I made this card for my brother for his birthday in January.
For my card I inked up the background with Distress Ink. I stamped the notes with a little wood mount note stamp I have. The greeting is from Hero Arts set Many Birthday Messages (CL611). The musical notes are cut out with a die from Memory Box called Fancy Music Border. The guitar I cut out with my Cameo once using black paper and once using white paper. I really like how it turned out.
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
This is the results of the four cards I entered at this years Alameda County Fair. I did win some money but it is all really for the fun of doing it.
It is that time of year again for our county fair. It is the Alameda County Fair and it starts in just under a month. Kind of fun this year they are having a cattle drive down the main street of the town where the fairgrounds are. Let me just say I do not live in a rural area. This is the first time they are doing this and I want to go check this out.
So last year my son suggested that I enter some of my cards at the fair so I entered two last year. This year I got more ambitious and entered four. I picked 4th of July, Sympathy, Birthday, and a Thank You card. At the same time as I was creating the cards starting about 2 weeks ahead of time the OCC Sparkle and Shine class was going on so there was a tiny bit of overlap but also it took a lot of my time to come up with so many cards in a short period of time. And.. I only did 2 days of the 6 days of classes. You know when they are going to be on display at the fair you have to be more picky. So you know how that goes. Try something it doesn’t look right, sleep on it, try another combination of things and on it goes. Finally you get them done.
Here they are all together.
And here we go with the details on each card.
I created the watercolor background some time back and finally put it to use. I stamped the flowers using Hero Arts stamp Blooming Meadow (CG171). I die cut the scalloped oval with a Spellbinders die Big Scalloped Ovals (S4-251). The tree is cut with Memory Box die Small Alder Tree (98792). The greeting is from a somewhat new set to me by Altenew called Painted Greetings.
This one took several passes before I got the look I liked. Seems like a simple card but it took a bit to get there. The background is Neenah Desert Storm paper which I was waiting for from a recent order from Simon Says Stamp. I have not had any of it before. The fireworks are stamped and heat embossed with Hero Arts stamp Fireworks (D5999)(strange name ha). I used Ranger Red Tinsel embossing powder which has some glitter in it but it doesn’t show to much in the photo. The sentiment is heat embossed using a Hero Arts stamp from the set Celebrate Everyday (CL498). The stars is a die from Simon Says Stamp called Star Parade (S227). I cut it out three times from a paper pad by Authentique. The die cuts the outline and the stars/partial stars. So I laid them all out and put various patterns back in.
This was a fun one! I just got this die set that cuts the card back and front, the heart panel and hearts and the thank you. This is a card that worked for the OCC class Sparkle and Shine and for the fair. So you cut out the back and front at once from a long piece of paper. The die is by Sizzix/Stephanie Bardnard called Thank You Drop-in. Then I cut out the white panel with the hearts. I also used that panel part to cut out some colorful hearts from the Lawn Fawn plaid paper pad. I glued the hearts back in some of the open spots. The Thank You is where the OCC Sparkle and Shine came in. The first day was all about glitter. I used some glitter paper with the ultra fine glitter on it already. It was white so I colored with Copics to match my card and cut the Thank You out with the die that comes with the set.
And here is the last but not least. As you can see it’s a floral birthday card which is one of my favorites to make. For the background I used an embossed white piece of paper from a DCWV paper pad I got on sale. I inked over it with some Quick Quotes ink. I love this ink for when you are looking for a more subtle chalky look. The panel behind the flowers is cut with a Lawn Fawn die Stitched Journaling Card. The flowers and leaves are from a brand new set to me from WPlus9. Actually they are from 2 sets Modern Peonies and Modern Anemones. I heat embossed all the leaves and flowers on watercolor paper using brass embossing powder. I then painted them in with Oxide inks that I put down on my mat and watered down and also did some mixing them together. I used Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint. I also did fussy cutting and the largest flower is raised using foam tape. The sentiment is from a somewhat new set to me also by Altenew called Painted Greetings using the same brass embossing powder and heat embossing.
This is a pretty lengthy post wouldn’t you say. If you read all the way to the bottom or skimmed to the bottom.. let me know which card you like best.
Finally getting one in for Merry Monday. The theme this week is clean and simple. Not so easy for me.
Background – Gold Delicata pigment ink & Hero Arts stencil Long Leaves (SA062).
Poinsettia and Leaves – Memory Box die Blooming Poinsettia & Metallic Rub-On accent. Tiny ball things by Recollections for center of flower.
Sentiment – Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880) embossed with PSX gold powder. I actually meant to use a different one.
I decided to make another one but I did not submit this card because it is to similar to my other card.
Background – Gold Delicata pigment ink & The Crafters Workshop stencil Mini Capricious.
Poinsettia and Leaves – I used more of a burgundy paper for this one. I like the red on the other card better. Memory Box die Blooming Poinsettia & Metallic Rub-On accent. Tiny ball things by Recollections for center of flower.
Sentiment – Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880) embossed with PSX gold embossing powder which is not what I meant to use. Oh well.
Here’s a card I made for my male cousin. The background paper is from a Bo Bunny 6X6 pad called Camp-a-lot. It obviously by the name is outdoor type theme. It is a good one for male cards. The next layer is embossed with a Tim Holtz folder called woodgrain. The tree is a die cut by Memory Box – Small Alder Tree. The owl is a stamp from Hobby Lobby. I heat embossed the owl with brown powder on a piece of balsa wood. The balsa wood was cut out with a Spellbinders die Curved Rectangles (S5-006). I then colored in the owl with Copics. The sentiment banner is Spellbinders die Ribbon Banners (S4-324). The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp More Sketchy Banner Greetings set. The embossing powder by Sparkle N Sprinkle is called white but is really more of a winter white which is what I was going for. The photo is a bit washed out but the card has been mailed so here it is.