Saturday, July 23, 2016

Christmas Snowflake Card ft. Stampin' Up

This card uses Seasonally Scattered, which is the very first Stampin' Up stamp set I got and one of my favorite sets of all time, too! I wanted to go full-on with the snowflakes theme so I've picked this die from Spellbinders. It was meant for creating snowflakes frames but I only used it as a border die here. 

After heat embossing the image with white pearlescent powder, I applied a generous amount of distress inks to create this night sky background. Then I flicked some perfect pearls water droplets to the entire background to imitate snow flurries. 

I've mounted the card front to a piece of navy blue pearlescent cardstock. The cream white card base also has the same pearlescent shine, but sadly I wasn't able to capture it in the photos. To finish off the card, I adhered some gems and snowflake sequins around the embossed image. Hope you enjoyed today's card! Have a nice day! 

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Gold One Layer Christmas Card ft. Penny Black

Today I created a quick gold embossed CAS card using the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch. The christmas tree background stamp I used is from Penny Black. I simply masked a rectangular area for the stamp image, heat embossed it and added a sentiment. Super quick and easy.


I'm planning on creating more gold christmas cards. So stay tuned! 

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Ombre Backgrounds with White Die Cuts

EDIT: Top 3 at Make My Monday and Die Cut Divas
 
I love the look of the torn paper edges on this butterfly card so much that I decided to make cleaner versions of it. The sentiment is inspired by CASology's challenge theme: Rough. We all know how diseases can make our days rough! And I think the torn edges add to the same theme as well. 

 
I kept the card pretty simple. Sometimes less IS more. I felt like adding anything else would distract us from the white die cut and would ruin the balance of this card.

Here's another one with pink and coral distress inks and without ink splatters. 

As much as I love the full panel ombre inked backgrounds, I feel like the previous two cards didn't have enough white space and I wasn't sure if they are CAS enough. That being said, here's another card featuring one of the toughest subjects to master in life LOL. Love can sometimes get pretty rough. Good beginnings and intentions don't always end up being the same. A lot of times, love is mysterious and unexpected, and hence the color scheme I chose here.


My arm has become quite sore after so much ink blending, but the process is so satisfying at the same time it's slightly addicting. :P Here's my last card with a warm orange-yellow tone. Hope you enjoyed my creations today!

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Colorful Butterfly Card ft. Distress Inks

EDIT: DT Favorite at Cards in Envy & Top Pick at STAMPlorations
 

I believe one of the greatest joy of crafting is experimenting and creating something different from what we originally planned. It's so fun and such an invaluable experience to explore the different possibilities and yield unexpected results! Do you feel the same way?! Well this card is the product of today's experiment, and I quite like how it turned out! 
 
I was inspired by both of Elina's cards and I wanted to create something monochromic with a heavily inked background. I wasn't sure how I wanted to incorporate the other elements (bold colored image, splatters, black scripty sentiment, layers of cardstock) into my project so I decided to create a card for another challenge until I got my mojo back.

 This is one of the sketches I had in mind using the elements from CAS-ual Fridays Tic Tac Toe Challenge before I came up with the design of that first card. My original sketch includes a white heat embossed "Be-YOU-tiful" sentiment but there wasn't enough space, so I left it out. Now that I'm looking at it and comparing it with the other card, I feel like it definitely needs a sentiment LOL!
 
I used sequins, monochromic, enamel dots, twine, no patterned paper and glitter or sparkle. That's three lines! The ombre green-teal-blue colors are inspired by the wood planks from Becca's mood board. 

A close-up of the butterfly. I colored both the butterfly and the background with distress inks and ink blending tools, which are my all time favorite coloring mediums! I just love the intense and vibrant colors you get from blending distress inks. For the butterfly, I also added a generous amount of wink of stella to its wings for some extra sparkle.

Then I thought about creating another pink/coral background that would contrast with the colors on the butterfly. This time, instead of using silver thread, I decided to add some silver splatters. My original plan was to create a warm-toned ombre background and mount it on black cardstock so it has a thin, black frame. That would indeed be very similar to Elina's butterfly card. But then I had a light bulb moment of placing the two ombre panels on top of each other. 

In the past, whenever I was trying to make a colorful/rainbow card, I've always struggled with putting so many colors onto one single panel (like this card here). It never occurred to me that I could separate the colors and piece them back together like this! It might seem obvious and perhaps a bit trivial to others, but that's a small discovery for me. 


Here's a close-up of the sentiment from Winnie & Walter. I like the scripty, black sentiment on Elina's card, and think that this "you are flawless" sentiment is perfect for the gorgeous butterfly from Tim Holtz. I've mixed some perfect pearls with water to create this shimmery splattered look. The sketch I'm using for this card is from STAMPlorations. I've changed the orientation, so it might be a little tricky to recognize. Here's a DT card using the same orientation. :)


I really love the torn edges of the coral panel. They add quite a bit of interest to this card, don't you think? I think the white edges definitely help the colors pop more and create a "framed" effect like when you layer different colored cardstock together. Hope you enjoyed today's creation, and thanks for stopping by! 

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