Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Three Little Cygnets for Easter - Try Stampin' on Tuesday #311

What are Cygnets you might ask?

Cygnets are baby swans, and technically they are covered in a gray down (I had to look this up).

One of the stamps of the "Swan Lake" stamp set features 3 little Cygnet swimming in a row.  They became the focal point for the card I made as a Design Team member for Try Stampin' on Tuesday #311.  I used the sketch made by Vicki          .

And since "Plaid" was optional theme, the DSP I used had a plaid pattern.

You will probably notice that using my artistic license, I coloured the baby swans yellow instead of gray.

I coloured the Cygnets using various colours of ink pads and a blender pen. They were masked in order to add the flowers.

Texture was added to the sky using Marina Mist ink on the dot stamp from Avant-Garden (SAB).

I stamped the sentiment (from Little Cuties) under the little guys, after which I die cut with the stitched circle framelit and using dimensionals, adhered the die cut to a Sweet Sugarplum scallop circle.

The Sweet Sugarplum  base card was layered with Whisper White cardstock embossed with the Hexagon Texturized Embossing Folder. A piece of Succulent DSP matted with Sweet Sugarplum cardstock with a piece of 3/8" ruffled Sweet Sugarplum ribbon wrapped around it was adhered to the left side of the embossed layer.

I love glitter on cards, and this card was no exception.  So, Dazzling Details was added to the flowers and the water under the Cygnets.  As well gold metallic enamel dots was added on both sides of the sentiment.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Swan Lake, Avant-Garden, Little Cuties
Inks: Black Memento, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Pacific Point, Tangelo Twist.
Papers: Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White, Succulent DSP
Accessories: Stitched circle framelits, Blender pen, gold metallic enamel shapes, dimensionals, Hexagon dimensional embossing folder, 3/8" ruffled Sweet Sugarplum ribbon, Layered circle framelits, Dazzling details,

So, get out your stamps, paper, and ink, and make a card using the above sketch.  When it is finished, upload it to the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog or the Facebook page.  You get 2 weeks to create something.  At the end of the two weeks, 3 top picks are selected and posted on the blog and on Facebook.  Who knows, it could be you.

Whether you upload to the blog site or to Facebook, take some time to look at what the design team has created and leave each of them a comment. We all like our work to be acknowledged.

Monday, February 27, 2017

An Embossed Sympathy Card

Yesterday I posted 2 cards made using the Floral Affection embossing folder. See the post here
Today, I embossed another image, for a sympathy card.

After coloring the embossed areas with a "revived" Wink of Stella glimmer brush and ink pads, the sentiment, from "Flourishing Phrases" was added.  The corners of the art piece were rounded, and the art piece was matted with Peek-a-boo Peach card stock which also had its corners rounded.

This art piece was added to the card front with dimensionals.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Flourishing Phrases
Inks: Black Memento, Peek-a-boo Peach, Pear Pizzazz
Papers: Peek-a-boo Peach, Whisper White, Fruit Stand DSP
Accessories: Clear Wink of Stella glimmer brush revived with alcohol, Floral Affection embossing folder, 3/8" ruffled Peek-a-boo Peach ribbon, dimensionals, corner rounder punch

Painting with Alcohol Wink of Stella

Oh no!  My Clear Wink of Stella glimmer brush went dry!

Thinking there had to be more life in this brush, I took it apart with a pair of pliers lifting out the center core.  I could see that there was still quite a bit of glitter left inside the core.

On Pinterest I had read that these brushes could be revived by adding water in the barrel, but I decided to add rubbing alcohol instead and reassembling the brush gave it a try. 

Wow!  I think it's better than it was before!

Now the fun began.  Grabbing some ink pads and an embossed image using the Floral Affection embossing folder, I began painting parts of the image.  It was easy, and the colours were brilliant.
The resultant image was made into an easel Easter card

The colours for this card were selected from the Affectionately Yours DSP- from the Crumb Cake basic Easel card to the Flirty Flamingo mat of the embossed art piece.

Embellishments in the form of flowers and ribbon also coordinated with the color scheme.  The flowers were made using the Petite Petal punch.  I made the centers by snipping a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock, and rolling it up and then fluffing it after the adhesive was set.
Of course, Wink of Stella (clear) was applied to all parts of the flowers.

Supplies Used:

Stamp: Easter Message
Inks:  Black Memento, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Cucumber Crush
Papers: Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Affectionately Yours DSP, Cucumber Crush
Accessories: 'Revived" Clear Wink of Stella glimmer brush (with alcohol), Floral Affection Embossing Folder, Petite Petal Punch, Itty Bitty Flower punch, 3/8" ruffled Flirty Flamingo ribbon, Pearls, dimensionals, glue dots

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