For the flower I used a Hero Arts die called Paper Layering Sunflower. I colored it with Oxide inks and had it laying around for quite awhile. I finally picked it up and made a background I liked for it. The background is an embossing folder that is by Cuttlebug called Forest Branches. I went over the embossed part with Oxide ink. The card base I colored with Peeled Paint Oxide ink so it would match the green on the leaves and stem. The sentiment is cut with a Lawn Fawn die called Scripty Hello and guess what I inked over that with Oxide ink also.
The inspiration for both of these cards was Merry Monday #277. The theme was stencils. I love using them but haven’t been doing that lately. I only posted the first card. I am not sure about the rules of how many you can post.
The background – I used a Memory Box stencil called Birch Trees. I inked over that with Faded Jeans Oxide ink. After taking the stencil off I sprayed over it with Perfect Pearls. Since it was Oxide ink it gave a nice look and the water spots made it look like it was snowing.
The deer are cut out of brown paper with little spots on it if you look close. I used an Impression Obsession die called Deer Trio.
The birds are cut with a Memory Box die called Resting Birds. I think this die came in a surprise box on my door step and many months later I still don’t know who put the box there.
The background – I used another Memory Box stencil called Winter Large Snowflakes. I used Nuvo Glimmer Paste to create the nice sparkly snowflakes.
The sentiment – I stamped with Versamark using a Hero Arts stamp with no name the product number is G5619. I heat embossed over that using Ranger Snowflake Tinsel powder that I just got. I am not sure how much I like it. The reason being is you get glitter heavy some places and hardly at all in others. I did the heat embossing from underneath too so I would not blow off the glitter. Then I added the two snowflake sequins. And.. I almost forgot the die used to cut out the sentiment is by Top Dog Dies called Gift Tag.
This one was a fun one and there is an oops that turned into the background it has. So I cut out the background using Memory Box Bengal Background die. I thought oh no how to glue it down. So I put StickIt on some white paper and cut it out again. Oops I cut it out upside down. Not impossible but the “wrong” side doesn’t look as good. So don’t waste that StickIt. I got out some extra fine glitter and covered the die cut. The flower was cut from a panel I created and got out of my huge box of panels and pieces. I heat embossed the flower, hand cut it and sprayed it with Perfect Pearls. The hummingbirds are cut with a Hero Arts die. I looked up hummingbirds and tried to color them with Copics to look like a real one. The bodies have Perfect Pearl powder on them and I created little pieces of paper with the green Perfect Pearls on it to glue behind all the holes on their wings.
Background – Memory Box Bengal Background die (99060) and Elizabeth Craft Designs Micro Fine Glitter in Cool Diamond.
Flower – The Ton Stamp Large Peony and Distress Oxide inks and Hero Arts white embossing powder. Sprayed with Perfect Pearls.
Hummingbirds – Hero Arts die Paper Layering Hummingbird Pair (DI335). blue, green, gray Copics and Perfect Pearls powders blue & green
I have been sitting on this colored image for quite awhile. Finally here is the card. I just love this image and it was fun to color. Somewhere I found some suggested colors each of the specific mice. I don’t think I had as many browns so the two on the left are very close in color. They have names but I don’t remember them. Anyway… The stamp is by Stampendous. It is a House Mouse stamp called Dragonfly Kites (HMCP25). I colored with Copics and this is one of my first times coloring all the background like that. At this point I am not really sure how I did the background. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out though. The dragonflies have either Wink of Stella or Spectrum Noir on the wings. I mean you have to.. The sentiment is from the Altenew set Painted Greetings.
When I started making this I was planning to send it to someone who used to live across the street from me and is having some health issues. She loves critters and feeds some in her backyard in Oregon. Probably not mice. Ha! I just need to get this in the mail now.
Here is two cards I made from some of the alcohol ink panels that I made. The detail about my panels is in this blog post. I got the idea from Jennifer McGuire and here is a link to her post which of course explains things in detail.
For this panel I used orange, yellow and maybe some light red for the alcohol inks on some watercolor paper. I got a new die set recently from a paper crafting store near me which unfortunately going out of business. The die is by Paper Smooches and called Bird House (FBD306). The posts that come with the die are a straight line type post. I decided for this one to be different and use the stem from a Hero Arts set called Paper Layering Sunflower (DI435). The bird houses are cut from textured brown cardstock. The roofs are from a scrap of water color paper leftover from something that were the orange already. The little birds are part of the die set too. I cut them from watercolor paper that I colored on with Zig Clean Color pens. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a hello or a thank you on this so for now no sentiment.
This may have been my first panel I tried with the alcohol ink and water technique. As you can see I used blues and a green alcohol ink. I used the same dies as above but these bird houses have the post that comes with the set. I think I cut the houses out of the same leftover piece as the roofs on the card above. I used a couple little stamps from a Lawn Fawn set called Penelope’s Blossoms (LF604) to stamp a little something on the bird houses with white pigment ink. The birds are cut from the same paper as above. The sentiment is cut with a die from the Sizzix/Tim Holtz set Celebrations (660215).
