This card was made for the sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew Horizontal challenge #431
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
What do you get when you add colour to some already spectacular DSP? Even more spectacular paper.
When I saw cards made with this altered DSP on Pinterest I tracked down Tina Wardell, the demonstrator who made them. I will provide a link to her video tutorial at the bottom of this post.
So Tina thank you! I love your cards so much I cased them exactly as you made them.
Don't you just love what Tina has done to the DSP?
- Pacific Point, Mango Melody, Cajun Craze inks
- 3 blender brushes
- Piece of DSP 4 by 5 1/4"
Link to Tina's video https://youtu.be/EEqndfJ4wzw
Stamp: Beauty of Friendship
Inks: Pacific Point, Mango Melody, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Papers: Thick Basic White, Beauty of the Earth DSP, Basic White, Early Espresso
Accessories: Beautiful Tree dies, Dimensionals, Blender Brushes
Monday, June 14, 2021
Trees can be inspirational. As a kid, my sister and I would spend hours lying under our favourite tree to discuss our concerns, plan our career goals, or just examine the structure of the tree and its leaves.
The Beauty of Friendship has stamps featuring two distinct trees. See my previous post for the smaller of the two trees.
Sunday, June 13, 2021
I have a large tree in my back yard which provides shade for my garden, houses squirrels and birds. In some ways it is my friend. So, when I saw the "Beauty of Friendship" bundle with its lovely DSP I was excited. I couldn't wait to make some cards!
Here is one of them:
Mossy Meadow goes wonderfully with the Beauty of the Earth DSP so I selected this as the base colour. Layered on this is a Basic White layer followed by that lovely DSP from which I selected the base colour.
I decided to use the Bark Embossing folder on a Basic White piece I used to offset the Art Piece. I love the texture created by this folder and is perfect for this card.
The Art Piece is the heart of the card. On the Basic White piece, I first stamped the tree structure using Early Espresso ink. The canopy was stamped one on trop of the other, with two shades of green using 2 different canopy stamps. The base (less detailed stamp) was stamped with Pear Pizzazz ink; the top stamp (detailed) was stamped in Old Olive ink. To ground the tree, the base was also stamped with Early Espresso. I used the "splotch" stamp to randomly stamp Crumb Cake ink around the tree and then used the Crumb Cake ink to sponge the edges.
Before adding the art piece to the card front, it was matted with Early Espresso Card stock, and some braided Mossy Meadow trim, tied into a bow, was added below the canopy.
On a separate piece of Basic White I sponged some Pacific Point and Crumb Cake in a small area and die cut the birds. A fine tipped black pen added some tiny eyes on each bird.
One bird was added at the base of the tree using a small dimensional. The other was perched on the sentiment which I placed side ways along the art piece.
Stamp: Beauty of Friendship
Inks: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Crumb Cake, Fine tipped black pen.
Papers: Mossy Meadow, Basic White, Early Espresso, Beauty of the Earth DSP
Accessories: Mossy Meadow braided trim, Beautiful Trees dies, Dimensionals, glue dots, Bark Embossing folder
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
I love fun folds as they provide a wonderful way to show case DSP. For this stand alone card I showcase the Elegantly Said DSP.
Friday, June 4, 2021
During this pandemic what has become increasingly evident to me is the need for connection, for contact, for human touch. Of course the latter two are not possible because of public health restrictions. But connection......
I received a comment the other day about how nice it was to get a hand made card. This from a person who sends cards all the time, but rarely receives them. Sending cards - thinking of you, just because, hello helps to fulfil this need for connection.
Today's card, made using the Hand Penned Petals bundle and DSP ended up being one of those' connection 'cards. "Happy Mail" is the sentiment I used for this card.
The card base is Thick Basic White cardstock, layered first with Hand Penned DSP.
The art piece in the center is Basic White card stock die cut with the Layered Ornate die. In the center of that is adhered a piece of DSP the pattern of which is the other side of that layering the card front.
On that DSP I first adhered one half of a paper lattice (Pg. 141 of the Annual Catalogue). To that lattice I first adhered a large leaf die cut using the Perennial Dies in Soft Succulent card stock. I also punched some stems using the Symmetrical Stems Border punch. These were adhered to some die cut flowers stamped in Highland Heather, which were then added to the lattice using dimensionals, Some smaller flowers were die cut in Pale Papaya card stock and then stamped with a center dot stamp and Highland Heather ink. These were added randomly on the art around he lattice. After adhering the art piece to the card front using dimensionals, the sentiment was added. "happy mail" was embossed with black embossing powder. The 'happy' was trimmed around the letters and added to the card front using dimensionals - the 'mail' underneath.
In-colour rhinestones were added to the center of each flower and a bow made with Soft Succulent organza ribbon was added to the lower left corner using a glue dot.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
I had so much fun working with the Artistically Inked Bundle that I had to force myself to stop making them.
