Valentines 2016

Here it is 2016 and Valentines is right around the corner.  I made several Valentines cards and 17 tags this year.  I haven't taken a picture of the tags yet so that will have to wait for another day. 

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This card is sort of a cheat because the paper itself has the bird and the background and the sentiment on it already.  I just cut the paper so the part I wanted to show was in the place I wanted it.  I cut the heart using Tim Holtz scribbly heart die out of watercolored paper.  I stamped the birds using a Dina Wakely stamp and then colored them in using colored pencils.  I put two round jewels on the side of the heart and called it a day.  I think this turned out pretty darn good for a cheater card.

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This card is done using different patterned paper cut with dies into shapes.  I used a sizzix dies to cut the large hearts.  I used a Simon Says Stamp wavy scallop stitches die for the scalloped edges on the two pieces that go across the card.  I used a hand punch and punched out the itty bitty hearts that go up the side of the card.  I stamped the happy valentines sentiment and then watercolored the paper to match the rest of the card.  I put two heart brads on the sentiment and some sequins on the larger hearts.  I used a white pen to put a little white along the side of the itty bitty hearts to make them look like the light is hitting them. 

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This card started as a piece of watercolor paper onto which I stamped the heart with embossing ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I watercolored the heart and then the background of that piece.  I then took a tiny Prima background stamp and stamped the background of the watercolor paper.  I then tied twine around the bottom.  I found a pice of patterned paper for the background and die cut the Tim Holtz Honeycomb panel and just used the inside.  I put the outside down where I wanted the inside and then glued the inside down and picked the outside up.  I then measured where the middle would go and stamped the sentiment along the side of the watercolor paper on the background.  I used foam tape to place the watercolored heart piece onto the background and the card was done.

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This card also started out as a blank piece of watercolor.  I stamped and watercolored the Dina Wakely heart and watercolored the background in blue.  I happened to cut out a bunch of cogs and gears from three different Memory Box dies.  I took the gears and glued them to the heart on the watercolor paper.  I cut the outside of the watercolor paper with a stiched square die and then found a piece of patterned paper to go along with the red and put the watercolor paper onto that.  The two pieces were then put onto the card base which is pearl white.

Thank you for looking and I hope you enjoy looking as much as I enjoyed making them.


January 2016 Coloring Challenge on Artsy Inkers


The beginning of the year also brought a new challenge on Artsy Inkers.  The challenge was to color an image using watercolor markers.  Since I have several kinds of watercolor markers I made three entries for the challenge.

Here are two of the entries newly stamped on watercolor paper.

This image is Paper Artsy stamps and is colored with Tombow markers.  I used a red, an orange, and a yellow marker.  I blended with a waterbrush.

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This image is also stamps by Paper Artsy.  I colored these using Distress markers.  I also blended with a waterbrush. 

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This image is a LaLaLand stamp and is colored using the Zig Real Brush Clean Color markers.  I used a gel pen to make the nail heads. 

All of these images are mounted onto scrapbooking paper that is one sided so the inside is white.  Thank you for looking.  To check out the Challenge go Here!

Stencil Inspiration

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I found this stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop and really liked it but I did not want to buy it so I decided I would use it as inspiration on some cards.


The first card I made I used all stamps except for the black lines which were done using a credit card and paint. The background is Dina Wakely paint brushed on and dried. The paper is watercolor paper. There are 11 stamps that were used on this card front.


The second card has a couple different circle stencils and the rest were stamps. There were 10 different stamps used on this card front. This card has Dina Wakely paint put on with a small brayer on the background.



The third card is again all stamps except for the silver arrow and the red heart. The background is Distress Paint painted on and sprayed with water. There are 10 stamps used on this card front.


The fourth card is an Easter card. This card also has Distress Paint on the background. There are 10 stamps on this card front too. The black lines on this card are also made with a credit card and black paint.


The fifth card has a distress ink background on top of modeling paste done through three different stencils. There are eight stamps used on this card front. I used stickles over the stamped images and rubbed the stickles over the top of the modeling paste.


The sixth card has distress ink on the background. I used 3 different stencils and 9 different stamps. I attached a pair of sunglasses, a heart, and 3 enamel dots to the front of this card. The lines are again made with a credit card and paint. I think this card is my favorite out of the entire bunch.

This turned out to be very fun. I did these cards over the course of a couple days and enjoyed doing each one.

Thank you for looking.


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