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Some of My Favorites!

I pulled a number of cards from my photo files to share some of my all-time favorites!  I think you’ll like them too!  This card was copied from one I saw on Pinterest a couple years ago and LOVED!  I had to improvise a bit to create the gold frame behind the flowers; I used Altenew’s Beautiful Day set, heat-embossed in gold onto Bristol Smooth watercolor paper and fussy-cut them out.  I embossed the leaves onto vellum.  I didn’t have a frame die back then, so instead embossed the frame stamp and cut it out by hand.  I think the geometric black and white paper makes an interesting backing for the organic florals!  
I’ve always loved the vintage feel of this card!  I used an old Stampin up set called Nature Walk and stamped the images onto a vintage book page, then cut it into panels.  I mounted them onto a layer of dark brown card stock, then onto a pretty yellow card base.  The flower is one I picked up at Michaels and after I scrunched up a length of silk binding tape and glued it to the strip of dark brown card stock, I glued the flower over it.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from another retired Stampin Up set called Warmest Regards and I stamped that onto a punched out label, sponged brown ink around the edges to soften and added a brass brad.  
Here’s another favorite vintage/shabby chic styled card I made some years ago, using torn patterned paper, a bit of vintage book page and Stampin Up’s retired Toile Blossoms which I stamped in pink and brown ink onto a piece of card stock.  I smudged brown ink around the edges to soften, then roughed up the edges with my scissors.  A length of sheer ribbon, then velvet ribbon tied on completed this beautiful card!  
I was really into vintage/shabby chic!!  Using patterned papers add interest to a card and I love the colors in this one!  Stampin Up’s retired Bloom With Hope blossom was colored with markers then clear embossed for shine.  I added a die-cut sprig of leaves, a length of crocheted lace and a twist of black string.  The sentiment is a Stampin Up stamp and mounted using a Stampin Up punch.  Two little golden jewels added the final detail!  
Beautiful Fall Farm
I have several Stampendous scenery stamps and I’ve always loved this one, as it reminds me of Vermont!  I colored this with Zig markers, fussy-cut it out, mounted it onto levels of patterned paper then onto a dark brown base card.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up’s retired Botanicals set; I smudged brown ink all over it to “distress” it.  Copper brads add a little extra touch.  
This Inkadinkado stamp was given to me by my step-daughter a number of years ago and I think it’s so beautiful!  I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink onto a piece of card stock then colored it using Zigs.  I cut the panel down and layered it over a piece of red card stock, then onto a base card which was layered with patterned papers.  I looped a length of narrow red ribbon and attached it along the edge to add a fun bit of texture!  
Oooooo!!  More beautiful patterned paper!  I stamped, colored and then glazed with Glossy Accents the blossoms from Stampin Up’s Fabulous Florets set, die-cut the green leaves and layered them onto a strip of blue textured cardstock to which I’d added two little eyelets.   I stamped the Thinking of You sentiment over the patterned paper.  
saras card
This is probably my favorite of ALL of these cards!  I made this for my daughter, Sara, a long time ago.  I embossed the base card with a folder then smudged a little gray ink onto it.  Layers of patterned paper, die-cut leaves, a store-bought paper rose and a length of ribbon held down with brads made for a very easy, but very beautiful card!  The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz set.  
Altenew, Beautiful Day, Florals, Occasions, Petal Burst Embossing Folder, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Sympathy, Winter Flowers

Prismacolor Pencils on Black

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Last summer I was inspired by a card from Yana Smakula, made by using Prismacolor pencils on black card stock!  I never would have thought of this technique and couldn’t wait to make one myself!  To begin, I heat-embossed in gold the leaves from Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp set onto black card stock, and began to color them in.  It was a little challenging to work around the raised lines of the embossed images, but loved how the color popped on the black!  When I finished coloring in the leaves, I simply cut the black panel down to layer over a piece of metallic gold card stock, then mounted it onto a white card base which I’d run through the Cuttlebug with Stampin Up’s Petal Burst embossing folder.  Finally, I embossed the sentiment in gold onto a scrap of black, lifted it with a piece of foam tape, then attached a few gold sequins to the card front.
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After making the card above, I wanted to try it again with another set, so I pulled out Winter Flowers by Simon Says Stamp, heat-embossed the images in gold onto the black card stock, and again, colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I just love how creamy and translucent the color is on the black!  The Greetings stamp was heat-embossed in gold as well, and mounted onto a strip of the gold paper.  I put this card together in the same manner as the first, but without embossing the base card.  Thanks to Yana for her continual inspiration!
Distress Oxides, Gina Marie Designs, Sizzix Paper-cut Bird, Stampin Up, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Tim Holtz

