All posts by Espresso Expressions

I am a card designer and paper artist who loves creating cards and paper projects. I enjoy learning new techniques and sharing ideas with friends.

Pretty Pink Peonies

I enjoy painting flowers and these Peonies are fabulous for that technique.  I stamped each flower and then watercolored  them in shades of pink. I am also submitting this card for the newest Altenew August 2019 Inspiration  challenge.  I added  some gold Washi tape and Nuvo drops for accents.

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Falling For Fall Cards

Well, I can’t believe that I have already planned the cards for my September card class.  I like to stay ahead when I have the time to do that.  Thinking ahead for October and November just makes crafting and planning easier.  The September cards are created around using the wreath building stencil and creating wreath layouts without the stencil and sectioning the paper.  I used the mini and midsized wreath builder stencil by Gina K and my stamp platform.  I rediscovered some old favorites- peg stamps that have been waiting for a new life.  I love the way the cards came out.  Simple, colorful and welcome to September.

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Happy Birthday Guy Card!

The summer themed  paper from #Dare2BArtzy is bright and colorful and one more card using the paper, stamps and dies.  This card is for the Masculine Birthday card July challenge.  I used a five panel card sketch and cut different patterned paper for each panel.  The sailboat was cut three times from watercolor paper, for a raised sailboat image on the textured and inked background.  The card base is on a light turquoise background paper.  A slim word banner, a twine bow, and clear Nuvo drops for accents.

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Ahoy! Nautical Cards for July!

Ahoy there! Nautical card class coming in July to Scrapbook Cove, Mystic, CT!  Join me in a fun afternoon to create four unique summer cards using Dare2BArtzy nautical stamps and dies and coordinating paper!  And best of all, the Anchor card is the card design that has been selected to be featured as the Make and Take sample for Scrapbook Cove for the annual Summer Shop Hop 2019!  The background was created with Distress Texture spray and then inked with diluted ink in a mini spray bottle or swiped from a craft mat.  I am so excited that my project was selected by Scrapbook Cove for Shop Hoppers to create when they visit the store or take their envelope to take with them.  Some sailing and  happy paper crafting!

Alcohol Inks Techniques on Yupo Paper

Creating backgrounds for cards and other projects using Alcohol Inks and Yupo paper is a fascinating and you never are quite sure what you will create.  These four cards are for a follow up card class at Scrapbook Cove for May.  The backgrounds were created using Alcohol Inks and blending solution on felt secured to a ruler and dragged across the paper.  Another one the ink is dropped across the paper and blending solution helps to create blended stripes.  For the happy birthday card, I used an embossing folder for the Yupo paper, applied the ink, blended it, let it dry and then used a light grit sanding block to sand away the ink on the raised areas.  I cut a piece diagonally  and then added the die cut Happy Birthday to the edge of the paper.  The orange card, I dropped on the ink and moved the paper around, and then added more ink.  While the ink was sticky tacky, I added rose gold foil for accents.  The thank you card I made some stripes, then die cut thanks from the center, added a white rectangle to cover the space and added the thanks to the white paper.  Using this medium allows me to create unique backgrounds.

 

 

Graphic 45 2019 Brand Ambassador Audition

I always like a challenge and this Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador looks a great match to my card and paper crafting skills . Last summer, 2018 I designed and taught a card making class at Scrapbook Cove, Mystic, Connecticut using the Sun Kissed beach themed paper.  The class included completing four different cards using this beach themed   paper.  All four cards included a different kind of ‘pocket’ for tags.  I typed a list of  beach related words to add to each tag.  Here are the directions and photos of one of the cards.

Click on the link May 2018 T N T (Tips and Techniques) to download the directions that I write and share in each class that I teach.

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May 2018 T N T Graphic 45 class

 

Hopping Along the Bunny Trail!

April is only a few days away and this Easter card is ready for the mail.  This is also for the weekly Sketch Challenge from My Favorite Things-MFTWSC430.

I used the Peek A Boo die from My Favorite Things and stamped, Copic colored and die cut Easter set from Lawn Fawn.  Some gingham paper for the front and a blue inked background paper. And of course some Nuvo glitter and accent dots.  Hoppy Mail on its way. Easter bunnies.jpg