June 28, 2013

Yer a Wizard...

This is a card I made for my sister, just because.

I die cut a passe-partout square out of my card base and stamped the boy wizard on white cardstock, which I glued to the underside of the square after colouring it with markers (I went with markers over pencil crayons both because it was faster and markers have a bolder colour).

The stars were punched out of gold cardstock, and I added some paint dots to flesh out the sky even more.  The moon is a button with the back cut off.

June 27, 2013

Dragonfly Flourish

I'm submitting this card to Simon Says Stamp's Anything Goes challenge.

I started with a piece of cream cardstock and stamped Hero Arts' Leafy Vines in brown ink on it.  I used a piece of edge punched shimmery brass cardstock for a bottom trim and a dragonfly punched out of the same paper for the accent.  To make the dragonfly pop a bit, I used drops of gold paint for eyes and a segmented tail.

Here's a close-up of the dragonfly

June 26, 2013

Butterfly Beauty

I've got another older card to show you today.  I embossed the background and punched the bottom edge and all the butterflies.  Beauty was stamped in purple in in one corner and some jewels were added at the centers of the curls.  I'm hoping to have some new cards for you later this week.

June 21, 2013

Austen Silhouette Congratulations Card

A close friend of mine, who has published several books through Christian and ebook presses, has just published her first Harlequin novel!  She's been trying to get published with them for ages, and I'm so proud of her.

So I sent her a card. :)

I brought out my Papertrey Ink Simply Jane (Austen) stamp set and my new Petra's large ovals die and got to work.

I die cut the oval, inking through the die and around the exposed bits, then used a darker purple for the silhouettes in the center.  I also clear embossed them, so they shimmer a bit.  The corners looked a bit bare, so I added a stamped image to flesh them out a bit.  Voila!

June 20, 2013

Dragon and Castle Card

I made this card last year but never put it up online.  I've decided to give it to one of my brothers for his birthday, so here it is:

The castle on the hill and dragon are both stamps.  I had to extend the hill and plains forward, so the dragon's sitting on something.  I coloured the image with pencil crayons (even the sky, which is a very faint blue).  This was before I got the pencil crayon blending solution, so you can see streaks in the colouring.  For the dragon's horns, claws, teeth and neck I used black and gold gel pens respectively.

June 19, 2013

Wedding Anniversary Card

My parents' wedding anniversary is coming up and I wanted to make them a special card.  I used a few new tools on this one, notably the passe-partout oval die and a punch tool (the kind that needs a hammer) with different tips for doing circles, a heart, square and flower shapes.

The top sheet is a shimmery white cardstock, die cut and punched so the gold cardstock underneath shows through.  I used gold for the cut, fold, tuck die cut as well.  The flowers in the center were stamped on the base white cardstock and coloured with pencil crayons.  The 3D flowers were made up of punched hearts (with a regular punch, not my hammer tool) layered and shaped.  I tried several types of rolled flowers before deciding these looked the most realistic.

I made the bow and glued that on the back before putting my layers together.  My main cutting tool doesn't cut quite straight, which is why my layers aren't even.  I didn't have beads for the pin that matched the red I used, so I took some nail polish and painted two to match.  Once dry I put the pin together and added it to the card.

June 13, 2013

The Sky is the Limit

I made this card for Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday Challenge: Overlapping Ombre.  I recently bought a set of coordinating inks in a mix of turquoise and blues, and so pulled those out for this card.  I used 5 of the 6 colours in the set (the last one's more purple and so didn't go with the theme).  I used one of the hot air balloons and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Up, Up and Away.

June 12, 2013

Kenny K's Name Contest

Kenny K has some new characters being released in a few weeks and there's a contest to name them.  So here goes:

1. Sassy Savannah
2. Hip Harper
3. Roxy Rachel
4. Amazing Grace
5. Cool Chloe

Yeah, ok, so they're not the best names.  I originally had a different list, but looking at how Kenny K's site lists stuff I thought alliteration an/or a clever play on words (well, a title) would better fit their style.

June 7, 2013

Butterfly Flourish

This is the female card I made using the same inspiration as yesterday's masculine card.

I started out by punching the heart border, and stamped the flourish starting just below where the border would go (the flourish is 2 stamps as the flourish didn't seem 'grand' enough with just the one).  The butterfly was stamped on vellum and coloured with markers.  I added some glitter glue to the wings for shimmer.  I added a bit of glitter to the flowers on the flourish and two crystals for effect.  Again, I'll add a sentiment when I know to whom/why I'm sending it.

And a close-up of the butterfly:

June 6, 2013

Masculine Dragonfly Card

I made two cards patterned off of this one by Stephanie Wincott of Clearly Besotted Stamps.  Tomorrow's card is the girly one, with a flourish.  For today's card I wondered if I could do a more masculine card, using a dragonfly instead of a butterfly.  Here's what I came up with.

I punched the border, stamped the background with ink (though the cattails tops were done in brown marker) and then inked and coloured the Hero Arts dragonfly on a piece of parchment before fussy cutting it out and glueing it on.  To give it some sparkle, I added a bit of glitter glue to the top (my Spica glitter pen didn't want to work on the parchment paper for some reason).  The paper curls naturally when you use markers on parchment.

I've decided to wait on adding a sentiment until I have a purpose/recipient for the card.

Here's a close-up of the dragonfly.  

June 5, 2013

Eagle Father's Day Card

Once again, sorry about the lack of posts lately.  I finally had some card crafting time again, so I hope to get back to my regular posting schedule.

This is the Father's Day card I made.  I'm submitting it to Simon Says Stamp's Masculine/Father's Day challenge.

I stamped the background tree in black ink, and then smudged dark green ink around the branches.  The eagle was stamped in black and then embossed with clear powder.  It shimmers a bit, which looks cool.  I coloured the beak and claws with pencil crayons before embossing it.

I added faint clouds in the sky with a mask and ink daubers.  Finally two of the corners were emboss punched before I added the panel to my backing.