Less Is More Challenge- 3 stamps

Okay, this was waaay more challenging than I expected. The Less Is More challenge this week was to use 3 stamps.  Using only 3 stamps was difficult as a little voice inside of me kept saying “can’t I use just one more?”, though to tell the truth no matter how many stamps were allowed I probably would have wished I could use just one more!

It has been a while since I have used pigment inks.  I smudged several cards before I remembered that pigment inks dry slowly, and then I ruined the next card  by sliding my sentiment stamp out of place.  Only after making several cards (actually card fronts) did it occur to me to try erasing the ink smudge.  It worked!

Hero Arts Background of Six Scribbles; Heidi Grace 4×8 Butterfly; Ditto Hello Friend

It has also been a while since I have done masking, and I forgot how much I enjoyed it.  I used my new Tim Holtz Peacock Feather  Distress Ink for the background.  Pretty color, huh?

Great Impressions Scroll and Leaves”; Heidi Grace 4×8 Butterfly;TPC Studios Music

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New card bases from Silhouette

I just purchased the new card bases and envies from the  Silhouette Store.  I thought I’d show you what you can do with them.  Since I don’t have the Cameo I couldn’t cut out the envelopes, but since the cards are a standard 4.25 x 5.5 inches I can just use rather boring but servicable white ones.  This first picture shows what the card bases look like when open.The only difference in all of the cards is the shape of the card front.  Now for the finished cards which, by the way, refused to stay in an upright position when placed in the frog, hence the thumb showing in each one.  Sorry about that.

Card base 1 has these fun scalloped edges.  I cut the overlay out of white cardstock and then used the internal offset to cut a slightly smaller overlay out of patterned paper.  The bird file is one of my favorites and the ability to cut out the ” beautiful you” so cleanly still amazes me.  Due to the size I did end up double cutting the phrase.  I found some yellow butterflies in my “yellow” box, so I put 2 of them together and added them as well.  I felt the yellow cardstock needed some help so I ran it through my Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder.  Doesn’t the background now look like a giant yellow Lego?  Oops.

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I love the colors on this card.  They are all from then Tropical  AC Cardstock pack. Originally I had intended on using rhinestones to cover some of the black polka dots but I didn’t have the right colors so I just punched out several of each color of cardstock, added them to the card, and then covered each of them with Glossy Accents.  Easy cheap coordinating embellishments.

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This next card is pretty busy for me, but I did get to used up several bits and pieces I had laying around.  I cut the fancy border in two parts and used them to border the top and bottom of the card front.  I used the Cuttlebug Forest Branched folder on the red cardstock and then turned the pattern sideways and cut a strip.  I  ran the black butterfly through my Xyron, front side down, and then pulled the backing off of just the butterfly wings and added glitter.  I learned a very important lesson about black cardstock and colored glitter. Yellow glitter appears green and orange apppears brown.  Tricky stuff, that glitter. I then removed the backing from the body and added black glitter.  I got the idea for the butterfly from yesterday’s A Cut Above online class.

I made the flower on the tiny label by cutting 3- 12 petal flowers, covering them withDistress Ink, and then curling the petals and layering on top of each other.  The flower almost looks like a small dried one.

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You know how often farm dogs are “outside dogs”?  Well this bird is an “outside bird”.  He hangs around the cage but never in it .  Just thought you’d want to know.

This is a pretty simple card, actually.  I really like the birdcage and sentiment. The set comes with 2 more birdcages, several birds and one more sentiment that is bird related.

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This last card is probably my favorite.  I really like the teacup and the frilly edges of the card front go well with it.

The dotted background is from a blogsite called Mel Stamps. If you haven’t been to her site then you are in for some fun!  She has lots of free templates and background papers as well as cards she has made.  Prepare to spend some time there, though.

This is one of those cards that ended up being a “flub fixed” one.  I ran all of my letters throught my Xyron but found out that I had run  one of the T’s and O’s in backwards. I really didn’t want to have to recut just 2 letters, so I used the misglued letters for the word “two” and addeds glue to the front of the W.  I then added clear embossing powder to the word and heated it.  Now it looks like I intended that word to be glossy.  Take that, goof up monster.

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Six more cards to go.  See you next week!

Authentique Paper, 3 Sketches

Since grey and yellow are so hot now I picked up this pad of cardstock.  I found out, however, that the grey is more brown than black.  I like it anyway!

I wanted to make 3 cards using 3 fferent weekly sketches.  I enjoyed the challenge of each card as none of them were my usual style.  They were good” stretchers”.

This first sketch is from Clean and Simple Stamping. I don’t usually try to make cards using circles but this one was  very easy to do.  I just drew a 4.25 x 5.5″ rectangle  on my Silhouette workspace.  I then drew a circle, sized it to fit my card and used the Offset button to make the second circle.  After I had the size of the card figured out all I had to do for the flowers and the leaves was to pick the files I wanted and then size them to fit.

I have to apologize for the inferior stamping.  The first stamping was not too good so I restamped it (easy to do with clear stamps), but it wasn’t much better.  I could have stamped the sentiment on a different piece of paper to cover up the mess, but I thought that it would make the card too busy and it will go into my portfolio, so I left it as is.

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This sketch is from the  Card Pattern Sketch. Again, I used my Silhouette to get the pieces the right size.  Authentique has 2 punch-out pages to coördinate with their cardstock.  I used the small argyle tag for the sentiment and added the pink ruler underneath it. I had cut out a pink and a brown flourish, not being sure which one I wanted to use.  Neither one alone really made me happy but they looked very good layered.  Yes the damask is sideways.  This was my day for goofs.

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The last sketch I used was this one from retro sketches.  The flower was sketched with my Sil  and a yellow pen (yes, the Silhouette also can draw).  It was rather ironic because I had no intention of using a bird house on the card, but after layering the flower onto the card I decided it needed something else.  There was a birdcage punch-out on the sheet, so I used it.  So much for “I definitely won’t do…”

I added Glossy accents to the pink flowers on the top of the card and some really cute sparkly yellow dots to the pink band.

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This last part is for those who are new to card making.  When you are using a paper pad that is 6×6 you will also need some coordinating solid color cardstock to use for the card bases and any other embellishments you might like to make.  You don’t want to get home and find you can’t finish your card because you don’t have all the right stuff.

Fixing Mistakes

 

In everyone’s card making endeavors will  come a  time when a  mistake is made. Mistakes are frustrating, but not fatal.  Here are some ideas to help you deal with those mistakes.

 If you get completely done, pick the card up and realize it opens on the wrong side you can:

1) Cut off the front panel, trim it down to a smaller size and apply to a coordinating color blank card.

2) Rotate your card 90 degrees .  

You  stamp your sentiment ( or any other stamped image) and it looks really bad  You can:

1) Stamp the sentiment on the same color of cardstock and then back it with a coordinating color. Place it on top of the mistake

2) Place an embellishment on the mistake (Do you suppose that the first person to use an embellishment did so to cover up a bad spot?)

Maybe after finishing the card you don’t like it. You can:

1) Walk away from it for a while.

2) Add more stuff to it.

Another possibility:

1) Cut or tear the card front into pieces and use to make serendipity squares.

2) Cut the pretty parts into ATC’s, moo cards or inchies.

As a finel resort:

1) Give up and throw it away after salvaging all you can off of it.