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Winter Wonderland

I was looking for winter-themed paper the other day so I pulled out some older Simon Says Stamp kits. I used some of the paper for some tags but with the kit out, I decided to make a quick card.

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When a kit comes with stickers and paper with ‘cut-apart’ sheets, make a card is super easy even without using the matching stamp set. In my crafty vocabulary, ‘cut-apart’ sheets are papers with little squares, tags or borders that can be used as is but seem to be made to cut apart and use as sentiments, accents or focal images on your projects. I’m sure you’ve seen them before. If they have a real name, let me know! Everything except the white cardstock, glitter embossing powder and the Nuvo Drops came in the kit. All of the elements are by Doodlebug. It did have white cs but I had already used it up. I cut the snowy hill by hand then applied Versamark ink heat setting it with white sparkle embossing powder.

Enjoy and Happy Winter, Rebecca

 

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Lighthouse on the Coast

While it’s the beginning of winter here, I can always be counted on making a summer card (or 10) anyway. I never allow snowflakes outside to stop my love of all things summer and beachy!

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Our theme at Crazy 4 Challenges last week (sorry I’m late posting) was ‘take a hike’. As I am disabled, hikes are never on the schedule but if I was going to hike, this looks like a great place to do it. But that sounds suspiciously like exercise! Ugh! This ‘watercolour’ was done with Art Impressions watercolour stamps. If you haven’t heard of them, they have various stamps of buildings, animals, trees, plants, flower, animals, accessories like pots and birdhouses and even a few kids. To create a watercolour scene, you stamp them with water soluble inks or markers on Bristol or watercolour paper. Then you blend the ink with a wet brush. Ta Da! Your own watercolour painting! The flowers in pots are usually the easiest. Buildings are pretty easy too if you watch the videos on YouTube to get the best results. I use a combo of Tombow and Marvy Le Plume II markers. The former blend moderately while the latter blend a lot. If you want the ink to spread but still maintain the lines fairly clearly, use the Tombow. If you want a very washy look, use Marvy. I’m not a huge fan of Stampin’ Up! or Distress markers but as long as they are water-based, they should work to some extent.

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It does take some practice to get these to work. I’ve tried a few times and not loved the results. But as I get to be a better watercolourist and get better tools, Hello Black Velvet Brushes, I do a better job with these stamps. Watching a million of their videos helps a ton too! I still have lots of work to do, especially on the tall trees but it was fun. Especially imagining myself there instead of in the snowy north! We are actually in one of the more southern areas of Canada so we don’t usually get any serious snow until late December or January. We often have a non-white X-mas but this year winter is really early! I hadn’t even gotten out the kids winter boots when we got a huge storm! But no matter the weather, expect more summer cards to come!

Enjoy, Rebecca

 

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Polar Bear Winter Shaker Card

I just love polar bears. I know I posted before about their colour in this post but an artist can do what she likes right? So these ones are shaded with grey rather than yellow/brown. It matches better with the colours of this card.

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This card is based on a sketch at Crazy 4 Challenges this week. I omitted a small banner across the bottom of the circle. Well, it isn’t really so much omitted as it is hard to see. The polar bear is standing on a snowy ridge but you can’t see it for all the shaker bits. I used Distress inks (some regular and some Oxide) and a gel pen to add snow. I actually did two of these cards, the other one also included some glass glitter in the shaker. When I use glass glitter vs regular glitter, it doesn’t tend to stick to the acetate but for some weird reason it stuck this time. The static often subsides after a while so if you’ve made a shaker with glitter and it obscures the scene or sentiment inside, it may work out in the end. But for a polar bear card, it makes it look like he’s in a blizzard which is very appropriate! This card uses snowflake confetti, silver glass microbeads and two sizes of silver stars.

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The sentiment is from PTI Two Feet Deep and the bear is by Hero Arts. I have the matching dies but if a shape is simple enough, I tend to cut it out to avoid the white edge. Wouldn’t it be great if dies would cut the stamped image out perfectly?? The little tree is by Impression Obsession and the confetti bits are by Lucy’s Cards. The stitched circle is by Simon Says Stamp.

I hope you will join us over at Crazy 4 Challenges this week! It’s getting to be a busy time of year but you will be making cards or tags anyway right? So use this sketch to help you out and save some time!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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One Layer Prima Princess

This week at Crazy 4 Challenges, we were asked to make a one-layer card. This is something I almost never do so it was a true challenge for me. But this huge Prima Princess image which was amazing to colour helped immensely.

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I deliberately stamped her off to the side because I wanted to add a sentiment to the side. But after colouring her for 3 days, I decided I might like to frame her so I decided to not add a sentiment, card base or any embellishments for now. Which technically means it isn’t a card. But after working on it for three days, no way was a going to make something else for this challenge!

