Saturday, January 18, 2014

Ombre Challenge

An Internet search of card challenges lead me to Craft Stamp's  Ombre Challenge 
I tried my hand at an ombre watercolour technique. I used Distress Markers to colour diagonal stripes across a background stamp. I then spritzed it lightly with water to blend the colours and stamped it on watercolour paper. I quite like the effect. I will definitely try this again and I may spritz a bit of Perfect Pearls on it to add some more interest.
The sentiment stamp I am not too fussy on. I found it hard to read so I tried tracing over the wording with a blue marker- did not like it. Then I tried several types of black markers and gel pens still did not like it. The best I could come up with was scribbling over it with a blue Copic marker- better but not the greatest. I guess this card will be a work in progress :)

Tim Holtz Distress Markers- Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans, and Chipped Sapphire
Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink
Merriest Christmas Wishes stamp from Hero Arts
Begin Anywhere stamp - Michael's
Pearls- from stash

Friday, January 17, 2014

Abstract Watercolour Dahlia

I am having more fun with watercolour paper and Distress Inks. Here is my latest creation using the same colour scheme from my last post save for Vintage Photo, making this card have a more feminine feel.
My last post and this post were inspired by the  His & Hers Card Class

Inks:  Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, and Crushed Olive
          Jet Black Archival Ink
Stamp: Penny Black - Dahlia

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Masculine Thinking of You

I personally find it very challenging to create cards for men. Here is what I came up with after revisiting  some of the Online Card Classes from the card divas Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner and friends.
Sorry the photography is not the greatest as I am still getting used to my new camera.
The real card is not that yellow. I may try to post another photo if we ever get some sunlight here LOL.

Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, and Crushed Olive
Stamps: Tim Holtz - ? and Hero Arts -CL140

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Colourfully Comforting a Friend

This is a sympathy card I made for a friend whose father passed away just before Christmas. I wanted to use cheery colours not sombre ones. Colourful cards cheered me up last Christmas when my father passed away so I was hoping to do the same for my friend.
My inspiration for this technique came from 3 Umbrellas here and the layout came from here on Pintrest.

Ink:       Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw
             Jet Black Archival Ink
Stamps: Stampendous- Encouraging Words, Hero Arts- Blossom Art, Inkadinkado- Dot Flourishes
Paper:   Base-110lb white card stock, banner- 65lb white card stock, Mat- 65lb black card stock all
             from Michael's  
             Flower & Sentiment square- Canson Water Colour Paper

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Runway Inspired Challenge Interpretation #3

To Enter the RIC #51 challenge each card needs it's own post ( what a novice I am!)
Here is my third interpretation- see earlier post for supplies used.

Runway Inspired Challenge- interpretation #2

Still having mojo energy left after completing the first card challenge, I used this card sketch idea and the red, blue, and black colour theme from RIC #51 to create the next two cards.

Paper: Recollections 110 lb white cardstock
Stamp: Do what you love... from Studio G, Hello bubble from Inkadinkado
Ink: Jet Black
Other: Button and twine from stash

Resolution Keeping: My first card challenge- interpretation #1

Here is my first attempt at participating in a card challenge using the  Runway Inspired Challenge ric#51 image.

Focusing on the imagery of a person and an umbrella I had lots of fun coming up with this card.
Stamps: Tim Holtz Creative Muse , Recollections Allover Script Text and Studio G Alphabet 30 stamps ( sorry can't find a link)
Inks: Ditto Blue (sorry can't find a link), Distress Ink in Barn Door, Ranger Jet Black Archival ink
Embossing: Recollections White powder and VersaMark watermark ink pad. 
Other: Stamping Mask Paper, cardstock white 110 lb from Michael's, and blue from my stash.


I have made a new year's resolution to make more time for my creative side. I need my circle of well-being to be more rounded, it is a little lopsided right now much like my body but that is an entirely different post LOL. To help achieve this goal of being more rounded and balanced, my plan is to participate in more card making challenges and posting the creations to this blog.
Scouring the internet for inspiration I came across this talented lady's website . Sheer Awesomeness.

I have not been one to make a lot of one layer cards so she has inspired me to try this card using her  stamping technique  here.

For stamping I used Penny Black's Glory of Modesty and Stampendous' Encouraging Words with Stampin' Up's Crisp Cantaloupe , Tim Holtz's Distress markers and ink pad in Barn Door and Ranger's Archival Ink in jet black.
For masking I tried the masking paper from Inkadinkado . The white cardstock is 110lb cardstock from Michael's.

After completing this card I tried a few more with different colours.

This was fun and the possibilities are endless with background stamps.