Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Craftiness = Happiness

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

Today I used the Craftiness = Happiness mounted stamp from Hobby Lobby. My friend Char and I go way back.  In fact, we met on the internet in a rubber stamping e-mail group in June of 1998! It was only fitting that I had to get this stamp to celebrate the anniversary of us being friends for 20 years.
This particular card is a birthday card.  I used a greeting from Office Party Set 4998. The two combined great to make this fun easel card.

The image is stamped with My Favorite Things Intense Black ink onto Spectrum Noir paper and colored with Copic markers.  The colors are listed below.  The panel is cut out and mounted onto a standard sized card panel.  The patterned papers I used are Picnic Table from Recollections.
 It was very simple to turn the standard A2 card base into an easel card.  An A2 card is a 9" x 51/2" piece of card stock scored at 41/4".  To turn it into an easel card, just score it at 21/8 on one flap.  Then you will need to attach your decorative panel to only the bottom half of the easel.  I added some rose trim to hold everything up once the card is opened.  I also stamped the sentiment inside. 

Copic Colors used:
Faces - E000, E00, E11, E04, R20
Hair - E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, C1, C3, C5
Blue - B00, B32, B34
Green - YG61, YG63, YG67
Yellow - Y11, Y32, Y35
Pink - R81, R83, R85
Orange - Y35, YR14
Grey - C1, C3, C5
Brown - E30, E31, E33, E35

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Elephant Twist Tie

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I really love all of the cute images in the Twist tie sets.  Have you noticed that you can used them as stand alone images?  Today I'm using each of the Elephants from the Elephant Twist Ties 4985 to make a set of cute Thank you cards.  You could change out the sentiment to easily make a baby card.

Both cards are made the same way. I stamped the elephant onto Strathmore watercolor paper using Versamark Watermark ink.  Then I added Ranger Black Sparkle Embossing powder and heat set the image.  I used my Marvy Le Plume II markers along with a #4 brush.  The image is colored with African Violet.  I added the marker in layers of light color.  The flower is colored with Brilliant Yellow, Iris Purple and Olive Green. I added in some background color with Laurel Green, Manganese Blue and Brownish Gray.  I kept the background colors very light.

The image is cut out with a scalloped frame die and layered with foam tape.  The patterned paper is Backyard Table from Recollections. I attached several sequins from the Pretty Pink Post Easter Mix with the help of my Jewel Picker.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Hap-pig Birthday

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

Today we're celebrating the release of the Funny Farm stamps on the Art Impressions Blog. I used the Guinea Pig Out Set 5003 to make a slider card with a hidden message as well as a bit of an unexpected twist.  Slider cards are quite easy to make if you just follow a few simple steps. 

Here is as the guinea pig first begins to move across the card revealing it's message.

Here is what the card looks like after it has revealed the entire message.  I'm going to walk you though the entire process, but first here is how this card looks as you reveal the message when you pull the flag.

Here are the main supplies I used to create this fun card.

The guinea pig is stamped onto Bristol paper and colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I like use my #4 brush to add light layers of color.  I used Light Brown 61, Brown 60, Dark Brown 62, Light Gray 91 and Sugared Almond Pink 200.

I needed to add the greeting to the flag strip without the word hello.  That required some masking.  I added a piece of washi tape over the top row of words and inked up the stamp.

I removed the washi tape and stamped out the part of the stamp I needed.  After cleaning my stamp, I did the same thing for the top portion of the stamp. The flag measures 1" x 4 1/2" long.  I just cut the flag shape with my detail scissors.

I used Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide inks to color the greeting flag as well as the hill. I blended the inks onto the Bristol paper with the round blending tools avoiding where I had stamped. The Distress Oxide ink will cover over the greeting. I spritzed them with water droplets and used a paper towel to dry off the water after about 30 seconds. I did the same process for the sky using Broken China Distress Oxide ink.

I placed all of the pieces out. As you can see, there is a bit over a quarter of an inch above the greeting on the flag.  that is so you don't see it through the slide tab.  I attached the sky and clouds to the card base.

