Sunday, 27 July 2014

Shadow stamping

I tried a new technique this week for the Mod Squad Challenge - Shadow Stamping. I didn't do a very good job but I don't have time to make another card so this will have to do. I am also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Mid-Summer and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Emboss It.

I started with a piece of blue American Crafts cardstock made into a cardbase. I embossed it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and inked up the raised edge with Salty Ocean Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I cut a piece of white AC cardstock to fit inside the border and inked the edges with the Salty Ocean. 

I stamped the branch with Green Pamass Pigment ink, the bird and wing with Stampin' Up Cajun Craze and shadow stamped them. The stamp set is from Stampin' Up.  I think I should have made a bigger shadow because this just looks like I smeared it when I stamped. Oh well, more practice needed! I stamped the sentiment (Impression Obsession , Inc.) with Memento Tuxedo Black. I thought the sentiment was appropriate for a bird!

It looked a little stark with just the white so I smeared some Blue Sky Martha Stewart ink over the whole white section. It doesn't show up very well in the picture.  I added a couple pieces of ribbon from my stash to finish it off.

Okay, so I just watched the video by Gina K. I definitely should have watched this before making the card!!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Christmas in July

Today I have a Christmas card for the Hiding in my Craft Room challenge.

I made a never ending card because I would like the spirit of Christmas to be never ending! People seem to be in a happy, generous and peaceful mood, which is echoed in the sentiment I used.

Basically I cut two pieces of plain cardstock 6" x 6", scored, attached them together and then cut the patterned cardstock to fit all of the smaller sections. I added the sentiment and a yellow rhinestone for the bird's eye and I was done.

If you would like the details of how to make this kind of card leave a message in the comments and I can send them to you or you can look on you tube.  I know there are lots of good videos.

Patterned cardstock - from the SEI Winter Song collection
Sentiment - Hero Arts
Ink - Rose Art washable marker
Rhinestone - Recollections

Here are images of some of the other 'sides' of the card.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Fruitful card

We're at the end of strawberry season here in Nova Scotia. To me, nothing says summer like a glistening bowl of juicy red strawberries. So when the challenge this week on the Mod Squad Challenge Blog was to have fruit on the card I knew I was going to use strawberries. We also had to use kraft, black and white on our card.

I used a stamp that I think is Studio G. It has one strawberry and the words You are Berry Berry Special. I masked off the sentiment, stamped the strawberry twice and then masked the strawberries and stamped the third berry. I used Spectrum Noir markers to colour in the berries. I stamped the sentiment and punched the border.

I used a piece of ribbon over the join between the red and black cardstock although it's hard to see in the picture. I attached the red and black onto a kraft card base with tape and then popped the white piece up with some foam tape.

Here are the products I used:

Strawberries stamp - Studio G (?)
Sentiment - Hero Arts
White cardstock - Bazzill Simply Smooth
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Spectrum Noir markers - DR3, CR8, CR10, CR3, LG4, CG4, TN2, CG2
Punch - Recollections
Red, Black and Kraft cardstock - American Crafts
Tape - Tombow Mono Adhesive
Ribbon and foam squares from my stash

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Textured card

On the Mod Squad Challenge Blog this week the challenge is to put some texture on your card. So I thought of my crimper to make a crimped layer and some feathers for some soft texture. Here is my card.

I crimped a piece of orange cardstock with my Fiskars crimper, cut a piece of textured tan cardstock slightly smaller and picked out a couple of feathers from a bag from the dollar store. 

I stamped the sentiment (Stampendous Birthday Assortment) with Recollections Chestnut ink onto a piece of cardstock. I rounded two opposite corners and added two brads from my stash.

I assembled everything together, using some pop dots to raise the sentiment so the back of the brads didn't get in the way.  A quick and easy card!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Mini card

This week on the Mod Squad Challenge Blog the challenge is to make mini cards. I am just getting this in under the wire as I have been away.

Since it is a mini card I decided to make it a note card and thought the perfect note was a music note! The note is from a stamp from Recollections. It has a treble clef and four notes so I masked off all but the one note and stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black. I used the same ink for the sentiment which is from Hero Arts.

I used a background stamp by Anna Griffin All Night Media and used Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress ink. I stamped off first on scrap paper because I wanted a subtler background. For the card base I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder from the Just my Type Borders set. Since it was just a border I had to emboss and then line it up and emboss again all the way down the front. It ended up a little bit crooked as you can see.

I layered the two smaller pieces with black cardstock and adhered all the layers with Tombow Mono Adhesive. I used a piece of string and made my own baker's twine using Spectrum Noir marker BP6. I threaded the twine through a button, tied a bow and attached it with a mini Glue Dot.