Monday, June 17, 2024

IDEAS June - Embossing Folders

Hi everyone.  It's time for the next IDEAS Challenge with Darnell.  This week is "E for Embossing Folders".

I used a new-to-me embossing folder, Gracious Floral (Memory Box).  I sponged colour over the image on the debossed side and then used a direct to stamp with Versafine Clair black ink to swipe across and cover the background.  Unfortunately, when the ink was added to the background, it showed cracks from the embossing.  So I fussy-cut the embossed image and placed it over a black embossed background (Weathered - Taylor Expressions - retired) with a distressed edge to match the distressed look of the image.  The two pieces were placed onto a black card base and a simple sentiment banner in white added over top (Simply Sentiments - Lawn Fawn).

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I'm sending the above card to a few challenges:
NBUS #63 (never-before-used-schtuff) - this was the first time I used the embossing folder
Can you Handle the Pressure? - The main image is embossed as well as the background

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Simply Sentiments (Lawn Fawn
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Wilted Violet, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz); Versafine Clair nocturne ink
Accessories:   Gracious Floral embossing Folder (Memory Box), small sponges, Weathered embossing folder (Taylor Expressions) 

Friday, June 14, 2024

More Bokeh for Gof7

Hi everyone.  Another card  for May's Group of Seven technique - Bokeh.

I sponged the background using Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet.  I added sponged circles using the same colours of ink and more from white pigment ink.  I believe the combination of coloured colours and white circles adds more depth ... I've added this to the Gof7 Bokeh post.

I paired it with a retired die-cut from Memory Box that I love and will never stop using. :)  The sentiment is also a retired, stamped in more Wilted Violet ink.

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Sending this card to the following challenge:

Edited to add:  sending this card to Die-Cut Divas June Challenge - Favourite Die-cut Shapes.  Thanks for the heads up Linda! :)

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A dog's life ...
Jessie daydreaming of being on vacation at the beach. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Handy Christmas Sentiments (AmyR - retired)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress inks:  Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz); White Gouache paint
Accessories:   Sponges, Circle stencil (AliExpress), Sloping Hillside die (Memory Box - retired)

Monday, June 10, 2024

Penny Black - Dignified, Refresh, Ascending

Hi everyone.  I had a play with three new Penny Black dies (from the latest release):  Dignified, Refresh (second time posting a card with this fun die!), and Ascending.  I made the cards with the same technique, print making with die-cuts (click link for Group of Seven post on this technique).

Starting with Dignified (51-821), I cut two of the leafy stems from mixed media paper.  I coloured both with Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn.  I misted one lightly with water and pressed the coloured side onto a mixed media panel, making a print with the die-cut.  A second panel with print was made for the inside of the card.  The second die-cut was added to my front panel over top of the print. 

I cut the front panel down and added it to a black card stock base.  I stamped "Happy Birthday to you" (Super Day (31-044) Penny Black) in black ink.  All three cards use sentiments from the same stamp set.

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Next, I followed the same steps with Refresh (51-817).  This time I used Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Saltwater Taffy, and Abandoned Coral.  I added two prints to my card front, using just the flower heads.  I adhered the die-cut flowers to the front of my card panel over top of the print background.  A simple sentiment "Wishing You a lovely day" (Super Day - Penny Black) was stamped in Abandoned Coral distress oxide ink.  I used a white Posca pen to add white centers to the flowers.  And I used the extra cut and coloured flowers for the inside of the card. :)

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For the third card I used Ascending (51-820), this time I used Distress Inks Salvage Patina and Wilted Violet; then misted with water and flipped it over, pressing it onto a mixed media panel to create a print.  I repeated the process to add a second print onto the same card front.  I stamped a simple "Have a beautiful Birthday" (Super Day - Penny Black) with Villanous Potion distress oxide ink.

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I'm sending the cards to the following challenges:
NBUS Challenge #63 - Cards 1 and 3 (first outing for both Dignified and Ascending dies)


Thanks for stopping by!

