Sunday, March 19, 2017

Why make cards?

I've often wondered what motivates others to make cards, when they are available to purchase.  I make them for several reasons:
  1. I like to personalize cards for the recipient.  I like cards that appear to be made especially for me.  I assume others do also.
  2. I enjoy creating artistic things.
  3. I have so much 'stuff' accumulated that I want to use it up so it doesn't get thrown away when I'm gone.
Why do you make cards?  Do you keep them or mail them?  I've heard others say in their blogs that they don't like to part with their art after creating it.  I avoid this by thinking of the recipient when designing cards.  Besides, my creations aren't that spectacular.  I make cards to make others happy and thought about.

I've been fighting health issues and not making many cards lately.  Here is the latest card that I made.
I made this for a male relative who is working on health issues, with diet and exercise.  He is seriously working on improving his health and I think he will understand my message for his birthday.  I looked for a sentiment for the inside of the card and chose this one:
Since I'm trying to use up my supplies and not add to them, I used very old stamps that I've had for years.  I know the stamps will outlive me, but I have to use the perishable supplies.  I still have lots of cardstock and ink, but the ink pads are gradually ending their use.  Even some reinkers are no longer usable.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Spring birthday

I made this card for a special female relative who lives in Colorado.  The columbine is the state flower of that state.  While the card was in progress, there was a challenge on Gingerwood Bulletin Board to make a card with texture.  I decided to use a Darice embossing folder on the background paper.  I added some Brilliance ink to the raised tree and stamped the birthday sentiment on the tree trunk.  The butterfly is made with a Martha Stewart punch.  Only the body of the butterfly is glued to card and pearls added to body for more texture.  The butterfly wings are free to be raised.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Man's birthday card

Since I was in a creative mood, I made a card for my son's upcoming birthday.  To create this card, I pulled out some very old, long unused supplies.
I used some tan cardstock and placed it in the wood grain embossing folder, then patted some Memento Rich Cocoa ink onto the raised areas.  Using the old original Sizzix die, I cut out an ancient document from the same cardstock.  I placed this die cut into a very old Sizzix Happy Birthday stencil. 

If you've never seen these, they came before the embossing folders were invented.  The brass stencil was glued into a plastic folder and another piece of plastic, embossed with sentiment, is inside back of folder.  I then removed brass stencil from folder and used it to add color to raised letters.  I added some of same ink to edges of sign for the distressed look

The hammer and nails were cut with the small Sizzlet die.  I used both silver and brown paper.  I cut the handle from the brown paper and glued it on top of silver handle.  I then glued the brown hammer head under the silver head.  I placed the nails through small holes in the corners and glued the 'sign' onto the woodgrain paper.  I used tiny brads in the lower corners, with heads painted silver.  I attached the hammer onto card with foam tape to give it some dimension.

I added a dark brown frame and adhered it to a cream cardstock.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sparrow birthday

I have had a serious lack of mojo this winter.  Karen's challenge on Gingerwood Bulletin Board inspired me to make a bird card for her challenge.
This stamp is unmounted with no name on it.  I used a Misti to stamp it onto the white cardstock.  I pulled out my neglected Prismacolor pencils and colored the image, then blended it with odorless mineral spirits.  My stamped outline was partly obliterated in the coloring process, so I put it back in the Misti and stamped it again with Memories Artprint Brown ink.  The Misti sure is nice for this purpose.  I cut out the image with my stitched rectangle dies and also cut the yellow paper with a larger size die.  I cut the green frames with my trimmer to give a narrow border.  This was mounted onto a white card base.  The image and the sentiment are mounted on dimensional tape.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

As we begin 2017, we need to reflect on this past year and make plans to correct our mistakes.  I always feel that I must count my blessings, as my life is much better than others that I know or hear about.  I try not to feel sorry for my own circumstances, but to work on ways to improve them.  I don't really make New Year's Resolutions, but prefer to just make positive plans for the future.  We must take each day at a time and do the best we can with what we are facing.  I make no promises, just try to do the best I can.  I always want to make my dog proud of me.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Changing seasons

Since I live in the southern Nevada desert, our seasonal changes are different than in many areas.  We had beautiful fall colors until yesterday.  These photos were  taken 2 days apart in my front yard.  We had a small amount of rain during the night and lots of wind.  A few of the leaves are piled against the fence, but most are being shared by neighbors down the street.



While the wind was blowing and leaves were flying outside, I decided to make some cards that will probably arrive at their destination after Christmas.



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Seasonal cards

We have each been raised with our cultural differences.  I was raised to believe that we celebrate Christmas because of our Christian beliefs.  I realize that others have different beliefs, so I do make seasonal cards for people who do not celebrate the holiday season in the same way.  Here is a card I made to send to others during the winter season.
I embossed this glossy paper with a snowflake embossing folder, then patted white Brilliance ink onto the raised snowflakes.  Glossy paper does not photograph well.  The color is really much closer to the other colors on the card.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas cards

I've received many nice cards from other card makers on Gingerwood Bulletin Board.  They have been trying to inspire me to make cards again.  Last month, I received a birthday card from one of them.  I was impressed by the stamp and die set that she used, so I asked where she got it.  It was the Fancy Banner set from Taylored Expressions.  I had never been to their website and was very impressed.  I ordered the banner set and will try to use it soon.  I also bought a Nativity Die and liked it so much that I made Christmas cards this year, first time in years.  I made them all alike, except that some are cut from gold glossy paper and some from silver glossy paper.


The sentiment is an old rubber stamp from My Sentiments Exactly.  I removed this portion from the wood and used it with my Mini Misti stamp positioner.  The edges of top layer are rubbed with Versamark Ink and dipped in embossing powder.  This gives a nice edge on that top layer.

Time will tell if I succeed in continuing to make cards.  I'm impressed by the quality of the dies from Taylored Expressions and may need to get more of them.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Birthday Boy

I haven't been making cards for some time.  I was motivated to begin again because my brother will soon turn 95.  I've been making cards for his birthday for many years, so I couldn't stop now.  I used a card base that I made a few months ago and embellished it.

The card was made with watercolors and I added the balloon stickers.  I mounted the balloons onto cardstock, then popped them up on dimensional tape.  I placed the gold embroidery floss between cardstock and dimensional tape, then tied a knot and glued it down with liquid adhesive.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Watercolor Fall cards

I've been waiting for inspiration to make cards again.  Since it's getting to be fall weather, I'm trying to make Thanksgiving cards for family.  I found a technique that I decided to try.  Here's my inspiration from Jennifer McGuire's blog.

Since I'll be using watercolor paper, I decided to use my Mini Misti tool, since stamping on watercolor paper more difficult to get a good image.  Since my stamp was a wood mounted rubber stamp, I had to remove it from the block.  I then used Wackytac (a temporary liquid adhesive) on the rubber and let it dry.  This did keep the stamp in place until I removed it later, leaving no residue.

I used a very old two toned embossing powder by Moon Glow, called Sunrise Salmon/Gold with Versamark ink.  I then followed Jennifer's technique of applying Distress ink with my fingers.  I used a variety of colors, but didn't write them down.  I embossed with an embossing folder, sandwiched with a Tim Holtz embossing diffuser.  This is and acrylic piece, with and oval removed from the center.  This allows a flat area for the sentiment.  I also traced inside the oval with a gold pen.
 

The next 2 cards were done using the same technique, but using white embossing powder.  The second card was debossed by mistake (folder upside down) and the third was embossed properly.  I then tapped some ink onto the raised areas.

I'm going to study these for a while before making more cards with this technique.  As Jennifer says in her video, the ink does wear off your fingers.