Here are two quick cards that took less than ten minutes to make. I hope that they inspire you to think that Spring is right around the corner.
The butterflies were die cut from alcohol inked Yupo paper, by Legion Paper, which can be found on Amazon, www.amazon.com. Alcohol inks used were Rangers, Tim Holtz inks, Ranger – www.rangerink.com or Tim Holtz – www.timholtz.com. The two smaller butterflies are Sizzix, Thinlits, Tim Holtz – 661802 – www.sizzix.com and the big butterfly is from Gina Marie Designs. The Hello stamp is from Studio 18 and the Thank You is a PSX stamp.
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I love playing with dried paint pigment and my favorites are Bisters, Brushos and Color Burst; although, there are other brands available. This techniques uses a stencil to create a very unique image.
- Tape down stencil to watercolor paper. You don’t want the water to seep under the stencil, so make sure the stencil is flat.
- Sprinkle Brusho’s (or other dried paint pigment) over the stencil.
- Spritz the open areas of stencil with water. Blot with paper towel if too wet. I use the actual paper towel roll to roll over stencil to blot. (Save the paper towels. I will show you how to use them in backgrounds in another post).
- Repeat until desired color is achieved.
- Blot stencil with paper towel and remove it.
- Cut image and mount on card base.
StencilGirl Products – Dragon Stencil
Art Profolio holder.
Tip – As you can see the stencil is quite large and bigger than a card size. Cut the rest of the stencil up to make great card or ATC backgrounds.
Storage Tip – I have many stencils and I have found a wonderful storage solution, I use a 14″ x 11″ Art Profolio by Itoya available at Dick Blick – www.dickblick.com.
More Info on Dried Paint Pigments – If you want to see more examples, I have a Facebook group – Bister, Brusho, and Color Burst Enthusiasts, check it out!
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I recently posted a video from a little girl who received one of my cards and her adorable reaction. I started to think about all of the hundreds of cards that I have sent and if anyone kept them. I actually have been sending a card to each of my three children since they went off to college. All three have kept EVERY card that I have sent! I asked my friends and other family members if they kept my cards and the photos started coming in. Here are just a few of their favorites! Please comment if you want me to provide details on any one.
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I belong to a group that shares cards. This is the reaction of a members’ daughter opening my card! Gives a new meaning to fan mail!
Everything old becomes new again and that is the case with these cute fox cards made using three dimensional stickers. I found the stickers at, Picture This Scrapbook & More –www.mmemorieslast.com. They carry a complete line of these stickers for all occasions and each package provides enough stickers for three cards. (The stickers are from the Netherlands and I haven’t found other sources besides this store.) I designed the cards above and the cards below came from a kit sold at the store (they ship).
These cards came as a kit from, Picture This Scrapbook and More.
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These unique cards were made using transparencies. I purchased some of my transparencies from Stamp On It – www.stamponit.net. Stamp On It has a great supply with pages and pages of transparencies of different holidays, floral designs, Victorian, nature scenes and religious themes. Stamp, Scrap ‘n More – www.stampscrapnmore.com carries acetates by Susan Louise. Look for the acetates under Speciality Papers. My favorite place to get transparencies is from The Mark-it Place. Jill, the owner, is revamping their website, but you can contact her at email@example.com and she will send a PDF version of all the sheets.
Transparency from The Mark-it Place
While I purchased these transparencies, if you have a good printer you can take a favorite image and print it directly on a piece of acetate. I really like the acetate from The Paper Cut – www.thepapercut.com for printing transparencies.
Transparency from Stamp On It. Stamp Let it Snow from QKR Stampede – www.stampoinit.com.
To create a shimmering and sparkly card, I back the transparency with holographic paper. Holographic paper can be found at Marco’s Paper – www.marcopaper.com and on Amazon – www.amazon.com.
Transparency from The Mark-it Place. Merry Christmas stamp Craft Smart – www.michaels.com.
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Transparency from The Market-it Place. With Caring Thoughts from Stampin’ Up – www.stampinup.com.
Transparency from The Mark-it. Thank for you stamp from Stampin’ Up! – www.stampinup.com.
I like to upcycle and figure out creative ways to use products in new ways. These cards were made with used dryer sheets! The dryer sheet adds dimension and the applied glitter makes a beautiful card.
