Saturday, October 16, 2021

A Trio of Christmas Cards

Happy Saturday Everyone! I created some backgrounds a couple of weeks ago using the brand new Warm Winter Friends. I just love the sweet animals and other images in this set! I decided to utilize the flower in the set to create my trio of backgrounds.



For my first card, I created the background by inking up a white A2 panel with ballet slipper ink and then stamping the flower over it with cranberry ink. I die cut the panel and layered it on a lacy edge rectangle die cut. I stamped the rabbit with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and colored with Altenew Artist Markers. I decided it needed something more, so I added in a white snowflake. 





For my second card, I created the background by stamping the flower on a white cardstock panel with festive berries distress oxide ink, honeysuckle and cranberry dye ink. I die cut the panel and cut a mat from purely pomegranate cardstock. I stamped the flowers multiple times on white, colored with the honeysuckle and cranberry inks and die cut out. I decided to glue two flowers together to create a bit of depth and texture. 

 


 

 


I started my third background by inking up the white panel with honeysuckle, stamped the flower with cranberry and then stamped the text background over the top in black. At this point, my third background became a hot mess because I decided to use a stencil with white ink over it. In my mind it worked, but in reality it did not.

I did not like it at all, so I took a baby wipe and wiped it off. Now it was very faded and I was at a loss for what to do. I made another oops too, but you can't see it in the photo so we are not going to talk about it. I searched for a layout and decided to utilize an older Freshly Made Sketches sketch challenge. 

I added some white splatters to the panel, cut the panel down to a square and used purely pomegranate cardstock again for the mat and long strip. I used a leftover flower from my other card and added some white gel pen dots to the center to mix it up a bit. Ta-da, I managed to salvage the background! Whew!



Here are the background panels before I turned them into cards. The top panel is the one I added the text script too.


 

I used the same sentiments for each of the cards and here are pictures of how I did the peace one. I cut a base for each one in white, then nested the die pieces together and cut again in white. Next, I inked up white cardstock in three different colors and die cut just the word peace. Finally, I glued them together as seen in the photos. I decided not to waste the extra inked up cardstock and used some heart dies for future cards.



These cards fit our October Sweet 'n Sassy stamps VIP Group challenge, Think Pink. We would love to have you join us in the group and play along.



Warm Winter Friends

Peace & Joy Word Dies

Christmas Wordfetti

Christmas Text Background

Large Snowflakes Die Set


 

This post linked to:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge: Anything Goes

Krafty Chicks Challenge: Christmas

Word Art Wednesday: Anything Goes

 

I hope you enjoyed today's cards and thanks so much for stopping by!

Karen (click my name to follow me on Instagram)



 

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Merry Christmas

So, this year for my Christmas card creating I have been a little stuck on the color green. It's no surprise that I'm using green again to create this fun card featuring the new Stamp of the Month Geometric Background. It's free with a $60 order, just make sure to add it to your cart.



I stamped the background with white pigment ink on white cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder. I inked up the embossed piece with bundled sage distress oxide ink, wiped off the excess from the embossed parts and heat set once more to make it shiny again. I die cut the panel and spritzed it with a sparkle shimmer craft spray. I added a border of dark green cardstock and attached to a white card base. 

Next, I stamped the apron from Sweet Treats on pattern paper and the towel portion on white cardstock and fussy cut them out. Then, I die cut the apron from white and glued all the pieces to form the apron. I stamped the ornament from Warm Winter Friends on white, colored with glitter gel pens and hand trimmed out. The sentiment is from the same set. 

I assembled the card as seen adding some white gems and popping the sentiment and ornament up with foam tape. 

 


 






This post linked to:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes 

Merry Little Christmas Challenge: Anything Goes

Krafty Chicks Challenge: Anything Goes

 

I hope you enjoyed today's card and thanks so much for stopping by!

Karen

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Snowflakes

Today I am sharing how to get two cards from one technique featuring the Large Snowflakes Die Set. These dies were very popular and sold out. Don't worry, more are on the way and you can preorder yours today.

I LOVE these dies so much! You can see some more of my cards here



I wanted to do something non-traditional so I chose an unusual color scheme. 


 

I started by inking up a piece of cardstock with shabby shutters distress oxide ink. Then, I die cut a bunch of snowflakes and adhered them with pixie spray. The snowflakes didn't want to stick(this was an experiment) so I laid some heavy books on top for a few minutes and this worked, but I had to be careful. I made sure I was holding onto the snowflakes as I went over the areas carefully with rustic wilderness distress oxide ink. Once complete, I peeled the snowflakes off and went over the entire piece with bundled sage distress oxide ink. I added a sentiment strip and layered snowflakes to finish it off.

 


After creating this card, I was left with snowflakes that were partially to fully inked up. I got to thinking I could finish inking them and use them to create a background for another card, so that's what I did. I inked them up more using bundled sage and rustic wilderness distress oxide inks. Then I glued them down on white cardstock.




