Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Sunflower Season

This week at Word Art Wednesday, our sponsor is Stamp Simply. Earlier this year, they were kind enough to send me two stamp sets. I have three cards to share with you today featuring the image from one of the sets and sentiments from both.

This first card uses the image from Sunflower Seasons. I stamped it with Versafine ink on some watercolor paper and then used Distress markers and a water brush to color it. I used Freshly Made Sketches #249 for my card design. Some Wink of Stella glitter marker in the center of the flower adds some sparkle. The sentiment is from the Thinking of You Rose stamp set and was heat embossed on a strip of watercolor paper.

Cardstock: Park Lane (#110 white for cardbase), Bazzill (brown), Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper
Patterned Paper: Echo Park (A Perfect Autumn 6 x 6 pad)
Stamps: Stamp Simply (Sunflower Season, Thinking of You Rose)
Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black)
Distress Markers: Shabby Shutters, frayed Burlap, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade
Tools/Embellishments: Gina Marie Designs (enamel dots), Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen (clear), Simon Says Stamp embossing powder (clear)

I'm entering this card in the following challenge: 
Crop Stop Challenge #443 - Use item or brand from the Crop Stop online store (I used Fiskars, Tsuineko, Ranger/Distress and Bazzill.

For the next card, the sunflower image was repeatedly stamped on watercolor paper with VersaMark ink and white heat embossed. Distress inks and a water brush were used to color the image. The sentiment, also from the Sunflower Seasons stamp set was heat embossed on a piece of vellum. A kraft frame was die cut and the vellum strip was adhered behind it. Foam tape was used to raise the frame up above the water colored panel. The framed panel was matted with cardstock before being adhered to the card base. Some glossy dots finish off the card. My card design was based off a sketch by My Favorite Things (MFTWSC247).

Cardstock: Park Lane (#110 white for cardbase), Bazzill (yellow), Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper, Recollections (kraft), Taylored Expressions (vellum)
Stamps: Stamp Simply (Sunflower Season)
Ink: VersaMark, Distress Ink (Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean, Ground Espresso Gathered Twig, Mowed Lawn, Lucky Clover)
Tools/Embellishments: Pink & Main Glossy Dots (silver), Simon Says Stamp embossing powder (white), My Favorite Things Die-namics (Blueprint 1, Blueprint 29)

For my last card, I kept things very simple and let one of my favorite sentiments from Sunflower Seasons take center stage. Four patterned paper rectangles were mounted on cardstock and then matted before behing adhered to the card base. The sentiment was stamped, die cut and double matted before being popped up over the patterned paper panel. It doesn't get much easier than that.

Cardstock: Park Lane (#110 white for cardbase, #65 burgundy), Bazzill (green), Georgia Pacific (white for sentiment)
Stamps: Stamp Simply (Sunflower Season)
Ink: VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Tools/Embellishments: Spellbinders Dies (Standard Circles Large and Small, Petite Scalloped Circles Large)

For those in the path of Hurricane Florence, I do hope you'll stay safe. Be careful!

I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all those that voted for my card in the Paper Sweeties contest. Thanks to you taking the time to go vote for me, I won the contest. Here is a pic of my prize:

I am truly humbled by how many of you voted. Thank you so much!!

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you'll visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the projects from the rest of the Design Team. We even have a new DT member being introduced today. Please give my good friend, Tamara, a warm welcome. Also, please be sure to visit our sponsor, Stamp Simply. They have many beautiful stamp sets that are sure to catch your eye.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Celebrate Your Special Day

I wanted to take part in the Mod Squad Challenge this week. For the challenge this week, you had to use your acrylic block to stamp the background. I also wanted to participate in the weekend color challenge on the Christian Card Makers FB group. Here is the palette we were given:

I used covered my acrylic block with two shades of purple distress ink and then spritzed it with water. I stamped this on my block and let the block sit on my cardstock for a couple minutes. I used my heat gun to dry it but still set it aside for a couple hours to completely dry. I then stamped an old Gina K Designs butterfly with black ink in my stamped square. I die cut the panel and double mounted it on two shades of green cardstock. Yes, I know the stamped block is off-center, we're going to go with it's an "artistic card." LOL The sentiment was stamped and then double mounted with two shades of purple cardstock. Some bling was added to the butterfly's body and some stickles were used to accent various parts of the wings. Nuvo Crystal Drops were scattered on the stamped panel and also used for the butterfly's head.

It's a very different look for me. But it's good to step out of your comfort zone every now and then. In real life, the colors match the palette much better.

Cardstock: Park Lane (card base), Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (green cardstock), DCWV (dark purple cardstock), Unknown embossed light purple cardstock
Stamps: Gina K Designs (butterfly - retired), Paper Sweeties (Love You to Pieces)
Ink: Distress Ink (Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac), VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Tools/Embellishments: Our Daily Bread Designs (Double Stitched Rectangle Dies), Nuvo Crystal Drops (clear), The Paper Studio (bling), Stickles (Star Dust)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
ModSquad Challenge - Stamp Your Block Cardmaking Challenge
Crop Stop Linky #43 - Use items or brands found in the Crop Stop online store (I used Distress Ink, Tsuineko, Ranger, Scotch, Bazzill)
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Anything Goes with Option of Purple

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you'll come back soon.


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