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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Christmas Flip

Today's card was made for a challenge on the PW Message Board.  It was made differently than other flip cards I've made, because it was made using the instructions posted on that thread.  It was made using the following supplies:
  • Card Base: double-sided card stock from DCWV.  Stripes were enhanced using HOTP Dazzles - Black Thin Lines, Black Jewel (silver edge cut off & remaining used for flower centers), and Camera (which was placed on top of a piece of ribbon from my stash. Though you can't see it in the picture, the card base is cut & the portion that extends past the front fold is flipped out.
  • Focal: Mat cut using "Antiques Labels One" die from JustRite & outlined with a black Sharpie. Focal itself is from HOTP Ebony Color Me Christmas Greetings Topper pack - colored with red Gelatos.  
  • Inside: Mat is cut from black paper with same die used for mat on the front.  I fussy cut the cream-colored inner piece.  The message is stamped with stamps from JustRite's "Mix and Match Christmas Blessings", except for the signature which was done using an embossing pen.  The whole was then heat embossed with Garnet PEARLuster embossing powder.

Friday, September 30, 2016

She gave ALL

This page is discussed here.  This is how I created it:

1) Scribbled a bit of "Metallic Blueberry" gelato on a craft sheet, thinned it with water using a water brush, and brush on to the page.  Colored it with a light coat - all except the verses I wanted to highlight.
2) I typed up the words on my computer, finding fonts that I wanted to use - then printed them.  Also, I printed a pile of coins I found on the internet.
3) Using my ultra thin light box, I traced these words & coins onto the page using a Staedtler triplus fineliner black marker/pen.
4) Next, I drew in my "two small coins".  I colored the small coins copper using Silks "Harvest Sol" acrylic glaze. 
5) I used "Gold Lame" Smooch ink to color the other coins, the words "ALL" and "shine lines" coming from the small copper coins.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Me and My House

This Bible journaling piece is fairly simple.  To read about it's inspiration, check Me and My House on my other blog.  I started by preparing the page with clear gesso (Art Basics) as usual.  The rest is just some lettering & a house illustration:

House Illustration:
  • Stamped using my navy Scroll & Brush marker to color the house stamp (from HOTP "Welcome Home stamp set.
  • Colored with gelatos - scribbled on my craft sheet, made into a "paint" & painted with a water brush.  The blue used 3 colors - one a shimmery one.  I also used the the dark yellow.

  • I created a mock-up on my computer using fonts I liked - then traced them using the fine tip of one side of the "scroll" part of the Navy Scroll & Brush Marker.
  • "Choose Today" words were colored in using gelatos as for the house illustration.
  • Reference & date added with a fine-point Sharpie.
The other thing I did - which you can't see in this picture - was to highlight the text itself using the same yellow gelato solution used on the house & "TODAY". 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

House Pivot Card

Here's a card I made sometime back.  It's not really finished - waiting to add a sentiment when I decide when I'm going to send it.  But, I did want to record it here before I completely forgot what I did.  The card was made using the House Pivot die from Elizabeth Crafts, as well as pieces from their Holiday House die.  

I cut a piece from camouflage paper for the ground.  I found a branch cutting die I had & used multiples of it to create some trees. Parts of the house are cut from various papers, and parts were colored with smooch ink.  Flowers are small paper flowers with Jewel Dazzles centers. 

Here's the front of the card - you can see I've left space for a sentiment in the upper left corner - and added a Dazzles butterfly to the bare tree.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Snow Christmas 2

Here's the second card - using the same paper & Color Me pack of card toppers as the card posted yesterday.  I colored them in the same way, using Scroll & Brush markers & baby wipes.  A little bow finishes the look.  Here's the inside (cut from around the piece on the front):

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A New Creature

Here's another Bible Journaling page.  This one uses Stampendous Pop-Up Kitties stamp set.  Here's what I did:
  1. Applied 3 thin coats of clear gesso (Art Basics) to the page to prevent bleed-through.  
  2. Stamped the kitty at the bottom using black VersaFine ink.  I forgot to mask so the upper part of the kitten's body wouldn't show on the face, so I used a little heavy white gesso to cover the extra stamped lines that I didn't want.
  3. I printed the text onto a sheet of scrap paper and then copied it into my Bible using a light box (this thin one works marvelously for this) and a Zig marker with a fairly thick tip.  
  4. Using a fine-line Sharpie, I added the text reference and date.
  5. Next, I colored the cat in using my pastel chalk set, coloring a bit like I did here (though I didn't need to go back over the stamped lines again).
  6. After the cat was colored (all except her eyes), add added green chalk to the rest of the page for a background.  Then, before the chalk had a chance to set, I erased the chalk from covering the verse itself.
  7. For a finishing touch, I combined two Smooch inks (green & gold) to make the cat's glowing eyes.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Snow Christmas 1

Here's the first of a couple of Christmas cards that were made using HOTP's Color Me Snowflakes Card Toppers. I colored them with Scroll & Brush markers - faded out using baby wipes.

For the inside, I added strips of patterned paper (including from HOTP), and Dazzles borders.