  I used three of the Delicate Details dies to stamp the background, and added a strip of the glimmer along the side.

Pink:Card made with Stampin' Up's Make a Medallion and Delicate Details stamp sets.

I think this third card might be my favorite.  I’m not really quite sure why – I just like the color combination, I think.  For the medallion, I used all five stamps to fill in the whole image, and I stamped it with Pink Pirouette, Marina Mist, and Melon Mambo, and again used my lacy circle die.  The background is the same as the last card, except that this time, I did a tone-on-tone again, with the pink.  Just the medallions by themselves are pretty impressive, but I felt like this card needed a little something else, so I added some clear drops from my stash.  I think any rhinestone, enamel dot or sequin would work here just fine.

Cards don’t have to be difficult to look nice.  One of my goals, as I get ready to teach some classes, is to make this hobby fun and easy, for even first-time crafters.  I love making cards, and I hope my passion will inspire others to give it a try, too.  Need a dose of encouragement?  Just send me a note, and I’ll be your cheerleader!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope your day is wonderful!

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quick tip… happy ink refills :-)

Colorless

I love color – especially bright, happy color.  In fact, that’s what first drew me to Stampin’ Up – they have some gorgeous ink and paper colors!  And I have a whole lot of it on order, LOL.  I will be going card-crazy when all of it arrives, but while I’m waiting for the next shipment, I’m trying to get a bit organized.  I tend to make one heck of a mess when I’m actually creating, but before I move onto a new project, I absolutely have to clean up.  I can’t stand it when my crafty space gets so messy that I can’t find anything.

The Key

The key, for me, to an organized space, is to have a designated home for every item.  If I always put my scissors back in the exact same place every time, there’s a much better chance that I will be able to find them again, the next time I need them.  (This is, of course, not guaranteed… sometimes the gremlins get loose at night and move things around.) So, with all these new supplies coming in, I need to make some room, and find new homes for everything – and make them easy to find.

Stampin’ Up! Color Caddy

Now, see that plain white box above?  It’s full of wonderful bright and cheery ink refills… but all you see right now is a white box, with a bunch of white caps.  The individual bottles do have some color on the labels, but it doesn’t exactly jump out at you – especially if you store your inks all right-side-up, on the top of a Stampin’ Up Color Caddy (see image on your left).

Dots

So I stole an idea from Jennifer McGuire (the queen of crafty organization), and made my bottles a little easier to identify.  (I’ve seen Jennifer do this with her markers, but the idea is the same.)  I just happened to have some 1/4″ plain round white labels, like these (image on your right).

 

Execution

Because the labels are so close together, I took one at a time, and stuck it to some slick, non-stick paper – just scraps, leftover from stickers.  (Sometimes that leftover “trash” really comes in handy.)  Then, I just smooshed the label onto an ink pad.  It is a little messy, but I just kept an old rag handy for clean-up.  (The rag didn’t stop me from getting ink all over my hands, but inky fingers are just proof that you’re an artist, LOL.)  I gave each dot a moment to dry, wiping off the excess ink, if necessary, and then applied it to the top of the coordinating ink refill bottle.  And voila – happy ink refills!

Happy Ink, Happy Kitty

Now doesn’t that look so much happier?  That is, of course, the most important thing – but being easier to find is a nice little bonus, LOL.  (Note that I just threw these photos together quickly.  When I actually put those refills away, rest assured, they will be properly arranged in ROYGBIV order.)  😉

So, nothing really revolutionary here, but I wanted to share what I was up to (besides stalking the UPS guy).  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a bright and colorful day!

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woohoo! i’m a new stampin’ up demonstrator!

Woohoo!

Just like the card says, it’s Time to Celebrate!  Why?  Because I just became a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator!  This is an exciting time for me – I am thrilled to be using these awesome new tools and supplies. And color?  I’m all about happy colors, and Stampin’ Up has got some great ones.  🙂

Sale-a-bration!

