Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Ronda Palazzari is one of my favorite stencil designers, and I'm thrilled to be a guest on her blog today. Ronda asked that I create some holiday themed projects for the blog. I own a fair number of her stencils, but nothing that is actually 'holiday', so I challenged myself to think out of the box on this one. I hope you like what I made!
First up, a card based on a song. One of my favorite Christmas songs, that just reminds me of being a kid at Christmas, is Silver Bells. I thought that the Urban Landscape stencil would be perfect for this card, and I wanted to incorporate it in a very subtle and elegant way. This is such an easy process. I used a Zig Emboss marker to trace the buildings, added some diagonal lines/shading to the left side of the buildings, and embossed.
You don't have to be an expert, or particularly neat or artistic to do this, and the effect when embossed is gorgeous.
I mounted the vellum panel on an older piece of silver patterned paper, added some gold glitter cardstock accents, embossed the sentiment in gold, and then die cut some silver bells and tied them together with red sparkle trim for a pop of color.
Next I thought I would take on some tags. I love the look of white on kraft, but I just think that for the holidays things should have a little sparkle/shine.
For these I used one of the feathers from the Mini Fancy Feathers stencil. I layered it on my tag pieces and colored it in using a Chalk Marker/PITT artist pen. I actually did one using each of them, and they were so similar that I ended up not being able to tell them apart.
Once this was done, I again used the Emboss marker to add some 'gilding' to the feathers. I actually did this twice as I didn't get the coverage I wanted the first time, and with the double embossing, you get a thicker, richer look.
And one more shot of the two tags:
Finally, another card. For this one I thought way out of the box, pulling out my Mini Subway stencil. All those little compartments remind me a bit of stained glass. I used embossing paste kind of like you might use heat embossing, for a bit of resist, although I wasn't fussy about it if I accidentally colored on the lines. You could certainly use the emboss marker for a cleaner look, but I like the extra dimension you get from the paste.
I colored in the sections using Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Bough distress inks with a water brush varying the intensity of color. I added a light mist of Lindy's Starburst for a little shimmer and snow effect.
Then I mounted the sentiment, cut using my Silhouette and glitter cardstock, and popped the whole panel up from the card. I added a little sparkle trim to frame the panel.
Hope you enjoyed my projects today and that they inspire you to look at your stencils, even those non-holiday ones, in a different light. Thanks so much to Ronda for having me today!
Christmastime in the City Card
Paper/Cardstock: Avery Elle - White Cardstock; American Crafts - Jolly Days paper; Recollections - Gold Glitter Cardstock and Silver Mirrorboard
Stamps: Lawn Fawn - Milo's ABCs
Ink: Versamark; Zig - Emboss Marker
Other: Crafter's Workshop - Mini Urban Landscape Stencil; Avery Elle - Fill in the Blanks Holiday Dies; CTMH - Gold Embossing Powder and Dimensional Foam Tape; May Arts - Red Sparkle Trim; Tombow - Mono and Mono Multi Adhesive.
Paper/Cardstock: PTI - Kraft
Stamps: Lawn Fawn - Milo's ABCs
Ink: Versamark; Zig - Emboss Marker
Other: Crafter's Workshop - Mini Fancy Feathers Stencil; CTMH - Gold and Silver Embossing Powders, Chalk Marker; Faber Castell - PITT White Artist Pen; Twinery - Gold Sparkle and Solid Stone twine; WRMK - Cropodile
Paper/Cardstock: Crafter's Companion - White Cardstock; Coredinations - Glitter Silk Cardstock; Watercolor paper from Target (Kids Art pad)
Ink: Distress Inks - Mowed Lawn, Evergreen Bough
Other: Crafter's Workshop - Mini Subway Stencil; Liquitex - Embossing Paste; Ranger - Water Brush; Lindy's - Starburst Mist; May Arts - Red Sparkle Trim; Silhouette Portrait; Tombow - Power Tabs and Foam Squares
Hey everyone! It's Anything Goes this month at Ribbon Carousel, and I thought I would share with you the cards that we are sending out this year for Christmas. I made two versions, dark/light mostly because my goal was to use what I had, and I only had so much of the two papers I used for the die cuts.
I wanted to make sure that the card was relatively easy to mass produce and mail friendly as well. There are a fair number of steps in the card, but overall pretty easy to put together. I stamped the backgrounds first and let them dry while I die cut the landscape pieces. For the lighter version they had to dry overnight since I used Brilliance pigment ink. Then came adhering the die cut piece, embossing the sentiment, and then tying on the twine and adhering the entire panel to the card.
When I'm in mass production mode, I generally produce over a few evenings. So the first evening was stamping the background, die cutting, prepping the card bases. Second/third evenings were adhering the die cut, embossing the sentiment, and final card assembly.
What do you think? Which version is your favorite? I go back and forth, but haven't quite settled on which I like the best....depends on what mood I'm in.
And have you heard? There is good news and bad news. The bad news is that Corinna is shutting down the Ribbon Carousel store for a year. She's got her priorities in the right place and needs to focus elsewhere for a little bit, but she is ALWAYS thinking, and I'm guessing that when she opens back up there will be fantastic stuff in store for us all.
The good news is that there is a HUGE sale going on, half off all carousels - this would be a GREAT time to get one as they are $45 and shipping is free in the US. The other good news is that we're going to be continuing the challenge even during the store hiatus.
Hope you will link up this month...it's a no brainer...Anything Goes and the winner gets a free Carousel!
