Friday, July 20, 2018

Birthday Card | MTF's - More Monsters


Sending out some monster-sized greetings today courtesy of MFT's wonderful stamp/die set - More Monsters! This Birthday Card will be entered into both the FMS346 Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge featuring die cuts or punches.
 Freshly Made Sketch 346

 Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge

I die cut the circular shapes out of a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock, which measured 4.25 x 7". The monsters were stamped/die cut and given a coat of Wink of Stella. The blue and red monsters were taped into place on the backside of the die cut panel and then glued onto a piece of 5 x 7" black card stock. A strip of 1/4" silver glitter paper was adhered to the edge of the white card stock and a scalloped circle outline was glued down in the negative space of the die cut. All of the monsters were popped off with foam tape for added dimension.

I stamped the sentiment in VersaFine Onyx Black Ink using my MISTI and added a sprinkle of clear sequins to finish the card. This entire panel was adhered onto a white card base.

I just love  the goofy expressions of this motley crew!

Thanks for joining me and have a great day! 


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Birthday Card | Lawn Fawn - Coaster Critters

Hey there!

Who doesn't love a good roller coaster ride? I worked at Cedar Point (in Sandusky, Ohio) for a couple of summers during college and as an employee, we were able to walk the park at night after closing time. I bet I rode each roller coaster at least a hundred times and this fantastic stamp/die set from Lawn Fawn - "Coaster Critters" captures the fun of heading down that first big hill!

I watercolored the sky/grass on cold press watercolor paper and blended a bit of Distress Oxide Inks onto the surface. Using the MISTI, I stamped all of the images on Neenah Solar White Card Stock with VersaFine Onyx Black and heat set the ink. I watercolored and die cut the images and then determined how to build the scene. I decided to ground the roller coaster with a strip of bright green card stock cut with Lawn Fawn's Grassy Border Die and an embossed sentiment strip.

Some of the images were glued directly to the watercolor paper and others were popped up using foam tape. I added shimmer with a Wink of Stella and detail highlights with a white gel pen.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Birthday Card | Ellen Hutson - