Distress Inks, Kuretake, MAKE ART Blendable Dye Ink Pads, MAKE ART Flower Pot Stamp/Die/Stencil, Perfect Cardstock, Ranger Ink, Seeing Stars, Simon Says Stamp, Starry Colors Gold Watercolor paints, Thinking of You, Tim Holtz

Outta This World With Ranger Ink!

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This card kinda makes me laugh!!  Like, whut?!  Succulents floating in outer space?!  Really, Sharon??  Yes, really!!  😀  As I was playing with my new supplies from Ranger Ink and Wendy Vecchi I decided to go out of my comfort zone and do something a bit silly!
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It all started when I made this galaxy background by blending all of my new Wendy Vecchi’s Blendable inks onto a panel of Perfect White cardstock and covering them with a layer of Black Soot distress ink!  I added spatters of white craft paint and then gold from Gansai Tambi’s Starry Colors palette! 
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 But what next?!  The sweet succulent from Wendy Vecchi’s Flower Pot Stamp/Die/Stencil set was just begging to be featured on a card again, so I heat-embossed a bunch of them in gold, colored them with Zig markers then cut them out.  Before I adhered them to the panel, I added strips of washi tape from Wendy Vecchi’s Washi Tape Assortment 2– the watercolor-y design just perfectly coordinated with my card!  I also like how the straight lines of the tape nicely balanced out the organic shapes of the succulents and the flowy script of the sentiment!  
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“Dreaming of You” seemed the most appropriate sentiment for this galaxy card and it’s from Simon Says Stamp’s Seeing Stars set.  I embossed “Dreaming of” in gold onto a strip of black card stock then trimmed it down and mounted it with a bit of foam tape to my card.  Just below it I embossed the “You” directly to my panel.  
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I really love this whimsical card with floating succulents and hope you do too!  Thanks for stopping by!  

 

Florals, MAKE ART Flower Pot Stamp/Die/Stencil, Perfect Cardstock, Ranger Ink, Wildflowers Thinlets Dies

Blended Moonlight with Ranger Ink & Wendy Vecchi

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Welcome back to another post sharing a card I made using the new Ranger Ink and Wendy Vecchi products I recently received!  Many of you know I’m more accustomed to creating cards with large florals and images so trying to come up with a way to use the small stamps in Wendy Vecchi’s Flower Pot Stamp/Die/Stencil set was a bit of a challenge for me!  Let me share my  process because I had NO idea what I was going to make when I began!  
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Starting with a piece of the beautifully smooth Perfect Cardstock Grey Panels, I sponged around the edges using Evergreen Bough distress oxide ink but leaving the center blank.  Next, I filled in the center with a light layer of Cracked Pistachio distress oxide ink, blending the two together seamlessly with a makeup brush.  I’d already used the flower pots in two prior cards so that left me with the floral and leaf images to play with.  Although I hadn’t added Black Soot distress ink around the edges yet, I knew I was going to do that and thus, in my mind I already had a nighttime sky!  
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I stamped multiple layers at the bottom edge and partially up the sides using a leaves and coordinating flower stamp, thus creating a frame!  I thought it’d look great to add a moon but I’d already added color to the center!  Undaunted, I cut a circle stencil with a punch and scrap of paper and sponged Picket Fence distress oxide ink over it to create the moon.  I fussed around with it a bit more, adding shading and dimension with an old texture stamp and Black Soot.  In retrospect, I wish I had softened the texture with a little water on a brush.  I’ll do that before I complete my card!  
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Naturally, I had to add white spatters with craft paint for “stars” in my sky!  I remembered that I have Tim Holtz Wildflowers dies which I then cut from textured card stock; they make a beautiful silhouette against the moon, don’t you think?!  
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To finish my card, I added that heavy layer of Black Soot distress ink around the edges which made the moon seem to glow even more!  I trimmed down the panel to layer onto a piece of gray patterned paper then adhered it to a white card base.  I haven’t decided if I’ll heat-emboss a sentiment directly to the card front in white or if I’ll add one separately, lifted off the panel for dimension, but I am pretty satisfied with how this card turned out!  Thanks for stopping by!!  
MAKE ART Blendable Dye Ink Pads, MAKE ART Flower Pot Stamp/Die/Stencil, Perfect Cardstock, Ranger Ink, Uncategorized

Ranger & Wendy Vecchi Happy Mail!

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I was thrilled to receive a box of goodies from Ranger Ink this week and hurried right into my stamp room to play!  Just look at this assortment! First of all, how cute is this Flower Pot Stamp/Die/Stencil set by Wendy Vecchi??  I also received seven rolls of MAKE ART Washi Tape,  six Wendy Vecchi MAKE ART dye ink pads in lovely colors and a pack each of Perfect Cardstock, in Perfect White Panels and Perfect Grey Panels!  Time to get busy!!  
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I knew that I’d be using the cute little cactus stamp along with one of the leafy plant stamps so began by stamping out the images individually onto a piece of  Perfect White Cardstock (which was smooth as buttah!!) then coloring with Copic markers!  I did use the dies to cut out the flower pots but they left more of a white border than I like, so I trimmed them down a tad more.  
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Setting those aside, I began on my background panel.  Using a makeup brush, I softly blended Leaf Green on the lower portion of a panel of Perfect White Cardstock, then brushed Forget-Me-Not at the top, joining them in the center with a little bit of Pink Peony.  Next, I created a leafy green section at the bottom with several of the little stamps, again with Leaf Green Dye ink.  This helped to ground my flower pots!  
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It took me a few minutes to play around with an arrangement that I liked then attached two of the pots directly to the panel with adhesive and added foam tape to the center pot for lift.  
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As a finishing touch, I added one of the Simple Strips sentiments by Taylored Expressions  before mounting the finished panel to a white base card.  Now, if only I had a new neighbor, I’d bring them a hot dish, a new plant and this card!  I hope you’re inspired to take a peek at all the inspiring products and projects on the Ranger Ink website and blog!  Thanks for stopping by!