Stampin' Up Sale-a-brationThis is the ideal time to sign up as a demonstrator.  During the Sale-a-bration (now, through March 31, 2017), there are extra perks: for becoming a demonstrator, for hosting a party, or just for making a purchase.  You can get a free stamp set for every $50.00 you spend.  How cool is that?!!

Today’s card:

But about the card… I started with some plain white cardstock from my stash, and used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to create a background.  The lines were done with Tempting Turquoise, and the dots were done with Pacific Point.  I stamped the sentiment (from the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit, using the Night of Navy ink cube that comes with the kit), on some Tempting Turquoise cardstock, then trimmed it down and adhered it to the background piece at an angle, just cutting off the excess.  Then, I matted this piece with more Tempting Turquoise.  (I’m still building up my Stampin’ Up collection… can you guess which color I bought first?  LOL.)

Butterflies

I stamped the butterflies from the Watercolor Wings set separately, and fussy-cut them out.  These are two-step stamps – while I used two colors for the blue butterfly, I just used one color each for the others.  I used the “stamping off” technique to get a lighter color the first time, and then went full-strength on the second step.  I stamped the itty-bitty antennae directly on the background piece, (so I didn’t have to cut them out), and then carefully positioned my fussy-cut butterflies underneath them.  They are attached with glue dots, just under their bodies, so the wings can “fly” a bit.  🙂  The heart was just free-hand fussy-cut, because I felt that corner needed something.  The whole piece was then attached to a white card-base.

Stampin’ Up Stuff

Stampin' Up Starter Kit.
My new Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Starter Kit. So much stuff!

Seriously, if you’re interested in all of the Stampin’ Up goodness, please feel free to send me an e-mail, or click on my Stampin’ Up website for more contact information.  I’m still learning the ropes myself, but I would love to share the experience with you.  I hope one day to be a successful, supportive, compassionate, always-available team leader, going through this adventure with my own Stampin’ Up tribe.

(Hmmm… we need a name for our tribe.  What’s a group of cats called?  According to Google, it’s a clowder.  That’s kind of weird.  A group of lions is a pride – that sounds better.  Want to join the Bashful Cat Pride?  Or would a group of bashful lions be an oxymoron?  LOL.  Suggestions welcome!) 

Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a happy, stampy day!

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coffee & friends… handmade card

Coffee & Friends, handmade friendship card.

Chocolate

That’s what is missing from my card.  The sentiment should read “With coffee & friends and chocolate anything is possible”.  Yeah, hindsight is 20/20, LOL.  It took a combination of three different stamps to create the sentiment on this coffee & friends card, but next time, I think I’ll try and find a fourth stamp with the word chocolate, and fix it.  🙂

Three Cards, One Kit

Today, I’m sharing three cards I made with the wonderful Simon Says Stamp’s February 2017 Card Kit.  The kit has sold out, but you can still get the parts and pieces separately.  (I’ll link to them below.)  For the above card, I die-cut a piece of Desert Storm cardstock, to create a lattice rectangle.  I also cut a piece of plain, white cardstock into a rectangle small enough to place inside the decorative one, and I rounded the corners.  The kit comes with some fun patterned papers, so I cut out a row of coffee cups, and added it to the bottom.  Then, I did a little stamp manipulation, and cut up two of the stamps from the kit’s stamp set, so I could get the two phrases “coffee & friends”, and “anything is possible”.  (The “with” came from a “with love” stamp from my stash.)  With a little help from my MISTI, I put these three pieces together, and stamped them in the upper left-hand corner, using brown ink.

Smiling Coffee

The two smiling coffee cups (above) were cut using the adorable die in the kit.  I cut them from white, grey, black, and Kraft cardstock, and then I cut two tiny hearts from some red foam. (Cardstock would have worked fine for the hearts, but I like the tiny bit of dimension I got from the foam.)  I used the inlayed die-cut technique to put everything together, added some “rosy cheeks” with a pink pencil, and also added some score lines to the paper coffee cup sleeves.  Everything was adhered together and placed on a Surf Blue card-base.

The Perfect Blend

Coffee & Friends, handmade card.

