Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cold Winter Day

I am in the process of transferring my website (stampingwithloll.com) to this blog - stay tuned and thank you for your patience.

I am posting the odd day in order to enter my cards into the Craft A Scene challenge (requires a blog to enter) so that's why today's post is on this blog as well as on my website.  Hopefully soon the transfer will be complete and I'll only have to post in one spot  :) 

Two cards to share with you today.  First one is for today's Color Challenge for SCS (CC363 - basic gray, pretty in pink and pink pirouette) ... and I'm entering this into the "Craft A Scene" Challenge - Round #2 - create a winter scene.  I used the brayering technique for this card.
Both cards for today are made with SU! products (plus the Cuttlebug embossing folder for the first card).  Hope you like.

"Cold Winter Day"

Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree (SU)
Paper:  Basic Gray, Whisper White (SU!)
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray (SU)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Cuttlebug "Snowflakes" embossing folder, brayer, post-it notes for masking, Stamp-a-ma-jig, white gel pen, sponges, removeable tape, sticky strips, adhesives, and dimensionals

I ripped a post-it note and used to mask the snow area of my card.  I brayered from the top in this order:  Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink and a little Basic Gray just at the top.  I lightly sponged gray along the snow line and then removed the mask.

On the tree stamp, I masked off the bottom of the trees and hill lines of the stamp using removable tape (or masking tape would have worked too).  I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to figure out the placement for the trees then I inked the stamp in gray, removed the tape and stamped.  I used the gray Stampin' Write marker to draw down the trunks of the trees that were missing and also sponged a little gray at the base of each tree.  I used the white gel pen to add some snow in the trees.  I trimmed my image to size and then framed it with Basic Gray cardstock.

I ran a large piece  of Whisper White cardstock through my Big Shot with the Snowflakes embossing folder.  I mounted the embossed background onto a card base of Basic Gray.  I mounted the framed main image onto the card front, popping it up with dimensionals to add depth. 

The second card I made last night just before the start of the CAS 2012 Spring Design Team Challenge - Round #1 (make an encouragement card with a nature theme).  I'm hoping my card inspires others to participate.  I used the Watercolor Spritz technique on this card.

"Watercolored Daisies"

Stamps:  Upsy Daisy (SU!)
Paper:  Old Olive, Watercolor paper (SU!)
Ink:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  mini mister, toothbrush, Stamp-a-ma-jig, 1/4" Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon, small artist's brush, sticky strips and glue dot

I inked my daisy stamp using Stampin' Write markers:  Old Olive for the stems, Pumpkin Pie for the daisies, and Cajun Craze along the tips of all the daisies.  I misted the stamp with water and then stamped onto watercolor paper.

Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement, I inked the sentiment in Old Olive ink, misted it with water and stamped onto my card front.  I didn't get enough water on the stamp, so went over the sentiment with the slightly wet, small artist's brush.

I added a small amount of water to a toothbrush, swiped it across the Pumpkin Pie ink pad several times, smooshed ...yes, that's a technical term :) ... it into some paper towel to mix the water and ink and then pulled my thumb across the bristles, splattering the ink onto my card front.  I repeated this process using Old Olive ink.

I sponged more Old Olive ink around the outside edges of the card front.  I wrapped the Pumpkin Pie ribbon around the bottom and tied a 1/2 knot off center, securing it in place with a glue dot.
I used sticky strips to mount the card front onto a card base of Old Olive cardstock.


Sheree said...

Both of these cards are gorgeous Loll!! I love your winter scene with the pink sky...it's stunning!
The water spritzed stamping of Upsy Daisy turned out fabulously...love the colours you chose as well!
Thanks for playing along with us at Craft A Scene!

Gail said...

Very nice cards!

Deanna said...

These 2 cards are beautiful. I really love your winter scene. The trees and colors looks just like the sunset we had the other day after a small snow flurry we had. Simply beautiful!

NancyD said...

Love your Cold Winter Day - I feel like I need to put on a parka! Thanks for joining us this month at Craft a Scene. NancyD

stampinganja said...

Great cards! Love the winter scene, your background looks great! The flower card is nice too, I have that set I should pull it out! Thanks for the inspiration and joining us at Craft a Scene!

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Beautiful cards and such good brayering too, especially that soft winter scene. xx Maggie #31
PS Did you know that you still have that dreaded Word Verification turned on. you may find that you will not get many comments with that in place as it takes so long to fight through it. If you turn it off and ensure that you have Comment Moderation on, that will give you more protection.