I cut the smallest slider tab from the Slide On Over set.  Many companies have similar sets.  You could even cut a quarter inch wide track with a craft knife. I started mine under the guinea pig for the first cut and then lined up the second cut to stop about one inch from the end of the hill.  I used a T-Square ruler to line it up.

I attached the hill to the frame. I set the guinea pig image where I wanted it and  put washi tape on each side of it.  It served as a mask and to show me where to add the pellet stamp.  I ended up stamping it twice.

I colored the pellets in with the brown markers and used the light gray for the shadows. I placed the greeting flag behind the slider where I was sure no words were showing. I added four one quarter inch foam squares at the end of the slider before attaching the guinea pig.  before I pressed too hard, I made sure everything worked as I wanted.  If things aren't moving smooth, try using your anti-static tool.

I turned the entire piece over and added foam tape to everything.  Be sure to frame in the greeting flag.  I was sure to add anti-static powder to that area before I removed the backing from any of the foam tape.  Then I removed the foam tape and added it to my card base.

The last thin I did was add some Moonshine confetti to the sky. I hope you get a kick out of this card!

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

WC Class Exclusive Stamp Set

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

At the end of April I had the chance to attend the Scrapbook Expo in Orlando and take my second Art Impressions Watercolor class.  It was amazing!  I was also lucky enough to be able to work the make and take booth.  We did a different project each day.  I enjoyed every minute of it.  I had the chance to meet so many Ai fans.
The class is fun if you're a beginner or more advanced.  I feel you can learn something no matter what level stamper you are.  We took time to go over the basics and then we went through four different projects.  My favorite part is that you get an exclusive stamp set at the end of class.  Here is the class schedule.  Be sure to sign up for a class early!

I knew the basic layout I was going to follow after watching Bonnie's video showing how she used the stamps set. I just changed up a few things for my design. I added Sepia to the entire window/branch stamp. Then I came back to add Pine Green to the branch portions and African Violet to the window. I stamped the image onto the center of my watercolor paper.  I blended out areas of my window using very little water on my brush. I drew in curtains with the fine point tip of my African Violet marker and pulled the color out with my damp brush.  I added Pine green to the  vine from the WC Foliage set 2 and repeatedly stamped it onto the ends of the branches.  I added more ink to it after I stamped it three of four times and used my damp brush again to re-activate the color. I stamped the squirrel sitting in the window with Sepia with the help of the Stamp Positioner. I used the fine tip of my Sepia marker to draw in an acorn, After pulling the color gently from the lines with my damp brush, I scribbled some extra color onto my Watercolor Palette.  I used it to add some extra shadows to the squirrel and the acorn.  I also added some Butterscotch onto the Watercolor Palette and added it very lightly to the background. I used another stamp from WC Foliage set 2 with Pine Green to add a bit of foliage behind the squirrel on the ledge and added a few tiny flowers from WC Mini Flower Set with Violet.  I stamped one of the stamps from the WC Wall Texture Set on the left side with Brownish Gray using the Stamp Positioner. I pulled the color out of the lines and added some more color towards the bottom of the stones.  The last thing I did was stamp a branch with Sepia from the WC Branches Set in a few spots around the leafy areas. 

I sis a second version of this card without the stones along the side.  I used the yellow background just like Bonnie did in the video.  

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Produce Stand MTF

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

We're celebrating the release of the new Mini TryFolds on the Ai blog this week.  It started last week with the Door Opening Challenge.  Be sure to visit this post and join the challenge for a chance to win some great prizes!

I stamped the three parts of the Produce Stamd MTF 4970 onto separate pieces of Strathmore Bristol paper with the Onyx Black Versafine ink Pad. I used the #4 brush with small amounts of water to add color with my Marvy LePlume II Markers.  The colors are listed below.  I scribbled the color onto my Watercolor Palette and picked it up with the brush.  I added the color in light layers, building up the intensity as I went.

Once my images were colored, I cut the top layer with the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Three. I cut the awning out with the included die.  I added the colored piece to the card base that was all ready covered with papers from the Pebbles Garden Party 6x6 paper pad. I cut the area for the awning through the card and the patterned paper with my craft knife. I added a greeting from the WC Sentiments Set 4903 to a tag and put that on the front with a bow.

