Monday, November 4, 2019

Oxidized Metal for CAS Mix Up

 Oxidized metal, stamping, heat embossing, die cutting, alcohol inks

This was a fun CAS Mix Up technique, although I discovered that I didn't have any regular reinkers after my summertime craft room "purge."  I do have many alcohol inks, though, and I decided to use those. The maple leaves are the Maple Leaf Border from Poppy Stamps. I cut the leaves from a lightweight metallic paper and applied various alcohol inks and clear embossing powder.  I stamped the Inkadinkado sentiment on die-cut black cardstock and heat-embossed it with a sparkly gold powder; then I layered it on a heavier gold piece of cardstock.  The dotted metallic layer is a piece of designer paper in a 6x6 pad. I popped the oxidized leaves on adhesive dots.   It is really difficult to photograph black cardstock; I'm adding a closeup of one of the leaves.  (The card in real-life is prettier than the photograph.)  

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Freshly Made Sketch -- First Christmas Card

Freshly Made Sketch 409 provided the template for my first Christmas card.  The die cut poinsettia was colored with watercolor pens, layered with white and popped on a foam dot.  I decided on an otherwise all-white background for the red poinsettia and the black sentiment.  Both white pieces were dry embossed to provide some interest. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

That One Layer Card

I used to dread the OLC challenge of Less is More but now and then it works just fine!  This new stamp (and die) set just arrived from Technique Tuesday.  "Juniper Joy" is a good winter floral; I painted with metallic watercolors.  The sentiment is included in the set.  (I've included a close-up to show the actual color of the berries.)

Friday, October 18, 2019

Color Throwdown 565

Color Throwdown 565 has colors that I am comfortable with!  It is also a set of colors that I really like.  Lavender, gray and black were easy choices for my card that uses a digi image from gracielliedesign.  I colored with Stampin' Up watercolor markers and then "painted" with water. 

Double D Silhouettes

I think the logical approach to this Double D Challenge might be a great die cut, but I remembered that I do have a few stamps that are silhouette in nature.  This particular one is from Carol's Collection by Stampotique. 

Monday, October 14, 2019

Freshly Made Leaf

I'm rushing to make the deadline!  This Freshly Made Sketch  led me to a fall leaf cut from a Bigz die from Tim Holtz. It's called Tattered Leaves.  I used a variety of powders and water to create the background color before the die cutting.  The central piece was dry-embossed with another Tim Holtz embossing folder, and I found the sentiment on a sheet of clear stamps. I added a little copper accent with the copper thread. (Edit: this card is different from the card at the link because I decided it needed a "frame" around the central layer.)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Fall Harvest on Sunday Stamps

Often, I skip color challenges because I have trouble working with them.  However, I decided to take on the new Sunday Stamps color challenge.   I also picked an image that is really a stretch for me...a "cutesie" one.  I had great fun with it, however. Her name is Patchwork Pattie  by Sherri Baldy My-Besties Stamps.  The two colors in the orange family are actually different on the colored image; they show much better in real-life.  (I might look for some other "cutesie" images after this!)