Wednesday, June 28, 2023

June 2023 Group of Seven Cardmakers - Design Element: Off the Edge

 The June Group of Seven Cardmakers post is up!  

This month Loll has chosen a design element for us to play with -  Off the Edge.  Simply stamp off the edge of your panel -  or use a die cut off the edge of your panel and cut off the excess.

I stamped off both edges of my card.  This fun stamp is a wood block stamp Little Ladies Mail Art I purchased on Etsy and it has 3 ladies carrying letters.  I stamped it twice slightly off both left and right edges.  I colored the ladies with Copics.  Then I used a slimline frame die to cut above and below the image on the stamped panel.  The dots of the edge of the frame gives a ground for the ladies and also visually breaks up the plain panel.

You'll find more inspiration for "Off the Edge" over at The Group of Seven Cardmakers.  If you'd like to try this design element out - please link it up over there!  

I'm linking my card to:

First time using the Little Ladies stamp

Inspired by the colors  Clean and simple

Stamps:  Little Ladies Mail Art - York's Little Art Studio Etsy Shop.  Sentiment Set - Hero Arts.
Paper:  Water color - Canson Cold Press
Ink:  Nocturne Versifine Clair
Accessories:  Slimline Nested Stitch Die - Rubbernecker, Copics YR23, B00, R29, E00, E50.

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Inkspirational #292 - Designer's Choice - Emboss your Background

I am the hostess of the Inkspirational #292 Challenge
and I am asking everyone to Emboss Your Background!
either using embossing powder (wet embossing) or using an embossing folder (dry embossing!)

I used wet embossing, inking my stamp with Versamark Ink, stamping the image on the card panel,  covering the panel with black embossing powder, shaking off the extra powder and then heating with my heat tool!

I used the same beautiful floral cover stamp on my three card samples, Daisy Days, from Unity. 

Love, love, love this stamp!

For my first card - I embossed the image on a white panel using black embossing powder.  Then I sponged over the blooms with Ranger Distress Inks in Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin.  I added gold to the flower centers and gold splatter over the panel using a gold Paint Marker.  I also splattered with a black POSCA Pen.  I trimmed down the panel and layered it over a black panel die cut with Nested Rectangle with Square Holes die from Rubbernecker.

I used the same technique as above for this second card but I didn't add any color to the petals,
just the gold and black splatter.

For my third card, I embossed the image with white embossing powder over a black card panel.  I added orange, green and pink splatters with POSCA pens and used a Raspberry Fizz card panel for the framing.

Please join us and link up your embossed cards!  You'll find the challenge and lots of inspiration from the rest of the Design Team at Inkspirational
You have until June 30th to link up your card!

I'm linking the black and white birthday card to:
My sentiment is on a strip but not really a banner shape so it's anything goes!

Linking the Sympathy card to:

favorite flower - daisy!

Stamps: Daisy Days - Unity, Sentiment Suite: Birthday - The Greetery, sympathy - Beyond Basic Borders - Papertrey Ink (retired)
Paper: White, True Black, Raspberry Fizz - Papertrey Ink.
Ink: Versamark, Ranger Distress Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin, Nocturne - Versafine Clair.
Accessories: White and Black Embossing powders, heat tool, Nested Rectangle with Square Holes die - Rubbernecker, gold Paint Marker - Top Notch, black, pink, green and orange POSCA pens, enamel dots - Altenew, foam dots.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Thinking of You

 I have a ton of stencils that I loved, purchased and filed away never to be used - so I found some craft room time today and thought I should get one of them out and play!

I made this background with a 3 part Modern Mosaic Layering Stencil from Taylored Expressions.  The sentiments are from In My Thoughts by Altenew (retired).

I'm linking my card to:

Layered Stencils

First time using this stencil and stamp set

Inspired by a Pattern

Stamps: In My Thoughts - Altenew (retired)
Paper: White - Papertrey Ink.
Ink: Peach Parfait, Sea Glass - Altenew, Light Carnation - Gina K Designs, Nocturne Versafine Clair.
Accessories: Modern Mosaic Layering Stencil - Taylored Expressions, Blender Brushes.

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Inkspirational Challenge #291 - Seasonal

 There's a new post up at Inkspirational today!

Since I need to get a jump on my Christmas cards -  I chose Christmas/Winter as my season! 
I laid my Fir Branch Stencil over a panel of water color paper.  I lightly tapped  Dark Brown Brushos over the pine cone area and Emerald Green Brushos over the pine areas.  Then I spritzed with water activating the color crystals.  I carefully lifted the stencil off the panel and had this lovely print.  I put it aside to dry and then added the Label Sticker from Idea-ology as a sentiment!

When you do this technique, the top of the stencil ends up with lots of pooled Brushos on it.  So I quickly flipped over the stencil and pressed it onto another panel of water color paper.
When I removed the stencil off the panel, it was mostly the splotches of green that you see on the panel below and really did not leave a definition of the pine cones.  So, after this panel dried, I laid the stencil over it and sponged over it with brown ink - quite a  different negative/positive print look - but a lovely card I think?!  

I didn't waste the watery Brushos
 AND I got two Christmas cards done!  Win/Win!

So please join us and choose a SEASON for your card design!  You will find lots of Seasonal inspiration  over at Inkspirational.

You have until June 16th to link up your card!

I'm linking my card to:
#141  Anything Goes

#50 Anything Christmas

no stamping

Paper:  Water color - Canson Cold Press
Ink:  Espresso - Altenew
Accessories:  Fir Branch Stencil - The Crafters Workshop, Dark Brown and Emerald Green Brushos, Label Stickers/Christmas - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology, water mister.

Friday, June 2, 2023

May Card Chain Challenge Reveal Post

 Today's the day of the May Card Chain Challenge reveal.   I sent my card to Tina in Slovenia and I received a card from Brenda in the UK!

For my card, I used the suggested Sketch, Colors (Navy, Turquoise, Gold) and Theme of Friendship.

I just love using flip flops on a summer card!  These are cute 3D stickers from Jolee.  I die cut the heart out of DP as well as white card and glued the pieces together and layered them over the DP with foam dots.

If you'd like to join in for the June card exchange - you have until June 6th to sign up - all the details are on the Card Chain Challenge blog!

I'm also linking my card to:

Inspired by Nature

I was inspired by the ocean colors on the drawers

Anything Goes

First time using the die cut heart.

Stamps:  Flipping Out - PTI (retired)
Paper:  White - PTI, DP Beach Vibes - Honey Bee Stamps.
Ink:  Nocturne - Versafine Clair
Accessories:  Heart Rays Die - MFT, foam dots, gold and navy sequins, Flip Flop Stickers - Jolee