Stamping And Coloring Die Cuts

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hey! I seem to have gotten into a posting pattern this summer.  Posting on the weekdays and taking the weekend to just hang out.  Which is the opposite of what tends to happen during the school year.  However, I wanted to join in with the PTI July Blog Hop today so here I am.  Technically, though, this post is getting done on a weekday.  It's actually Friday evening.  I wanted to get this post together early because we will be canoeing when this post goes up!  I can't wait.
So, the inspiration photo {pictured below} for the blog hop has a very Victorian and vintagy feel.  I like it, but wanted to try to make
my design a little more clean and modern.
I die cut the three butterflies from white cardstock and stamped the peonies with Memento black ink.  I colored the flowers, leaves, and background with Copic Markers.  I attached them in a vertical line with foam tape after adding a little curl to their wings.  I use the same motion you use with a pair of scissors on curling ribbon, but just with my hands on the cardstock.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Enjoy the hop!

Cardstock: PTI Black, Recollections White
Stamps: PTI Pretty Peonies
Ink: Memento Black Ink
Dies: PTI Beautiful Butterflies, SSS Stitched Rectangle Dies
Other: Copic Markers

Friday Inspiration File Week #228

Friday, July 24, 2015

TGIF! It's Friday and you know what that means...more time to craft. At least I hope that's what it means for you.  You guys never disappoint; I never have trouble finding beautiful inspiration to add to The File.  Below are just a few of the projects you will find in there this week {labeled #228}
Top Left: Jenny                      Top Right: Amy
Center Left: Veronica              Center Right: Marika
    Bottom Left: Ka                     Bottom Right: Yana
Have a great weekend!
Who or what has inspired you this week?


Quick Tip: Send More Cards

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Many people often express that they need to send more cards.  I shared a picture on Instagram showing my process for making sure to mail cards to friends and family.  It's quite simple, but ensures that I never forget anyone.  I received this greeting card organizer a long time ago. There are plenty others on the market {here and here for example} or you can make one yourself.  Each page represents a month and each month has a pocket where you can keep the cards you want to send out to the people on that month's list.  I never use the pockets because my cards are way too thick!
 Near the end of the current month, I look ahead to the next month to see who's birthday or anniversary is coming up.  I choose a card for each occasion, write them out, address them, and place a stamp on the envelopes.  I attach a post-it note to each envelope with the date of the occasion. {If I'm feeling really organized I'll put the date that I need to place the card in the mail instead of the date of the actual birthday or special occasion} I keep them in number order in my craft room. Then, usually about a week before the date, I drop the card(s) in the mail. I know I'll see them because I go in there every day;)
I usually do this when I want to be in my craft room,
but don't feel inspired to make something.  It doesn't take long {unless you have to chase your husband around with a pen for him to sign them ;)} and now I'm all set for August!
I hope this helps you send out more of your beautiful cards!

My Everything

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I think it's time to invest in some reinkers.  I love all of my Papertrey Ink dye inks, but they are starting to dry out a bit.  I have every color, so buying all of the reinkers is not going to be cheap.
Today's card started out with two parameters in mind: Line and Color.  I started by masking off a horizontal line with a strip of masking paper.  I chose several triangular shaped stamps from a Paper Smooches stamp set called Design Motifs.

Starting with red on the left, I stamped 3 triangles up and 3 triangles down overlapping and varying the heights.  Moving to the right I repeated the process changing the color after 3 triangles.  When I was finished I removed the mask and stamped a sentiment from a Simon Says Stamp set called All Occasion Banners.
I die cut the front panel with a stitched rectangle die
and popped it up on a white card base.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cardstock: PTI White
Stamps: PS Design Motifs, SSS All Occasion Banners
Ink: PTI Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Hawaiian Shores, Versafine Onyx
Dies: SSS Stitched Rectangle Die
Other: Masking Paper

Watercolor Over Die Cuts

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Today I'm joining Papertrey Ink for their weekly
Make It Monday Challenge: Watercolor with Die Cut Stencils.

