OK, who am I kidding - I'm no Shari Carroll! Ha! Over the years I have seen her do beautiful things with colored pencils. And I tend to do the same old thing. But I wanted to try coloring on Desert Storm cardstock (vs just white). So I did some white heat embossing and colored the image on this card with Prismacolor pencils. It was really fun! When I was done with the card I splattered a little Hero Unicorn white spray on it to finish it off.
I borrowed this stamp set and the matching dies from a friend and made sure that I stamped all of the little images in this set, including this darling swing set. And the doggy.. oh my cuteness!
I created the background the same way that I did on yesterday's card. I masked off the sky and then the grass and added the ink with the mini-round applicator tools. I colored the images with Copic markers. Then after I assembled the card I added some Glossy Accents to the swing set because all of the ones that I grew up with were metal.
To make this into a card I die cut another piece of cardstock, scored a small part of the top and folded it and adhered it to the card front.
I love this stamp set. It is so fun! I had fun creating this card.
I used Copic markers to color all of the images. For the background I free hand cut a strip of masking paper. I used both halves of it to do both the sky and the grass. I applied the ink with mini round applicator tools for a soft look. I thought the slide needed to be shiny like it's metal so I applied some glossy accents. I put some white foam behind the top piece before applying it to the white card base to give it a bit more stability in the mail.
While I had the Winnie & Walter stamp set and watercolor set out that I played with on yesterday's post I wanted to create another project. The tag die that I used has a second piece that allows you to turn this into a tag with a pocket. And it just HAPPENS to be the perfect size for a gift card. On yesterday's tag I did some backstitching with DMC floss around the entire edge but this time I just did the part with the pocket to hold the two pieces together.
And ribbon? You don't even want to know how much ribbon I own. LOTS! I was addicted to using and collecting it. I needed something to hide the hole in the top of the tag and a ribbon bow was perfect! I had forgotten how much I love this stuff. Why don't I use it more often?
To make it into a card I cut out another piece of cardstock the size and shape of the tag, scored it across the top and adhered the two pieces together.
I have seen my friend Debby Hughes watercolor images that were stamped and embossed with white embossing powder with beautiful effect! And I have been wanting to try it. I have a number of watercolor mediums I could use but I reached for my least expensive set -- the set I got at Michaels for $4.99! Some of the others that I have give you big bold color and I wanted softness. With this set I got just the look I was going for.
Here is the card and instructions are below:
I die cut two of the tags, one with watercolor paper and one with Neenah white cardstock. I heat embossed the flower image on the watercolor one with Versamark and white embossing powder (after using the powder tool to be sure none of the embossing powder sticks where I don't want it!). Then I watercolored the image and the background, using a pretty watery mix to get the softness I wanted. I enjoyed this so much that you will see another project that I did soon on my blog.
When I was done I adhered the cardstock tag to the back of the watercolor one. I used 3 ply DMC white embroidery floss to stitch around the edges using a backstitch. It was fun to add some stitching as this was my obsession, um hobby, before I found card making! I used only 3 ply because I wanted the look to be delicate. I used some Doodlebug white twine to create a bow at the top. The finishing touch on the tag was to stamp the greeting. I find that this little birthday greeting is perfect when you just need something small with a larger image.
To create the card base I heat embossed the stripe background with clear embossing powder. I thought it just needed a little something for extra interest. I adhered some white fun foam behind the tag and the card was done!
For some cards I do lots of coloring and technique that take time to create. So sometimes I just want to create a simple card and this is one of these. I thought the sun in this card kit was so cute because you could stamp different parts different colors.
My sweet friend Sarah Moerman gave me the Simon Says Stamp June card kit and it is a fun one! Of course give me a circle element and I will make a shaker out of it at least once! For a tip on how to apply foam tape behind a circular shaker card check out my previous post here.
I just love the Simon Says Stamp shaker shack bead set and I seem to reach for it all the time for shakers. The kit is sold out so I linked to what I could that is sold individually. The little sun is not available but I linked to an October Afternoon set with a sun that I think would be cute on this card.
I had to use this birthday circle die from Simon Says Stamp again. I love how well it pairs with the Clearly Besotted Sunburst stamp set. To add a little dimension I added some foam tape to the piece that has the birthday die on it so the stamped part is a bit recessed.
I think these markers take some practice. So I decided to use them on a stamped image to see what kind of effect I got. I chose a small image which made it a little more challenging but to make it easier I heat embossed it. That helps so much to keep the color in the lines.. though I did go outside the lines just a bit. I think that's just the way it goes with watercolor!
For the hearts I colored them directly with the markers without water. For all other areas I added some water to them to get the color to move around.