Friday, November 9, 2012

OnLineCardClasses - Holiday Card Workshop

Day 7

Loved the trees stamp used in class today, but, alas, I do not own it, so i improvised with a sort-of-blackened-sort-of-reversed-stamp... lol...

OnLineCardClasses - Holiday Card Workshop

Day 6

Loved the Stained Glass Technique today, and sooo easy to do... stamp, color with Tim Holtz Distress Markers, spritz with water to make colors blend. giving it a watercolor effect, then I added Glossy Accents to make it look like glass...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

OnLineCardClasses - Holiday Card Workshop

Day 5 - Perfect Pearls Resist

This was the easiest technique ever!!!. Embossed forest green card stock,  sprayed with Glimmer Mist after embossing, Attached shimmer ribbon. On grey card stock, clear embossed sentiment. Mixed Perfect Pearls Paint as Kristina did in the OnLine Card Class Holiday Card Workshop on Day 5. "Painted" the sentiment. Cut out tree, attached with foam squares, glued snowflake on top of tree... done!!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

OnLineCardClasses - Holiday Card Workshop

Day 2 - Background Stamps

Stamped a Christmasy background stamp with Distress Seasonal Inks - Winter, cut apart the image, arranged on silver card stock and adhered to white card. Stamped and embossed a few snowflakes on velum, cut out and adhered to card. Needed some more snowflakes, embossed onto the card after masking off areas. Tied with Silver Bakers Twine and attached snowflake brad to secure on card.

Have lots more cut-up background to use on more cards.... each one will be different too cuz of the way I cut the paper... yay, but that was the whole idea of Day two's lesson...

OnLineCardClasses - Holiday Card Workshop

Day 1 - Masking, Cheat Sheets,  Mass-Producing Cards

Played around with masking and cheat sheet...  I wanted to use my Dylusion Holly Stamp and Dylusion Inks on a Christmas Card. So I masked off the sentiment area, stamped the holly onto the card. I used a water pen filled with Fresh Line Dylusion Ink to color the leaves, and a Copic Red for the berries. I then used Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to color the background, as I wanted a vintage look.

I like how easy it is to make lots of cards using this simple technique

Sunday, November 4, 2012

OnLineCardClasses - Holiday Card Workshop

Day 4...  Thought I would try the shadow/blending technique again.  I used regular smooth white card stock and thought the results were a better blend. I could actually see the ink blending and moving around on the paper.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

OnLineCardClasses - Holiday Card Workshop

Holiday Card Workshop - Day 4

Day 4 was a very informative day, learning the techniques of blending and shadowing.  I just loved how Sandy Allnock shadowed around a Santy face and made his beard POP, so I thought  I would try that.... I am NOT good at blending as she did, I just could not get the hang of it, but I know it takes practice. But I do like the results of this attempt of many I did, although it is not the correct way that she showed...

OnLineCardClass - Holiday Card Workshop

Day 3: Faux Fresco

This technique is absolutely fabulous!!! I love the subtle colors and the look the gesso imparts.  Julie Ebersole created a wonderful card on Day 3 of the Online Card Classes - Holiday Card Workshop that I just had to try... It just speaks vintage!!

I used Bazzill card stock for the card.  Using the Sizzix ThankFul embossing envelop, I embossed a off-white paper. Following Julie's technique, I used three Copic markers to highlight the embossed words. I first applied Distress Stains White Picket Fence over the embossing, as Julie did, but I was not satisfied with the results... the Copic colors were too prevalent, so I used white gesso to cover the whole embossing. Still not satisfied, I took the White Picket Fence Distress Stain and dabbled it on the spots that were too full of color. Finally I achieved the results I wanted.  I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to edge the embossing for a more vintage look.  I then made a flower from Core-dinations stock using Tim Holtz's Pinecone die, adding its die cut branch and a leaf. I wrapped the face of the card with  sage colored Twine, embossed the sentiment in white, then mounted it with foam squares.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Playing with New TH Stamps n Stains...

