–Stardream Fuse Mica cardstock in Bronze
–Pearlized decorative paper from SEI Windsor Collection
–Papertrey Ink Kraft cardstock
–Unity Stamp Co. rubber stamp sets: “All Worth It” and “Love Life” (by Melody Ross)
–American Crafts Zing! Opaque embossing powder in Black Glitter
–VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
–Colorbox Fluid Chalk Cat’s Eye Ink Pad in Dark Brown
–Bazzill InStitch’z Floss in French Vanilla
–We R Memory Keepers paper piercer
–All Night Media Studio Art Pop Dots
–Imaginisce Glam Rocks Rhinestuds
–Pink Paislee “Queen Bee” Flip Notes
–3M ATG714 adhesive gun
Yesterday, I was goofing around trying to decide on which project to tackle. Meanwhile, I realized that there was a chill in the air nipping at the back of my neck. I looked out the window (*distraction*) and realized it was one of those days. The ones where the sky is a frozen ice blue in color with little cloudiness. Where the wind seems to be missing, but blusters here and again. The kind where time seems to have just suspended itself and Mother Nature has let out a quiet, but definite, B-r-r-r-r.
When I got back to my workspace, I knew I wanted to make a card to capture that feeling. It’s funny because the piece of decorative paper I decided to use (from SEI) really isn’t winter or snowflake related per se, but yet it works. Some ribbon, a stamp, and my I-Rock and this icy blue card appeared. Can you feel it?
Here’s a quick card project with a more masculine feel to it. The base cardstock is Stampin’ Up! in Not Quite Navy. The decorative paper for the mat is from Graphic 45’s “Transatlantique” Collection. The clock image was stamped on Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay cardstock with StazOn ink in Jet Black. The clock components are from a clear acrylic stamps set by Maya Road called “Clocks”. The ribbon is from Stampin’ Up!’s designer ribbon District collection. I used a Stampin’ Up! punch to cut out the quatrefoil shape on each corner of the card mat and accented them with my Imaginisce I-Rock tool and crystals. The sentiment was handwritten using a Uniball Signo white pen.
(To no one’s surprise) I sometimes think there is a fourteen year-old girl trapped in my 44 year-old body. (Wait, that’s sounds really bad doesn’t it?) So last night, I thought I’d try to channel that spirit and do a “girly” card. Now, I have no problem being in touch with my feminine side. But, doing a tween card is something I don’t do on a regular basis. I thought it would be an interesting challenge. I’m not really sure if was a challenge conquered or not. It may be a bit too much…but nonetheless, here’s what I came up with using the new Cricut Lite cartridge ‘Slumber Party’.
* MATERIALS & TOOLS USED: American Crafts decorative cardstock from the “Teen” Collection; Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Cherry Cobbler, Pink Passion, Basic Black; Die Cuts With A View cardstock from the “Shimmer” Collection; Cricut Expression, Cricut Gypsy; Cricut Lit Cartridge “Slumber Party”; Sakura Glaze pen in Black; Imaginisce I-Rock heat tool; Imaginisce Glam Rocks in “Mirror”; Zutter Round-It-All 1/2″ corner tool; Zig Two-Way glue pen; Carl RT-200 trimmer; Scor-Pal;
Recently, I posted a card that was made with a highly versatile clear acrylic stamp set from Papertrey Ink. The set is called “Friendship Jar” and is based around an old-fashioned canning jar that can be filled with various items and complimented with various jar toppers. The first card I did used the jar image filled with flowers.
For my second project, I wanted to create a jar filled with gumballs or jawbreakers. However, I was determined to find a way to make the jar look more like it was actually made of glass. My first thought was to use either Crystal Effects or Glossy Accents to cover over the jar once the coloring was done. After a couple of attempts, I was frustrated by the fact that during the drying process, the colors from the gumballs leached from the wetness. I was not happy with the final product. Last night, an alternative solution popped into my head and I had to try it. The solution it seems was to use the dies created to work with this stamp set and clear sheet of transparency film.
These corresponding steel dies are easy to run through any embossing machine to precut your cardstock before you stamp on them. I used my Cuttlebug and cut out the pieces I need from Stampin’ Up! Whisper White cardstock and a piece of clear write-on transparency film from Office Max.
Here is the jar image cut out with the die and then stamped with the jar image from the set using Tsukineko Memento in in Danube Blue. Next to it is the jar image cut from the transparency film. (Though it is somewhat difficult to tell from the photographs that follow, the transparency film really does give the jar the illusion of glass, with a bit of shine and reflection.) The card base was cut at an A2 size from Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Marina Mist. The card mat decorative paper is from Basic Grey’s Offbeat collection. I used the Stampin’ Up! Scallop Border punch to cut the sides. The images and sentiment are all Papertrey Ink stamps. The blue metal “rhinestuds” are from the new Imaginisce I-Rock collection and were adhered with their new heat tool. The images were colored with my Copic Sketch markers.