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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Welcome Neighbor!

We have new neighbors who moved here from out of State... so felt a welcome to California was called for! 
Here is a side view that allows you to see the "banner" greeting:

IMAGES: "Poppy Bottles" from Stampendous Clear Stamps; letters are from All Night Media "Jazz" font
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the image panel; Greeting is on Georgia Pacific "white" at 110 # wt. CS; blue base card from my endless stash
INKS:  Image stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics: Vase – BG0000, 000, 01; Flowers – YR02, 04, 07, 09; GR82, 94; W7  Greeting stamped with Versafine Black, edges distressed with Ranger's Distress Inks - "Tumbled Glass"
TECHNIQUE:  The image was stamped twice and colored and then, using a ruler, I drew a light pencil frame which intersected the image on four points, allowing the image to “escape” the frame.  I used a craft knife then to cut out the frame and the flowers and vase outside the frame.  I used distress ink around the edge and then foam tape to mount the panel up off the base card.  The 2nd copy of poppies is cut out, sculpted and mounted with foam tape on the top of the originals.  The greeting is stamped on a long, narrow piece of paper, the ends are V-cut, scored twice on each end and finally mounted on the front of the card with foam tape to raise the center.  The ends are folded under to complete the 3-D banner.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Nautical Bleach...

This brown CS is wonderful with bleach... it is fairly cheap and is really nice for bleach "painting".  The image is a collage stamp and was stamped and embossed to give a little ridge that more easily contains the bleach.  My favorite method of application is the "water pen" that has the plastic barrel to hold the Clorox and a synthetic brush.  (Never use a real hair brush... the bleach will literally disolve the hairs!)  Once the design is lightened to my satisfaction, I went back in with Tombows to add a little color.
Made a good Father's Day card for Scott - who is a sailor.


This card is my entry in the  Copic Creations challenge: DOODLES . If you have seen some of my earlier posts you know I am interested in Zentangles and I jumped on the concept!  The boot is an older stamp from Penny Black,  who is sponsoring the Copic challange.  Many of the "shingles" and parts of the boot are already decorated... but I enhanced original designs, tangled in the blank shingles and tangled the hills in the background with my version of "Fescue" by Zentangle.  The coloring is with Copic pens, the windows are cut out and the panel is mounted 3D to the background panels.  Here is a close up that displays the tangling and details in a better light:

Once again I have been able to combine my three loves: stamping, tangling and my Copics! 
This was definitely fun!

Monday, June 13, 2011


I took a chance last week and posted on Freecycle searching for a light tent or box.  I scored big when someone offered her setup that she used only once!  It includes this tent and the two lights and another larger tent. All free!  Originally she also had a tripod for the camera but had given that away.  I am tickled pink!  You can see tiny easel I use in the tent that will hold my cards.  Wahoo!

Torn edges...

The coloring for the horse involved  rubbing distress inks on a craft sheet, spraying with water and then putting my paper panel face down in the ink puddles a couple of times till I was satisfied with the colors.  Once dry, I stamped the horse image in black on the section of colors I liked and finally, cut out the image.  This was mounted with foam tape on the background panel stamped with the music and distressed with inks.  The layers behind this panel were torn from brown and black papers and all were mounted to a light peach CS that matches the music panel.  This meets the criteria for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge for Diostressed/ Torn Edges.

IMAGE:  Horse is from Kodomo Inc.; Musical background is from Penny Black
INKS:  Versamark and Ranger Distress Inks
PAPERS: From my endless stash!

Paper Sculpting Flowers...

Here are two views of one of my recent sculpted flowers.  Stamped three times on DP and cut out in the 3 layers indicated in the image, I added C3 Copic ink to the edges of the petals and in the very center.  I also embellished the center using Duo Glue and silver foil.  Finally each of the three layers is sculpted and then the centers glued to the layered front of the card.
Here the same stamp is used with colored vellum and twine looped for the leaves. A punch of a snowflake has been added at the center of the flower for it's stamen.   The final version is with a lighter weight vellum mounted on a vellum printed with dragonflies.  A button and twine embellishments are added.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Recipe for Friendship...

For Challenge #86: "Recipe" at Mo's Digital Pencil, I decided to use this wonderful image of the Queen of Hearts.  This image is colored with Copics.  Other than the message, I chose not to embellish it further as it is for my husband - who is not into lotsa "stuff".  He just appreciates the humor!  The inside by the way, simply says: "I got nothin' else for ya!"

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tell you a secret...

Sweet and fun to color image by Sarah Kay.  I used Copics to color and then added texture with the embossed background, layered Designer Paper and die cut fence.

IMAGES: Sarah Kay’s “Can I tell you a secret”, fence is a Sixxiz die cut
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the image panel; base CS is Georgia Pacific "white" at 110 # wt.; blue and white DP from my endless stash
INKS:  Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics: Face – E000, 00, 01, & R02; Dress & Accessories – YG11, 17, 23, 25, Y11, 15, 21, 38, YR21;  Shadows – NO, W3 & C3;  Blue jeans & jacket – B41, 45, E53, 55, 57.
TECHNIQUE:  CuttleBug embossing folder used for the background.

Oldies but Goodies...

Remember these front and back stamps from Art Impressions?  I was wandering thru my older stamps and found this one.  I have a few of these that I haven’t used in years.  What’s cool is that with new punches, die cuts (the fence) and a few new sculpting techniques I can create a new look for her.

Here is the inside view of the window showing the front of the image:

IMAGES:  Front and Back woman is Art Impressions, background stamps from the “Flower Garden” set from Stampendous, fence is a Sissix die cut, window is a McGill punch.
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the image, base CS from my endless stash.
INKS: Marvy Markers for the background images, image stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics: Face – E000, 00, 01, 11 & R02; Dress – B91, 93, 95, & 99; Accessories – R24, 27; Shadows – NO & C1
TECHNIQUE:  Paper sculpting of the body as described in my post:  "Paper Sculpting Tilda..."