Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thinking of You Card

This card starts with a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of yellow card stock.  I folded it in half giving this card a top fold.

Next, I cut a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of speckled card stock.  I attached it with Extra Strong Permanent tape to the center of the yellow card base.

On a scrap of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock, I placed the Comge image from the Toreads collection.  I colored her with Spectrum Noir markers.   Then, I cut out the girl leaving a tiny edge of white around her.

I punched a 3 1/2" scalloped oval from green embossed card stock.  I attached it with the Permanent tape, about 1/2" from the left edge of the speckled card stock.

I made flowers from punched and shaped pieces of card stock.  I placed them around the left edge of the oval.  I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to attach them.

I put the phrase "thinking of you" in top right corner of speckled card stock.

I place the Comge image onto the front of the card using Double-sided adhesive foam.  I put a flower in each of her ponytails.  I attached the flowers with the liquid glue.

Hope you like this card.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Most Wonderful Time Card

Personally, I like a simple - yet somewhat elegant - Christmas card.  Something that I can make several of and get them done in short time.  This week's project is one of those cards.

I started with a  piece of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" gold metallic card stock.  I folded it in half.  This card has a side fold.

I used a piece of 3 5/8" x 4 7/8" Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock for the images.  I used the Stamp-It Australia Holiday images.

I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir Markers.  I used a white gel pen to highlight some on the french horn.  I also used it for the highlights on the berries.

Close-up of white gel pen highlights
I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape to layer the image piece onto a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of red card stock.  I think the tiny pop of red on this card was just the right thing to make it pop a bit.

Not too much time for assembly, or coloring.  You should be able to knock out several of these in no time.

Hope you enjoyed this card!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration. 


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Seasons Greetings card

Hello everyone!!  I made this week's card project with some of the new Sheena "Little Bit Festive" images.   I used the Christmas Visitor set.  From that set, I used "Seasons Greetings", the bird, and the holly.

On a piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock, I positioned images to look as if the bird was standing on the holly.  I placed the sentiment to the left side.  I trimmed the card stock to 5" x 3 3/4".  I colored the bird and holly with my Spectrum Noir markers.  In addition to the markers, I used some colored  pencils to enhance the images.  Then I put 3-D Crystal Lacquer on the holly berries.  I also put some on just one side of the holly leaves.  Just a bit, just to give a bit of shiny feel to the leaves.

While the lacquer was drying, I cut card stock for the card base.  I cut a piece of duplex card stock (with metallic gold on one side and white on the other) to 8 1/2" x 4 1/4".  Yes, I know this looks backward, but I cut it this way on purpose.  I folded this in half so the fold would be on the 4 1/4" side.  I wanted to try something other than the regular top fold for these images.

I cut a strip of red card stock to 1" x 4 1/4".  I adhered it to the card with the Extra Strong Permanent tape.  I placed it approximately 1 1/4" to the right of the side fold.

Using the tape again, I taped a 5 1/8" x 3 7/8" piece of black card stock to the center of the card base.  I placed it right over top of the red scrap.

I attached the colored images piece, with the tape, to the center of the black card stock.  Your card is done.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Just for You Card

An extra project for you this week ...

This card uses the Strawberry Kisses Christmas set - Just for You.

I started this card with a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of red card stock.  I folded it in half so it has a side fold.  I attached a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of decorative background paper, centered on card base, with Extra Strong Permanent Tape.

Next, I placed a piece of 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" black card stock (centered) on 3" x 4" piece of green card stock, and again, used the Permanent Tape to attach them.   I put all of this to the side until needed later.

I put three of the images on a piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color all of the first image.  Color middle and bottom presents on second image.  And finally, color paws and bow, and bottom package on the third image.  These were then cut from the card stock.  Here's a picture to refer to ...

Remember to color the images before cutting.  Trust me ... I know this for a fact!  LOL!

Here are the colors of the Spectrum Noir markers used to color the images ...

dog - IG1, IG2, IG3, IG8
bows, berries, stripes, dots - CR9, DR4, DR5, DR9
stripes, holly leaves, dots - JG2, LG5

Ink around all of the cut-out images with black ink.

I attached the dog to the center of the black card stock with Permanent Tape.  I layered the pieces on top of the dog with Double-sided Adhesive Foam.

view of layers from left side
view of layers from top

I put more Double-sided Adhesive Foam on the back side of the green card stock.  I attached this to the center of the decorative paper.  With that, my card was done.

Hope you enjoy this card.  I had a great time making it.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration. 


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Kitty in a Pot

I just adore the Strawberry Kisses line of stamps. From the new Christmas line, I used the main image from the Happy Christmas set and the ornament image from the Special Delivery set.  One of the things I like about these sets is that there are often accessory images included with the main image.  I love to mix and match with the extra images.

I put my images on a piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I colored with the Spectrum Noir markers.  Here are the colors I used ...

clay pot - GB2, GB3, GB4
poinsettia - CR10, CR11, DR3
leaves/stem - LG4, LG5, CG1, CG4,
cat - nose - PP1
        bow - CR3, CR4, CR10, CR11
ornaments - CR11, CT4, JG2, TB5
background shadows - IG1

I used a silver gel pen for the ornament caps and holders.  I used green and yellow Souffle pen for the cyathia (flowers in the center of the leaves).

I use several colors when I'm coloring.  I just keep blending and blending them into each other until I like it.

I cut the Ultra Smooth Cardstock to 3 1/4" x 4 1/2".  (I used Extra Strong Permanent Tape for all the layering.)  I layered the colored images onto a 3 3/8" x 4 3/8" piece of red card stock.  This was then layered onto a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of decorative patterned paper.  This was all then placed onto the front of the card base.  The base is a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of red card stock.  I folded it in half giving the card a side fold.

I knew this needed something added, "But what?", I said to myself.  Thank goodness "myself" didn't answer!!  I poked around and through my stash of embellishments, I came up with the bright red gems.  I added a strip in the top left corner.  Then, I added three gems in the bottom right corner.  Please see photo for placement of the gems.

It still needed a another little something.  Aha!!  I found it!  I used three clear epoxy circles over the ornaments.  I think if I hadn't found those, I would have used 3-D Crystal Lacquer for a similar look.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.