Monday, October 29, 2012

Crackle Leaves

 I added a Frame Die Cut to a white card base and then pieced tiles back in. Makes for a pretty pretty quick card background, you can do less or more when it comes to colors and piecing tiles back in.
 I woke up the leaves with a little Copic coloring. Total color time about ten minutes. 
 I added Crackle Accents only some of the leaves. Here it is still wet in this picture. 
Here the Crackle Accents has dried and also CRACKED! I used Perfect Layers Rulers to add all the layers to the image. Finished card size is an A2.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

 In the mood to color? Create your own DP and get lost in your Copics! I stamped this image, Acorns and Sweetgum multiple times on Neenah Classic Crest Natural White (ivory) using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Below, I stepped out the coloring process for you to see. 
 On the Acorns I used E71 and E77. On the leaves YG97, YG93 and YR23. YR 23 I used over the greens to blends the yellow and greens all together. 
 In this picture I used the greys on the tops of the acorns. E23 and E27 were used on the Sweet Gum balls and the branches. I used the 0 Blender to remove a little color in the sweet gum balls. 
 Filling in the remaining leaves... E09, YR18, Y28 and YR23.
I stamped the sentiment, Happy Thanksgiving, and cut it out with Spellbinder's Labes 25. I left the image in the die and airbrushed lightly around the edges. I also airbrushed around the edges of the colored panel. Finished card is 4 1/4" x 5".

Monday, October 22, 2012

Spooky Tree

Check out the Prickley Pear Blog today to see what new stuff is posted for this week!
 I had to ink this up before Halloween passed us by... look at all those cutie little black cats at the bottom of the tree!!! This is called Owl and Cat Tree, and makes for a fun and easy card with some quick coloring and airbrushing/brayering.
 I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black. I cut it our with the smallest circle in Spellbinder's Grand Circles Set. I cut a circle from Eclipse Tape and put it down to mask for a moon. After I cut out the circle I left the image in the die and airbrushed several layers of color. Copics used shown in the above picture. 
 After airbrushing... I removed the moon mask. I used the 0 Blender Pen to remove the color in the eyes of all the owls and cats. I used C7 to darken the tree trunk and ground. I colored all the little owls in grey and browns.
 I added a fun little sentiment on the inside of the card.
I added a fun little silk bow on the top and some adhesive gems around the outside. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Indian Corn

Today the Design Team for Serendipity Stamps is showing off Thanksgiving stamps...and some ideas about how you can use them for Dinner Invites or Place Cards for your table.
Check out what the Team came up with today:
Amy -  Miriam - Jeanne -  Helen - Cathy - Pauline

 If I'm going to be doing multiples of something, I keep it pretty simple. So I did just that with the one panel invite  and place card below. I didn't bother making up an mock invitation on the backside of the panel... my friends would just laugh, laugh and laugh at the idea of me cooking for Thanksgiving. I used the Large Indian Corn image for the invite panel and the Small Indian Corn for a coordinating place card.

 I used E97 on the Bittersweet Flowers. The rest of the colors shown I mixed up on the corn husks. 
These colors are all on the corn cob.

Monday, October 15, 2012

O' Holy Night

Monday means a post for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.
Check the Prickley Pear Blog for more inspiration!
 A little Copic Airbrushing or or sponging with ink makes for an easy and striking card. I've seen lots of nativity scene stamps, but typically they are larger sized. I don't think I've ever seen a smaller sized nativity image like this from PPRS.
 I stamped the image in Memento Teal Zeal ink on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. I cut out the image with Spellbinder's Labels 27, the O Holy Night is cut out with Spellbinder's Fancy Framed Labels Two. I left the stamped images in the dies as I airbrushed a little BG53 around the edges. You could certainly sponge some ink around the edges to achieve the same effect.
Wanted to share a quick tip.... I glue my bows and embellishments on most often with Ultimate Glue, my absolute favorite glue. Some ribbons, especially sheer ribbons, don't like to grab on and stick immediately. So I use Reverse Tweezers as a clamp to keep it firmly in place as the glue sets.
You can see I added piercing around the edges of the nativity scene label. I added the piercing before I removed it from the die... using the edge f the die as a guide to keep my piercing straight. I added several more layers using Spellbinder's Decorative Labels Twenty-seven, love how all of the dies in this set are different designs and coordinate with the Labels Twenty-seven.
On the inside I added a few leftover strips of my cardstock. A few snowflake die cuts added on the inside too.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Autumn Front Porch

Had fun coloring this one! This is an image from MFT's set Front Porch.
I taped two nesties, Labels 26, together to create the frame.
Here I started with the E40's on the porch.
Pumpkins E47, YR27, YR12 and YR24 
Corn Stalks Y28 and Y32
Sky YR00 and YR0000
Mums Y11, YR23, YR27 and YR14
Planters W4 and W1
Bushes and Trees... In the trees I added Y17 and YR12 to add some fall color.
Grass... Just added some fill in greens and then used the fur technique with Copic Blending Solution to add a little texture.
Here's an up close of the finished card. I popped up the frame over the image. I also hand cut the grey layer around Labels 26.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Black Cats Rock!

