Monday, November 24, 2014

Fun with Glimmer Mist

Inspiration often comes from magazines, and such is the case with this card. My husband was thumbing through his new batch of cooking magazines (he has an entire 5-shelf book case FULL of old cooking magazines!), and I caught sight of a graphic that inspired this card. It was the un-outlined shape of a wine bottle filled in with green and blue watercolor-y splotches, with just a few splotches going outside the (non-existent) lines.

As you can imagine, this inspired me to pull out watercolor-y products. For me, my go-to is a spritzer bottle full of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist spray by Tattered Angels. Ink up a stamp with a water-based ink, spritz with Glimmer Mist, and stamp. Doesn't get much easier.

Start by masking all but a 1.5" strip on the card with post-it notes. Then, using whatever solid stamps you have to hand, begin creating a background inside the unmasked area. It took lots of stamping with Papertrey's Watercolor Wonders and Grunge Me stamps and very light shades of green and blue Memento Ink to create this background. A few blotches went down after I'd removed the post-its, just to soften the edges.

After the background was completely dry, I switched to SU's Green Galore and Marina Mist for the balloons, still spritzing to stick with the soft effect. Then, using Memento Nautical Blue, I stamped the sentiment (also spritzed). A bit of bling finished the card!

Follow-Up on Red Birds Post:
Thanks for the responses on the Red Birds, Two Ways post. I'm sorry the cream card didn't photograph as well as I'd have liked, as many of you thought the stamped layer was white. It wasn't. It's most definitely cream, and the paper matches the base layer color much better in real life. You wouldn't believe the time I spent re-photographing that card trying to get it to look right in Picasa.


Anyway, while I'm glad that some of you preferred the cream card, I absolutely agree with the majority of you...the all-white card looks better to me than the cream one. Stamping on textured card stock is always an iffy proposition, and while I was fine with the results on that particular bird card, I really do prefer crisp, clean stamping that comes from a nice, smooth, high-quality card stock.

The deckle edge is lovely and a natural part of the paper, but I always find those one-edge deckles to be problematic, as you can't tear the paper on the other edges to duplicate the natural deckle (it WILL look different, even if you pre-fold and wet the paper before tearing it for a smoother tear). One edge being deckled can add interest, but I'm not sure it enhances the design on my particular card.

And really, I just prefer white card stock, even if it is fun to play around from time to time. ;-)

stamps: Papertrey Grunge Me, Watercolor Wonder; Clearly Besotted
ink: Memento and SU
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: rhinestones, post-its, quilting ruler to align post-its, Glimmer Mist

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Unifying a Quotation with Images

When I pulled out my birthday stamp box, I found A Muse's Birthday Wishes set. In it is a quotation from Lucille Ball about birthdays, so I wondered what I could do with that on the front of a card.

The challenge here is to unify this text-heavy quotation with some sort of appropriate image. The first card uses line and logic to connect the image/border with the words.

The spectrum ink pad adds wonderful interest and nice, rich color. The numbers lead up to the sentiment, and the overlap providesunity. The rounded corners on the bottom tie in with the number dots.

The overall effect was fine, but the second attempt works a bit better in my opinion. Because BLING!

On this card, it's the bling placement that unites...and bling is always good, right? For this card, I randomly chose number stamps in different fonts and sizes, and used shades of pink and purple to make a rather girly card for a quote from the quintessential funny lady!

The idea, though, is to connect the sentiment/quote with the images in some way. What tips do you have for achieving this kind of unity?

stamps: 1st card Clearly Besotted, A Muse; 2nd card lots of different alphas, A Muse
ink: Kaleidacolor, and assorted Hero Arts and Memento
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: corner rounder, bling

Friday, November 21, 2014

Red Birds, Two Ways

Here are two versions of the same card, the first on all white card stock and the second on slightly textured, deckle-edge and cream card stock.

White-on-white crispness

Cream-on-cream warmth with a bit of texture

Which do you like best? Why?

stamps: Through the Trees (Papertrey)
ink: Hero Arts soft silver, red royal
paper: Papertrey white, unknown cream and textured/deckled
accessories: dimensionals

Thursday, November 20, 2014

More Joy...with RIBBON!

Insightful reader Marilyn pointed out another way in which the first card on yesterday's post failed...the tree isn't grounded. None of the trees are. They just leak off the card in a floaty mess. No wonder I don't like it.

I think "floatiness" is more tolerable on the second card because of the clearly defined silver border...what happens inside the border stays inside.

Today's card showcases the same Joy stamp as yesterday's card, along with some ribbon, which is shocking because I haven't used ribbon in a long time!

Note the placement of the red portion of the sentiment. This was tough. The descender of the "p" bumped into the "o" of Joy when I lined up the ampersand and the right edge of the "y." I would have had to place the "peace, love &" uncomfortably high to avoid trapped white space. Since I had to shift it to the right, I tried to align the slant of the "y" with the straight, upward movement of part of the ampersand. I think it worked rather well to relate the red and green portions of the sentiment to each other!

I'm trying to decide whether to round the bottom corners of the card. How do y'all feel about them? Should they be rounded? Should all four corners be rounded? Or should I leave them alone?


stamps: Papertrey Wonderful Words: Joy mini stamp set
ink: Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy; Hero Arts red royal
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: dimensionals, Corner Chomper, circle punch, ribbon

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tweaking a Concept to Make It Work

A few weeks ago, I made a card that left me somewhat dissatisfied, although I'm not sure why. Here it is:

Not entirely satisfying for me.

The card is okay, but there's just something not "me" about it...probably the fact that there's no real white space and that there are two spots of red with a black sentiment as the focal triangle...and the black sentiment just isn't doing it for me.

Whatever. I wasn't going to post this card but then, when I made this second one, based on the same random shadow stamping concept, I changed my mind. Because the second card wouldn't have happened without the first, and I like it very much indeed!

 Now THIS one I love!!! The white border satisfies my need for restful space, and the silver border is lovely and defines the space nicely. The green and red are festive and work together better.


stamps: Papertrey In the Meadow and Wonderful Words: Joy Mini Stamp Set
ink: Hero Arts, Memento
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: silver marker, dimensionals

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Red? Read? Susan, Make Up Your Mind!

Sometimes, it's fun to do something...just because it's fun.

Ba, da, bum.

stamps: Impression Obsession alphabet
ink: Hero Arts
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: eyelet, floss, 1/8" circle punch

Monday, November 17, 2014

Non-Traditional Christmas

Sometimes, it's fun to play around with stamps that have nothing to do with Christmas for Christmas-themed cards. That's what I did with this Hero Arts map background stamp of the Americas.

After stamping the image twice--once in Brilliance pearlescent thyme and once in Brilliance pearlescent poppy--I cut the images into 1/2" slices, making sure they lined up perfectly in the cuts. Then, I experimented with various arrangements of the strips, alternating poppy and thyme for a festive, holiday effect.

The second card originally had a white border on the right, but it looked oddly unbalanced, so I added the edge strip, which seemed to balance the sentiment much better with its double vertical line that creates a much stronger border.

The slight shimmer of the ink is awesome in real life. Even the sentiment is stamped in Brilliance pearlescent rich and strong a color!

What stamps of earth--maps or globes--do you have that would work with a Peace on Earth sentiment? Why not get them out and play!

stamps: Hero Arts (map), Clearly Besotted (sentiment)
ink: Brilliance
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: glue, quilting ruler and craft knife (for precise cuts)