Saturday, October 25, 2014

Watercolor Blessings

Hi! It's Gracie, and today I have a card to share with you, a watercolored card.

Watercoloring is very relaxing. I had not made a watercolored card in a while, so I enjoyed making this card a lot!

I started off by heat embossing in white some pears from Inky Antics Holy Spirit's Fruit stamp set. I stamped the images trying to form an opened frame.

Then I started painting the pears with Faber Castell watercolor pencils. I usually don't color directly on the image, instead I color on a scrap piece of paper, and just pick up the colors with a wet brush, that way I don't leave pencil traces on my final image. I used various tones of greens and browns to achieve these shades.

Once done, I went ahead and die cut the colored piece of cardstock with Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A. The die cutting and embossing helps flatten the cardstock.

Next I heat embossed in Gold Detail a verse from the same stamp set on Heavyweight Vellum. I added the vellum across the watercolored layer, horizontally, and tucked the ends on the back.

Finally I mounted the colored layer on a leather textured card base, in sand beige, which matches the tones of the pears perfectly. To complete my design I added some Baby Pearls - LeCreme on each corner of the vellum layer.

I hope you like my card. I enjoyed making it very much.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Sunflowers For You

Hi, it's Joy today for Classy Cards 'n Such.  A few weeks ago I did a challenge card with sunflowers stamped on vellum and had a few of the sunflowers left over.  I just didn't have the heart to throw them away, so this is what I did with them.

First thing was to spray some yellow card stock with a little Glimmer Mist and dry emboss with the Anna Griffin folder called Matelasse.

The flowers from the JustRite stamp set called Botanical Medallions and Banners, have been stamped on Vellum with Versamark, heat embossed with Sparkle 'n Sprinkle White Detail embossing powder, and colored with a few Copics and fussy cut out.

The scalloped border is from My Favorite Things and called Blueprints 4. The flower pieces were popped up with Joy Foam Pads on the card base, and the stamped Thinking of You sentiment is from Hugs and Kisses Sentiments by JustRite. Finally a few little clear stones were added.

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Leaves Fall

Fall is finally here in several areas of the country. Leaves on trees are turning shades of orange, yellow, brown and gold.

Mindy here with you today, to share a card that reminds me of this most beautiful time of the year.

I started this card on a manila tag.  I used PanPastels Flower Coloring Kit-Landscape starter set, to lay down a base of color on my tag then gently blended them together.

I then stamped the single daisy from Daisies stamp set from Stacy Stamps around the card, with brown ink. To continue with the background, I mixed a little orange acrylic paint with my Dreamweaver Regular Embossing Paste, and forced it through my plastic stencil of circular lattice work. To complete my background, I added a top and bottom border of Prima orange Lace and gemstones to give it a little sparkle.

For embellishment I stamped two more of the Daisies by Stacy Stamps, and fussy cut around them before coloring them with my Copic markers.

I then took some music paper and cut several copies of the Fall Leaf die by Sizzix, stacking and gluing several together to make them thick and sturdy.  Then using my PanPastels again, colored each leaf with multi colors and blending with my sponge.  When they were dry, I assembled them along with the Daisies in a nice design, and adhered them to the card with Art Institute Clear Drying Adhesive.

I then picked through my scraps on my work table and found a frame cut from plaid card stock, and a dotted card, that I colored with the PanPastels to match my background, and using letter stamps to stamp the words leaves fall.  I then attached the entire tag to a card front to complete my fall card. 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall Blessings

Hi, Shirley, here today!  I have made a Fall card to share with you today. I love Fall, it is my most favorite time of the year. The colors are so beautiful. There is nothing better than looking across my front lawn and seeing all the different color of leaves.

It looks like God has taken a paint brush and painted each one differently. Wow, what a masterpiece He makes. The only thing I do not like about Fall is knowing that winter follows very closely.  Brrr - I am not looking forward to that.

I start my card by cutting a vanilla card base. I used some olive paper to make a layer. I embossed the olive paper and adhered it to the card base. I cut three more layers for my card from vanilla, brown and orange card stock.

I used the Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders One die to make the beautiful curved cuts. I adhered the three layers to the card.

I used the Impression Obsession Bare Tree die to cut the tree from brown card stock. I wanted some leaves on my card, so I took the Memory Box Lavish Branch die, and cut two branches from olive paper. I used the olive leaves to glue to the tree. I used orange ribbon to tie around the tree.

I selected a Our Daily Bread Ornate Frame Sentiment and stamped it on orange card stock. I used a small oval punch to cut it out. I used a larger oval punch to cut a brown oval. I cut it in half and used it to use behind the sentiment. I adhered the tree and oval sentiment to the card. This finishes my card and I hope you liked it.

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