Monday means a new card for Prickley Pear Stamps. 
Check out what's new up on the Prickley Pear Blog
Prickley Pear is welcoming a brand new Design Team this week!
Yes...another Halloween card. I can't resist the images with little black cats!  
 I stamped the image Cat and Pumpkin using Memento Tuxedo Black. Here are the colors I used. I used the YG63 adding just a touch of color in the eyes. My favorite pumpkin color combo is YR18,15 and12... but the paper I was using on the card is a darker orange so I changed up and went with YR27 and YR24. You can see I roughed up the edges of the image after I colored it.
 I used Perfect Layers Rulers to add a 1/16th Border around the image. I hand cut the fishtail banner and added the notebook edge die down the left side. After I added the panel to the card, I added a layer of Crackle Accents.
 Here is a pic of the front after it dried and cracked.
On the inside I added the Black Cats Prowl sentiment. 
The little border under the sentiment is the negative piece from the Notebook Edge Die.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

World Card Making Day Bloghop with OWH

You can hop all day long for some great eye candy! 
When leave here you can click HERE to go right to the beginning of the HOP!
The blog hop theme was to make wintry cards (holiday themed secular/religious, or other OWH-themes with a winter feel) based on a sketch. I used an older sketch from Mojo Monday. 
If you are not familiar with Operation Write Home, you can go to their main page and read all about what a fantastic organization it is to make cards for.

I used an old favorite image, Holly Chickadee, from Impression Obsession. This little chickadee is a quick color if you are doing multiple cards for the holidays. 
Here are the Copics I used to color the image. I stamped on Curious Cryogen Paper, so it has a little shimmer in person. 
Here's an up close view. I gently curved the sentiment with my fingers and then used Dimensional Silicone to pop it up. When the silicone dries, it will keep the bend in place. I used Perfect Layer Rulers for all the straight line layers.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

It's a Party with IO today!

It's a party! That is the theme for the Impression Obsession Design Team today! Of course you can play along with us and have a chance to grab a $25 Gift Certificate to shop at IO! Check out all the challenge rules and how to play along on the IO Blog
Check out what the ladies are showing off:
So I went Halloween in theme... because I can't seem to stop using the Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor paper. I'm down to scraps so if your totally over it, then the end is near! This is a great stamp "Trick or Treat Birdhouse" that has been around a good while from Impression Obsession and some how I never added it to my cat collection of images until just recently! So I stepped out the card in the below pictures. 
 I used Spellbinder's Fluer de Lis Rectangles to cut out the image. I added my background shading first. You can see I'm not always neat and my color goes in to my image in areas, no biggie, darker color is going to cover it up. When I do color in the background, I always keep my strokes going in the same direction, on this image all of my strokes were vertical. 
 Here are the remaining colors I used to complete the image. There is the tiniest bit of green in the cat's eye... in case you were looking for where the green marker is used! The leaves were a combination of YR27, YR24 and YR23.
 I wanted to layer a frame over the image. So I used the exact same die and cut it out of black card stock. The inside of the rectangle does not cut out using the die. I just used an Xacto Knife to cut around the inner edges and popped the inside out. It is very easy to cut against the metal edge of the die, giving you nice clean cut lines. 
 I used the black frame as an over lay on top of the image. I offset it just a tad so you could see a white shadow.
 Now the party part of the challenge. I computer generated a little faux party invite and made a little pocket to tuck it in to on the inside of the card. I used MFT's Fancy Flourish die as a little accent.
Here's a finished up close look. I added Crackle Accents over the cat eye and the Pumpkin. I'm totally addicted to the crackle! A few little small adhesive gems around the frame. I popped the image up with foam tape... and somehow I forgot to add a bow!!! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Friendly Ghostie!

Today the Design Team for Serendipity Stamps is showing of all types of projects from the Scor-pal's Project Listing. Not familiar with the list of projects with pictures and instructions? Then you must check it out and you can use this LINK.

ALSO a PRIZE is up for grabs... you can win a Scor-It Board if you hop around and leave a comment for the Design Team today. A random comment from one of our posts will be chosen. 

Serendipity SALE! 
This week’s sale at Serendipity is Free Shipping on US orders over $10. 
Sale goes from Oct 3rd through Oct 10th.

Check out what projects the DT came up with today:
Amy -  Miriam - Jeanne - Sue - Helen - Cathy - Pauline
 So I decided to make a Joy Fold Card for today. Would you believe I have never made one before? I'm sure instructions are on the Scor-Pal site, but I used Beate's Joy Fold Tutorial, which was very easy to follow. I did change up the sizes a little bit from Beate's instructions, but the basics are all there. I am going to have declare Echo Park's Chillingsworth Manor 6x6 pad as my most favorite Halloween paper! I'm getting down to only bits and pieces of scraps!
 I stamped the ghost image and cut it out with Spellbinder's Labels Twenty. I used Eclipse Tape to mask the ghost and lamp, while I airbrushed some green around the edges. I hand cut the black outer layer. 
 Here are the Copics I used to finish it up. On the ghost I added a little color using BG70 and T1... but it doesn't really show in the pic. 
 I stamped the CUTE little spider on the small center flap and just added some quick color with the Copics shown.
 You can see how the spider center panel adheres to the card in the above picture.
 I tried to take a picture of how it folds up. It's an EASY and fun folded card. The top flap tucks under the top edge of the circle/button. I punched three black 1" circles and glued them together, adding the button on top... I made it stronger with the three circle layers so that it would not get bent back easily with the opening and tucking under. 
A fun little loopy bow with Bakers twine on top of the button and some Crackle Accents (it has not dried and cracked yet) on top of the pumpkin and lamp post.