Creating special birthday cards can sometimes be challenging, especially for my two daughters who have BDays in September. I always want to up my game! I played around with my new Fuse heat tool and after a few attempts I created a small pocket for sequins and glittery stars. I used a few new stencils and distress inks from Ranger to create the background. I just got a new set at the Great American Stamp store in Westport, CT from Hero Arts that included a die cut and coordinating stamps. I filled the clear pocket and tucked it under the word banner to hide the glue tape that I used to secure the filled pocket. A bit of shiny twine completed the look. I created a second one using some different colors. I need a bit more practice, so time to create a few more BDay cards for upcoming birthdays!
I like to send a Welcome Back to School card to my teacher friends- including my retired educator friends. I wanted to create a card that incorporated many new techniques that I have been trying out. I discovered this fountain pen nib stamp and think it was a limited edition from some company. I printed out a Palmer cursive handwriting method back ground paper and incorporated a page from an old banking check register as well. I painted the pen nibs and added glossy accents to the ticket. I used a Ranger stencil for inked accents and colored some texture paste with distress ink and used a smaller stencil. A piece of dictionary page was added to the end of the tag and a piece of fabric ribbon accent was knotted to the tag. They are in the mail to my teacher friends! I love the way the card came out. My multi media project for #SST weekly challenge!
The weekly sketch challenge for My Favorite Things is a four square layout. I love the squiggle flowers and die cut from Simon Says Stamp and found that each flower fits in small square and scalloped square. I stamped each flower on watercolor paper and painted each flower and leaves with Ranger distress inks. I added a word banner, tiny heart and glitter glue to each flower. Ready to mail to a friend!
I love the mini calendars that I shared as holiday gifts and have gotten rave reviews. I also sold them at the craft sale I did before the holidays. It is a handy calendar to have in the home office. Have to start thinking about making a new set for the 2016 year. This was a new design that I created from a Pinterest sample I found.
Lately I have been trying different techniques to create backgrounds. I watched a video by Jennifer Mcguire that I found on Pinterest. The background is created with a stencil and white pigment ink, dried and then shifted to create a shadow or accent. The stencil is inked again with a dye ink. I added a word circle, looped twine and either some sequins or a tiny heart. Pretty clever. I might need to buy some larger stencils to keep experimenting.
The background for the cards was created using alcohol inks in yellow or purple. I inked the stamp pad on the craft map and sprayed alcohol into the mat to create a puddle. I cut a A2 sized piece of speciality paper and touch it to the inky puddle. I let it dry and then inked the Magenta flower stamp to the paper. I added a stamped script stamp in a few random stops. I used Ranger texture paste to add accents using a circle stencil. A word sentiment tag was added and an accent border stamp to the bottom. I love the yellow and purple colors. The yellow card was posted to the Monday challenge for Simon says stamp. #sswc
This is a new technique I tried after watching a video by Jennifer McGuire. Masking off a section and blending distress inks. The next step is to brush on silver or gold perfect pearls powder. The shiny powder sticks to the wet ink. I selected an embossing folder and embossed the decorated paper. I layered this piece onto orange paper and then onto the folded card. A black die cut hello and a few accent sequins finish the CAS look.