Today’s card uses last month’s “water color” challenge technique at Splitcoast (originally found HERE). Essentially, you add some water based ink (I used Distress Inks) to a craft mat, spritz it, and then use that to “ink up” your stamp. Best of all…you do not have to be exact about this! This technique is so addictive and fun that I have been trying it with lots of different stamps just to see if they work haha!
My card uses a bunch of left over color paper cut into strips for the background then I “water colored” the unicorn from the Be Uniqueset using colors similar to my scraps. I did a little bit of shading with color pencils, fussy cut it out, and adhered it to my card with foam tape. I added the sentiment from the set to finished it off. I think it is pretty cool looking but what do you think?
Thanks for stopping by – I hope you try out the technique!
My first card is a mini card (2.25″x4″). I colored the image with Copic markers, fussy cut it, and popped it up with fun foam. I used a simple sentiment from the Stamp of the Month Mini Tag Sentiments, It is the perfect size for a gift tag but I think it could be a fun mailed card too.
My second card uses a watercolor background from my stash (extra points for this one!). It uses the Folk Art Snowflakes Set embossed over a distress ink blended background. I colored the image from the Gnomie Christmas Digital Set with Copic markers, fussy cut it, and adhered it onto a white band with the sentiment on it. I am loving the colors on this one :).
I hope you have enjoyed this fun birthday month with Sweet n Sassy and were inspired along the way! Thanks for stopping by today!
Today I am hosting the Technique Lovers Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. My challenge is to create a tag shaped card. I hope this is a great technique for the upcoming holidays but I needed a birthday card first so that is the theme I went with for my project today.
First cut out 2 tags…I used a tag shaped die for my card, but you can cut the corners off of a rectangle and create your own tag shape.
On one of the tags, score across the top just below the corner.
Add glue or tape to the top piece (above the score line) and add the unscored tag on top. Technically, you now have a tag shaped card.
Now you decorate!!
You can add the hole and ribbons and/or emboss, color blend, stamps, JUST have fun!! For my card, I did some watercolor ink blending on Bristol Cardstock, embossed it with a birthday embossing folder, then added a color hole at the top with ribbons.
Sweet N Sassy Stamps is celebrating 15 years this month and there is a month long celebration going on. Today there is an awesome digital product release which includes 5 new digital stamp sets, 1 printable, and 3 digital paper packs!
My first card uses the cake. It is simple Copic colored card but it has dimension and even a little bling with some “flame” shape gems.
My second card is a “background” card. I added the confetti and megaphone in a couple of spots on my card then I added a sentiment. I cropped out some of the confetti and copied and pasted it all over the remaining background. I colored everything with Copic markers, mounted it on a black background, and then onto my card base. Another clean and simple card but so much fun!
Thanks for stopping by! That’s all for today! This weekend there is a stamp-a-thon going on over at the SNSS VIP Page. Come on over to join the fun!!
Today’s is my day to host the Splitcoast Stampers TECHNIQUE challenge. It is a twist on an older technique. I stumbled on this fun tutorial from Betsy Veldman found HERE and loved her results. For the challenge, we are going to create our own backgrounds using COLORED salt – not plain salt!
The colors really create a fun look in the end! BUT let me warn you on this…you MUST trust the process. I played around with several watercolor panels and thought none of them had worked. I stepped away and let it dry and then decided to make 3 cards – It is super fun but it is a bit messy so if you don’t like inky fingers, consider gloves. 🙂
For my project today I had a playtime “what should I do to it next” type day… I am not gonna lie when I tell you this turned into an all day play so this clean and simple card has a lot of hours put into it. That means it will have to be sent to just the right person haha – do you do that?
First I created the background by stamping the flowers and leaves from the Happy Scarecrowset. I decided I didn’t want a fall card so I pulled out a color wheel and put together a fun non-fall color combo. I really love these colors together! I love being able to stretch my stamp sets this way!
I decided to color with pencils (part of the reason it took so long right?!) so in order to save time, before I started coloring, I went ahead and cut my panel down to a little smaller than card size so I could mount it onto a black panel a have a border.
As I was coloring all of the flowers, I thought it would be more dramatic if I colored in the background so I grabbed my pencils and went to work… I wanted it to blend well but I don’t have great luck with Gamsol and my Polychromos so I grabbed out my Vaseline. It is a trick I learned somewhere along the way and I love it. Just dip a Q-tip into the Vaseline and start blending (not a lot is needed and you can get more as you need it). If you need to go back in to create a shadow, you can did the pencil into the Vaseline and use it that way too.