I just lover Sage and Marmalade together and decided to add the new Metallic Bronze Stain for the background then had to play with my new Tim Stamps...  colored the leaves with TH markers, added some Vintage Photo around the edges, stained the ribbon with the same stains as the background... I lover Fall and all it's colors... a Feast for my Eyes...

Monday, September 24, 2012

CC101 September Challenge

"Rock Candy Distress Stickles w/ Embossed Background" 

I created the background by making sprays using the Seasonal Distress Fall Pallet, adding Perfect Pearls Copper to each bottle.   I embossed the tag with Tim's Branch Tree Textured  Fades Embossing Folder,  highlighting it using Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad, then covered the tree with Distress Rock Candy Stickles. Wrapping the tag with a natural and copper twine, I added a flower made from Tim's Pinecone Die, and a couple of Prima flowers. Cutting a flower apart, I used three petals for leaves, then sprayed all with the three colors in the Fall Distress Pallet. The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark and embossed with copper embossing powder...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

CC101 July Bonus Challenge - Seasonal Distress Pallet


Inked a watercolor tag with the three inks in the Winter Seasonal Distress Ink Pads, sprayed with water to blend for the background. Stamped in Black Archival Ink, the trees and Sentiment. Added snowflakes with Archival Brilliance Moonlight White Pigment Ink.

CC101 July Bonus Challenge - Seasonal Distress Pallet


Inked a watercolor tag with the three inks in the Seasonal Distress Winter Pallet. Sprayed water to blend, then Spritzed and Flicked more water for a droplet effect. Traced the Snowman and words from a metal die... added white flock to the Snowman and Red Sticklers along with Platinum Stickers for accents. His carrot nose is Orange Sticklers.

CC101 July Bonus Challenge - Seasonal Distress Pallet Line


I made sprays from the re-inkers in this Seasonal Distress line, and added Copper Perfect Pearls for a subtle shimmer effect for the background colors.  I then sprayed each color onto the craft mat, using a paint brush, I painted the flowers. The trim is gold foil tape.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Stretch Your Stamps OnLine Card Class, Day 11

Day 11
Reverse Stamps

I haven't given much thought to Reverse Stamps as I have always viewed them as dark, but after today's class... watch out!!!  I only have a few and this is the only big one I own. While it is not as detailed as the one demo'd in class, it did give me a chance to play around...

I used regular Crayola Pencils to color this, blending several colors

I used Copic Markers on this, blending several colors and also using the Blending Pen. I stamped this on textured card stock which gave a different backgound look

I used the Crayola Pencils again and decided to mix it up. I think the sunflowers look more like Gerbera Daisies now...

I  mounted each panel on CoreOrdinations 4x6 Paper that I embossed with various folders. Wanting to keep the dark tone going, I then applied each to black card stock. Since I choose black, I put a tag inside each card for a hand written note.

Sorry about this blurry pic, but you get the idea...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Stretch Your Stamps OnLine Card Class Day 10

Day 10

Border Stamps:

Dylusions sprays meet CTMH Sentiments!!!

I sprayed white card stock with Dylusions Spray Inks, used a stencil which I sprayed with water to remove some of the ink leaving a subtle pattern in the background.  Stamped 4 Dyan Reaveley Border Stamps on the page. I used 4 sentiment stamps from CTMH to create the message.  Distress Markers for coloring and White gel pen for all the highlighting...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Stretch Your Stamps OnLine Card Class Day 7 card 2

Card #2

Organic Repeat Stamping and Blender Pen Coloring

Repeatedly stamped the sunflower stamp with Distress Scattered Straw Ink Pad. Used an H2O blending Pen to blend the colors. I smudged some Scattered Straw onto my kraft sheet to add more color and for shading. Using a label stamp, i embossed in white and added the sentiment in white also. Punched two holes, wrapped bakers twine around card and tied into bow.

To finish the front of the card, I scored every 1/4 on an angle half way down the card, but not on the sunflowers, to give the appearance of them being in front.

