Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Old Truck for Father's Day

Today's card was made for my Dad for Father's Day (shhh, Mom -don't tell! LOL) and inspired by sketch #64 @ Your Next Stamp. I'll be entering it for the "Mighty Men of May" challenge @ Open-minded Crafting Fun Challenges, for  "Always Anything Goes @ Pammie's Inky Pinkies ChallengesCrafting From The Heart, and Always Fun Challenges.

Like the deer stamp in my last post, this is a pretty large stamp, so I decided to make this into an A7 (5x7) size card from a side folding white card stock base. Using a retired old truck stamp from TAC, I repeat stamped it 2-3 times using Momento Rich Cocoa ink and my Stamp Perfect tool so that the ink was dark and crisp. The patterned paper was trimmed according to the sketch with the extra piece saved for using inside the card.

I used my ATG gun to adhere the paper layers and then punched a tiny 1/8" circle on the back inside of the card using an older CTMH punch (see placement in the photo of the inside of the card below) to thread the jute twine through...wrapping it around 3-4 times and tying it into a small bow.

I then did all the coloring with my Prismacolor watercolor pencils and a Dove Blender pen.

Using my mini ink blender tool and Ground Espresso Distress Ink, I antiqued the edges of my colored panel to give it a soft, vintage look. Foam pop dots were then added to the back to give it some dimension and adhere it to the card front.

On the inside I just used some of the leftover patterned paper from the card front and stamped the sentiments (from TAC and SU!) in the same cocoa ink. 

Until next time~

Friday, May 19, 2017

Peaceful Deer for Father's Day

Today's card was made for my Father-In-Law using sketch #497 @ Mojo Monday and will be entered @ Watercooler Wednesday for "Judy's Masculine: Anything Goes", @ Ooh-la-la Creations for "Something beginning with B" and @ My Creative Scoop for "Color Inspiration Monday #22".

Unfortunately, my memory is not serving me well in remembering where I got this deer stamp -maybe because it was over 10 years ago, lol. I don't use it often because of it's large size but when I decided to make 5 x 7 (A7) size cards for Father's Day this year, I knew it would be just perfect! The card base was made from side folded kraft cardstock and all the stamping was done in Rich Cocoa Memento ink.

I trimmed the striped patterned paper to fit according to the sketch and ran a piece of vellum thru my Amaze Machine using the forest trees embossing folder from We R Memory Keeper's for some subtle backgound texture. After adhering those layers to the card front using my ATG gun, I splattered the whole front with my FSJ Silver Silk.

I love, love, love using my Stamp Perfect tool to get a nice dark, crisp image with repeat stamping and I inked the Buck up at least 2 times to really get the image to pop off the kraft cardstock. Using google to photo reference, I then colored the white parts with a chalk pencil and for the rest of the image I used Prismacolor pencils. 

I then used a Prismacolor Blending Marker on the main body of the deer to enhance and smooth out the color, but I still love the way the texture of the kraft shows through a bit!

I mounted the deer portrait to the card front using foam pop dots.

Using the scraps of patterned paper to accent the inside, I kept it sweet and simple with 2 retired sentiments from TAC and a row of pine trees.

This card is now all ready for my hubby to sign and give to his dad in a few weeks! Until next time~

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Beautiful Bridal Bouquet

Today's card was created for one of my soon to be "niece-in-laws" who is marrying one of my nephews this coming August...I was unable to attend her bridal shower over the weekend, but I made sure to send along her gift and a hand made card with my daughter who was attending. I will be entering this card for the "Girly" challenge @ Dare2BArtsy, the "Feminine" challenge @ Great Impressions and the "Flowers" challenge @ Retro Rubber.

The stamp set I used today is retired from Close To My Heart and is at least 5 years old, but I have lost track of what year I actually bought it in. I used a side-folding A2 white cardstock base and Whisper White cardstock from Close to My Heart for the watercolored pieces. I began by adhering the 3 small roses on one block and randomly stamping them in Versamark ink (to fill the panel) and create my own pattern paper -then heat embossed the images in white embossing powder. I made sure to use my Perfect Crafting Pouch first to eliminate any static and when I was done embossing, I brushed off any residual powder with the Perfect Cleaning Cloth

When it came time to do the watercoloring, I was wishing I had an artist's palette to work out of, but I made do using the lid instead. I like using a waterbrush because right now I don't have a large selection of  actual watercolor brushes and this way I could control the water output better. I used 3 shades of pink, green, blue and a purple to color the background images and the large bouquet. (The watercolors are nothing fancy -just a set I picked up at Michael's a few weeks ago)

To assemble my card, I first ran a piece of wide gold glitter washi tape down the card spine and then slightly overlapped the watercolored rose background panel. I die cut the word "love" from both pink glitter paper and fun foam so that I could layer it to get some dimension...the No Clog Writing Cap I have on my Best Glue Ever really comes in handy to do fine detail gluing like this! 

I fussy cut the bouquet and adhered it with thick foam dots to the watercolor panel after adding a swirl of fine gold metallic thread behind it. The pearls had an adhesive backing on them already, so I just spread them around the card front until I got the look I wanted...using both the small and medium sizes.

