Wednesday, August 22, 2018

August Twofer

Good Evening Friends!

It is getting down to the wire to complete my entry to Darnell and her gang's Twofer Card Challenge #8 .  This time the challenge calls for something geometric. Can you see it? On both cards? Circles!! A conventional entry, I think. Quite a busy week for me; just finished my cards last night.

Here we go!

I made the balloon card first wanting to use a set from Unity Studio that has been in my stash for years! Yup, it's labeled 2012-2013. Called Background Builders:Round In Circles, so this is my take for a geometric image. My card is a CASE of the card shown on the back of the stamp set box. The roundness is in several part of the design elements decorating the side of the card. For color and sparkle, I cut the balloons from Stampin' Up! Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack using their Balloon punch. Added some floss for the strings and used dimensional tape to adhere the sentiment and balloons. This sentiment was in my birthday stamps drawer, but I am not sure who made it. Of course this is a birthday card.

My truck is a Hero Arts wood stamp also from 2012. It was colored with my NBUS goodie from Spectrum Noir Metallic Markers in Jade Green and stamped first. I put on several layers of ink, but do not feel much shine is there. User error? I stamped the design image to match the other card here using it as a road. Ranger Archival Ink in black was used to stamp both cards. See the tires? They are round too. Err, sort of. I need practice on coloring. LOL I put clear Wink of Stella all over the hello sign. As I was afraid to add more on the front in case I messed up, I just mounted the card front onto a mat and layered it on a SU Basic Black card base. Called it a day. Yay!  Done! I am thinking it is a masculine card for any occasion, and I do need a thank you card for my daughter's father-in-law who fixed my car.

Here is a close-up look at the two cards individually. Enjoy.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you like these cards as I liked making them, especially the balloon one! Bye for now. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Two More Cards


Am joining a few challenges with two of my latest cards. Hope you like.

First up is my entry for the Less Is More Challenge #377- Pets. As you know I love dogs especially, but love cats too, so it was easy to find a pet stamp in my stash.

My pet image is from a NBUS set called Puppy Pets from My Favorite Things. I got the dies too. Yay!  I remembered seeing a how-to-do video recently regarding using matching dies, so looked it up and found it was a video from Catherine Pooler. Watching the video helped a lot for cutting out from snippets of paper the pup, bowl, and also for the sentiment. Also by MFT, it is one of the first time successfully using the Label Maker Sentiments set. This saved me some fussy cutting, not my favorite thing to do. The pup is thankful for his food, or he can be sent to a friend who has been helpful to me lately. I think he is really cute, don't you?

I used my water color pencils from Farber Castell called Art Grip Aquarelle to color the dog and food bowl. Then went over them with a water brush. The pencils are not labeled as to color name but have these numbers: 183 (light brown), 106 (dark brown), 143 (blue), 128 (red) and 199 (black). The scallop border was cut from PTI white cardstock as is the card base. The die is a Card Front Element Builder die recently bought from Sugarpea Designs. Lots of nice boarders in this set. I am also adding this card to Pixie's Crafty Workshop #332 since mostly snippets of paper were used for this CAS card and Di had a pet on this challenge too. Hers made me smile!

My second card was created to join the current CAS Watercolour - August challenge.

My first try was deep-six'd as I had used yellow Wink of Stella on top of the water coloring, and that proved not acceptable. Thus I stamped the image once more with my oldie but goodie wood stamp from Penny Black. Funny enough, it is called Sunshine, but it is definitely a sunflower. Right? I used Ranger Archival Ink to stamp the flower on regular cardstock. Again I colored the sunflower with the Farber Castell pencils and just went over it with my water brush. Then I fussy cut out the flower. OK, I know I said that I don't like to do that, but it was necessary! LOL Colors used were 105 & 104 (yellow) and 186 & 168 (green).

I decided against using dimensionals to adhere the flower to my water colored sky background instead glued down making it easier to mail. I notice the card bends a little. Oh, well. This background was made with Distress Oxide Salty Ocean and Distress Ink Peacock Feathers. I rubbed the inks onto my craft mat, spritzed with water then painted on watercolor paper with a brush. I think the flower is just waving in the breeze. My simple sentiment saying hello is from the Today, Tomorrow & Always TIME set from Uniko Studio.

So that is it for now. Thanks so much for visiting. I sure love visitors and the comments YOU leave!

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