Card Making Monday: Wish Upon A Star

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I headed into the studio early this morning for a card making session and came out with this fun card... 

I tried a few different things with gelatos before settling on just one color. I scribbled a blue gelato on watercolor cardstock and used a water brush to smooth it out. It created a light, watercolor-like background. The small star stamp from Sweet Stamp Shop's Enjoy Calligraphy set was used to add to the background. It went perfectly with the sentiment and image from the Royal Wish set I had planned to use.

The sentiment was heat embossed on vellum while the castle was stamped and colored quickly with Tombow markers. I used a darker color marker to add a few quick lines of shading rather than carefully blending.

I couldn't resist adding just a few sequins with a small amount of Liquid Pearls dropped in the center. Too cute! I'm in love with this release from Sweet Stamp Shop. Check out their full line of stamps here.

SUPPLIES :: Paper Cut Cardstock, Watercolor Paper, Vellum / Sweet Stamp Shop Enjoy Calligraphy & / VersaFine Onyx Black Ink / VersaMark Watermark / Ranger Clear Embossing Powder / Silver Sequins / Black Liquid Pearls / Tombow Markers / Faber-Castell Gelatos

TOOLS :: Tonic 12" Guillotine / Acrylic Block / MyStik Permanent & Vellum Adhesives / Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares 

Card Making Monday: Artful Backgrounds

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello! I took a month-long break from crafting to focus on some personal, home, and work related items...  But now I'm back in the studio and couldn't be happier. I got my hands on a few new stencils and a container of embossing paste, the latter I may need an intervention from. I can't stop using this stuff! Here's what I ended up creating this morning... 

To create the background, I started with a few Distress Ink Pads. The ink color was added directly to a craft sheet and misted with water. Next, I dragged and dropped a piece of watercolor paper through the ink. This is one of my favorite faux watercolor techniques. I used a heat tool on a low setting to dry between layers of ink until I had a background I preferred. 

After that, I sloppily added a thin layer of white embossing paste with the help of a palette knife and stencil. I really wanted this card to be a mess of art supplies, and I think I got it! 

I had planned to cut down this piece but decided in the end to make it the entire card background. That texture is just to die for! Two strips of cardstock and a stamped image from Hero Arts completed the card. 

So much fun! It's great to be back. 

SUPPLIES :: Paper Cut Cardstock & Watercolor Paper / Distress Inks (Scattered Straw, Fired Brick, Broken China) / Dreamweaver Embossing Paste / Judikins Stencil / Hero Arts Clear Stamps / VersaFine (Onyx Black)

TOOLS :: Palette Knife / Painter's Tape / Inkssentials Craft Sheet / Heat Tool

Project Life Update : Week 17

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

It's time open up my Project Life album for another 2014 update. Today I'm sharing Week 17 which documents April 23rd - April 29th.

This spread includes: 10 cell photos, 2 screenshots, 3 web photos, and a glassine envelope.

What happened this week: More cold weather, catching up on Elise's podcast, a trip for my favorite ice cream, mastering code, finished a new book, and a dear friend's wedding.

This week is a continuation of my love for 3x4 photos. I don't plan ahead of time to take landscape photos that would fill up the 4x6 pockets. Rather than switching to a different page protector, I enjoy filling pages with 3x4 pockets, whether journaling cards, photos, or memorabilia. 

It's been forever cold this year. The 'survived winter' sentiment (found here) was perfect for documenting it. 

Lots of printable labels and shapes from Studio Calico's digital shop were used on this spread. I'm starting to enjoy using printables that can change color and size, as well as be printed numerous times, over stickers. 

The left side of the spread was all I really needed for this week; therefore, I chose to use the entire right side to document a wedding I attended this week.

 Journaling was semi-hidden in an glassine envelope on a 3x4 journaling card. I added a label and piece of flair on the album to hide it just a little bit more and dress it up. 

That's another week documented, and I still love this project. 

SUPPLIES :: Studio Calico Project Life Kits, Printable Labels & Shapes, 4x6 Paper Pad, Heart Wood Veneers / Scraptastic Labels & Pennants / Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste Chipboard Stickers / We R Memory Keepers Chalkboard Alphas / A Muse Studio Glassine Envelopes / White Tags

TOOLS :: Becky Higgins Design A Page Protectors, 0.3 Marker, Date Stamp / StazOn Jet Black Ink / MyStik Permanent Adhesive / Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Project Life Update : Week 16

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Good morning. It's time for another Project Life update here on the blog, sharing with you today Week 16. For me, this week is April 16th through April 22nd. 

This spread includes: 6 cell phone pictures, 3 camera pictures, 1 screen shot, 1 bus pass, and 3 web photos. All the photos were printed at a local photo lab...This was my first time trying this location, and I was highly disappointed. It wasn't until I completed the spread and paged through the album, that I realized just how grey the photos are. If only I had noticed sooner. That's what I get for working in dim light this week. I really love the idea of white borders...And I say idea, because they're anything but white. boo. I'm resisting the urge to take it all apart and instead, enjoy another week documented.

What happened this week: Easter lunch with extended family, Brewers baseball game, movie watching, coffee addiction, received one amazing gift, and embarked on a disappointing adventure.

I didn't include the exact dates of this spread on any title card; however, I did add a week marker. I occasionally slip in metro cards that have a date on them. It's a great way to add memorabilia while documenting a source of transportation. 

I love documenting the movies, songs, and TV shows that are entertaining me. Adding a quote is one way to do so. This week I had a few extra pockets, so I wrote down a long, famous, inspiring quote from one of my favorite movies that I happened to watch this week. I printed a photo from the movie and added vellum and the ending of the quote. I can't wait to try this technique again. 

I've recently fallen in love with the 4x6 paper pads that coordinate with Studio Calico's Project Life Kits. The extra paper works wonders for backing photos or creating your own journaling cards, and I've used it several places in this week's spread.

That's another week in the books! 

SUPPLIES :: Studio Calico Project Life Kits, Printable Labels, 4x6 Paper Pad / Paper Cut Vellum / A Muse Studio Baker's Twine / Scraptastic Labels & Pennants / Simple Stores 24Seven 3x4 Elements 

TOOLS :: Becky Higgins Design A Page Protectors, 0.3 Marker, Date Stamp / StazOn Jet Black Ink / MyStik Permanent Adhesive / Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Star & Watercolor Background

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

One of my favorite card making techniques is using Distress Inks as watercolors. That's exactly what I did to create the sky-themed background for today's card.

To create the background, I pressed the ink pads directly to a craft sheet. Distress Inks react with water; therefore, I added a few sprays to the inks before dipping watercolor cardstock into the ink. The first layer of ink was too light for my liking. I dried the layer and dipped it into the ink a second time. 

The new stamp set, Enjoy Calligraphy, from Sweet Stamp Shop quickly became one of my favorites. The script is beautiful. I used the small stars stamp repeatedly to cover the background before adding it to the card front. A little vellum scrap and a die cut completed the look. 

So dreamy... Excuse me while I create about 400 more. I just love these products. 

SUPPLIES :: Paper Cut Cardstock, Watercolor Paper, Iridescent Vellum / Sweet Stamp Shop Enjoy Calligraphy Stamp Set / VersaFine Black Ink / Spellbinders Die / Faded Jeans, Weathered Wood, Dusty Concord, & Tattered Rose Distress Inks

TOOLS :: Evolution Die Cutting Tool / Acrylic Block / Tonic 12" Guillotine / MyStik Permanent Adhesive / Mini Mister / Inkssentials Non-Stick Craft Sheet
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