Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Bouquet of Wishes

Inspired by an embossed resist technique I learned about from Split Coast Stampers, I decided to give it a try with one of the French dictionary pages I was given earlier this year.  I applied gesso to one side and was prepared to stamp over the gesso.  But it was so opaque that none of the text was visible – which was supposed to be part of the design.  So I turned it over and used the other side instead . . .

 The problem is that the gesso-covered text was now visible from the other side.  I decided to regard it as texture and went ahead anyway.  I stamped the lilies and clear embossed.  Then I sponged over them with the three colors of Distress inks.  I like the results but I'm going to repeat this method without the gesso and see if I can keep the text visible on one side only.

Cardstock:   Generic Orchid, Cream, French dictionary page
Stamps:        Hero Lily Silhouette, Too Much Fun “A bouquet of wishes…”
Inks:               VersaMark, Distress Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans,
                           Tumbled Glass, Brushed Corduroy
Emb Powder:   Ranger Super Fine Detail Clear
Dies:              Tim Holtz Tattered Banners, Memory Box Grove Branch
Doo Dads:    Bonnie’s Best Metal Corners Cutout Bright Antique
                           Copper, Craf-T Products Copper Rub-Ons,
                           Ivory jute

Monday, April 13, 2015


Still dipping into the wonderful stash of lovely papers I was gifted with early this year . . .

Pictured are a velvety pinwale ribbed green wallpaper sample, a French dictionary page, and a piece of Asian washi paper.  The last two papers are quite thin, so they were adhered to cardstock before die cutting for added strength and subtle dimension.

Now I'm going back to the same stash to find more lovely papers to play with!  Much more to come for sure . . .

Cardstock:   Marcos Coventry Rag #140 White, various wallpaper
                           samples, French dictionary page
Stamps:        Printworks “Celebrate”
Inks:              Distress Old Paper, Dusty Concord, ColorBox Gold
Emb Powder:  Ranger Detail Gold
Dies:              Spellbinders Labels Eight, Cheery Lynn Tiny Flower Kit
Doo Dads:    Tulip  Hot Fix Jewels Gold

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thank You

Jim and Lynn, our wonderful neighbors, gifted me with an extraordinary variety of lovely papers – everything from Asian text on very old  tissue, to wallpaper samples, to a lovely handmade Indian piece.  These are not new and they all look like they have some real history attached to them.  Naturally I had to put a card together with a couple of them right away . . .

The two papers used on this card are wallpaper samples and they have a soft feel but still with a very sturdy heft to them – just right for layering.  I don't normally use very many pre-printed papers, but I will happily make an exception with these.  I'm keeping them within arms' reach of my worktable and am so looking forward to finding creative ways to use them . . . stay tuned for future looks!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Light Sand, Generic wallpaper samples
Stamps:        Stampin’ Up “Thank you”
Inks:               Distress Brushed Corduroy
Emb Powder:   Vippies Transcendence
Punches:      Marvy Scalloped Rectangles
Doo Dads:    Oriental Trading Distressed Opaque Adhesive Jewels,
                           Tulip Hot Fix Brass nail heads

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Reunions of Tomorrow

For this stunning sentiment, I wanted to keep the layout very simple . . .

  . . . a watercolor wash in three misty colors, sparkly white embossed vellum, and a few crystal stars comprised most of the artwork.  Although many have had trouble with vellum warping when it's embossed, I'm happy to report that Stampin' Up's brand of vellum gave me no trouble at all. 

I do follow the prevailing advice, however:  let the heat gun warm up for about 10 seconds before aiming at the embossing powder.  This will keep the vellum's contact with the high heat to a minimum and reduce the chances of warping.

Cardstock:   Generic Textured White, Stampin’ Up Vellum
Stamps:        Wordsworth “Christ has made . . .”, Outlines Star
Inks:               ColorBox Frost White
Emb Powder:   Judikins White Diamonds
Watercolors:    Gansai Tambi Purple, Blue, Cornflower Blue
Doo Dads:    Pilot Silver Marker, Stamp Oasis Heat & Stick Powder,
                           Past Time Stamps Ultra Fine Glitter, EK Success
                           Cross punch

Thursday, April 2, 2015

I Am The Way

There is no greater event in the history of the universe.  He is risen indeed . . .
                         glorify Him!

I was hoping that the shape of the text layer would suggest a crown.  Having a nail head gem over it seemed especially appropriate for this card . . .

Cardstock:   Bazzill Pauly Poo, The Paper Cut Watercolor paper
Stamps:        Art Impressions Wispy Background, Stamp Magic
                           “I am the Way”, The Artful Stamper Cross Silhouette
Inks:               Kaleidacolor Calypso, ColorBox Black, Distress Wild Honey
Emb Powder:   WOW Black Puff, Ranger Super Fine Clear
Dies:              Lil Inkers Stitched Mats Rectangles, DieNamics Accent It:
                           Labels and Tags
Doo Dads:    Gold nailhead  gem

Monday, March 30, 2015

Special Day

This card uses two of my current favorite techniques:  color sprays for quick backgrounds, and UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) applied without using ink . . .

I love using sprays because they always turn out beautifully and you never know exactly what you're going to get – which adds to the excitement!

As for UTEE, I like to take the merest pinch of the coarse powder granules and drop them at random on the cardstock.  Heat from beneath to avoid scattering them.  The result is subtle and very artistic.  Of course, it may be so subtle that the camera won't pick it up, but in real life, trust me – it's quite lovely.

In keeping with the owl image on the card front, the message inside reads, "Older, wiser, and better in every way."  Which describes my friend since junior high to perfection!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Cinder, Unknown Lilac, Paper Cut Watercolor paper
Stamps:        Unity Older, Wiser, Better Owl, Lost Coast “Happy Birthday”,
                           Simon Says Sketchy Banner Greetings “wishes for your
                           special day”
Inks:               Stamp Zia Color Wash Jewels Amethyst, Citron, Obsidian,
                           Memories Soft Stone, ColorBox Frost White, Perfect Pearls
                           Pearl Mist, Wink of Stella Clear
Emb Powder:  Judikins Detail White, Ranger Liquid Platinum, Suze
                              Weinberg UTEE Violet, Platinum
Dies:              Impression Obsession Bare Branch , Simon Says
                           Sketchy Banner
Doo Dads:    1/8” corner rounder, Pro Art White glitter

Thursday, March 26, 2015

So Thoughtful

Amy of Amy's Magic has been absent from the circuit for the last few years and has hugely been missed.  Recovery from a car accident has taken some time, but she's busy at the drawing board and assures us that she will soon be back on track.  YAY!

Recently, I made her a card which featured a lovely stamp I bought at her booth in 2007:

It's called "Lydia's Flower" and I decided to turn it into a wall hanging.  I put it behind an embossed pot holding a twiggy plant and bordered it with what looks like a hand woven
fabric panel.  Wish my own living room looked this nice:

Cardstock:   Marcos Jute, Bazzill Kisses
Stamps:        Amy’s Magic Lydia’s Flower, Stampers Anonymous
                           Dotted Border, Hero's "So thoughtful"
Inks:               ColorBox Frost White, Wink of Stella Clear
Emb Powder:   Judikins Opaque White
Dies:              Quickutz Vases, Spellbinders Classic Squares Small,
                           Impression Obsession Bare Branch, Impression
                           Obsession Mini Rectangle Tags 1
Watercolors: Peerless Blood Red, Arbutis Pink
Emb Folder:  Quickutz Sketchbook, Cuttlebug Mesh
Doo Dads:     May Arts Jute cord