Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Woodland Trees Cubbies

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I have really been enjoying the critter cubbies line but I wanted to do a little something different with them.  That's why I came up with today's card.  I used the Woodland Trees Cubbies set to make a scene that isn't just inside the tree as it's shown on the packaging.  It was fun to see the tree image in a different way.
The images were stamped onto Copic X Press It paper with Gina K Designs Black Amalgam Ink and colored with Copic markers.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. They were then cut with the matching dies that come in the set. Black Glaze pen was added to the eyes of the animals.
Two sheets of patterned paper from Recollections was die cut with the Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Die and attached to a white A2 note card. I cut a piece of white cardstock with the shaped die cut and placed the outer layer aside so I could keep it white.  I stenciled onto the inner pieces with the cloud stencil and the Stormy Sky Distress Oxide ink.  I also added some splatter to the pieces with Perfect Pearl colored Perfect Pearls mixed with water and let them dry.  I attached the frame to the card front with foam tape and added the colored pieces in with flat adhesive.  I arranged the tree, animals and leaves and added them with a variety of foam tape and flat adhesive.  

Copic Colors Used:
Birds - B000, B02, BG13, BG10, Y11, YR14
Leaves - YG61, YG63, YG67
Squirrel - E70, E71, E74, E77
Bunny - C0, C1, C3, C5, RV11
Chipmunk - E000, E13, E15, E19
Tree - E31, E33, E35, E37
Treehouse - Y13, Y26, Y28

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Shaker Card Challenge

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I really enjoy making shaker cards.  I have a feeling that many of you do too.  For those of you that haven't tried to make one yet, you should really give it a try!  I've shown you how I made one below so you can follow along.  I used the Meerkat stamp set, but you can do this with any stamps you have.  Once you make your shaker card be sure to enter it in this weeks contest on the Art Impressions blog for the chance to win some great prizes.
To make the frame I used washi tape to attach two of the Hexagon Double Stitched Dies together and cut them out of white cardstock. I used the second and third largest dies.
Here are the elements of the card. I used the third largest die to cut a piece of confetti patterned paper.  I used the second largest die to cut a piece of teal cardstock as well as a piece of acetate.  I'm also showing you the A2 card, the papers that I layered over the card and the colored images. The images were stamped onto Copic X Press It paper with Gina K Designs Black Amalgam Ink and colored with Copic markers.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. Two greetings from the stamp set were combined and stamped at once to look like one bigger greeting. 
I used 1/4" double sided tape to attach the patterned paper to the center of the cardstock panel.  I also attached the frame to the acetate with the same tape.
I used two layers of Adhesive foam strips to form the shaker element.  You can also use regular foam tape cut down into thin strips.  Just double it up to give your shaker elements room to move.  Be sure that you have no gaps in the foam tape so none of shaker bits escape.
I chose to use tiny diamond shapes for this card.  I purchased some from Queen and CO.  and some from nail supply stores.  I wanted them in a few different sizes.  In the long run, I'm not sure that it mattered that they were different sizes.
I added the items that I wanted inside the shaker over the patterned paper before removing the backing paper from my adhesive and then stuck the frame and acetate piece down.  I find that it is the easiest way to line everything up.  
The last thing I did is attach all of my pieces to the card and shake everything up.  I hope you make a shaker card of your own.  I will warn you, they're addictive!

Copic Colors Used:
Meercat - E30, E31, E33, E25, E29, E83
Yellow - Y11, Y13, Y26
Orange - YR12, YR14, E08
Teal - GB11, BG13
Rose - R81, R83, R85
Gray - C0, C1, C3


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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Roomba Cat Card