Paper/Cardstock: CTMH - Whisper Cardstock; Crafter's Companion - White Cardstock: Fancy Pants - Home For Christmas Papers (solids used for the die cuts)
Stamps: Hero Arts - BasicGrey RSVP Tiny Star Background; Verve - Peace on Earth
Ink: Tsukineko - Versamark, Brilliance Platinum Dew Drop; Hero Arts - Wet Cement Shadow Ink
Other: Memory Box - Modern Landscape Die; The Twinery - Maraschino Twine; CTMH - Gold Embossing Powder; Tombow - Mono Adhesive and Mono Multi Adhesive
Saturday, December 7, 2013
I was inspired by the colors, the season, and the woodgrain (I would have inserted the mood board photo here, but we just got a mac, and I can't figure out how to save an image from a website to my desktop right now.....I miss the right click button!!!).
For this card, I used the velveteen technique, stamping my large Hero Arts woodgrain background in white pigment ink onto white cardstock.
Then I used one of the leaf stamps from Fresh Cut Florals to create a wreath (I traced a small circle onto the card to use as a guide). I used the large berries from the Spring Tags set to decorate the wreath and stamped JOY using the smaller set of letters from the Monogrammed set.
Really simple and easy.
Hope that your weekend is going well! We are doing our best to relax and enjoy this special season!
Paper/Cardstock: CTMH - White Daisy; PTI - Kraft cardstock
Stamps: WPlus9 - Fresh Cut Florals, Spring Tags, Monogrammed; Hero Arts - Woodgrain Background
Ink: CTMH - White Daisy; Cranberry; Hero Arts - Field Greens Shadow Ink
Other: Lawn Fawn - Peppermint Lawn Trimmings; Tombow - Mono Adhesive
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I took a week off from my birthday card making duties, but I'm back at it again. This week I was in the mood to color. I have mostly Spectrum Noir markers, you really can't beat the price on those, but was fortunate enough to have received some Copics in my WCMD prize, so I wanted to give those a test run.
I love my Jane's Doodles stamps, and pulled out Garden Friends for this first set of cards. The critters are so cute and you really don't need more more than the image and a sentiment - it would be easy to create a little gift set of cards using this stamp set.
This last card features one of the balloons from Mama Elephant's Good Times set. I stamped three of the balloons on some wide Eclipse masking tape to use as masks and then created my cluster. The tails are a bit uneven as I used a journaling pen that was a little too thin so had to go in and thicken the lines.
Coloring cards and catching up on my shows - not a bad way to spend an evening!
Paper/Cardstock: Crafter's Companion - White Cardstock
Stamps: Jane's Doodles - Garden Friends; Mama Elephant - Good Times; Paper Smooches - Birthday Sampler; A Muse Studio - Contemporary Greetings
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other: Spectrum Noir markers; Copic markers
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Slipping a card for the current Deconstructed Sketch in under the wire.
I pulled out some new goodies to create this: the papers are from Glitz's Sunshine in my Soul collection, and the stamps are from Waltzingmouse's Fancy Feathers set. I also used some of my favorites: vellum and gold embossing.
It's a little CAS and a little elegant, and this post is a lot quick. ;)
Have a great day!
Paper/Cardstock: Glitz - Sunshine in my Soul 6x6 pad; CTMH - Colonial White cardstock; Recollections - Vellum
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Fancy Feathers
Other: The Twinery - Gold Sparkle Twine; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; CTMH - Gold Embossing Powder; Tombow - Mono and Multi Mono Adhesive
Monday, December 2, 2013
I do so love the watercolor look, and I love how easy it is to achieve.
This card was a really quick and easy one to put together. I used watercolor paper (and I get mine in the kids art department at Target....it's part of the Kid Made Modern line and it's a seriously great buy. 20 sheets for something like $3.99. It's thick stuff too!
Anyway, all I did to create the background was cut the panel, then brush water onto the center portion, and then apply ink distress ink that I had pressed onto an acrylic block. The center panel is a little softer and more even. For that, I pressed my two colors of ink on to a block, spritzed it with water liberally and then pressed it to my paper and kind of swiped it across. Then I just cut a portion of it out for the sentiment.
The sentiment is Verve and I added a little May Arts burlap string and American Crafts sheer ribbon to finish it off.
Speaking of ribbon, I mentioned a big sale, right? Well, there's a BIG sale going on at Ribbon Carousel, half off carousels! If you've been wanting one, now is THE time to get one, head over here to check it out!
Paper/Cardstock: Kid Made Modern Watercolor Paper from Target; Bazzill - Robin's Egg Card Shoppe Cardstock
Stamps: Verve - Wonderfully Made
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Distress Ink - Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean
Other: May Arts - White Burlap String; American Crafts - Sheer Ribbon; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Just a quick post to share a card for this month's AEI♥U Challenge.
I used Avery Elle's Knotty set. The boat was stamped and colored with Copics, which allowed me to add some details to the image, and then fussy cut. Instead of adhering the entire image directly to the panel, I popped out the sail for some dimension.
The waves were created using PTI's sketched shapes set. That is actually the long pennant that I shaped into a wave on the block.
Pretty CAS on this one.
Hope you are having a great day....I don't know about you, but I am NOT ready for Monday!
Paper/Cardstock: Avery Elle - White, Sapphire, and Cherry cardstock
Stamps: Avery Elle - Knotty; PTI - Sketched Shapes
Ink: Hero Arts - Navy; Mama Elephant - Ocean
Other: Copics (please don't ask me to remember which ones I used); CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive