Monday, August 9, 2021

Oldie Moldie Monday

 It is Monday, time to who some love for your old supplies.

Today we are featuring a background that was in my background box.  When I am playing with alcohol inks, oxide inks, stencils, etc. making backgrounds I make lots and then they go into a box.  I finally got smart and put them in the same place and it is so nice to look through the box and grab a background and make a fun card.

The background for this birthday card was made with alcohol inks.  Two die cuts from My Favorite Things was used for the focal point on the card.  The bottom layer is white glitter card stock and the top is the same paper as the navy blue mat.  The sentiment was heat embossed on a strip of the navy blue card stock.

If you want to see a masculine card made with the bottom die cut, just go back to August 2 and take a look.  

Remember to use your old supplies.  They still make beautiful cards.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Happy Little Stampers August Stencil Challenge

 It is time for a new Stencil Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  The stencil challenge is always "Anything Goes".  Don't you think those are the best challenges?

I am in need of some masculine birthday cards so decided to use that idea for my jump off point for my August stencil card.

The stencil is from a new company to me.  It is Ciao Bella Papercrafting from Italy.  It is a larger stencil so this card is bigger  than an A2 card.

I made the background with the stencil on a gel plate.  I laid down the blues and greens for the background, let it dry, added the stencil and added the plant image with dark brown paint.  Once again you let it dry.  After it is dry, you brayer white paint over the top and then pull the image.  It really is that simple but you really don't know what you will be pulling each time.  As you can see I did get spots of white coming through but I went with it.  Gel printing takes practice and patience.  I do want to try this and just use my oxide inks and see how it works.

I cut the image down, matted it with dark brown card stock and then added it to a navy blue card base.  The sentiments are from Altenew.  I fussy cut them out.

I added gold splatters to the card front.  Splatters add so much to the card. 

Here is a close up of the plant.  You can also see the variation in colors in the background and also the gold splatters.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Happy Little Stampers August Christmas Challenge

 It is time for a new Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  

As always the challenge is Anything Goes but we do offer you the opportunity for a little twist.  The optional twist is Wonderland.  I guess mine might be a winter wonderland - it has snowflakes in it or I did my own thing.  I also wanted to make a flat shaker card.  Prairie Paper and Ink has some excellent videos showing you how to do this.  

I have been trying to play with my stencils more (I joined the stencil design team) and wanted to use this snowflake stencil from Gina K.  It is several years old.

I used watercolor paper and stenciled on the snowflake with embossing paste.  I then used a couple different pink re inkers and water to add color to the background.  (in hindsight, I think I would color my background first and then add the embossing paste through the stencil to retain the original color of the embossing paste).  After everything is dry I then made my mini slimline flat shaker card.

I used a scrapbook page protector to make the clear front for the card.  I folded the plastic around to the back on three sides.  I used double sticky adhesive  tape to hold down the plastic.  After you have three sides taped down securely, I added all the bits and pieces to make the shaker part.  I seem to have lots of stuff that works in a shaker.  Tape the last opening shut and adhere to your card base.  I die cut a sentiment and glued it to the front of the card.

Here is a picture of how the flat shaker card looks laying down with the shaker bits and pieces distributed over the front of the card.

Here is a picture of the mini slimline card sitting on an easel so you can see the bits at the bottom of the card.  I did glue some larger snowflake sequins around the front of the card so you can see more snowflakes when the bits and pieces are over the front of the card.

These are fun to make and less work than building up a well for your shaker bits. 

Please come join us at Happy Little Stampers August Christmas challenge.   

Monday, August 2, 2021

Oldie Moldie Monday

 It is Monday time to show some love for your old supplies.

Today I am using some old paper (the dark brown card stock and the cream color background) for my oldie moldie supplies.  The happy birthday die is from my supplies.

I made the striped background by using pieces of leftover paper from a project I am working on.  I laid them on the diagonal on a sheet of paper and then cut strips out of it to use on my two cards.  The leaf die is from My Favorite Things.

I added the strip of paper to each card and then dry embossed the card front to give it some texture.  The front was matted with a dark brown card stock.  The leaf and sentiment were cut from the same dark brown card stock.  .

Two more cards made for my Birthday Project and these are masculine cards.  Masculine cards are hard to make.  

Remember to show some love for your old supplies.