Saturday, April 2, 2016

Evolving cardmaking styles

The style of my cardmaking has evolved over the years.  As a beginner, I was making cards for specific people and considering each person's interests in the design.  Then, I began following trends and copying the styles of other cardmakers.  When I began making cards to send to strangers through Operation Write Home, I tried to guess what recipients may enjoy.  Now that OWH has ceased the mission, I'm getting back to creating cards for specific recipients.

I have a male family member who is very concerned with motorcycle safety.  He objects to black bikes with the bikers wearing all black clothing.  This makes them harder to see by drivers and can create opportunities for accidents.  Here is the card I made for his birthday.
I gold embossed the image from Stamper's Best onto the glossy blue cardstock oval.  Orange frames are also die cut from glossy orange cardstock.  The green stripes are to represent green areas along highways.  The sentiment is a glossy gold sticker.

Next, I had a female relative with an upcoming birthday.  She loves her flower garden.  I made her card with the watercolor lifting technique and iris rubber stamps from Stamp-A-Mania.  The sentiment stamp is by Hero Arts.
Photo - no flash

Photo with flash
envelope

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Watercolor birthday

I managed to finish one more birthday card with watercolor lifting technique.  I used Distress inks and an old Penny Black floral stamp.  The sentiment is a rubber stamp from Stamp-a-Mania.
This card could be used for other occasions, but I put a birthday message on the inside.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

More birthday cards

I had a little interruption in card making with a storm that knocked out our power for 16 hours.  Fortunately, most of the time was at night and I could stay warm in the bed.  The harder part was that I could have nothing warm to eat.  When the power returned, I really enjoyed a hot cup of tea.

I have now made 2 more family birthday cards, but have a few more to go.


The butterfly card was made like the last post, with watercolor lifting.  The Snoopy card was made by brayering ink into embossing folder to transfer color.  I used a die to cut hole in top layer to expose stamped Snoopy under it.  The pinked circle was a die with same circle die for inside.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Watercolor lifting

It's been a long winter for me, but springtime weather is making me feel better.  I can't make the cards as in the past because of arthritic hands, but I'm trying.  I saw this technique of watercolor lifting on Jennifer McGuire's blog.  It took me several tries, but here's the card I finished.

Inside of card
I made the butterfly with foil candy wrap (Hershey's dark chocolate kisses) that I bought last fall.  I saved some of the wraps because they were so pretty.  I ran a piece of purple cardstock through my old Xyron and used that adhesive to adhere the foil.  I then cut it out with a Spellbinders butterfly die.  I used Distress ink pads to create the background.  You can go to Jennifer's blog to see the video on the technique.

I hope to try this technique a little more because I have several family birthdays coming up.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Tired of winter

Winters are a difficult time for me.  I don't like the long, dark nights and the cold weather makes my joints hurt.  The arthritis in my hands makes card making difficult in cold weather.  I am happy to say that the days are getting longer and we are starting to see more sunshine.  Last weekend, there was a balloon festival in my home town.  To my surprise, the wind was right to bring the balloons into my part of town.  As you can see from the photos, it was a cloudy day without our normal blue sky.  Even the birds were cold and huddled on the street lights.

One balloon even dropped below the palm trees.  They were pretty, but would have looked prettier with blue sky behind them.
 
I managed to make my first card in a month and it helps me to get focused on all those supplies that are taking a lot of room in my small home.
I mostly used the stitched rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp.  The sentiment is a very old stamp from Penny Black (2004).


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Thank you cards

This is the time to send thank you cards.  Have you noticed that fewer people send them these days.  I blame the ease of social media.  All the technology makes it easy to send a quick message that gift was received.  After the effort people make to select and send gifts to us, it's proper to spend some time thanking them for their thoughtfulness.

Some of these cards are for me to send and others are for a friend who needs some help making cards this year.  I used a brayer and embossing folders for the backgrounds.  Framing and mounting creates a nice, but easy card to produce.  Please help bring this tradition back to our friends and families.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Anniversary card

I think my family must be unusual, since we've had many weddings in winter.  There were 2 in the family celebrating 50th wedding anniversaries this month.  Feeling non-creative, I made both cards the same.
The cards were difficult to photograph.  Both the red and white cardstocks are pearlescent and have a nice shimmer.  The bells are die cut from glossy gold cardstock.  The sentiment was stamped on vellum and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The strip of vellum is mounted on a ribbon with gold edges.  The ribbon & vellum were wrapped around the top layer.

December 24th would have been my parents 100th wedding anniversary, if they were still with us.  I remember celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary soon after my brother's wedding.  Lots of memories.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Doxie Birthday

The holiday season is difficult for me, so I haven't been making many cards.  However, an event is coming up next week that convinced me to make a card.  My brother will be celebrating his 94th birthday.  We haven't seen each other for several years, but we do stay in touch.  As I was chatting with him on the telephone recently, my dog started barking.  He asked about the dog and we talked a bit about Tex.  Here is one of my all time favorite photos of Tex.
This was taken a couple of years ago and he is now 10 years old.  Here is the card I made for my brother.
I also added another image and message to back of card.
I colored the images with my Prismacolor pencils, but my old arthritic hands don't do a good job of that any more.  Happy Birthday, Loyd.

Friday, October 16, 2015

More stamping with water

If you haven't read my last post, please do so to better understand this technique.  I rubbed some Distress ink onto this piece of cardstock, using several colors, but it just looks sort of dark reddish orange.  I then stamped a large flower arrangement from Embossing Arts after spritzing stamp with water.  After allowing it to dry overnight, I could barely see the flowers.  I used a stamp positioner (since this is a wood mounted rubber stamp) and spritzed my stamp with water with gold Perfect Pearls added.  This time, the flowers are more easily seen.
I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of vellum and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  The ends of the vellum strip are taped to back of layer.  I then adhered this layer to a white card base.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Stamping with Water

This card uses a new technique to me.  I got this idea from Jennifer McGuire.  This technique is called Stamping With Water.  I used ivory cardstock and rubbed Ranger Distress Ink liberally over the surface.  I then sprayed water with gold Perfect Pearls added onto a leaf rubber stamp and pressed it into the surface, then repeated this to cover the surface.
I stamped the sentiment onto vellum and embossed with copper embossing powder.  I glued the ends of the vellum strip to the back of the top layer, then adhered to an ivory card base.