Hello! It has been a busy start to the year. I have a new job and spent a considerable amount of time organizing my craft/art area. I will post pictures and some fun solutions at some point.
The SSS February Kit came and finally on Sunday (while listening to the superbowl) I made two cards. I have to say I LOVED the designer papers this time, and the soft color palette as well. I think that the lessons for these two cards was using/fixing the mistakes you make to work though your own process and make a great card. I will explain in more detail in a couple of videos to be posted soon on my YouTube Channel.
Hi all, Happy New Year! I made a total of 40 Christmas and Holiday cards and had a lovely week away in the snow and came back ready to try some new things with the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. I have used patterned paper before but had not done a lot of perfect pearls work and I ended up loving them. I looked at a few tutorials and decided to use the perfect pearls to create the backgrounds and some sparkle.
If you have any questions don’t forget to leave me a comment. Enjoy!
If any of you are like me, there is always someone who wants or needs a gift card and they are so convenient, but not very personal. Well, I made a short how-to on creating a simple card with a little pocket inside to hold your gift cards, you can mass produce these and be all set for those possible awkward situations, where you wish you could pull a rabbit out of your hat. Enclosing the gift card in a homemade card feels much more special and like a thoughtful gift rather than a last minute grocery store purchase. With that said, enjoy!
Wow I cannot believe that I am done! I got all of my cards made and finished and mailed off this morning. I started with variations of cards that I had seen and then used different techniques in different ways. My favorite is the one featured in the Poinsettia 2 post with the inked embossed background. Now I have to move on to finishing the other holiday gift projects that I am working on. I am going to start on some wrapping paper today and then I am also creating peerless watercolor books for a couple of people on my list. Look for some pictures and maybe a video soon! I am having so much fun this year making things and also learning so much about producing the content to share with you! Here is a little Holiday card inspiration video.
OK , so I am still working on my custom christmas cards and today I wanted to use up some scraps and test pieces and had a happy accident. I threw the kraft paper and the gold poinsettias on the table with a test of a new ink from Simon Says Stamp (red Lipstick) that I just got and I loved the combination. Thus the two new cards.
I also made my first video. I learned a lot doing that! Crazy… anyhow here is the card that I made, I will post the video on You Tube as soon as I edit it and then add the link here. The background is made from inking up an embossing folder and then embossing with it and I love the look. For more cards and inspiration subscribe, I will try to offer something new and fun at least once a week if not more. Cheers
I wanted to start with a set of Holiday cards and this is the first card that I created. I thought it would be nice to create custom cards for a smaller list this year and this one is actually for my mother-in-law Gail who LOVES poinsettias.
To make this card I used the Hero Arts Poinsettia stamp for this Holiday and Copic Markers to color it in.
I used Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black to stamp the flower and leaves so that I could color them in with the topic markers and not have the ink bleed. When you start coloring color in a small area first because you are going to be using your blender to blend the colors. I will do an additional video on topic coloring soon
I used the Hero Arts poinsettia die to cut out the finished leaves and flowers, but they could also easily be cut out by hand. Once you have as many as you need you can position them where you want them to go.
I wanted to add dimension and have one of the flowers raised above the other so I added dimensional foam to the back after adhering the bottom ones and its leaves.
Next I used Versa Mark sticky ink to stamp my sentiment and used vintage gold embossing powder to heat emboss it.
You may want to add the sentiment before the flowers, totally up to you. I then had a decision to make. Did I want to trim the flowers to the overlay craft card or did I want them to extend to the border of the actual card base?
I did both and liked each. You decide!
Finally I added a ribbon around the top of the panel and then adhered it to the card base. and added a small bow. As a final touch I wanted some sparkle so I added wink of stella to the petals of the poinsettia, I LOVE this product and how it just adds a bit of sparkle to the artwork.
All done, and will be sent off to someone who I know loves Poinsettias.
See you in a few days with an ornament watercolor card. Subscribe to get an update from me soon.