Category Archives: fun with paper and ink

Jar of Fireflies

July 6, 2016

I am entering this card in the Lawnscaping Challenge #133; Mood Board Inspired.

I needed a sympathy card and wanted to do something with lots of white space and soft colors. The Mood Board for this challenge has both of those things. Here is what I created.

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Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by making my card base. I wanted a fairly simple card so I opted for a one layer card. I stamped the jar and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I then added the fireflies and their glows. I embossed these in gold. I also forgot to use my embossing powder tool so the gold embossing is a bit of a mess. But, they are glowing fireflies, so I didn’t mind too much.

After the embossing powder was cool, I added color with Distress Inks. I used a water brush to add the color in the spots I wanted. I did use a paper towel to blot some of the color off, once I applied it. I wanted very soft colors.

I stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the card. I did some masking to get rid of the words “love and” in Lawn Fawn’s Scripty Saying. I wanted a shorter sentiment. Lastly, I blended some blue ink onto the edges of the card base. It is very light and may be hard to see in the pictures, but the card wouldn’t be complete without it.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Summertime Charm and Scripty Sayings  

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Versa Mark

Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, and Squeezed Lemonade.

Hope you enjoyed the card

Spinning Kraken

July 8, 2016

This card was featured on Lawn Fawn’s Fawny Flickr Friday. It was one of two of my cards featured.

The link: http://lawnfawn.blogspot.com/2016/07/fawny-flickr-friday-7816.html

 

July 5, 2016

One of my daughter’s best friends has a birthday this month and so do her little sister and her little brother. My daughter wanted to make something special for her friend, so I knew I needed to make something for the younger siblings as well. We made color your own birthday cards for each of the girls. Baby brother will only be one year old and will not enjoy a coloring book. So, I tried something new and made him a spinner card.

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The card all closed up. Don’t mind the binder clip, this card just would not stay closed.

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The front panel opened up.

Details

Size:   Vertical tri-fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I made a tri-fold card because I wanted room to write to the birthday boy and I wanted more space to use all the fun stamps I pulled out. I started with a full sheet of water color paper. I cut it down to one A2 sized card base one 4.25 x 5.5”band one 5.5 x 4.75” panel. I scored the card base as usual. I scored the panel at 5/8th of an inch to create a flap to attach it to my card base. Next, I die cut circles from the front of the card base and the 4.25 x 5.5” panel. At this, point I decided I wanted some sand at the bottom of my card, so using the left over strips of water color paper and the Speech Bubble die I made small hills.

After most of the die cutting was done I started stamping. I stamped the kraken on the leftover circles. I stamped the kraken twice to make the spinner part of the card. I used mirror stamping to get them to line up perfectly on the card. I stamped all the black line images in Versa Fine ink and added clear embossing powder. For the color images, I first tapped my stamp on my Versa Mark ink pad, and then in a colored ink pad. I added clear embossing powder to those as well. Then I heat set everything.

Now the fun part; water coloring! I used Distress Inks for my water colors today. I started by coloring all the images in. If I ever make this card again, I would start with the background. It would make fixing mistakes easier. After all the cute little critters were dry, I started on the backgrounds. The sand was just a simple wash of color. The ocean was another story. I started by adding a strip of four different blue Distress Inks. Then, I played with getting them to blend together a bit. After letting the ink dry a bit, I drew wavy lines in with a thin fairly dry brush. At this point, I thought the lines were too harsh, so using a wide brush I swiped clean water over the whole think to blend the lines out a bit. Lastly, I splattered some water drops on everything.

Finally, it was time to assemble the card. First, I die cut the kraken. One could be die cut in the usual manner. The reverse image had to be die cut from the back. I lined up the die with the image by holding it up to a window. It took me two tries but I got it right in the end. I cut a length of light blue thread and folded it over a few times. I sandwiched that between the two krakens using lots of Scor tape. I added Scor tape around both of the circle cut outs. I place the kraken in the circle and sandwiched the two pieces together. I added some score tape to the scored fold on the 4.75 x 5.5” panel and attached it to the right edge of the card.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fintastic Friends, Loveable Legends, Mermaid for You, and So Jelly

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Speech Bubble Border die and Loveable Legends die

Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Paper: water color paper

Ink: Versa Fine and Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Brushed Corduroy, Chipped Sapphire, Cracked Pistachio, Dusty Concord, Hickory Smoke, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, and Vintage Photo

Memento Dew Drop Inks in Pear Tart, Lady Bug and Dandelion

Hope you enjoyed the card

Super Alice’s Color Your Own Birthday Card

July 4, 2016

One of my daughter’s best friends has a birthday this month and so does her little sister. My daughter wanted to make something special for her friend and I knew that I had to make one for the little sister also. We decided to make her a Color Your Own Birthday Card like we did for her big sister. Alice (the little sister) loves all thing super heroes, so I made a comic book. I LOVE the way this turned out.

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The front of the Color Your Own Birthday Book

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Pages 1 and 2. The text reads “It was a quiet day for Super Alice. She was hoping for a nice relaxing Birthday. But…HELP.”

“All bow to you new leader.”

“Oh, no you don’t”

Eek! It’s Super Alice, run! We will meet again.”

“AAhh”

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Pages 3 and 4. The text reads “I am your new leader.”

“Get out of here!”

“Heheheh…. I’ll be back”

“Arrg”

“Leader”

“You again?!?!”

“Mwhahahah”

“HELP”

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Pages 5 and 6. The text reads “Heheheh. Almost ready.”

“How could he lead us if water makes him rust?”

“What are those robots up to?”

“Do you think Alice knows the plan?”

“Nah”

“There those bad robots are”

“Is she following us?”

“Yup… This is gonna be great.”

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The last page

Details

Size:  Vertical side fold 4.5 x 6” card

Extra Details:  I started by cutting two sheets of water color paper in half. I scored each to create my book. I made a rough story board, so that I would know which stamps I would need for which pages. First I drew out my panels with a pencil and ruler. Then, I traced them with a thick black Sharpie Marker. Working one page at a time, I created my scenes. There was a lot of masking involved. I also did some mirror stamping, because I didn’t plan my panels out as well as I thought. I wanted this to be a coloring book. So, for some of the solid images I used, I stamped them in Fog ink, and outlined them with the thin black Sharpie. I wrote most of the text in my own handwriting. I added a few extra details with the same thing black Sharpie; the speech bubbles and the horizon lines. Lastly, I had sewed the two layers together to create the book.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Baked with Love, Beep Boop Birthday, Critters from the Past, Critters in Costume, Critters on the Farm, Happy Summer, Into the Woods, Lovable Legends, Love You S’more, Mermaid for You, Sally’s ABCs, So Jelly, Starry Backdrop, Year Two, and You’re a Hoot

Paper: water color paper

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Fog ink

Hope you enjoyed the card

Lucy’s Magical Birthday Book

July 3, 2016

One of my daughter’s best friends is turning six this month. My daughter wanted to make something special for her. We decided to make her a Color Your Own Birthday Card. It soon became a whole story that wouldn’t fit on just four panels, so it turned into a Color Your Own Birthday Book.

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The front of the Color Your Own Birthday Book

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Pages 1 and 2. The text reads “Lucy the Fairy is turning 6 today. All of her friends are getting ready for her party. The mice are in charge of the cupcakes.”

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Pages 3 and 4. The text reads “The mermaids are finding decorations for the party.”

 

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Pages 5 and 6. The text reads “Bigfoot and the forest animals help put up the decorations.”

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The last page

Details

Size:  Horizontal side fold 4.5 x 6” card

Extra Details:  I started by cutting two sheets of water color paper in half. I scored each to create my book. I made a rough story board, so that I would know which stamps I would need for which pages. First, I stamped the decorative stamps on the corners and between the panels. I used Lawn Fawn’s Frosties stamps. Using a thin black sharpie, I connected parts of the snowflakes to make them look more like flowers. Working one page at a time, I created my scenes. There was a lot of masking involved. I wanted this to be a coloring book. So, for some of the solid images I used, I stamped them in Fog ink, and outlined them with the thin black Sharpie. I wrote most of the text in my own handwriting. I added a few extra details with the same thing black Sharpie; the apron on the mouse in the frame, the horizon lines, and the pile of decorations. Lastly, I had sewed the two layers together to create the book. I did add some pink marker to the title to help it stand out.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Baked with Love, Dad + Me, Fairy Friends, Fintastic Friends, Flirty Frames, Frosties, Into the Woods, Lovable Legends, Mermaid for You, Merry Christmouse, Milk and Cookies, Mom + Me, Peace Joy Love, Sally’s ABCs, To a Fungi, and Year Two

