Monday, March 20, 2017

Hero Arts Spring Cards

The cards I am sharing today were created with some special recipients in mind.  These are among a group of cards that I plan to donate to "Cards For Hospitalized Kids Charity".  Their mission is to send cards to hospitals all over the US to help brighten the days of seriously ill children who often feel scared and lonely.

Here's their website if you would like more information:

All four of my cards use a predominance of Hero Arts products.  This first one uses the monthly kit from March and one of the add on sets from February called " Fun In the Rain" CM152.  For the watery background I used a wash of watercolor and then added the pooling and splashes with stamps from the set and Distress Tumbled Glass Ink.  The duck and ducklings are colored using Copic Markers.

This second card is created using the " Paper Layering Rabbbit"  DI371 and elements from the Hero Arts March Kit of the Month.   The fence, Easter basket with eggs and the burlap are all from the March Kit.  I used Copics to color the basket and eggs and added just a touch of color the bunny with colored pencils.

This one is probably my favorite of the four.  I just love the way the vegetables from the set can be tucked into the garden soil created using the die from the March set.  There is also a sentiment that says "how does your garden grow" which would be perfect for a gardening friend.  I chose this one because it is meant to cheer a sick child.  All the coloring is Copic except the cloudy sky which I created by sponging Distress Ink over the clouds included in the February Hero Arts monthly kit.

This is the closed view of my box card

The last card is a box card.  When I get a new stamp set I often stamp all of the images on a heavy cardstock and color them without and idea as to where I will use them.  I like doing this because it allows me to make little scenes for my cards.  This card is one that I created using the colored images that I had left over from the cards above.
The box card base is from a die by Lawn Fawn.
This is the opened box card
I think that box cards are a lot of fun for children and hope this one will bring a smile this Easter.
The umbrella and rainbow are from the February monthly kit and the rest are from the March kit.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Trio of Cards from One Image

For my post today I have used the same floral image from Penny Black to make three different cards.  The image is a from the most recent release and is a cling stamp named "Awaken"  40-507.
The first card is rather simply done.  I stamped the flower using Archival Ink onto watercolor paper.  I then used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint a vivid yellow background in the negative space.  After the initial layer of watercolor was dry, I added a wash of "Red Gold No.902" from the "Starry Colors" set which gave it a beautiful shimmer which is hard to capture here.
The panel was cut to 4"X 5 1/2" and then framed with a layer of black CS measuring 4 1/4" X 5 3/4".  This is then adhered to my A-6 size card 6" X 9".  Then sentiment is computer generated.  The font is CapriHMK.   I added a few sequins from my stash as a finishing touch.

For my second card I used watercolor again but I was going for a softer spring look.   I used my Avery Elle " Wonky Stitches" die to create the focal panel.   I used micro pore tape to hold the panel in place on a cutting board which creates the white border and keeps the piece flat.   The blue background wash was the first step.   Once the background was dry I applied light touches of color to my flowers.  The stems of the flowers was the final step in my flowers.  I watered down the same green from the stems and used that to do the splatter, blotting off any unwanted splatter on the flowers with a paper towel.
The sentiment is from Penny Black "Special Wishes" 30-229.  I also added a few drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops "Clear"

My third card uses the same technique as the second but for this one I went for a bolder color palette.  
The sentiment is from Penny Black "Eloquence" set.  The dies are from Lil" Inker Designs "Stitched Rectangles" and  Whitelotous Cutting Dies.
There you have it ... one image with three different looks.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Time to Celebrate Cards

For today's post I thought I would share a card I created using my new stamp set from Penny Black.  This set is called "Time to Celebrate" 30-414.  I love the combination of cats, dogs and hedgehogs all in the one set.
This card is a Box Card or Explosion Card that I made using a couple of the images from the set.  The base for my card is adapted from a cut file by Amanda McGee "A2 Box Gift Card"  Design ID # 69048 found in the Silhouette Studio.  The celebrate sentiment is also a part of that cut file for the Silhouette.
  1. Assemble the card box shape.
  2. Use Distress Ink to sponge in a background for the images on the inside back panel and the outside front panels of the box card.
  3. Cut out and apply patterned paper for the front (2 1/2" X 2") & side(2 1/2" X 1 1/2")  pop out panels of the box.
  4. The cat, dog and balloon are colored with Copic markers.
  5. Cut the image to remove the strings from the balloons and added Glossy Accents to the balloons.  Set aside to dry.Then I cut a length of multi strand silver thread and use Scor tape to adhere it to the backside of the balloons.
  6. The cat is adhered to the internal panel just in front of the back using multi medium matte.
  7. The balloon element is then attached to the back panel.  Used a piece of score tape with only one side of the protective coating remove to adhere the strings to the backside of the cat.
  8. Used multi medium matte to place the inside greeting and the Dog and sentiment to the flat side of the card.

       I think I probably did this reveal in reverse but I thought the pop up was more fun for the top of my page.  So... this is the flat closed image of the same card.

For this background I used a cloud cut out and lightly applied Distress Inks, Tumbled Glass for the sky and Peeled Paint for the ground.  The sentiment is one that I had already pre-stamped in my stash.  The sentiment is from an older Just Rite set "Birthday Sentiments Set 1" that fits nicely in a round stitched die that is part of Simon Says Stamp " Bundle of Stitched Shapes" SSSD111412.

Here are a couple more of the cards I made using this stamp set.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Coffee, Tea and Friendship

Anyone who knows me is familiar with my love of coffee and to a lesser degree tea.   My husband teases me that a cup from Starbucks is the entry fee to get through the front door.  It isn't quite that bad.... but it is pretty close.  
The Simon Says Stamp kit for the month of February is built around the "Coffee and Tea" stamp set.  It also includes some pretty coffee themed patterned paper from Doodlebug "Cream & Sugar" along with some adorable shape sprinkles "Latte Love".

I used my prismacolor pencils to color the image in the card above.   To stamp the teabag behind the cup in the image I used a masking technique. 

For my second card using the kit I stamped the cup three times on a strip of watercolor paper.  I used Distress Marker that I scribbled on my craft sheet and applied with a waterbrush.   Everything for this card is included in the kit with the exception of the " Dotted Scallop Border" from SSS.

This is the third card I made using the kit today.  Again everything used in this card is in the kit except the dies that I used to make the tag and the background panel.  

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