 

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I stamped her in Antique Linen Distress ink then used my professional watercolours (a variety of brands) to paint her. I did also add some Prismacolour Premier and Verithin pencils to add some depth to her hair and to the deep greens between the flowers and leaves. Oh, and a fine-tipped black Copic Multi-liner for her eye lashes. I obviously need a finer one because she looks like she is rocking some serious falsies! Not quite what I had in mind!

This is the perfect challenge for a busy time of year. So keep it simple and make an awesome one-layer card. Be sure to pop on over to the blog to link up your creation!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Leave the other Images Alone

Ok, so that’s a weird title. Allow me to explain! This week at Crazy 4 Challenges we were asked to make a card using only images of leaves. Get it? Leave the other images? I’m so punny!

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I started out very well, doing the ‘only leaves’ thing. Nuvo glitter paste through a leaves stencil by PTI then a shimmery vellum leaf die cut by Simon Says Stamp. But I needed a focal point so I had to go with flowers. I’ve hoarded these Prima flowers for the longest time, do you ever do that? Hoard your prettiest embellishments? I’m very guilty!

I accidentally dropped a big blob of glue on the far right edge of my card so I had to trim it. I could have just trimmed the card base down the same amount but why not use my mistake as an embellishment opportunity? I added a sequin to cover the remaining glue and when I added the card base, I covered the white edge that would otherwise show with silver glitter paper (exactly like the Tim Holtz glitter papers) from the dollar store! A huge roll for far less than the TH version! Score!!

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The small banner was a freebie from Winnie & Walter (another SCORE!) which I die cut from some Co’ordinations cardstock. It was partially die cut so I could make it a wee bit longer. If you aren’t familiar with partial die cutting, I only die cut the banner end and the sides of the die by placing it between my plates with the small straight end outside the plates. It didn’t cut so I could hand cut it making the die cut longer. You can also make a die cut longer by lining up the die with the end where you want it and sending it through your die cutter again, this time leaving the banner end outside the plates. But because my edges were straight, I didn’t bother.

The sentiment is by Simon Says from the Sketched Flowers set. I ADORE the calligraphy font used for the sentiments! I will use them constantly, far more than the flowers. The ink bled on the paper the first time I stamped it so I had to die cut another banner and try again. This time I warmed up the paper before stamping and heat set it after. Sadly I managed to melt/warp my MISTI mousepad at the same time. What a dumbnut huh? Oh well. That’s my life!

Pop on over to the Crazy 4 Challenges blog this week to see our Design Team’s inspiration and after you make a leafy card, come on back to enter the challenge!

Enjoy, Rebecca

 

 

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Shabby Chic Pumpkin Patch

Funny thing, how coincidences pop up in life. I’ve been working on some shabby chic fall foam pumpkins for the last couple of weeks. Then I see the photo inspiration for The Card Concept 100! How perfect!

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But my pumpkins aren’t done AND it’s a card challenge so I made this little beauty. I wanted to use patterned paper and the only stamps I have are solid so I used my phone as a light table and traced some pumpkin graphics. Then I used graphite paper to transfer the images on to the papers I wanted to use. If you decide to ever use graphite paper, use a gentle hand, especially on lighter papers. The package says to erase it with a white eraser but it is very hard to erase; much, much more so than a regular pencil. I added Copic shading and erased the lines that I could. Then I had fun decorating them in a super pretty shabby way.

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The pumpkin in the back is covered with gold Liquid Pearls, then I added pearls and flowers. The tan pumpkin has gold Distress Stickles and again, a little flower and pearls. The pink pumpkin in the front has a single flower and a strip of pearls. But it isn’t just the focal point that was treated with gold and glitter. It took me a while to get the background just the way I wanted it. I started with a light card base and a white die cut. But the pumpkins looked too rustic for that combination. I cut another die cut from a green patterned paper and tried a linen card base. No, still not right. Last I tried this pretty floral paper for the die cut and kraft for the card base. Finally the right look!

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But the background wasn’t fancy enough for the rest of the card. So I added some gold acrylic paint dry brushing on the kraft cardstock. I also did a test piece to see if  I liked the effect of adding a woodgrain texture. Yep, even prettier. So I added that and put the card together. After seeing the gold glitter on the pumpkin next to the kraft card base, I needed more glitter. I added some gold Stickles, not the distress kind this time, to the card base using my finger to spread it lightly. A LOT of glitter stuck to my finger so I tried some little silicone polymer clay shaping tools I bought a few months ago. Bingo! The perfect spread and none on my finger! For a final touch I added a sentiment from the Hero Arts fall kit from last year although I did straighten out the curve in it and embossed it in gold powder.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entering In:

The Card Concept 100

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Polar Bear Hugs – Wait, aren’t Polar Bears White?

I finally broke down and did it. I made a winter card! I tend to avoid winter cards until it’s well into winter but since we got snow, real stay-on-the-ground snow two days ago, I was inspired to make this card.

