Friday, August 18, 2017

A Year of Cardmaking Techniques - August

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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
We all love our stamp sets and we all love our patterned paper.  Well, this month we’re combining the two by stamping ON patterned paper for some unique projects.  It will be fun to see what stamps and papers our team decides to pair together.   And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
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I have a number of projects to share with you.  I'll take you through from easier to harder.  This first one is a sentiment on pattern paper.  Let's face it, sentiments are the easiest options for stamping on paper.  


 Alright, so it's easy . . . but is very clean and linear.  And I adore that sentiment.  And from the same paper pack from Close To My Heart, I created the card below which is a bit more masculine and includes a solid image and sentiment on pattern paper. 



Easy and clean.  But this next one is far from clean.  It is stamping and embossing on a pattern paper to create a whole new pattern paper, and a bit of a wild one at that.  



You'll notice on the left side of the card, I did not emboss and you can see that there are multi-colored hearts on the paper.  Hard to notice on the embossed side.  I was thinking that if I had embossed in black, it would have looked like stained glass.  While busy, I do love how this one turned out. 


Who says you can't color with markers on pattern paper?  I learned that with the right paper, it's possible.  I used a Close To My Heart pattern paper for these next too . . . the same sheet, but switched sides.  I also colored using Copic Markers.  Here is the first one . . .
 

The purples also managed to stand out on the grape an wine.  Hard to notice . . . I used some Liquid Glass on that wine glass. I used Wink of Stella on the grapes.  This one is earmarked for a friend's 50th.  Hope she is not reading!


And you flip that green paper over and there is a lovely gray that was equally friendly with my Copics.  



I am a fan of House Mouse, and this card just makes me smile.  I used a snow marker to create the dimension to ground my image and create my Santa hat. 


Oh that mouse. 
Now you’re off to visit with Amanda at My Thoughts and Scraps.   Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!

And, I hope you find some time to get crafty today.  Here is the hop list in case you  get lost along the way. 
Sharon
Claudia
Kim

Wilma
Jearise
Sandy
Jodie
Card A Day Challenge Team
Debbie
Amanda




Supplies Used - One In A Million
Stamps:  One in a Million (Close To My Heart)
Ink: Versamark
Paper:  Prickly Pear Paper Pack (Close To My Heart); Solar White (Neenah)
Accessories:  Bitty Sparkles (Close To My Heart); Detail White Embossing Powder (Stampendous)

Supplies Used - Type of Friend
Stamps:  Share the Love (Close To My Heart)
Ink: Ranger Archival Black Ink
Paper:  Prickly Pear Paper Pack (Close To My Heart); Solar White (Neenah)
Accessories:  Black and White Dots (Close To My Heart)

Supplies Used - You Have My Heart
Stamps:  All About You Stamp Set (Cas-ual Fridays); Lovely Lattice Background (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Versamark
Paper:  Believe (Bo Bunny); Solar White (Neenah); Licorice (The Stamps of Life): Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up); Black Glitter Paper (Close To My Heart)
Accessories:  Detail White Embossing Powder (Stampendous)

Supplies Used -  Time for Wine
Stamps:  Time for Wine (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Markers
Paper:  Blackberry Blliss (Stampin' Up); Solar White (Neenah); Pattern Paper (Close To My Heart)
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart); Celebrate Tile (Studio Calico)

Supplies Used - Joyful Holiday Season
Stamps:  House Mouse Santa Hat (Stampendus); Bright Baubles (Neat & Tangled); Scenery Holiday Trimmings (Winnie & Walter)
Ink: Cherry Pigment (Avery Elle); Memento; Copic Markers
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Licorice (The Stamps of Life); Pattern Paper (Close To My Heart)
Accessories:  Snow Marker; Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)


Monday, August 14, 2017

Birthday Balloons for Seize the Birthday Challenge

The challenge at Seize the Birthday this week was to "tie one on".  And so I did, to create this masculine card.   


 Stamping on pattern paper provides an element of interest, provided you've got the right pattern behind what you are stamping.  I love how this one turned out. 


I hope you find some time to create today. 



