Red, White and Blue

The inspiration photo at The Card Concept  challenge was loaded with patriotic images. I used our beautiful American Flag as my inspiration. My style always tends toward CAS, but I think according to the styles on The Card Concept website, this perhaps leans more toward Clean and Layered. Using the flag stencil from Simon Says Stamp, I brushed Red Velvet ink on the stripes. Then I placed the field of stars and brushed on VersaMark and embossed in white embossing powder. Using the emboss resist technique (a first for me) I brushed Blue Denim over the stars to create the field of blue and gently wiped the excess away with a paper towel. After I trimmed the flag I realized it was too large for an A2 card, so I decided to make a slim line card – another first for me. I stamped the eagle head from Divinity Designs in Warm Cocoa and fussy cut it. I used masking so I could stamp the sentiment, also from Divinity Designs in red and blue. I used Warm Cocoa to mat the flag and the sentiment.  

The Old Rugged Cross

This is a variation on an Easter card I did recently. I started with a piece of Wild Dandelion CS and stamped “The Old Rugged Cross” background stamp by Divinity Designs in Warm Glow ink. Next I brushed Wild Dandelion ink using the Sunburst stencil by Gina K Designs. On a piece of white CS I stamped the cross from Easter Wishes by Sunny Studios in Warm Cocoa ink and colored it with Copics – E35 and E33. The drape was colored with BV000 and BV01. The sentiment was stamped in Wild Lilac. I fussy cut the cross. I stamped the tiny daffodils from Framescapes Window of Wishes by Theresa Momber in Warm Glow on either side of the cross and colored with Y08, Y13 and YG23. I ended up separating the flowers from the leaves, then paper pieced them together at the base of the cross. This made the other daffodils sort of fade into the background, so I stamped two more clusters of daffodils and trimmed off just the flowers. I outlined the leaves with a fine line black pen. I was quite pleased with the results. I’m entering this in the following challenges:

Mod Squad

The Card Concept

The Global Design Project

Krafty Chicks

Inkspirational Challenge

Add an E for Easter

The challenge at Just Add Ink is to include something that begins with the letter E. An Easter card seemed the obvious way to get in that E. I started with a piece of Lemon Drop CS and using the Sunburst Stencil, I sponged on Sweet Mango ink. Next I placed my panel in my MISTI (without the mousepad) and stamped “The Old Rugged Cross” background stamp in Warm Glow ink for a very subtle background. On a piece of White CS I stamped the cross from Easter Wishes in Warm Cocoa ink and colored with Copics: E23 and E25. The drape was colored with BV00 and BV01, then I stamped the sentiment in Obsidian. I stamped the Easter Lilies in Obsidian and colored with YG01, YG03, C00 and C01, the fussy cut the cross and the flowers. The lilies were a bit of a challenge to cut, but I wanted something at the base of the cross.

Easter Blessings

I’m getting a jump start on Easter cards. I stamped The Old Rugged Cross background stamps (Divinity Designs) in GKD Warm Glow Ink on Ivory CS, then cut with the largest Deckle Rectangle die from Pawsitively Pawsome  Designs, matted with Bubblegum Pink on a Grass Green card base. The flowers and sentiment are from the Daffodil set by Divinity Designs, cut with the matching die. Colored with Copics Y04, Y08, Y18, G24, G46, R81, R83. The vase was cut with a Marvy punch – this is the reverse side of one of the vases I cut a couple of weeks ago for Valentines when I cut the design upside down. Nice that the reverse side worked. I’m entering this in the CAS Colors & Sketches #358 and Simon Says Wednesday Add a Sentiment

Praying Hands

This is for a good friend that continues his fight with cancer. Using the MISTI, I stamped the Fabulous Frame by Melanie Muenchinger on white Heavy Weight card stock. The Praying Hands stamp is an old wood mount by Stamp Craft that I’ve had forever, colored with Copics B21, B23, B93, E31, E33. The frame was colored with E23 and E57. The sentiment is from Get Well Wishes by Divinity Designs. I really struggled with the colors and shading on this, but after it sat a while I decided maybe I’d gotten it right.