After I colored it , I decided to create an Ecplise card so I die cut the word Friendout (yes, I die cut it after all that coloring!) Keep all the pieces – it will be important! I cut out the word several more times on to black card stock and glued them all together into a stack.
I mounted the background onto the black panel and then fit everything back together. First, put the original die cut into place and glue down all of the inside pieces (inside of the r, e, and d.) Then pull out the word and glue it onto the black stack and then fit it into place over the inside pieces which are now recessed and the word it standing out.
I added a sentiment from the new Happy Everything Sentiment Strips and put it on a white card. It really turned out great – The colors are a lot richer than they look in the picture and I see this color combo again in my future!
I hope you are inspired and thank you for stopping by!!
For National Coffee Day, Sweet N Sassy is sponsoring the National Coffee Day Blog Hop at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog. There is coffee projects for inspiration and prizes for commenting on the company blogs in the hop
Today I have two projects using a new set from Sweet N Sassy called Let us Rejoice. One is pretty clean and simple and the other is a journal page. This set is absolutely precious! I had a great time playing with them!
First I have clean and simple card that was all about the coloring. I really love to use pencils on kraft. There is just something so perfect in the combo. I stamped up my image on a 4.25 (square) card from Neenah Dessert Storm and colored it with Polychromos pencils. I didn’t want to have to mask so I colored the baby Jesus separately and fussy cut it and adhered it to make sure it blended with Mary and Joseph. I blended out a little night sky and added one of the sentiments from the set (there are a few wonderful choices!) I rounded the corners and added twine (I dyed it to match the sky using Copic markers) and a star button – it was a little on the bright yellow side so I colored over it with a Copic color that matched the yellow gold on Joseph’s robes.
For my second project, I have an art journal page and I really love it. This is in my disc bound 6×6 journal. I used Distress Oxides for the background . I spritzed a little water for some “stars” and added some washi tape for the “straw” – the washi part is my least favorite part, but I played with it over and over and decided it was a mixed media piece and I could just build on it. I am ok with the final result :). I colored my images from Let us Rejoice with Copics, fussy cut them and adhered them to my page. I grabbed the star die from the Born this Day Set (love this one for it’s sweet image and great sentiments for inside and outside of the card.) I cut the verse from Let us rejoice into strips and cut off the word joy to replace it with a Joy die-cut from the Peace and Joy Word Dies set. After I got to hear, I felt like I needed someone to rejoice at the star so I added the Scene Silhouettes: Jesus is Born wise men into the background and that was the missing piece for me… some white pen doodles finish this off and it makes me smile out loud!
I love them both and I think it really shows how versatile this set is!!
Today there is a hop on Instagram for Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps. For my projects, I have used Give Thanks stamp set and dies.
For my first project, I have a clean and simple card on kraft (Neenah Dessert Storm) I stamped the Script Background with Versa Mark for a tone on tone look. I added a simple sentiment strip with a sentiment from Begin Again. I did some light ink smooshing on the Dessert Storm too then stamped a leaf from Give Thanks. I stamped the Script onto the leaf in a few spots then colored over it with color pencils to make it pop the cut it out with the coordinating die.
My second project is an ATC card with a mixed media background. I did some ink blending with Distress Oxides, then for texture, I stamped the Falling Leaves Backgroundand Script Background in a few spots [By the way… the Falling Leaves Backgroundis the stamp of the month this month – free with a $65 purchase.] I stamped two leaf stems from Give Thanks, colored them with Copics, cut them out with the coordinating dies, and adhered them to my ATC. Finally I added a word strip from Faith Wordfetti and darkened the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Oxides.
Finally, I stamped a leaf from Give Thanks and colored it with Copics and die cut it. I also die cut a few black leaves and stacked them with the colored leaf for some dimension. I also colored the edge black. Then I created a background on white card by stamping the Sentiment and randomly stamping leaves in black. I splashed some Distress inks onto it it wouldn’t be too stark. I adhered the stack leaves and that’s all there was to this one.
This was a lot of fun – I hope you were inspired! If you want to see what everyone else created, head over to SNSS on Instagram.