Supplies Used - Brilliant Father Birthday
Stamps:  Fill-In-The-Blank Happy Birthday (Catherine Pooler Stamps)
Ink: Hero Arts Black Ink
Paper:  Licorice Cardstock (The Stamps of Life); Solar White (Neenah); Pattern Paper from my Scrap Stash*
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); White Ribbon (Offray)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Card for Muse Challenge #228



A card to share today, inspired by Muse Challenge #228 . . .


While my intention was to go rainbow . . . I never got there.  I went with the white card base, the focal point in the middle on black cardstock, and the sentiment at the bottom.


And clearly, there is that pop of red.  



I hope you found some time to create today.  And if not, there is always tomorrow.

Cheers!


Supplies Used -  Thinking of You
Stamps:  Heart Squares (Dab a Little Clear Stamps)
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx Ink and Rockin' Red (Catherine Pooler)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Scrap of Red from my scrap stash
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger)





Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hello, Baby! Stamp, Ink Paper!



Stamp, Ink, Paper's challenge this week was a sketch challenge.  Here is the sketch . . .


And here is my card . . .


The one thing I did a bit different about this design was stamping my image, and then die cutting, so this critter ends up partially on the frame.  It adds an extra element if dimension. 



I hope you find some time to create. 


Supplies Used - Hello Baby 2
Stamps:  Baby Bear (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Sapphire, Pacifica and Crystal Blue (Close To My Heart); Black (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Jetstream (Bazzill); Scrap of Pattern Paper from my Scrap Bin
Accessories:  Stitched Square Dies (Simon Says Stamp); Cobalt Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Whisper White Ribbon (Stampin' Up)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Snowflakes in July - CAS-ual Fridays

I adore kraft cardstock.  I love snowflakes.  What a combo for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge

Here is my card . . .


It's simple . . . the sequins add  bit of sparkle.   And the white layer male it pop a bit. 


I hope you find some time to create. 




 Supplies Used - Holiday Wishes
Stamps:  Bring on the Snowflakes and Snowy Sayings (CAS-ual Fridays)
Ink: Simon Says Stamp White Pigment Ink; Hero Arts Black Ink
Paper:  Solar White and Desert Storm Cardstock (Neenah)
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Watercolor Floral for a Special Couple

This week's challenge at Stamp Ink Paper was a floral challenge.  Love floral, and I love watercolor, and I love using my kit supplies and knew just the one to pull out. 


I stamped my watercolor paper with Versamark and embossed with embossing powder.  I love the results on this one.  The strip of paper at the bottom is all about getting hitched, so my inside sentiment will congratulate a happy couple. 


Most of the supplies for this card were from a Simon Says Stamp Card kit. 

I hope you find some time to create today! 








Supplies Used -  Clear Embossed Water Color Card
All Supplies used in this card were from the June 2017 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit (Floral Bliss stamp set, Daniel Smith Watercolor Palette of Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Rose; Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick Ink Pad; Echo Park Wedding Bliss collection; Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock; Black Cardstock
Additional Supplies:  Versamark and Ranger Clear Embossing Powder

Friday, July 14, 2017

July 2017 - A Year of Card Making Techniques - Bleaching Your Cards


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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

From laundry, to disinfectant, to fashion, bleach is a staple in many households; but did you know you can use bleach in your card making and paper crafting? Yup, from stamping, to painting, and several techniques in between, we’re going to share our experiments with you. And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:



Our  amazing sponsor this month is Debbie Bonczek of Close to My Heart.  (Hey that's me!)  



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And the awesome prize this month is:



 This super cute stamp set, ad the mini stapler pictured below!


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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win. The winner will be announced on Sunday, July 23, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday the 23rd to see if you are the lucky winner.

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So first, my 'disclaimer"!  I've tried this technique before and very much like this time, I had mixed results.  Let me start by saying that I make scrapbook pages.  When I purchase paper to scrapbook, I have leftover scraps, which I bag up for several montha at a time.  At some point, those scraps end up in a box in cut pieces that are sized as "card friendly", and eventually they end up on cards.  So I rarely know the type of cardstock on my scraps, and different brands of cardstock react differently to ink.  That's my disclaimer.

So here are the tools I used . . . 