For card number 2, I used a couple of the adorable coffee stickers from the kit.  I die-cut three nested circles for this one – the small in white, the medium in light pink, and the large “lacey” one in dark pink.  The white circle, and the sentiment tag, were also lightly inked with some Spun Sugar, to help them blend in a bit.  This time, I popped up the focal image and the sentiment stamp with some foam adhesive.  I added a sparkly heart sticker and some coffee bean stickers from the kit, and a Baker’s Twine bow from my stash.  (I didn’t get the best photo of this one.  The color is off a bit, but I’m afraid I can’t re-shoot it as this one has already made its way to a special friend.)  🙂

A woman is like a tea bag... handmade card.

Tea Time

I have a confession to make… I am actually more of a tea drinker, than a coffee drinker.  There was a time when I loved my lattes and cappuccinos as much as anyone… but switching to tea has made me easier to live with (or, at least, that’s what my hubby says, LOL).  I love this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt:  “A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”.

Details

Because it worked so well on the first card, I used a lattice rectangle again, with a white rectangle inside.  A bit of patterned paper with teacups, matted in pink, runs along the bottom. The tea bag and tea cup were actually stamped separately, and then colored with Prismacolors, blended with odorless mineral spirits, and adhered separately.  I also added a few enamel dots from the kit.

Wrapping It Up

And now, I think I’ll go make myself a lovely cup of Vanilla Caramel tea.  That’s going to do it for today’s post… and possibly, for a couple of weeks.  I’m going to take a brief blog break, so that I can prepare to embark on a new and exciting paper-crafting adventure.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy crafting!

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somewhere on a beach… sunset card

Handmade card with a sunset beach scene.

Somewhere on a beach…

Today, I’m sharing a fun card I made at the request of a friend (the awesomely talented photographer, and all-around amazing person, Courtney Ropp – her Instagram feed is incredible!) 🙂  She asked for a beach scene, so I asked “blue sky, or sunset?”.  She chose a sunset card… or, I suppose, since we’re in Florida, it’s really a sunrise, isn’t it?  I guess I’m still a California girl at heart.  😉

Lots of Ink

I started with just plain, white cardstock, cut to 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″, and got out my collection of Distress Inks.  Just using a piece of scratch paper, I masked off the bottom half so I could start with the sky, and add the ocean later.  I will confess that this wasn’t my first attempt (I still struggle with ink-blending) but I’m pretty happy with the end result.  This card turned out a lot more “vibrant” than I originally planned, but I think it works.  It’s easier to get a good blend with a lot of color, than it is with a lighter touch.  I just went from a yellow, to a red, to a blue, overlapping and going back with more ink until I was happy with it.

The Ocean

Then, I moved my mask – this time, covering the sky so I could color the sea.  For the water, I just blended a few different shades of blue.  In hindsight, I’m thinking that my ocean needs something, but I’m not quite sure what (and it’s too late now, LOL).  The sun was applied afterwards – just a punched circle with the bottom cut off.  I inked it with a brighter yellow, and gave it a good coat of Shimmer Spritz – it’s sparkly, in real life.  The whole “scene” was then die-cut, using a stitched rectangles die.

The Scene

The little island came next – a separate piece of cardstock, with sand-colored ink blended over it.  The bottom was die-cut with the same stitched rectangle die, and the top was just fussy-cut into a sort of hill shape.  I added specs with a black pen, and a couple of different gold glitter gel pens to give it some “texture”.  All of the other pieces were stamped, colored with Prismacolor pencils, blended with odorless mineral spirits, and fussy-cut out, before being glued onto the card.  I added some glitter gel pen accents to the seashells.

Some Tips:

When you go for bright colors, as I did here, the last little detail makes a really big difference:  go around each fussy-cut image with a black brush-tipped marker.  It’s not my original idea, of course (a number of talented card-makers have suggested it in their tutorials), but it just might be my favorite tip ever.  🙂  Also, when it comes to adding a hint of glitter, don’t be afraid to use your generic gel pens.  The oh-so-popular Wink of Stella glitter pens are awesome, but even the cheapest, deal-of-the-day gel pen pack can really add a little sparkle.

