Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stenciled Oxide Ink on Smooth Black Cardstock

Hi Everybody,

I don't know about you, but I have a 'list' of techniques in addition to papers, paints, inks, etc., that I want to use and I'm just now getting to using Oxide Inks on black cardstock.  The look is so interesting, like velvet.  When I was growing up, I loved the paint by numbers paint sets and some were velvet.  Am I dating myself? lol 

I used a smooth black cardstock from Paper Temptress called Neenah Super Smooth Black.  The ink blended on this cardstock perfectly. I used Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans.  I used the jumbo sponge daubers with a Tim Holtz stencil called, Splashes and sponged it on, doing two layers.  Next I spritzed with water but I accidentally used the bottle of water I have with the Pearl Perfect Pearls mixed in.  I do love the result, so shimmery!  Sometimes my accidents turn into beauties, other times, not so much. :)

I used Gina K Designs Wilted Violet cardstock on bottom layer of card. I cut out a Hello word die from Honeybee Stamps, Gather Together set and inked it up with Wilted Violet to match background.  I cut out 3 or 4 to give it some dimension using Gina K Designs Heavy Base Weight White cardstock. This is the shadow part of the die. 

 Next I cut out the letters in Hello and decided to use the new WOW Embossing Glitter Powder called Persian Indigo since I had purple blue colors in the card. I used tweezers and carefully pressed into an embossing ink pad and then dipped into the glitter embossing powder and heat set, repeating 3-4 times to get really good coverage. 

I thought vellum would be the best way to adhere the Hello word die so I used a stitched rectangle die to cut out and I wrapped it around card layer and adhered it tightly.  I used a Zig Glue Pen to glue the word die shadow and letters. 

I think this card turned out so pretty!  I hope you'll try oxide inks on black cardstock if you haven't already.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Love You To The Moon

Hi Everybody,

So, lately I have had some medical issues one being, I have to get a double knee replacement, one in April and one in May. I hope it doesn't affect my crafting too much but I can always color stamps and make cards later.  My husband has been wonderful and I wanted to make a card to tell him how much I appreciate him.  

I made an Oxide Ink background, trying to use colors that I think of when I think of what the Earth looks like, as well as masculine. Next I used Toner Paper from Thermoweb to cut out the Tim Holtz Mini Globe Die and then foiled with the beautiful Amber Watercolor Deco Foil.  I just love how awesome this foiled globe looks against this matte background.  

I picked up this Love You To The Moon and Back Stamp on clearance at Hobby Lobby, made by Stampendous.  So many people in the Stamp Junkies group on Facebook showed their clearance haul so I had to go check out my local store.  I was a little disappointed that I didn't see many clearance items but I did buy several and I also had a give a way in the Junkies group, whoever guessed closest to what I spent would win a prize. So fun! 

I was so afraid I would mess up my background using this wood block rubber stamp on the front.  I am so used to the Misti now which ensures I'll stamp straight.  I bet I messed up alot of cards using these wood block stamps back in the day. :)

I used Gina K Designs Kraft cardstock for bottom layer and the Oxide Ink top layer is Bristol Smooth paper.  

I used Simon Says Stamp stamp set called You Matter on the inside.  I foiled the matching You die to this set with Lapis Watercolor Foil from Thermoweb.  I used Versafine Onyx Black to stamp the sentiments on front and inside and then embossed with clear embossing powder to make it stand it more.  I used Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink and Icicle Embossing Powder.  If you haven't tried this brand, please do, I think you'll be pleased.

There are two perfect sentiments in this Simon Says Stamp set to go with this globe die... You Rock My World and You Make The World a Better Place. 

I hope I inspired you to make your spouse, boyfriend, partner, etc., a card to show how you appreciate them.  I don't do this enough, sad to say.  He's about to have to help me through two surgeries back to back so I better start doing better lol.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Hello Friend

Hi Everybody,

I'm playing with the Wreath Builder Stamp Set again from Gina K Designs,  adding a few more colors and elements this time.  I'll get braver the more I play around with it.  This set has a stencil template so that you can turn your cardstock around a 'notch' and continue stamping around it using a stamp positioner such as a Misti. 

I love the colors on this card!  I used Gina K Designs mini ink cubes in Lipstick, In The Navy, Sweet Corn and Applemint.  The hearts are from the stamp set that she used as the incentive stamp set with the current kit called Doodle Sayings, as well as the sentiment inside the circle.  The stems I stamped in the green color is from the set by Lisa Hetrick called, You Are (love this set too.  I used matching cardstock from Gina K in In The Navy and Lipstick as well. 

I am so excited about this stamp set because I have so many stamp sets with small stamps that I normally don't use and now that problem is solved. 

I used Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen on the yellow berries and Gina K's new Crystalline Drops on the navy hearts.  This is the first time I've used this pen and I LOVE it!  It was so easy to use and guide because of the pen form. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope I inspired you to try this awesome new stamp set that takes the guess work out of making a wreath style design on your card.  


