Monday, April 24, 2017

Proudly Patriotic




Today's card features the newly released Proudly Patriotic stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I used the digi version to create this night time scene.


I colored the image with Copic markers and used colored pencils for highlights and shadowing.  A bit of Peach Bellini glitter was added to each of the flower centers.  This not only gives it a bit more sparkle, it is also a tad darker than the flowers, so it gives the centers a little more shading.  Dimensional Glue and Daisy velvet glitter was added to the fireworks bursting in mid air and Sparkling Snow was applied to the "tails" of the fireworks.  The All-in-One Frames Rectangles 2 by Impression Obsession was used to die cut the frame around the flag.

The background was created using the Double Glitter Technique and a mask created from die cutting the Tonic Studios Ribbon and Bows Layering Set from a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet.  (Always save the backing paper instead of throwing it away 😉.) I adhered the mask to another piece of Super Adhesive Sheet and covered the exposed area with Liberty glitter.  After removing the mask,  I covered the remaining exposed adhesive with Cloud Nine velvet glitter.  I also let some of the Liberty glitter mix in with the Cloud Nine so that it had specks of color throughout.

The sentiment was created by using the Glueless Glitter technique and one of the smaller dies from the Tonic Studios Ribbon and Bows set.  Clear embossing powder was the first layer and then I stamped the sentiment with a stamp positioner and VersaMark.  (The Tim Holtz Stamp Platform is a perfect tool to use with the technique.)  I then added Liberty glitter to the VersaMark and heat set it again.  I actually did this step twice to make the sentiment have a bit more dimension.   Fun foam die cut using the same Tonic Studios die was adhered to the back of the sentiment for more dimension.

I can see this stamp set used in so many different situations - of course Fourth of July, but also Veterans Day, Memorial Day, or just as a Thank You to a Vet.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring has Sprung {Scrapy Land Challenge #64}


This year is just whizzing by!  Can you believe it's already the third Wednesday of April?  That means it's also time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for this challenge is, you guessed it, SPRING BLOOMS. You also need to incorporate any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells into your project.

The following dies were used to create this card:


For today's card, I started out by dry embossing a piece of white cardstock (already cut to the dimensions I needed using a Sue Wilson die (Noble dies-Double Pierced Rectangles Set B).

Then I added my color using Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Lilac Lavender, Spring Green, and Lemon Sorbet) and a stipple brush for each of the colors.  This technique looks really cool in person.


The large flower in the corner was created using multiple Sue Wilson dies (Delicate Daisies Complete Petals, Delicate Daisies Open Petals, Perfect Peony Complete Petals, Perfect Peony Open Petals).  Once the flower was assembled, I added a bit of sparkle using the Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker.


The sentiment, an Elizabeth Craft Designs die (Four Seasons) was colored with Copics, to match the leaves) and then heat set using Clear embossing powder.  This gives it a really shiny look and makes it even brighter.

Now it's your turn to come play with us.  You have until April 30 to upload your Spring Blooms project to the Scrapy Land Challenge.  The winner, chosen by the Design Team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Peace, Love and Happiness



Today I'd like to share with you a Christmas card.  You can never start making these cards too early 😀.  The Christmas Holly Blessings rubber stamp set by Sparkle N Sprinkle was used to create this card.

After stamping the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, the image was colored with Copic markers and then die cut with a Tonic Studios die (Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics set).  Nuvo Jewel Drops (Strawberry Coullis) was added to each of the berries.  This gives them lots of dimension.  The trick I use so that the wet drops don't run together when they are touching each other is to do every other one.  I let those dry and then come back and add drops to the rest.  That way, each one dries individually and looks more realistic.  Depending on where you live, these dry really fast, so I work on another part of the project while these dry.

The focal point was then adhered to a piece of cream cardstock.  I added Shimmer embossing powder to the edges for more sparkle and texture.  This layer was then adhered to a piece of dark green cardstock that was die cut using a Tonic Studios die (Blocked Parquet and Garden Trellis set).  The last two layers of this shaped card were die cut using a Spellbinders die (Grand Scallop Circles) and a Cheery Lynn Designs die (Mega Tea Party Doily).

A strip of ribbon was added by applying a piece of 1/4" Tear-ific Tape to the back and adhering it over each of the layers.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Hang In There



Everyone needs a little encouragement when going through tough situations.  Today's card is perfect for those times.  It showcases the sentiment from the new Girlfriends Support Set 2 and adds the flower from the Girlfriends Support Set 1.  Both of these stamp sets are from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  (Did you know this series of stamp sets were meant to be interchanged? Be on the look out for more in this series in the coming months.)

I created a double frame by die cutting the Tonic Studios Ribbon and Bows Layering set from cardstock and a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet.  After removing the backing paper (and saving it - you will see it used in a future post) from the frame, I covered the exposed adhesive with Cloud Nine velvet glitter.

The center of the die cut piece was stamped with VesaMark and heat set with Fabulous Grape embossing powder.  Then I stamped my sentiment directly on top of the embossing powder.

I stamped with VersaMark onto the Fabulous Grape, added White Detail embossing powder and heat set it again.  You can always repeat this step if you want the sentiment to be even brighter and have a bit more dimension.  I was happy with the first stamping, so I didn't do it a second time.

A Crafters Companion (Hessian) embossing folder was used to create my matted layer.  After dry embossing it, I curled down a corner, added a bit of VersaMark to the back side and then heat set it with more Fabulous Grape embossing powder.  I also stamped the small flower from the Girlfriends Support Set 1 onto the card base so that it was peeking behind the curled corner.

The sparkly frame was pop dotted on top of the dry embossed mat and the sentiment was recessed into the center.  A touch of tulle finishes off this very feminine card.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hello Dragon {Scrapy Land Challenge #63}


It's the first Wednesday of the month and you know what that means 😊....time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge!  The theme for the first Wednesday of the month is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

I needed a quick note card and came up with this one, using the following dies:


Die-Versions: Oriental Dragon
Penny Black: Doodles

I started out by die cutting the dragon from white cardstock and then coloring him with Copic markers.  I then added a greenish/blue glitter over his scales (the company that made this color is no longer in business) and a mixture of light colored glitters was added to the other glittered areas.  (Tip: I keep a bottle of mixed glitter on hand for glitters that have been contaminated with other colors.  That way I don't waste any.)

The middle part of the Sue Wilson Designs die was used for my background and my sentiment was die cut from a strip of leftovers.

Although this is a small notecard size, I know the recipient will love it...both for the subject matter as well as all it's glittery goodness.😀

Now it's your turn to join us for this Anything Goes using any brand of die Scrapy Land carries.  You have until April 16th to join in on the fun.  The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

While you're visiting the Challenge blog, be sure to give a nice warm welcome to three new design team members.  (You can find their links on the Scrapy Land Challenge.)  

We can't wait to see what you create!