Oct 22, 2016

Dark and Moody Double Take

I hope you are having a lovely October day today.  :)  I'm sharing a couple of dark and moody cards with you, each having a pink/purple offset to balance the dark.  I hope to find time to work on some more pink creations to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness, but have a busy weekend ahead.  I left these cards without sentiments and thought I could stamp out a strip of text and tuck in there at the last minute, pending the occasion.  So imagine they each have a beautiful verse or saying...

This was my recipe as I stated in the Dark and Moody Background Tutorial: First add something light and lacy to balance the dark, but still allow your beautiful background to show through.  Try lace or holey dies.  Next add some embellishments in a cluster.  You can use several flowers, or a combination of ribbon, sentiments, stamped images, etc.  Finally, add some more shimmer.  You can add  microbeads or chunky glitter, or sequins as I have.

Both of these cards feature handmade flowers.  I layered this flowers over some embossed vellum flowers, a favorite layering element.  I added splashes of black to tie in the distressed black edges of the background.

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Oct 20, 2016

Asian Easel Card with Pop Up Bamboo Dies

Each Thursday I am sharing a new project featuring Tutti Designs dies.  Today I am so excited to share this fun easel card using our new Bamboo Screen Die and some lovely Graphics 45 designer paper.  This is quickly becoming a favorite die for me!  I hope you will pop over to the Tutti Designs Blog for a the tutorial.

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Oct 19, 2016

Elegant Autumn Card for IndigoBlu

I'm sharing an inspirational post with my teamies today on the IndigoBlu blog.  I was trying to think out of the box because I have a limited supply of traditional fall stamps by IndigoBlu.  I decided to experiment with their line of metallic paints and see how they compared to Distress inking.

I spread both Miss Money Penny Copper and Goldfinger onto my craft sheet with a palette knife and sprayed with a lot of water.  I dipped my panel in until I had good coverage and dried with a heat gun.  What a beautiful result!  I embossed the Vintage Flourish stamp in copper repeatedly on my panel.

This is one of my favorite stamps of all time!  Every time I use it I am wowed!  My background paper truly reminded me of something I would pick up at a specialty store.  I will definitely be trying this again in other color variations.  

For my focal image I used the skeleton leaves from the Blooming Great stamp set and inked them with a few colors of Distress Inks.  I love creating color variation by inking with multiple ink pads, especially for leaves.  I layered over a simple panel that I stamped with the Script Background stamp.  To achieve the faded look I lightly tapped Distress Ink onto the rubber and sprayed with water, then stamped without pressing too hard.

Oct 18, 2016

Metallic Elegance Mary and Child 12 Tags of Christmas

I'm back with you sharing my Christmas card inspired by The Funkie Junkie's 12 Tags of Christmas.  For my week 3 card, I was inspired by Linda's use of black and gold.  I did not have any products similar to those Linda used but I tried to keep the regal feel.

I thought I would play and develop a new background technique, so I started by spritzing my watercolor panel with water then quickly brushing IndigoBlu's Metallic Acrylic Paint in Goldfinger over the panel.  I had planned to lay a sheet of scrap paper over it and couldn't grab one quick enough so I pulled this plastic wrap packaging from the trash and quickly wrinkled it onto my paint.  Next I dipped my loaded paintbrush into water and mixed on my craft mat and splattered my panel.  I further cleaned my brush by wiping any excess paint along the edges of my panel.  I used gold texture paste through a Prima stencil for texture.  Then I sprayed both black & gold Glimmer Mist and Brown Lindy's Stamp Gang spray to darken it up.

You know those projects that are impossible to photograph, well this is one of them!  I just wish you could hold this in your hands to see the beautiful color variation and metallic shine - BUT - since you can't, imagine with me and trust me that this is so much prettier in person.

I stamped this Stampington & Company stamp in black onto inky paper.  I layered it over a prima doily die in brown.  I also stamped the IndigoBlu Script Background stamp in black in the open areas of my background.

The sentiment is also an oldie, but I love it!  Perfect for the season.  I wanted to try and keep an elegant feel so I layered a neutral bow and flower by Recollections.  The photos turned the flower pink, but it's not IRL.  The card base is metallic brown, a bit lighter than the doily.

To see all of my 12 Tags of Christmas click HERE.

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Oct 15, 2016

Floral Bouquet Digital Stamp and Giveaway

Welcome to Day 1 of the Graciellie Design Fall Fest blog hop. This month Graciellie Design is celebrating with lots of giveaways, sales and inspiration! Find the Day 2 and Day 3 hop list on Gracie's blog Sunday and Monday.  Each day you'll have the chance to win a digital stamp set of your choice from Gracie's shop following our blog hops. Winners will be announced on Graciellie Design's Facebook page on October 29th.  The designers have prepared beautiful projects for your crafty inspiration, so be sure to hop through all of the participants blogs.

For my card I used one of Gracie's beautiful digital papers for my layers.  I decided to go for a vintage toile look and changed my image to brown, similar to beautiful china patterns.  For my base layer I wrinkled my paper for texture.  I created a little banner with my printed sentiment.  A layer of crocheted lace and a seam binding bow add the finishing detail.  

Visit the other designer's in this hop:
Autumn Clark (You are Here)

Make sure to visit the shop to see the special sales and promotions during Fall Fest.