Paper: water color paper

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Fog ink

Hope you enjoyed the card

Mermaid Spinner Card

July 2, 2016

I know that everyone and their mother have made some sort of slider card with the mermaids from Mermaid For You. I tried to resist, I really did, but I couldn’t…. so here is my version.

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The front of the card

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The back of the card

Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by die cutting a stitched rectangle from some water color paper. I also die cut two circles from the same rectangle to make my top layer. I stamped the coral, seaweed, and fish images in bright Distress Inks. Using VersaMark ink I stamped on top of the images again and heat embossed them all with clear embossing powder. I also stamped the sentiment in VersaMark and heat embossed that. Once all the embossing powder was cool, I began water coloring. I used the same ink color to fill in the shell and fish. I added three colors of blue to fill in the rest of the background. I tried to get an ombre effect. I was careful around the shell and the fish, but went right over the coral because that was protected by the clear embossing powder.

While the front panel was drying, I prepped my card base. I used water color paper to make my card base. I used the same blue Distress Inks to add a light wash on the front of the card that would show under the spinner track.

I also stamped the narwhale because he is so cute. I couldn’t fit him on the front of the card, so I put him on the back. I added layers of different colors to the mermaid tails to get the color I wanted.

Once everything was dry, I began assembly. I first adhered the big front panel to the card base with fun foam. I added DIY foam squares to three pennies and slide them in against the edge of the circle. I popped the center water color circle up on fun foam and adhered that in the center. I made sure the parts of the pennies were under both circles. Lastly I adhered the mermaids to the pennies.

I love the way this card tuned out.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Mermaid For You

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Rectangles

Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles

Paper: water color paper

Ink: VersaMark ink

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Chipped Sapphire, Brushed Corduroy, Hickory Smoke, Iced Spruce, Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Scattered Straw, Seedless Preserves, Shaded Lilac, Tattered Rose, Twisted Citron, and Walnut Stain

Hope you enjoyed the card

Farm Birthday

July 1, 2016

When it rains, it pours here. In the course of 5 days, we have three birthdays. This year all the birthday kiddos are celebrating their first or second birthdays. This card is for little boy who is turning two today.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a panel of water color paper that I die cut with a stitched rectangle die. I stamped my scene in grey ink. I used post it notes to make masks for the birthday hats and balloons. I used Crayola colored pencils to color the scene. I tried layering a lot of colors for some dimension. I adhered the panel to a kraft card base and was done. I think this card turned out pretty cool.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Critters on the Farm, Admit One and Year Two

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle

Ink: Simon Says Stamp ink in Smoke and Slate

Hope you enjoyed the card

Dino Birthday Card

June 30, 2016

When it rains, it pours here. In the course of 5 days, we have three birthdays. This year all the birthday kiddos are celebrating their first or second birthdays. This card is for little boy who is turning one today.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a panel of water color paper that I die cut with a stitched rectangle die. I stamped my scene in grey ink. I used post it notes to make masks for the birthday hats and balloons. I used Crayola markers to color the scene. I wanted brighter color than I can get with colored pencils. However, I am not good at creating shading with the markers I have. I adhered the panel to a kraft card base and was done.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Critters From the Past, Admit One and Year Two

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle

Ink: Simon Says Stamp ink in Smoke and Slate

Hope you enjoyed the card

Blue Tree Wedding Card

June 29, 2016

One of my husband’s cousins is getting married in a few weeks. Her wedding invitation was dark blue with a white tree on it. As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly how I wanted her wedding card to look.

