Sunday, 28 June 2015

Christmas Card with a Twist

This week's challenge on the Mod Squad Challenge Blog was to make a Christmas Card. What's the twist? Stamp with a veggie!

For my veggie I chose a potato and cut out a star. It's not perfect but was as good as my potato and my carving skills would allow!

I started with a piece of Gina K Pure Luxury heavy base weight white cardstock. I used the frame from Melanie Muenchinger's Fabulous Frame set, stamped it with VersaMark and embossed it with Recollections Ebony embossing powder. I coloured in the frame with Spectrum Noir marker CR9 and stamped the houndstooth belly bands in ColorBox Scarlet.

I stamped the circle border from Melanie's Fabulous Holiday Fillers set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. To fill in some of the circles in the border, I stamped the star using Brilliance Galaxy gold and
the houndstooth circle using ColorBox Scarlet.

I stamped the sentiment from the Fabulous Frame set with Memento Tuxedo Black and my
potato star with VersaMark and then embossed the star with Recollections Gold Tinsel embossing powder.

I thought the right hand portion of the card looked empty so I stamped two more potato stars with Brilliance Galaxy Gold.

Single Layer Masculine Card

For the Release Party Challenge-Single Layer Sensation! and the StampTV Let's Hear It For The Boys! challenge I made a one layer masculine card.

I started with a piece of Prickly Pear cardstock. Using VersaMark ink I stamped the bird from Gina K Designs Birthday Blessings set over the card. I heat embossed it with Recollections clear embossing powder. I considered sponging various colours over top letting the Prickly Pear show through but didn't have the ink colours I was imagining so I went with the wood grain look instead.

For the wood grain look I scored at 1/2 inch intervals and then randomly dragged inkpads over the cardstock. I used ColorBox Fluid Chalk ink in Blush Rose and Chestnut Roan, ColorBox Frost White and Memento Rich Cocoa.

After I rubbed the ink off the embossed birds the Prickly Pear didn't show through the way I wanted, so I re-stamped them using Perfect Medium. Then I put Bright Yellow Pearl-Ex on with a paintbrush and heated to set. This gave the birds a nice sheen.

To finish it off I stamped the sentiment, also from Birthday Blessings, and the bird in Memento Rich Cocoa and ColorBox Frost White giving them a shadowed look. The white soaked into the cardstock and wasn't as bright as I wanted so I embossed them with Recollections Snow embossing powder.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Tag Card

I created a card that satisfied several challenges this week: StampTV weekly challenge Own Your Background, Mod Squad challenge blog I Am Tagging You, the StampTV Kit Addicts ATC Mini Me and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge For the Love of Plants.

I had to make a card that had a tag, where I made my own background, made a smaller version of the card for an Artist Trading Card (ATC) and used plants. Here is what I created.

I stamped the backgrounds for the two cards and tags. I added brads on the tags, layered them, punched holes and added ribbon for the large one and embroidery floss for the smaller one. I tied two bows, adhered them to the card fronts and added layers. I popped up the tags with foam squares.

These are the supplies I used:
Gina K Designs StampTV Kit Birthday Blessings - stamps, Grass Green and Cranberry Tart cardstock
Stampabilities ink - Cranberry and Acorn Squash
Tim Holtz Distress ink - Peeled Paint
Foam squares
Tombow mono adhesive
Ribbon, embroidery floss and brads from my stash