Thursday, June 29, 2017

Pirate Birthday

Hello! I'm here today with a card I created for my nephew's birthday. He's turning 9 and these little pirates from My Favorite Things made me think of him. I purposely bought the Pirate and Mermaid sets and the Porthole die with this card in mind. It's a relief to finally have it out of my brain!

I started my card by creating my base from some Crumb Cake cardstock. I stamped my wooden plank background on it in Versamark ink and then heat embossed in clear powder for some fun texture. Next, I cut a circle from the front of the card that matches the size of the Porthole die.

I cut my Porthole from some white cardstock and then used Versamark ink and Copper embossing powder to create a metallic look. I adhered that directly to the card front surrounding the hole in the base.

I stamped my mermaid and my pirate and colored them in with my Copics. I used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to cut them out with a slight border and then adhered my pirate to the inside of my card so that he showed through the window. I used some foam tape on the back of my mermaid to give her some dimension since she's supposed to be swimming outside of the pirate's ship.

I struggled with how to stamp my sentiment. I was going to add another strip of paper since my base was heat embossed, but ultimately settled on stamping directly to the base and then heat embossing in another color of powder (Copper to match the porthole). You have to be careful when heating the second layer of powder so that it doesn't run into the layer that's already on the card. Short bursts of heat keeps your sentiment crisp and clear!

I love how it turned out! It's the perfect card for my sweet nephew! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Kennedy Grace Creations Post

I'm over on the Kennedy Grace Creations blog today with this floral hugs card. Go check it out for more details!

CASology: Fly

Hello, everyone! I'm back again today with a brand new cue from the CASology Challenge!

It's summer and so this cue immediately made me think of tropical birds. This time, my mind settled on a toucan!

I started by cutting out a Stitched Hexagon and then stamped my flower. I masked it off and stamped my toucan so that it appears to be behind the flower. I used my Copics to color them in and then added a slight halo around them with some warm grays.

I set that aside and cut and folded my card base. I used a stencil and some Pumice Stone distress ink to add a little interest and help my hexagon stand out from the white of the base. I adhered my hexagon directly on top of the stenciling on the base and then stamped my greeting below it.

Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to see how our cue inspires you this week!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Challenge 88

Hello! I'm back today with a new challenge from The Challenge! We have some keywords for this week.

And here's my take on the keywords!

I heat embossed my image on some Ranger Watercolor paper in white embossing powder and then used my Zig Clean Color Brushes to color them in. I trimmed my piece down to a 4x4 square and then adhered it to a card base. I used two sizes of Wonky Stitched Rectangles to create a frame and then heat embossed my sentiment onto some vellum with rose gold embossing powder. I placed my sentiment strip where I wanted it to be and then captured it underneath the foam tape from my frame so that no adhesive would show through. I finished it off by adding a few rose gold sequins.

Thanks for joining me today! I can't wait to see how you're inspired by our keywords!