Sunday, September 26, 2010

Christmas Postcard - Christmas Card

Inspired once more by the Mojo Monday Sketch (#157).  I created another Christmas Card using a fabulous vintage looking stamp!

I used watercolor paper, classic inks and an aqua pen to color in the image. 
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Products used (all Stampin' Up!):
  • Deck the Halls Designer Paper (#120810)
  • Always Artichoke Desinger Paper (from the regals collection - #117154)
  • Always Artichoke Cardstock (from the regals collection #119709)
  • Cherry Cobbler Cardstock (from the regals collection #119709)
  • Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon (#117291)
  • Basic Pearls (#119247) 
  • Aqua Painter (#103954)
  • Various Classic Ink Pads (to color in stamp - Poppy Parade (in color collection # 120952),(the remaining from the Regals Collection #119693) Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy)
  • 3/4" Circle Punch (#119873)
  • Scallop Edge Border (#119882)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Thinking Disney - Puppy Love!

I'm a mother of 3, that has never brought my kids to Disney.  A challenge came up on the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Connection site to create using Disney as an inspiration.  While I haven't brought my youngsters to Disney yet, we do have a beautiful Shichon puppy (shih-tzu/bichon hybrid) that has joined our family this year.

I brought out the Cricut and cut the title and Mickey/Pluto die cuts, and added wonderful looking dimension using Stampin' Up! Stampin' Pastels, and added "shine" using the Uni-ball Signo Pen also from Stampin' Up!
Adding dimension using Stampin' Pastels is SO easy and SO worth it.  I didn't have a flesh colored paper, so I made my own using Whisper White carstock and Stampin' Pastels.  (I have an order in to get a collection of cardstock now - should be in next week sometime!)

I also used Make The Cut software and my Cricut and cut out a wonderful SVG from HeatherM's Blog to complete the layout.

I can't get enough of the Delightful Decorations stamp set, it is SO versatile.  I stamped a background on Crumb Cake cardstock using Versamark Ink to add interest to the background of the circle.  I also punched 1" circles of Certainly Celery to put behind the smaller circles that were cut out in the Cajun Craze, then used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp into each of those smaller circles using Certainly Celery Ink.  I hadn't had enough with circles there, I stamped some more Delightful Decorations on Certainly Celery with Certainly Celery Ink and punched them out with a 3/4" circle punch.  I then mounted them on the negative space (from the small circles cut out of the large circle) adhered, and added a brad.  I accented two corners with three of these cute little embellishments!  I cut out and matted the photo using the Circle Scissor Plus!

completed layout
close-up of diecut
layout without photo

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Supplies Used (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise Noted) -

Designer Series Paper - Marina Mist Stripe (from Subtles Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack #117152)

Cardstock -  Brights (Daffodil Delight, Real Red ), Regals (Cajun Craze), Subtles (Certainly Celery, Marina Mist ), Neutrals(Basic Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake)

Brads - Marina Mist from Subtles Collection (#119738)

Tools - Stamp-a-ma-jig (#101049), Circle Scissor Plus (#112530), 1" Circle Punch (#119868), 3/4" Circle Punch (#119873), Color Coach (#121620)

Ink - VersaMark (#102283), Certainly Celery (#105217)

Stampin' Pastels (#120962)
uni-ball Signo Gel Pen (#105021)

Non-Stampin' Up! Tools/Supplies:
Cricut Electronic Die Cut Machine (ProvoCraft)
Mickey and Friends Cartridge (ProvoCraft)
Make The Cut Software
SVG file from HeatherM's Blog cut from Make The Cut software on the Cricut

Chalkboard Technique - using Whisper White Craft Ink and Shimmer Paint

I needed to come up with more Christmas Card samples, so I scoured the internet for card sketches, and came across Mojo Monday.  This is an excellent place for inspiration!  I used this sketch along with some supplies came up with this idea :
Taking pictures of the card turned out to be a difficult task, so I had to use a scanner because the shimmer paint was reflecting so much you couldn't see the bird :)

The scan still doesn't do it justice, the green leaves glow like neon in real life.

For instructions on the chalkboard technique - see here

*** chalkboard technique works with frost white shimmer paint, the shimmer shows through the chalk!! - I used shimmer paint for the pacific point colored snowflakes ***

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Designer Series Paper - Jolly Holiday (#117159 )

Cardstock - Very Vanilla (#101650 or in kit #119707), Basic Black (#121045 or in kit #119707), Old Olive (#100702 or in kit #119706)

Ribbon - Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon (#117291), Victoria Crochet Trim (#118481)

Ink - Whisper White Craft Ink (#101731), Chocolate Chip Classic Ink  (used for inking cardstock and papers, using sponge dauber)(single ink pad #100908 or in kit #119695)
Frost White Shimmer Paint (#116854)- applied directly to the stamp (used chalkboard technique over-top) using a sponge dauber (#102892 for a set of 12)

Stampin' Pastels (#120962 for all colors) used for the chalkboard technique

Stamps Used: Delightful Decorations (#116517), A Cardinal Christmas (#111760)

Sketch: Mojo Monday 156