Saturday, January 19, 2019

Best Fishes and Wishes

Happy Saturday post #2! Wrote the previous one up late last night and did not get it finished and posted until early this morning. I have another fisherman birthday card to share today.

I usually am pretty literal and anal about following a sketch closely, but every so often like here I decided to just be inspired by the sketch, to use the elements to fit how my card best looks. So, try to imagine this sketch sideways as I've rotated it here, but with the heart not exactly in the center but a little more over to the left like it is in the original. Given where the fish are positioned, this is the only way I felt my sentiment banner and fishing line looked good. At any rate, I really was very inspired by the sketch!

Supplies Used:
Chatterbox Bazzill card stock
140# cold press watercolor paper
Card stock scraps from stash for card back
A Colorful Life stencil 6x6 Primitive Fish
Spellbinders 6x6 Matting Basics B dies
Lawn Fawn Bannerific die
Memory Box Ornament Hooks die
MFT Making Waves die
Stamps: Lawn Fawn, CC Designs, Heidi Swapp, My Sentiments Exactly
Inks: Brilliance, Memento, Distress (Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Twisted Citron, Rusty Hinge)
Hero Arts white EP
Sakura black Gold Shadow gel pen

I taped my paper down with green painter's tape. I sponged the Distress Inks through the stencil onto the watercolor paper, beginning with the Twisted Citron on the fish, then Rusty Hinge here and there on the fish, streaking it a bit into and across the Citron and not waiting for it to dry first. Then, sponging the Tumbled Glass through the water portion of the stencil, followed by here and there on the water with the Broken China. I really love how it turned out! It was so easy, too. I used a finger sponge dauber to apply my inks. I love how my Matting Basics die embossed a little lip around the edge of the watercolor paper. 

I was pretty stumped by how to include the line element of the sketch (I did not want to cover up any of those fishes!) until I remembered I had these Christmas tree ornament hooks dies. Hey, artistic license and they are fish hooks! hahaha Well, it looks close enough for me, and my hubby says they do make some that look like this. I used my Sakura black Gold Shadow gel pen to draw my fishing line.

The inside and back of the card. 

 Challenges Joined:
1. Freshly Made Sketch #371
2. CAS Stencil Challenge #1: Sponging
3. Take A Word: Green & Blue
4. MFT Color Challenge #109

Thanks so much for dropping by and checking out my art! 
I'll be back again real soon! 
Until then, stay artsy, my friends!

Sympathy Cards

Good Friday, friends. I am feeling a bit down because I have way too many sketch cards started but not finished and I know I've missed and am going to miss challenge deadlines. So I decided to slow down to my speed, finish them as old sketches, if need be. Too many due  + I'm always behind + I'm so slow = :-(  stress and frustration. Can't have that, so I may not be playing the challenges so heavily for the time being.

I needed to make a sympathy card and 2 more became needed as I was creating. Guess that bums me out, too. Sympathy cards always mean people I care about are hurting. Such is Life. Anyway, I've been trying to make bigger cards this year (5x7, 6x6) for birthdays and Christmas. But I'm also thinking that sympathy, thank you, and lesser holiday cards are still fine for A2 size. I have split the difference with the two cards I'm sharing today. The first card is 5x7, and the other one is A2.

I rotated and stretched this sketch to a 5x7 card. I tried the vertical left strip element with only the foam lace but felt the yellow patterned paper strip added more weight and contrast/pop. But I was working with two pre-cut stash pieces so I arranged them offset to represent the one line. 

Supplies Used:
SU Card Stock
DCWV patterned paper
Watercolored panel cut to size needed
Queen & Co. foam lace
Birdie brads from my Blackhole of Stash
Stamps: Pink By Design (sentiments), Sweet n Sassy Stamps (wildflowers silhouette)
Inks: Ranger Distress, Versafine Clair, Brilliance, Memento

I made my wildflower panel by watercoloring a background in blues and pinks using watered down Distress inks on my craft mat. While the ink was still wet I created texture by blotting here and there with a paper towel. Then I dried the panel with my heat tool and began stamping the wildflower silhouettes on it with Versafine Clair and then a little with Brilliance. I then cut it down to the size I wanted and I stamped the front sentiment with Brilliance on an off-cut.

The inside and back, stamped in different shades of Memento.

Challenges Joined:
1. Sunday Stamps Sketch SSC196
2. 613 Avenue Create #21: AG + Opt. Twist of Watercoloring
3. Fashionable Stamping #143: AG
4. Country View Challenges #: Landscapes / Cityscapes - mine is a flowerscape (think wildflowers-in-a-meadow landscape)
5. More Mixed Media: AG + Opt. BLUE

Okay, so my second card is an A2 size.

I used a sketch from the My Sketch World blog which is not a deadline challenge, just a blog where Lucy Chesna likes to share her card and layout sketches. I posted it on her Facebook group page to share.

Supplies Used:
DCWV Collage Art Stack cs
K&Co. Best of pad patterned paper
DCWV Floral Stack patterned paper
Eyelet Outlet enamel dots
Satin ribbon from my Blackhole of Stash
Stamps: Inkadinkado and Pink By Design
Inks: Versamark and Versafine Clair
Hero Arts White EP

I had the floral scalloped center already from this card. It was die cut with a Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Nestie. The white round Fleur de lis frame behind it was stamped in Versamark on paper from the same pad and white heat-embossed, then fussy cut.

The inside sentiments and the card back. 

