So here we go with a card using those fun outline stickers. This cool owl is by Elizabeth Craft Designs. I stuck it down on some white Neenah paper and colored it with Copics. It is hard to see in the photo but the eyes are yellow and the rest of what looks yellow I colored with a gold Pen-touch pen. I cut the owl out with a Spellbinders die. The mat for it is the same die and some cool looking paper that looks like leather. The background paper is from my stash. The greeting is from Hero Arts September My Monthly Hero set embossed with brass powder.
Spellbinder die – Big Scalloped Circles Small (S4-250)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Owl Outline Sticker
Various Copics and a Pen-Touch gold pen
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit September 2017
PSX Brass Embossing Powder
I finally used my gilding flakes! I have had them 6 months or more. I tried them in a paper crafting shop and bought some at Scrapbook Expo. When I got the idea I had to search high and low in my craft room to find them. I was sure I bought them but where the heck are they. Does that ever happen to you? So I die cut the leaves using a Cheery Lynn Designs die set so the sticky was on the front of the die cut. Then I sprinkled the Cosmic Shimmer gilding flakes (the autumn leaves jar). I worked in a shoebox lid and it does get messy but the results look great. I like that the gilding flakes are so thin and delicate that the veins in the leaves show on the die cut. The photo doesn’t do it justice. This was another photograph at night situation with the Ott light. I put the leaves over a watercolor background that was cut out with a die from ?. The paper behind the watercolor panel is a nice shimmery copper color paper I had in my stash. The yellow leaves in the background are also some paper I had in my stash.
I had these lovely leaves made for quite some time and finally got them on a card. They are cut with Hero Arts dies Autumn Icons Fancy Dies (DI431). After I cut them out I inked them with Oxide ink and love the look. The background right behind them is a piece of watercolor paper that I colored by putting down you guessed it Oxide ink on my craft mat. I spritzed it with water and put the paper down over it. I think I got the paper wet before putting it on the ink. In real life the colors on the leaves and background look really nice but I had to take the photos at night with my Ott light which is supposed to be true color but it doesn’t quite look the same. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498). I cut the banner with a die and heat embossed with brown powder. The plaid is the lovely Lawn Fawn paper. And then I added a few gems/bling/dots.
I got another one just barely done for Merry Monday. Challenge #264 was to use kraft and red with only just a bit of neutral colors. I love this combination and I wish I would have made a couple different ones but one is better than none.
So here we are with a fairly simple card. Red patterned paper in the background. I decided to be different and die cut kraft snowflakes. I used snowflake dies by Tattered Lace (D111). You can’t really see it in the photo but I used a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to give them just a little sparkle. The greeting also has Spectrum Noir on it. The greeting is die cut using a Sizzix Tim Holtz set Holiday Words (660058). As usual I was putting this together at the last minute. Literally I posted it at the last minute. The greeting is not actually stuck down because the Spectrum Noir pen was dumping lot’s of liquid so I could not get the backing paper off the back or I would have messed up my die cuts. As I was writing this up I realized there is no stamping on this card which is unusual for me.
I got a few Halloween cards done and sent but not as many as I wanted to. I really like this Hero Arts pumpkin die! It is from Hero Arts die set Autumn Icons Fancy Dies (DI431).
The background – I just created a watercolor panel.
The greeting and images by the greeting – for the greeting I cut it out with double sticky or put glue on the words and sprinkled Martha Stewart fine glitter on it. I tried cutting it out of glitter paper but I just couldn’t get to cut thru and didn’t want the hassle so went another route.The bat and spider web are stamped using images from Hero Arts set Halloween Trimmings Stamp & Cut (DC197). I used Versafine black ink for these because it is nice and bold especially when stamping on watercolor paper over a somewhat dark color. The greeting is also from the same set.
The pumpkin – kind of an interesting process. I had to think ahead to get this how I wanted it. For the most part it all worked. Except… the shaker doesn’t actually shake. So I made a watercolor background for the pumpkin. I cut a pumpkin out of the purple panel and added the orange background to the back of it. I cut the pumpkin out again and watercolored it. I left out all the sections as you can see. I wanted an inlaid pumpkin. Then comes the tulle and the fun shaker sequins. Then the next part is where I didn’t think ahead. I glued the tulle and shakers stuff down then glued the pumpkin over top which had glue all over the back. Between the glue and maybe a bit to tight on the tulle the shaker sequins are all kept in place. It still looks fun but wasn’t quite what I was trying to do.
