Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Artfully Asian sympathy card

Sadly, I needed a sympathy card this week. I just got Artfully Asian, and I love the sentiments in it!
I got the idea to stamp the flower over the bamboo from one of the samples in the catalog. I got the color combination from the Serene Scenery paper stack. The card base is Crumb Cake, and the DSP is Old Olive. I cut it to 5 1/4 X 3 and then tore the edge. The focal image is on 3 X 4 Whisper White. The bamboo is stamped in Old Olive, and the flower is stamped in Crushed Curry. The sentiment and friendship symbol are stamped in black Memento.
Happy stamping!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Flag card

Here's my latest take on a flag card. The card base is thicker Whisper White. The stripes are cut out using the Big Shot and the Swirly Scribbles thinlits in Real Red. The stars are punched out of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, and they're on a Night of Navy background stamped from Work of Art.
Happy stamping!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Using ALL of the Paper Pumpkin!

One of my favorite things about the Paper Pumpkin kits is that there are lots of leftovers! In the March kit, the cards used outlines of shapes, and all of the innards were left. I used masking tape to gently peel these stickers off the backing still in their original shapes. They're adhered to specialty DSP from Saleabration. That awesome glitter tape attaches the DSP to the card bases. The sentiments are also ftom the March kit. Happy stamping!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Faux Wax Seal

Earlier this week, I saw this faux wax seal technique on Shelli Gardner's blog, and I knew I had to try it! You can find her excellent instructions here.  I also wanted to use the gorgeous new Serene Scenery DSP stack.  This stack has photorealistic images on one side of the paper and more typical DSP images on the other.  So versatile!  Once I saw this paper, I knew I wanted to use the starfish from Picture Perfect for the wax seal.  That image is bigger than I remembered which made the technique a little trickier.  When I first stamped, only part of the area was still soft enough so I got a partial image.  I ended up reheating and restamping a couple more times.  I love how it turned out!
Since the paper and faux wax seal are so pretty, I kept the rest of the card pretty simple.  The card base is Pool Party.  I stamped around the edge with a splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge and Versamark ink.  Then I poured on the copper embossing powder and heated it.  The DSP was cut in half, and I trimmed 3/4 off the top.  The sentiment from Picture Perfect is stamped in Soft Suede.  I used mini glue dots to adhere the faux wax seal to the card base.
Happy stamping!
Jana Signature

Friday, June 17, 2016

Wink of Stella watercolor!

This card features new DSP, a new stamp set and a great technique!  The card base is Watermelon Wonder with the new Affectionately Yours DSP.  To recreate this look, cut a 4 X 4 square of DSP and then cut it on the diagonal.  That means you can get 9 cards from one sheet of DSP!
I stamped the flower from Crazy About You in Mint Macaron then punched it with the flower medallion punch.  The bee and sentiment are from the host set Pun Intended.  I HAD to get that set because my husband loves puns!  After I stamped the bee in Memento black ink, I watercolored the stripes with Daffodil Delight ink and clear Wink of Stella.  Yes, that's right, you can watercolor with Wink of Stella!  It gives an awesome shimmery look!  Once you're done with the color, just wipe the brush until it is clear (just like with the aquapainter).  Then I added clear Wink of Stella to the wings too.
Happy stamping!
Jana Signature

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Perfectly Wrapped project kit

The Perfectly Wrapped project kit is awesome!  It has 4 each of 4 different gift packages, 16 total!  There are 2 gift bags (one cellophane and one paper) and 2 gift boxes.  Everything but stamps and ink are included, and there are even some extra pieces left over!  I used stamps I had on hand instead of buying the set made for the kit.  Attendees at my workshop tomorrow night will be making one of these.
Happy stamping!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Classic Lovely as a Tree

I am so happy that Lovely as a Tree didn't retire!  I hope it NEVER does!  It's one of my go-to stamp sets for both masculine and sympathy cards.  Unfortunately, I needed a sympathy card recently, and I had just made this card.
The card colors are Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip and gold.  On the card base, I stamped a couple of stamps from Timeless Textures then flicked on some spatters using gold Wink of Stella as well as an aquapainter dipped in Chocolate Chip ink.  I stamped the oak tree in VersaMark, embossed it with gold embossing powder then sponged it lightly with Chocolate Chip ink to soften the gold color a bit.  I distressed both the focal image and the mat with my bone folder then added a piece of retired crochet trim.
Happy stamping!
Jana Signature