I’m taking a break from the 30 Day Coloring Challenge and posting this very simple card for my Holiday Card Series. There’s no coloring at all on it. So it’s perfect for those who like stamping.
To put it together I die-cut a panel from white cardstock and embossed it from two sides leaving a clear space in the middle. I masked the central area and stamped the snowflakes from SSS Holiday Envelope Sentiments stamp set with a very neutral dye ink. Then I added cute mittens from SSS Big Holiday Wishes set with a more traditional red Christmas color. For the sentiment I cut out a strip of red cardstock that matches my stamping and heat embossed the greeting from the same stamp set with white embossing powder. Finally added a little bit of dimension by adhering everything on foam tape.
Hope you like the card and thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it a lot!
Today’s card is slightly out of season, but there are yellow, white and black on it so it matches perfectly Simon Says Stamp’s Flickr challenge #29. Besides there’s always spring somewhere on the planet. Right? 😉
It’s a clean and simple card and there is not much to say about. I used SSS Partial Cut Flowers and SSS Stitched Rectangles dies, added a simple sentiment from SSS Color and Shine stamp set and as a finish touch hand draw dashed lines across the cardbase.
Hope you like it and as always thank so much for stopping by!!!
Finally I’m sharing my project inspired by the second day of Online Card Classes Watercolor for Cardmakers 2, this time I took the idea from talented Laura Bassen and combined it with emboss resist technique.
This card came out rather quickly. I heat embossed the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp’s Hand Lettered Encouragement set with clear embossing powder. (It’s the first time I use this particular sentiment and unfortunately the stamp itself has a flaw so although I tried to do some fixing you still can see the line across the word “tougher”. It doesn’t bother me much so I went ahead and completed the card.)
To paint the watercolor stripes, I smooched some distress inks on the craft mat and added water with a regular paint brush. The first color was Squeezed Lemonade, for the second stripe I mixed together Squeezed Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio, for the next one I applied Cracked Pistachio itself, then went to Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans for the last stripe. The most important thing at this point is to let every stripe dry before brining next color. It’ll help you to achieve a more “graphical” look otherwise the colors will blend together.
While taking this class I try to do something new and experiment new techniques I never tried before. So as the next step I removed the embossing powder from the watercolor piece by heating it with an iron. The result is very cool. All the shine that embossing powder gives you on a surface was removed too. It seems that you painted magically around the intricate sentiment.
To mount everything on the card base I slightly trimmed the panel, attached it to the fun foam and added a few sequins.
Hope you like the result and thank so much for stopping by!!!
The card I’m sharing today is inspired by the first day of Online Card Classes Watercolor for Cardmakers 2, in particular by Jennifer McGuire. So I’m going to tell only a few words about the watercolor technique I used on this card and not going to describe the whole process.
I stretched my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and tried to do a soft watercolor panel. I started with yellow and I did a very thing stoke with the marker on the watercolor paper. I pull down the color with a regular artistic brush and clean water. Then I added orange, let this color blend with yellow and pull it down too in the same way. The last color I added was red. I repeated this color order a few times to fill the whole area and let the paper dry a little bit. Afterward always with Zig Clean Color pens I sketched circles around the whole piece. I spritzed the paper with a huge amount of water from the Mini Mister. At this point, the most difficult part (at least for me) came: I mean that I needed to leave the pattern as it is, wait and let it air dry because at first it seemed that the colors wouldn’t move much and the pattern would remain with circles, but when I came back after some time everything was blended perfectly and I achieved a soft watercolor background.
To assemble the card I used Paper Smooches Large Leaves and Birthday Words dies; Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Rectangles dies and Only Have Eyes For You stamp set.
Hope you like the card and thank so much for stopping by!!!
Happy Tuesday to All!!!
Yes, today I’m posting my first card for a Holiday Season! You ask who is to blame for this… Simon Says Stamp and its Flickr Challenge #27 “Use Complimentary Colors”. Red and green are (at least for me) the most used combo of complimentary colors and they just scream for Christmas. And so here we are with an old good traditional Christmas Wreath.
Believe o not, but the wreath was created from Simon Says Stamp’s Rylynn, Melody, Alexis and Funky snowflake die-cuts. (Yes, I die-cut green snowflakes and used different pieces to assemble everything. That what I call “stretch your dies”. LOL!!!). So this card was so easy peasy to make.
A good Christmas Sentiment from SSS Merry Trees stamp set and a little bit of shine from metallic embossing completed everything. Hope you like the card!
As always thanks so much for stopping by!