Sunday, September 7, 2014

Hooray One Layer Cards

When I saw the hooray greeting in the Studio Calico Poet Society card kit, I fell in love.  This stamp is perfect!  And I thought it would be a lot of fun to create some one layer cards with this stamp as the focal point.

Creating one layer cards is fun...and challenging at times.  Be sure to pay close attention to detail when stamping.  There isn't much to hide mistakes!

I used masking on both cards to keep the hooray greeting front and center.  It gives a really cool effect to have the other images kind of hiding behind the main image.  When masking, make sure you work from front to back with your stamped images.  For instance, I started by stamping the hooray.  Then created a mask and stamped the images behind it.  If I wanted to add another layer of images, I could mask the ring and diamond and stamp again.

Glitter is a great embellishment for one layer cards.  I used prisma glitter and a zig glue pen to add some sparkle to the diamond on the ring.  I first stamped the image using a very light gray ink.  Then simply traced over the image.  It gives the card much more pizzazz!  And let's face it...I LOVE glitter!

For the second card, I used sequins and star gems to dress it up.  Maybe not technically "one layer", but it's still a very flat design over all!  And you could definitely recreate this card without the sequins.

I have included a how to video below, walking you through the entire creation of both cards.  I have also included links to the products used in these projects below!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'd love to see some one layer cards that you've created!  Have a fabulous day!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Color Theory Ink Pad Giveaway

Just a head's up, if you don't follow me on Instagram, you may want to start!  I have a giveaway exclusively for all of my Instagram followers.  Here's a little hint...

Find this post on my Instagram feed to find out how you can win!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Geek Is Chic --- Using Stencils, Inking and Embossing Paste

Have you noticed?  Glasses are all the rage right now.  So, when I saw the Geek Is Chic stamp set and coordinating dies from My Favorite Things, I knew I had to have them.  These glasses are adorable.  Today I'm sharing two cards featuring this awesome stamp set and die set.  I'll also be sharing a fun technique that I saw Julie Ebersole do here.

To create a fun backdrop on my card base, I used some stencils, inking and Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste.  I started by positioning my stencil over my card front.  I used sponges to selectively ink a portion of my card.  For the "Clark Kent" card, I actually used three different inks to create an ombre look.  After I was satisfied with my inking, I cleaned my stencil and placed it right back over the inked area and then added Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste.  This is such a fun technique and adds so much shine and dimension to the card.

For the Eye Chart card, I added a little twist to the same technique by first stamping my sentiment before inking and adding embossing paste.  Quite honestly, I wasn't sure if this would work when I started adding the embossing paste.  But I think the end result is great!

These spectacle die cuts are so much fun.  I cut the cat eye glasses from some gold glitter paper.  Such a sassy look!  And I think they might be my dream glasses.  I cut the black glasses several times from black card stock.  I layered these die cuts to create a die cut with lots of dimension.  I finished these Clark Kent glasses off with a thick coat of glossy accents.  Seriously...are these not the cutest?  I adore these glasses.

I've included a video below walking you through the entire creation of this card.  I've also included links to all the products used in these projects.  Simply click the photo to link directly to the product.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and I hope you've been inspired to create something using your ink and stencils!  I hope you have a fabulous day!

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