Have been making mostly cute Easter Cards so wanted a couple of religious ones for some special people.
I die cut “Crosses 3” from Spellbinder Die. I found that by attaching the thin patterned paper to Fun Foam with “Stick It”, I did not have to run it back through the Big Shot to emboss it. It also cut better. I like the paper I used for the second cross. I don’t know the brand as it is something I have had for some time. I cut the “Happy” die the same as the cross with it adhered to Fun Foam. Used Darlene’s idea with DC thread for the embellishment under the “Happy” It was pretty plain without it.
The first card was pretty much the same except for the shaker and I used a My Favorite Things Die-Namics die for the flowers and used Susan’s Garden by Sizzix method and tools to make the flowers look more realistic. Very simple but very effective.Cut a circle for the base of the flowers and then used some foliage dies to make the wreath.
Inspired by Julie Ebersole’s video “Hello Monday 03.07.2016”
I love how easy this is to do. Starting by stamping Hero Arts Butterflies from their Stamp and Die Cut Set (C111) on Bristol. Embossed with Gold embossing powder. Colored with Zig Clean Color Brushes. Die cut the butterflies. Die cut several Thank Yous from First Edition Traditional Dies from Neenah cardstock. (Used Julia’s tip for die cutting using four thicknesses of a dryer sheet. Great way to keep from having to dig everything out of the die. It cut better also) Sprayed glue on the words and mounted on Neenah cardstock. Has the look of being embossed without an embossing folder. Cut 2 Thank Yous out of black cardstock and 1 out of Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock by Crafter’s Companion. Used the black pearl for the side panal also. Very happy with the way it turned out.
Emboss Resist Ink Blending. Used Distress Ink colors: Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Seedless Preserves, Mowed Lawn and Crushed Olive. After stamping selected stamps from: Ellen Hudson’s Bohemian Garden, Simon Says Stamps Favorite Flowers, and Hero Arts Blossom Art I embossed with clear embossing powder. Blended distress inks over each and cut each one out. The Thank You sentiment is a die from First Edition Traditional Dies. Diecut from black cardstock and embossed with clear emboss.
Following exactly the instructions by Iliana at My Sweet Petunia on You Tube titled Stamp Of Approval: Bring On the Cake. I did exactly as she did because it was not easy. I had to attempt it several times to get the stencil to do what she did. I didn’t have all of the ink colors. Finally I got it right. I think it turned out great. I wanted to get her technique for a shaker window down which is why I did it exactly. Now I will try to do it with some different stamps and stencils. I love the card. I love the colors.
Picked Highlighted Background card from Live Love Cards gallery for the January challenge. I didn’t have a great background stamp to do it but it worked. Was a little hard to take an individual flower for the highlighted piece. So I will try Darlene’s suggestion next and use a regular stamp for the background by stamping several images in a lighter color.
I took an online Whimsical Sketching Class today with Sandy Allnock. It was great. She is a great teacher. Lesson 1 (there are more) was sketching whimsical flowers and creating a coloring book page. Here was my result. I can’t believe I sketched this freehand with a pencil and a sharpie (and an eraser) and lots of help and tips from Sandy. The only thing I used the pencil for was to draw a lot of circles of different sizes, which I erased later. I love the results. I am looking forward to the next classes.
Bought myself an early Christmas present. It looks so neat and organized.
Another Christmas card using SOA Holiday collection. Love these snowflakes.
Another Christmas card using Stamp of Approval goodies along with Penny Black stamps. Love the little guys decorating a dead tree in the snow.
One of my Christmas cards for this year (30 to go).