Friday, July 31, 2009

Blog Candy

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Technique: Gatefold Card

This is an unusual way to end up with a card that has interesting dimension.
Let me know if you want a tutorial on this card or if you want to make this card at your workshop!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Thoughts and Prayers Card and Instructions

The finished card we made at the Brayer Workshop last week.

If you like this card or want to do a brayer workshop with your friends, please contact me and we can create one with any one of the new sets in the catalog.. don't have a catalog? I can fix that too! Please contact me via email or phone.


You will need 2 pieces of Sahara Sand: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 and 4 x 5 1/4. This second piece is the one you will be creating your card on. The larger one will be one of the layers on your finished card.

You can then layer the card on Night of Navy or Chocolate Chip using the standard 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 card size.

The inks you will be using are: Close to Cocoa, Versamark, Summer Sun, Lovely Lilac, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Always Artichoke and Night of Navy.. all in the Classic Stampin' Up! ink pads.

You will also need a white gel pen, post it notes, 3/4 inch punch, sponges (2), and very vanilla hodgepodge hardware with linen thread.


Creating the Tree

This is a fun technique to enable you to emboss using the Classic ink.

First ink up the stamp using Versamark

then ink it up with your color, in this case Close to Cocoa Classic Ink

Then stamp it on your card stock and emboss with clear embossing powder!

Creating the Sun

Using the 3/4 inch punch, punch out 4 or 5 circles from a post it..

First of all, it is much easier to punch paper that is thicker than one thin piece of post it paper.

Second of all, you will get the circle really 'wet' in this process and may need to change them as you go.

Creating the Sky

Roll the brayer over the Summer Sun stamp pad and apply the color to the upper two-thirds of the card.

Softening the Sun

Remove the 'sun spot' post it and brayer lightly over the sun on the card. This takes away the hard edges and makes it a 'sun' instead of being Sarah Sand colored.

Adding some more sky . .

Again using the brayer, I lightly added some Lovely Lilac to the top of the card starting at the top edge and lightly spreading it down.

this adds more dimension to the sky and takes the starkness of the summer sun away, but still leaves the sunshine coming through

Using the Masking Technique

I tore a piece of post-it paper to make the skyline. Using the brayer, I added Certainly Celery to the bottom of the card.

Certainly Celery

The brayered landscape using Certainly Celery and establishing the horizon.

More brayering

Using Old Olive and the brayer, I added more layers of these darker colors to the bottom of the card.

... its all in the details . . .

Using the sponge I added Always Artichoke to the bottom left of the card

and sponged night of navy in the upper right corner to offset each other.

Adding Highlights

Using the white gel pen, I lined the side of the tree facing the 'sun'
. please continue to the 'older posts' for the final pictures of this tutorial. Thank you for looking!

Finished with Embellishments

The finished card with embellishments. I stamped "Praying for you..." in craft white and embossed in clear ep. It doesn't show well in the picture. I added the vanilla hodgepodge hardware and wrapped linen thread around it. The card was mounted on Sahara Sand then the final card is in Night of Navy.

Close up of the tree

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Still campin' ...

Sorry for the delay in posting but we are still camping. When it's free, take it. We moved from Colorado Heights to Mountaindale yesterday evening to spend a couple of days with our Aerospace group.
I will start downloading pictures on Monday afternoon.
have a great weekend.