As I said in Flickr I watched Jennifer McGuire’s video on creating panels using water and alcohol inks. If you would like to check this out here is the link. It is fun and once you get that all going you have to make a few or more. You basically get a little pan of water and drip a few colors of alcohol ink in the water and do different things with it. You can just leave it how it lands, swirl it around with a stick, add blending solution which I did not do. Then just kind of stick your paper down in the water one end first pushing it forward kind of slowly while doing that so all of the paper goes under the water and collects some alcohol ink on it. Also she mentions check the back side of the paper and sometimes those look better. So now I have a pile of them to have fun with.
As you can see I went with orange, yellow, and red which I tried first. Kind of funny the first one is one of my very favorites. I changed the water and then I tried some blues and greens. At the end of the blue green batch I dropped some purple and blue in. She used Neenah 110 paper which I mostly did also. There are a couple pieces of random white paper in there. The big round drops was just dropping the alcohol ink right on the wet paper after I pulled it out of the water. The one with just a few dots I wish I would have let it be since I really like the way it came out before the dots.
Here we are starting another year and I have not posted for a bit. I got way bogged down by all the Christmas stuff. I am supposed to be taking down all my decor right now….
A very quick simple card for the Boy Scouts. In our area they offer to pick up Christmas trees for a suggested donation of $5. We have them pick it up every year. Some say why pay to get rid of the tree but we say let’s help out the Scouts. So the money went in this card under the door mat. The tree was out on the curb.
I used a Heidi Swapp stencil and some Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink to create the chevron pattern on a kraft card. The thank you is from Hero Arts set Good Luck (AC034). The ink for the sentiment is Versafine Onyx Black. I wish the sentiment was just a tiny bit darker. The inspiration for this card was a card someone sent us that was kraft with a bold black thank you and some white highlights. I liked the look so I kept the card (not handmade) for inspiration.
I am excited that I finally got one in without the stress of the last minute! Their theme this week at Merry Monday #267 is an inspiration photo with blue, green, silver/white/vellum. A great combination.
So for my card obviously the background is silver glitter paper (not made by me). The white panel is a die cut which is also obvious. The die set that I used to cut all of the snowflakes is brand new to me. I was wanting some pretty snowflakes and my local paper crafting store was having a good sale so I was happy to buy from them and find something I had on my list. I made the glitter paper by using the double sticky sheets and some fine glitter. Possibly I should have added a little more glitter because those snowflakes were sticking in the dies and challenging to get out. I know the detailed dies do that but they were also a little sticky. I did use some was paper on a second round which helped some. I then colored the snowflakes with Copics. The vellum strip has a pearl finish to it which I think went nice with the card and made it a little less transparent. I cut the sentiment out with dies from that same glitter paper.
If you are interested see the crazy colors of this card in the photos below because of different lighting and such. I was taking the photos late at night with different lamps and the camera flash. I finally used my ott lamp and I think that is the one that came out ok. On top of it all, glittery and shiny is just hard to photograph. I like to use natural light coming in the window in a specific place in my house and very occasionally outside.
Silver Glitter Paper – DCWV paper pad
White Panel – MFT Pierced Rectangles Stax (MFT-349)
Snowflakes – Penny Black a blizzard (51-268)
Sentiment – Tim Holtz/Sizzix die set 660058
Glitter – Elizabeth Craft Designs Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter
So my husband ask me to make a card for him to send out. He just finished the last season of Longmire and wanted to send a thank you to the author of the books that the series is based on. This hat is similar to my husbands. I gave him lots of choices during the creation process. He said just a plain card with a hat like mine and thank you. Here is what I came up with.
For the mat right under the hat I decided it need something other than just plain off white paper. So I stamped wood grain on one piece and then these planks on another. The planks won. I also stamped the planks in a couple shades of brown and had my hub choose. I think the ink we ended up with is either Oxide ink or Quick Quotes ink.
The dark brown background paper is a piece I had laying around from something else. It looks like leather and was perfect for this card.
The hat.. I cut the hat out using my Silhouette Cameo. For the band I cut out a separate piece and glued down the center twine and then on each side of that was some dark brown twine. I am pretty happy with how the band turned out.
The inspiration for this card was Merry Monday Challenge #263.
I did not enter this card but the cocoa in the jar, the wood grain, plaid and branches were the things I pulled from the inspiration photo seen above that was the theme for the challenge. It is a very cool cocoa bar scene.
The background is stamped with a woodgrain background stamp on kraft.
The branches are cut using my Silhouette Cameo. I inked them up with some Oxide Distress ink.
The cocoa jar was stamped and embossed with gold on vellum. I hand cut out the jar. I colored the back of the vellum with a brown Copic to look like cocoa powder. I hand wrote cocoa. I then cut another jar out of white paper to back the jar so the dots on the background didn’t show through. It doesn’t quite look how I thought it would but here it is.
The cup was heat embossed on patterned paper and hand cut. I colored the top part to look like there was cocoa in the cup.
Background stamp – Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain (S5208)
Cocoa jar – Avocado Arts Sweet Treat Sweetie.
Branches – Silhouette Cameo cut file
The cocoa cup – from a set by The Ton called Tea Party.