CAS Thank you card

Today I made a card for the (CAS)E this Sketch challenge #229. Such an inspirational sketch! πŸ™‚ I decided to make a background with texture paste, something like a brick wall, and my set of Tim Holtz’s texture scrapers caught my eye. TH’s flower die was a perfect match, though the flower that I used was turned the wrong way. So, when cut from the back, it looked debossed, not embossed. To reduce that effect I heat embossed it with a clean powder.

In the end, I like the eastern vibes in this card.

 

Mediterranean, baroque and others

I continued to play with my clay figures. First, I used that stone-like colored piece. It looked too heavy by its own on the card, so I made a brick wall with a stencil and texture paste and colored it with the same Distress Paint Antique Linen and Glimmer mist. The azure background and some greens finished the Mediterranean scene. I used a new Peacock Feather Oxide for the sea and different greens from Distress Inks and Oxides for the leaves.

Then I made a clean and simple card for the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge. I just wanted to try a new technique from the June issue of The Craft Stamper magazine. Β The ombrΓ© effect in the stamped image can be achieved with several shades of Distressed Inks gradually applied on the stamp and restamped with a stamp positioner. I like the effect. I have an idea to use this design with different colors for a set of Thank You cards.

Then, I took the next figure from the pile. The white and gold baroque design of the piece moved me toward a classic style. That night my Prima Marketing waxes arrived and I couldn’t wait to use them. Here is what I figured out. First, they are scented! Love it! πŸ™‚ Second, when applying them on clay figures, one or two layers of gesso won’t help to smooth the surface. One layer of Multi Medium Matte is much better. Third, they are easily applied on cardstock, so there is no problem with matching metallic paper details. I used wax for the edges of the bottom layer. So, I think I will use these waxes a lot :))

Also, I made four cards with a previous butterfly design in different colors for my shop, using Jane Davenport’s watercolors for the butterflies. The colors are so bright and beautiful! Hard to believe they’re not inks!

Sea-themed card

Over the last couple of days, I played with Prima Marketing molds and paper clay. I bought three different molds from PM after I watched their video and was impressed with their cool detailed look and different ways of coloring them. First I tried to fill them with a glue gun, which was fast, but with bubbles and uneven edges. Next I filled them all with a lightweight clay…a very meditative process. Following instructions, I let them dry overnight. Just look at this beauty! I was afraid that the figures would be too heavy for papercraft, but they are almost weightless! Filling all three molds (22 figures) took a third of a clay pack.

Of course, I couldn’t wait to color them, trying different mediums and paints. For gold and silver, I used Rub-n-buff wax, which also turned out great on just embossed cardstock. You just have to use a very light touch. I love how real it looks!

Now, what to do with all this beauty?! :)) Incorporating these into my cards was really a challenge because I’m not big in mixed media and heavy looking embellishments. First I tried using that green wave painted with PM patina effect paste. The colors really match the Beneath the Sea collection of Graphic45, which I happened to have since I love Graphic45 and have almost all of their collections πŸ™‚ And so, here is my result: a sea-themed steampunkish card. I tried to keep a balance between not being too heavy with embellishments while still incorporating that wave.

A butterfly card

Today I was in a mixed media mood. Also I needed a birthday card for a friend. So, here it is: a mixed media birthday card πŸ™‚ I played with a grungy set from Tim Holtz for background using blue and grey inks for stamping and his texture paste for embossing. I wanted the card to be light and airy. Then I cut a Spellbinder’s butterfly from watercolor paper. I colored it with Jane Davenport’s watercolors, love how vibrant it turned out. For some bling, I added Wink of stella shimmer on the butterfly, silver thread under her and some tiny rhinestones around. I put the butterfly a little off the edges and the sentiments far down to show her fly πŸ™‚

Cowboy cards 2

Yesterday I continued experimenting with my “leather”. Turned out that it can be embossed just fine. I made an embossed stripe, put it on the “jeans” piece of paper, added the biggest sticker on the top, and BAM! The card is ready. I added a light border to bind it all together. Inside I added another piece of embossed “leather” imitating that label on the back of your jeans.

 

Today I made two more cards in country style and finished that set of stickers! Mission complete! Very proud of myself! πŸ™‚

 

Faux leather technique and a couple of cowboy cards

Yesterday I tried a new technique – making faux leather from tissue paper. I learned it from Sandy Allnock’s video, and the leather turned out so real! I used Mod podge to glue the tissue paper, then I covered it all with white gesso and painted it with a Prima marketing’s Gold rust paste (which looks just like a yellow acrylic paint). For the brown I dabbed Tim Holtz Vintage photo disterss stain, and sealed it all with his collage medium. So, it’s a messy technique but totally worth it! I especially like how distressed it looks on the edges.

Then I made a couple of cards with it. I picked up a set of cowboy stickers in Jo-Ann the other day and decided to make a challenge for myself – make three or four cards with these stickers, since I never use stickers in my cards. So, the first two cards are here.

One is more cowboyish and the other is more cowgirlish. I struggled with the boyish one since the “leather” is a little heavy and there is not much you can do with it since it sealed. It doesn’t pick up inks from stamping, and I’m not sure if it can be embossed. Things to discover. So, finally I just made a dark die cut ornament and a shining star on the top. The girlish card came together more easily, since I noticed how the blue flowers and jeans paper fit each other. The star sticker, red-toned leather and white and blue paper make a perfect Texas flag, and all that was left for me to do was to finish it with faux stitches on the borders. I really like this card!

Gorjuss girl card

I devoted yesterday to cleaning my craft room. It took me all day to clean off one of two tables and organize my recent stamp sets. Now it looks more manageable.

 

 

At the end of the day I worked on my Copic coloring skills on Simply gorjuss girl, which is one of my favorites. I ended up with a green card with a bit of an Irish vibe.

 

 

Abstract 4th of July cards

Today I continued to play with the Geometrical greenery set. First, I finished the green trio of cards with a partially watercolored one. Added a Spellbinder’s butterfly made from white cardstock and vellum.

Then I thought about the 4th of July coming, as well as red-and-blue card challenges, and decided to use the geometrical nature of leaves to make an abstract flag. So three simple cards came up with patriotic vibes and minimum embelishments.

Geometrical greenery

Today I played with the MFT leaves set. It’s from last year’s collection, but I bought it only recently and I love it! The leaves are so versatile. I wanted to make a bright card, so I used the brightest greens I have – one from Jane Davenport’s bright watercolor set and one from Tim Holtz’ distress inks, Mowed Lawn. Plus some Forest Moss for interest. It was so bright that even vellum couldn’t tone it down, so I had to use two layers of vellum to make a focal point :))

The second card came very easily – I guess embossing and vellum always work together! πŸ™‚ All in all I’m happy with the results πŸ™‚ Here are pictures of the process and cards.