Sunday, October 19, 2014

Making Spirits Bright

Hello Stampers!
Today's card features one of my "must have" sets out of the mini catalog called "Making Spirits Bright."  I simply had to have this set due to the image used in today's card.  I thought it would make a really funny card to send to your adult friends!

The DSP is retired SU paper I had on hand, however you could substitute any coordinating  Halloween paper you have as well.  The DSP measures 2" x 4" on the left piece.  The top right measures 3-1/8" x 1-1/2", and the bottom right measures 3-1/8" x 2-3/8".  These pieces were glued directly on the card base of Basic Black cardstock. (8-1/2" x 5-1/5", scored at 4-14".)

I stamped the image on Whisper White cardstock using Memento black ink, and punched it out using the  2-1/2" circle punch.  The circle was then attached to a starburst framelit cut out of black cardstock, and attached to the card front using dimensionals.

I colored in the eyeball in the drink with Old Olive ink and an aqua painter, and used the small tip of a Real Red marker to accentuate the bloodshot appearance.  Then I added a little touch of bling with a glitter pen (non-SU) to give the eyeball and cocktail toothpick a little sparkle.  Easy peasy!  As a final touch, I added 3 homemade dots made from Perler beads.
This layout could easily be converted to a birthday, anniversary or baby card by changing the DSP and focal image.  Use what you have and stop hoarding that stock of paper!  LOL!  I'm really guilty of hoarding! :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Festival of Trees card

Hello Stampers!
Today's card layout came from a fantastic stamper named Connie Stewart at Connie has created a series called "Flash Cards" where she does multiple styles of cards with a card base and two little pieces of cardstock.    Check it out for some awesome inspiration!

I took inspiration from Connie's card, and just stepped it up a bit by adding an extra layer of cardstock for the focal image, and blinged it up a bit with the silver glimmer paper stars and the silver dazzling details to the center of the snowflakes.


stamp sets:  Festival of Trees
                    Endless Wishes

ink:  Smokey Slate
        Soft Sky
        Basic Gray

cardstock:  Whisper White  (4-1/4" x 11"  and 2-1/2" x 4")
                   Smokey Slate    2-3/4" x 4-1/4"
                   Soft Sky             2-1/2" x 4"

miscellaneous:  silver glimmer paper
                          silver dazzling details
                          small star punch
                          tree punch

Per Connie's instructions, I stamped the first tree image on the small piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamping it toward the upper right hand corner of the piece of cardstock. I used Soft Sky ink for the tree, then Smokey Slate ink for the dots.   Next I tore the bottom edge off in a diagonal line, which will be saved to use as the hill of snow.  Set aside.

Next I took the piece of Soft Sky cardstock, and stamped the second tree using Smokey Slate ink. Per Connie's instructions, this needs to be stamped in the lower right hand corner about 1/2" up from the bottom of the cardstock.  Punch out with tree punch.  Then using Soft Sky ink, stamp the dots over the cardstock to make it appear as if it is snowing.  Stamp the sentiment "joy" in Basic Gray ink.

The first tree gets glued behind the opening in the cardstock, and trim edges to fit.  Then I popped up the hill of snow over top using dimensionals.  I glued the second tree on top of the snow, and used a piece of a dimensional at the top of the tree to attach to the card.  This piece was then added to the piece of Smokey Slate measuring 2-3/4" x 4-1/4".  Set aside.

To prepare the card front, I stamped the snowflakes in Soft Sky and Basic Gray ink.  Then I attached the focal point to the card front using dimensionals.  For a touch of bling, I popped the small stars with dimensionals and added silver dazzling details to the centers of the snowflakes and some of the circles on the trees.  Allow time to dry.

I made 11 of these cards in a short amount of time by preparing each step for all of them prior to going on to the next step.  It really saved me a lot of time doing it that way.

Have a creative day!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

EZ Christmas Card

Hello Stampers!
I've been busy working on some Christmas card samples.  Today's post shows several cards I made yesterday, and this style would be very easy to mass produce.

I began by cutting all my card bases from Whisper White, measuring 4-1/4" x 11". 

Next I cut strips of Whisper White cardstock  1-1/2" x 4-1/4".   Then I stamped the sentiment for the front of the card. Something bold works best here, so I used the "Merry Christmas" from the stamp set "Merry Everything" in the mini catalog. The sentiment "Warmest Wishes" is from the stamp set called "Christmas Bliss."   The small tree is from the set "Holiday Home" which is also in the mini catalog. The snowflake is from the set "Endless Wishes."   I used Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green inks.

The DSP is from the mini catalog also, called "Trim the Tree" stack.  These are great little stacks of paper - perfect for cardmaking!  I hoard these paper stacks also....just in case you were wondering.
Sometimes I covered the entire card front....and some I cut a layer measuring 3-3/4" x 5".  But the wonderful thing about this paper is that it's double sided, so the strip that was left at the bottom was used as a contrast behind the white sentiment strip before I glued it to the card front. Then I covered the seam with Cherry Cobbler seam binding, tied in a simple knot.  I secured the knot with a glue dot underneath. On a couple of them I popped the sentiment layer with foam dimensionals, and used a tiny staple to attach a small piece of ribbon on the end.  Just a little variety so everything wasn't just the same.

This style could be embellished even more if you wanted (i.e. buttons, glitter, Crystal Effects, etc.)  yet still keep it easy to produce in quantities. By keeping the knot flat enough, hopefully I'll get away with just a regular postage stamp.  That's always important to keep in mind when you have to send a lot of cards.
I hope you found this helpful, and that you have time to create some of your own!

Happy stamping!