Thursday, 17 August 2017

Leafy Background

This week for the StampTV MIUM challenge- Leaf me Alone, we are to have a leafy background. 


I decided to use a multi-step stamp set for the two sizes of leaves. They don't always line up perfectly but that's part of the fun of a handmade card!

I stamped the first flower, also multi-step, and then used a mask to cover the first flower when I stamped the second. I die cut it and the pink oval and added the sentiment. I adhered the two layers together and popped them up with some foam squares to give a bit of dimension.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Painted Autumn, Rose Bouquet stamp sets
                             Apple Mint, Grass Green, Fresh Asparagus, Innocent Pink, Dusty Rose, 

                                          Passionate Pink ink
                             Passionate Pink cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Inkadinkado Masking Paper
white cardstock, oval dies, foam squares from my stash

Saturday, 12 August 2017

One Layer Gradient card

This week for the StampTV MIUM challenge we were to make a card with a gradient background. I chose to make a clean and simple one layer card and am entering it in the StampTV Kit Addicts Group challenge - Single Layer.


I started with a piece of heavy base weight cardstock cut to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". I scored it at 4 1/4" on the long side but left it flat while I sponged the front. I tore two pieces of sticky note and attached them to the front, leaving some space in between. I sponged with four colours, blending them into each other. I removed the sticky notes, added the sentiment and some rhinestones before folding along the scoreline.

Supplied used:
Gina K. Designs: Dazzling Dahlia stamp set
                             Sweet Corn, Peach Bellini, Sweet Mango, Faded Brick ink
                             White Heavy Base Weight cardstock
VersaFine Onyx Black ink
sticky notes, rhinestones from my stash

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Watercoloured Embossing Paste

This week, the challenge for StampTV MIUM is to use watercolour.


I have seen lots of projects using embossing paste. I didn't have any so I made my own. It was a bit of a fail since I used tapioca starch instead of corn starch or talcum powder. It gave an interesting lumpy texture! I decided to go with it anyway and applied it over a stencil onto a piece of Cristol recycled paper. I removed the stencil and let it dry overnight. I'm not sure how well this will hold up over time but I plan to hand deliver the card so I should be okay. I think it would crumble if I tried to send it through the mail.

I pressed 3 colours of blue ink onto an acrylic block and spritzed it lightly with water. I applied this with a brush to the embossed background to give an ombre look. I set this aside to dry.

I stamped and embossed the flower and sentiment before colouring the flower in the same manner as the background. I matted the background and focal image with black and adhered everything to a white card base. I added the three rhinestones for a bit of bling.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs: Fabulous Frame stamp set
                             Blue Lagoon, Blue Raspberry, Blue Denim, Grass Green, Wild Lilac ink
Canson Bristol Recycled paper
Deco Art Retro Mod stencil

VersaFine Onyx Black ink
Cottage Cutz Stitched Square set die
Homemade embossing paste
clear embossing powder, white and black cardstock, rhinestones from my stash

Friday, 28 July 2017

Inspired by a Video

For this week's StampTV MIUM challenge - Inspired by a Video we were to go through the videos on StampTV and pick a technique we liked and make a card with that technique. I used the Scrappy Background technique found in this video: http://stamptv.ning.com/video/scrappy-background. It uses up the scraps of patterned paper that are too good to throw away and qualifies nicely for this month's StampTV Kit Addicts group challenge - Patterned Papers.


I used a piece of white cardstock cut to 3 3/4" x 5" and adhered my strips of patterned paper(1/2" wide). It's fun to vary the direction and patterns as you go so that no two cards would come out the same. I matted it with black cardstock and attached it to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base.

I stamped the butterfly and sentiment and coloured in the butterfly with alcohol markers. I matted it with black and popped it up with some foam squares. I added some rhinestones in the middle and used a clear Wink of Stella brush on the butterfly to give it some shine. 

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs: Made with Love stamp set and patterned paper pack
                             White and Black cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers: OR2, OR3
Clear Wink of Stella brush
foam squares and rhinestones from my stash

Friday, 21 July 2017

Sketch card

This week for the StampTV MIUM challenge, we were provided with a sketch to follow.


We had to follow the layout but we could vary the elements that we used. Here is what I came up with.



I started by picking out my patterned papers. I thought that these would work nicely with the sketch. I fussy cut the bottom of the flowered paper to make the fancy edge.

I stamped the butterflies on white cardstock, using the two colour technique. I inked with one colour and swiped the edges of the stamp with a slightly darker colour. I fussy cut the two butterflies and set them aside.

I stamped the sentiment and embossed it with clear embossing powder three times so it would stand out against the background. I matted this layer and wrapped the baker's twine around it and tied a bow. 

I matted the bottom layer and adhered it to a white card base. I added the other layers and popped up the butterflies with some foam squares.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Sending Love stamp set and patterned paper
                             Wild Lilac, Wild Wisteria ink
                             Lemon Drop, Jelly Bean Green, White cardstock
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
baker's twine, clear embossing powder, foam squares from my stash

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Christmas in July

I made this card for two challenges: Mod Squad Blog challenge - Mark it, Stamp it (where we had to colour our stamp with markers and then stamp) and StampTV MIUM - Christmas in July.



