I hve a fun technique for you today, the Splitcoaststampers Wednesday Tutorial – Distressed Watercolor Dry Embossing. This card was made for the Apron Strings Pinterest Challenge #17. Here is the challenge photo:
Pinterest Challenge #17
The colors reminded me of the beach, so I decided to use the Spellbinders Sea Beauty M-Bossabilities Folder because it gave me a good base for the Distressed Watercolor Dry Embossing Technique. I used the PSX Serenity Prayer stamp and added the shell accents with Crystal Effects.
Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Pool Party Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo Ink
Stream Distress Ink
Sailboat Distress Ink
Mustard Yellow Distress Ink
Sea Beauty M-Bossabilities Folder
Stampin’ Up! Clear Emboss Powder
PSX Serenity Prayer stamp
Nestabilities Deckle Rectangle Dies
Stampin’Up! Crystal Effects
Rain Boots and Sunshowers
Today’s challenge on Splitcoaststampers is the Friday Free for All Challenge F4A126…Weather or Not? The challenge is to make a card showing your weather. Well here in South Florida we are in our typical summer weather pattern, lots of rain and lots of sunshine, sometimes at the same time! I found this cute welly rain boot coloring page and used the print and cut feature on my new Silhouette Cameo to cut them out. I colored the boots with Stampin’ Up! Yo Yo Yellow and Pool Party Markers and mounted them on a Nestabilities die cut in Gable Green. I used Gable Green for the card base and a DCWV Summer Mat Stack paper for the background, matted in Pool Party. I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Lots of Thoughts in Basic Back, punched with the Stampin’ Up! 1 1/4 inch Circle Punch, matted with the Stampin’ Up! 1 3/8 inch Circle Punch in Gable Green and a Stampin’ Up! Scallop Circle Punch in Yo Yo Yellow. The ribbon is a scrap that was on a gift, I just knew I’d find the perfect use for it!
Sparkly Santa Hat
It’s July, time to start thinking about Christmas! I usually don’t like to make a bunch of the same card, so I try to make Christmas cards all through the year. I also like to make Christmas cards with nontraditional colors to spice things up a bit! I made this card for today’s Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper FS284 Cynthia aka StampinAK. I chose her pretty Pink Winter card to case, I love her snowman image and the pink matting. For my card, I used Raspberry Ripple for my card base and mats. I stamped the PSX Santa Hat in Basic Black and added Dazzling Diamonds to the cuff and pom pom. I used Raspberry Ripple and a water brush to color the hat and a Raspberry Ripple marker to add the accents. I sprayed the image panel with homemade glimmer mist made with Stampin’ Up! Frost White Paint and matted it with a Nestabilities die cut. I embossed the Whisper White background panel with an embossing folder, sprayed with the glimmer mist and mounted it on the Raspberry Ripple card base. I stamped the sentiment first in VersaMark, then in Raspberry Ripple, clear embossed and mounted on the card. This card went together quickly and I love the sparkle from the Dazzling diamonds and glimmer spray!
Inspired Puppy Birthday Card
Today’s Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers is IC345 ~ Sugar Chic Baby , an adorable little Etsy shop. I chose these cute little Felt Hair Clips as my inspiration for my Puppy Birthday Card. I was drawn to these hair clips because they reminded me of a blanket stitched jacket my daughter had when she was younger. When she was in kindergarten, she fell in love with this cute little red polar fleece jacket with black blanket stitching around the edges and a plaid puppy applique with matching plaid buttons. It was a darling little jacket, but $85, so there was no way I was going to buy it for her! She begged for that jacket, even asked Santa for it, so I decided to copy it. It was not hard to make, cost me about $15 and I finished it in one evening. She wore that jacket for 4 winters! It was a little long when I made it and I cuffed the sleeves, so as she grew, I just unrolled them. Not a bad return on my investment!
For my card, I started with a Gable Green card base and added a patterned paper background from an old DCWV Summer Mat Stack. I used the Stampin’ Up! Circle Punch in Whisper White and the Wide Oval Punch in Chocolate Chip to make the puppy. I trimmed the shapes to match the inspiration puppy and used a Creamy Caramel Marker for the faux stitching. I added a black brad for the nose and small googly eyes. I stamped the PSX sentiment in Island Indigo and matted with a scrap of blue cardstock cut with a Nestabilities Deckle Rectangle die. I had to lengthen the die cut to fit my sentiment, which is pretty easy to do with the tan embossing mat. On the first pass, I slid the embossing mat under one end of the die, between the die and the paper, and ran it through my Big Shot. I removed the embossing pad and repositioned the die on the uncut end, adjusting for the needed length. I then moved the embossing mat to the other end, again positioning it between the die and the paper so it did not cut off the end I just cut and ran it through the Big Shot again. Easy Peasy to adjust the die cut to whatever length you need!