I heard through the grape-vine that the Bride-To-Be was very pleased with her card -she too is a paper crafter and I knew she would appreciate the effort that went into it's creation!

On the inside, I just left the sentiment speak for itself...keeping it clean and simple.

Until next time~

Monday, May 15, 2017

How to Make a Cute Spring Pocket Page Dashboard For Your Planner

Hello~Kathy here today from Create.365 to share with you a cute way that I like to personalize my planner every month. Each month, I design a new pocket page dashboard for my planner using a Simple Stories scrapbook pocket page. Spring has finally sprung here in my neck of the woods, so I decided to use some of my favorite elements from nature to celebrate it's arrival with owls, flowers, feathers and many shades of green!

So let's get started! The 3-D flower embellished paper clips were made using an old flower trio punch from Stampin' Up and layered together with my DIY'd ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever mini glue dots (see video on how to make them by clicking the link). Mini pearls were added to the centers and then more mini glue dots were used to attach them to the paper clips.

The Best Glue Ever really does work on everything from paper to metal -it's very strong and versatile stuff!

The whole tedious job of trimming all the papers was made super simple because I used my Pocket Cuts dies from Fun Stampers Journey to perfectly cut the pieces to fit in each pocket. 

The coordinating patterned papers have been in my stash for so long that I no longer remember where they came from. However, the Owl stamp is new and came from Unity Stamp Company and the sentiments and feathers came from a set I got about a year ago from Paper Wishes. I used a small embossing folder from Cuttlebug to emboss the flower in the bottom left corner and then sanded it to get the white, distressed look.

 I stamped and embossed the solid feather in Versamark ink and white embossing powder on the sage patterned paper rectangle, but it still looked too plain, so I diecut 2 small feathers from vellum, tied a tiny jute bow and glued all 3 pieces on using more of the ScraPerfect's Best Glue EverThe owl was stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored in with Prismacolor watercolor pencils and the Dove Blender pen -they are pretty much my favorite coloring medium as of late -I just love the effect I can get with such little effort! I then diecut the cross-stitch border around the edges for some texture before gluing it onto the olive patterned paper and stamping the sentiment above it in FSJ Licorice Black ink.

The feather stamp set came with a matching stencil and I knew I wanted to incorporate that element somehow, but the stencil was still covered in an obnoxious sticky residue from the packaging it came in -UGG! This is where my ScraPerfect Best Cleaner Ever came in handy...I squirted a little cleaner on the stencil and smeared it all over the sticky glue residue. After letting it soak for a few minutes, I rubbed all that sticky gunk right off with a tissue....good as new!

On the back is where I decided to use the stencil and the detailed feather stamp. 

 I sponged Whip Cream (right) and Buttercream (left) pigment inks through the stencil directly onto the patterned paper, heat set it with my heat tool and then brushed the ScraPerfect's Perfect Crafting  Pouch over it to dry it completely so the embossing powder in my next step wouldn't stick to the  stenciled area instead of the Versamark ink. I then stamped the feather detail off-set over the stenciled feathers in Versamark ink and embossed them with Silver Pearl powder.

Well, thanks for hanging out here in my craft room with me today...that pretty much finishes up my planner dashboard for the month of May! Until next time, happy crafting with ScraPerfect~

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Father's Day Lighthouse

Today's card is one we will be making for the month of July at my local library card making class and I will be entering it in "For Dads" @ Send a Smile 4 Kids and in "Masculine" @ My Time to Craft

This is a 5 1/5" square gatefold card that came in a pack of 10 with matching envelopes from DCVW many, many years ago and I am just now getting around to using them...better late than never, right? 

The lighthouse stamp set is a long ago retired one from TAC that I still use often because the design is very classic and will never go out of style.

To start off, I die cut 3 of the largest tags from my old Sizzix steel ruled die using my Amaze machine...one from kraft cardstock and two from white cardstock. I then ran the kraft tag thru my Texture Boutique with the clouds embossing folder and then brushed the white Palette ink over the top using the direct to paper method.

Using black ink, I stamped the lighthouse on the 1st white tag, the "Happy Father's Day" sentiment and large birds on the 2nd white tag and the smaller birds on the kraft tag around the clouds. The lighthouse scene was colored using decorator chalks and applied with Q-tips for a soft, vintage look. The tags were secured to overlap with a bit of ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever and tied with a piece of blue organza ribbon at the top.

I stamped the sentiment in black on a kraft scrap, adhered it to the front right bottom of the card and using foam dots attached the tag set to only the left flap of the card front....overlapping, but not securing the right side, so that the card can still be opened.

I had decided to stamp the large bird randomly over the front of the card in charcoal ink because all that blank space was bothering me...I just don't seem good at doing wide open, clean spaces, lol. I always seem to feel the need to fill them up, for some reason! To tie it all together, I wrapped the card with some skinny jute twine and tied it into a small bow -front and center. The inside tag was also edged in black ink to help it pop, glued on and then I declared that the card was finished.