2/20/2018

Skating Week Card Two

Day two of my skating cards in honor of the Olympics! Today's card is also for the color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.
The colors this week are:
I used a blender pen the the re-inkers of the colors to color the bunny.  The background is stenciled in Marina Mist using a stencil I've had forever but never used.  I thought the squiggly lines might look like the lines left by the skates, but I think it turned out looking more like cracked ice.  I either case, I think it works.

Stamps and Dies: MFT You Make My Heart Spin

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2/19/2018

Skating Week at Spectrum Ink

I've been watching the Olympics this past week.  And among my favorite events are all the skating competitions.  So I thought I'd make some skating cards this week.  Heaven knows I have enough winter stamps that feature ice skaters!  And these two penguins reminded me of ice dancers.
I designed this using last Wednesday's sketch on Splitcoaststampers.  It was an easy to color card - just a little cool grey and BG marker to add shape to the penguins and ice, then some Y and YR for their feet.
I used three coats of Wink of Stella on the snowflakes as well as on the ice - they really sparkle in person.  Of course I had to add quite a few sequins for that flash seen in figure skaters' outfits!

Stamps: Mama Elephant Arctic Penguins
Dies: MFT Stitched Hexagons, MFT Snowflakes
Patterned Paper: Lawn Fawn

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2/16/2018

Sweet Spring Fox

Years ago we had a fox pair that lived under a huge cedar tree near our backyard.  We saw them (and their eventual litter) for one spring.  Ever since then I've had a soft spot for foxes.  I have this sweet fox die that was begging to be used.  And as with Tuesday's card I kind of knew what I wanted to do but not totally.  Even though many (if not most) of my cards do not turn out as I had envisioned, I usually start with a plan.  This was the same except I didn't have much of a vision beyond "flowers behind the fox".
I had an idea for my palette of colors but nothing specific.  So I started by using a flower/foliage die and cutting it in multiple colors.
Then I played with the colors and arrangements and eventually decided on these flowers in the blue family.  I'm starting to like just die cutting a bunch of flowers and playing with the arrangements.  It makes for quite a few extras that can be used later for more cards!  The fox is cut from Cajun Craze cardstock with his chest and tail tip in Very Vanilla.
I assembled the fox and colored his eye and nose with a black multi-liner pen. Then I die cut a stitched panel and arranged the flowers.
I used an embossing folder to give interest to the card front.  It is actually a panel that is cut to the same size (A2) as the card front and adhered to it.
 
Finally, I used foam dots to adhere the fox between the flowers and foam tape to pop the stitched panel up off the card face.
This card would be super simple to recreate with any critter or flowers dies or punches, and any embossing folder.  These dies are from Cottage Cutz and the EF is from Stampin' Up!  It is generic enough to be a birthday, thank you, or just thinking of you card.

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2/14/2018

Copic Markers with Prismacolor Valentines

I collect Gorjuss Girls stamps.  I say I "collect" because, although I buy and love them, I rarely actually USE them.  So I think that makes me a collector.
Gorguss Girls
Today I used two of them!  YAY!! These are from the mini collection which works better for A2 size cards than the regular sized stamps. I consider them a bit of an experiment since I normally like the stamps colored in rather dark tones similar to what is seen on the packaging.  But I wanted to try something different so I lightened things up and used brown for shading rather than black.
I wasn't (and I'm still not) completely content with them.  I think the background helps with the colors.  But since these are Valentine's cards for my daughters, I had to know when things were good enough and stop there.  It's not that they are bad - they just aren't what I had envisioned in my mind. I went down a creative path and it didn't take me quite where I was hoping to go. But that's okay - now I have a reason to try coloring these again using a different palette!

I used a very light base color of Copic markers.  Then I went over that with Prismacolor pencils.  When I was almost finished I used Gamsol for some blending.  After using Gamsol I rarely go back in to add color, but I did here.

Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope you enjoyed today's post.  And I hope it shows that not every card turns out as you intend, but that it can still yield good results!

Inks: Copic Markers with Prismacolors
Stamps: Gorjuss Girls Little Heart and Little Love

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2/13/2018

Tag You're It!

It's Tuesday and another new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week's sketch features a tag or other similar shape.
Here is the sketch posted:
I had quite a bit of fun with this sketch.  I knew basically what I wanted to do, but not exactly.  I had the stamps picked out just not colors.  And I also knew the flowers should be two toned.  So I started picking out color combos I liked and began stamping.  I used the framelits to cut out the flowers and leaves then played with the arrangement.  Sometimes it's fun to experiment and see where things take you.  Originally I thought I would use more flowers but as I started to lay things out I realized I didn't need as many as I had thought.
I had also die cut two tags in different colors using a die I've had forever from MFT.  So I ended up with two cards!  (This card could easily be made with a different shape tag or even a tag that was cut on a paper trimmer.)  And I still have enough flowers left for more cards.  I went a little wild with the stamping!  When I have extra of something I store it in the back of the stamp case or pocket so it's easy to find.  When I store extras elsewhere I usually forget I have them.

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Stamps: Stampin' Up! Jars of Love and Perennial Birthday
Dies: Stampin' Up! Everyday Jars Framelits
Embossing Folder: Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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