Saturday, July 14, 2018

2 Colorful Cards

Happy Saturday, blog friends! I have 2 very colorful challenge cards to share with you.

1. First share is a kid's birthday card that I made for a family auction. The card base is striped patterned card stock so old I've forgotten its brand. The next layer is the candles, a Cuttlebug embossing folder that I trimmed out and colored with my Zig Writers for that opaque painterly look. The flames are Smooch-inked. Next, some patterned paper on the bottom half with a Spellbinders die and a Hero Arts stamped sentiment. Above it is a sizzix cupcake die cut with sequin sprinkles and a Sizzix cherry die cut, all colored again with my Zigs.

A paper flag strip and 2 light blue sequins finish it off. I chose colors for the candles that matched the stripes. Kinda dug the repetitive pattern of that. This was an old UFAP just sitting there.

Challenges I am entering with this card:

2. Next up, my second card with a background made with the Technique Junkies Distressed Glue technique. I needed a TJ stamp on here, so I used Hillside Pines .  I have these sentiment stickers (I think Making Memories, not sure, very old) and chose "Home for the Holidays" for this card because my thought was to create a little scenario: You are making the long trek home for Christmas (think over the river and into the woods to Grandmother's house we go). You come up over the last ridge and voila! You see the tree! Gramps has turned on the lights for you to guide your way home. That's what I was going for here. Did I hit or miss? 
Process shots: After sponging on 2 shades of blue distress ink, finger-smooshing the PVA glue around and letting all that dry, I stamped the pines with 2 shades of Stazon green using my Tim stamp platform. 

Then I sponged on the 3rd darker shade of blue and the clouds appeared (where I missed smooshing the glue because dried glue becomes a resist to distress ink). I applied a coat of varnish over the entire piece and let that dry. Then I decorated the "home beacon tree" with Winks of Stella, little die cut circle trash I saved, Permapaque pens, sequins and Stickles. 

Assembled and adhered my little plaid sentiment piece and mounted on a piece of red card stock to a green card base.

I could look at all the shiny tree bobbles and the clouds and sky for a while. And I love the way the smaller trees in the stamp make an awesome foregrounding. If you only knew how close I came more than once to ruining this card... Me and Stazon on a slippery surface don't get along well, but I hung in there and finally got a good impression. Bottom line on this technique: LOVED doing it and hope to make more soon! (Go HERE to see the first card I made using this technique.)

Challenges I am entering with this card:
2-3. Creative Artiste Mix Media 40th Challenge - Anything Mixed Media Goes (this challenge required more than 3 media. Mine are: paper, ink, PVA glue, varnish, ribbon, sequins, glitter glue and Wink of Stella. The background technique alone is a mixed media technique in its own right.)

That empties my share well for today. Thank you for visiting. Hope everyone has happy times and artsy pleasures! xoxo

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