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I am in love with the Housework Set that was released not too long ago.  It has some hilarious  images and a bunch of funny sayings.  I really couldn't decide on which saying I was going to add because I loved them all.  I did have a clear vision of what I wanted to do for this card.  I wanted that cat in motion!  I made a simple slider card and had fun playing with the results.
The main and sentiment were stamped onto a rectangle of Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper with Gina K Designs Black Amalgam Ink and colored with Copic markers. The cat was stamped onto an extra piece of paper with the same ink and fussy cut leaving a small white border around the image.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. I also stamped the woman onto a scrap of the patterned paper and cut out her dress and attached it to the image with Ranger Multi Medium in matte. The Spectrum Noir paper and a piece of Carta Bella Spring Market 6" X 6" patterned paper were cut with the Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies.
As I said, the slider part is simple to make. The patterned paper was attached to a white top fold A2 card. I then used the curved die from Lawn Fawn Slide on Over dies to cut out the slider at the bottom of the colored panel. Once it was cut I added a double layer of foam tape to the top portion of the panel.  I also added a 1/4" of tape along the side, but still a double layer. This was attached to the card base. I didn't add any adhesive to the bottom because this is where the cat will be sliding back and forth. I cut a piece of paper in the shape of the roomba, but a bit bigger than the stamped image to go behind the cat. I set the piece of paper into the slider track on the card and then attached two 1/4" foam dots to the center of it then pressed the cat image to the center of it.  Now the image moves back and forth along the track.  It doesn't move as fast as some other images that only have one foam dot behind them, but this cat looks like he'd be moving around slowly.  
Copic Colors Used:
Face: E000, E00, E11, Rv11
Hair - E31, E33, E35
Gray - C0, C1, C3, C5
Yellow - Y13, Y26, Y28
Blue - B000, B02
Green - YG61, YG63, YG65Cat - W00, W1, W3, W5, RV11

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Challenge Desktop Decor

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

It's week two of the Desktop Decor Challenge on the Art Impressions Blog.  Be sure to check it out and enter a card for the chance to win some fabulous prizes. We are featuring the New release.  There are great new stamp sets. I'm using the Never Too Old Laugh Lines set.  It's packed with great sentiments that are sure to make you chuckle.
The old lady image was stamped onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Amalgam and colored with Copic markers.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. I also stamped her onto a scrap of the patterned paper and fussy cut her dress. I then ran my Memento Dual Tip Tuxedo Black Marker along the edges to hide any bad cutting before I attached it to my image with Ranger Multi Medium in matte.  Once the dress was dry I cut around the image leaving a very small white border.
This fun calendar is on a chalk board that I picked up at Dollar Tree. The main paper is a piece of Carta Bella 6" x 6" decorative paper that had the flower stand printed onto it.  It's edged with two pieces of the same paper pad that were cut with a scalloped border die from Lawn Fawn.  An extra awning was cut from the decorative paper and attached over the paper with foam tape.  I stamped the greeting with my Versamark Watermark inkpad and embossed it with the Nuvo Classic Silver embossing powder and cut it into a rectangle.  It's attached to a piece of decorative paper.  It's added to below the awning. I printed a tiny calendar from the internet and attached the pages using my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.  I used a light tack adhesive to attach it to the paper so it can be removed next year.  The last thing I did was add the lady with foam tape so her hand is pointing to the calendar.  
Copic Colors Used:
Face - E000, E00, E11, RV11
Hair - C1, C3, C5
Dress - W00, W3, W5
Rose - R81, R83, R85
Green - YG61, YG63

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Love Lives Here Succulents Card

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I've been wanting to watercolor some flowers for a while now.  The new Succulents stamp set was the perfect excuse to get out my markers and brush.  I really enjoyed how fast and easy these images were to color.  I did a bunch of cards in a very short time.
The images were stamped onto Bristol paper with Scrapbook.com Black Hybrid Ink and colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.   I used a #1 brush with very little water and my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the images.  I added the marker to the base of the petals and pulled it out with a damp brush. The largest succulent is the most complicated.  I used 041 Light Green and let it dry before I came back in with 400 Marine Green at the very darkest parts of the leaves. I then added a tiny bit of 082 Purple to the tips of the petals. The other succulent that I used multiple colors on has tiny red points at the tips.  I used 045 Pale Green at first to try to give it a very light color. Then I dotted the 022 Carmine Red onto the tips of the leaves and added my damp brush to a few of the dots.  I used 041 light green, 031 Cobalt Blue and 081 Light Violet on the other images. I then die cut the larger images with the dies from the stamp set and cut out the two tiny images.
I then cut out my two main panels of paper from the patterned paper with my Rectangle A2 Double Stitched dies and attached them to my white A2 card base.  Using the same patterned paper, I cut out a Circle Double Stitched Die.  I also cut out a brown circle and attached the other circle over it. I cut a piece off of the bottom of both of them with my stitched rectangle die and attached it to the card with foam tape. I used the shape of the circle to add the succulents around the greeting.  Some were attached with glue while a couple were attached with foam tape.  The last thing I did was attached some enamel dots around the card.  

