Monday, May 22, 2017

True Star - Masculine

It's been a while since I've used watercolor crystals so decided to play with those today. The result was a masculine card - although I think it could be gender neutral. I also wanted to try out a new glittery EP that puffs up when heat is applied. I like the puffiness but the glitter does not photograph.

Lesson I should have learned by now: I live in Arizona and today's temperature is 104 F (40 C). Although the central air conditioner is on today, I also have the ceiling fan in my sewing/craft room working. I should always turn that fan off when using embossing powder or watercolor crystals. It took a bit of time to wipe away the fine powder from various surfaces. Happens every time.
I decided to sprinkle the blue crystals first and then add a spritz of water. The result was a lot of tiny splatter, which I really liked. A heat gun was used to dry the wet paper - front and back to reduce warping. The vellum star and silver foil star were die cut and the white star was heat embossed, fussy cut and sprinkled with drops. The vellum star was adhered directly to paper and the two remaining stars were popped up with foam tape. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with silver EP.
This was adhered to a card base matted on the upper right corner with silver foil. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and decorated with wet color. The star on  the inside was stamped with Versamark, heat embossed with silver pearl EP, fussy cut and adhered.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Aud Sentiments #180
    (Use a sentiment.)

2. Crafting from the Heart 160
    (Anything goes.)

3. The Male Room #60

4.  Crafty Creations #341
     (Anything goes.)

Techniques: Stamping, watercoloring, die cutting, fussy cutting, heat embossing
Size: A2

Stamps: Winnie & Walter "True"
Inks: Ken Oliver Color Burst (Ultramarine Blue)
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Vellum, Silver Foil, watercolor
Dies: Stampin' Up! Star Framelits
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape) & EP (silver); WOW EP (silver pearl); Stampendous EP (Sparkle Puff)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fun Jungle Safari - Masculine Birthday

The Latin word "hippopotamus" is derived from the ancient Greek, meaning "horse of the river". Most of us have most likely seen them in zoos rather than in their native habitat - lakes and rivers throughout the African jungle.
But my hippo is just for birthday fun! I never noticed until I decided to color this stamped image, that they are black, gray or brown and they have pinky-orange skin around their eyes, ears and sometimes their bellies and mouths.
The jungle-masculine-adventure idea was inspired by four theme challenges. The layout was inspired by a CAS sketch, which is recognizable in the card but is no longer CAS. (CAS was not a requirement.)

A panel of cork was adhered to the white card base then another panel of patterned paper with safari Jeeps in various colors was adhered. The oval frame was die cut from cork and the solid oval was cut from blue DSP that coordinates with the blue Jeeps. The leaves were stamped in three shades of green and fussy cut. The image was stamped in gray ink, colored with Copics and die cut.
The ovals were backed with foam tape and adhered to the card front. The leaves were added and the hippo was backed with foam tape and adhered. The sentiment was stamped in gray on white cardstock and matted with blue paper. The inside of the card was decorated with a stamped leaf.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Cardz 4 Guyz #169
    (Theme: Jungle Fun)

2. Watercooler Wednesday #119

3. City Crafter #362
    (Theme: Travel/Adventure)

4. Try Stamping on Tuesday Sketch #322

5. Seize the Birthday
    (Opt: Creatures & Animals)

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, die cutting, fussy cutting
Size: A2

Stamps: Paper Smooches "Huge Hugs" & Crafter's Companion "A Taste of India" (leaves)
Inks: Stampin' Up! Basic Gray, Garden Green, Old Olive, Lucky Limeade; Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White
Paper: Echo Park "Jungle Safari"
Dies: Paper Smooches "Huge Hugs"
Misc.: DCWV Cork; Stampin' Up! Dimensionals foam tape

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Birthday - Feminine

One card for several challenges presented an opportunity to use new Oxide ink. I used the simple method of smearing ink onto the work surface, spritzing it with water and placing the cardstock onto the wet mess. I dried the card between dips into the watery ink to avoid a muddy look. As it turned out, I only had one color of Oxide ink for the color challenge so used regular Distress inks for the remainder.
Once dry, the inked cardstock was cut to size then stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with silver pearl EP. The piece was matted with black cardstock and decorated with silver glitter paper and a black strip with a heat embossed sentiment in silver pearl EP. A few sequins were also added. This was all backed with foam tape and adhered to the card base. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and decorated with a strip of silver glitter paper.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Color My Heart Color Dare #243

2. Just Us Girls #393

3. AAA Cards #90

4. Crafter's Café Birthday #173

Techniques: Stamping, heat embossing, "smooshing"
Size: A2

Stamps: CTMH Happy Valentine & SSS Hand Lettered Greetings
Inks: Versamark
         Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick sub for CTMH Blossom
         Distress Picked Raspberries sub for CTMH Raspberry
         Distress Evergreen Bough sub for CTMH Lagoon
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White (heavyweight), Basic Black, Lost Lagoon, Glimmer Paper
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals foam tape; WOW EP (silver pearl); sequins from stash

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Watercoloring with Dye Ink

05/16/2017 Update: Emerald Award winner at Color Dare Challenge #242.

