Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Painting With Cardboard

I am always looking for fun techniques to add to my cards. There are so many ways to created interesting backgrounds using other mediums. Today I am using cardboard (toilet paper tube) and paint! You could also use lengths of empty wrapping paper tubes.

You may have done this with your kids to paint fireworks in the summer, or flowers in the spring. I am using this for bursts of love in February! 
First of all I chose my sweet image from Sweet n' Sassy Stamps' Valentine Critters Stamp & Die Bundle. I stamped on Georgia Pacific White cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed with WOW! Clear Detail Embossing Powder. I colored him with Copics and then cut him out using my Big Shot. Next I cut my toilet paper tube into strips about an inch and a half deep.

I chose my paint colors to match tones in the image coloring. I used inexpensive acrylic paint for my two-tone background, painting large circles to "stamp" my cardboard in. I started with the lighter color, pink, and then used the same tube for the red.

The key here is to have a light touch when you pounce on your paper. Sometimes I would have too much force, and then I got a few blobs of paint.

Pounce as many times as you like to get the look you want. I wanted a more open look, so kept my pouncing to 3-4 times.

I made a couple of sheets and will save the other pieces for another project later. I did find, on my second sheet, that the look is different depending on the color you begin with. I started with the red the second time, and put pink on top. Just experiment and see what you like! These photos are from the first sheet.

Finally, I added some patterned paper from Authentique, lace, and stamped the sentiment when the paint was dry. I popped my bunny up using Stampin' Up Dimensionals. I think he turned out pretty cute, don't you? In front of a burst of love!

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

No long post today, just a wish for a blessed Christmas Day and to share one of my favorite verses. I have it in my living room on a tapestry that I keep up all year long - a gift from my husband many years ago! And you can hardly read it without the accompaniment from Handel's Messiah, right?

"And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." -- Isaiah 9:6

Stamp Simply Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • White, Burgundy, Sage, Suede cardstock
  • Kaisercraft Plum Pearls
  • foam tape
  • liquid glue

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Good News of Christmas

One week to Christmas! That means today is the 4th Sunday in Advent  - and the waiting is almost over. Today I am sharing a card using products from Stamp Simply, with a quote from Martin Luther:

I tend to make very few red and green Christmas cards, because I love pink so much. While the pink candle would have been last week in the Advent wreath, pink is the liturgical color for joy. I also find it interesting that pink is the color in the academic world that represents an advanced degree in music (and I have the honor of having that in  Choral Conducting!). Music, joy, glad tidings!

I embossed the Floral Cluster in White Embossing Powder and lightly blended a light pink ink over the top. I embossed a second, and blended a darker pink ink, then cut out just the flower. Two sprigs were cut from the Gold Cardstock (I know they look green, but really are gold!). I layered it all on my card base, which had a lightly blended partial Lace Stencil for the background with the sentiment stamped in black. A strip of silver glitter cardstock and sequins were added here and there for sparkle.

I love how it turned out. You can see more about this project, and the products I used on the Stamp Simply Blog today!

Stamp Simply Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • White, Pink, Silver Glitter cardstock
  • clear sequins
  • Pink dye inks
  • embossing ink
  • white detail embossing powder
  • foam tape
  • liquid glue


Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches #566

It's Wednesday and time for a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches! The very talented Narelle is our hostess for this challenge, which is our last of 2022. So you have three weeks to play!

I absolutely love this Winter Floral stencil from Simon Says Stamp. I used several Distress Oxide inks for color. The circle frames were cut with Memory Box Stitched Circle Dies. I had some tiny trees left over from a project a week ago on my desk, and added them inside the top circle. The SSS Christmas Foliage is cut from gold, green and pink cardstocks to match the stencil colors. The sentiment is from Picket Fence Studios.
I hope you will join our sketch challenge, and add your creations to our gallery! I would love to see what you make! And there is lots of time to play!

This challenge will end at 3:00 EST time on Monday, January 2. Be sure to take a peek at the gorgeous cards my teammates have created on the FMS blog to inspire you! There are some beautiful designs there!

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Christmas Joy Shaker

How can December be almost half over? Pretty crazy, if you ask me! But it must be Christmastime because I'm making Christmas cards (not something I do year 'round!). Today's share is a festive and fun shaker card for someone that loves pink! I went a little overboard on the shaker bits, but IRL it is a super cool look - just hard to photograph!

I cut a circle frame and used it as a circle stencil for my light aqua ink. I stamped and embossed the ornaments with embossing glitter, and added the bow hanger using VersaFine Clair Nocturne. I stamped the Merry Christmas from Farmhouse Christmas in the same ink. I made a shaker using foam tape and acetate for the window. 

Thanks for stopping by! Stamp Simply is having a storewide sale through 12/25 with free gifts! Be sure to check it out!

Stamp Simply Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • White, Pink cardstock
  • iridescent shaker snow
  • foam tape
  • embossing glitter
  • acetate for shaker window
  • light aqua ink (circle stencil)
  • Elizabeth Crafts blanket stitch frame