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Critter Cubbies Slider Card

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I'm using the Dog House Cubbies stamp set for this weeks blog post.  When I saw the dogs in this set, I saw them as having some kind of movement.  I decided that I wanted to make them into a slider card.  This one also spins a bit, but mostly slides.  I'm sure that you can come up with some really fun ways to use the new cubbie sets!
The images were stamped onto Copic X Press It paper with Gina K Designs Black Amalgam Ink and colored with Copic markers.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. They were then cut with their coordinating dies. The Doodlebug Pupply Love 6" x 6" Designer paper was cut with the Rounded Rectangle A2 Double Stitched dies and attached to an A2 white card base.  A white piece of card stock was stenciled using Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Ink and the Altenew Square Weave Pattern stencil.  I was sure to apply uneven pressure with my Picket Fence Life Changing brush for an interesting look.
The slider portion was very simple to make.  I just cut a slit out of the bottom of the stenciled background with the long, straight die from the Lawn Fawn Slide On over Dies.  I punched three 3/4" circles and glued them together.  They formed the weight to go behind my slider piece.  I then attached foam dots to the back of my stenciled paper.  I was sure to leave an opening under and above the slider area.  I placed it onto my card and then put the cut out piece of the stenciled paper flat onto my card.  I then placed the circles into the slider opening and attached a 1/4" foam dot to the center of the circles and then attaches my dog to the center of the foam dot.  At this point I tried out the slider to make sure it worked and applied some anti-static powder to it.  Once I was sure that the slider was working, I attach the cubbie and dogs to the card with glue and foam tape.
Copic Colors Used:
Gold Dogs - YR21, YR24, E31, E33, R81
Dark Brown Dogs - E31, E33, E35, E37, E39
Gray Dog - C1, C3, C5, R81
Bulldog - C1, E30, E31, C33
Hound Dog - W1, W3, W5
Wood- E31, E33, E35
Green - YG11, YG03, G24
Blue - B000, B02
Yellow - Y13, Y26, Y28

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Furry Friends Challenge with Critter Cubbies

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

It's week two of the Furry Friends Challenge on the Art Impressions Blog.  Be sure to check it out and enter a card for the chance to win some fabulous prizes. We are featuring the New Critter Cubbies release.  There are four great new stamp sets that include the stamps and dies for you to include your own cubbies.  Which one will you choose? Today I am using the Cozy Cat Cubbies.
The images were stamped onto Copic X Press It paper with Gina K Designs Black Amalgam Ink and colored with Copic markers.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. They were then cut with the coordinating dies.  
I used the Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies to cut out two layers of the Doodlebug Kitten Smitten Designer 6" x 6" paper.  The only thing left to do was stamp the greeting with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and attach the images with foam tape.  
Copic Colors Used:
Tan Kitten - E42, E31, E33, RV00
Gray Kitten - C0, C1, C3, C5
Brown Gray Kitten - W00, W1, W3, W5, W7
Dark Brown Kitten - E31, E33, E35, E37
Orange Kitten - E33, YR30, YR21, YR24
Wood, E70, E71, E74
Brown - E30, E31, E33
Blue - B000, B00, B01
Pink - R81, R83, R85
Yellow - Y13, Y26, Y28
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