Below are 7 other cards
This is the 3rd card of a 3 card series, along with a video tutorial) using the lovely Artistic Ink bundle and the Impressions in ink DSP. The 3 cards progress from simple to complex. For each card the inside of the card is finished - each differently - and an envelope decorated - each differently.
The tutorial, including the video for the first card can be seen here . It is a relatively simple card in that the design involves a single layer of DSP along with a sentiment.
The tutorial for the second card, including the video, can be seen here. The design of this card was stepped up a bit as it included the use of layering and a die as well as some embellishments.
Below is a picture of the 3rd card:
The card base is Pale Papaya layered with Basic white followed by some Impressions of Ink DSP. After adhering the DSP to the Basic White layer, I adhered a 1/4 by 4 1/4" strip of Pale Papaya near the bottom. To this strip was added a piece of 1/4" metallic Flirty Flamingo ribbon.
On a separate piece of Basic White card stock I stamped the following: 2 small rose -like flowers in Polished Pink; 2 smaller rose bud like flowers in Polished Pink, 2 leaf pairs in Soft Succulent; the 3 flowers in Pale Papaya and again in Fresh Freesia. All of these were die cut using the Artistic dies.
Below is a video tutorial outlining how this card was made. You can watch it on this post or on You Tube
Before adding the die cuts, the sentiment was stamped with Polished Pink on an oval punched with the Duo Oval punch. This stamped oval was adhered to the Pale Papaya scalloped oval and then added to the card front across the ribbon using dimensionals.
These die cuts were arranged on the card front as depicted in the picture. To tie all the elements together, the 'dot' stamp was used to add Soft Succulent ink to the DSP around the die cuts.
Before adding the gold Expressions in Ink ephemera element, I used the sharp end of the Take Your Pick tool to etch veins in the leaves.
Finally, some embellishments from the Ephemera pack were added randomly to the card front, and a ribbon bow was added to the side of the sentiment .
I used the large stamp and Pale Papaya ink to create an image along one of the long sides of the Basic White card stock
To decorate the envelope I first added a strip of DSP to the flap and then I stamped floral images and leaves directly on to the flap.
Stamp: Artistically Inked
Inks: Soft Succulent, Pale Papaya, Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia
Papers: Pale Papaya, Basic White, Impressions in Ink DSP
Accessories: 1/4" Metallic Flirty Flamingo ribbon, Artistic dies, Dimensionals, Expressions in Ink, Ephemera Pack, Clear Wink of Stella
Sunday, May 30, 2021
This second card was cased from Pg. 96 of the Annual catalogue, although I put my personal touch on it. It is somewhat more complex than Card #1 (see previous post) in that I add a die cut to the card, which also has more layering.
The above picture shows the card and beside it an envelop stamped on the flap to coordinate with the card.
The video I made can be viewed on this blog or on You Tube https://youtu.be/cMngDMeTci0
What gorgeous paper to work with! When I first saw the Expressions in Ink DSP I drooled! When I started working with it I drooled again.
So I made my first card to highlight the DSP- and made a video as well.
The Thick Basic White card base is layered with a 4 by 5 1/4" piece of the Expressions in Ink DSP.
The sentiment, from the Artistically Inked stamp set, is stamped in Polished Pink on a 1/2 by 2 1/4" piece of Basic White. This was matted with a slightly larger piece of Evening Evergreen card stock.
Before adding this sentiment, a shaped element as well as a leaf branch from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera pack was added to the card front. The sentiment was added over the bottom half.
Before adding the leaf branch, I used he smaller end of a scoring tool to make vein marks in the leaves. Gilded Gems were added to around the sentiment.
The accompanying envelope was stamped with the largest one of the stamps (see the first picture)
Stamp: Artistically Inked
Inks: Polished Pink
Papers: Thick Basic White 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 Card base
Basic White 1/2 by 2 1/4 for sentiment
Basic white 4 by 5 1/4" for inside
Basic White envelope
Evening Evergreen 2 1/2 by 1 1/4" - mat for sentiment
Expressions in Ink DSP - 4 by 5 1/4" for card front
Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
A colleague of mine and myself organized a Class to Go in time for Mother's Day and focused on celebrating all women. The class offered kits for 4 cards and one 3D project, a PDF and a video for each card.
Over the next little while I will be posting a picture and the video for each card of the Class to Go, Celebrating Women.
The first card features 2 Step stamping using both the stamp set and coordinating dies. An introduction is made to the new blender brushes.
Here are the products used to make this card:
Stamp: Art Gallery
Inks: Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron
Papers: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla, Basic White
Accessories: Floral Gallery dies, Blending brush, Gilded Gems, Dimensionals, Very Vanilla envelope, Gilded Gems
View the video on this blog post or on You Tube here
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
The new Annual catalogue launched yesterday, and I just love all the nature stamps and DSP, including the Campology stamp set and the Beauty of the Earth DSP.
For the horizontal sketch challenge 425 at the Paper Craft Crew Challenges I combined the elements from the Campology stamp set with the Beauty of the Earth DSP.