Thursday, June 26, 2008
This card is my first attempt at creating a sunset themed card. It turned out okay; there are some things that I would do differently. I chose to use glossy card stock - so not necessary. I chose to emboss my image - again, not necessary since it is just a black image. It also created an area that doesn't see ink without sponging (see the white areas around the image?). When applying the different colors, I came up with a line between the different colors. I cleaned my brayer and went over the whole thing again to blend the colors but I ended up with more Pumpkin Pie along the base than I would have liked. Next time, I think I will blend from the bottom to the top and clean my brayer in between swipes.
Have any of you tried this technique? Post a link in the comments! I'd like to see what others have done and what other tips you may have for this beginner! :o)
I also finished the inside of the card. I matted a piece of So Saffron inside and used the same branch image to stamp a little frame across the base and slightly up the sides, then sponged around the entire edge. I, personally, took this idea from Denise, aka Peanutbee. I realize that many stampers do this, but she was the first to make me take notice because she always posts a pic of the inside of her cards and it's such a wonderful finishing touch! Of course, I forgot to take a pic of it before I wrote in it! Doh!
Thanks for looking! Hope you all have a fantastic day! ~lyss
Stamps: Artfully Asian, Brushstroke Alphabet
Colors: Basic Black, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
This odd little flower is from a succulent called Hens and Chicks. I was getting a macro shot with my new camera and out popped this little grasshopper. Quite a catch if I do say so myself!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Here's my question: I am seriously thinking about removing my Stampin' Up! rubber from the wood blocks and putting it on EZ Mount. Has any one done this? Are you happy with the results? I find I am liking my acrylic stamps more and more because I am such a perfectionist, and my SU rubber gets passed over. I would love to hear any positive or negative feedback. Thanks! Hope you all have a great day!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
While checking all my favorites the other day, my jaw dropped to the floor with this stunning card. Laurie has such an amazing, elegant style! When trying to decide on a design for my husband's card, my mind kept going back to Laurie's card. So I CASEd it! I used vellum, Basic Gray and black cardstocks, black and silver reversible satin ribbon (oh, so gorgeous!), Going Gray, VersaMark and StazOn Jet Black inks, Baroque Motifs and PTI Out on a Limb stamp sets, some silver and black embossing powder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Nestabilities, ticket corner punch and a sponge. I didn't have any silver brads (can you believe it?!?! That's like a stamping staple!), so I used some primary colored ones that I will probably never get through, heat them up, dunked them in some silver ep and heat again. Turned out just the way I wanted them! I needed a way to attach the vellum that is stamped with the PTI sentiment to the black cardstock, so I used the brads. I think everything else is pretty straight forward.
Thanks for looking! Hope you all have a great weekend! We'll be removing stumps, doing more tornado clean up, and getting the hot tub fixed. I'm ready for some 'me' time! :o) lyss
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Since I haven't had time to even look at any of my stamping stuff (except for all the blogs I stalk), I thought I would post some bookmarks I love to make. I think these are so fun and easy. Such a great gift to give in a card with a gift card to Barnes and Noble or something. Artfully Asian is one of my absolute favorite SU! sets. I like the sentiment, Each day provides its own gifts, and the font that it is in. I just love everything about it.
The black bookmark is embossed with black ep and colored in with markers, Mellow Moss and Ruby Red. The brown one is stamped in Chocolate Chip and colored in with the same markers. I don't remember what color I did the Rough Texture wheel in - it might just be 2nd generation Choco Chip. Both bookmarks have the above sentiment stamped on the back side, embossed on the black one in black ep - such a classy look. It really is pretty if you haven't tried it before.
Whoops! Had another one here that I had done with the leaves from the set, but I accidentally deleted it when I was editing my post and don't have the pics on this computer. Maybe I'll come back and add it later on tonight. I was trying to copy this card by Alisa Tilsner. Her water coloring is so amazing and I had just gotten the watercolor pencils from SU!, so I just had to try it.Anyway, thanks for looking and hope you all are having a wonderful day!
ETA: Here's the pic. I had actually tried to make the card that Alisa had made and I couldn't get my piercing straight, etc. So I chose to recycle the image into a bookmark :)