Monday, October 29, 2012

A "Simple" Glittered and Embossed Halloween Card

This card was born from simple beginnings. The Frankenstein wobble card was supposed to be the best card this year and this one was just going to be a quick and easy while I had the Halloween folders out kind of card. I embossed the orange card stock, and inked it up with black ink and had a nice simple quick card, for a day or two, until I decided to glitter the spider web. That looked pretty good but now the other stuff didn't. So, I traced the skeleton out and colored it with glue and then put black glitter on the skeleton. That looked pretty good, so I did the cat and crow. Then I decided, it needed some more color, so I did the 31 in green and then the bats in purple glitter.  At that point, I realized that Frankenstein was not going to be the card I sent out this year for Halloween, that this "simple" card was going to this year's best Halloween card.
As always, click on the image for full directions.
Happy Halloween!

Another Halloween Wobble Card

Here's another Halloween wobble card. This one is a 5x7 that follows the same basic design idea as the last one, the image is just smaller and the card is bigger. This one was a little more challenging to design though because the embossing folder is designed for an A2 size card, so the embossed image is offset to the left and the wobbling skeleton makes up the difference on the right.
As always, click on the images for directions with the stamps used and paper sizes.

Action Wobble Frankenstein Card

While Frankenstorm rages outside, I thought it would be the perfect time to get some Halloween cards posted, starting with this Frankenstein card I made. Frankstein is mounted using an action wobble, which is basically a plastic spring that pops him up from the card and allows him to wobble back and forth. The background of this card is dry embossed and then inked.

As always, click on the greeting card image for full directions from the web site.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Birthday Version of the Scarecrow Card

It usually takes a while to get that first version of a greeting card done because you have figure out all the supplies and colors you are going to use, so its always nice when the design lends itself to multiple purposes.

One of the cool things about this stamp set is that the words can be used as a set or you can use the outside words as a lead in to an old age birthday card and take the inside words and use them on the outside for a get well card like the one I posted yesterday. Click on the image for full directions to the card if you want to know more about how make this card.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Fall Get Well Card

Here's a fall card that you easily use as a get well card or to send someone going through any kind of difficulty at this time of year.

Click on the image for full directions if you want to know more.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lace Tea Cup Happy Birthday Card

Here is a challenging new 5x7 happy birthday tea cup card. It combines fabric, die cutting, coloring, ribbon and distress. Click on the image for full directions if it interests you.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Wisking You Happy Birthday

This card uses a coloring technique I have never posted before. You use water based markers like Tombow markers as your paint on water color paper. You just apply the marker in the darkest areas and then using  water and a brush blend out the color. It's takes some practice to master how much ink you need to put down and how much water to use to move the ink without moving it outside the lines but overall it's a very inexpensive technique.

I saw this technique done with ease years ago but could never quite get the ink to move correctly until I discovered that you need to use particular marker and paper combinations. If you don't have the right paper the marker will soak in and will not move well.

As always, click on the images for full directions including the stamps used and paper sizes.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Masculine card using die cut soda cans

Stop recycling soda cans! You need those soda cans for your crafts!

Here's a masculine card I made using distress ink and die cut soda cans. The front is made using a distress tool with a foam pad to pick up distress ink from a distress ink pad and them blend it onto the card front. The embossing causes the higher areas to naturally pick up more color.

The gears are die cut from aluminum soda cans using Spellbinders dies. Aluminum is a much softer metal than steel so any steel tool will easily cut it without damage. This is why knife manufacturers like to cut up soda cans and then cut up something delicate like a tomatoes.

Here's the card:

As always, click on the images for full directions including the stamps used and paper sizes.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Little Girl Cards

It's been a while since I've put any of the new cards I made up on the web, but here are a few I have gotten the directions and pictures for up on the website.

As always, click on the images for full directions including the exact stamps used, paper sizes and marker colors.

This one is a combination of a Penny Black stamp colored with Copic markers, a Heartfelt Creations die and some nice DCWV paper. The image has been cropped down but the stamp was large that this had to be a 5x7 card to fit all the elements.
Same 5x7 card as above, but redone in purple.
A 4x6 card using a Sweet 'n Sassy stamps colored with Copic markers. All of the oval mats are done using Spellbinder dies.

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