Sizzix Paper-cut Bird

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Isn’t this fascinating?!  Paper-cut Bird by Sizzix/Tim Holtz is a full-size die, and this is the first and only card I’ve made with it!  I cut it out of Strathmore watercolor paper, then let it sit for a time while I tried to figure out what on earth to do with it!  Finally, I decided to just cover it with assorted colors of Ranger Distress Oxide inks!  In the usual manner, I smooshed one color of ink at a time onto my craft mat, then spritzed water onto it, and laid the bird die down into the ink.  Drying between each layer, I kept adding more color till I was satisfied with the result!
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For the shadow box effect, I stamped the leaves from a retired Stampin Up set onto a panel of Stampin Up’s Crumb Cake card stock, then die-cut the top frame in Crumb Cake with my Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle dies, added a layer of pink below it and adhered the layers with the die cut image in between using strips of foam tape to lift.  All were mounted onto a base card of Crumb Cake.  I surprised myself with this card and absolutely love how it turned out!  
Distress Oxides, Stampin Up, Thank You, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Distress Oxide Sampler

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When Ranger Distress Oxide inks first came out, I poo-poohed the idea of needing yet MORE inks!  What could they do that my regular Distress Inks couldn’t?!!  But I finally gave in and bought four or five of them to investigate!  And wow!!  Am I glad I did!!  The oxides have such a velvety appearance and the fact that you can layer them over each other without losing the colors is a win!  For this very simple card I taped down a piece of Canson watercolor paper to my small Epicurian cutting board with painters tape.  On my craft mat, I smooshed Peeled Paint and Broken China and spritzed on some water which caused the ink to bead up and spread out.  Although it was a bit awkward, I laid my paper (attached to the board!) onto the wet ink, being sure to get the blue on top and the green below.  I dried the ink, then tapped out more, added more water and did another layer onto my card.  After drying with my heat tool, I dripped water onto the dried surface which left those cool little spots!  I stamped the image from Penny Black’s Nature’s Friends set using Versafine Onyx Black, then removed the tape, leaving a crisp border.  I mounted it to a textured white card base.  This card makes me very happy!
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I made the background for this Thank You card in the same manner, except for taping the paper down.  It was much easier to drag through the watery distress oxide ink on my craft mat!  But first I heat-embossed the sentiments, and then the leaves from Stampin Up’s Kinda Eclectic set in white onto Bristol Smooth watercolor paper.  After adding the ink, I spattered black craft paint, then trimmed the panel down to fit onto my textured white card base.  The oval sentiment is from Stampin Up and I used an oval punch to cut it out, then lifted it with a bit of foam tape.
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I love the muted tones of the Distress Oxide in this card!  The leaves are from a retired Stampin Up set called Wonderful You, which I heat-embossed in white onto the inked up panel.  You can see that I spattered droplets of water and white craft paint onto the background which gives it such a wonderful look!  I didn’t add a sentiment to this one so that I could customize it at a later date.
Distress Inks, Hardwood Background, Meadow Greens, Papertrey Ink, Stampin Up, Tim Holtz, Woodland Embossing Folder

Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens

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I don’t have a lot of sets that are “solid” images with coordinating dies, but Meadow Greens from Papertrey Ink is fabulous!  And so easy to use!  Here’s how I constructed my card: for the leaves and fern, I covered the stamp with a layer of Peeled Paint distress ink, then tapped a little Walnut around the edges, spritzed with water then stamped onto a piece of Canson watercolor paper.  For the blossom, I covered the stamp first with Fired Brick, then tapped a little Mahogany around the edges, spritzed and stamped it onto the watercolor paper.  I dried the images, then using the center piece of the flower, inked it up with Black Soot distress ink, and stamped it onto the flower.  
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When the images were dry, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out, and set them aside.  I used Stampin Up’s Woodland embossing folder on a piece of white card stock for the middle layer.  I then inked up Stampin Up’s Hardwood background stamp with Walnut, Gathered Twigs and Weathered Wood, spritzed with water and stamped it onto a scrap of watercolor paper. I stamped the leaves and fern over the Hardwood and then cut the oval using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies.  The base card is kraft card stock and I adhered the embossed white layer, then attached the oval and finally, layered the greenery and flower at different heights using double-stick foam tape!  The sentiment was stamped on a scrap and mounted to finish the card!  
Altenew, Beautiful Day, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Stampin Up

Altenew Beautiful Day Take Two!

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I had the pleasure yesterday of coloring with my stamping friend in Virginia via FaceTime!  How fun is that?!  She wanted to learn how to color these beautiful blossoms from Altenew’s Beautiful Day set the way I have.  We stamped out our images on Bristol Vellum surface watercolor paper  (I masked and layered mine) and proceeded to lay in lots and lots of color!  What an enjoyable time we had!  We used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and for my background, I stamped lightly with a script-y sentiment stamp from Stampin Up’s retired Botanicals set.  I trimmed the panel down to fit onto a black card base, keeping it simple to showcase the flowers!  
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At the very end, I spattered a little watery black ink and then droplets of water; I love how it adds almost a patina!  The sentiment is from a retired Stampin Up set called Fabulous Florets.  
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Again, I give credit for this technique of coloring and color palette to the very talented “pearlyg8s2” who’s original card I copied fromFlickr~  
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I stamped out the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto a scrap of the watercolor paper, smudged a little Black Soot distress ink around the edges and lifted it with a strip of fun foam.