Friday, August 28, 2015

Aqua Prints with Brown Mat

Aqua prints with a brown mat.  Brown stars in two colors, embossed and die cut.  A simple "medallion band" layout with good contrast and texture.

Card details:
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Leafy Green Sympathy Card

Soft green colors and leafy textures for today's sympathy card.  I like the many curves of the script word and the leaves, with a few straight lines.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring moss (light green), simply chartreuse (medium green), ripe avocado (dark green), and rustic white.
  • Embossing folder is Elizabeth Craft spring leaves.
  • Dies are WPlus9 folk art florals.
  • The sentiment "with sympathy" is from PTI communique sentiments, stamped with PTI limeade ice (a light, bright yellow-green) and simply chartreuse ink cubes.  On its own, the simply chartreuse ink looked a bit too gray or olive for this card.  Using the MISTI, I was able to triple-stamp - first with limeade ice, then (lightly) with simply chartreuse, and then again with limeade ice - for the exact color I wanted.
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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Turquoise Damask with White Doily

Something lacy and a bit ornate, for a change.  The crisp white doily contrasts well with the tone-on-tone damask print. 

Card details:
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Monday, August 10, 2015

Watercolor Hello Stencil

A bit of stenciling (hello) with watercolors, and a watercolored die cut trim.  I like how it looks with the dark purple base and silver thread accent.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Ranger distress watercolor, which I chose for its bright white color and convenient A2 size, and Papertrey Ink (PTI) royal velvet (dark purple).
  • Dies are PTI wonderful words: hello (for the stencil) and My Favorite Things mini double dot border (retired).  I accidentally cut into one side of my dots border, so I trimmed both sides for a kind of hexagon effect. 
  • I cut my stencil from Eclipse masking tape.  (I've had the tape for a long time, and it may be discontinued.)
  • Thread is DMC silver metallic.
  • Watercolor is Dr. Ph. Martin's radiant concentrated watercolors - green, violet, and three shades of blue - 8A, 9A, 10A, 11A, and 12A.  For more information about these watercolors, including my color chart, see this post on my Mostly Markers blog.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Blue Framed Sympathy Card

A simple layout with blue patterns and a blue-and-white frame.  The dark blue border line adds contrast, and the ribbon adds a bit of shimmer.  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white and the leaf and bitty dot prints from PTI blueberry sky (medium blue) and enchanted evening (dark blue) pattern packs.
  • The white rectangle is edged with Copic marker B39. 
  • The sheer-and-satin (woven stripe) 5/8" white ribbon is colored with Copic marker B41.
  • The sentiment "with sympathy" is from PTI communique sentiments, stamped with PTI enchanted evening ink cube. The floral frame is from PTI framed out #10, stamped with PTI blueberry sky ink cube.
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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Bright Flowers - Two Cards


Two cards with one of my drawings, scanned and computer-printed in black and white, then colored with Copic markers.  I love the bright tropical look of the flowers and leaves.  I will probably add a stem for the top flower, which looks a bit disconnected now. 

Like many of my drawings for cards, this one started with "just a drawing" (posted here), which I then rearranged and redrew to work in a card setting.  Technique:  When coloring a complex image like this, I tend to lose track of leaf/petal/background, so I start with a very light green (G000) to outline all of my leaf shapes.  It's an easy way for me to avoid some coloring mistakes.


Card details:
  • Top card: Card stock is Neenah solar white, My Favorite Things red hot (red),  Papertrey Ink (PTI) smokey shadow (dark gray), and the bitty dots print from PTI smokey shadow pattern pack.
  • Bottom card: Card stock is Neenah solar white, Paper Source poppy (light orange), Papertrey Ink (PTI) new leaf (green), and the bitty dots print from PTI new leaf pattern pack.
  • Both cards: Embossing folder is The Paper Studio script (retired).
  • Top card: Copic colors are R02,35,39, Y08,21, YR04, YG05,61, G000,07, and E84.
  • Bottom card:  Copic colors are Y21, R02, YR04,09, E84, YG61, and G07 on Y21 (marker tip-to-tip blending).  Note, the flowers are lighter and more yellowish in real life.  
  • Bottom card: The white rectangle is edged with black Copic multiliner for more contrast with the green mat.  I used a Brush Small (BS) size multiliner.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Red Birds with Yellow and Turquoise

A bright and happy card.  I like the birds perching on the hello branch.

Card details:
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Light Gray with Blue and Vellum - Sympathy

Today's card is based on an earlier card, posted here.   I changed the colors and patterns but kept the layout consistent.  It makes a soft and serene sympathy card.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) soft stone (light gray) and blueberry sky (medium blue), bitty dot from PTI sheer basics vellum patterned paper, and leaf print from PTI spring rain (light blue) pattern pack.
  • Leaf print paper is edged with Copic marker B45.
  • Embossing folders are Stampin' Up square lattice (placed diagonally) (retired) and The Paper Studio script (retired).
  • Die is from PTI double-ended banners.
  • Corner rounder is 1/4" corner chomper by Crop-a-Dile.  The bottom A2 corners are rounded, though it doesn't show up well in my picture.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC 800 (light blue - 2 strands) and 799 (medium blue).
  • The sentiment "with sympathy" is from PTI fillable frames #2, and the small flower is from PTI framed out #10, both stamped with PTI blueberry sky ink cube
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Green Twist Print Card - Two Versions


Today's card is a happy byproduct of yesterday's airbrushed stencil card.  I've found the easiest way for me to clean the airbrushed Copic ink off my stencil (plastic, metal, or magnetic masking material) is to spritz it lightly with Copic "0" colorless blender solution in a misting bottle, and then press a paper towel or piece of card stock onto it.  I typically choose card stock because often, as shown here, a beautiful one-of-a-kind print is the result.