There is a piece of plastic canvas, an embossing folder, a brush, a dauber, a stencil, an acrylic block and an acrylic stamp.  And using bleach, I created all the panels below: 



#1 - Black cardstock - I laid the plastic canvas on it and used the brush to put the bleach on.  The bleached areas turned a bit of a green tone. 
#2 - Red carstock - I used the dauber and the stencil. 
#3 - I used the acrylic block and used the ink smooshing technique, only with bleach instead of ink.  The color variation did not thrill me. 
#4 - The stamp, which I daubed bleach on, and then stamped light blue cardstock.  I think this one was my favorite piece.
#5 - Black cardstock . . . ink smooshing . . . this one turned tan (and very quickly).
#6 - Bleach brushed onto the embossing folder . . . the least amount of change.  I even brushed bleach down the cardstock.  (Whatever!)

And here are my cards . . .



For the yellow one, I merely stamped with back pigment ink and embossed, leaving an empty spot for a sentiment. 



For the blue piece that refused to change it's color (maybe a hint of change in a few spots), I used an embossing folder with bleach on it.  I then dabbed bleach onto those raised circles.  I then pained bleach downward on the card.  Not a lot of luck on this one. 

 
The stripes in the inlaid die were created using pieces of scrap cardstock.  And watch at some point, because I will use the striped "Thank You" on another project one day (just not today). 



For that black/brown ink smoosh piece, I stamped and cut little dogs out of part of it, and used part as a border on the card.  This card is matchy-matchy! 


Those little pups are adorable. 



Now . . . important to note!  Black cardstock above bleached to brown.  Black cardstock in the project below bleached more to a greenish-gray.  So for the black mesh piece, I created a little thank you card for my mom, who sent my new puppy a few toys.  




Dogs love mail. Check out that beard!  As Schnauzer peeps say, "Fear the beard."




My favorite bleach piece . . . the light blue . . . added some of the stamps from the same set used with the bleach, and a nice blue ink.  It's my favorite because of the way it reacted. 


 I do love those bleach images. 



And then my favorite card, just because it's fun . . . two monsters . . . one monster displays words of amazing awesome wowsers, and another monster crashes through the card . . . so there are monster eyes in the dark . . .
 

And there is some dimension to this card where there are monster eyes in the dark . . .


Inside and out . . . check out the action wobble monster who crashed thru my card.   That's the crasher! 



He's a blurry, wobbling fool!


Now you’re off to visit with Ronda's Paper Creations. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!


And, I hope you can find some time to create. 

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:  






Supplies Used - Thinking of You
Stamps:  Simply Stated and Wild Garden Stamp Sets (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Black Pigment Ink (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah); Scraps of Yellow and Black Cardstock
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Marigold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Supplies Used - Thank You Inlaid Die
Stamps:  Still Smiling (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Something Borrowed (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Scraps of Cardstock
Accessories:  Beads Embossing Folder (Carabelle Studios); Thank You Card Set Dies (Sizzix); Enamel Dots (Close To My Heart)

Supplies Used - Ruff Day
Stamps:  Four-Legged Friends Stamp Set (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Black Onyx (Versafine)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah) and Scraps of Cardstock
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Enamel Dots (Close To My Heart); Gold Shimmer Trim (Close To My Heart); Four-Legged Friends Die Set (My Favorite Things); Bone Button
Supplies Used - Favorite Human
Stamps:  Four-Legged Friends Stamp Set (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Black Onyx (Versafine)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah) and Scraps of Cardstock
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Enamel Dots (Close To My Heart); Snow Marker (Marvy); Four-Legged Friends Die Set (My Favorite Things)

Supplies Used - Worry Less; Giggle More
Stamps:  Giggles and Medallio Mix-ups  (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Something Borrowed (Catherine Pooler Designs); Black Onyx (Versafine)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah) and Scraps of Cardstock (blue)
Accessories:  Cobalt Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Blue Shimmer Trim (Close To My Heart); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger)


Supplies Used - Wowzers Monster Card
Stamps:  monsters2celebrate (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Versamark and Versafine Black Onyx
Paper:  Scraps of Cardstock
Accessories:  monsters2stamp Dies (The Stamps of Life); White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts); Silly Eyes; Color Box Stencil; Action Wobble