Stretch Your Stamps OnLine Card Class Day 9

Day #9

Embossing on Patterned Paper:

I embossed with copper embossing powered,  three houses on three different patterned papers. I used pewter embossing powered for the street light on patterned paper that had gold bursts which I used inside the top bulb on the lamp post. I laid out the houses using a different level for each one. Before I adhered them, I stamped the trees, colored with Copic pens, using the blending pen to soften the colors. I used Distress Pens on the mailbox. The birdies are colored with Copic also.

I stamped the background of the sentiment on white card stock, then added part of the sentiment  on top. The rest of the sentiment is inside.

Stretch Your Stamps OnLine Card Class Day 7

Day #7

Stamping On Glitter:

Using double sided tape, I adhered one side to white card stock, the other I sprinkled with white glitter, used the flat edge of a one folder to burnish the glitter for adhesion. Stamped the sentiment and the flower design. I then cut  a window on the front, embossed black CoreOdination paper, sanded it and adhered it to the flaps created.  I extended the size of a label stamp by inking only the top and sides, stamping, then inking the bottom and sides, matching up the sides for an extending label creating a border around the opening on the front. I used tissue tape to line the inside of this border. I then glued the flaps open showing the inside message. Added a round paper clip on each side for embellishment.

I mounted the glitter sentiment to black paper, did the same technique with another stamp to extend it for a border around the glitter.

I used Sticklers to highlight the black dots on the front of the card, the inside dots and the heart

Stretch Your Stamps OnLine Card Class Day 5

Day #5

Stamping with Markers for Highlighted Words Technique

Card #1:
I used Distress Markers, Vintage and Wild Honey to color the stamp where I wanted these colors to be.  Then i used a little sunshine stamp to complete the word Sunshine. I also used sparkle gel pens to highlight the word Sunshine and color in the sun stamp.

Card #2:
For this card, I used the same sentiment, stamped a couple of sunshine stamps at the end of the word Sunshine.  I then sprayed the whole card with Dylusions Lemon Zest. I put a sunburst template, centered over the sentiment, over the entire card and sprayed with Dylusions Squeezed Orange to give that sunburst effect. I colored the suns with Distress Orange Marmalade, and finished then with an orange sparkle gel pen.

Stretch Your Stamps OnLine Card Class

Day #3

Making Personal Note Cards, masking the name technique. 

I tried sooo many times to get this where it looked half way decent. I wanted to use this curvy Alphabet cuz I just adore it, but it done NOT lend itself to this technique. i do think block letters work better. But anyways, this is one that actually showed up ok, not great.  I used gel pens to add sparkle to her name, the sun, the embossed frame (cuz you really could not see it at all) and the black dots around the flowers

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

CC101 Monthly Challenge - Rusted Enamel

I absolutely love this technique and an added bonus, is the feel of the tags afterwards... like leather!!! I faux enameled the Tim Holtz Grunge Hinges as well as the tag. I used Broken China and Vintage Photo for the background.  Old Paper, Tea Dyed and Vintage Photo were the choices for the dictionary tear-out -- Time: and related words.  Ribbon is dyed with Broken China and Vintage Photo.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Stretch Your Stamps Online Class Card #1

Today was the 1st day of Classes. Different techniques were shown for using background stamps. I chose to use two on this card... shaded ink on the hearts and watercolor for the flowers. I made an "envelope" card, scored 2 twice at 5 1/2 from top and first score, leaving an inch fold-up at the bottom. Stamped and embellished it, leaving inside blank for a personal message... and wha-la... here it is...

Friday, July 6, 2012

CC101 BONUS Challenge "Seasonal Distress Pallet" July 2012

Spring Seasonal Distress Ink Pallet...

I had alot of fun creating this.  I started with watercolor paper, spritzed it with H2O, then sprayed Seasonal Spring Distress Inks I made with re-inkers, on the paper. I dried the background each time before tapping it back onto the craft sheet for more ink. When I had the background as I wanted, I lightly spritzed with water again, just enough to blend.

