Sunday, 29 March 2015

Birthday Spotlight

On StampTV this week, the challenge is to make a spotlight card. You have an image that is just stamped and then a portion is coloured in, making a spotlight of colour.

I didn't have a large image stamp so I made my own by stamping and masking. This made it hard to duplicate, so instead of making a second image and colouring that, I just matted a circle and coloured on my main image. The edge isn't quite as crisp as I would like but I think it works. I sponged some gray ink in the circle and then a bit over the entire focal image to give a bit of shadow and some cranberry around the edge.

I die cut some corner flourishes and stamped the sentiment and the end of the leaf stamp. I think I should have stamped a little further in as it looks kind of like a lime wedge stuck on! I sponged some gray ink over the whole piece and some cranberry around the edge. 

Here are the supplies I used:

Stamps: Gina K Designs Birthday Blessings and Happy Birthday to You sets
Cardstock: Gina K Designs Pure Luxury White and Cranberry Tart
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Smokey Gray, ColorBox Cranberry
Spectrum Noir Markers: DR1, DR4, DR6, JG2, JG5
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites Corner Flourish

Friday, 27 March 2015

Stamped Background

This card is for the new release challenge on StampTV. We were asked to create background paper using stamps and ink. Here is my card.

I stamped the background and 'painted' the flowers with a paintbrush that I ran across the top of the ink pad. It gave a subtle colour but enough to fill in the flowers. I matted the background paper with the green cardstock after I cut out the die from the middle. It looks like it's a different colour in the picture. Maybe that's because it has a wider border on the focal image. I added a piece of sheer ribbon from my stash and popped up the focal image with some foam dots.

I used stamps from the Gina K Designs Fabulous Frame and Birthday Blessings sets, and Grass Green and White pure luxury cardstock. For ink, I used Tim Holtz Peeled Paint distress ink, Stampabilities Violet ink and Stampin' Up! Summer Sun ink. I also used two dies from the set that came with the Genius Platform System.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Magazine card

There's Magazine Madness on the Mod Squad Challenge Blog this week! Well, the challenge is to create a card using magazine images. This is what I came up with.

I created the butterfly from a magazine image of a pineapple upside down cake, the flower from a red background, the leaves from a picture of a flower arrangement and the bird was from the background of another page. I stamped the butterfly and flower with StazOn Jet Black ink. I had tried with a different black but the magazine surface was too shiny for it to stick. I didn't need to stamp the leaves because they were a solid image and would have covered up the magazine picture.  I stamped the bird and the sentiment with Memento Rich Cocoa. For some reason that seemed to stick better to the magazine. All the stamps used were from the Gina K Birthday Blessings set. I used the coordinating dies to cut out the images. 

I used an embossing folder from the Cuttlebug Wedding Suite set on a piece of Gina K layering weight white cardstock. I then rubbed ColorBox Cranberry ink over the raised embossing. I used Gina K Cranberry Tart to layer the sentiment and for the card base. I added some brads from my stash to the sentiment layer and used foam squares to attach it to the Cranberry Tart layer. I adhered the magazine images with TomBow Mono Adhesive. 

I had fun finding colours and backgrounds that would work with the stamps.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

One layer collage

Today I have a card I made for the StampTV challenge-One Layer Collage.

When I read this I thought it had to be a one layer card, so that's what I made. I used Gina K pure luxury heavy weight card stock for the card as I knew I was going to be using my Spectrum Noir markers and I didn't want them to bleed through. 

I punched out 3 circles with a 2 inch punch to use for masks. I traced around them and stamped the sentiment and images inside the outlines. I stamped the other images, using my circles for mats. Then I cut out mats for those images and stamped the background heart sprigs.

I coloured in the balloons and present and sponged inside the circles, using the mat from the punched circles. I added some highlights to the balloons with a white PITT pen. I traced around the circles with a silver pen to make them look like they are a different layer. I also traced the ribbon on the present. I sponged around the outside of the card to give it a more finished look.

This doesn't look like the picture that I had in my head, but I'm fairly pleased with it. Maybe I don't have enough layers or maybe it's because I have spent 6 1/2 hours shoveling snow over the last two days! We had another 2 feet, with high winds, yesterday after the foot we had on Sunday. This is what my view from my front door was yesterday morning, before the snow stopped. The green bin on the left is about 3 1/2 feet tall. Sigh. At least I had card making therapy afterwards!

Here are the products I used:

Stamps: Gina K Designs sets - Birthday Blessings, Happy Birthday to You, A Gift for You, Square                    Pegs
Ink: VersaFine Smokey Gray; ColorBox Fresh Green, Cranberry; Stampabilities Acorn Squash;                  Stampin' Up! Brilliant Blue
Markers: Staedtler - gray; Spectrum Noir - DR5, DR1, LG5, LG4, TB5, TB4; Faber-Castell PITT -                      white; Pilot Silver pen
Gina K Designs Pure Luxury heavy weight white card stock
2" punch

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Embossed Flower Card

I made this card for two challenges this week. StampTV asked us to have heat embossing and colouring on our card. The Mod Squad Challenge Blog asked us to have a flower as our focal image.

For the Mod Squad Challenge if we use a stamp by Melanie Muenchinger we get an extra entry, so I chose the flower from the Square Pegs set. I stamped it with VersaMark ink all over a piece of Gina K layering weight white cardstock and embossed it with Recollections Snow embossing powder. I sponged VersaMagic Purple Hydrangea, Spring Pansy, and Pixie Dust chalk ink and ColorBox Yellow Ochre fluid chalk ink over the background.

On a smaller piece of white cardstock I stamped and embossed three more flowers, this time with Ebony embossing powder so that the focal image would stand out. I coloured in the flowers with Spectrum Noir markers PL2, PL3, PL4, CT2, CT4, PP2 and BP3. I stamped the sentiment from the Birthday Blessings set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I layered the focal image with a piece of pink cardstock and the background with black using Tombow Mono Adhesive and put it onto a white Gina K base weight card base. I popped up the focal image with some foam squares and added the bow with a mini Glue Dot. The pink and black cardstock and the ribbon are from my stash.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Beach scene

This week I made a beach scene for the challenge on Stamp TV-What shell we create? I am also entering it in the Mod Squad Challenge - Make a background and Hiding in my Craft Room - Freestyle.

I sponged the background, using various ink, onto a piece of ivory cardstock. I'm not sure I am happy with the sky part, but I wanted to make the sky different from the water so I went with a very light blue. I don't have any Gina K stamps that would go with a beach scene. I thought of trying to make a sand castle by masking some of the stamps I have, but that didn't work too well so I just left it as a scene.

I stamped the sentiment on a rectangular piece of cardstock, rounded the opposite corners and sponged the edges. I layered the background with some blue cardstock, and adhered that to an ivory card base. I attached the sentiment with some foam dots. I thought it needed something else so I added a few birds in the sky.

Here are the products I used.
Ink: Martha Stewart- Dandelion and Melon; Stampabilities-Cotton Candy; VersaMagic-Sierra Vista;           Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue and Brilliant Blue
Stamp: Gina K Designs Fabulous Frame set
Marker: Staedtler fine marker-Brown
Cardstock and foam squares from my stash