Thursday, March 27, 2008

Misty Sympathy - Riding off to Arizona & How to Make Clouds

Hope everyone is having a good day today! We are supposed to be getting some rain but so far it's just cloudy and there is talk of a little snow coming in the next few days - hopefully north and west of here!!

I have two cards to share with you today - the one above is for today's Split Coast Challenge to 'Just Spray It' - to use some sort of spray (water, glimmer mist, airbrush, hairspray - whatever!) on your card.

My second card which will be further down here - is the retirement card I made for my sister to give to her brother-in-law. Finally finished it after talking about it here for 2 days!

For my challenge card - I inked my stamps with Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger and then misted the stamps with water in a spray bottle lightly before stamping them (took several tries to get it not too wet!!!) I used the Paisley background stamp, stamping it on white Papertrey Card Stock and a hydrangea stamp from Anna Griffin that I stamped on watercolor paper. I colored in a few of the petals with my Stampin Up marker just for a little color accent. I pierced several edges - put ribbon around the Brown Bazzill panel and distressed the watercolor edges. The sentiment words are by Papertrey from the Paper Tray set.

I also show the inside where I attached a Very Vanilla cardstock piece and stamped the sentiment on it. That stamp is by Verses Rubber Stamps

Misting a stamp with water is a fun technique - it can give you many different looks depending on how much you mist.
Stamps: Hydrangea: Anna Griffin, Sentiment: Papertrey Ink - Paper Tray, Paisley BG - SU
Paper: Bazzill Brown, Papertreyink White, water color paper
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink - Ranger
Accessories: Distresser, water spray bottle, dimensionals, paper piercer, pad & grid, SU marker, brown satin Ribbon
Techniques: paper piercing, misting

My sister asked me to make a card for her brother-in-law as he is retiring in May. She said he likes car racing and they are moving to Arizona (from MA) after they retire. So this is what I came up with.

I got the Arizona post card image from a book with a CD of images called 'Old Time Travel Posters and Luggage Labels' from Dover Publications They also sell them at Barnes & Noble and Borders Books.

First I made clouds in the sky using a home made template that I cut using scalloped scissors and sponged along the edges with soft sky. I've included a picture below showing my template and sample clouds. I learned this from Mothermark (Cindy) on Split Coast.

I made the road with a piece of black card stock that I cut with my curvy paper cutter from Creative Memories and added the 'lines' with punches from the horizontal slot punch from Stampin Up.

The cartoon race car is a clip art from Word. I stamped a little grass below the 'street'. All the cut outs are up on dimensionals. Inside you can see that I stamped clouds all over. The racing flags are a sticker from a set I picked up at Michaels. The sentiments are listed in the supplies list below.

I think Dave will get a kick out of this card - don't you??!

Stamps: sentiment: Papertrey Ink - Paper Tray, grass - Sutter Enterprises Inside Sentiments: Happy Retirement - American Art Stamp, Always take the scenic route - Inky Antics, and Dave was stamped with Karen Fisher alphabet Snap Stamps.
Paper: Soft Sky, Black, White, Really rust, so saffron
Ink: Soft Sky: Su, Pitch Black & Meadow Adirondack
Accessories: slot punch, clip art, Dover clip art, circle punches, gingham ribbon, curvy paper cutter - Creative Memories, cloud template - home made, racing sticker: Michaels, dimensionals
Techniques: sponging

Here is how I make my clouds. I made a template with a piece of cardstock that I just cut in different curves with my scalloped edge decorative scissors. You hold the template starting at the base of where you want the sky - and just sponge sections just a little over the edges - then keep moving the template from left to right and then move up intil you have your full sky. I find that Soft Sky Ink is a perfect color for clouds. Give it a try - they really come out neat!

Thanks for stopping in tonight - I'd love if you'd leave a comment for me about what you think of my cards - have a wonderful night!

Kent and I are going to a play tomorrow night - so I probably won't be posting again until Saturday - so see you then!


Anonymous said...

I love the idea you used for making the clouds. Thanks for including a pic of the template you made. I also like how you used the punch for the road lines. I like being able to use tools for other uses.

Lisa's Blessed A Latte said...

So cute...Love it!!!

Jukie said...

Great cards and thank you for sharing about the clouds that is a wonderful technique

Monika in VA said...

Just popped over from SCS & wanted to say what a great job you've done. I really like the sprayed flower & the clouds! TFS.

Ashley Cannon Newell said...

I really like hydrangeas. This card makes me like them more! I like how you used earth tones (my favorite color group)! I hope my two hydrangeas I planted last year make a comeback!

Deb Neerman said...

Just gorgeous, Julia!!! And your cloud technique is so kewl!

Oh. And speaking of kewl, I've left something for you on my blog.

Hope you're enjoying a great weekend!

~Hugs, Deb

Anonymous said...

Julia, lovely card and beautiful clouds. I have attempted this technique a while back and it did not come out like yours. I will try the scallop clouds and maybe use an art sponge versus a sink sponge. :0) Thanks for sharing! Hugs! Gwen (tturtle)