I used a die, called Text Black Party,  to create my stencil.  I die cut it from a sheet of masking paper.  I placed the stencil, or mask, onto white cardstock and burnished it with my bone folder.  I used dye ink as my watercolor.  I swiped several ink pads onto my craft mat and spritzed them with water.  I then dipped the cardstock into the colors, letting them drip and pool.  I allowed it to dry before adding more colors.  At the end, I added splatters of color using a paintbrush loaded with ink tapped against my bone folder.
My second card started out the same way, but rather than smoosh the cardstock into the dye ink watercolor, I brushed each color on in horizontal stripes.
I added the same splatters as before and then allowed them both to dry completely before removing the mask.   Once the masks were removed I was able to do some stamping and embellishing.
I used Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal and Ocean Tides ink to create my watercolors.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Cardstock: PTI White, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores
Stamps: SS Birthday
Ink: PTI AM, HS, TT, OT, Versafine Onyx
Dies: PTI DE Banner Die, Text Block Party, SSS Stitched Rectangles
Other: Masking Paper, Rhinestones

Get Your Sunglasses

Monday, July 20, 2015

Today I have two {very} bright cards to share.  I don't normally use colors like this, but today I was drawn to them.  I wanted to work with a little ink blending and masking.  I used distress inks in the colors Mowed Lawn and Mustard Seed. On this first card, I die cut a square of white cardstock.  Using removable adhesive, I temporarily adhered the square to my craft mat.  I came in from one end with the yellow and in with green from the other end.  You could blend the colors on a larger piece of cardstock and die cut after to make it a bit easier to work with, but I like that the edges end up a bit darker as you move from the craft mat onto the cardstock.
I positioned a square of copy paper onto the center of my card front and temporarily adhered it {it was left over from the mask I created for my second card}.  I stamped my sentiment and the butterfly in the same position as they were on the ink blended square so that when I placed the square on the card front the sentiment and butterfly image would line up.
For my second card I created a mask that left only the square portion of the card front open.  I added distress ink the same way as before.  I removed the mask and stamped my sentiment and butterfly in Versafine Onyx ink.  I have a wonderful marker, that I have shared before, that is perfect for filling in any imperfections in stamping.  It's a black Pitt Pen by Faber Castell. 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cardstock: PTI White, WP9 Black
Stamps: PTI Beautiful Butterflies
Ink: Distress Ink, Versafine Onyx Ink
Dies: PTI Beautiful Butterflies, PS Stitched Frame Dies ,SSS Stitched Rectangles
Other: Faber Castell Pitt Pen

Couture or Ready To Wear?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

It's another rainy day here today so I thought I'd take advantage of it and play along with the MFT Sketch Challenge.  I just finished saying how I never use patterned paper and here I am using some!  I did give away most of my paper stash, but I held on to a few pieces that I loved.  I decided this little bunny needed a paper pieced dress.
As I mentioned yesterday, I love adding dimension to my cards.  If I run low on foam dots I start to get nervous.  I pick up 5 packs at a time from my local craft store.  As much as I love creating dimension I curse it when it's time to mail the cards. 
Instead of telling myself I can't or shouldn't create cards like this, I have decided to also create a simpler, less dimensional version while all of my supplies are out.  Generally, I don't enjoy mass producing because I get bored creating the same thing more than once.  I don't feel that way when I do this.  I am still challenging myself to come up with something new even though I'm using the same supplies.

I love both versions! Which do you lean more towards: the dimensional 'couture' cards or the simple 'ready-to-wear' cards?
 Have a great Saturday!

Cardstock: Recollections White
Stamps: MFT Somebunny
Ink: Memento Black
Dies: MFT Somebunny, SSS Stitched Rectangles, PTI DE Banner Die
Other: Copic Markers, Patterned Paper, Pearls
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