Saturday, February 06, 2016

Kite Hooray Card

I don’t make shaped cards nearly as often as I should or as often as I used to.

kite hooray

But when I was given a kite challenge by Crazy 4 Challenges, what else could I do?? Of COURSE I had to make a kit shaped card!! The fold is on the side with the yellow paper (all paper MME). So it’s an unusual opening but very cool and unexpected! Adding the paper might seem hard but I just drew on lines from opposing corners, added adhesive and lined up the corners of the paper with the pencil lines. Then I trimmed off what was beyond the edges of the card. Easy Peasy!! Even though the sides are angled, the points where the papers meet are still good old 90 degree angles!

And yes, I remembered to only staple the tail to the front panel!! I almost forgot!! The tail is made from string (dollar store!) and some red grosgrain ribbon. I used a heated ribbon cutter to finish the ends of each piece so they won’t fray. You could also use a flame or even better, a heat gun. The hooray die (PTI) was layered on a doily die cut (Spellbinders) and the sentiment (SSS) was embossed in white on black cardstock (PTI). Last I added some gold sewing thread and gold star sequins (Lucy’s Little Things).

Enjoy, Rebecca

Friday, February 05, 2016

Lovey Cards Pt3

Next up is a fun technique-filled chalkboard card.

chalkboard love

The sentiment is embossed with white powder then the flourishes are stamped with white ink. Then I added a few enamel dots; I’d normally add sequins but felt they would have as much impact on the black even if they were opaque. I had planned to make this the reverse of the card above but after making the first one, I wasn’t feeling it. So I simply added patterned paper in behind the die cut opening and added the foam outline inside. It has a fun raised effect! You could also get this look by layering multiple white cardstock pieces.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered in: Sugar Sketch 39 SPDSS39, Curtain Call Sachet, The Challenge 59, Fusion Challenge, SSS Wednesday Hearts, Paper Players 280

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Lovey Cards Pt2

This one is pretty fun. I wish hubby could give me a card like this…

love hearts shaker

Isn’t this one cool? This is the perfect die for a shaker card even though it doesn’t look like it at first. I die cut the pink card front first and saved the outline portion (shown here in black). Then I cut the same die from a similar sized piece of black cardstock aiming to make two shaker cards in reverse colours. I used the black outline for this card.

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Because of the crazy uneven edges of this die, I used die cut foam for the shaker borders. The best part about this die? The outline gives you a buffer between the foam and the paper edge. I hate when the foam shows from under the paper edge, which seems to happen a lot when I make shaker cards with die cut foam. Even if the foam shows a wee bit, after you add the outline in, it covers any imperfect foam edges! After that, it’s just like a normal shaker card! The chipboard heart is covered in Liquid Pearls and the sentiment was cut from a SSS die.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered in: SSS Wednesday Have a Heart, , Fusion Challenge
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It’s All About the LOVE!

I’ve been making a few of Lovey Dovey cards lately. Lots of hearts and pink…

hello beautiful

Isn’t this so sweet? The stamp and open heart die is from the latest SSS kit and so is the Crate Paper XOXO paper. The grey paper is from an ancient Echo Park paper pad. I cut the white cardstock the same size as a manilla tag and placed a die cut (PTI) heart where the reinforcer and hole would be. Then I added the ribbon and lace (local fabric store). I’ll be adding a couple more in a few minutes as I plan to add them to the same Inklinz. Sorry in advance for the multiple posts.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered In: SSS Wednesday Have a Heart, Fusion Challenge, Curtain Call Sachet, Retro Sketches 200

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Kiss Kiss Mixed Media Canvas

I am always saving photos on Pinterest and in my photos on my phone. This time my inspiration came from the Stampington newsletter. I’d link to it but the newsletter wouldn’t allow me to save a URL to either it or the photo. Boo!!

kiss kiss canvas

I started by adding some music paper from an old songbook from my church using soft gel medium. The titles were all love related although 2 got covered up entirely or too much to read; the other two peek out just a bit but I know they are there. The top of the paper got a coating too. Then I added gesso; I usually mix in some water but I didn’t this time, now I wish I had since the music paper texture is a bit too covered up after adding the acrylic paint layer on top. Before the acrylic paint tho, I added the sticky backed canvas with folds for more texture.

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Next I added the paint. Unbleached titanium white in the middle and a blend of white, blue and teal for the outside with burnt umber along the canvas edge. Then I painted on the flowers, to say that was a trial is not fully expressing the frustration I felt. I was struggling to mimic the loose almost watercolour-ish nature of the original canvas. Because I was working on a very porous surface, the paints just wouldn’t blend like I wanted. On the original canvas, I suspect they used gel medium to seal the surface before painting the flowers or maybe the acrylic paint was smooth enough, not sure. I finally got them to a point where they were good enough to leave alone, 6 layers or more later!

Last but not least, the finishing touches: script writing stamped in brown (stamped off) around the edges and in turquoise in the center, a few clear sequins, the frame, a Crate Paper rub-on sentiment and a big recycled sari silk bow. Nuts, I just realized that I meant to add some gold rub on paste also known as gilder’s paste to the edges. Oh well, I am not going to retake the photos after I do and swap them out because this is already the third time I took photos then changed it! First retake I had added the stamping, second time I added the bow! Just use your imagination!

Enjoy, Rebecca