Alcohol Ink, Distress Oxides, Kaleidoscope of Leaves, Simon Says Stamp, Sizzix Block Word Dies, Tim Holtz, Uncategorized

Simon Says Stamp Kaleidoscope Leaves

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I’ve been playing with alcohol inks for over a month now, and creating many colorful and interesting prints!  My goal is to use them in my cards, and I chose this one to combine with Simon Says Stamp’s Kaleidoscope Leaves background stamp!  My first step was to cut the print down using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle die, and then I heat-embossed the background stamp in gold onto the print.  I mounted that to a layer of hot pink card stock, and then onto an A2 sized card base.
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To accent the gold embossing, I cut out Celebrate using my Sizzix Thinlits Die Set- Celebration Words by Tim Holtz from gold metallic card stock and adhered it to the panel.


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This is the second version of my Kaleidoscope Leaves card but this time I used Ranger Distress Oxide inks to create the colorful background!  First of all, I heat-embossed the background stamp in gold; I then pressed several colors of oxide inks onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and randomly pressed my embossed card panel into the ink, drying between colors with my Ranger heat tool.  When I was satisfied with the results, I did the same thing with a strip of card stock to make the base for the letters.


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I mounted the strip onto a piece of gold metallic cardstock and attached the cut-out letters remaining from the first card.  Finally, I adhered all the layers to a base card of dark blue.


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Bouquet of Thanks, Florals, Simon Says Stamp, Water Colored Cards

Simon Says Stamp Bouquet of Thanks

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I created this card using Simon Says Stamp’s beautiful set called Bouquet of Thanks.  I heat-embossed the image in silver, then colored it with Zig Clean Color brush markers with water.  I added jewels to the center of each flower, then die-cut the oval with Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies.
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The base card is embossed and the oval was adhered by mounting it on another oval cut from fun foam to give it dimension.
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Finally, I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black and mounted that over the oval.  I love the combination of colors in this card!  I photographed it in the late afternoon which gives the photo interesting shadows!
Altenew, Beautiful Day, Florals, Water Colored Cards

Altenew Beautiful Day

Altenew’s Beautiful Day is one of my favorite stamp sets!  It’s a layering set with four “levels” of the peony image but I only used three of them to create this card.

Using only Ranger  Distress Oxide inks for this card,  I pulled out an older background stamp (not visible in the finished card) called Vintage Tapestry and inked it up with Fossilized Amber and stamped it onto the card stock.  The pretty text stamp from an old Stampin Up set called Botanicals was inked up with Iced Spruce and stamped along the right hand side of the background.

Next, I stamped the solid layer of the peony with Worn Lipstick randomly around the paper, spritzed it with a little water then dried it with my heat tool.  Then I added the “shadow” peony image in Fired Brick on top of the solid image, spritzed and dried.  I switched to Fossilized Amber to fill in around the red peonies and used the same process. The solid leaf image was stamped with Iced Spruce, spritzed and dried.  Lastly, I  stamped the line image of the peony with Versafine Onyx Black ink loosely over each blossom.

After attaching this to a base card I created the sentiment using Altenew’s Label Love stamp set, heat-embossed in black and trimmed down, mounted on double-stick foam tape and finally, added a few random accents of Nuvo Drops in silver.  Despite my lengthy description of the process, this card came together fairly quickly!  It reminds me of a beautiful piece of silk!

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Beautiful Day Stamp Set

Label Love Stamp Set - Altenew



Seasonal, Spring, Stamp Francisco, Water Colored Cards

Covered Bridge in April

Doesn’t this card make you long for the warmer days of spring?  My sister-in-law requested a birthday card using a covered bridge for my brother’s April birthday; thankfully, I have this stamp made by Stamp Francisco and enjoyed creating this just for him!  I heat-embossed the image in black onto Bristol Vellum surface cardstock, then created the sky using Ranger Distress Oxide ink in Broken China and Stormy Sky.  After that I lightly colored the barn with several shades of gray and brown Zig Clean Color brush markers, using a water brush to soften the color.  Finally, I lightly sponged a spot of Fossilized Amber into the sky to denote a peek of the sun.  I think my brother will really like this!


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Congratulations, Florals, Occasions, Rose Garden, Stampendous, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous Rose Garden

I LOVE this set called Rose Garden from Stampendous!  It not only has a large and small full-blown rose, but these fabulous rosebuds too!  I created the lattice-work background using the stencil which came in the set, by sponging on Ranger Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink, then I shifted the stencil slightly and added a layer of Fossilized Amber.  I then inked up the smaller rose stamp with Wilted Violet distress oxide and used a water brush to “paint” them a little.  I sponged more Wilted Violet along the edges.

The base card is embossed with Stampin Up’s Manhattan Flower embossing folder.  To create the central image, I first die-cut the oval using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies, and heat-embossed the rosebud stamp using white embossing powder.  Zig Clean Color Brush markers were perfect for coloring in the image, adding water to create a water-colored look.  When it was dry, I painted the background with more Wilted Violet oxide ink, then stamped the text stamp (from the Rose Garden set) in the same color around the roses.

Hero Arts makes this pretty curvy banner called Ribbon Messages which comes with several sentiments and two banner dies.  I used the smaller die to cut the banner and the fun foam to mount it on.  A little jewel colored with a yellow Sharpie completes my card!  I’m proud to display my brand new Stampendous watermark!!

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Florals, Stampendous, Stampin Up, StampinBack, Water Colored Cards

Glorious Stampinback Poppies!

Aren’t these poppies glorious?!  They come in a half-sheet of unmounted blossoms by Stampinback .  I colored them with Zig Clean Color Brush markers and added details with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink .  Stampin Up’s Doily background in Broken China distress oxide makes a beautiful backdrop.

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The canning jar and leaves are from the Bouquet For You set by Stampendous.  I don’t own a cutting machine yet (it’s in the mail!) so I fussy-cut all these images and mounted them on various levels using double-stick foam tape.  A final spattering of black and white craft paint finishes my card!

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After painting this Stampinback poppy with my Zig Clean Color brush markers, I covered the image with Versamark and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder for a glossy surface.  Stampin Up’s Doily and Dictionary background stamps are in the background and dainty die-cut leaves accent the blossom.

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