Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

These cards were so much fun to make!  I couldn't decide which one to enter in the H2H challenge this week so I'm posting all of my 2010 Halloween cards here. All of these cards were made with Close To My Heart "Thriller" stamp set which was the September Stamp of the Month set.  The first card uses Grey Wool and Vineyard Berry Ink.  The skull was stamped on white with Versamark ink and then chalked with vineyard berry chalk.

The second card has a clear window.  The outside frame was stamped using black Stazon ink on a piece of Xyron laminate.  The inside was stamped in Grey Flannel Ink and the pumpkin colored in with Sunset Marker.  The polka dot print is from the Olivia Level 2 Paper Set. The Happy Haunting greeting was stamped with Gypsy Ink.

The next card features a Clear Card and a bleaching technique to achieve the white skull face.  First a piece of white paper was brayered with Pear Ink and then embossed with Black embossing powder.  I used a Q-tip and some bleach to remove the green color from the skull face.  This element was then sponged with black ink. This is mounted on the outside of the clear card while the randomly stamped images and eyeball ribbon trim are on the inside of the card.  Red sparkles and cream opaques accent the card.

The final card uses Pear, Sunset and Pansy Purple Inks and Pansy Purple embossing powder.  I sponged white photo mounting corners with Pansy Purple Ink to frame the skull.  Pansy Purple and Sunset cardstock paper was used. The green polka dot print is from the Olivia Paper Set.

Wishing you all a spooky and spectacular Halloween filled with lots of fun! 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ruffled Lace, Clear Sparkles and a Clear Button for Card Pattern Sketch 87

I enjoy challenging myself to create cards to share on various stamping related blogsites. I have learned so much from others and I'm glad that I have the opportunity to pass on some good ideas.  This week the Card Pattern Sketch 87 looks like this:

My interpretation looks like this:

There is a fan looking corner stamp in the CTMH Triple Play stamp set which was stamped twice to make the half circle.  I stamped with Pacifica Ink on Lagoon cardstock (LOVE these 2 new colors!).   I also stamped on a small piece of Lagoon CS and used a circle punch to cut it out and attached it to the clear button using CTMH Bonding Memories Glue Pen which dries clear.  I looked through my shoebox full of ribbon and found this white irridescent ruffled lace which I attached using my sewing machine to Pacifica cardstock. Then I glued the Pacifica CS onto a White Daisy folded card. Last I took out my set of clear adhesive sparkles and stuck them on the card.  (When I went to photograph this card the sparkles appeared uneven and too bright so I used my scanner which created the shadow on the top left corner.)  Do you think I have too many sparkles or not enough?  Your comments are always appreciated.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Card Pattern Challenge Sketch 86

This is the first time I am participating in the Card Pattern weekly challenge.  We were invited to make a card using the following sketch:

Here is my entry:

 All products are from Close To My Heart.  I used Magnifique patterned paper, Lagoon and Pacifica cardstock on Colonial White paper.  The thank you greeting is from C1220 You're Special set.  I used Lagoon Ink and then stamped again with Versamark Ink and embossed with Polysparkle Tinsel (retired CTMH product.).  The three elements on the lower right corner were made with a pencil eraser tip stamped in lagoon and then again with versamark and embossed with Polysparkle Tinsel.  Don't they look like real sparkle brads?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Flourished Blessings with Clear Embossing Technique

Here are two cards that I made using a clear embossing technique over Splendor paper.  First I stamped the leaf image (D1379 Flourished Blessings) onto the patterned paper with Versamark Ink.  Next I applied CTMH Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with our craft heater. After that I used a sponge dauber with either Chocolate stamp pad or Topiary stamp pad to rub ink into the grooves of the stamped image and around the stamped image to provide contrast from the original paper print which shows in the leaf image.  The first card uses Colonial White as the base with Goldrush and Pansy Purple cardstock and Chocolate ink.  The second card uses Colonial White as the base with Garden Green and Autumn Terracotta cardstock and Topiary Ink.  Close To My Heart has such beautiful patterned papers that this technique can be used with--let your imagination run free with this easy yet stunning technique!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Super Simple Birthday Card

Here is a very simple birthday card to make using our fabulous new Magnifique papers. Use a .5" of Pacifica CS and glue it .25" from the left side vertically.  Cut a 3.25" of striped paper and overlap the Pacifica stripe. Cut a .75" strip of patterned paper and glue it horizontally across card front about 1.5" from the top. Stamp "Happy Birthday" from D1187 For Every Occasion stamp set onto Lagoon CS with Pacifica Ink. Use your favorite tool to cut into an oval shape. (I used the Coluzzle cutting system). Sponge the edge with White Daisy ink and glue it onto the card centered over the horizontal stripe. How easy was that?

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