I die cut out all the pieces using two die cut sets by Sizzix/Tim Holtz. I inked up some of the pieces around the edges and some over the whole die cut. For the mountains I added a bit over the top to tone down the off white. As you can see these are paper piecing dies.
The background I am pretty please with. It came last. I ink blended using Faded Jeans and Stormy Sky Distress Oxide inks. Then I put a bit of Picket Fence Distress Paint on my mat and added a bit of water. I used a good old sponge and lightly tapped it on the background. I also splattered a bit of the white.
Here we go with a Christmas card I made awhile ago. I was kind of playing around and trying some things.
For the background I used some Distress Oxides (Frayed Burlap, Evergreen Bough, Pumice Stone, Antique Linen). I used the Gothic stencil with grit paste and went over the paste with Tarnished Brass Crayon. I also stamped using the swirl and text from the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Poinsettia set.
The pine cones and branches are colored with Distress Oxide ink and die cut using the Tim Holtz Pine Branch set.
The sentiment is stamped using a stamp from the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Poinsettia set.
This one got by me… So here I am to get it posted. Some Tim Holtz flowers for my sister.
For the background I used some Tim Holtz woodgrain paper. It was already ink blended. Then I added to it using crayons Bundled Sage and Tea Dye to give it some highlights. I splattered some Antique Linen Distress paint on it also.
The flowers are die cut and water colored using reinkers.
The sentiment is made by die cutting a banner and ink blending Distress Oxide ink. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz set Saying Stuff stamp set.
Hello and Happy Easter! I had so much fun creating all of these Easter cards. They are similar in some ways but each is different and the ideas just kept coming. I find that the more I stay in creative mode the more ideas come. So here we go, grab a cup of coffee or tea. As you will see as you scroll down looking at the cards I kind of the like the Tim Holtz Bunny Hop die set. I also had about 20 some Distress Oxide inks on my desk that I used on the cards.
Adding 2 more cards… no more though.
Two Paper Divas Easter Basket stamp set – Hoppy Easter sentiment & images on the last card.
Hello… Today I have a card with a gift card pocket on the front. This is for the Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge #20 with a theme of gift card holder. This is a mini slimline card. Kind of odd in the photos it looks like there is a spot on the background in front of the bird but there isn’t.
I checked in on the Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge with a few hours until it ended. An idea just popped in my head quickly. Not the usual.
I decided to use a tag to make the pocket (card holder) to slip a gift card behind on the front of the card. It is a bit of a tight fit but it works.
For the background I ink blended some Distress Oxide ink on Bristol paper. I laid a stencil over the top and blotted over it with a baby wipe to remove some of the ink. It left a subtle pattern which I think is just right for the card. I had something else going but it was to much!
I die cut a tag and did some ink blending on it to create a sand and sky background. I stamped several of the images from the Hero Arts February 2021 My Monthly Hero kit and colored them with Copics. I then die cut those images and glued them to the scene. This is my first time using this kit and there are so many fun images. I wasn’t going to get it but then did and boy I am happy about that.
I then glued the assembled tag to the card front. I just barely glued the widest edges down the side and a bit at the bottom so I could slip a gift card behind it.
And off I go posting my January cards. First off a card for my brother for his birthday. You know the ones right after Christmas that kind of sneak up on you.
The theme of the June 2020 kit is Northern Lights. You can get some really great sky looks depending on how you do the inking. I used some Distress inks that I inked blended on the background. A little thing I do when ink blending the sky is have the stamp image that is on the plastic sheet in the kit and try to blend while looking at the pattern of the sky. I then heat embossed using clear embossing powder over it using the 6X6 stamp in the set.
I stamped the whale spout which is in the kit. I die cut the light house piece and the bird. The sentiment is stamped also.
Here is a thank you card I created for my hubby to use. There is a bit of a story behind this card and you can see that below.
I created this card because my husband saw a sample I made and wanted it for a card. Since it was a sample I made this for him.
