I’m entering this card in Ellen Hutson’s Encouraging Cards for Seniors challenge so it can be sent to a quarantined resident at a senior center in Washington state. I truly enjoyed making this and hope it brings some joy to the recipient.
As additional motivation to go on my daily walk, I load an Audible book on my iPod and only allow myself to listen if I’m walking.
I used a smattering of papers, tags, stickers, and flair from Crate Paper, Echo Park, Fancy Pants, and We R Memory Keepers. Then I tried something I always want to do but rarely have the guts to try: I stamped my title using two alphabet sets and some distress oxide inks. It was fun to do, and I’m pretty pleased with the results. While I was feeling confident about trying things, I also splattered my page with gold mist.
Today Stuck?! Sketches launches our second challenge of May! Grab the sketch and play along for prizes from Charms Creations and Wycinanka.
I’m not that good at taking selfies, obviously. But every so often I try anyway. This is one I took in our back yard in March 2015, and I just thought it would be great to use it to remind myself to slow down and take note of the good stuff in life.
The background paper I used is from Jillibean Soup, and the other patterns are from Pink Paislee’s Take Me Away 6×6 paper pad. I stamped the rose with the Hampton Arts layering roses set. And the bird die cut is from Dear Lizzy.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mommy!
If you haven’t yet tried using Distress Oxide inks, you’re missing out on some real stamping fun. I used it to create the background on this card, which you can see in full below. I applied broken china ink to the cardstock, then misted a butterfly background stamp with water and stamped it, which reacted with the oxide ink to create this pattern. After stamping the tulip and embossing it with white embossing powder, I colored it with Distress inks (spun sugar, worn lipstick, twisted citron, shabby shutters, and antique linen). Then I added some shading with colored pencils. You can’t see the shimmer in this photo, but I added clear Wink of Stella glitter to the flower after cutting it out. I die cut three square frames from white cardstock, stacked them, and backed them with patterned paper (very old My Minds Eye).
Before the Christmas season and the year come to an end I thought I would share my 2016 Christmas card design. I did some stamping, heat embossing, and Distress Ink stippling to create these, and the idea for how to make them came from Jennifer McGuire’s Easy Distress Inking post.
You blend each color of ink with shimmer spray and stipple it all over the watercolor paper with your fingers to create this colorful faux granite effect. It was fun (and time consuming)! I made four styles and used four or five ink colors on each.
Here’s a close-up shot so you can see all the shimmer that covered each card. That gorgeous Christmas tree stamp is from Martha Stewart.
My MISTI came in so handy for the whole process this year. Here is my setup as I stamped all the inside greetings before adhering the watercolor panels (while watching other crafters making cards on YouTube).