Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cardinals Christmas Cards

 Today I am sharing two cards featuring Cardinals.  They are so beautiful and such a glorious sight on a wintery day, a bright point of color during our cold and snowy season.  My first card is one that I made for the Merry Mondays Challenge #220 the theme for this week is "door decorations".   I thought the wreath would be a nice background and something that I definitely use for door decoration. 

This card features stamps from Hero Arts.  I masked off the edges of watercolor paper with micro pore tape and started by sponging in some Distress Ink for the background color. I transferred the panel to my Misti with the micro pore still attached and added the script detail in the background.  The wreath was also done using the Misti.  It was stamped several times, adding Distress Inks to the stamp and repeating, until I was happy with the look.  For the cardinal, I  colored it with Copic Markers and then fussy cut it.  The sentiment is also by Hero Arts. It is an older set that I own and use often but I am not sure that it is still available.  The tiny bow is a die cut from Memory Box that I received from my friend Lisa.

My second card uses another favorite stamp from a couple of years ago by Our Daily Bread.  I am pretty sure this one is still available.    I made this card as part of a sample for this month's challenge with the Flickr LOVE group.  The theme this month is "SNOW".   Originally, I thought that this would be a shaker card but changed my mind.   I thought the shaker mix would hide the cardinals from view.  The "Stitched Circles" from Lil Inker Designs has a die that is perfect size for this ornament image.  I used Copic Markers to color this one as well.  I used one of the grey markers to define the outline of the ornament.  The patterned paper is from "Santa's List" by Teresa Collins.  This sentiment also comes from the same Hero Arts set that I used on the first card.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.  Your comments, suggestions and questions are always welcome.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Card for Childrens Day

I am so very honored to be chosen as the guest designer this month for Paru's Card Making Challenge. Thank you very much, Paru!  The theme for this card is children because the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is celebrated as Children's Day in India. India's first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, was born on November 14. Apart from being known for his skills as a statesman, Nehru was also immensely fond of children.

The card I created for Paru's Challenge is a shaker card.  I think children of all ages like shaker cards.  The wonderful sponsor that Paru has chosen for this month is MHK designs.
All of the digi images, sentiment and even the patterned papers are found at the MHK designs.  I used the "Hardy Party" digital paper pack and "Eat Your Cake" digital stamp set.

Making a shaker card is simpler that it may look.
  • I colored the image with Copic markers and added a touch of shimmer using a bit Multi Media Matte with clear glitter.    
  • I cut the frame 6 times, 5 times from plain cardstock and one time from the patterned paper.  The five cardstock frames are glued into a stack to create the well for the shaker mix.   
  • Place the stacked frame over the colored image where you like and trim off any excess.  Glue the frame over to the image using the Multi Media Matte. 
  • After the glue is dry you put in the sequin mix.  
  • Next you will cut a piece of plastic or acetate cut to size and adhere this over the window.  I like to use a strong double sided tape like SCOR-tape to adhere the acetate to the frame and the patterned paper.  It seems to work the best. 
  • Then adhere the assembled shaker to your card.  
I was have such a great time with the pretty papers from MHK that created two tags for the challenge.  After making both I couldn't really decide which I liked best so I am sharing both here.   Both of my tags use a die from Hero Arts.  I will list my supplies below.

I hope that you are inspired to join in the challenge this month to celebrate children.  
Thank you, for stopping by my blog.  Your comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome.



Thursday, October 27, 2016

12 tags of 2016 for October

This is my tag for the Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 Challenge. Once I got a start on this one it was such fun to do.  I did want it to have the Halloween theme. I had to give some thought as to how I was going to incorporate the techniques that Tim used in his tag this month.  I did love his tag this month with the "Monster" thinlet but, I did not own that one and sadly I think it is hard to get now.  

The two remixed techniques that Tim highlighted this month were Patchwork Collage and Dimensional Monster.  I used a Halloween themed stamp as a base for my collage then, added the ephemera pieces to create my background.  I decided that one of the Crazy Dogs would have to play the starring role in the place of the dimensional monster.  I did add the foiled and embossed panel as a backdrop for him.  To dress the tag up and add more interest I used a few of the remnant rubs and industrious stickers. 
Below is a Halloween card for a close friend using the basic ideas from my tag.   I enjoy sending Halloween cards to people who love the spooky , fun holiday.

Thanks for dropping in to check out my Halloween creations.  Hope your celebration has more treats than tricks.  Your comments, suggestions and questions are always very welcome.