The second layer is very similar to the top layer.  I used a smaller Spellbinders label from the same set to cut out my colored image.  I used the die that is included with the stamps to cut out the opening.  I attached it to the TryFold panel that I had attached the same patterned papers.  Before i attached the image, I cut out the opening right behind where it was going to be on the colored image.

My last layer is the raccoon image.  It is also on a Spellbinders label shape.  I just lined it up behind the window from the previous layer and attached it over the patterned paper on the final layer of the card.  I attached the stamped and cut out sentiment just below the image.  I also used a black glaze pen to add some dimension to the raccoons eyes and nose.

Marvy LePlume II Colors:
Baskets - Sepia 45
Pot - Terra Cotta 88
Leaves - Olive Green 15, Pine Green 72
Whole Watermelon - Pine Green 72, Black 1
Apples - Red 2, English Red 28
Peaches - Butterscotch 83, Vermillion 49, Red 2
Sign - Brown 6, Black 1
Stand, Brown 6
Flowers - Carmine 19, Brilliant Yellow
Awning - Tropical 10
Raccoon - Brownish Grey 40, Black 1
Watermelon, Pine Green 72, Red 2, Carmine 19

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Owl Flutter Birthday Card

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

The new Flutters line are a fun addition to the interactive Ai stamps.  I still can't get over how the wings move on this owl card! I have slowly been building my collection of them.  I used the Owl Flutter Set 4972 for this card.  It comes with the stamps, dies and silver brads to make your card.  You have enough brads to make five cards, but I ended up using the white brads from the White Brad 50 Pack 4957

I started by stamping the parts of my image onto Strathmore Bristol paper with Onyx Black Versafine Ink. I used the matching files to cut out the images before I colored them. I colored them using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers my brush.  I colored the owl in layers starting with Beige #72.  I applied the color to the shadow areas and would pull the color out and let it dry.  I would move onto another area while it was drying.  Once it was dry, I came in with Mid Brown # 65 to darken the Shadow areas.  I applied Brown #65 along the feet and beak in different layers.  The hat is colored with Pink #25, Bright Yellow #52 and Light Blue #36. I assembled the Owl and the mechanism using the directions that come on the packaging. 

I used papers from the Echo Park Party Time by Dani Magstad 6x6 paper collection for this card.  I put all of the rectangular layers over top of a thin layer of silver glitter paper.  It's very hard to see the glitter in the picture because I was having a very hard time taking photo's because of the glitter paper.  I added Silver Stickles around the oval layer and the greeting strip.  The owl is added to the oval with one layer of foam tape.  The oval is added with two layers of foam tape.  Just be sure to leave a channel for the pull tap to operate freely.  

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tea Party Pop Card

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I am a huge fan of the Pop Card line.  I especially love the newer release that has more involved scenes.  Today I'm showing you the Tea Party Pop Card 4942.  I used it with the Pop Card Template 4862. Remember that all of the Pop Cards come with all of the stamps and dies that you need to make them, except for the Pop Card Template.  You only need to buy the template one time for use with all of the Pop Cards.

My card started with a pre-cut linen card base that had an eyelet edging. I just cut a circle into the top side of it so the recipient could catch a glimpse of what was inside the card.  I added paper to the card front from the DCWV Garden Tea Party paper stack.  I also added a die cut doily that I had cut to go around the circle. I edged the entire card and all of it's layers with Tea Dye Distress ink.  All of my images are colored with Peerless watercolors.  They are concentrated watercolors on special sheets of paper.  I find it's easiest to apply them with a fine point waterbrush.  I used just a few colors on this project.  They were; japomica scarlet, olive green, bismark brown, tea rose pink and pearl gray. Once all of the images were dry, I applied Diamond Stickles to a few areas.

I assembled the inside of the Pop Card following the directions that are in the packaging.  I cut the Pop Card template out of acetate.  It makes it easier to get the template through the thick watercolor paper, and you can barely see it.  I just love how everything pop's up and comes to life when the card is opened! I hope you give these fun cards a try.  Once you see how easy they are to make, you'll want to do more and more of them.  

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