Using aTemplate, from the Shaded Lilac Ink Pad, I applied the yummy purple ink with the ink blending tool. I used another template to create the yellow sunshine using Squeezed Lemonade. I applied several layers of ink to get the color I wanted. I finished with another templates using  Peacock Feathers.  While the template was still in place, I traced the image with a white gel pen and finished embellishing for the look.

The ribbon was created with the sprays of Shaded Lilac, Squeezed Lemonade and Peacock Feathers. I punched holes in the tag, wove the ribbon thru, meeting at the top left.  Using a BBQ wooden skewer to roll the ribbon,  I heat dried it while on the skewer. With it still rolled up, I curled it around itself creating the rosette.

To color the baskets, I dragged a tiny paint brush across the Shaded Lilac Ink Pad and painted onto the stamped basket image. I used Squeezed lemonade mixed with Shaded Lilac to paint the brownish color.

For the butterfly, I "inked" the stamp with all the Seasonal Spring Distress Colors, using that very tiny paint brush again, stamped it onto watercolor pper, spritzed very lightly with water to blend slightly, cut it out, edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and applied to tag.

Techniques used:
Since I challenged myself to ONLY use the Seasonal Spring Ink pads I had, and Sprays I made, and not having the Markers,  I had to modify several techniques below:

Watercolor Marker - modified using tiny paint brush, ink to craft sheet, h20 for blending
Stamping with Markers - modified- used tiny paint brush to color the stamp after swiping brush across the ink pad
Watercoloring with re-inkers - modified - used tiny paintbrush dipped into re-inker sprayed onto craft sheet to color in the templates where needed after using the blending tool
Layered Misting Technique - modified - sprayed re-inkers onto watercolor paper in several layers, added additional color via Ink blending tool from the three Distress Seasonal Spring Ink Pads
Wrinkle Free Distress - modified - heat dried tag between re-applying additional ink by tapping tag back into the droplets on craft sheet
Brushless Water Color

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Challenge #3 Pefect Splatter Distress

Created these tags using the Perfect Splatter Distress from Day 9 of the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101 Class. 

I used Copper Perfect Pearls in this tag:

I used Pewter Perfect Pearls in this tag:

Sunday, June 24, 2012

CC2C #10, Tissue Flowers

The current CC2C Challenge is using the tissue flower technique from Tim Holt's book, Compendium of Curiosities, Vol 2,  found on page 37.

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I used Dylusions Spray inks for the backgound,  TCW Template to H2O fade resist the background, Dylusion Stamps,  TM Distress Markers, Simon Says Stamp sentiment stamp, white buttons,  black and white string, and Pentel White Gel pen for highlighting.

I stamped a full sheet of white tissue paper with a TH Papillon background stamp, then cut the tissue sheet into 4X4 inch squares and followed the directions on page 37 of Tim's book. I then spritzed the flower with Dylusions inks to match.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Dabber Resist Technique, CC101 Challenge #2

Entry for CC101 Month Of May Challenge... This is our 2nd challenge for the group... Dabber Resist Technique

I used Distress Crackle for the challenge since I do not have any Paint Dabbers. I probably would have used this paint anyways because I love the look of crackle paint. I heat dried the paint to achieve the ultra fine crackle lines which are more delicate, at least for this image.  I then stained the tag using Broken China, Fired Brick and Mustard Seed, spritzed it with water a few times to blend, re-inked in some areas and spritzed water again, dabbing the color off the painted image. I then stamped the saying with Black Archival Ink. I used Vintage Photo to edge. I also used the same stains on the CTMH ribbon, and  added a few Oriental Charms to complete.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Digi Card For Mother's Day

Digi card sent to my Daughter for Mother's Day... tried to convey my thoughts...

Friday, April 27, 2012

Marbleized Stains technique

I used a piece of cream card stock to soppy up all the stains I had on my craft sheet when playing "Marbleized Stains Technique" one day. It wasn't until I ink embossed it that I actually liked it... it was too soft in color for my grungy tastes... but this little tag that almost wasn't, made a butterfly transformation and I thought the colors would be great for a baby card. So I faux patina d a little charm and voila... here is the card...