Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Shadow Stamping

An old technique that I saw recently on Split Coast
and just had to play with again.
 I believe that the original shadow stamps were from Hero Arts.
I totally missed that, but did find some great ones
at a stamp convention by Yvonne Albrittion.
I did a search for her stamps.  I could not find
her company on Gingerstamp or by doing a google search.
The black flower stamps are by Hero Arts.
I used various Distressed inks for the shadow stamps.
The edges of the top white stamped layer
have been sponge with coordinating inks. 

I don't know the maker of the phrase stamp.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Evergreen Christmas

Using the Yvonne Albritton marbled shadow stamps
and a Hero Arts long needled pine branch
an easy Christmas card can be created.

First the pine bough image was
stamped with the darkest green ink that 
I had.

I used three different colors of green Ranger
Distressed Inks.  For the darker shades the
stamp was inked, the image stamped onto 
scratch paper and then stamped 
over the pine bough.

The finished image was them
layered over two shades of dark
and then light green paper.
The Merry Christmas was computer
generated using PSP X and layered
over dark green card stock.
Flat pieces of paper egg carton were
used under the phrase to create the
3-D effect.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Christmas Card Challenge

Only one more Christmas card for the February
challenge after this one.
I can hear the sighs of relief, LOL.

Green white core paper, a Cuttlebug Christmas tree
embossing folder, gold gift wrap and
a sanding block.
The Merry Christmas greeting is computer
generated, cut with a Spellbinder's oval
and mounted on a gold gift wrap scalloped oval.

That's it, all that is needed for this design.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Another Christmas Card

Here is another Christmas card.  A Christmas
embossing folder by Cuttlebug
 was used on a medium green
white core paper.
This folder is a stripe pattern that has
a stylized holly leaf and berries.
I sanded both sides and decided this one
accented the holly leaf the best.

The Merry Christmas has been created in
Paint Shop Pro X (PSP X), cut with a
Spellbinders oval then mounted on a
gold gift wrap scalloped oval.

Friday, February 24, 2012

For the Christmas card challenge

Splitcoast Stampers has a Christmas card challenge.
You are to make several Christmas cards every month
until December.  The goal is to NOT have to frantically
make Christmas cards in December, but rather
to gradually make cards all through the year.

Here is one of my February cards.
This was just so easy.  I used a blue white core
card stock in a snowflake embossing folder.
After embossing the raised portion is
literally sanded with coarse sand paper,
exposing the white core.
It is then glued to the card base and
an oval Merry Christmas with a dark gray
scallop is attached.
Very very easy and very elegant.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Possible With God

I can not believe it has been a week since my last post.  
Having problems with a sprained ankle and it hurts
to sit with my foot down.  So my computer time has 
been very limited.
Here is a new card design.  I really like how this one turned out.

This is a very simple basic design that depends on
the DP (designer paper) for it's "punch".

The papers are from Paper Studios Mirabella stack.
The die cuts are from Spellbinders.
The scripture can be found in God's Holy Word
at Luke 18:27.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Lord is my strength Ps 118:14

 I put in two photos of the same card hoping that the slightly
angled view would give you an idea of the 3-D aspect of the design.

The base of the card is plain white card stock.
Over that is a embossing folder textured layer that is
on lavender card stock.  The narrow border is cut 
evenly and to perfection using Perfect Layers rulers.

The phrase was created by myself in Paint Shop Pro
and is from Psalm 118:14 in God's holy scriptures.
It was cut out using one of Spellbinder's Label and
a different Label was used for the layer under it.
The edges of both Labels have been lightly sponged with
a pale lavender ink.
Both Labels have flat pieces of paper egg carton
glued to the backs.  (rather than the expensive pop dots)

The butterfly is two layers.  The lovely shiny lavender
is highlighting foil (available at a beauty supply) that
has been spray glued to card stock.  I have also
tried spreading a white glue with a small squeegee on the card
stock, laying on the foil and smoothing with a brayer.   I do prefer this method.
I found I get a better adhesion.
The second layer of the butterfly is lavender vellum
The flowers are  also lavender vellum that
has been punched and shaped with a
white center attached.

The butterfly and the olive branch leaves are
dies from Cheery Lynn Designs.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Western Valentine

This is my husband's Valentine.
He does not appreciate the frilly detailed cards,
so this is what I came up with.
I had cut a label out from a piece of card stock
and used the left over piece as a stencil.
The two shades of brown and black inks
were sponged on to create the frame for
the horses.  The fine line black heat embossed
image is by Rubber Stamp Avenue.
It was cut out with a Spellbinders oval die
and faux burned with brown and black inks.

When attaching the horses oval to the card
I used flat pieces of  cut up paper egg carton
to create a 3-D effect.

The Valentine greeting is white fine line on
black card stock.  I cut it out as a rectangle
and rounded the edges with the 1/4 inch side
of the corner chomper.

Black "diamonds" on each corner of the  stenciled
portion and a small black glitter paper heart on
the front horses chest are the finishing touches.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Joy of the Lord Neh 8:10

Here is the last card in the series.
Guess what makes it different than the other
I accidentally did the polished stone
on the wrong side of the paper.
BUT I still like it.

The Hero Arts flower has been heat embossed
using copper powder.  There is copper in
the polished stone.
The edges of the polished stone, 
the flower that is cut in an oval and
the scripture have all been distressed
and faux burned..

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Joy of the LORD

 Nehemiah 8:10 tells us that, "The joy of the LORD
is your strength."
Because this is one of my favorite scriptures
I decided to use an Our Daily Bread stamp 
as the basic template and make my own in PSP X.
If you don't do PSP or Photo Shop you can
definitely get some wonderful scripture stamps

The top scripture has been die cut with a
Spellbinders tag die. The one on the 
bottom card is simply cut using a click blade 
and a quilting ruler then layered over dark
purple card stock that was cut to a narrow
border using a Perfect Layers ruler.
The blue card has a background of pale blue 
polished stone (alcohol ink on glossy card stock)
that has the edges sponged in black ink.
The flower images are from Hero Arts and
have been stamped with VersaMark and
heat embossed with fine line black embossing powder.

The lavender and purple card has polished stone
used on the oval and the holes in the lacy scallops.
There background is a lavender card stock 
that has been textured using an embossing folder.
The oval and the scallop borders are from
Spellbinder dies.

I matched the lavender polished stone to the
holes in the scallops by simply cutting plain scallops
in the polished stone (no holes in this one) and
gluing the dark purple lacy scallop over.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Purple Butterfly

Such a yummy card.  I gave it along with 14 others
to a friend for her birthday.  So if you have a 
huge stash of cards, give them as gifts.  
They are unique and everyone uses cards.
Share your art!

This begins card has a white card base.
Next is a textured layered created with a
Cuttlebug embossing folder over lavender card stock.

Two sizes of Spellbinder's Lacy ovals were die cut
and lavender ovals embossed in Cuttlebug's
dotted Swiss embossing folder attached.
Cheery Lynn Design's Victorian Flourish
was cut apart and place on the oval layers.

The butterfly was cut from highlighting foil attached
to card stock using a Cheery Lynn Design.
A darker purple paper is used as an accent
under the foil butterfly.