Saturday, September 10, 2011

Silhouette Mum

Today I have two cards to share with you ...

I had a mishap with the first one so I had to improvise and trim the paper smaller than what I wanted.

I was inspired by Stephanie Parkes' blended inks cards (click here to see one of Stephanie's beautiful cards!).  Since I don't know how to do the blended inks, I decided to sponge the background area instead ... everything went really well - I was happy with the colors and how everything looked ... until the very end when I noticed a brown smudge on my white background :(  Thankfully it was near the bottom so I cut it off and mounted the main image onto a brown background.  But I really wanted it to be a totally white background, so I'll have to try again.

Both cards for today are made with only SU! products.

"Silhouette Mum"

Stamps:  Kind & Caring Thoughts, Short & Sweet (SU!)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  post-it notes for masking, Stamp-a-ma-jig, sponges, adhesives

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Using Whisper White cardstock, I masked off the area for the main image with post-it notes.  I randomly sponged Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze (in a circular motion) over the blocked area.  I went back and added more ink using more pressure to blend the inks together.  I removed the masks and then masked off the area for the sentiment and repeated the steps above for sponging.

I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement of the mum and sentiment and stamped both in Early Espresso ink.
I mounted the main panel on a card base of Early Espresso.


The second card for today used some of the same color inks for the sponged background and main image.  This is the sketch challenge this week from SCS (SC349) - I'm having fun with this layout!

 "Butterflies & Daisies"

Stamps:  Upsy-Daisy (SU!)
Paper:  Old Olive, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight DP (SU!)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive; Stampin' Write markers:  Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, sponges, Stamp-a-ma-jig, 5/8" Old Olive satin ribbon, Sizzix Embosslits "Beautiful Wings", sticky strips, adhesives and glue dots

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Using Whisper White cardstock, I randomly sponged the background paper with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive inks.  I went over the cardstock several times, adding layers of color in order for them to blend well.  I adhered the sponged background cardstock onto a card base of Old Olive.

For the main image, using Whisper White cardstock, I inked my Upsy-Daisy stamp with Stampin' Write markers: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive and stamped the image twice before re-inking (once in the foreground, once in the background - this is called "second generation" stamping).  I inked the stamp again and repeated the above, stamping twice before re-inking a third time to add one last stamping.

I mounted the main panel on a thin frame of Old Olive cardstock.  I added a knot to the satin ribbon and adhered it to the main panel with the knot off to one side.  I mounted the main image onto the background paper, popping up with dimensionals to add depth.

I used my Big Shot and the Embosslits "Beautiful Wings" to cut out butterflies from Pumpkin Pie cardstock and Daffodil Delight DP.  I place a rolled glue dot in the center of both of the Pumpkin Pie butterflies and added the smaller Daffodil Delight butterfly on top.  I adhered both butterflies to the main panel with glue dots.

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