Thursday, November 1, 2018

Sea of Textures

Happy Thursday!  I'm taking a break from seasonal projects this week to share a fun card using one of my favorite bundles, Sea of Textures.

Such a fun card!  Here's how the background was created:

Place a strip of 1" Delicate Surface Painter's Tape across each edge of the card front.  I like to use this because it won't damage the surface of the Whisper White cardstock when you pull it off.  Press the edges down firmly then using sponge daubers with a circular motion, add 3 colors.  On this one I used Soft Seafoam, Mint Macaron & Night of Navy.  After sponging, add some seaweed on each side of your underwater scene using Night of Navy, stamping twice before re-inking.

Peel off the Painter's Tape and you're ready to add your greeting.  I like to use the Stamparatus to position it perfectly where I want it.

This one was sponged with Highland Heather, Bermuda Bay & Coastal Cabana.  The seaweed is stamped in Bermuda Bay.  The Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper seems to pick up the rest of the colors...beautiful!

The school of tiny fish was easy to attach using the Take Your Pick Tool.  I used a straight pin to place a dot of liquid glue where I wanted each fish to go, then picked them up with the tool and placed each one individually.

Which color combo is your favorite?

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Colorful Seasons

Happy Fall, Y'all!  Where I live in northern Ohio, fall is my favorite season.  But this year, the leaves in my backyard aren't turning the vibrant colors that they usually do - something about high heat, humidity & too much rain.  So this year I'm making my own colorful leaves!  Where there's a will, there's a way :)

The gorgeous maple leaves on my card are from Colorful Seasons.  The card base is Crushed Curry, the mat is Cajun Craze, and the card front is Very Vanilla.

This week I'm playing along with Addicted to CAS Challenge #147.  CAS = Clean And Simple, something that is challenging for me!

The lovely gradient on the leaves was achieved with the Stamparatus.  On the largest leaves, for example, I stamped them once in Crushed Curry, then using a sponge dauber, dabbed Cajun Craze along the edges of the leaves and stamped a second time.  

All of the stamping on this card was done with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, and Early Espresso (for the sentiment).  The die-cut is from Copper Foil.  This is a quick & easy card!  I hope you'll give it a go.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Milestone Birthday Card

Oh So Eclectic is one of my favorite floral stamp sets.  Paired with the Large Numbers Framelits (sadly retired), it makes a beautiful card to celebrate a milestone birthday!

I'm submitting this card to the Global Design Project 160 CASE the Designer Challenge.  I was inspired by the colors on this gorgeous card by Kristin Frattin:

The large flowers are from Oh So Eclectic and the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  The 3 small flowers in Grapefruit Grove are die-cuts from the Detailed Deer Thinlits and the clusters of smaller flowers and leaves are from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits.  The flourish behind "90" comes from the Timeless Textures stamp set.

I used Very Vanilla for the card front because it blends so nicely with these colors to give this card a soft, feminine feel.

Did you know?

The secret to designing a card like this is to die-cut the flowers and leaves you want to use in three coordinating colors.  Arrange them on your card without adhering them, trying different layouts and colors until you are happy with the result.  When you're satisfied with the design, snap a picture with your cell phone to refer to as you glue the pieces in place.  Choose one of the 3 colors as your card base for seamless coordination.

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