today in card making

Every once in a while you are handed an opportunity to just have fun. Today was one of those days. My friend and paper dealer/enabler/goddess, Kim Holmes hosted a 12-hour crop today as a fundraiser for her daughter's church mission trip. Although I was not able to attend for 12-hours, I spent a good portion of the day laughing, crafting, and really getting a recharge on my crafty batteries. I needed that. 

And here is the result:

Card 1 - Neat and Tangled stamp set, distress ink, Bazzill textured card stock

Card 1 - Neat and Tangled stamp set, distress ink, Bazzill textured card stock

Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson LLC) Bokeh Dots stamp set, Distress inks, Studio Calico sentiment

Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson LLC) Bokeh Dots stamp set, Distress inks, Studio Calico sentiment

Hero Arts Lace stencil, Distress inks, Simon Says Stamp sentiment

Hero Arts Lace stencil, Distress inks, Simon Says Stamp sentiment

Spending time in a group of crafty women always gets the creative juices following.

more later, mel xoxo

bright and shiny

I have the cutest stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called Watts Up. I decided to dust it off to make a card for a friend that might need a little cheering up.

Simon Says Stamp Watts Up image and sentiment with Sun Ray stencil (unknown), Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, and Scattered Straw Distress inks  on watercolor paper an mounted to a kraft  card base (Nenah Desert Storm).

Simon Says Stamp Watts Up image and sentiment with Sun Ray stencil (unknown), Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, and Scattered Straw Distress inks on watercolor paper an mounted to a kraft card base (Nenah Desert Storm).

I love Distress Inks on watercolor paper. I don't use a lot of stencils but this is my favorite application of one. The graphic look of the rays as if they are coming from the lightbulb make me smile.

mel xoxo

embossed canvas

Number three in the dry embossed techniques I am practicing is Embossed Canvas. 

I love the look of this technique because of the texture.

The instructions are fairly simple which is a big plus for any technique.

I have to more dry embossed techniques to share, but first I will be focusing on some Clean and Simple Techniques from the Online Card Class I am taking starting 1/26. 

until next time, mel xoxo

I think you can see that even better on my technique tag. The monochromatic color really sets off the shabby chic or distressed look of the ink rubbed over the raised image.

embossed glossy

This is the first post in the dry embossed techniques I am sharing. Inspired from the Inspiration Showcase by Online Card Classes from Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. This posted is focused on embossing on glossy paper. I love this look. First there is the card.

Next is the tag I made for the technique and added to my technique ring.

The biggest tip I can give you with this technique is to sand the tops of the embossed (raised) design. This allows the ink to better penetrate the paper and darken that part of the image.

to be continued... mel xoxo

Ranger Glossy card stock dry embossed with a Hero Arts folder and rubbed with Distress Inks Milled Lavender, Seedless Preserves and Faded Jeans then mounted on Nenah Solar White card base. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set white heat embossed on black Bazzill yardstick and tied with a little piece of purple twine.

kissed resist

Here is my final resist technique as inspired from the Online Card Class Inspiration Showcase by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. I love the way this technique looks because it have great depth to the image. It looks a lot harder than it is to complete.

As I said before, I love this technique's look especially when I am able to pull of ombre inking like I did here. #proud

This completes the first five techniques from this class. I am putting the tags together on a ring so that I can easily access them in the future.

Our next series of five is all about dry embossing and die-cutting. see you next time, mel xoxo

Hero Arts Spice Market background inked with Versamark ink then kissed with Tim Holtz Reflections Text inked with Peacock Feathers Distress ink. Next the kissed stamp is applied and embossed with clear embossing. The image is rubbed with Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Ripe Persimmon Distress inks. I wrapped the panel with Coral hemp twine and mounted onto Nenah Desert Storm cardbase. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and stamped in Versafine black ink. As a final touch I added a few buttons from my vast collection.

canvas resist

This technique can be done with any kind of fabric. Here I have used sticky-back canvas by Claudine Hellmuth Studio.

This is the fourth of five resist techniques from the Inspiration Showcase Online Card Class by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. This one is fairly easy and very straight forward. I was able to do this one right on the first try, which is always a good feeling.

Hero Arts background white embossed on sSticky-back canvas then rubbed with Faded Jeans and Peacock Feathers Distress ink. It's mounted on Navy cardstock which is stamped with a Studio Calico white embossed sentiment.  

The next technique is Kissed Resist. see you next time, mel xoxo

salvaging a card

Not every technique turns out. As I mentioned before, I had trouble with the paint resist technique. In my initial attempt I used a stamp without a bold stamping face, too much fine detail.

The fine stamp did not have enough area of paint for a good resist image when ink was buffed onto the painted surface. I knew I couldn't use the panel I created as my example of the technique, but it was too pretty to toss.

As a card, this is pretty and I like the effect.

see you next time, mel xoxo

 

Nenah Solar White 80 lb cardstock, stamped with Hero Arts Spice Market Looped Flower with Adirondack Pearl paint, then rubbed with Distress Victorian Velvet and Wild Honey inks, Simon Says Stamp sentiment stamped in Versafine black ink, stamped dots are also from Simon Says Stamp. Mounted on Nenah Desert Storm cardbase.

a sad event

It is always sad to make sympathy cards. I usually don't make these unless I have a reason. I am happy with the card. I think it's elegant. I love using black silhouette flowers against a colorful background.

If you have any questions about the card, supplies used or the technique, let me know in the comments.

see you again soon, mel xoxo

 

Nenah Solar White cardstock and Tim Holtz Wrought Iron Stencil rubbed with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood, and Pumice Stone. Simon Says Stamp sentiment and leaves stamped in Versafine Black ink. The leaves are covered in Glaze black ink pen. Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass cradles layered with Bazill Basics black cardstock.