For the card, I trimmed down my print, double matted it, and stamped it with a sentiment and pair of leaflets.  With my one and only piece of the print, I made just one card (below) but I tried another color combination (above) which was more photogenic.  In real life, the card below is richly handsome - perfect for the recipient. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Stampin' Up soft suede (brown - bottom card) and Papertrey Ink (PTI) ripe avocado (dark green - both cards), rustic cream (both cards), and spring moss (light green - top card). 
  • Print is made from Copic marker YG95 airbrushed onto a PTI cover plate: twist stencil, as explained above.  See this post for more about the stencil. 
  • The sentiment "Thinking of you" is from Stampabilities card phrases, and the leaflets are from PTI turning a new leaf, all stamped with PTI ripe avocado ink cube.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Green Twist with Airbrush

An elegant monochromatic green design.  The "twist" design, airbrushed and embossed, gives a sense of movement.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) ripe avocado (dark green) and spring moss (light green).
  • The card front is embossed with PTI cover plate: twist.   
  • The sentiment panel is airbrushed with Copic marker YG95.  
  • Technique: I die cut a stencil using this art magnetic masking material from Ellen Hutson.  The detailed PTI cover plate: twist design cut beautifully and cleanly.  (I left the tiny ovals in place on my stencil, but I could have removed them with no problem.)  Airbrushing was so much easier with the Ellen Hutson craft assistant securing the magnetic stencil on my card stock. 
  • Twine is honeydew stripe from The Twinery.
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from PTI keep it simple: thinking of you, stamped with PTI ripe avocado ink cube.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Leafy Thank You - Green and Blue

Simple and bright with blue dots (printed and punched) and a large green leaflet.  I like the accent line of green and blue embroidery floss.  

This is my last card design for Operation Write Home, included in my final box.  Over the past five years, I've really enjoyed making cards for OWH.  I'm very thankful that I had such a great opportunity to support our deployed troops and their families.

For more information about Operation Write Home's closing and the "finishing strong" campaign, with all cards due by August 1, click here.

Card details:
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (482)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Red, White, and Blue with Hearts

Celebrating the Fourth of July with a red, white, and blue card for Operation Write Home.  I like the angled hearts with those bubbly dots.

Today's card is another "after" version of the cards in this post, with many of the same design elements and supplies.  It might be my favorite of the three.

Card details:
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (481)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Red Flowers in Aqua Jar

Two bright red bouquets from one set of stamps and dies.  I drew some aqua lines (horizontal) for the jar and white stems for the leaves and flowers.   Because the dies left white around the stamped leaves and flowers, I included white borders on the jar label and the brown sentiment strip, to unify the look of the card.

Card details:
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (477)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hearts Print with Banner - Before and After

After
A card with some red, white, and blue Love for Operation Write Home's June banners challenge.  With our OWH August 1 deadline coming soon, I wanted to use up the rest of this hearts print and those sweet tiny words - "Be mine, Forever and always, You make me happy" and more.

So I adapted the layout from an earlier card (shown below) while using most of the same materials.  Both cards are nice, but I think the "after" card (above) is more vibrant with the wide red banner and lively embossing pattern.

Edited July 4, 2015 to add:  See this post for another "after" version. 

Card details:
  • See this post for materials used on both cards.
  • The only new supplies on the "after" are - Added some red embroidery floss (DMC 347) and changed embossing folder to Sixxix retro cirque (retiring.)
  • On the "after" card, I forgot to edge the hearts print with B39 Copic marker like the "before"card.  It looks better with the edging (below.)
Before
Both cards were created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (387)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Stars with Red, White, and Blue

A red, white, and blue "miss you" card with lots of stars, embossed and die cut.  For the Operation Write Home June challenge from Our Daily Bread Designs.  Many thanks to ODBD for supporting our deployed troops through these monthly challenges. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) classic kraft, stamper's select white, pure poppy (red), enchanted evening (dark blue), and the stripes print from PTI enchanted evening pattern pack.
  • Die is PTI seeing stars (medium size.)
  • The sentiment "miss you" is from PTI communique sentiments, stamped with PTI pure poppy ink cube
  • The "v" shapes on the star points are drawn with Signo Uni-Ball red gel impact pen.
  • Baker's twine is by We R Memory Keepers.
  • Embossing folders are Darice stars asst. [assorted] and the Paper Studio tiny stars, using the debossed side.
  • Corners on the blue square are rounded with Crop-a-Dile 1/2" corner chomper.
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (479)