The first and second leaves are cut from panels of Distress ink smooshed paper. The third I cut out once from a off white piece of paper and then ink blended that. I cut the leaf out again from Kraft-Stock Metallic paper and inlaid the pieces into the first cut out.
The sentiment is die cut from a Distress inked smooshed panel also.
Here is the sample.
I made the sample for myself to show the different ways that the leaves could be die cut. The leaf on the left is cut from a Distress ink smooshing panel. The middle leaf is I think cut from similar and then I added a little Distress ink direct to paper and added ink around the edges. The leaf on the right is die cut once from a piece of paper that I later inked and then cut out again from Kraft-Stock Metallic paper and inlaid the pieces into the first leaf that I die cut.
Here’s a card I made for my sister-in-law who lives by the coast. I am really happy with how this came out. I got the Color Layering Sea & Sky set first and then realized you really need the Color Layering Waves too and it took me a bit to finally got the second set. So I was happy to be using these. You could use the waves set by itself but I feel the Sea & Sky set needs the waves.
For the background I did some masking on both sides of the ocean. The sky was just blocking the ocean with tape or paper. For the bottom part where the sand is I stamped the ocean on a post it note or something similar and then cut out the wavy part where the ocean ends and the sand starts.
So the sky is ink blending and if you look carefully I stamped some clouds with white ink. At first I was thinking that you can’t see the clouds but I kind of like how they are fairly subtle. The boat and birds are just stamped on.
The ocean uses the layering stamps and I think it looks pretty cool.
For the sand I used the masked mentioned above then took a embossing ink pad straight to the paper and sprinkled on the awesome sand embossing powder by Hero Arts and heat embossed.
The chair is stamped and die cut. I colored the background for the chair so it would blend in a little more with the sand.
The sentiment is die cut.
Hero Arts Color Layering Waves stamp set
Hero Arts Color Layering Sea & Sky stamp set
Hero Arts Color Layering Sea & Sky Frame Cuts die set
Here is a card I made for my hubby for his birthday.
For the background I first did some ink blending using Hero Arts Reactive inks. Then I stamped and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The eagle is die cut along with the moon. For the moon I tried to make it kind of mottled like the moon looks.
The mountains are die cut from gray paper and then I put some white paper behind it. The trees, rocks and house are all one die that cut those out. For the cabin I put paper behind it and colored it with Copics so the cabin would show up better. The several years we have stayed at a house in Lake Tahoe the week of my husbands birthday so we love the area, the woods and mountains.
Finally I got to make a card with the Sizzix Tim Holtz Arthur die. So Much Fun! First off I love owls, secondly I am a huge Tim Holtz fan and Arthur just rocks. I started out my first time putting together Arthur intending to make a card for my sister. When I got done with it I loved it so much I decided to keep it. I then made another and here is the card.
The inspiration for my card was a journal cover by Anne Redfern. You can see it here. I had already planned on ink smooshing for Arthur but I really needed ideas for the background.
Did I mention how fun he is?
The background is ink blended Distress Oxide inks and some splatters using Picket Fence Distress Stain with a little water added. The moon is a circle die cut and ink blended with Oxide Distress ink. The branches are stamped.
The very base of the owl is die cut from a piece of Distress paper. The rest is cut from the panels I made by ink smooshing. A few pieces were colored with pens or cut out from pieces not shown.
Here are the panels that I cut the pieces from. I forgot to take a photo when I first started. I was trying to have one panel darker browns with a touch of Crackling Campfire Distress ink and the other lighter also with the Crackling Campfire (it is an awesome color). All this made two Arthurs.
So basically you cut out all the pieces and start gluing them on the base. They have a really nice system with the dies all labeled to help. It is kind of like doing a puzzle and not hard. I was so happy doing it but now I have Arthur back. That would be not paying attention to my posture and hunching over working away. My back is out of sorts a little.
The branch is also part of the die set and is just the two pieces.
Here are the two Arthurs. Yes they look alot alike but you have to keep the first one.