Friday, July 13, 2012

Giveaway - Tattered Angels!

Tattered Angels is offering a give-away of products! Check out the following link for details: Tattered Angels Giveaway

This has been a super busy summer! I have been creating cards, and even messed a bit with creating "soft cards" sewn out of fabric scraps. Finding time to take pictures and post them on the blog is another matter. Hopefully next week I will have some free time to post.

Happy Summer & keep on stamping!
Hugs,
Lisa :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Distressed Flower

This card is one of my personal favorites.

The flower is stamped on designer paper, cut out, sprayed with a copper shimmer mist, then crumbled up to give dimension and a shabby chic look. For the center I dabbed a silver brad directly into Brilliance Ink in copper, and once dry, sprayed with copper shimmer mist.

The sentiment is stamped over vanilla card-stock misted with a dark brown pen installed in a trigger mister from Stampin' Up! Once cut to size, sponge brown ink on the edges to frame and give a worn, finished look.

The main card is cut from Stardream cardstock in gold. Stardream is my favorite cardstock and paper for a shimmery, interesting effect.




Thanks for stopping by & happy stamping!
Hugs,
Lisa :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Silhouette - Pink Butterfly

I enjoyed this technique so much, that I ended up creating 3 cards for the challenge on Splitcoast. For this card I used a butterfly punch from Stampin' Up, and a leaf sprig die cut. I hand stitched around the card, which was tedious and seemed to take FOREVER! I need a craft sewing machine!

Thank you for stopping by, and have a crafty week!
Hugs,
Lisa :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Silhouette Technique - Fall Leaves

For this card I did a reverse silhouette in the sense that the leaves are a light color against a dark background. I wanted to represent a fall breeze and the idea of falling leaves. I found the swirl embossing folder perfect for creating that effect without adding color thus allowing the leaves to take center stage.

To create the swirl layer, cut brown card-stock to size and run through Sizzix with a swirl patterned folder. Spray with a copper shimmer spray then edge in brown ink.

Leaves: sponge Distress Inks (tea dye, rusty hinge, wild honey, and old paper) randomly on a piece of white card-stock. Cover completely then mist with a copper shimmer. Allow to dry before die-cutting with a leaf pattern.

The sentiment is stamped in brown on a piece of kraft card-stock that was die-cut and sponged with Distress Ink in wild honey and rusty hinge.

Hugs!
Lisa :)

Silhouette Technique - Wedding Card

Yesterday, Splitcoast Stampers challenged us to create cards using the silhouette technique. The idea is to stamp on the backside of a dark-patterned designer paper and cut out the image using the non-stamped side as a silhouette. One can also use die cuts or punches and achieve the same affect.





In my first card, To Have and to Hold, I used a heart punch on dark patterned paper, then edged them in brown ink. To create the central image, I used a sticker from the BasicGrey sticker sheet (cappella), attached it to the patterned paper I used for the hearts then matted that with dark brown card-stock. Finally, I applied UTEE several times to achieve a glossy rippled effect. The background paper is simply the flip-side of the dark patterned paper (that is one of the things I love about 2-sided patterned papers, they usually go well together). I edged the sides in brown ink to give it an aged-antique look then applied ribbon and a pearl string to the top and bottom. To allow the hearts to stand out, I applied Stickles around the edges. Easy-peasy! 

I LOVE this technique, and later today I will share a couple of other cards I created using this same idea.

Punch: Stampin' Up!; Paper: BasicGrey, cappella figaro, Stampin' Up!: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette; Ink: Stampin! Up, Chocolate Chip; Stickles, Frosted Lace


Thanks for visiting & happy stamping!
Lisa :)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Brilliance Ink to Enhance Dry Embossing





















































I love creating texture in my work, and embossing is an easy way to achieve it. With just a simple piece of card-stock, ink, and the Cuttlebug or Sizzix, one can create a unique background paper that is perfectly suited to the card design at hand (or scrapbook page for that matter).

I find that Brilliance Ink is a great tool for this purpose. It goes on smoothly and really pops with color. Plus it is archival, which is important if you are creating scrapbooks or items that require color longevity.

To create the background image on this card, run the card-stock and embossing folder of your choice through your embossing machine. Swipe Brilliance ink directly from the pad onto the surface of the design. I went back and added swipes to the flat areas as well to create a little more interest to the paper and give it a worn look.

For the sentiment. I simply swiped Brilliance ink directly over the card-stock, then stamped my image. I tore the sides and adhered to black card-stock. Very simple :)

Supplies used:
  • Stamp from Close to my Heart (My One & Only)
  • Brilliance Ink in Platinum Planet
  • Card-stock & Ribbon from Stampin' Up!
Thanks for stopping by and have a creative weekend!
Lisa :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Coloring with Copics & Dry Embossing


Today is a bad day for allergies, and mine are killing me. I am a bit out of it, so if my words don't make much sense, that is why.
This is one of my favorite images from Inky Impressions Rubber Stamps, called Angelica's Bunny Hugs. I have a gift I want to send to my niece, so I thought Angelica would be perfect to base a card off of for her. The layout from a card sketch challenge from Splitcoast Stampers was my inspiration.
I love dry embossing with my Cuttlebug, it adds a nice texture and design to a card without making the design too busy. For the element on the right of my main image, I cut out a light blue piece of card-stock, matting it with pink then ran it through my Cuttlebug. Then I punched out tiny flowers in a medium blue, dotted the centers with Stickles.
This was a fun sketch to play around with, and I hope my niece enjoys her card!
Thanks for stopping by & happy stamping!
Lisa :)