Friday, June 23, 2017

Serene Sympathy

Today's card was inspired by the June Sketch @ Stamplorations and uses the "Stamps and Family" theme. It will also be entered @ Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge  and @ Simon Says Stamp for their Wednesday "Use Patterned Paper" challenge. My son-in-law lost his grandma last weekend, so I have been busy making sympathy cards for them this week. 

The patterned paper I used for this card was a quarter sheet piece I got in a variety pack from winning a newsletter contest through Stampinton and Company last year. The sympathy stamp set is from Stampin' Up! and the leaf set is retired from The Angel Company.

I trimmed the patterned paper so that there was a small white border around the edge of my white A2 side folding card base but cut the sage green textured panel the same size as the card front. Using Versamark ink and my Stamp Perfect stamping tool I double stamped (to get a good impression over the texture of the paper) then heat embossed with Platinum embossing powder. Using the Perfect Crafting Pouch helped me to get a nice crisp image and the Perfect Cleaning Cloth took away any remaining dust out of the grooves in the textured cardstock once the embossing was cool.

I then stamped and embossed the leaf three times and fussy cut them out. To get the round shape around the sentiment I simply traced the outside edge of a circle template using a pencil and then cut it out by hand.

I adhered the sentiment flat to the card front with my ATG gun and then did the same with the top and bottom leaf along the edge of the curve...the middle leaf I popped up on foam dots to add some dimension. The mini sprigs were diecut from vellum and tucked behind the leaves along the border between the sentiment and the patterned paper using The Best Glue Ever.

The last step to completing the card front was to create some dry embossing along the bottom right corner using the tip of my bone folder -simply tracing along the the border of the underlying patterned paper added the tiny bit of definition that was missing.

The inside sentiment was stamped in gray ink and kept simple with a tiny piece of left over paper adhered along the bottom.

Until later,

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Masculine: With Sympathy

Today's card was inspired by just the sketch @ Fusion Card Challenges and will be entered @ Just For Fun Rubber Stamps "For the Guys", @ Crafty Purple Frog for "Make it Manly", @ Connie Can Crop for "It's a Guy thing", and @ Glitter and Sparkle Challenge for "Father's Day/Masculine". Sadly, this card will be sent to my son-in-law because his grandmother died this past weekend after suffering from dementia for many years. I hope I am able to share some comfort with both he and my daughter during this difficult moment in time.

 The first step in making this fairly simple card was to use a Prima Marketing/Finnabair stencil on the white, A2 side folding card front with Antique Linen Distress Ink and the distress tool. Frog Tape is my new best friend when it comes to using stencils, because it removes so easily!

Next up, I trimmed the brown patterned paper with my CM circle cutting tool set to mimic the card sketch.

Using a sympathy stamp set from Close To My Heart, I stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Platinum powder. 

Before adhering the brown paper to the card front with foam pop dots for dimension, I sanded the edges just a tiny bit for a rustic, antiqued look, as you can see in the close-up shot below.

To tone down the stencil and soften the card front, I layered a piece of vellum between the white card base and the brown patterned layer and tied a knot with gold trim I wrapped around the spine of the card.

For the inside, I put to good use the scraps from the front and stamped a sentiment in Momento Rich Cocoa ink. This card is now all ready to go out in the mail tomorrow morning.

Until next time,

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Clean and Simple Manly Birthday Card

Today's card was inspired by sketch #325 @ Try Stampin' On Tuesday and will be entered @ Cards in Envy for "You're the Man", @ STAMPlorations for CAS "Anything Goes -Masculine Colors" and @ Craft Rocket Challenge  "For the Men/Boys". This will also be one of the cards that will be made at my library's card making class in the month of August.

First step was cutting the patterned paper from the Glitter Mat Stack according to the sketch and then using Frog Tape to gently hold the stencil in place at the top of the card so that I could use the distress tool with some blue ink.

This card is made to fit in a legal size envelope and measures roughly 3.75" x  9.25". The stamp set is from Unity Stamp Company and was one I received as part of the Stamp of the Week club a few months ago.

After stamping the cake in Momento Tuxedo Black ink on scrap white cardstock, I colored it with Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils and the blender pen. Then I covered the whole cake with clear sparkle from the Wink of Stella pen and fussy cut it out.

The blue banner was hand trimmed and sanded to give it a softer, more weathered look. I used my ATG gun to adhere the patterned papers and the blue banner, but I used mini pop dots to adhere the cake.

Keeping it clean and simple, I stamped the sentiment in that same black ink underneath the focal image, at the bottom of the card.

The inside sentiment is from an old wood mounted Stampin' Up birthday stamp set that I have in my collection.

I don't always do a lot of cards that I could consider as Clean and Simple, but I do think this one fits the bill and I am very happy with the way it turned out! Until next time~

Thursday, June 15, 2017

How to Make a Quick and Easy Handsome Birthday Card

Hello -Kathy here from Create.365 with a quick and easy handsome card for a man's birthday using ScraPerfect products that I'll be entering @ Always Fun Challenge "For a Male or Dad" and @ Tuesday Throwdown "For the Men" and @ heARTful Stamping for "Masculine + a Stamp".

I shared how to make the rainbow watercolor background in this post here and when I did it originally, I made 4 all at one far, I have used 3 of the 4 on card fronts. This one, I tore the edges to get the square I would use for my focal stamping scene.

I started with a side folding A2 white card front, trimming the turquoise panel so that there was a white border and punched the corners with the southwest corner punch after spattering it with FSJ Silver Silk. Then I glued it onto the card front with a small amount of the Best Glue Ever.