Tim Hotlz Distress Markers where used on this card – www.timholtz.com
- If dryer sheet is very wrinkled, iron on lowest heat setting.
- Stamp image on card stock with either ink pad or by coloring stamp with markers. If using colored markers, huff on the stamp before stamping paper. A stamp positioner really helps with layering multiple colors.
- Once ink is dry, place paper in spray box and spray the paper with the adhesive. Carefully place the dryer sheet on top of card stock. Run finger over the dryer sheet to ensure contact. Trim dryer sheet to size of card stock.
- Spray stamped dryer sheet again with adhesive. Hold the card stock over the glitter tray shake glitter over the image. Tap off excess. Swiffer up excess.
- Assemble card.
Poinsettia stamp, Warm Glow, by Penny Black – www.pennyblackinc.com
Local King Rubber Markers – www.localkingrubber.com
Tim Holtz Paper Dolls and Tim Holtz word stickers – www.timholtz.com
Stampscapes trees – www.stampscapes.com
Fall is a glorious time of the year and I enjoy making cards in the beautiful colors of the season. In making this card, I wanted a variety of colors in the card. I found that it is a great way to use the coordinating paper packs that I had accumulated. Since you are using multiple colors you will end up with enough for four cards. The cards could easily be made with colors from any season.
- It is easier to make four cards at one time for this project.
- Cut four paper bases cut to A2 wallet size. Fold over and create sharp fold with bone folder.
- Cut leaf die four times with four different pattern papers using die cutting machine. Place each cut die in a separate bowl to avoid confusion later on. Separate pieces.
- Cut Fall word die four times from gold card stock with die cutting machine.
- From each of the four color papers cut one 3.25” x 1” piece.
- Cut four cream color card stock pieces 3”x .75”. Blend Carved Pumpkin ink around the edges of the paper with blending tool. Adhere to 3.25” x 1” piece with tape. Adhere Fall word to cream color paper with Tombow glue.
- Adhere cut frame to card base with Tombow glue. Use pieces from one bowl to fill in one frame section. Move on to next bowl for next section, etc. Blot each section with paper towel to remove excess glue.
- Adhere Fall to card base with foam pop dots.
- Adhere jewels to each of the corners.
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I’m thrilled and excited to be the featured artist in the current issue (Holidays 2018, Issue 202) of RubberStampMadness magazine! The magazine has three pages focused on my work and two unique techniques. You can purchase a copy of the magazine at RubberStampMadness – www.rsmadness.com, Barnes and Noble – www.barnesandnoble.com, Amazon – www.amazon.com, local paper/stamp stores including The Paper Boutique – www.paper-boutique.com, Valley Stamp and Scrap LLC – www.valleystampandscrap.com and magazine stands. #excited!!!
Halloween Artist Trading Cards – ATCs Turned into Cards
Artist Trading Cards or ATCs are miniature works of art and can be made from just about anything. Creating ATCs is a great way to use up scraps of paper, bits of gelli prints, alcohol inked papers and watercolor rejects, all of which make great backgrounds for the cards. I found lots of embellishments that I had squirreled away – brads, ribbons, washi tape, twine, sequins, and stickers and used them to create Halloween ATCs. The standard size for ATCs is 3.5” x 2.5”. The newest trend is to make ATCs from a circle and the measurement for that is 3.5”.
- Cut card base 9.5” x 3.5”. Fold in half with bone folder.
- Cut black layering mat 4.5” x 3.25”.
- Cut pattern paper – scrap, gelli, alcohol inked paper or watercolor paper 4.25 x 3”.
- Cut mat for ATC 3.75 x 2.75” in coordinating solid color to ATC.
- Create an ATC in standard 3.5” x 2.5” size.
- Envelope for cards is a Bar 4 size (size of envelopes used in wedding response cards). I found the envelopes at The Paper Boutique – www.paper-boutqiue.com and at The PaperCut – www.thepapercut.com.
- Inside paper for sentiment is cut 4.5” x 3.25”. Stamp sentiment.
- Tim Holtz sentiment and paper dolls – www.timholtz.com, washi tape, feather, Recollection bird sticker – www.michaels.com, Stickles – www.rangerink.com, spider web paper Martha Stewart, jillybean soup embossed paper – www.jillibean-soup.com, and black paper from The PaperCut www.thepapercut.com.
Inside of card stamped with StampinUp stamps – www.stampinup.com.