Before I get going, I was thrilled to learn the other day that my card from Sunday was a winner at the Stamps Ink Paper challenge! I’m very grateful to the good folks over there for selecting my card – there were a lot of really great entries, so this is a real honor! If you want to see this card, check it out right here. And here’s a link to the blogpost where they announced the winners – do take a minute to check them all out! 🙂
Happy Hawmmp Day, y’all! Hope your week is going well and that the results of yesterday’s election didn’t send you into a deep funk! If it did – pull out your card making supplies and make something pretty. It’s a sure-fire way to distract your mind!
Finn doesn’t give a rat’s patootty about the election. Just isn’t important to him. What he cares about these days is…chipmunks. He thinks they’re self-propelled furry toys placed on the planet for his amusement. I am sad to report that he actually caught one the other day. The encounter didn’t go well for the chippy. Which makes me sad. Cuz I like the little buggers. But….he’s a dog. High on the food chain. Predator. Chippy’s are….prey.
So – I can’t really be mad at him. A bit disappointed? Yes. In my eyes, he was just a happy little curly-haired soul bouncing thru life. What a shock to discover that there’s still “dog” under all that cuteness! 🙂
On the other hand, we’ve had a couple of good close-encounters with the cats. He’s stood in front of them (on the leash!) while they’re laying on their bed and they didn’t run. And he didn’t bounce! So everyone was happy. I think his encounter with the “beast-cat” at his playdate helped him a lot!
Okay – on to the card for today! I went completely and totally away from Christmas for this one. And I pulled out some older stamp sets and thinlits, combining them with a sentiment from the Basket of Wishes stamp set and one from Paisleys & Posies. Take a look-see:
My design was inspired by the Mojo Monday sketch for this week:
And the colors and theme are from the latest Stamp Ink Paper challenge.
Please don’t bare with me. That just ain’t fittin’! 😉
To begin, I used a piece of Marina Mist card stock and stamped a sentiment from Basket of Wishes (“Thinking of You”) in Marina Mist ink all over the panel, then I matted it on a piece of Soft Sky card stock. Then I cut a piece of Vellum card stock the same size as the card front and embossed it in the Fluttering TIEF. To tone it down a bit, I sponged the Vellum with Marina Mist ink.
The art work consists of a couple of images from the Butterfly Basics stamp set. I stamped the flower in Basic Gray Archival Ink on a Whisper White square. Then I colored it with my Aqua Pen.
Now – this past weekend at OnStage, I learned something that y’all may already know, but I didn’t. Put 70% Rubbing Alcohol in your Aqua Painter! It’s a tad thicker than water, and it really does a great job coloring – much smoother and easier to blend than water. So that’s what I did!
I colored the flower with Pink Pirouette (picking the ink up from the lid of the ink pad) and shaded it with Blushing Bride. Then I used Mint Macaron for the stem. I inked up the honeycomb image from Butterfly Basics in Marina Mist and stamped it off once before stamping it all around the flower. Finally, I matted the square on a scalloped-edge Soft Sky mat.
Another demonstration we saw at the WCMD event this weekend was one on Textures and Layering. I was really impressed by Kimberly Van Diepen’s presentation, so I tried to incorporate some elements she showed us. I tore a piece of a Delicate White Doily and used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the back of my square.
At this point, I dry fit the oval and the square. Then I adhered the Vellum panel I made earlier to the card front, using Liquid Glue under the spots where I planned to put my other elements.
Next, I used some Silver 5/8″ Satin Ribbon and some Pool Party 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon and adhered them across the card front for the horizontal element of the sketch. Finally, I adhered the art square over all that with Liquid Glue.
Still with me?? 🙂
My butterflies come from two spots. I punched two Marina Mist little guys from Subtles Designer Series Paper with the Bitty Butterfly punch. The large butterfly was stamped with Watercolor Wings, using Marina Mist and Wisteria Wonder ink – this is a 3-step stamp. Then I cut it with the matching die from Bold Butterfly Framelits – and I also cut a second butterfly in Silver Foil. I adhered the two layers together with Liquid Glue and then adhered it and the two Bitty Butterflies to the card. Then I gave them all some Pearl Basic Jewel bodies.
I adhered the sentiment oval with Liquid Glue, then added a couple of leaves – cut with the little dies in Swirly Scribbles from Silver Foil, and a Petite Petals flower punched from Mint Macaron Designer Series Paper and embellished with a Soft Sky heart Enamel Shape.
And that was it for the card front!
On the inside, I added a sentiment from Paisleys & Posies in Wisteria Wonder on a Whisper White panel. Then I added some stamped-off-once Marina Mist butterflies from Butterfly Basics.
The front of my Whisper White Medium Envelope got more stamped-off-once Marina Mist Butterfly Basics butterflies…
Et Voila! Nothing difficult or confusing – just of a lot of steps. But, sometimes, it just takes some extra effort (and a bunch of tools!!) to get a card how you want it, right? Hope you like – and think it was worth the time! 🙂
Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the goodies you need to make this one for yourself!
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Stitched Shapes Framelits Die Set and Matching Stamp Set Sale
These are new Circles, Ovals and Squares Framelits – 12 dies in all – that cut your shapes while simultaneously creating a hand-stitched look for your card-making projects! These will be “officially released” in the 2017-2018 annual catalog, but we get to buy them right now!
On top of that, SU! has a great 25% sale off coordinating stamp sets from 1 – 30 November! Click here to open up a PDF with the list of stamp sets that are on sale. Or – you can go right to them in my Online Store….here! 🙂
And there’s more great news…although the 25% off stamps sets sale ends 30 November, you’ll still be able to get the Stitched Shapes Framelits after that date! Cool, huh? 🙂
- Stitched Shapes Framelits available beginning today! (will continue to be available through the 2017-18 Annual Catalog!)
- 1 – 30 November 2016: select stamp sets 25% off
- Promotion Deadline (25% off select stamp sets): 30 November 2016, by 11:50 PM (MT)
Tomorrow is Happy Stampers Blog Hop day – and I promise the card I have to share is much easier – with lots less steps! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you tomorrow!
STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:
CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:
Marina Mist Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and fold at 5 1/2″); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front);
Soft Sky Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 2″ Scallop Oval (sentiment mat); 2 3/4″ Scallop Square (mat for art square)
Whisper White Card Stock: 2 5/8″ Square (art panel); 1 7/8″ Oval (sentiment); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner); Bold Butterfly die cut
Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack: Marina Mist Bitty Butterflies;
2016-2018 In Color DSP Stack: Mint Macaron Petite Petals
Silver Foil: Swirly Scribbles leaves; Bold Butterfly die cut
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