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Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a dark blue panel. I trimmed it to 5.5 x 3.25 inches. I added some detail to the right edge with the Stitched Border dies. Then, I stamped and heat embossed the tree, leaves, and sentiment. I used white embossing powder. I wanted to give the card a little something extra, so I dry embossed the card front with a Darice embossing folder. I popped the blue panel up on fun foam and was done.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Happily Ever After

Fiskar’s Tree of Life

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Borders

4 Popsicle Cards

July 8, 2016

One of these cards was featured on Lawn Fawn’s Fawny Flickr Friday. It was one of two of my cards included.

The link: http://lawnfawn.blogspot.com/2016/07/fawny-flickr-friday-7816.html

June 28, 2016

I just watched Kelly Latevola make four really awesome popsicle cards on Simon Says Stamp’s Blog. Although, I do not own the stamp set or Copic markers that Kelly used, I knew I needed to try to make some popsicle cards of my own. They just screamed summer to me.

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All four cards

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My Fourth of July card. This one is also my favorite of the four.

Kelly Latevola used Copic markers to create Rocket Pops and I loved them. I also just finished making a set of Fourth of July cards and was still feeling patriotic. I used Blueprint Sketch for the blue part of the pop. I don’t own a true red Distress Ink, so I blended Fired Brick and Pick Raspberry together. I thought that combination worked quite well. I put a lot of ink at the far ends of the popsicles and used clean water to help blend the colors into white in the middle of the popsicles. After fussy cutting out the popsicles, I ink blended some Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon on the card base. I stamped a custom sentiment in black ink. I used DIY foam squares to pop up the popsicles.

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Rainbow pops

This was the card featured on the Lawn Fawn Blog.

This is actually the last set of popsicles that I water colored. I only had two popsicles left and a bunch of ink on my pallet still, so I decided to make multi colored pops. I used three colors per popsicle and tried to keep colors that would blend well next to each other. I fussy cut these out as well. I was a bit tired of using blue behind all of my popsicles, so I switch to Abandoned Coral. I used a sentiment from Best Pun Ever and black ink. I popped the popsicles up on DIY foam squares for dimension.

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I made this for my best friend and her family. I used their favorite colors for the pops.

I definitely owe my best friend and her family a card. I haven’t sent one in over a month. They currently live outside of the USA and would not receive a Fourth of July card in time, so I started thinking about summer cards. Once I had all the popsicles stamped, I knew that one of these cards would be for them. I water colored one popsicle in one family member’s favorite color. Once they were dry, I fussy cut them out. I ink blended some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on the card base. I used a sentiment from Happy Summer with black ink. I popped the popsicles up on DIY foam squares for dimension.

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A rainbow of frozen goodness.

I had six little popsicles, so I immediately thought rainbow. After the Distress Ink dried on these, I added some lines of clean water to lift the ink away. I was trying to create the look of the indents that some popsicles have. After fussy cutting the popsicles out, I ink blended some Tumbled Glass Distress ink on the white card base.  I used sentiment from Happy Summer in black ink. I popped the popsicles up on DIY foam squares and was done.

 

Details

Size:   A2 cards

Extra Details:  I started by stamping and white heat embossing all of the popsicles. I was using scraps of water color paper, so I stamped until I ran out of room. Using my Distress Inks, I added color to all the pops. At this point, I started thinking about card layouts. I wanted all the cards to be clean and simple cards with the popsicles being the main focus. I used white card bases for all the cards. The details for each card are under the picture.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Best Pun Ever, Sally’s ABCs, and Happy Summer

Ink: Versa Mark

Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Fired Brick, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass and Twisted Citron

Hope you enjoyed the card

Thank You Fortune Cookies

June 27, 2016

I found this retired Lawn Fawn set on Amazon and couldn’t resist buying it. I love the sentiments and the images are perfect for masculine cards.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold 5×7 card

Extra Details:  I started by stamping and water coloring my images. I used Distress Inks. Once everything was dry, I fussy cut out all of the images. I created my card base out of kraft cardstock. It was looking a little plan so I added some interest with the Interlocking Backdrops Stamp set. I was particular about getting a perfectly stamped image. As I was playing around with the placement of the main images, I decided I needed a strip of cardstock to ground the images. I decided on dark blue. I adhered everything flat to the card base.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Good Fortune and Interlocking Backdrops

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Brushed Corduroy, Hickory Smoke, and Walnut Stain

Hope you enjoyed the card