Sunday, January 21, 2018

Bear in the Snow


Am trying to beat the deadline for Muse: ChristmasVisions 91. I finished this card while watching the Vikings football game. Sigh. So, here's my little friend sitting in the snow.

This is a Memory Box wood stamp called Fredward Bear. He has a little smile on his face and I think he is cute. To make the snowbank, I used Wendy Vecchi  Embossing Paste. The cloudy sky is just Distress Ink in Broken China swished on with a snippet of white cardstock to help make the clouds. Fredward was stamped in Memento London Fog ink on another snippet and fussy cut. He is mounted on white foam. Fred's scarf is paper pieced with some striped paper from Stampin' Up!. The banner sentiment is from the SUset called White Christmas. It continues inside saying ...And Sending Every Good Wish For the Coming New Year. The whole panel is just placed on a top folding card of SU Basic Black cardstock. A pretty easy card to make except for the fussy cutting! Not my favorite thing to do.

Horray, made my first Christmas card for 2018! Gotta go get the dog out!   

Bye for now. Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

It's two!

Hello Friends!

I've been trying to get decent photos the last several days before writing this blog. Oh well. Here's what I am submitting to Darnell's new gig called Twofer Card Challenge.  Her first challenge is to use feathers. Here is my entry:

The "twofer" stamp is an Inkadinkado stamp with a feather and an ink well that I have had for years. I cannot find its name, but I do like it. It is a NBUS to me as I don't think I have used it before. I hope you like it too. Below are the details with some close-ups of my two cards. 
I made the sympathy card first using a really pale pink textured cardstock. It looks white in the single photo, but better above. It's probably from Bazzill, but I am not sure as I got it at a craft store that was closing quite a few years ago. A touch of Wink of Stella is in the inkwell center, but it hardly shows. For a bit of bling, I added three enamel dots from my stash to finish the card. It is matted with Stampin' Up! Basic Black and placed on  Basic Gray cardstock.
The feather stamp, (did I tell you it is on wood?) was inked with Versafine Onyx Black and the sentiment is from SU dated 1993, also red rubber and wood. I really like and still use many wooden stamps. The technique is the oldie but goodie, straight ink to paper.

The embossing resist technique was used for my second card. I stamped with VersaMark, dusted with WOW Fine White embossing powder, and heat set it before attacking the background. My goal was to make it look like a night sky. Ranger Distress Inks in Shaded Lilac and Black Soot were blended with touches of Distress Oxide Salty Ocean for my darkish sky. For the first time I tried to do some splatters to look like tiny stars. Not having any white paint, I used Tsukineko All-Purpose Ink in Frost White. Not too bad, but maybe too many. Used a paint brush for the scattering. Shiny silver cardstock from SU is my mat and Basic Black is the card base. This card was number 3 or 4 as the other ones went into the circular file. Finally done, but I could not miss this challenge. I am not sure which takes longer for me, making cards or writing! I am sure you all understand. 😕
Edited to add that the sentiment "This is me missing you" is from Jillibean Soup! Handwritten Sentiments
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Friday, January 5, 2018

Deer In The Woods

Hello and Happy New Year!

After reading about Darnell's new blog starting on the 10th and noticing a new challenge to me that she entered that asked for embossing, I am entering a card I had just finished to the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge 131. The card has both dry and wet embossing. Sorry about the photo, it's the shiny silver paper's fault. lol

Recently I found this great idea on Splitcoaststampers and realized I had most of the supplies she used. So I CASED  Melissa Kerman's Impressions of Tarnished Foil. I followed her instructions pretty well and I highly recommend watching her video. Changes I made include using a piece of Silver Foil paper from My Favorite Things for the base of my focal point. That was first stamped several times with VersaMark using a tree from Stampin' Up!'s Lovely as a Tree set, than heat embossed with several colors of powders: Stampin' Up!Copper, Ranger Gold and Liquid Platinum. The embossing folder and die by Tim Holtz/Sizzix called Birch Tree were next. More heat embossing was done randomly over the birch tress. Finally, the black Stazon Jet Black ink was rubbed on to highlight the texture from the die (I had used a rubber mat) and the embossed area. I cropped the best part of the project, added part of the deer from Memory Box Standing Deer Oval Frame and started matting. The first mat is more of the silver paper, the second is SU Baked Brown Sugar all placed on a top folding card of Basic Black. The whole project took quit a while-one evening and part of the next day, but all was worth it. Whew! I really like the card. No sentiment inside yet, however I have need for masculine cards coming up.

Also I am adding my card to the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge 271, although it might not be considered a holiday card.