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Wreath Builder Stamp Set

Hi Everybody,

I made a quick and simple card today using the new Gina K Designs Wreath Builder stamp set.  I LOVE this set!  There are so many possibilities!  I only had about 30 minutes to play so I made this in about 15 minutes.  Next time I will add more stamps and colors.  You use a stencil template with this stamp set to position the stamps all the way around the card using your Misti stamp positioner.

I used Gina K Designs mini ink cubes in Wild Lilac and Turquoise Sea.  The cardstock I used is the Gina K white heavy base weight and the circle die is Wild Lilac.  Bottom layer is Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plain Rainbow patterned paper. I stamped a sentiment in Wild Lilac from the Gina K Designs Heartfelt Hydrangeas stamp set.  

So... I made a boo boo... First I embossed one of the circle stamps in the Wreath Builder kit and masked it off but I didn't stamp my leaf stamps back far enough so it didn't look right to me because some of the leaves were cut off a little  It probably did not matter but I wanted to cover it so I used a die from My Favorite Things called Wild Circle Stitch.  I finished it off by putting Nuvo Crystal Drops in Caribbean Ocean in the centers of the flowers.  They matched the Turquoise Sea ink perfectly. 

I have been seeing some beautiful cards made with this stamp set.  You can get as detailed as you want, use as many colors as you want.  This was my first time using it so now I'm a pro lol.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Friday, February 23, 2018

Ink Lifting

Hi Everybody,

I owe a lot of people cards.  I am making them now for friends whom I did not get to send a Christmas card to and ones I received a sweet card from after first of year.  

I made an Oxide Ink background, sponging a couple colors over Bristol Smooth paper and splattering water drops.  Next I stamped this beautiful rose stamp from Gina K Designs called, Rose Bouquet, embossing with clear embossing powder.  I used my waterbrush to lift a little bit of the ink and then went over the entire stamp with Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen.  To lift the ink, you simply take your waterbrush and go over the parts you want to lift ink from and then dab with a paper towel. Now I have subtle shine against that matte background.  I stamped the Hello sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and embossed with clear powder, this comes from same set.  

I could've left it as is but I never feel like I have enough on a card so I stamped the butterfly from Gina K Designs Heartfelt Hydrangeas stamp set, stamping with Versafine Onyx Black and embossing with clear.

To finish it off, I just added a few clear sequins. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Calendar Card

Hi Everybody,

I've been wanting to use the new stamp set from Gina K Designs called Stately Flowers 12, illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger since I bought it in January.  The problem was that I lost a row of the numbers lol.  I finally found them stuck to something today!  My husband gave me a metal bowl to put dies and stamps in because I keep losing small pieces.  I think this will help tremendously!  :)

I made this for my Mother in Law, who loves purple.

I used Gina K Designs cardstock colors in Wild Lilac and Lovely Lavender and the matching ink cube in Wild Lilac to sponge around the oval dies.  

Melanie made a video showing how to use this set if you'd like to see how she made an easel card with it, link is below.  She used another frame set which I do not have so I improvised and used Holiday Frame.  The calendar wouldn't fit inside the circle on this frame so I cut the oval dies out to cover the circle.  I stamped the frame with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and embossed with Brutus Monroe Icicle Embossing Powder, which is clear. I then used a Zig Marker to color inside the frame outline.  It's easier to stay in the lines when it is embossed. 

I used the Misti to line up the parts of the calendar and stamped with the Versafine Onyx Black.  I don't think I could've done this without the Misti.  I fussy cut the flower in the set after coloring with Zig Markers and cut them in half, popping up with Black 3D Foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesive.  I used Wink of Stella in Clear over the flowers to add a little shimmer. I thought the calendar looked a little plain (it probably didn't but I never feel like I have enough on a card lol) so I added a few clear sequins adhered with Gina K Designs Connect Glue.  

I cut out the frame and put it on a layer of Gina K Designs Black Onyx cardstock.  I'm going to send a new card calendar to my Mother in Law every month.  

I stamped a few of these calendars for extras to give to friends so I don't have to try and line up the numbers each time I want to use it.  Smart huh?  :)

I hope I inspired you to try this great new set by Gina K Designs.  Check out Melanie's YouTube video HERE to see how she made it as an easel card. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Friday, February 16, 2018

HUGS Eclipse Card

Hi Everybody,

I made an Eclipse Card with one of the alcohol ink backgrounds made previously on yupo paper.  I made several and now am making card with them.  

For this background I used Tim Holtz Stream Alcohol Ink, Silver Mixative, BG01 Copic Refill and Blending Solution.  I dropped a few droplets of each one and the blending solution on the paper and blew around with a straw.  I added a few drops of color and/or blending solution until I got the look I wanted.  

To make the Eclipse Card, all I did was cut out the letters in the word HUGS and popped up with some foam squares to give it the dimension.  I also popped up the sentiment on a black strip embossed with white embossing powder.  

I originally put metallic silver cardstock under the alcohol ink layer and was going to leave the letters off because I lost the H lol.  I think either way looks great. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.