These were fun to create and the fun started with the Merry Monday Challenge. This challenge was last weeks challenge of include gifts on your card. I created the first card for that challenge and decided I wanted to make another another one. I don’t do well with mass producing so even the second card has small differences. Can you spot them?
The background – I used the Memory Box Snow Flurry stamp and used the Distress ink Picket Fence or possibly Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink.
The hill I cut from glitter paper using a die from Simon Says Stamp called Stitched Slopes and Hills (SSSD111400).
The raccoon, hat and presents are from a Lawn Fawn set called Holiday Party Animal. I colored them with Copics, a Pen-touch silver pen, a white glaze pen. I have the dies for these but I hand cut them.
The tree and the sentiment are from Hero Arts Swirl Christmas set (CL469). I used the Distress ink Picket Fence or possibly Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink to stamp the tree. I colored over the trunk with a brown marker and then hand cut the tree. The sentiment is embossed with white on the first card, silver on the second card.
We love going to the National Parks so I had to use these stamps to make my hubby’s Anniversary card. We have been to all of these parks. The other stamp is for Monument Valley which we have not been to.
The background – I stamped the Hero Arts Waves Background (CG660) in Versamark and turned it sideways.
The National Parks scenes are from Hero Arts set National Parks Poetic Prints (LP445). For every set purchased, Hero Arts will donate 100% of their net profits to our nation’s national parks. I just really liked them and even better they help out the parks.
When I started the little scenes I was not thinking I was going to watercolor. So I stamped on Neenah Classic Cream paper with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I decided I wanted the watercolor look. So I put the color down on my craft sheet with Zig Clean Color pens, mixed the colors sometimes, added a bit of water and gave them a watercolor look. On the clouds I used a glaze pen. The steam for the geyser looks kind of white but it is a light gray.
The sentiment is from a set by Avery Elle called Handwritten Notes. It is embossed in brown. I wanted a bolder greeting but all of my Happy Anniversary stamps are tiny so this was the best I had.
The background for the two dogs was created with an embossing folder Bricks by The Paper Studio. After embossing I painted over the bricks with a couple of red Distress Oxide inks.
The two dogs and the ball are from the Tim Holtz Crazy Dog set (CMS271). I colored all of them with Copics and hand cut them out. On their eyes and noses I used a glaze pen. It took me awhile to find the glaze pen because the black was in the pencil cup upside down. My eyes just didn’t spot that for awhile. I had it up at Lake Tahoe so I was glad to see I did not leave it there. The ball by Lucy is there because she would play fetch for the entire day and night if you kept throwing for her. It’s kind of funny too sometimes if you throw an orange ball instead of her favorite yellow ones she will just watch it go and drop and not even go after it.
The sentiment was cut out with a die from Elizabeth Crafts.
Entered in the Love! – Handmade Cards October Challenge located here.
I was struggling to figure out what to get my hub for his birthday. It finally hit me, make a fun frame with a photo from our recent Tahoe trip.
I started out with a plain light wood frame. I used several different colors of Distress paints on the frame to create the streaky wood look. I was very happy how that came out.
The trees were die cut from water color paper that I had water colored with a couple different greens. The die is Sizzix/Tim Holtz Woodlands (660978). I ended up cutting a couple more trees out and glued them together so the trees were thicker. I also put some inks over the original watercolor. Then I was having trouble with white showing from the bottom layers of trees so I ended up spraying the trees with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. So let’s just say those trees have many layers. Note to self go around at least the edges of the paper layers underneath with some ink or spray.
The letters I had and inked them up with some Distress Oxide inks.
All the wood pieces I had and I just colored them with different inks or Copics. The bird is supposed to be a blue jay which are very common at Lake Tahoe.
The photo is of my hub and our two dogs Aspen and Lucy at Fallen Leaf Lake. The brown and black dog is Aspen and Lucy is the black and white dog.
This was a fun project and I am really happy with how it turned out.