Saturday, January 30, 2016

Hootenanny Birthday Card

I needed to make a birthday card for a boisterous nephew of mine!  This is what I came up with.

(Click on photo to enlarge.)

I used a Digi image colored with Inktense pencils and a blender pen.  I paired this with these fun papers and sponged the edges with green distress ink.  

I Brake for Stamps Trampoline Freddie digi
Inktense pencils
Dove Blender pen
My Mind's Eye Hootenanny 6x6 Paper pad
Spellbinders Oval and Scalloped oval dies
American Crafts Glitter ribbon

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Friday, January 29, 2016

I Brake for Stamps - June's Rose Valentine

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  I really enjoy sending Valentine's to my family members so this time of year I really work on them.  I decided to make a very soft and pretty Valentine that I think anyone would like, but this one will probably go to a grandparent, who I know will love this style of flowers.

I stamped I Brake for Stamps June's Rose stamp repeatedly to get this design.  I thought that the champagne colored embossing power would look pretty with a soft pink.  You can see the shine of the embossing powder in the following photos (click on any photo to see details).

I did use watercolor paper and waterbased markers to color, blending out with a wet brush.


I Brake for Stamps June's Rose
Gina K Designs Stately Flowers 5 (sentiment)
Versamark Ink
Recollections Champagne Embossing Powder
Canson Watercolor paper
Tombow Waterbased markers
Pink Cardstock from my stash
Martha Stewart Mini Heart punch

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Birthday Card turns into a Christmas Card

This week, while we were waiting for the Blizzard clean up, a friend came over to make cards.  She is a beginner, so I was helping her, and in the meanwhile, I used some of the scraps that were laying out.  This is what I came up with.

It was simple, took just a few minutes, and I was very happy with it because I could use this card for any recipient.  

My friend then said, "Hey, you should turn that into a Christmas card. You could even write J-O-Y on the boxes.  It would be cute! "

So I did it.

And it is cute!

Honestly, the very best thing, other than this fun memory with my friend, is that these cards are totally flat for mailing.  That is a priority for me for Christmas cards so that the postage does not add up.

Gina K Designs Happy Birthday to You stamp set
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Crate Paper Party Day 6x6 paper pad
American Crafts Wish List 6x6 Paper pad
Versamark ink
Recollections White detail embossing powder
Hero Arts Merry Christmas sentiment stamp
Distress ink to sponge some of the packages

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  I really appreciate it!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Valentine Tag Card

It is unusual for me to post twice in one day, but I have been trying to do more challenges this year, plus it is Winterfest, a week full of stamping challenges, over at Artsy Inkers.

Here is a Valentine I made this afternoon.

I used some Perfect Pearls to alter the background paper.  Of course, a photo cannot capture exactly how fun this looks, since it changes in the light.  I then made a tag and used a chalkboard effect.  This was fun to make!

Gina K Designs Birthday Blessings Stamp set
Perfect Medium
Red Perfect Pearls
Versamark Ink
White embossing powder
Avery Elle Silver Fox pigment ink
Pebbles Yours Truly 6x6 Paper pad
Cork Sticker from the Target Dollar Spot

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Lawn Fawn - Year Four Card

I combined a challenge to make your own patterned paper with a challenge to use critters on the card.  This is what I came up with.

I did all my stamping on watercolor paper.  The background was done coloring with water-based markers, blending out with a lighter marker. The coloring for the focal image was done with markers, blending out with a water brush.  

Lawn Fawn Year Four stamp set
Versafine Onyx black ink
Tombow Water based markers
Canson watercolor paper

This project will be entered into the following challenges:

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Paper Piecing with Art Impressions Watercolor

The challenge at the Art Impressions blog right now is paper piecing.  I love paper piecing, but the only AI stamps I have are from their watercolor series.  I pulled them all out to see what I could do, and I did come up with something that I think is cute.  I also combined this with the ModSquad Love is in the Air challenge, since I definitely need inspiration to make enough Valentines.

(Please click on the photos if you want to see more detail.)

I started with a background that I gave a blue watercolor wash.  When that was dry, I stamped the flowers, watering can and grass with Tombow Markers.  Instead of pulling the color out with a brush, like the traditional AI watercolor method, I instead pulled the color out with a lighter colored marker. It was a different, but cute look!

I then paper pieced the watering can.  Before glueing it down, I did sponge some color around the edge to give some nice shadows.  

The glitter hearts were applied to the edge with glossy accents. I wish this was an original idea but I recently saw it on the Unity Facebook page, and I will try to find a link.  I think it is a great way to use more chunky glitter!


Art Impressions watercolor series stamps
Tombow Water Based makers
Canson Watercolor paper
Paplin's basics heart die cut
Pebbles Yours Truly 6x6 Patterned paper pack
Sweet Forever Mini Heart Spangles

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Gina K Designs Spring Blessings

I plan on using this card for a Valentine.  I hope you can see the detail better in the following photo.  I created the focal point by first doing a watercolor wash on watercolor paper using Koi pan watercolors.  I then stamped over this and colored direct to paper with Tombow markers.  I added glitter to much of the image. 


Gina K Designs Spring Blessings Stamp set
Versafine Ink
Tombow water-based markers
Quickie Glue pen
Recollections Extra Fine Glitter - Glitz
Card base is a very old one from an Anna Griffin Cardmaking set