Sunday, August 29, 2010

3D Hearts

Experimenting with my heart punch and stamps, I stamped and punched three hearts out. Then I scored all three hearts through the center. I taped heart 1 to heart 2. Then I taped heart 2 to heart 3. Which created a 3D heart. The cards were fun to make.

Sponges and Brayers

The Thinking of You card was done on more mustard card stock with a brayer. I used brown, maroon, yellow, and orange inks. The brayer did not spread the ink; instead the ink soaked into the card stock immediately. I liked the randomness of the design, so I just stamped the tree and the sentiment in brown ink. I used Stampin' Up's Thoughts and Prayers stamp set.

The Living With Passion Card was done on photo paper, so I used sponges with the brown, orange, and yellow inks. The photo paper allows me to blend much easier because the ink takes quite a while to dry. However, the sponges take longer than a brayer. I used Stampin' Up's Inspired by Nature stamp set.

Both cards were attached to dark brown card stock. I really like both cards, even though they were done completely differently.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Decorated Tin with Cards

I created six 3" x 3" cards to put in the Stampin' Up tin as a gift. The assortment included two thank you cards, two birthday cards, one sympathy card, and one congratulations card. With six envelopes and six cards, it was a perfect fit into the tin.

The tin was decorated using many Stampin' Up punches. The leaves were created from the heart punch. I love the Tiny Tags punch and stamp set. What a fun set! The frame is a Spellbinders Frameability die.

I certainly have enjoyed my card making vacation! Back to work soon.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Birthday Card: Medallion in Chalk

A dear friend gave me this stamp. I have used the stamp a few times, but this is the first time I've put the card on the blog. I used VersaMark to ink the stamp. Since the stamp is quite large, it was necessary to put the stamp face up for complete coverage. I used yellows, greens, and blues in the chalks.

I cut the medallion into four equal squares, taped them onto navy card stock, and embellished with green stick-on bling. I also chalked the sentiment and added the bling. I put the sentiment on dimensionals. The inside of the card uses the matching stamp from the front.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Birthday Card in Pink

I am trying to make a stockpile of cards before school starts. And I always need a birthday card or two...

I used lots of layers, but not too much stamping or embellishments. I used my word window punch for the happy birthday stamp to show through. The flower stamps are a two step stamp set from Stampin' Up. The first stamp I used brown; the second stamp I used pink. I used my Stampmajig to place the two stamps properly. The buttons were added to finish off the card.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Brayered Birthday Card

I attended a Stampin' Up! party recently. The demonstrator, Sue Begger, was so gracious and accomodating to our varied interests. She showed me a how to brayer on glossy paper. It gives a completely different look than when done on paper. I used three colors of blue and a green to create this card using 4" x 6" photograph paper.

From there, I used square and scalloped punches, layered them, and adhered two squares to the front of the card. A layered happy birthday sentiment completed the front.

I really enjoy the brayered look; I will experiment more with the technique. Thanks, Sue!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Strong Women

The return trip from DC was an adventure. There were severe thunderstorms in the area, which meant no air travel coming or going. There were five of us trying to get out of DC. We waited for hours in the airport. Of course, by the time our flights were allowed to leave, all of the connecting flights were long gone. All of us were stranded in different cities; all of us survived the ordeal. Thus, the theme of what women can do in tight situations.

I printed the Eleanor Roosevelt quote on the computer. I used the ticket punch with matching brads. The butterfly on the front was stamped on the card front; the punched butterfly was adhered on top of the stamped image. The teabag on the inside was held in place with snail tape. The card stock was adhered with red sticky tape, just to make sure it held.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Thank You: Sunset

When I was in Washington, D.C. last week, I was invited to a dinner party. The party was on the terrace of a fifteen story building in the center of DC and the view was spectacular! Many of the famous monuments and buildings were so close. This card was made for the hosts of the party.

I used white card stock as the base for the inked piece. I used sponges to put a layer of yellow on the card. Then I used a circle punch and taped it onto the card. Using the brayer and orange ink, I covered the card again. I edged the card with a burgundy ink, sponging onto the card a bit. Then I sponged a dark brown just on the edges. I then used the dark brown ink on the grass stamp from Stampin' Up's Inspired by Nature set.

I put the inked piece on a yellow piece that was only a partial backing. Using dimensionals, I mounted it to a brown card stock. I added shiny brass brads to the side.

The pictures below were taken from the terrace. This Montana girl was pretty impressed!