Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Metallic Sympathy

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While it is fun making cards, it's never fun when you need a sympathy card. A dear friend of mine lost her daughter this month to a rare disease caused by an infection. I made this card for her. 

I mounted this beautiful decoupage rose on to COPPER METAL mirricard (super heavy card stock). Then I mounted the entire focal piece on a 6x6 white card base, scored with 2 lines across each corner, and stamped the sentiment. (I did stamp an inside sentiment from same stamp set, but forgot to get a photo of it.... stamp is from Stampin' Up! Thoughts & Prayers set)

Here's a couple different angles showing the decoupage layers. The outside patterned frame is popped up from the copper metal layer, while the largest rose circle is attached flat to the copper metal card stock, and built up from there.... each layer is 1/16" higher each.

I am entering this card in to the challenge at Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge - Show Us Your Metal

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bokeh Anniversary

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I made this anniversary bokeh card for my son and DIL. It was my second attempt with this technique. I used the same pink and orange Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays as I did on the first card, and added the pops of a bright yellow spray. 

The photos do NOT do justice to showing the sparkly colors of these sprays. Each one has a glimmery two-tone effect. I love this brand! ..... As you can see, I'm still having some trouble with the stenciled white pigment ink "bubbles" to turn out in different depths of opaque-ness (my new word) that gives bokeh it's illusion of depth, but that didn't stop me from turning it into a card anyway! I let it dry before adding the white pigment circles and then dried again overnight before putting the card together.

This is a close-up of the chipboard heart trio I painted white with pearl paint... and pink flowers with yellow pearl centers (YES, they really are yellow!)

I had to trim the original bokeh piece down to fit on the front of the card, so I added those trimmings to the inside. Stamped my sentiment and called it done!

Thanks for stopping by to visit. Please come again :)

Supply List:
3 colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang's Starburst Sprays
CTMH White Daisy pigment ink
CTMH pearl paint
chipboard heart trio from Glitterdust Designs
yellow adhesive pearls from my stash
sentiment stamped in CTMH Cotton Candy with a wood stamp from ???

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Recycled Anniversary!

This is an anniversary card I made for my hubby. The glossy center is a repurposed piece from a stash my mother had in a small box we found in her closet. I do not know where it came from, but she had obviously cut it off of some sort of a calendar because there is a partial yearly calendar printed on the backside. 

Can you see in the shiny part how it looks like brushstrokes? Well, it looks like a little "painting" to me! She had cut out and saved several of these little "paintings" in all sorts of designs! I wish I knew why she had saved them, (sigh) oh well... 

As you can see, I matted it and then attached the whole panel to a card base. Wrapped baker's twine around it a few times and tied on the metal sentiment tag. With all those hearts, it really shows how much I still love my sweetie-poo-pie after all these years and he liked it... red is his fave color, so it worked out well, LOL!! :)

I'll have a few more recycled cards to show you in the coming days, so I hope you'll come back by here soon.

Have a great day!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

My First Attempt at Bokeh

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For my first attempt at the bokeh technique, I made an anniversary card for my BFF and her hubby in their favorite colors. (Don't ask me why his fave is black, because I don't know, LOL!)

I started with 2 Lindy's Stamp Gang's Starburst Sprays in a pink and an orange color. The photos do not show all the shimmery goodness of these two-toned shimmer sprays that I love so much!..... anyway... I let that totally dry before stenciling the circles in a white pigment ink, trying to make a variety in both size and opaque-ness.. (a new word, LOL!) of the circles.... I will definitely need more practice with that!!

After letting it dry overnight, I stamped the swallowtail butterfly in Versamark and heat-embossed it with a super-fine black EP.

I matted the bokeh panel on black cardstock, added some fancy black upholstery braid across the top and accented it with a silver metal swirl. 
Then added the entire thing to the card front with super strong Scor Tape.

Sentiment is stamped on the inside along with a second-generation image of the swallowtail... (I should have done 3rd generation, aka stamped-off twice, before stamping the card...hindsight is 20/20!)

I'll need more practice with this bokeh technique, but I do think it's so pretty. Thanks for coming to take a look :)

Supply List:
Stampin' Up Swallowtail Butterfly stamp
Lindy's Stamp Gang's Starburst Sprays - 2 colors
CTMH White Daisy pigment ink
CTMH ink - Cotton Candy
super-fine black embossing powder
Scor Tape
braid trim and silver metal swirl from stash
sentiment stamp ??? 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Using Up My Stash!

Just a quick card I made for a friend having surgery. I was able to use up a little more of the vast array that has become "my stash"!!

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List of supplies used:
stamped sentiment - Stampin' Up Thoughts & Prayers
card stock - CTMH Colonial White & Amethyst
patterned paper - CTMH Bella (retired)
trim - CTMH crochet ribbon
Bazzill bosher

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

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