June 29, 2015

Dancing dolphins

lawn fawn critters of the sea

When I saw this card (video) on the Lawn Fawn youtube channel, I wanted to do something similar. Flipping through my stamp sets I found the Critters in the sea and thought to myself how beautiful would it be to have dancing dolphins in the moonlight! I searched the internet for some images as my inspiration. I wasn’t sure how well I would be able to execute my idea but definitely wanted to give it a try; and let’s just say I’m so pleased with my work Smile

I used the idea from the video to use a contact paper as the mask. So I cut out a circle using my nestabilities. Adhered it to watercolor cardstock. Also ut out a rectangle and masked the water. Then went to town with Broken China, Faded jeans and Chipped Sapphire distress inks. Sponged them to create the night sky. After the sky, removed the mask for water and now masked the sky. Using distress inks to watercolor created the water. The inks used were chipped sapphire and dusty concord. Some of the color seeped through the mask (yes the video mentions that the contact paper is not a good enough mask for water coloring). So I created some tree silhouettes to cover that up. Once the water was done, removed the mask for the moon. Using weathered wood watercolored here and there for the moon. The dolphins were stamped on watercolor paper and watercolored using weathered wood. Created the splashes and the stars using a white gel pen. Must say that the gel pen doesn’t do a very good job on a watercolor paper. Or maybe mine is just too old.

  • Stamps: Lawn Fawn Critters in the sea
  • Watercolor paper, Distress inks, White gel pen, memento tuxedo black ink

June 8, 2015

Flip flop till you drop

Lawn Fawn Life is good

Oh when this stamp set was released and I saw the samples I was drooling over it! So when I got the first chance to buy a stamp set  purchased this and you know what? Every time I wanted to make a card using this set, I would be totally stumped. Just didn’t know what to do with it. Finally a few months later I resolved that I must use this set and I’m glad that I did. For I really like this card!

I sponged the base cardstock with tumbled glass. On a separate piece of cardstock I stamped the castle. Then I masked the castle and stamped the dunes. Colored the castle and the dunes. Cut it out and glued it to the base. The pail, flip flops and shells were acolored, cut out and then glued. The sentiment is printed on the cardstock. I wanted to make a birthday card using this set but none of the sentiments in the set were what I was looking for so I made my own. The castle and the dunes are sponged using distress inks – since I didn’t have copics in this color. The rest are colored in copic. Added some stickles to the castle.

Lawn fawn life is good

  • Stamps: Lawn Fawn Life is Good
  • Paper: Papertrey Ink and Crafter’s companion
  • Copic Ciao markers, Stickles, Distress Inks.

June 1, 2015

Hope your birthday is a blast!

Technique Tuesday out of this world, Spectrum noir markers

This was also an image that was in my stash of colored images! I sponged the background using distress inks – Broken China, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire. I really like the color of Chipped Sapphire! The stars are doodled using a silver gel pen and the sentiment is embossed in white embossing powder.

  • Stamps: Technique Tuesday Out of this world
  • Paper: Papertrey Ink and Crafter’s Companion
  • White embossing powder, Spectrum Noir Markers, Silver gel pen, Distress inks

May 25, 2015

May your life grow…

Hero Arts Blossom Art, My Sentiments Exactly Anniversary sentiments

There are times when I just feel like coloring something. So I would stamp a few images and color them with no specific card/goal in mind. I’d collected a few such images and decided it was time to give them some meaning. I was quite surprised at how this card came together! Initially I’d these 4 colored flowers which had no coordination between their colors and I was totally at a loss on how to use them; but slowly and gradually things started falling in place. When the card was completed I loved it! Absolutely loved it!

Look at those touches with a gold gel pen! They look gorgeous! And those flourishes in the background? They added such a neat effect. I drew a border with a gold gel pen and embossed the sentiment in gold embossing powder.

Hero Arts Blossom Art, My Sentiments Exactly Anniversary sentiments

  • Stamps: Hero Arts Blossom Art, My Sentiments Exactly Anniversary Sentiments
  • Paper: Papertrey Ink and Crafter’s Companion
  • Spectrum Noir Markers, Gold gel pen, Gold embossing powder, Versamark ink

May 18, 2015

Stained glass look

knk zing, stained glass

I used the same stencil pattern as I did here. Instead of using a blade, I used a sharpie marker to draw with my Zing on acetate cardstock. Then colored on the back of the acetate with various sharpie/bic markers. I die cut the window using Nestabilities. The panel is adhered on foam tape to the base cardstock.

  • Stamps: Stampendous Birthday sentiments
  • Papertrey Ink cardstock, sharpie/bic markers, Swiss dots embossing folder, knk zing

May 11, 2015

Bold and Beautiful

Hero arts Blossom Art, Copics

I love bold and bright colors. So when I saw this card from Sandy Allnock, I wanted to make something similar. Lucky for me, my small stash of copic markers had just arrived and I knew the perfect stamp set for this. The background is done using Bic marker since I didn’t have a copic in that color. I love how this card turned out. What I learnt from Sandy’s card is – don’t be afraid to use two totally different colors together. In fact that’s what is the beauty of this card.Love it! Thanks Sandy!

  • Stamps: Hero Arts Blossom Art
  • Papertrey Ink Cardstock, Copic Ciao markers

May 4, 2015

Foiling with printer and iron

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Foiling is all the rage these days and for good reason! Not only is it fun doing it but the results produced make you feel so smug Smile For the above card, the scrolls were foiled using some adhesive designs from clearsnap. You apply the design like a double sided tape, put the foil on top and rub on it (like rubons). For the sentiment, I printed it on a laser printer and then used my iron on the wool setting. Now this took some trial and error before I got it right. Cotton setting was too hot and the nylon setting too cold for it. So I would suggest that you print out some small star or other design in multiple copies on your paper and then try with different settings. Now when I did this, I was too confident! How could anything go wrong. So I just started with my original design and ended up wasting so much of my foil Sad smile that towards the end I was worried I wouldn’t have any when I finally got it right!!

I did another card:

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The setup that worked for me:

  1. lay your heat resistant craft sheet on the table ( I use the ranger’s craft sheet).
  2. Put your cardstock with laser printed design on it.
  3. Put your foil the shiny side up on top of the cardstock.
  4. Now iron on top of the foil.
  5. Regarding how long you need to iron – that too is trial and error. I did for around 40-60 seconds I think.

A close up of the first card

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As you can see it may not be perfect but the flaws are not so obvious. For the effort it takes and the results it produces, I think it is totally worth it!

  • Papertrey ink cardstock, Thermo web deco foil, Clearsnap adhesive design