teal thank you card

Teal Thanks card KitJust a little, quick, teal thank you card for someone special.  It’s weird – I’ve had this life-long “issue” with the color green, but I’m fine with teal… which is good because it seems to be everywhere right now.

I totally owe the background of this card to Jennifer McGuire.  She calls this “Stamping with Water“.  I watched her video and just had to go give it a try.

I started with a plain piece of white cardstock cut a little smaller than my card-base.  Then I took some Tim Holtz distress ink, in Peacock Feathers.  Isn’t this color just gorgeous?   Definitely not green.  🙂  Just using the “direct to paper” method, I covered the entire piece of white cardstock with the ink.  Then I took a tiny flowers background stamp, misted it with water mixed with Perfect Pearls, and pressed my inked piece onto the stamp.  The result was a gorgeous tone-on-tone teal background, with a subtle, sparkly, all-over design.  (This is definitely one of those cards where my photography skills don’t do it justice.)

I matted it on white paper, added a strip at the top with three matching buttons, and attached it to a teal card-base.  The sentiment was die-cut in white, with a die-cut piece of white foam under it for some dimension.  The “thanks” was also spritzed with that Perfect Pearls water, and I added the dots with a Sakura metallic gel pen.

A great big teal THANK YOU to all of you for stopping by!  Have a terrific day!

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birthday shaker card

B-day Shaker 9-2015Well, it appears that I’m having some trouble keeping up lately.  I’m still managing to make cards, but with two other jobs, I’m struggling to keep this blog up-to-date.  (Any time management tips are welcome!)  I’m also shaker-card-challenged, I’m afraid.  This did not come out looking like the picture I had in my head, but it will have to do.  I’m sharing it here, but I fear that this one is more like a “what NOT to do” tutorial for a birthday shaker card.

I love pink, blue and purple together… usually.  I’m honestly not sure what happened here.  I wanted to make something special for a very good friend.  This was actually about my third or fourth attempt… the others all ended up in card heaven.  Hopefully, my friend appreciated the effort, if not the execution.  🙂

I started with a plain piece of white cardstock, and attempted to create a watercolor background by blending some pink, purple and blue Distress Inks.  My blending skills leave a lot to be desired, but I finally got it to an “acceptable” stage.  That’s what you see behind the “window”.  For the front of the card, I wanted to go with a sort of splatter pattern, using the same three inks.  That didn’t turn out to be as easy as I thought, despite using the awesome “acrylic block technique that I learned from Kristina Werner (see here for an example), who picked it up from Julie Ebersol.  Clearly,  I need more practice.

I had already picked out three colors of cardstock that I thought went pretty well with the inks.  Now, I’m not so sure.  This does look slightly better in real life, but I can’t let the camera take all the blame.  Something just looks “off”.  I thought this needed a colored base because of all the white on the front.  Maybe I should have just stuck with white?  Pink and blue were worse – I tried.

As I don’t have one of those cool nifty new Fuse tools, I made the shaker the old-fashioned way – with lots of foam adhesive around the window.  The end result does work – the little bits of sequins and glitter do move around – but it was NOT easy to get to that point.  In hindsight, I can see where I went wrong.  I put the foam adhesive around the plastic window, on the back of that splatter sheet.  Then, I put my little doo-dads on the plastic and attempted to attach the card base to it.  I couldn’t line it up well with the card upside-down.  I ended up with nearly all of the glitter and sequins stuck to the foam adhesive and/or all over the table and floor.  Do you know how hard it is to work with Martha Stewart’s tiny hearts and stars glitter?  The more determined I was to get the stuff in the card, the more determined IT became to stick to everything but the card.  Sigh.

I don’t know how long I fought with this thing, but eventually I got it together.  I added a die-cut sentiment and some butterflies, and coated all of them with Wink of Stella and called it done.  My advice?  Don’t do what I did, LOL.  Turn off your ceiling fan (you’d think I would remember that by now), pile your glitter in the center of your background piece so you can see the front piece when you adhere it… or better yet, buy a Fuse. But if you have any better tips, please share!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

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