Since I saw Jennifer McGuire's Inside Shadow Box Card, I've been working to duplicate her technique. I watched her video many times to get the technique figured out. Here is my latest attempt:
Front of card
Inside, showing shadow box
The inside view shows the 1/2 inch deep shadow box. The background sky and ocean are made with watercolors on watercolor paper. The lighthouse and clouds are on the upper layer. I fussy cut the lighthouse and glued it to the upper layer, after cutting the rectangle with a Hero Arts infinity die. The foreground around base of lighthouse was added with small stamps of grass and trees.
Back of card
I stamped the back of card with a fun stamp from Judi Kins.
With my brother's birthday approaching, I'm always looking for something I haven't sent to him in the past. I found this technique on Jennifer McGuire's blog: Inside Shadow Box Cards. Since my brother also lives in the desert (near Death Valley), I chose a desert scene for this card.
Since this a shadow box card, the inside took a little maneuvering. Hopefully, my technique will improve when and if I decide to try another of these cards.
I've been admiring cards made with Distress Oxide Ink, so I found a sale and bought a few colors. On this card, I used Fired Brick, Wild Honey and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks on white card stock. They do blend nicely and give a lovely matte finish. The sentiment is 3 stacked die-cuts from an old Provo Craft die.
I added the black layer and mounted it on a white card base. This is for a young man graduating from high school.
I've learned over the years that my cards are more satisfying when I create them with a special recipient in mind, instead of just creating generic cards. This card was made for someone special who will soon be having surgery.
The recipient of this card loves Snoopy and loves purple. I stamped the image in black ink, then colored the grass and envelop with colored pencils. I cut out the pinked circles with Spellbinder dies and adhered them together, staggering to points to create little diamonds. I needed a background, so I created this watercolor background with 2 colors of Twinking H2Os - Snapdragon and Solar Gold. While it was wet, I added wrinkled plastic wrap and let it partially dry. While still damp, I sprinkled on some coarse salt to create the mottled look. When dry, I cut it to size and dusted it with Stamping Buddy. Using my mini Misti, I stamped the sentiment with Grape Jelly Memento ink multiple times, then a layer of Versamark ink and clear embossing powder. All layers are adhered with Tombow Xtreme tape an mounted to a white card base.
I had a nice week, with a visit from my son and his wife. After they left, I had to make a quick birthday card to get in the mail.
I stamped watercolor paper with Versamark ink and added clear embossing powder to create a resist. Then, I added Twinkling H2O watercolors. They give a nice shimmer, which doesn't really show in the photo. I added coarse salt and a crinkled plastic wrap and allowed it to dry. I then splattered it with another Twinkling H2O to add some spots. Finally, I stamped the sentiment using my mini Misti because it takes more than one stamping to get a good impression on watercolor paper. I added the framing layer and put it on a white card base. I wish you could see all the shimmer.
I like the term 'paper hugs' for cards that are sometimes difficult to design. This card is for a special granddaughter who has recently been through some tough times.
I made the base card with Twinking H2Os on watercolor paper. When dry, I placed it in an embossing folder and ran it through my very old Big Shot. I then tapped a Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender ink pad lightly over the embossed areas. I made the frame with 2 stitched rectangle dies. The hugs was cut with a Hero Arts die, 3 layers glued on top of each other for thickness. The base card is a light grey.
Difficult times have overwhelmed me recently. However, I felt the need to create a card for others at the center of these difficult times. This card was made for the family directly affected by a family suicide.
This card began with an embossing folder to create the sentiment area. I then watercolored the outside and inside of the embossed shape. I stamped the sentiment inside the shape with Versamark ink and added colored embossing powder. I then found cardstock to go with the watercolored area and framed the center layer on a 5X7 card base. I added the punched butterfly later. The message inside says: I wish I could give you a hug that would last forever.
The older I get, the more difficult it is to get motivated to make cards. I seem to have many other things occupying my mind and time. I'm also getting slower at accomplishing tasks at hand. My little dog is also growing older and developing more ailments. I must keep him in medications as I try to keep up with my own.
This card took me nearly a month to complete. I created the background with pearlescent watercolors and twinkling H2Os. Then I tried to find ways to use the background. When pressured for time, I added a few things to finish the card.
The corner are stickers that have been in my stash for years. The flower is made with a Sizzix embosslit die. I cut the flower from copper paper, then patted gold Brilliance ink. A gem was glued in the center of flower. The sentiment was made with a Taylored Expressions stamp and die set. The flower and the sentiment are popped with Tombow Xtreme tabs.
I frequently run out of ideas for cards for people that I have sent many cards. This is for my son's birthday, so I made this one about my dog.
The background is made with an argyle embossing folder with ink brayers to inside of folder. See technique here. Sentiment is made with Martha Stewart punch. Dog is made with a Poppystamps die and pawprints with a rubber stamp. The inside of card was stamped with rubber stamps and the same Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight ink pad.
I've been having a rough time getting motivated to make cards, but have lots of family birthdays in March, so I'm trying. I started with watercolor backgrounds, using pearlescent watercolors and twinkling H2Os.
I noticed some prominent red spots in the background once it had dried. I added the top layer from a layering rose stamp to turn them into roses. I cut this out with my pierced rectangle dies and added a sentiment with stickers.