I chose which stamp I wanted to use and coloured and stamped it. I thought it had a watercolour look so I decided to do a watercolour background. Using the same markers that I had coloured my stamp with, I scribbled on an acetate block and stamped onto a wet piece of watercolour paper. I did this a few times, soaking up excess water, until I had the look I wanted. I added little spots of red to look like the berries on the wreath.

I matted the background and attached it to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base. I stamped the sentiment in the middle of the wreath, embossed it with a Sparkle powder, cut out the wreath, matted it and used foam squares to adhere it to the background. I added the bow with a Glue Dot.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs Christmas Joy stamp set
Canson Bristol paper
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Recollections Glitz Sparkle embossing powder
Creative Memories circle cutting system
Glue Dot
markers, white and black cardstock, ribbon, and foam squares from my stash

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Black, White and Gold

I made this card for two challenges: StampTV MIUM - What's Black and White and... (Use black, white and a touch of gold), and StampTV Kit Addicts Group - Patterned Papers (Use 3 patterned papers). 



I decided to use the Petite Patterns patterned paper since it is black and white and I could combine the two challenges. 

I cut the three pieces of patterned paper and adhered them together, angling the middle one so more of it would show. I stamped the flower image onto a piece of white cardstock, made a mask by cutting the masking paper with the matching die and stamped the leaves so they look like they are behind the flower. I cut it out with a stitched square die and matted it with black.

After stamping the sentiment with VersaMark I used gold embossing powder and heat set it. I matted this with black as well. I matted the bottom layer of patterned paper with black, added a piece of ribbon and adhered it to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base. I added the flower and popped up the sentiment with some foam squares.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Petite Patterns patterned paper pack
                             Dazzling Dahlia stamp set and matching die
                             
Birthday Blessings stamp set
                             White and Black cardstock
                             Color Companions 5/8" Black Onyx ribbon
VersaMark ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Inkadinkado masking paper
Cottage Cutz Stitched Square die
antique gold embossing powder and foam squares from my stash

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Card with matching envelope

This is a card I made for two challenges: StampTV MIUM - Creative Envelopes and the StampTV June Release Party Challenge (we had to have 3 of the same image on our card). I am also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.




To make the card, I stamped the butterflies 3 times, punched them out and sponged the edges. I applied a strip of patterned paper to the top of a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Jelly Bean Green card base and attached the three butterflies with foam squares.
I punched the edges of  a strip of Wild Lilac cardstock, stamped the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock and attached it.

For the envelope, I used a matching Jelly Bean Green envelope and stamped the 4 butterflies. I also stamped one on the back.


I thought it needed something more, so I stamped over the big butterfly on the front with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with clear powder.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Sending Love and Dazzling Dahlia stamp sets
                            Sending Love patterned paper
                            Jelly Bean Green, White and Wild Lilac cardstock
                            Jelly Bean Green and Wild Lilac ink
                            Jelly Bean Green envelope
VersaMark ink
ek tools 1 1/2" circle punch
Recollections border punch
clear embossing powder and foam squares from my stash

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Flowered card

The theological student that we had at our church this year is being ordained tonight, so I made this card for her. I am entering it in the StampTV MIUM challenge - Be Flowerful.


I started with two pieces of 6" x 12" white cardstock. I scored them at 6" and cut from the top of the score line to the bottom corner on both pieces. I adhered the 6" squares together to make the back of the card. The two fronts criss-cross to make a pocket.

I foiled a piece of the Petite Patterns patterned paper with gold foil. This patterned paper is made with toner so the foil will stick to the pattern. You can see the gold just above the sentiment. I cut the paper and matted it before attaching it to the two fronts of the card and the part of the back that shows through. I used some strong tape to attach the bottom of the front pieces.


Here you can see the pull out piece. I die cut the top to give it a nice shape.

I stamped the flowers and leaves, coloured them with alcohol markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I stamped the sentiment, cut it out and matted it. I attached the sentiment, and then the flowers and leaves, popping up the two on the left.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Dazzling Dahlia stamp set and coordinating dies
                             Sending Love stamp set
                             Dusty Rose and Applemint ink
                             Petite Patterns patterned paper
Bazzill Basics Simply Smooth white cardstock
Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers: DR6, DR1, CR6, LG5, LG4, LG2
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Sizzix Window Frame dies
Spellbinders Big Scalloped Ovals Small die
Creative Memories Oval cutting system
Sookwang tape
gold foil, pink cardstock, foam squares from my stash

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Offset Swirls

I decided to make another offset card for the StampTV MIUM challenge - Offset is Awesome. This time I decided to use swirls.


I started with a piece of white cardstock, stamped the two large swirls in the corners and cut them out with the matching die. I stamped the smaller swirls in blue to make the background and then thought it would look good if I stamped over the swirls with some copper ink that I have. I offset the copper to give a different look. Also, that meant I didn't have to stamp perfectly on top!

I stamped the sentiment and rounded the ends. I attached a piece of ribbon to the background and adhered it to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" blue card base. I popped up the sentiment and the offset large swirls with some foam squares.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs: Dazzling Dahlia stamp set and matching die
                             Especially for You stamp set
                             Blue Lagoon cardstock and ink
copper ink, white cardstock, ribbon and foam squares from my stash