Wrapping It Up

That’s it for today!  I’ve got a couple of Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit cards to share with you soon, and then, some big changes are in the works.  Stay tuned – lots of excitement yet to come!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

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more ink-blended cards

Emboss-resist birthday card, with pastel distress inks.

More Ink-Blended Cards

I recently got on a bit of a Distress Ink-blending kick (as shown in an earlier post), and I now have a few more ink-blended cards to share.  For this first card, I used the heat emboss resist technique.  I started with some flourish stamps and VersaMark ink, and some clear embossing powder.  I stamped and embossed a few flourishes on a piece of white cardstock (PTI).  I then chose some softer ink colors, and blended them over my design – the embossed areas “resist” the ink, so the design shines through.  This time, I really wanted a “softer” look, and while my blending skills still need work, I’m happy with how this one turned out.  It’s hard to go wrong with purple, pink and blue.  😀

Finishing Touches

I sprayed some shimmer mist over the entire blended piece, which added a little sparkle .  The shine is really pretty in real life, but it’s hard to photograph.  Here’s a slightly better look:

Emboss-resist birthday card, with pastel distress inks.The sentiment was die-cut several times and layered – I think four or five black pieces, with one white piece attached slightly off-center.  I first tried the sentiment in black, but it just looked too stark, so I tried white, but it was too hard to read.  This seemed to be the ideal solution. 🙂   I rounded one corner, but it still felt incomplete.  I thought that maybe just some Enamel Accents dots in the lower right-hand corner would help balance things, but…

Fixing a Mistake

it didn’t work.  It was a learning lesson, though.  When you put Enamel Accents over heat-embossing, it appears to sort of spread – it doesn’t retain it’s nice, round shape.  I was able to scrape it off, but it left me with a bit of a booboo on my card.  You know what that means, right?  It’s time to embellish!  I really didn’t want to add a new color to this card, so I just punched a couple of flowers from black and white, and layered them – the top flower has some of that shimmer mist on it.  Problem solved.  🙂

Next up, I tried inking some panels with just one or two colors of ink.  It doesn’t sound all that different than using colored cardstock, but if you vary the amount of ink, and you flick some water here and there, you can get a nice watercolor effect.Distress Ink Blending.

I used that brown piece to cut out some tree branches, the red-ish piece for some flowers, and a green piece (not shown above) for some leaves.  All those elements, along with a die-cut sentiment gave me this card:

Next, I tried purple, and ended up with this:

Thinking of You card with purple flowers.

Back to Rainbows

While those cards are okay, in the end, I had to go back to the rainbows.  Here’s how a similar design looks, but with multi-colored flowers:

Thinking of You card, with rainbow flowers.

Yeah, I think that last one is my favorite.  What do you think?

Okay, that’s enough ink blending for a while… I think… maybe… LOL.  Thanks so much for stopping by my crafty little blog!  And please don’t be “bashful” – send me a note, or leave a comment.  I’d love to hear from you!  I’m still trying to find my “tribe”.  I can’t be the only bashful optimistic vegan obsessive-compulsive cat-mommy kid-at-heart card-maker out there, can I?  🙂

Have a beautiful, wonderful, colorful day!

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crabby cat card

Crabby Cat handmade card, using Tim Holtz' Crazy Cats and Lawn Fawn's Life is Good stamp sets.

Crabby Cat:

I had so much fun with Tim Holtz’ Crazy Cats, and Lawn Fawn’s mice (Have a Mice Birthday card), that I thought I’d try another, similar card.  This time, I used Lawn Fawn’s Life is Good seaside-themed stamps to make this crabby cat card.  It probably needs a better sentiment – I struggled with that part – but once I got the general idea, the other pieces went together pretty easily.

The Critters:

I started by stamping the crazy cat, and the various crabs, seashells, and sand bucket, on white cardstock.  Prismacolor pencils and OMS give them their color.  I felt like the cat needed something to stand on, but I couldn’t find the right stamp, so I just drew an upside-down boat shape with a ruler and black pen, and colored it with Prismacolors as well.  Each piece was carefully fussy-cut, and the edges were all inked in black.