Challenges Joined:
1.  CAS on Sunday on Friday #149: Flowers
2. MIUCB #21: AG + Sentiment as Main Focus
3. Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge #156: AG
4. Crafters Cafe #211: Layers or Yellow CAS - I chose Layers
5. Sparkles Monthly #112: New Year, New Stash - my enamel dots are new
6. Crafts Galore Encore #59: AG
7. Try It On Tuesday: Something Old, Something New - enamel dots and card stock are only things new, everything else used is old
8. ABMTTC #84: AG Always
9. A Vintage Journey: Put Your Stamp On It
10. LTSCB #117: AG
11. LTCCB #30: AG

That's it for me this post. Thank you for dropping by. I am almost finished with two more cards so I will see y'all again very soon. xoxo

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Birthday Guy Card

Happy Thursday! 
I am popping in to share another take on CAS(E) This Sketch #304, a more artistic one than the red birthday card I shared yesterday.

Here's the sketch again, with my second card.

Supplies Used:
SU card stock
Watercolor paper
DCWV Heirloom Stack patterned paper
Tim Holtz stencils Speckles and Treads
Distress Inks - Forest Moss, Shabby Shutters, Antique Linen, Bundled Sage, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Gathered Twigs, Rusty Hinge
Stamps: Pink Paislee, Hero Arts, Clear Dollar, Northcoast Creations, The Paper Company

For this card I sponged Distress inks through 2 stencils to get the elemental marks of the sketch. Here I am just starting out with the Treads stencil and some Antique Linen and then Shabby Shutters ink colors...just 6 more to go, lol. I kept sponging from light colors to dark, over each preceding color layer until I was happy with it. I then sponged in the rest of the page in a lighter color and used my 2nd stencil (Speckles) in Forest Moss ink.

The front sentiment is stamped with Versafine Clair Acorn and heat-embossed, then fussy cut and popped up with 1/16" dimensionals. All edges of papers on front are distressed and inked.

The inside and back of my card. The inside sentiments are stamped with Versafine Clair Verdant Green ink.

One last look. I really like how organic and artistic this turned out. I think it will be a great birthday card for a guy or a gal. I did not make it with any one person in mind, so we shall see who it ends up going to.

Challenges Joined:
4. Mix It Up #21: Anything Goes Plus Sentiment as Main Focus

That's it for now. I may be back tonite with another card, but until then, have a great day and thanks for dropping in to see me. xoxo

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hey, Cupcake!

Hope everyone has had a Happy Hump Day! 
Today, I have a birthday card for a girlfriend to share.

Supplies Used:
Recollections Heavy CS
MAMBI Glossy Red Happy Birthday CS
American Traditional Designs Confetti Vellum
Technique Junkies Silver Glitter Washi Tape
Spellbinders Label 5 dies
Elizabeth Craft Silver Cup Cake Peel-offs
Sequins from my Blackhole of Stash
Ranger Silver Detail EP
Stamps: Avery Elle and Hero Arts

Yes it's really silver glitter washi tape! I love it, too, very easy to use.

I used a sketch as usual, alternating strips of the red glossy cs with the glitter tape. And I finally used a Peel-Off for the first time. I'd been skeered to and how silly of me. I used tweezers and it went onto my paper without a hitch. Isn't it funny what we are afraid of? I have like 5 more on the sheet so you'll see more of them!

The inside and back of the card. I had some old balloons stationary I used to use for newsletters back when I had my tax and accounting biz, so I cut a piece to stamp the inside sentiment. On the back, I used off-cuts from my front stripes. I learned the hard way that the vellum tape runner really works. Used it for the card front, and should have used it on that back siggie strip. But I wasn't thinking and just grabbed my double sided tape. Oh well, I won't make that mistake again (hope)!

This shows you some of the shinecoming off the card. The red cs has the word "birthday" all over it, which you cannot see unless the light shines on it. The silver ep and the sequins caught the light here, but I couldn't get a good shot of the washi tape glittering like in real life. Trust me, though, it does!

Challenges Joined:
(My layers are vellum, patterned card stock & washi tape, vellum, focal on cs)

(My new stash is the glitter washi tape)
(I chose Layer It Up)

(I opted for Fun Technique - I used Peel-offs for the first time AND heat-embossed on vellum)

That does it for me this post. Thanks for dropping by and get artsy, xoxo.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Butterflies Thinking of You

Hello, Monday! A new week has begun.

I'm sharing a sympathy card today for a friend who lost a parent recently. I combined a sketch with a fun technique and butterflies too. 

Supplies Used:
SU card stock
Watercolor paper
Foof-ala patterned paper
My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Stax die
Stamps: K&Co, Green Pepper Press, Cornish Heritage Farms
Distress inks, Memento ink, embossing powder
Sakura gel pens, Copics, Platinum carbon pen

I followed this week's FMS Sketch #370. To make my background, I used the Wrinkle Free Distress Watercoloring Technique. I used Pumice stone and Spun Sugar Distress inks. Once the background was done and heat-tooled, I stamped the butterfly collage in the corners with Victorian Velvet Distress ink and heat-embossed. Same for the sentiment, but in Pumice Stone. I then die cut the rectangle and placed it back. I traced around the sentiment letters and the butterflies with my carbon fountain pen that has waterproof ink.

The inside and the back of the card.


My fun tech is Wrinkle Free Distress Watercoloring

Thanks for coming by and visiting. Have a great week and see you soon!