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:

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

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.

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.

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)