Monday, April 29, 2013

Make It Monday #114: Blown Ink #2

Having learnt from my first card that I didn't like lots of blown ink I tried to find a way to limit it on the 2nd card, and incorporating a tag seemed a good option.
I started with a piece of cardstock much wider than the tag so I could lose as much of the puddled ink as possible and blew 3 distress inks - festive berry, dried marigold and scattered straw - across the card. I then used the tag die from Tag sale #7.
The sentiment comes from "we go together" but when I stamped I found it didn't stand out enough to I used black embossing powder. Needless to say I hadn't let the ink dry quite as long as I should have so the embossing is not nearly as clean as I would like.
I started with just the tag on a clean white background but it seemed a bit stark so I decided to add a few banners in random bits of paper to match the inks. I might have been better leaving it alone as the banners don't quite work.
Oh well, put this weeks challenge down to experience and move on......

Make It Monday #114: Blown Ink

Well, fair to say that this won't be making it on my list of favourite techniques.
The inability to control where the ink was going just didn't work for me.
This is the first of 2 cards - one using lots of blown ink, the second using as little as I could get away with!
For this card I started by stamping the background stars on Spring Rain cardstock using a HeroArts stamp with versamark ink and then using a clear embossing powder so they would show through the ink. This part at least worked as planned.
There are 3 distress ink in the blown background - weathered wood, stormy skies and shaded lilac.
The sentiment and frame are Framed out #7 stamped on Spring Rain. the frame is dusted with perfect pearls (as per last weeks technique).
I stamped a few of the stars from PTI Star prints onto the card stock (both Spring rain and the purple/blue I matted the card on) using storny skies ink and Memento London Fog.
The frame and stars are on dimensionals to give them some height.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Make It Monday #113: Perfect Pearls

I've been looking for an excuse to have a play with "perfect pearls" ever since I saw them as part of a demonstration at my local scrapbooking store so this was the perfect opportunity.
My first attempt we'll call "the card that got away". I'm reasonable confident there's a nice card in the idea somewhere but it was so awful I had to start over with totally new ideas.
 I knew PTI "Framed out #7" would look great dusted with perfect pearls so I just needed a background for it. I picked up this Hero Arts background stamp at a yard sale a few weeks ago and thought the ovals would compliment the frame (although, now I think about it, background basics - twinkle might also work. Perhaps I'll try that next.....)
All I can think now I've got this made up is how good this could look as a christmas card. Same background stamp; red, green and golds in the perfect pearls and a chrismassy sentiment instead. Is it too early to start making Christmas cards?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Make It Monday #112: Embossed Alpha Die Cuts

I'm in the middle of making an album for my in-laws, who are celebrating their Golden Wedding anniversary this summer so I decided to use this challenge to make a card using the same colors and images for them.

I cut the numbers out on the cricut using "George" and then embossed them with the very awesome Stampendous Frantage in aged taupe which gave the hint of gold without being overpowering. I bought this stuff on a whim and I love the effect it gives.
The colors are all Tim Holtz distress inks - scattered straw, dried marigold and Tea dye with frayed burlap around the edges.
I used PTI "Postmarks" and "Just the ticket" stamps along with the happy anniversary sentiment from "Mat Stack 3".
The background is made with 4 different clock images from assorted stamp sets and the timeless sentiment from Teresa Collins "vintage" collection (which is the paper collection I'm using for the album - very lovely)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Make It Monday #111: Watercoloring Embossed Images - #2

I wanted to have another go at this project to see if I could get any better at the waterbrush technique (answer - no, not really).

I started with tag-its #2 and stamped the frame with versamark and used clear embossing powder. I then used distress inks in Victorian velvet and Aged mahogany to color in the background.
Thinks got a little more complicated when I went to use the distress marker to color the stamp for the frame. Turns out Victorian velvet marker is nothing like Victorian velvet re-inker so I had to play around for ages adding spun sugar to get cose to the tone. Only later did I discover that PTI's Lavender moon was almost perfect. Ah well, I'll know next time.
The layer is framed out #9 and the sentiment from fillable frames #4.
It is all mounted on the chevron from "To you from me", which is where the little flowers are from (I wish the dies for Mini blooms were in stock as this would have been my first choice here). I added some flowers in berry sorbet for a bit of contrast and mounted it all on a piece of white ribbon.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Make It Monday #111: Watercoloring Embossed Images

Is it just me or has there been a lot of watercolor/embossing in the last few challenges? Not that I mind as I do like the results but my re-inkers have never seen so much use.
As I discovered with the watercolor splodges 2 weeks ago, I don't have many "detail" stamps (at least not PTI ones) so I decided to use the background basics - tin types (again) and clear emboss over white card stock. I then used Tim Holtz distress inks in Spun sugar and scattered straw to create the watercoloring on the background and the butterfly.
I used the border and image from tag-its #3, and the sentiment from tag-its #2, along with the tiny butterfly from Postmarks. Sadly I was moving without thinking and stamped the little butterfly in the wrong ink so he's standing out a bit too much for my liking but what are you going to do when this is the last element you add?


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Make It Monday #110: Collage Elements

I hate to think how many different stamp sets I ended up using to make this card. It would almost be quicker to list the ones I didn't! I knew from the outset that I needed to make a male birthday card. I chose Spring Rain and Simply Chartreuse as my colors and just repeated them throughout with ink, cardstock and the button.

I used PTI "Star prints" for the central strip of stars and used PTI "Ticket to Ride" stamp set and die for the sentiment. There are also tickets scattered around as part of the collage. The chevrons come from a couple of places - PTI "To You from Me" and "Postmarks", the latter also providing a couple of the other elements.
I heat-embossed the blue stars and popped up the green ones with dimensionals to help them stand out from the background collage.