Tuesday, May 15, 2018

CASology: Copper

Welcome back! It's time for a new cue from CASology!

Not gonna lie, I struggled with this one. My color-loving heart was having a problem with being told what to use. But in the end, I think it turned out alright.

I began my card by cutting and folding a card base. I then ran a panel through my Big Shot with my Cube Cover die and then used some Multi Medium Matte to adhere it to the front of my card base.

I cut my foliage from some white cardstock and then used some Versamark ink and copper embossing powder to create some copper leaves. I used two layers of the embossing powder to get a nice, even coating. I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment onto some scrap white cardstock with Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with the same copper powder. I cut the strip down and then used my scissors to cut a diagonal across one side.

I arranged my foliage where I wanted it and used Multi Medium Matte to adhere it to the card base. I added some foam tape behind my sentiment and then adhered it over the top of the stems from the foliage.

Super simple, but really pretty!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Addicted to CAS Guest Designer

I'm so thrilled to be joining the Addicted to CAS team as a guest designer this week! And here's the code word...

This was perfect because I was in need of a little inspiration for this year's Mother's Day card. This gave me the perfect opportunity to pull out some of my favorite products and create something just for my Mom.

I started this card by cutting a panel to the exact size of an A2 card front - 4 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. I stamped my floral image with my MISTI and then colored it in with my Copics. I adhered the panel to a card base using my glue runner. (I attached it to a card base because the Copics bled through the back and I didn't want it to show on the inside of my card.)

I cut out my Mom die cuts from white cardstock and the shadow from vellum. I used my Multi Medium Matte to adhere the white words on top of the vellum shadow cut. Then I added a little more Multi Medium Matte to the back of the vellum and adhered it to the panel. The sentiment was stamped on Slate cardstock using Versamark ink and then heat embossed with white powder. I used some foam tape to adhere the strip below my die cut sentiment.

Super simple, but the perfect card for my Mom!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll join the Addicted to CAS challenge with your own creations!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

CASology: Marine

Hello and welcome back! I know you're probably sick of it by now, but I have another underwater card for you today. With the new cue from CASology, I just couldn't resist!

See? How could I possibly resist making another ocean themed card with a cue like that? It's just begging to be colored!

I switched it up a little this time and made my little mermaid sit on the sea floor. I started my card by cutting a panel with a stitched rectangle die and then used my MISTI to stamp both my image and my sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black.

I used my copics to color in my mermaid. This time, I wanted to show a little love to my dark-skinned sisters and made her more Latin inspired. I used brown to color her hair and then thought it was a little too light, so I added some warm gray over the top to tone it down and it created this gorgeous color that I just adore!

When my mermaid was colored, I added in the sea floor beneath her by coloring in the basic shape with a light brown and then going over the top of it with little dots of darker browns. I focused the darker browns where her shadow would fall and then gradually decreased the darkness as her shadow would fade.

I used stripes of blue, blue green, and blue violet to create my ocean water. When I was satisfied with how the color looked, I went back in with my colorless blender, BG11, B93, and a white gel pen to add dots of bubbles surrounding my mermaid. (If you'd like a tutorial for the water portion, I made one in an earlier post. Just click here.)

I added my finished panel to my card base using my tape runner and I was finished!

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to link up your creations on the CASology post!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

CASology: Jungle

Hello! It's that time of the week - time for a new cue from the CASology challenge!

Oh goodness! I have so many stamps in my collection that could work for this cue! I decided to use one that hasn't seen any love yet. I'm sure you've got a few in your stash like this. I bought it because it was absolutely adorable and then it just sat there unused as I created other projects. Time to show it some love!

I began by stamping the hippo, bird, and sentiment using my MISTI. So thankful for that tool! It makes everything so much easier! Then I lined up my balloons so the hippo would be holding them and used my MISTI to stamp them, too!

I cut out my panel after everything was stamped (which is backwards from what I usually do!). Then I used my Copics to color everything in. I used warm grays for my hippo and then used my cool grays to add a halo around the images so they don't look so flat against the white panel.

I finished it all off by adhering it to a gray card base using my tape runner.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you'll join us with your own creations!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Keeping Christmas Inspiration Hop

Hello! I'm joining some delightfully talented ladies on the 25th of every month with a fun Christmas creation. I don't know about you, but I always find myself rushing to get things done in the couple of months leading up to Christmas. I'm trying to keep that from happening this year by putting together a couple of creations each month to put in my stash so I won't be crazy busy when Christmas rolls around.

It's the 25th, so it's time for a Christmas creation!

This card is so super simple to put together that you could mass produce it without a problem. I simply arranged all those snowflakes (I used the retired Snowflake Flurry set from MFT) in my MISTI so I could stamp them all at once with Versamark ink and then heat embossed them with white powder. It would be so easy to just stamp and heat emboss a bunch of card bases at once.

I used an ink blending tool to blend in some Broken China distress oxide ink through the top left corner to cover all the stamped snowflakes and make them stand out. I kept blending it out until it eventually melted into the white card. Again, it would be super easy to mass produce by blending a bunch of card bases at once. You could even mix it up by using a bunch of different inks.

Last, I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment in the bottom right portion of the card. And once again, it would be super easy to stamp multiples because of the MISTI! You could use the same sentiment for every card or mix it up with other sentiments from the same hand-lettered set I was using.

That's it for this month's card! Don't forget to hop along with the rest of the ladies in the hop!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

CASology: Active

Hello! It's time for another brand new cue from CASology!

This is another cue that I really struggled with. I think I was just overthinking it. (I almost missed my deadline because I was so stumped!) I finally sat down and just flipped through a few of my stamp sets. I stopped on this particular sentiment set from Mama Elephant. It's a gorgeous script that creates a line across your card front. Then I thought - Wow, I bet I could get an image to look active on top of that line! And that's how my idea was born!

This card is incredibly simple to put together and requires very little coloring! I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment so I was sure that it would be straight and then stamped my little penguin so he would be skating on top of the line. I used just a few copics to color him in and give him a little bit of dimension, but I thought he was still missing something. So I went back in with a little heart from my sentiment set and added just a touch of red ink. I think it helped balance it all nicely.

That's it! One layer and super simple to put together. I hardly used any copic ink, so there wasn't even any bleeding through my paper. Can't get much more CAS than that!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CASology: Parent

Hello! It's time for a new cue from CASology!

With Mother's Day right around the corner, I decided to create a card that I could send for the holiday. (Most likely my mother-in-law because my Mom creeps on my social media!)

I started this card by creating the card base first. I knew I wanted to add an extra little something to it to make it super special. I just love these coverplates from Lil Inker Designs so I settled on this pretty stitched spiral plate. They're a fantastic way to add interest to a plain card base without adding any extra layers or bulk. I simply ran my card base through my Big Shot with my coverplate and I got this incredibly pretty card! I also cut out a circle from some vellum so that my focal image wouldn't get lost in the stitching on the front of the card.

I set these aside and then used my MISTI to stamp my floral image. I colored it in with my Copics and then used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to cut it out. Then I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment on a strip of black cardstock in Versamark ink. I heat embossed in white powder and then used my scissors to snip a flag on the end. I added a dab of Multi Medium Matte to the end of the flag to adhere it to the back of my floral image.

I adhered my floral image with attached flag to the vellum circle using some foam tape and then added a little bit more Multi Medium Matte behind the image on the back of the vellum to adhere it to the card base without the adhesive showing through on the front. I finished it off by adding just a few Lemon Drop jewels from Pretty Pink Posh.

I know this is a little more elaborate than I normally go for, but I wanted to make something extra special for Mother's Day!

Thanks for stopping by!