Penny Black Products
Dignified (51-821)                       Refresh (51-817)                    Ascending (51-820)  

Stamps:  Super Day (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Saltwater Taffy, Abandoned Coral, Salvaged Patina, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz); Distress Oxides:  Abandoned Coral, Villanous Potion (Tim Holtz); Black ink (Memento)
Accessories:   Penny Black dies:  Dignified, Refresh, Ascending; water mister

Friday, June 07, 2024

Penny Black - More Sophistication

Hi everyone.  I'm sharing more cards using the Sophistication (40-929) stamp. This time I only used a portion of the image and made it into a postage stamp card.  I stamped on mixed media paper in black ink and clear heat embossed.  Salvage Patina is sponged on the background before I watercoloured the image with distress inks.

I used the Posted Cut Out (51-778) to create a background of my stamp.  I cut the image down to fit inside the postage stamp, leaving a white border.  I finished the image by adding the accessory stamps from the Posted stamp set (30-985) in Lost Shadow Distress ink.  A simple sentiment (Super Day - Penny Black) was added in black ink before I popped up the postage stamp panel to add dimension.

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I made a quick, CAS card using the same image, this time an even smaller portion. :)  I had it on my desk, along with the All-in-One Oval and I thought they would look sweet together.  I stamped the flowers in black ink, clear heat embossed and watercoloured with Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Mowed Lawn).  I wanted to add a subtle background for the flowers, so I sponged with Shabby Shutters distress ink on an angle.  Then I added two stacked oval frames and a simple sentiment (Family Sentiments - Penny Black) stamped in black.

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Sending the second card to the Simply Clean & Simple Challenge - June.

Penny Black Products
                 Sophistication (30-929)      Posted Cut Out (51-778)        Posted (30-985)
                     Super Day (31-044)         All-in-One Oval (51-815)        Family Sentiments (30-555)
Thanks for stopping by!

Card #1:
Stamps:  Sophistication (Penny Black); Posted (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Black Obsidian (Altenew); Distress Inks:  Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Lost Shadow (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, watercolour brushes, Posted Cut Out (Penny Black)

Card #2:
Stamps:  Sophistication (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Black Obsidian (Altenew); Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters (Tim Holtz) 
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, watercolour brushes, All-in-One Oval (Penny Black)

Monday, June 03, 2024

IDEAS June - Inks / Colour Mediums

Hi everyone.  It's time for the next IDEAS Challenge with Darnell.  This week is "I for Inks / Colour Mediums".

I stamped the image (Blooming Bunch - Studio Katia) in black permanent ink and watercoloured with Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint.  I used the matching die to cut out my piece, placing it over top of a dry embossed background using Weathered Embossing Folder (Taylor Expressions).  I added a simple black sentiment banner with white embossing (Simply Sentiments - Lawn Fawn).

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Sending this card to three challenges:
IDEAS Challenge - week 1 - "I is for Inks / Colour Mediums
NBUS Challenge #63 - this is the first outing for this embossing folder that I have had for AGES! :)
Beautiful Blossoms Challenge - Anything Floral with Optional Mood Board #17


Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Blooming Bunch (Studio Katia); Simply Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Archival Black ink (Ranger); Distress Inks:   Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz); Unicorn (white) pigment ink (Hero Arts
Accessories:   Watercolour brushes, White embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, Weather embossing folder (Taylor Expressions)

Friday, May 31, 2024

Metallic Birthday

Hi everyone.  Today's card is a CASE of a card I made way back in 2014.  This is one of my favourite cards I've made in the many years I have been crafting, and it popped into my head recently.  I dug through my dies and found that I still had some leaves cut from leftover copper with alcohol inks pounced on top.  Awesome!  This means I'm getting to use up come long neglected die-cuts ... as well as some old patterned paper.  :)

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Sending this card to Seize the Birthday #284 - which was my inspiration!  Thanks Ashwini!

Also sending to IDEAS - "Anything Goes" week, self challenge by Dolly.  I've used some long neglected papers and copper! :)

This card is very close to the original card I made ... a little more CAS. :)  Always good to have masculine cards on hand. 

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Jessie and Violeta's walk in the park

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Simply Sentiments (Lawn Fawn
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); River Rock (SU!); Early Espresso (SU!)
Ink:   Alcohol inks:  Red, Green, Yellow; Distress Oxides (Ground Espresso, Walnut Stain) Tim Holtz
Accessories:  Copper sheets, Leaf dies, branch die