Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Rustic Note

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I was so happy to see the Wood Textures 6" by 6" Designer Series Paper Stack carry over from last year's annual catalog to this year's catalog. There are so many cool wood texture choices, but my favorite is the whitewashed, beachy wood that I've used on today's card.

I started by perusing Pinterest for some ideas and I saw a similar card to the one I eventually created, but my card kind of grew organically as I put all the pieces together.
I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Wood Textures DSP. I stamped the floral image from the "Wood Words" stamp set directly onto the DSP in Early Espresso Ink and then adhered this to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Powder Pink mat. I adhered half a Pearlized Doily to the card and then wrapped a length of Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon around, covering the cut part of the doily. I then wrapped a length of 1/8" Fresh Fig Sheer Ribbon around the Powder Pink Ribbon, tying on a pretty bow. I adhered this to an Early Espresso Card Stock card base.

I stamped a sentiment from the "Wood Words" stamp set in Fresh Fig onto a Powder Pink strip and flagged the end with the Banner Triple Punch. I stamped the heart from the same set in Fresh Fig Ink onto Powder Pink Card Stock and cut it out with a small Stitched Shapes Framelit circle. I adhered these two elements to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

When I was finished, I thought that I should have stamped the floral image in Fresh Fig instead of Early Espresso--but then I got a bolt of inspiration! I used my Blender Pen to add Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, and Lemon Lime Twist to the flowers and leaves in the image and, wow, did that ever make the card pop! It's fun when you can go from, hmm, I dunno--to wow with just a little inspiration!

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Serene Thanks

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Stampin' Up's "Serene Garden" is a set that's kind of outside my wheelhouse--or at least I thought so. I kept coming back to it as I perused the annual catalog. If I'm continually drawn to a stamp set, it tells me that I actually do like it and that I should get it!

Today's card is fairly simple, but very pretty, if I do say so myself! I used the Stamparatus to stamp the large image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto the corner of a 3-3/4" by 5" Shimmery White Card Stock panel.  I took my Pool Party Ink Pad and "stamped" it onto an acrylic block so I could pick up some color with an Aqua Painter. (If you have an old style ink pad, you can squeeze some ink into the lid.) I painted color onto the stamped image. Then I used the Clear Wink of Stella to give some shimmer and shine to the flowers. I stamped the sentiment from the "Daisy Delight" set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink near the top of the image. 

Next, I used my Heat Tool to set the ink before adhering the panel to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black Card Stock mat. I wrapped a length of Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon around this before adhering everything to a Pool Party Card Stock card base.
Isn't it pretty? I love the simple art, the clean design, and the use of one color with black and white. What do you think?

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Thankful Still Life

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Gosh! I think I'm in love with every single thing about today's card. Each of the elements makes me so happy. But I'm especially happy with my coloring. Seriously:  if you hate coloring because you think you're no good at it (like I used to think), you need to get yourself some Stampin' Blends--they make everyone an artist. Really! Look at this.

There were so many leaves in the image, I wanted some of them to stand out. So, I colored the heart-shaped leaves like coleus--a little Light Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends Marker around the edges, blended with a Light Old Olive Stampin' Blend Marker. Oh my gosh! You can blend two different colors!!

So, for this card, I stamped the milk jug in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Shimmery White Card Stock. I added the fall still life image at the top in the same ink.  Because the "Country Home" stamp set is photopolymer, you can see right through the stamps for easy placement. I set this aside to dry.

While the image was drying, I ran a 5-3/8" by 2-1/2" piece of Galvanized Metallic Paper through the Big Shot with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder. These two were made for each other! I wanted to age the tin just a bit, so I rubbed my Memento Tuxedo Black Stamp Pad lightly across the top and then buffed it with a paper towel.  

I embossed the front of a Basic Gray Card Stock card base with the Subtle Embossing Folder. Then I adhered the tin directly to the card.

Once my stamped image was dry, I colored it with Light and Dark Smoky Slate, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends. I colored the berries with the Light Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blend. And I already 'splained how I did the coleus leaves. Then (because I'm crazy), I fussy cut the image and adhered it to the card with a combination of regular and Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

And to prove just how crazy I am, I stamped one of the sentiments from the "Country Home" stamp set in Basic Gray Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and fussy cut just the word "thankful." I adhered that to the card with a combination of regular and Mini Stampin' Dimensionals. Here's the finished product.

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