Saturday, October 31, 2020
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
I've been so busy that I had not had time to start doing Christmas cards until recently. I got out all of my Christmas dies because I suspected that I had not even used quite a few of them. I kind of thought that the reason for that is I couldn't quite envision how they would look on a card. I decided to just start die cutting them out of white paper to see how they look.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
This is the third card exchange sponsored by Magenta in which I have participated, and it's so much fun. This month, I coincidentally got the name of the person who got my name last month. So I'm getting a chance to send her a card this time.
The front panel of this card was blended using brushes and Distress inks, with Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral and Worn Lipstick. I stamped Mandala Dreams and Sending Hugs with Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder. It was mounted onto a mat of Super Gold cardstock from Curious Metallics, and then onto a white card base. I'm super happy with how it turned out. I stamped Mandala dreams on the inside and also the envelope, and enclosed a couple of extra panels from stamps I designed.
I did the same design as a birthday card for a family member overseas. I think it works as a guy card too.
Shaving Cream technique update:
The above cards were originally going to be done on a couple of my shaving cream background cards. When I tried to gold emboss on those though, part of the embossed areas turned dark.
They also had what I considered excessive pitting or bumpiness in the gold embossing. I even tried two types of powder to be sure it wasn't just the powder, and I tried embossing twice, which only made certain areas too thick and did not solve the darkness problem. The problem was immediately solved when I moved to using blended Distress Ink panels as my substrate.
Friday, October 9, 2020
Hi everyone, Happy Saturday! I am over at the Magenta blog today and you can see that post here.
I have been playing pretty much non-stop with the technique that Pam introduced us to using shaving cream. This is not a new technique, but fairly new to me. You can see Pam's video on this technique here, and another post by her here. My first attempt at this technique is here, and these posts explain pretty well how to do this technique. I used Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock for these panels.
Here's my latest attempt. I made a bunch of backgrounds with shaving cream and green Distress inkers.
I was also playing with stencils and using the green shaving cream as if it was stencil paste. Once I took off the stencil, I scraped the shaving cream completely off, and it leaves ink behind. This is really addictive.
After making a lot of regular swirly backgrounds, I put all of the shaving cream in a little jar that was on my desk. From there it was easy to load on to a palette knife, and apply it to the stencil on my panel. I experimented with putting the leaves onto white cardstock, and cardstock that already had swirls on it.
For today's card, I took a panel that already had green swirls. I added additional cream using the leaf stencil, but I felt that the leaves were rather lost in the swirls. I put the stencil back down and added some Distress Crackling Campfire ink using a small blending brush.
To complete my card, I die cut my panel with the Crimped Frame die from The Greetery. I matted the panel with PTI Terracotta Tile cardstock, and adhered it to a base card. I colored the leaves with Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, and added some gems.
I love this technique and have continued playing with it and making cards in lots of colors, so there will be more cards using it with and without stencils.