Using dark green and dark brown dye inks, I stamped the pine trees and the moose (retired stamps from TAC) on the panel and adhered it to the bottom of the card front with foam pop dots.

Using clear embossing ink, I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment to the top right of the watercolored panel and heat embossed it with dark green embossing powder ...of course, the first step in heat embossing for me it to wipe my cardstock with the Perfect Crafting Pouch to eliminate static and the last step is to clean everything off with the Perfect Cleaning Cloth.

Using a thin jute twine, I wrapped the spine of the card several times, tied a bow at the top and secured the knot down with a tiny bit of BGE. Then I used that same glue, the No Clog Writing Cap and the Embellie Gellie wand to adhere the 3 enamel dots exactly where I wanted them to the left of the sentiment.

Inside, I stamped the rest of my sentiment (retired from TAC) and the smallest pine tree. This card is now ready to go out in the mail to one of my brother-in-laws in July.

Until next time, happy crafting with ScraPerfect~

Monday, June 12, 2017

You Light Up My Life!

Today's card was inspired Sketch Challenge #500 over @ Mojo Monday...sadly, this is their last I wanted to be sure to participate! I just had gallbladder surgery this past Friday and won't be able to get down the stairs to my stamping desk for a while, so I've got a few cards already done and waiting in the wings to share with you until I get my stitches out in another week.

I'll also be entering this card @ Addicted to Stamping for "Leave a Little Sparkle...", @ Simon Says Stamp for "Masculine", @ Mod Squad Challenge for "Spark It Up" and @ The House That Stamps Built for "Use Washi Tape".

I started this card with a top folding A2 horizontal white card base and spun the sketch on it's side...Trimmed the patterned paper from a DCWV Glitter Mat Stack paper pad according to the sketch and ran the piece of dark blue sparkle paper through my Texture Boutique in a Houndstooth embossing folder from Cuttlebug.

This stamp set is one from Unity Stamp Company and I stamped the sentiment using first and second generation inkings to get the depth of color. (this just means that I stamped once with full ink and then stamped below it right away again without re-inking)

After stamping the light bulb in black ink on gray cardstock, I colored it with Prismacolor pencils and clear Wink of Stella pen for an all over shimmer that the camera sadly just doesn't seem to be able to capture.

 I adhered the blue embossed paper with my ATG gun and added the the two layers of metallic and glitter silver washi tapes down the center. Next up was layering the glittered patterned papers. I also distressed the edges of the focal piece for texture/dimension and adhered it with foam pop dots.

The last step was to add 1 sequin and to splatter the card front with Clear Journey Sparkle Silk from FSJ...but here's where things got a little messy, lol...ya see, I was in a hurry to get finished and spilled some of the Sparkle Silk, sigh. That's why there is a rather large glittery blob on the right side of the card that doesn't belong there! I decided to not re-make the card, because that is the beauty of a hand made I right? It's meant to be perfectly imperfect!!! 

Going with the theme of being perfectly imperfect, the sentiment inside is also flawed because I rocked the stamp as I lifted it and the "!" smeared...oh is what it is, and I am sure my hubby won't even notice when I give it to him, lol! 

Until next time~

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Easy Layered Anniversary Card How To

Hello from Create.365 ~ Kathy's card is my first post for the month of June with ScraPerfect and I have  an easy layered anniversary card to share with you. This uses a technique that I always admire, but often forget to utilize. So just in case it is a new one to you, I will walk you through it and then you can give it a try too!

This card will be entered several places for challenges this week: "Anything Goes/Flowers" @ Artistic Inspirations Challenge, "#365 -Inspirational Photo" @ City Crafter Challenge Blog and @ Penny Black where "Anything Goes" for the month of June.

To start this card, I used an A2 size top folding horizontal card base in a rose red color. I trimmed 3 rectangles from white card stock, layered them evenly and temporarily adhered them together with repositionable sticky dots so that I could stamp them all at once. Using rose red dye ink and a stamp set from Close To My Heart, I repeatedly stamped the solid rose base image all over the 3 layers then added leaves in a sage green ink and the "Happy Anniversary" sentiment (retired from TAC) in black ink. (No need to worry about the white halo around the layers on the stamped images -that's the beauty of this design because they will be covered up in another step down the road.)

Before moving on to the next step. I tapped the newly stamped layers with the Perfect Crafting Pouch to quickly dry the inks so that the embossing powder in my next step would only stick to the Versamark ink. Using the 2nd step rose detail stamp, clear embossing ink and Silver Pearl embossing powder I added a second stamped and embossed layer to the 5 roses in the center of the card only. Once melted using the heat tool and cooled off, I wiped the Perfect Cleaning Cloth over it to remove any stray pieces of powder that may have been left behind.

The next step was to carefully remove the temp adhesive to separate the stamped layers and trim a red layer to back each one of them with a narrow border using my paper trimmer and the Best Glue Ever to hold each layer together as I built up the card front. 

 The Best Glue Ever also worked perfectly to adhere the red micro beads to the center of several of the flowers for added interest and dimension. The No Clog Writing Cap ensured that I had utmost control of where I wanted to apply the glue too.

While it's very hard to see in the photo, there is an added element of clear sparkle sprinkled over the card front because I splattered FSJ Sparkle Silk across it. It is subtle, but gorgeous in person!

The inside was kept super simple with just a retired TAC sentiment stamped in black ink. This card is now ready to be mailed out later this month to my brother-in-law and his wife.

Until next time, happy crafting with ScraPerfect~