One of my favorite backgrounds to do is watercoloring with Tim Holtz's Distress Inks. It is so easy!! I lay some Distress Ink on my Tim Holtz Glass Mat, spray with water, and then lay my watercolor paper down on it. I repeat this process until I achieve the look I want. Super easy, and I love the results!
With this card, I used the Distress Ink colors Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers for my backgroud and then used a Gina Marie Designs Scallop Slimline die to cut out my background. I used Tim Holtz's Stampers Anonymous Weathered Winter stamp set with Versamark and heat embossed the snowflakes with White Sparkle embossing powder from Hero Arts. I then stamped some smaller snowflakes from the stamp set Snowflake Wishes using Gorgeous Grape ink from Stampin' Up! and cut a couple of snowflakes from the coordinating die set. I then added some Snow Tec to the snowflakes to make them look like they have snow on them. The sentiment is from the Weathered Winter stamp set. Then I added some teal bling to complete the look. The mat is Indigo Island cardstock from Stampin' Up and the card base is 110lb white cardstock. I love the weathered look of these snowflakes! Added bonus, this is a quick card to make!
Baby It's Cold Outside!
It's the first day of December, so it seemed fitting to make a snowy card today! It was also an extremely busy day, so I wanted to come up with a quick card to make this time. Silhouette stamps are perfect for a quick, but classy and beautiful card! Since I wanted to do a snowy card, I choose a stamp set from Unity Stamp Company.
For this card, I used blending brushes with Tim Holtz's Distress Oxide inks Wilted Violet for the background, then brushed Mermaid Lagoon along the edges. I then stamped the Alpine Wonderland stamp set from Unity Stamp Company with Versamark covering the entire card. I then heat embossed using WOW! Embossing Powder White Puff Twinkle which puffs up and twinkles!! After heat embossing the image, I used some white and silver ribbon to tie a bow around the bottom, making sure the bow more to the right so I have room for the sentiment. The sentiment, Baby Its Cold Outside is from Unity Stamp Company, which I LOVE! I couldn't wait to use this stamp and I just received it today! I stamped the sentiment with Hero Arts Intense Black ink, and then popped it up with foam tape. It was that easy! Took less than 30 minutes to make! So after a long day at work, if you want to craft to unwind like I do, but don't have a lot of energy, silhouette stamps are great to use with embossing! Happy Crafting!!
Showing Some Gnome Love!
If you hadn't noticed, gnomes took over in the card industry last season! Everywhere I looked, gnomes were everywhere! Well....they are still here this season! When Colorado Craft Company came out with their Slimline Gnome stamp set, I just had to have it! I just love him and I think I will name him Fred!
To show Fred some love, I decided to color him with Copic markers. I stamped him with Memento Ink, then I wanted to add trees in the background. So I brought out one of my favorite stamp sets from Gina K, You Warm My Heart, and masked the trees behind Fred. I then colored him with Copic markers, which I will list the colors at the end of the blog. After I colored Fred, I wanted to add some snow drifts in the background, so I inked up a small section of the snow drifts next to Fred's feet and added some snow drifts behind Fred. I then colored the snow with Copic makers. For the sky, I used a blending brush and lightly brushed on Tim Holt's Distress Oxide Ink, Mermaid Lagoon. I then added the sentiment from the Slimline Gnome stamp set and added some white bling from Gina Marie Designs. I matted the card with Cherry Cobbler cardstock from Stampin' Up! and the card base is 110lb white cardstock. I am very happy with the way Fred turned out!
Copic colors used: Fred's hat: R39, R24, R22 ; Fred's shirt: G28, YG67, YG25 ; Fred's jeans: B37, B32, B24 ; Fred's skin: E25, E23, E21 ; Fred's boots and belt: E47, E43, E34 ; Fred's beard: N2 ; Snow: N6, N4, N2.
If you are anything like me, I was not sure if I could get the hang of coloring with alchohol markers. I started buying them a couple of years ago, but never used them very much because I thought it was a difficult learning curve. Well....I was wrong! With practice, I am getting better and better each time I use them! I have bought three different brands of alcohol markers: Copics Sketch, Alenew and Stampin' Up! markers. Copics are by far my favorite, but all three work nicely together, and I often use them all together. It took practice, but I am loving the look I am achieving!
With this card, I used the Slimline Poinsettia stamp set and paired it with Nordic Snowflakes, both from Colorado Craft Company. I discovered this stamp company last Christmas season, and they are a great company with high quality stamps! Right now you can get a 15% discount until Cyber Monday with the code BF2CM!
I stamped the poinsettia images with Memento Ink, and then used my Scan-N-Cut to cut the images out. I then colored the poinsettias with the dark and light Rococo Stampin' Up! markers and finished it with Copic RV21. This color combo is stunning! I stamped the Nordic Snowflakes in alternating colors to match the poinsettias and added gray since the cardbase was going to be black. I popped the poinsettias with foam tape, added the sentiment from the Slimline Poinsettia stamp set and finished with some black bling. Cardbase is 110lb black cardstock. I am pleased with how this turned out!
Little Stamp'ede Designs is LIVE!
Hello!! Welcome to my first blog!! Blogging is new to me, and honestly I’ve been intimidated by the thought of blogging, so I have held off.....until now! I love to craft, and I want to share what I love with you, so here I am! I love all facets of paper crafting. I mostly create cards and scrapbook, and I will also throw in some other projects as I see something I want to try. Some projects are successful, some not so much, and that’s okay! I love learning as I go! Some of my projects are easier to do than others, so I hope you will learn something new from time to time. I also hope I learn from you too, so please comment! I will also post any craft sales that I find out about, so visit often! So please join me in my journey through the crazy world of paper crafting and I hope I inspire you to craft along with me! Happy Crafting! ~Sammi
So for my first card blog, I created this beautiful, elegant slimline card using the Slimline Poinsettia stamp set from Colorado Craft Company, paired up with Winter Blessings from Unity Stamp Company. I love both of these stamp companies and these two stamp sets pair up beautifully! I used Antique Gold embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp for embossing and I fussy cut the poinsettias and popped them up with foam tape. I don’t particularly like fussy cutting, but this image was easy to fussy cut. Before popping up the poinsettias, I embossed the pine branches under where the poinsettias would go making sure the branches peek from underneath. I then used some foil paper that I had in my stash and stamped with Stazon ink the sentiment from the Slimline Poinsettia stamp set. I used Blackberry Bliss cardstock from Stampin’ Up! and some black bling to tie it all together. The card base is 110lb black cardstock and I used the same foil paper as a mat. I was going for elegant and sophisticated and I love the results! What do you think?
I love to create and invite you to join me in my journey in this crazy paper crafting world we live in!