Posted on April 10, 2017 by creativeunblock
Would you believe I never made a shaker card? I don’t know what took me so long! But with this Birthday Wishes die from Simon Says Stamp, and some Distress Oxide inks from Ranger, it was a perfect storm.
I LOVE these Distress Oxide inks. I love the colors, I love the way they blend, I love the way they react with water, I love everything about them. I used Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio, and Broken China. After blending them on my card stock, I spritzed a bit with water and dabbed off the water with a paper towel, leaving those cool spots. There just wasn’t enough sparkle, so I added some Ranger Perfect Pearls.
I added some foam tape to the die cut and sprinkled some small sequins (I think they are from Sulyn). I was tempted to add more sparkle, but decided to keep it simple.
Here is a more detailed shot:
This was a very good play day!
Thanks for stopping by.
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Posted on March 21, 2017 by creativeunblock
Today I’ll show two cards (that I teased in my last post) using the lovely floral bouquet from Spellbinders’ Designer Series Feather from the Earth Air Water Collection by Stephanie Low. (There’s also a cool feather in the set, which has stamps and coordinating dies.)
I stamped the bouquet in VersaFine black ink (from Imagine Crafts), then painted using various markers. (And cut it out with the matching die.) To get my color, I scribbled the markers on a palette, then picked up the colors using my water brush. (I use this technique a lot when I want a watercolor look without a heavy saturation of water.)
When using markers, I use a variety, including Ranger Distress Ink, Faber Castell’s PITT Artist brushes, Tombow markers, etc. I also will dab water-based ink pads on my palette and pick up the color with the water brush. The sentiment was cut using a Technique Tuesday die from the Celebrate set.
Here’s a variation:
The components are mostly the same, but the frame is from Simon Says Stamp.
Thanks for coming back!
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Posted on July 13, 2016 by creativeunblock
A quick card that was easy and fun to create:
I stamped Altenew’s Persian flowers on watercolor card stock, using grey StazOn ink so I wouldn’t have harsh lines. (And the StazOn is doesn’t bleed with water.) I used Ranger Distress inks to add some soft colors, then trimmed the piece, edged it with a black permanent marker and mounted the panel to a kraft card front.
I added a dash of Zig’s clear Wink of Stella for a wee bit o’ sparkle.
I die cut two pieces of this Simon Says word from the same kraft card stock, glued them together and mounted on the front of the panel. The inside says “birthday greetings.”
Fast, easy and oh, so satisfying!
Filed under: die cuts, die cutting, Fast & Easy, Flower cards, inks, Random Cards, Techniques, watercolor | Tagged: Altenew, die cuts, dies, fast & easy, flowers, Imagine Crafts, Ranger, Simon Says Stamp, watercolor, watercolor techniques, Wink of Stella | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 23, 2015 by creativeunblock
I don’t always get my Christmas cards out in time (and forget Hanukkah … even though it’s eight days long, sometimes the days fly by! Especially if the holiday comes early …)
But, lucky for me, there’s always a second chance to send a winter holiday card for the … New Year!
Here is a fast and easy card I made with my new Simon Says Stamp Quadrangle Frame die:
I doesn’t get much easier. I die cut the frames from gold, black and silver scraps of card stock. Before gluing them down, I gold embossed the Hero Arts sentiment in the lower corner (using Zing! gold glittery powder). I glued the squares in place and added some Sulyn star sequins. My glue of choice for everything was ScraPerfect’s Best Glue Ever, which I have been using a lot lately, finding it a great glue for multiple purposes. (Check it out here and see more of ScraPerfect’s great products on the Web site. I’ll be talking more about their products in a future post.)
Thanks for stopping by, and Merry Christmas to all.
Filed under: die cuts, die cutting, Fast & Easy, heat embossing, Holiday, scraps, Techniques | Tagged: adhesive, fast & easy, Hero Arts, holiday cards, New Year's, ScraPerfect, scraps, Simon Says Stamp, using scraps | Leave a comment »