Fall Cards, Feel Good Cards, Just Because Cards

Grateful For You

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Hi there and happy Friday!  Whew, we made it 🙂

Today I’m playing with an oldie but goodie set as well as a couple of new sets from Concord and 9th.  I’ve been resisting the end of summer and trying to figure out how to move into fall while keeping the colors light and bright so these pretty yellows and oranges came to my rescue! Continue reading “Grateful For You”

Encouragement Cards, Feel Good Cards

You Are Lovely

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Happy Friday, dears!

Today’s my last #C9FeatureFriday as guest host for Concord & 9th’s July release.  I’ve had a blast and today we’re sharing projects using my favorite items from the set, the Lovely Blossoms Turnabout stamp and die set.  Be sure to check out projects from the other guest designers over on the Concord & 9th blog! Continue reading “You Are Lovely”

Feel Good Cards, Just Because Cards

Time To Relax

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Hi there, I hope you’re having a bright and beautiful day!  I’ve got just a few more hours to go and then I have a five-day weekend stretched out before me.  Time to relax!

Today’s card uses the Center Cut Burst background stamp and the Sea You Soon stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. Continue reading “Time To Relax”

Just Because Cards

Sending A Summer Hello

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Happy Friday!  I hope your week went well and that you have a nice weekend ahead.  I’m super excited for the weekend because I get to go to Kathy Racoosin’s Coloring Challenge Roadtrip at Event at Hero Arts tomorrow!

For today’s card I dug through my stash looking for some quick images to color and I came across one of my favorite summer-themed sets, the Sea You Soon stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. Continue reading “Sending A Summer Hello”

Feel Good Cards, Just Because Cards

You Are Crazy Beautiful

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Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

I just received my first order from The Ink Road Stamps and I couldn’t wait to use this sentiment from the Compliments Volume I stamp set.  I just love the expression and the simple, open font.  Because the font is so uniform, I wanted to pair it with a softer image so I chose this large spray of flowers from Concord and 9th’s Hello Lovely stamp set.

Because this flower stamp is so large, I used my Misti stamping tool so that I would be able to re-stamp the image in the exact same place if I didn’t get a perfect impression the first time.  I used Hero Arts Extreme Black ink, which is Copic-friendly, and Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock.

20180401_140749.jpgI chose colors and a coloring technique inspired by (copied from, really) this post by Kay Miller.  I’m not great at coloring so I liked that her coloring has distinct strokes and doesn’t require perfect blending.   I used three colors from three color group (I don’t own much more than that) but I think I could have gotten away with using just two colors from each group.  I started with the lightest colors, then added the middle and then darker colors, and then returned to add more of the lightest colors to do a bit, but not much, blending.  The colors I used were YG17, YG25, YG67, RV29, R22, R24, Y11, Y15, and Y19.

I then stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink onto a strip of vellum.  I poured Ranger Super Fine Gold embossing powder over it, tapped of the excess, and hit with a heat gun to melt the embossing powder.  Since you can see a lot of the flower image through the vellum, I felt that the sentiment was a bit hard to read so I flipped it over and colored in the letters with R29, another red Copic marker.  I colored on the back of the vellum because I’ve read that using Copics directly on heat embossing can damage the markers.  I’ve also seen some crafters not heed that warning with no ill effect on their markers.  I just prefer to not to risk damaging my markers since they’re already a bit of a splurge.

I finished by laying the vellum strip over the card front and folding the ends of the strip over the back where I adhered them with a bit of tape runner adhesive. Then I glued the entire card front to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks for visiting!

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