Sunday, July 24, 2011

Summer Card Camp - Week 4 Part 3

I had so much fun making the previous card that I embossed another Mehndi Medallion (or as my sis calls it "Mindy Medallion"!) with white embossing powder and used that same ink combo plus a little of the Perfect Pearls powder. Love that effect!

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Hopefully you can see a little bit of the shine that the Perfect Pearls added. I kept the rest of this card simple - just used a bit of Basic Grey fibers that I've had for eons that happened to be just the right colors. Fun when something like that works out!

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I'm sad to see this class end. I've learned some new tricks and stepped out of my comfort zone a bit. The class got me kick started & put the enjoyment back into making cards again! Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Mehndi Medallion, Think Big 3 (both PTI)
Cardstock: kraft & white (PTI)
Ink: Distress Ink (Ranger), Perfect Pearls, black Memento
Other: Basic Grey fibers, circle Nestabilities, Winter White embossing powder (SU)

Summer Card Camp - Week 4 Part 2

I had a little time to play today - woo hoo! I tried out Jennifer McGuire's finger inking technique. So easy and very fun. You should see my blue/green fingers though! Here's the color combo for this week again:

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I used Distress ink in Chipped Sapphire, Peeled Paint and Broken China. I only have a couple of Distress ink pads, but since blues are my favorite color, I was lucky enough to have the right colors on hand. I was going for something different for me - an artsy look, so I used the pools of ink that I had on the seam binding and also put some of that same ink on a sponge to swipe the edges of the mat stack and label. I'm more of a clean & simple type so artsy does not come naturally to me!

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Thinking of You
Stamps: Mehndi Medallion; Up, Up & Away (both PTI)
Cardstock: kraft & white (PTI)
Ink: Distress Ink (Ranger), Perfect Pearls
Other: Mat Stack 5 die (PTI), Angled Label die (PTI), Damask Designs IP, circle Nestabilities, Winter White embossing powder (SU), seam binding

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Week 4 - Summer Card Camp

So sad - this is the last week of the great class Summer Card Camp. This week's color combo was one of my favs of all time - greens and blues with white.

I embossed the image with white embossing powder first, then used the blender tool to rub ink into areas that were not embossed. Love how it turned out! Definitely will be playing more with that stamp and technique again. The embossing really is white - I took the picture outside in the golden hour right before sunset so it's got a pretty gold glow to it. I had to make this card for a sad reason though - a coworker's father passed away this week. They were close so she's taking it pretty hard. Hopefully, a small gesture such as a card will brighten her day, if even for a moment.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Summer Card Camp - Week 3

It's already Week 3 of our summer card class! I was out of town all week for work and didn't have a chance to play at all until today so this is a fast card, but I love how it turned out. Our color combo for this week was:

I've used this color combo before in my card making and love it, so this was a simple challenge. Here's the card that I came up with:

All PTI except for twine. I'll try to post the supplies later but would love to go take a dip in the pool before it closes (ds is lifeguarding - love to see him in action!). Have an amazing day and hope that you stay cool (heat wave here!).

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Summer Card Class - Week 2

I am so glad that I decided to take this Summer Card class because it's gotten me back into making cards and playing with new techniques and most importantly, excited about the process again. This week we were given this color combo to work with:

I tried a technique that I've seen floating around the internet (if anyone knows where it originated, please let me know so I can give proper credit). I took the 5 inkpads that I thought came closest to this week's color combo and smeared some ink from each in a pinwheel pattern onto my non-stick craft sheet which I purchased awhile ago on Jennifer McGuire's recommendation. Boy, do I love that craft sheet! Anyway, after putting the ink on the craft sheet, I sprayed it with a little water to blend the inks together a bit and used this ink to stamp with my Mehndi medallion stamp (or, as my sis calls it, the "Mindy" medallion stamp!). Love how it turned out even though the ink/water combo pooled in a few places. I tried it a few times without spraying the ink with water and that wasn't quite as pretty so I stuck with the pooled ink. I will be trying this technique again. It's hard to see but I used my new Damask impression plate on the Scarlet Jewel CS - it's beautiful and I know I'll be using the Damask impression plate again and again.


Stamps - PTI Mehndi medallion, Gracious Vases
Dies - Spellbinders nestabilities circles, Spellbinders ribbon tags, PTI Damask impression plate
Cardstock - PTI Vintage cream and Scarlet Jewel
Ink - SU Mellow Moss & Old Olive, Adirondack Butterscotch & Cranberry, Ranger Beach Ball yellow
Ribbon - PTI Fine Linen Satin