Case’d Rose Wedding Globe
Today I have two wedding cards done for Splitcoaststampers Challenges. The first one was case’d from this lovely card Wedding Snow Globe by Angela Maine. This card just does not photograph well, it is much prettier in real life. It has the same shimmer as the second card and is mounted on a Stampin’ Up! Shimmer White card base, I guess it doesn’t show up well because of all the white. For both cards, I stamped and embossed the PSX Gown stamp and then die cut with a Nestabilities Circle die. I sponged the image with Blushing Bride and Certainly Celery and then sprayed with glimmer mist I made using Stampin’ Up! White Frost Paint. When it was dry, I embossed the first card with Stampin’ Up! Manhattan Rose Embossing Folder and the second with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I lightly sponged over the rose embossing with Blushing Bride to add a little more definition. For the base of the snow globe, I cut a piece of Stampin’ Up! Gold Cardstock with a Nestabilities die and embossed with a Stampin’ Up! embossing folder. I sponged a bit of Encore Gold Ink on the base and mounted the snow globe on a Stampin’ Up! Shimmery White card base. I used a Stampin’ Up! Embosslits to cut the butterflies and mounted them with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals.
Fairy Tale Wedding Card
For the second card, I matted the sponged the image with Blushing Bride and Certainly Celery. I used a piece of Blushing Bride Print Pack paper for the background, matted it in Blushing Bride and mounted on a Certainly Celery card base. I tied a bow with a piece of off white ribbon and mounted it with glue dots. I did not put the sentiment on the front because the stamp I want to use is on order.
Soap Inspired Tropical Wreath
This is the card I made for today’s Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge IC344 ~ Indulgence by SV Soaps and yesterday’s Free for All Challenge F4A124 Wood You Like a Challenge?, to make a card with something related to wood. This was a fun card to make, but a little time consuming. I was inspired by the colors in this Island Nectar Soap and this Passionfruit Nectarine Soap. I used the Palm Frond stamp from Stampin’ Up! Tropical Party to create the wreath. I punched a small circle to use as a guide and layered the palm fronds stamped in Gumball Green. I the cut the center with a die a little bigger then the circle punch to clean up the edges and the outside with a die just larger than the wreath. I stamped shells from several Stampin’ Up! sets, Along the Shore, Stipple Shells and Calm Seas, and colored them with Stampin’ Up! Markers. I sprayed them with homemade glimmer spray I made using Stampin’ Up! Frost White paint. When that was dry, I added Crystal Effects and sprayed another coat of glimmer spray. While the shells were drying, I embossed a piece of Soft Suede with the Tim Holtz Woodgrain embossing folder, sponged it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and mounted it on a Gumball Green card base. I attached the shells to the wreath with Crystal Effects and mounted on the background with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up Christmas Greetings in Calypso Coral, cut with a Nestabilities Banner die, sponged the edges and mounted to the card wih a little pouf in the middle. This card was a little too time consuming for mass production, but I might make a few more before Christmas.
