Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Card--Shabby Chic

First, sorry the photo is sideways...  I promise it was upright and every time I've uploaded it's sideways...

So, this card, I love this one, it is a total favorite.

I started with white card stock and painted it with black acrylic paint.  After the paint dried, I stamped the fleur de lis/flourish with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder.

After the embossed images cooled, I took a light green acrylic paint and pounced it randomly on the piece.  Then I also used an off-white color and an antique gold.  Pouncing these around blended the colors and created a faux patina-esque finish.  After the paint dried, I used a damp paper towel to wipe the paint from the embossed images.  I did have to redo a little bit of the painted areas, but I know next time to allow the paint to dry a little longer.

I stamped the butterflies in the antique gold paint, when they were dry I applied a little bit of Peeled Paint Distress Stickles.

The sentiment was stamped on a separate piece of card stock.  The corners are punched using the scallop Corner Chompers and the edges distressed with Distress Ink, Pumice Stone.  It is adhered with pop ups.  The ribbon at the top is by Pebbles.

I love this shabby chic look, it is a fun look and while it does take a few steps and some time to achieve a vintage type look, I think this card turned out terrific.

Card-Happy Dots

This card was fun to make.  I began by stamping the paisley and then masking them.  After I masked them, I stamped the dotted background in red.  The 'happy' is stamped in the frame which was also stamped and cut out and put on with pop ups.  There are gems in the corner.  I cut slits in the frame to thread the ribbon through, there is nav, sheer, polka-dot ribbon and white rick rack.  The edges of the card are slightly inked with blue ink.  There are also gems in the flowers in the paisleys.

Inside is a matching stamped paisley and a sentiment stamped in red.

The stamps used are all by Stampin' Up!  Ink is Distress Inks, in Barn Door, Broken China and Tumbled Glass.  Gems are by Mark Richards, the 2mm size.  Ribbon is American Crafts and Bazzill.


I love this card, mostly because I love the stamp set I used to make it!!!  The set is a clear set by My Cute Stamps.  I stamped the sentiment in black on the small pink strip.  The strawberry is stamped in Distress Ink, Pumice Stone and colored with colored pencils (I was going to use my Gamsol on it, but couldn't find it)...

The brown background piece was stamped with the 'chocolate' word stamp from the set in VersaMark and run through with a texture embossing folder.  There are pink gems at the bottom.

There are also a variety of truffles stamped on the brown base of the card, also in VersaMark.  They are not very visible in the photo.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Side-Step dimensional card

This is another card for the application process.  I got the idea for the actual card base from

The roses, both the blue and the red polka dot, are handmade.  They are each stamped with individual petals from a Stampin' Up! set.  After I stamped each petal, I cut each one out, I shaped it, and then assembled the roses.  So, yeah, they were a lot of work, but aren't they pretty!?!

Here's a close up of the blue roses.  After I had assembled and realized that the roses were white on the back side or outside, I took my distress ink and my water brush and added color, so no white showed.  This was fun to do and it allowed me to do some shading.

Close up of the stair-step side...  The vine and leaves are stamped and embossed.  I added dots of Glossy Accents as dew.  The sentiment is a Hero Arts clear stamp.  I also distressed the edges and used a border punch on the bottom panel.

I love how this card turned out...  I loved it so much, I made a duplicate of the card for James for our anniversary.  I changed the sentiment, and he loved it...  (He knows better than to criticize too much--I cry--hee hee)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Creative Box--what goodies will it hold?

So, I have several items I have made as part of an effort for an application.  I will have several posts of the different items.  This first one is of a dimensional item.  This is a box that I altered.  I really enjoy the tag and the flowers.

I stamped on the yellow shade of paper with a Stampin' Up! stamp and VersaMark.  It's hard to see in the picture.  After adhering it to the box, I began to embellish...  I used a scalloped decorative edge punch on the Doodlebug paper (the one with the strawberries) and the blue paper has a decorative edge punch as well, from EK Success.  After wrapping those around the box, I made flowers for the front of the box.

These flowers are made by stamping the flower (stamp from Stampin' Up!).  Brilliance Inks were used for these flowers.  Flower was stamped twice in each of the following colors, pink, blue, and green.  I then cut out each of the flowers and used tools to shape the petals and flowers.  I stacked two flowers together, and slightly offset them.  A pearl brad was used to hold the flowers together.  I cut apart the green flower to make the leaves.  They are simply adhered to the backs of the flowers, also slightly offset, to appear fuller.

Finally the tag is a 2" by 4" piece of card stock scored and folded in half to make a 2" by 2" mini card tag.  It is stamped with a background of dots with Distress Ink.  Stamp is by Stampin' Up!  The scallop was stamped in black ink on green paper, and cut out out by hand, it has a polka dot sheer ribbon ruffle adhered to the back.  It is tied to the box with a neutral colored string with additional pink sheer polka dot ribbon tied in a bow near the stem and leaf.

I had a lot of fun making this box, I plan on filling it with some goodies, to encourage additional bribery... hee hee