Monday, January 25, 2016

January Card Swap

It's time to share my cards again that I made for a swap I belong to. We took the month of December off. These are the first cards I've made since November. I didn't even get Christmas cards out this year. I started them and just never finished. I've played around with different mediums and created some backgrounds but that's about all I've managed to do. I really felt like I was struggling when I was making these cards for the swap. I'm hoping that getting back to it each month will get me going. I've even thought I should participate in a few cards challenges thinking that might help to get my creative juice flowing again. 

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For this card I used Kuretake watercolors. I watched a video series by Justine Hovey on watercolor and tried this technique. I used a background stamp from Hero Arts called Hexagon Background CG517. I heat embossed with white embossing powder. Sentiment is from PrintWorks F2545.

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I used Dyan Reaveley's paints for this card with a stencil by Stampin' Up called Happy Patterns. I love these paints and have nothing but wonderful things to say about them! Sentiment is by Hero Arts C4482. The below also uses her paints. Stencil is from Hero Arts called Petals Pair and sentiment is from PrintWorks E2627.

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This card uses a Hero Arts background stamp called Floating Flowers CG124. I again used Kuretake watercolors. I know this looks pink but I actually used red. I think when I rolled my paper towels over it while it was wet it really made it lighten up. Sentiment by PrintWorks D3613.

Now it's time to get started on the cards for February! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Saturday Morning Cards

Thanks

I created three cards this morning with two backgrounds I made earlier using some Brusho Crystal Colours. I really love playing with them!

For the first card I used a Heidi Swapp stencil for the background. I covered it with three different Brusho colors and then spritzed it with water. I saw a Hero Arts video awhile ago and used the tip to diecut a circle out and add some acetate. I actually added two pieces so that I could add some sequins in between. It's not a shaker card as the sequins don't move very easily. I just wanted them in the background. I diecut the word from fun foam and stamped the rest of the sentiment using Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut set. 

For the card below, not wanting to waste the circle I diecut I decided to adhere it to a doily I diecut using Prima's Doilies one die. I diecut the sentiment by Simon Says Stamp from fun foam. The butterflies are from a Martha Stewart punch. 

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

For my last card I used Prima stencil. Again I added Brusho colors over the top and spritzed with water. I added a strip of glitter paper and finished it off with a sentiment from the Handwritten Borders stamp set by Simon Says Stamp.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Thinking Of You

Thinking of You  

I love working with Perfect Pearls but I always forget about them! I stamped this background the Hero Arts Clings Leaf & Floral background stamp (CG405) using Versamark. I picked out four colors of Perfect Pearls and brushed them over the design. I read somewhere that you can take a Swiffer cloth and rub it over the top after you brush off the excess powder. It worked pretty well. I also sprayed it with Plaid clear acrylic matte sealer. The sentiment is also from Hero Arts from an older set called Everyday Sayings (CL342). I have to remember to use Perfect Pearls more often!

  Thinking of You

It was hard to get a good photo of this card. For the sentiment I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. 

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