The Background:

For the background, I used Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Rectangles die to cut out a piece of white cardstock.  I die-cut a couple of clouds from Post-it notes, so I could mask off a bit of the sky.  Some gentle ink blending created the sky and the sand.  I also added just some little dots of a gold glitter gel pen and a black pen, to give the sand some texture.  All of the critters’ eyes have dabs of Enamel Accents, the seashells have a bit of glitter from a gel pen, and the sand bucket has a coating of Glossy Accents for some shine.  Here’s more of a close-up:

Crabby Cat handmade card, using Tim Holtz' Crazy Cats and Lawn Fawn's Life is Good stamp sets.

(And just a little tip on gel pens… I absolutely love the Wink of Stella glitter pens, but they aren’t cheap, and mine is completely dry.  However, I have a ton of super-bargain-discount colored glitter gel pens that often work as a reasonable-if-not-quite-the-same substitute.) 

Putting it All Together:

I took my boat shape and ran it through my die-cutter with the same Stitched Rectangles die, so it would match the background piece.  Then, I just arranged all the pieces, and glued everything down.  Adding the Enamel Accent eyes, and drawing in the cat’s whiskers, were the last steps.  (Those little items would have been a challenge to fussy-cut, so this was a perfect solution.)

Sentiment?

So-not-into-cards hubby says it should say “Be happy, not crabby.”  Try as I might, I can’t come up with anything better.  What do you think – what sentiment would you use on this card?  Please let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear your ideas!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a happy-not-crabby day!

 

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inked rainbow cards

Birthday cards made with a Distress Ink blended background.

Inking rainbows

Ever get on a technique kick, and you just want to keep going?  That’s what happened when I pulled out my Distress Inks, and decided to practice my blending.  I started out with one piece of watercolor cardstock, die-cut the sentiment and heart, and managed to make two inked rainbow cards by using both the positive and negative pieces.

The blending went okay, but I was a bit disappointed with these two cards… so I pulled out my inks again, and decided to give it another try… and then another.  (Talk about inky fingers!  I made such a mess, LOL.)  I don’t have a whole lot of watercolor paper (probably need to do something about that), and I had a feeling I was going to need quite a few more pieces, so I switched to just plain white cardstock for the rest of my attempts.  (Most of them, I believe, are on Papertrey Ink’s Stamper’s Select cardstock.)

Ink blending with Distress Inks.
Ink-blending example – Tim Holtz Distress Inks on Papertrey Ink Stamper’s Select cardstock.

Some things I learned:

I still have a long way to go to get the kind of results that my card-making heroes get, but I did learn a few things.  There’s no doubt about it – it’s easier to blend colors on watercolor paper.  You can use a lot more water (obviously), and that really helps with the blending.  However, you can get more vivid colors on regular cardstock (if that’s what you’re going for).  Creating water spots for that water-color look, though, works perfectly fine on regular cardstock (as seen above).  Also, if you feel that your blended piece looks a little too splotchy or not blended well, it will be much less noticeable if you use that piece for making die-cuts – the smaller pieces make even a bad blend-job look good.  🙂

Distress ink rainbow card.

A Rainbow Hello:

For my next card (above), I die-cut a flower outline from my ink-blended paper.  Cutting the same flower from white cardstock, I used the inlayed die-cut technique to create my focal piece.  I added some hearts, and a hello sentiment, also cut from the same inked piece.  Some Glossy Accents on the hearts, and a bit of Baker’s Twine finishes this off.  The flower piece is adhered with foam adhesive, and the whole card-front is attached to a blue card-base.  (I haven’t used it yet, but I did save the die-cut rainbow flower outline, to use later.)

Ink-blended butterfly birthday card.

