Saturday, September 7, 2019

Resist watercolor

While trying to get motivated to make an anniversary card, I saw Jennifer's McGuire's blog and video on Effortless Watercolor.  My first attempt was a total failure, probably because my Versamark ink pad was too dry.  The second one looked iffy at first, but as Jennifer says, "It looks like a hot mess, but wait until it dries."  It's hard to get a good stamped image on textured watercolor paper, so I stamped several times with my wetter Versamark ink pad and added white embossing powder.  I added Distress ink in several shades of green, then spritzed it with Perfect Pearls water.  When dry, it didn't impress me, so I added some blue and purple colors.  When completely dry and flat, I cut the piece to size and glued it to a white card base, then added a frame and die cut sentiment.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Look for the rainbow

I have too many relatives fighting cancer these days.  I made another encouragement card for lady going through chemo.  Once again, I used the card kit from Simon Says Stamp.

front of card

inside sentiment

back of card

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Card for struggling friend

My neighbor is struggling with some health problems and needs some encouragement to continue treatment.  I made this card for her from the Simon Says Stamp September card kit.  The paper and sentiment stamps are from that kit.  The wreath die is from Hero Arts.  I cut the wreath from watercolor paper and watercolored it with Distress inks.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Birthday cards for men

I recently bought a card kit from Simon Says Stamp.  I was mostly interested in the nice sentiments on the stamp set, but decided to try the 3D embossing folder with the metallic cardstock.  I cut the 8" X 8" metallic cardstock in half and ran the first piece through the Big Shot.  I realized I had placed the cardstock in upside down, so my design was debossed.  I turned the other piece over ran it through the correct way.  I decided to make cards from both pieces.  Since this was copper colored, I made birthday cards for 2 male family members with birthdays in September.
front of card - debossed

Inside of card= lined
front of card - embossed

Inside of card = lined

Friday, August 23, 2019

Gate fold hugs

A female relative is having a difficult time after surgery for breast cancer.  This card is to let her know that I understand, as she goes through chemo.

The flower cluster die on the front and the sentiments are from Simon Says Stamp, while the scalloped oval die on the inside of card is by Poppystamps.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sending hugs

I'm sorry I haven't posted lately, but I've had a lot on my mind.  I've had problems motivating myself to make cards.  Too many family illnesses.  I've spent time with my back yard and enjoying my little friends.

I decided to order some new dies to help me create cards that I can send.  I sometimes have problems with the size of dies I order.  These sentiment dies arrived much larger than I had anticipated.  I decided to make a different size card to accommodate them.  This card will fit in a business size envelope.
Front of card

Inside of card

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Hang in there

While I was caring for my dying husband, a friend used to send me Hang in there cards.  Now, I find that sending cards like this are appropriate for others going through difficult times.  Since I have friends and family going through trying times, I decided to make this card.  I may make several more of these for others.
I stamped the image in black ink, then masked it and did some ink blending around it for the sky.  I then colored the hummingbird and mouse with colored pencils.  Finally, I added some Nuvo Glitter Gloss over the hummingbird.  I cut out the image with stitched rectangle die and added a framing layer with pearlescent cardstock.  All was mounted on a white card base, with the sentiment stamped inside the card.

I decided to make another card, but framed it in an oval, so I could add a sentiment on the front of the card.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Bird birthday card

I always enjoy making cards more when I'm making them for a specific person.  This one is for a special female relative.

I've had this cling mounted rubber stamp from Our Daily Bread for quite a while, but don't think I've used it before.  I used the Misti and stamped it several times to get a good image.  I then colored it with Prismacolor pencils.  I rarely use them any more, so it took a while and certainly isn't perfect.  I don't even attempt shading.

The inside of this card is a shadowbox.  The background is watercolored with the use of Art Impressions rubber stamps for the birdbath, birds, grass and branch.  The opening of the green layer was cut with a die from Simon Says Stamp, called Everglade Collage.  The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Sentiment dies

I've been browsing and buying different brands of sentiment dies.  This is my newest set and it surprised me.  I was just looking for dies of words.  This is what I received.
When I cut out the sentiments, I realized they were double.  When cut in 2 different colors, you can make unique layered sentiments.  The single line can be used without the shadow die, but they cut together.  The outer double layer is difficult to read without the inner single layer.

The words can be stacked or combined single parts.  The hello diecut is shown with single and double.  The hugs and thanks are just layered on top (not glued yet).  The hi has the parts separated and laid flat against each other.  The other 2 pieces are shown on this card.

This card is made with an alcohol ink background, with flowers from watercolor paper that were cut with Tim Holtz dies.  I showed how I made them here.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Birthday card

Since I'm getting older, I tend to forget some things.  I remembered today that my adult grandson is having a birthday very soon.  He loves computers and his dogs, so I made him this card.