Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Altenew Invisible Alphabet

A while back, I purchased the Altenew Invisible Alphabet set. It's really cool, and today's cards show lots of basic CAS options with it.

First, the light-ink option. This creates a ghost word of sorts, subtle and pretty. It was so subtle, I had to add a darker image...and bling. Because, well...no reason needed. I like the subtlety of the sentiment "spoken" by the butterfly.

And now, the multicolor option. I played around with a color combo on Pinterest for this colorful card that needs no image to enhance it. But now I wish it had bling. Not sure where I'd put it, though.

Here's a monochromatic portrait of "hi" in a rich deep ocean color.

Next, an ombre triple "hi" in shades of green.

And finally, a bit of square Christmas joy.

See? I told you Altenew's Invisible Alphabet is cool! I'm going to keep experimenting with it. I think it could be extraordinarily pretty with resist techniques, stamped in metallics or black over a watercolor wash or stamped background, white embossed on colored cardstock...and so on, and so on, and so on.

So many options. Not enough time.

stamps: Altenew Invisible Alphabet
inks: various
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: none

Monday, May 2, 2016

Getting Cute and Busy

Sometimes, I need to make something with less white, more busy. But it's rare that the results of my busy experiments don't end up in the trash. Also, most of my efforts at make a "cute" card flop.

Today's card is the rare exception that's both busy and cute and still makes me smile.

This card was inspired by a business card on Pinterest that I can no longer locate. It was really cool, but I didn't have a "cute" set that had small enough images for a business-card size panel. I just blew up the stamped panel to fit the stamps.

Less white space, but all sorts of cute for a young girl's birthday card!

stamps: Papertrey Springtime Doodles, Birthday Bash Sentiments
ink: StampinUp white craft ink, Hero Arts soft granite
paper: Papertrey white, StampinUp turqoise
accessories: white embossing powder, rhinestones

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Business of Getting Well

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was crazy busy, putting together 64 card kits of four different designs for a thing at church next weekend. Got it all finished. Yay, me! Every single card uses patterned paper. Very NOT me, but they will be easy for people who've never made cards to put together.

So today's card for the blog is simple and quick and loosely based on a Pinterest business card pin.

The card uses two new products from my last order: Hero Arts deep ocean ink (a new hybrid) and Falling Backgrounds from Simon Says Stamp. I love them both.

Being sick is a bit like living through rainy days, but the envelope shows that the sun will shine again.

The organizational post will get done this week. Promise!

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Falling Backgrounds, Papertrey Faux Ribbon, Not sure about the sun
Ink: Hero Arts deep ocean and tangerine, Memento Luxe black
Paper: Papertrey white
Accessories: craft foam, envelope

Saturday, April 30, 2016

One-Layer Simplicity #27: Fruit Smoothie

The May One-Layer Simplicity Challenge is hosted by Heather Telford, and her theme is "Fruit Smoothie"! Make a card that features fruit or that uses inks with fruit-themed names.

How much fun is this!??!!!

My card fills a hard-to-fill need in my cardmaking: a birthday card for my father-in-law. He loves wine, so a grape-themed card works perfectly!

The grapes and vine are from Papertrey's Fruitful set, and the sentiment is from one of their sentiment sets (not sure of the name). The inks are from Kaleidacolor's Vineyard pad...the dark purple and the lighter green. Since all the stamps were fairly narrow, I could ink them on the Vineyard pad.
I also stamped an envelope. Clean-and-simple is all in the details.

Click on over to the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge and play along with Heather's fun Fruit Smoothie challenge!

stamps: Papertrey
ink: Kaleidacolor
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: corner rounder

Thursday, April 28, 2016

How to Make a Sixteenth-Inch Mat

There've been lots of questions via email and comments about how to make a tidy 1/16" mat, so here's a visual guide of how I do it.

Supplies: panel to be matted, card stock for the mat, quilting ruler,
self-healing cutting mat, craft knife with sharp blade

WARNING: Precise cutting with a regular paper trimmer is great...as long as your trimmer is perfectly angled and marked. If it's even slightly off, things will never line up right. I prefer the control of using a quilting ruler and craft knife. If you've never used these tools before, BE CAREFUL. It's easy to slice your fingers, so always make sure they are firmly on the quilting ruler and not hanging over the edge as you cut. You have been warned!

Measure the panel you want to mat. As you can see, this panel
is exactly 3 inches by 1.75 inches.

Position the cardstock for the mat under the ruler at precisely
1/8" larger than the panel you want to mat. Use the grid lines
on the ruler to make sure everything is at right angles.

Cut the mat using the craft knife. Since I'm right-handed, the blade is in my
right hand, and all the fingers of my left hand are on the ruler
pressing down firmly to keep it from sliding around on the paper.

Check to make sure everything lines up BEFORE gluing the panel
to the mat. Sometimes, as careful and experienced as I am at this,
I mis-measure and have to re-cut. 

Here's the finished card. Yay!

To make the stamped panel, I punched the heart out of a post-it note and angled it onto my panel. After sponging Brilliance poppy ink through the mask, I removed the post-it and stamped the sentiment in Memento Luxe black. I love how the heart looks velvet-textured, almost like it's been flocked. But it's just ink.

Hopefully, the pictures clarify the process, but if anyone still has questions, please ask in the comments, and I'll do my best to answer!

stamps: Concord & 9th Map Love
ink: Brilliance poppy, Memento Luxe black
paper: StampinUp black, Papertrey white
accessories: post-its, heart punch (EK Success), sponge

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

More Business Inspiration

Today's "business card" design wasn't inspired by a specific pin (at least, not one that I can find), but it's clearly influenced by all my business cards I've been soaking up on Pinterest. (Surely there is one with a pastel background and bold, black name on it somewhere!)

The idea popped into my head as I rifled through a stack of stamps and saw the map of the world and the large-ish sentiment in Concord & 9th's Map Love set.

A card was born.

The black and Memento pear tart are such a striking, dramatic color combination.  This will be going into my hub's lunch box on Friday. Just because.

stamps: Concord & 9th Map Love
ink: Memento pear tart, Memento Luxe black
paper: Papertrey white, StampinUp black
accessories: none

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Colored Cardstock! And a Question

Okay, so it's just a little bit of a mat of colored cardstock, but still. I want full credit!

Today's card was inspired by THIS BUSINESS CARD on my Pure Inspiration Board on Pinterest. The interpretation, as with yesterday's card, is rather literal. I love that there's plenty of strong color, but also plenty of fresh white space, too, both on the card base and within the stamped panel as well.

The thin mat is only 1/16" but it gives a great frame of color. A wider mat would overwhelm the card, I think.

The colored cardstock is Papertrey's terracotta tile, which seems to be a perfect match for the Ancient Page henna ink (the darker red on the stamped panel). My henna ink pad is drying out after 13 years (so no complaints there!) but I can't find a replacement or a reinker for it anywhere. So here's the question:

Have you used the Papertrey terracotta tile ink? Is it a nice dye ink? Does it stamp well? Does it match the terracotta tile paper?

Thanks in advance for your help!

stamps: Hero Arts Spring Hello by Lia, Papertrey Faux Ribbon (sentiment), Simon Says Envelope Sentiments
ink: Ancient Page henna; Hero Arts dark quartz, moss; Memento Luxe espresso truffle
paper: Papertrey white, terracotta tile
accessories: envelope