Monday, May 31, 2010

We all love ice cream!

This is a cute image from My Favorite Things stamps - the line is called Pure Innocence and consists of these cure little girls. This is one of my favorites. Nothing like the thought of ice cream on a warm summer day! The fancy edges on the pink cardstock were done with EK Success edger punches. This was colored with Copic markers.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Cowboy Riley...

This is a fun image from Riley and Company. The background is created by applying Ranger Adirondack inks directly to a piece of cardstock - I used foam daubers to do this and you want the colors to be pretty dark. Then I took one of the large background images from Impression Obsession and spritzed it with water from one of Ranger's Mini Misters. You then "stamp" with the water sprayed stamp. The water reacts with the ink - it is designed to do this, leaving a subtle design in the process. I punched a few stars out of cardstock and added the brads, which dress them up a bit. Riley is colored with Copic markers.

Have a great Sunday and thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, May 29, 2010

The forbidden fruit...

Okay, we all love them, but know how nutritionally bad they are for us. Yes, donuts! For those of us here in New England, the local Dunkin' Donuts are almost like mile markers - they are everywhere! Tasty, yet not good for the waistline. However, thanks to Hero Arts, we can make some great donuts cards and not gain a pound doing it! These images are from a clear set, so you can make a variety of cards at a very good price! Some Glossy Accents from Ranger was added to a couple of these to give them a little shine!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Advanced Split Negative Effect

A few days ago I posted a card with the basic "split negative" effect where you stamp an image twice, once in a white tone and once in a color, cut the images in half, then match them together. This card is a more advanced technique, where the images are cut into strips, then the strips are placed together alternating the light and dark. This is a simple image where we colored the trees on the light cardstock with Copics before cutting apart. The final card creates almost a 3-D effect.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

More fun with Snoopy!

Earlier this month I posted a card with Charlie Brown and Linus. This time I was playing around with a great image of Snoopy in a convertible. Again, I needed another quick card and Peanuts came to the rescue! These truly are timeless images and we sell A LOT of them in the store. This was stamped with Momento ink and colored with Copic markers.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Split Negative Effect...

This card is made with the "split negative" effect. The same image is stamped twice - once in embossed white on the colored cardstock and once in a matching color (in this case I embossed with clear power). The cards are then cut in half - in this case I cut them diagonally. You then put the 2 pieces together with the images matching. The trickiest thing is getting the images stamped in the same location on both pieces. What I do is cut the cardstock the same size as a wood mount (or the edge of the clear mount) and then place a stamp positioner in the lower left corner, then use it to place the stamp on the cardstock. This gets the image in the same location on both pieces of cardstock. This is a cling mount stamp from Hero Arts and the designer paper is from SEI.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Just Peachy!

I simply adore some of the new designs that JustRite has released this spring. This is one of their newer releases from the spring. I had previously done it in purples, but decided to try a coral/peach color combination. I love some of the new designer paper by SEI in these color combos and found some corresponding Bazzill cardstock to complete the card. This was colored with Staedtler watercolor pencils and a Dover blender pen. The one layer of cardstock was embossed with the "Distressed Stripes" embossing folder in a Cuttlebug.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Flowers in Pink...

Last month I posted a card identical to this, only done in blues with purple. I had a couple of the images colored in pink, so I decided to make the same card (with different wording) in pink. This is how it came out. Gives the image a whole different look - much softer than the blue and purple card. So, when you're coloring floral images, try a different color combination and see how it can change the look of a card. Obviously, you can also try different layout formats, but this shows how simply color can alter the look of something.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Well, it SEEMED like a good idea...

As the picture shows, leaving a straight pin in a small bottle of Glossy Accents is NOT a good idea. I have always had a problem with keeping the tips from clogging and have been told by Tim Holtz that the solution is to firmly tap the bottom of the bottle on the table after use and capping tightly, but I always forgot to do that. I thought that leaving a pin inserted in the tip during storage would allow me to remove the pin and then have a clear hole. Apparently the glossy accents reacted with the pin and corroded. As you can see, it was quite disgusting. Not to mention that the Glossy Accents came out brown-ish. I am sure eventually it would go to clear, but who wants to waste that much Glossy Accents? So, the school of hard knocks does NOT recommend the "pin trick."

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Peanuts Birthday!

I needed a couple quick cards for some upcoming birthdays and just LOVE this sentiment on the stamp! How true it is! The trickiest part to this image is that it is a fairly large image, without a lot of detail, so creating a nice card is harder. I added the thin double-face satin ribbon by Midori to add a little color (the image has a line going across at that spot) and then used some designer paper (this is called "Transportation Stripe" from Paper Adventures) and some color layers of Bazzill. I stamped a "wish big" sentiment on the inside and plan on mailing the cards with a candy bar inside (in a bubble mailer, of course!). I colored the image with Copic markers.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Riley with Flowers

This is a cute and simple card featuring Riley the Moose and a bunch of flowers. Riley the Moose images are great - many work for the ever difficult "man card." One of the corners of the pink cardstock was double-punched with 2 coordinating EK Success corner punches. To do this, you need to use a "corner slot punch" and a "decorative corner punch." I like to punch the corner slot punch first, then punch the decorative corner punch. This technique gets rid of a straight corner and adds a little flair.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Big Flowers!

Sometimes when you look at a stamp you wonder how it would work on a card? Sometimes large images create unique challenges. Hero Arts has come out with several large flower images. One option is to use most of the image on a card, trimming off some of the petals. On this card, parts of the petals were trimmed off the front of the card. The background image is one of the new backgrounds from Impression Obsession that I just love! The dots in the center are done with Ranger's Liquid Pearls. A handy trick to get rid of the "pointy effect" with the Liquid Pearls is to tap or "flick" the back of the card after applying the pearls - it will cause the points to settle out so that the dots are now flat.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Polished Stone Technique with Copic Refills

This is a card that we will be making in the Memory Box Enchanted Butterfly class. Many of us have done the polished stone technique with the Ranger alcohol inks and they work wonderfully. However, you can also do the technique with the Copic refills - which gives you over 300 colors! This is done with 4 colors and creates quite a stunning effect.