Calypso Coral Engagement Card
Happy 4th of July! I was able to sneak in the studio today to finish up a couple of cards, so I’m a happy girl! This card was made for today’s Sketch Challenge SC392 on Splitcoaststampers. This an interesting sketch, it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do with it. I needed to make an engagement card and wanted to use this pretty flower from Stampin’ Up! Fabulous Florets. In order to make it work for the sketch, I created a mask for the flower and stamped it 5 times in Basic Black on Whisper White to create a bouquet shape that would fit in the Nestabilities Oval die and stamped another flower for the top. I colored the flowers with Stampin’ Up! Markers. I started with the centers, coloring them in Yo Yo Yellow. I colored all the petals in Blush Blossom and then went back over the petals with Cameo Coral, leaving the edges Blush Blossom. I added Calypso Coral about half way up the petals, let it dry for a couple of minutes and then added some feathered lines to the base of the petals. I cut the image with the Nestabilities Oval die and while it was still in the die, I sponged a bit of Calypso Coral around the edges, then matted in Calypso Coral and Kraft. For the vertical layer, I used a piece of scrap designer paper and matted it in Pool Party. I used Kraft for the background and mounted it to a Calypso Coral card base. I cut the large Nestabilities scalloped circle in Calypso Coral and cut a circle of designer paper to layer on it but decided not to use it in the final design. I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Fabulous Phrases in Basic Black, punched with the Stampin’ Up! Word Window Punch, inked the edges with Calypso Coral and matted with a Calypso Coral Memory Box die cut. I mounted the sentiment on a scrap of seam binding and attached under the Kraft background. I punched 4 leaves in Kiwi Kiss with a Martha Stewart punch and glued them to the top of the card. I mounted the cut out flower on top with a Stampin’ Up! Dimensional.
Kiwi Parfait Lattice Card
I don’t always find time to do the Sunday Featured Stamper Challenge on Splitcoaststampers, but I am glad I had time today, Loll Thompson is this week’s Featured Stampers and she is one of my favorites! She has a fabulous gallery with so many beautiful creations, I had a hard time choosing, finally settling on this gorgeous Garden Trellis card.
I chose to use Kiwi Kiss and Peach Parfait for my color comb. I really love these two colors together, too bad they were never in the Stampin’ Up! product line at the same time, they work so well together, adding a tropical feel. For my card, I cut a frame with the Stampin’ Up! Labels Collection Framelits in Peach Parfait. I cut twenty four 1/4 inch strips of Whisper White and attached them to the frame, gluing all in one direction first, then weaving the strips in the opposite direction. For the background, I embossed a piece of Whisper White with the Tim Holtz Woodgrain Embossing Folder and sponged on a little Going Gray. I mounted the background panel to a Peach Parfait card base and layered a scrap of Stampin’ Up Designer Series Paper. I cut the Whisper White flowers and Kiwi Kiss leaves with Shapeabilities dies and sponged the leaves with Old Olive and the flowers with Peach Parfait and Pumpkin Pie. I used little brads from my stash to attach the flowers. I used a texture cube stamp and River Rock to add a little shading to the lattice and mounted with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Fabulous Phrases in Basic Black on Whisper White, punched with a Stampin’ Up! Small Oval Punch and sponged with Peach Parfait. I glued the sentiment, leaves and flowers to the lattice frame, taking care not to flatten it and there you have it!
Today’s challenge on Splitcoaststamper is Free for All F4A119 – Congrats & Grads. The twist is to make a congratulations/graduation card without a cap, diploma or owl on it. I made this card using Spellbinders dies and this gorgeous PSX Congratulations stamp. I used Melon Mambo for the card base and a scrap of Stampin’ Up! Designers Series Paper for the background. I stamped and embossed the sentiment in gold, die cut with Nestabilities Labels Four and double matted in black and Mambo. I used the Spellbinders Mega Rose Creations Dies for the flowers in Mambo, Shimmery Pink and Certainly Celery. I embossed the leaves and Mambo flowers with various embossing folders for a quick and easy grad card.
I made today’s card for the Ways to Use it Challenge WT377~ Let’s Get Negative on Splitcoaststampers, to use the negative portion of a die on a card. I chose to use this pretty Chloe Die by Memory box on a black and pink card. I love the whimsical yet elegant feel of this die, and that it is not too intricate made it perfect for this challenge. I cut the die on a piece of Shimmery Pink Paper by DCWV and then cut it with the Nestabilites Oval Die, also cutting a mat in black and in pink. For the black panel, I used an EK Success border punch on the bottom edge and threaded with Stampin’ Up! Taffeta Ribbon. I stamped Stampin’ Up! Short & Sweet best wishes sentiment in black on white and punched with the Stampin’ Up! Word Window Punch. I punched the mat in Shimmery Pink with Stampin’ Up! Modern Label Punch. I use this punch combination quite a bit for my sentiments, not too fussy, just a pretty presentation. And I love that Stampin’ Up! has so many sentiments that fit perfectly in the Word Window Punch. My favorite set is Teeny Tiny Wishes, it has such a great variety, something for any occasion. To finish, I mounted the panel on a Shimmery Pink card base. Another CAS card finished for my 100in100 challenge!