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The polar bears are stamps by Hero Arts stamped on Arches rough paper; I used the same paper for the background. So I have a story about polar bears and what colour they are. Did you know that polar bear fur isn’t white; it isn’t actually a colour at all. It’s clear and hollow. So any colour you see, is reflected light, or dirt. My dentist is an amazing photographer and he’s been to many places to take pictures of animals. He has a coffee table book in his office of each trip. One, of course, is of his trip to photograph polar bears. They look pretty yellow-ish brown in most of his photos. So I tried to copy the colours from his photos.

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The sky gave me some problems. I was trying desperately to portray an aurora borealis but it’s harder than I thought. This was my third attempt but I finally converted it to a galaxy background. I cut the hugs dies from Simon Says Stamp from silver mirrored cardstock and vellum. They look black here but if you look at the edges you can see they are silver. The little hearts dies are from SSS too, also cut from silver paper. The sentiment is from the same polar bear stamp set. I’ve tried many products to add snow/stars to watercolour backgrounds. I found this time that slightly diluted Copic opaque white gave me the perfect tiny droplets that stayed white after drying. I’ve used white acrylic paint and white gouache as well as silver and white watercolour paints. This definitely gave me the best results.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

Entering In:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Starry Night

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Animal Antics

 

 

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A Quick Update

Thank you to everyone who transferred their subscription from Eclectic Endeavours. I’m excited to bring you the fall décor I promised last week. Many layers of paint have been applied to pumpkins both glass and foam, all from the dollar store. I will be finishing them early this week and I can’t wait to show you!

While I have you here, can you do me a big favour? I’d love it if you’d pass my blog address along to your crafty friends. You’ll find all of the cards I showed at Eclectic Endeavours plus so much more!

Thanks in advance, Rebecca

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Cancer Awareness Card

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! At Crazy 4 Challenges this week the theme was to make an awareness, support or hope card. I had a very amazing friend who passed away from breast cancer that metastasized to her brain. I wish I had been making cards back then because she would have been on of the most appreciative people I’ve ever given a card. I think of her often and miss her.

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The background was stamped with a text stamp from Taylored Expressions. I used Pink Peony ink from PTI for the stamping. The ‘hope’ sentiment is by a.muse studio which I stamped in Berry Sorbet on ivory paper and cut out by hand. The ‘doily’ is a die cut using multiple Spellbinders’ dies that are made to work together. I cut the outer die then stacked the inner layers together and embossed them. It really makes for a gorgeous die cut. If you cut all the layers instead of embossing them, you get a bunch of circle frames with lots of beautiful details.

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This layout is one I use a lot. It’s extremely versatile especially if you  like to add lots of small details. But you can replace the whole cluster of flowers etc with a single focal image and it still looks great. The die cut is by Lifestyle Crafts (which was bought out by WRMK I think) which I accented with Copic markers to make it look more like a real ribbon. I could have, and have previously used, actual ribbon but since I already had ribbon on the page, I went with the die cut. The flowers all came from Really Reasonable Ribbon, they have quite the selection now!

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To finish the card, I added epoxy dots and a couple of pearls. If you have a moment, pop on over to the C4C blog and see the inspiration the team has for you this week!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Love for a Lifetime Card

Those of you who are new to my blog may not know that I’m on the Crazy 4 Challenges design team. We post a new challenge every week so I encourage you to pop on over and join us! Our challenges can be anything from colour and sketch challenges to inspiration photos and themes. This week we had a wide open theme to simply make a card for World Card Making Day! Super easy right?

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I made my card to also satisfy The Paper Players Tic Tac Toe challenge #412. The column I chose included the prompts Green, Any Embossing and sequins/glitter. Sadly and typically, I missed linking up to the challenge in time. Oh well, {insert loud sigh here}. The background was stamped with the Simon Says Stamp Modern Rose Bloom with embossing ink and heat set with white pearl embossing powder. The leaves were cut with a SSS die out of some sheer vellum. I like this particular vellum (sorry it’s really old so I don’t have a manufacturer) because it is so sheer. Two layers filled in a bit more space and looked elegant too.

I went with a simple die cut sentiment to finish the card. The stamps and dies are by PTI; I stamped it in embossing ink and added Gold Perfect Pearls mica powder which sticks to the ink. Don’t forget to add a mist of water to any Perfect Pearls you use as that helps activate the gum Arabic which is in the powder. I cut up some foam adhesive into thin strips and added it to the back of the die cut. I covered every surface so it would help hold the vellum down. To anchor the remaining leaves, I added some sequins placing my adhesive behind them so it would be hidden. Any time you use vellum, it takes some creativity to hide the adhesive. I never use any kind of vellum adhesive, or any other adhesive for that matter, as it always shows at least a bit. It drives me crazy if any shows.

Don’t forget to join us over at the C4C blog! I’d love to see you there!

Enjoy, Rebecca