I kept the layout the same as the first one, sprayed the background and snowflakes with a sheer shimmer sparkle spray and created a different sentiment strip to complete the card.





Do you have a favorite? My favorite is the second card.

Supplies:

Large Snowflakes Die Set

Endless Love 

Christmas Pine 

Inks: shabby shutters, bundles sage and rustic wilderness distress oxides, versafine clair nocturne and yeti white pigment ink

cardstock: white and garden green

white embossing powder

Imagine sheer shimmer craft spray  sparkle

Bearly Art precision craft glue

 


Thanks so much for stopping by,

Karen 

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Saturday, September 4, 2021

Green Leaves

Hello everyone! I used the watercolor stamping technique to create the background on this card. It is one of my favorite techniques. I love how it looks different every time!



For this technique, all you need to do is ink up your stamp with several different colors of ink or varying shades of the same ink, spritz with water and stamp. Wipe off your stamp and repeat steps until your background is covered. Do not blot your paper, just let it air dry. It is so pretty once it dries and I never get tired of it. Once it was dry and cut down to size I inked the edges with green.

The dragonfly was embossed in black on green paper and fussy cut out. I had this guy in my stash of extras and he was made before the matching dies were released. 





Supplies:

From Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps:

    -Fall Background 

    -Dragonfly Dreams

    -Typewriter Text Background

    -Thanks Word Die 

-Ink

    -Vintage Photo distress ink

    -Dried Oregano(Nuvo), Grass Green and Fresh Asparagus(Gina K)

    -VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink

-Other 

    -White and Garden Green cardstock

    -Canson XL watercolor paper  

    -Foam Tape

    -double sided tape

    -A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 2 Dienamics

    - Bearly Art precision craft glue

    -black embossing powder

   

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Karen 

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Fun with Stencils VIP Challenge

Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps VIP Group Stamp-A-Thon! I am hosting challenge #5 Fun with Stencils. I challenge you to create a card using one of the stencil techniques below. You have through Friday August 20th to post your creations in the special album in the VIP group. There is a special sale this weekend for VIP members only, info posted in the group.

I wanted to play with stencils and give you a couple of fun and easy techniques to use to create your cards. I had lots of fun trying some new things myself! I hope you will join in the fun this week!

 


 

Technique #1 is called laying down ink first. You can use dye or distress (reg or oxides) inks.

 

Start your background by laying down the lightest color ink first. Then, lay your stencil over the top and tape down. Next, ink up your stencil with a darker shade of the first color. This creates a nice tone on tone look. For this card, I used regular white cardstock.

Supplies: Delighfully Delicate Stencil, Happy Day, All About You(retired oops), Sprout and Parsely ink, VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, white and black cardstock, clear embossing powder, Watercolor Brush Markers(Altenew), foam tape and rectangle stitched edge die.

 




Technique #2 is called stamping with your stencil with water. You will need to use distress inks or other water reactive inks for this one. 

 


Start your background by laying down your ink first making sure to blend where they meet. Then, spray the backside of your stencil with water and in one quick motion flip it on top of the cardstock and press down. Next, lay a paper towel over the top of the stencil to blot off extra water and let sit so the water reacts with the ink. I didn't let mine sit too long 45-60 secs. Finally, take the stencil off and set aside to dry.

What this does is it fades the solid areas around the stencil openings allowing the stencil openings to be darker. I really like how it varies the light on the solid part of the stencil. I also discovered it works best on bolder/darker ink colors as you can see with the background on the left in the photo. 


Supplies: Starry Night Stencil, Peace Be Still, Strathmore Bristol Smooth, chipped sapphire and faded jeans distress oxide inks, VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, paper towels, white pigment ink, white embossing powder, stitched edge rectangle die, foam tape, watercolor brush pens(Arteza) and paintbrush(for splatters).

 


 


 

 Technique #3 is called stamping with your stencil with ink. I used dye inks for this background.



Start by swiping your ink across the stencil always starting with your lightest color first. Then, spray the stencil with water, place your cardstock facedown and press down all around. Next, lift off and set aside to dry(resist urge to blot), spray your stencil again and lay another piece of cardstock down to get a second generation stencil stamped background, set aside to dry.

Supplies: Grunge Dots Stencil, Nature Silhouettes, Faith, Strathmore Bristol Smooth, Buttercup, Parsley and Oceanside inks, VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, white and black cardstock, foam tape and stitched edge rectangle die.

I didn't think about doing a second generation of the background until after I completed the first version and was already working on my second one. As you can see from the photo below, the first generation is much bolder than the second one. I like them both and I really like getting two backgrounds from one inking session. The background on the right I replaced Parsley with Honeysuckle ink. I spayed too much water so it ran more, but I like how it looks once it dried. Prior to drying it just looked like a hot mess. Oh, and resist the urge to blot. Trust me!





I hope you have enjoyed these fun stencil techniques and you give one or more of them a try.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Karen 

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