Mother's Day is almost here... I wanted to make one more card - for my sister-in-law, Kathy - and use it in a challenge. Kathy, the mother of my two grown nephews, Dave and Dan, likes cards with lots of layers and shine so I think she'll enjoy the card.
The flowers were all stamped with Versamark and heat embossed using pearl embossing powder. Using an Aquapen and dye ink pads, the flowers were painted. Metallic gold paint was also watercolored onto the flowers. The smaller plants were fussy cut, backed with foam tape and adhered to the large watercolored flowers. The card was very lightly spattered with metallic gold paint.

The paper is warped, which is not uncommon with watercoloring. An iron can be applied to flatten it, however, the iron will often transfer the embossing powder onto the surface (i.e., ironing board). The embossing powder is part of the design in this case and I would not want to remove it. If time permitted, I would store the card overnight under a book, but I had to mail it right away. Once the card goes through the mail, the warped paper will flatten:
The main element of the card was backed with black cardstock leaving a very thin mat, then adhered to the card base. The sentiment was die cut and a few translucent dots were added around the sentiment. Because my own mother passed away a number of years ago, I have never purchased any stamps to celebrate the day. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and a stamped flower.
The pearl embossing powder and the gold paint visibly shine in this photo:

This card is being submitted to:

1. Color My Heart Color Dare #242

2. The Crafter's Café #172

3. Crafting from the Heart #158

4. Aud Sentiments #179

Techniques: Watercoloring, stamping, fussy cutting, die cutting, heat embossing
Size: A2

Stamp sets: Stampin' Up! Fabulous Flora & Helping Me Grow
     CTMH Desert Sand (background)
     CTMH Canary (substitute for CTMH Lemon)
     CTMH Pear (substitute for CTMH Willow)
     SU! Sweet Sugarplum (substitute for CTMH Blossom)
     SU! Peach Parfait {retired} (substitute for CTMH Tangerine)
     Finetec Pearl Watercolor Set (Fine Gold)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Sweet Sugarplum
Paper: Stampin' Up! Watercolor
Die: Penny Black "Just for You"
Misc.: Kool-tac clear foam tape, Stampin' Up! Aquapen, Nuvo Jewel Drops (lime green), WOW embossing powder (Pearl)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Watercolor Greeting

5/08/2017 Update: Diamond Award at Color Dare Challenge #241

Decided to try a bit of water coloring today...
Using Distress Inks, the ink pads were stamped onto an acrylic block, which served as a pallet. Water was applied to the watercolor paper, then the color was applied with a brush. Trying to keep the colors from running together was the challenge. Who wants muddy results! Once dry, some color was spattered onto the design and allowed to dry. Then some clean water drops were added and daubed with a paper towel to achieve different results.
The word, hi, was die cut from the design and backed in black cardstock. Craft foam was used for dimension when adhered to the white card base. A few sequins were added for shimmer. The inside of the card was decorated with the die cut from the watercolor design.
Inside of Card

The card is being entered into:

1. Brown Sugar Challenge #248
    (No image, just a sentiment)

2. Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #241

3. Crafting from the Heart Challenge #157
    (Anything Goes)

Techniques: Wet Paper Watercoloring, die cutting
Size: A2

Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Picked Raspberries, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black
Paper: Stampin' Up! Watercolor Paper
Die: Winnie & Walter "Hi" Cutaway
Misc.: Craft foam, sequins from stash

Music Is Fun!

I often wonder why it is that everyone in my family is musical - except me. Members of my family play piano, organ, guitar, drums, bassoon, tuba and bagpipes. My five nieces have voices like angels and harmonize perfectly. I love music and studied piano but I just don't have any virtuosity. But I can make a sewing machine sing!
I photocopied music from a music book to create the "sheet music" because I had no DSP with music, trimming away all printed information. (Hmmm... copyright?) The music paper was adhered to the black card base. The paper with musical instruments was backed with craft foam and adhered. The partial keyboard was die cut from black cardstock adhered to white and adhered to the card. The circle and sentiment were die cut and adhered.
The metal "gems" were added in keeping with the sketch. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and decorated with a scrap of musical patterned paper.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Cut It Up Challenge #120
    (Theme: Music)

2. Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 Challenge #111
    (Flipped the sketch.)

3. Crafting from the Heart Challenge #152

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Hello Honey
Paper: Moxie "Music in Me"
Dies: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles, Memory Box Piano Border, Momenta Word Die
Misc.: Craft foam, "gems" from stash

Monday, May 1, 2017

Flower - CAS

Clean and simple cards are tricky for me. I am not sure when there is too much stuff to be considered as staying within the boundaries. But here goes...
A flower was stamped with Versamark ink on watercolor paper then heat embossed using pearl embossing powder. Using ZIG watercolor markers and an Aquapen, the image was colored, allowed to dry, then fussy cut and backed with clear foam tape. On a panel of white cardstock, the grunge mark was stamped and the flower adhered.
A panel of plum cardstock was adhered to the white card base. A panel of yellow cardstock was offset onto the plum, then the white was adhered, also offset. The inside of the card was decorated by stamping the same image but in plum ink.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Color Throwdown Challenge #440

2. CASE This Sketch Challenge #219

3. Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #238

Techniques: CAS, stamping, heat embossing, water coloring, fussy cutting
Size: A2

Stamp: CTMH Happy Valentines & Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge
Inks: Versamark; Stampin' Up! So Saffron; ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Barely Banana (retired)
Paper: Stampin' Up! Watercolor
Misc.: WOW EP (silver pearl); Stampin' Up! Aquapen; Kool-tac Foam Tape (clear)