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.
Wow I got one in for Merry Monday Challenge #259! The first one is the one I submitted for Merry Monday and I had some more trees so I created another one.
For each card I used a stencil and embossing paste on the background. I die cut the trees from watercolor paper that I put Oxide Distress ink on. Then I die cut the sentiments. On the joy card I wish I would have put the sentiment a little closer to the trees. It looks like it is floating.
Stencil – Memory Box Tiny Snowflakes
Tree Die – Sizzix Tim Holtz Woodlands
Sentiment dies – Joy is from a Sizzix Tim Holtz set called Holiday Words. Merry Christmas is a die by Find it Trading called strangely enough Merry Christmas.
My inspiration was Merry Monday Challenge #266 which was Santa. When will I learn not to wait to the last minute. While trying to post Inlinkz was hung up so it did not make it. I am trying to just let it go and remember I made another Christmas card. The washi tape in the middle is two narrow pieces side by side. It is gold but kind of hard to see that in the photo. Santa is colored with Copics. I went over Santas’s cuffs and trim areas with Wink of Stella.
Background papers – Graphic 45 paper pad
Washi Tape – probably from Hobby Lobby
Spellbinders dies – Classic Scalloped Ovals (S4-111) and Classic Ovals Large (S4-110)
Not a scary witch here. I like the cute Halloween too. I die cut a mat and the image with Spellbinders dies. Marci was colored with Copics and for the first time I tried doing a little coloring to create a grounding area for her. I always just want the image colored but I am branching out. I am generally not big on these types of stamps but the La-Land Crafts images are really nice in my book. I bought this many years ago after taking a class on coloring with Copics with Irina who designs the La-Land stamps. At the time I was thinking this is too hard and I am not sure I like these pens. Don’t ask how many Copics I have now. Maybe about 90. Yikes. I am really happy about how this came out.
Patterned paper – from my stash
Spellbinders Die – Curved Rectangles (S5-006)
Stamps – La-Land Crafts Witch Marci. Spider Web from Hero Arts set Halloween Trimmings (DC197).
My two Halloween chicken cards.. Even just two and I don’t do them exactly the same. So I’m just saying mass producing is not for me.
The background papers are from my stash. I die cut the sentiment and the two ovals and the oval shape for the image. I stamped the images using a stamp from La-Land Crafts. On the first card I think I colored with Copics and the second card I think I watercolored. I am thinking of a way to take notes on what I did so I can describe it better later.
Patterned Paper – From my stash. Some from Basic Grey way back.
Sentiment Die Cut – Hero Arts Halloween Trimmings Stamp & Cut set (DC197).
Oval Dies – Spellbinders Lacey Ovals (S4-314). Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals One (LF-016). The oval die used to cut out the image was a Hero Arts Infinity Die (DI337).
Stamped Image – La-Land Crafts Clover on Pumpkins (03007).
This owl was done quite some time ago with a product new to me. First of all the owl stamp is pretty darn cool. I heat embossed the owl using brown powder. I embossed on a panel that I created using Judikins Mica Gloss on some slick paper. It looks so shimmery and pretty in real life. I guess this has been out several years but I never heard about it until this past summer.
The background with the leaves is embossing with an embossing folder. Then I went over it with some orange water color just kind of a wash real quick. I decided it needed to have some brown added so I went over it with Oxide ink. It looks not so dark brown in real life. Another night time photo.
The branch is cut with a Hero Arts die.
The background is the Lawn Fawn plaid again. Can you tell I love this?
The sentiment is from Hero Arts and heat embossed using brown powder.
Lost Coast Designs Stamp – Linda Owl
Hero Arts Sentiment – My Monthly Hero kit September 2017 (MH0917C)
Hero Arts Die – Color Layering Dimensional Bird (DI153)
Carta Bella Embossing Folder – Crisp Autumn
Oxide Distress Ink – One of the browns
Judikins Mica Gloss – Lime, Copper and Gold