9/24/2020

Mixed Media Halloween Card

My card today is for this week's TicTacToe Challenge. I'm not certain I love this card - it certainly is a departure for me - but it fits the criteria of the challenge.  And I wanted to do something different and try out a few new "toys."

I used the middle column: Mixed Media, Splatter, Orange

I just bought some Tim Holtz Resist Spray.  It's a super cool spray that goes on white and dries clear (I guess it's clear - I sprayed it on white so I really couldn't tell - LOL!)  Then I created a wash using Smoky Slate and Basic Gray ink. The splatters resist your wash.

My second media is a Metallic Silver Distress Crayon which I smeared in various places and then used some water to move around.  You can see the metallic in this photo.

I added some orange splatters, washi tape and a few stamps.

This was one of those cards where I sat down and played with materials to see what popped up.  I had a vague plan to use the gears and the postage stamp as I thought they would contribute to a "steampunk" Halloween card.  I'm not sure that happened, but I kind of like the result.

If nothing else, I enjoyed trying out the new materials and will have a better idea how to use them in the future!

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9/22/2020

Follow Your Art and Why I Keep Stamps FOREVER

I love the sketch today at CAS Colours and Sketches.  I varied it just a bit by altering the height of my pencils.

Here is the posted sketch:

The stamp set I used is retired but one that I will keep forever - there are just too many artists in my family and friends!  I know I'll always use it and that sentiment is one of my favorites.

I stamped the images in Stazon, colored with Watercolor Pencils and a blender pen and die cut them out.  Super simple.  The stitched background is also from a retired die.

I must be a hoarder because while I love getting the new things to play with, I can't part with the old.  On the other hand when my husband says at the last minute "I need a thank you card and my client loves coffee (or golf or cats)" it's easy for me to come up with a personalized card because I have so many stamps!

BIG NEWS!

Stampin' Up! is having a 24 Hour Stamp Sale on September 23, 2020!  (From 12:00 am MT to 11:50pm MT.)


Select stamps will be on sale for 15% off including the Whiskey Business set I featured last week!   Order Whiskey Business and use Hostess Code EZAMBBNF and I will also send you a PDF of instructions to both cards!

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9/21/2020

Poinsettia Petals

When I saw Chris' colors - Flirty Flamingo, Terracotta Tile and Soft Suede - for this week's color challenge at Splitcoaststampers I initially wondered what I would do.  Then I had an AHA moment.  I'd make a Christmas card!  And a little secret - this one is super easy thanks to laser-cut specialty paper!

This card uses the Poinsettia Petals dies.  I've used the stamp set before and it is quite lovely, but the dies...they are wonderful! 

They make beautiful stand alone flowers, leaves and greenery.  Those embossed petals are gorgeous.  I used sponge daubers to just touch the petal centers and edges with the Flirty Flamingo and Terracotta Tile inks, then lightly sponged some Soft Suede ink over the embossed background for a bit of antiquing.  The berry sprigs are cut from Soft Suede cardstock.

One of the things that makes it so special is the use of the die cut from the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.  It adds that WOW factor with no work.  The gold greenery is all ONE DIE cut.  It looks like you spent time arranging the greenery, but it's one easy layer.

I also added my favorite embellishments from this year's catalog - the Gold Hoops.  They add just enough shine with a very up-to-the-minute appeal.  The "gold" pearl in the center is a Beaded Pearl from the Holiday Catalog colored with a Soft Suede Stampin' Blends marker.

I'm thinking that this will be my Christmas card for the year - it is that easy to recreate in multiples.  For variety I'll just vary the colors!  Perhaps some Night of Navy, Shaded Spruce or Merry Merlot in the background instead of the Terracotta Tile for a bit more traditional card.

BIG NEWS!

Stampin' Up! is having a 24 Hour Stamp Sale on September 23, 2020!  (From 12:00 am MT to 11:50pm MT.)


Select stamps will be on sale for 15% off including the Whiskey Business set I featured last week!   Order Whiskey Business and use Hostess Code EZAMBBNF and I will also send you a PDF of instructions to both cards!

Place ANY order with me between now and September 30 and use Hostess code EZAMBBNF and I will send you a free copy of the new Holiday Mini catalog.

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9/15/2020

CAS Whiskey Business Cards

I have two clean and simple cards for you today using the Whiskey Business stamp set from Stampin' Up!  This set is fast becoming my go-to for guy cards.  The men in my family don't fish or hunt so many of the usual masculine stamp sets just don't fit.  However, they do like their scotch!

This card is for the color challenge this week at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Two of the colors - Mango Melody and Cinnamon Cider - are the perfect blend for the whiskey so the rest was easy! 

Here are the posted colors:

I got the inspiration for this card from an earlier one that I made for my brother-in-law.  I would have used that card but it did not have the Cherry Cobbler and I wanted a slightly different card so I made a banner for the sentiment using the Banners Pick A Punch  which allows you to create perfect banners in three widths!

Both cards use the In Good Taste Designer Paper which pairs perfectly with this set giving a whiskey barrel feel.  I also used Gold Foil paper and heat embossing on both.



The whiskey is created by first coloring with the Mango and then adding the Cinnamon Cider around the edges.  Since I used the "Straight Up" sentiment I left off the glass because it shows an "on the rocks" not "straight up" drink! 

 

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9/14/2020

Beautiful Autumn Bundle Wreath

When the new Holiday Catalog at Stampin' Up! came out, this stamp and punch bundle (Beautiful Autumn) wasn't even on my radar.  I've had little punches before and rarely used them.  This set has changed my mind about small punches!  I love these!

This card is for the color challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week where the colors are Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.

I started the card by watercoloring an A2 base using Garden Green and just a bit of Pumpkin Pie.  The splatters were created by using a resist spray.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso.

The Beautiful Autumn leaves and acorn are just the perfect size to add to foliage on an A2 card.  Here I used the swirl die from the Painted Labels Dies and cut out the center using a layering circle die to make the base of my wreath.  I added solid foliage cut in Garden Green from the Sunflowers Dies and a gold hoop to further anchor my wreath base.

I used the "splat" technique to get a sheet of Cherry Cobbler and Pumpkin Pie watercolor paper that I could stamp with the leaves and cut out with the punches.  The acorn outlines are stamped on Whisper White Thick in Early Espresso ink and filled in with Soft Suede for the top and Soft Suede stamped off once on the bottom. I think they are so cute for autumn cards!

I'm usually not one for bows but I added one here using the ribbon from the Forever Greenery pack.  I like it's more rustic look and a wreath needs a bow.  Finally I added a few rhinestones in Pumpkin Pie from the Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels.

 

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