Rainbow Butterflies:

And last but not least, I pulled out a design I’ve done before, but this time, all of the pieces were cut from some ink-blended paper.  I just cut off a strip, die-cut some butterflies from it, and used both the strip and the individual butterflies on the upper left-hand corner.   The sentiment was also cut from the rainbow paper.  After tying a bit of Baker’s Twine around the butterfly strip, I adhered that to a swirly-embossed piece of white cardstock.  Four of the butterflies are just glued right onto the embossed piece with dots of liquid glue, but the largest of the bunch is popped up with foam.  (I actually just die-cut the same butterfly from white foam, and glued it to the butterfly, and the background.  It gives a much “cleaner” look, and it’s actually easier to do than trying to cut up tiny pieces of foam tape.)

More to come

I actually didn’t stop there – just had to keep on ink-blending… but the rest will have to wait for a future post.  So, do you have any ink-blending advice for me?

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a happy rainbow kind of day!

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have a mice birthday – birthday card

Have a Mice Birthday - Birthday Card

Crazy Cats and Christmas Mice…

For today’s birthday card, I broke all the rules.  Yup – I mixed Tim Holtz with Lawn Fawn (two very different styles), and I turned Christmas mice into birthday mice.  I think this poor Crazy Cat is not at all happy with me right now, LOL.

Mixing Stamps:

I started this card by stamping some of Tim Holtz’ Crazy Cats cats, and some of Lawn Fawn’s Merry Christmouse mice on white cardstock, and colored them with my Prismacolor pencils, blended with OMS.  Then I fussy-cut everything out, inked the edges, and played around with some arrangement ideas.  While some of the images in the Christmouse set are definitely Christmas-y, the mice by themselves are just… well… mice.  🙂  And the cheesy present looks as much like a birthday present as a Christmas present, at least to me.  The mouse sitting on the cat’s head was actually peeking out of a stocking, so I just removed the stocking with my trusty scissors.

Creating the Background:

For the sentiment, I just mixed up some words from two different stamp sets.  The background is made up of two pieces of Lawn Fawn patterned paper.  I just hand-cut a piece of the blue-ish paper to sort of “fit” my scene (so the cat and mice would have something to sit on), glued it to the other paper, and then cut out the whole piece with a stitched rectangle die.  (Arranging all of the pieces before I glued everything down really helped with this step.)  Then I stamped the cat and two of the mice on this background piece, so that I could get the tails and whiskers, without having to fussy-cut out those thin lines.  (The little guy on the cat’s head has a hand-drawn tail – the stamp wouldn’t have worked here, so I improvised.)

Sentiment and Balloon:

I stamped the sentiment, and masked off the words, then stamped the string for the balloon.  (I’m on the fence about this.  The string lines right up with that mouse’s tail.  Do you think I should add a bow, so it looks like it’s tied onto his tail?)  The balloon itself, though, didn’t go so well.  Some Wink of Stella and a nice coat of Glossy Accents would have been my first choice, but sadly, my glitter pen is dry as a bone.  Instead, I pulled out some Star Dust Stickles and hoped for the best.  This is definitely NOT the same thing.  In the end, I had to perform a bit of card surgery by scraping off most of the Stickles, and then coating the whole balloon with Glossy Accents.  After all that fussing, it did warp a bit, but it’s going to have to do.

Finishing Touches:

The “mouse hat”, the present and the balloon were all adhered with rolled up glue-dots, for just a touch of dimension.  (I like to do this when foam seems like too much, but I still want the images raised a tiny bit.) Everything else was glued flat onto the background.  I added some Enamel Accents to all the critters’ eyes, to make them pop, and then adhered the whole panel to my card-base with foam.  Here’s a close-up:  Have a Mice Birthday - birthday card.

So, what do you think?  Did this work?  Do you think these different styles can get along together?  Are you a card rebel, too?

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’d love to see what all of you are creating, too.  Leave a comment, or send me a note, and I’ll leave some love on your blog, too!  Have a super wonderful day!

Supplies:

(Sorry… some of the items are no longer available, but there are many similar ones.  The mice are from the Lawn Fawn Merry Christmouse stamp set, the patterned paper is from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 paper pad.)

(Some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission, which will help keep this blog going.  Thank you so much!  SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):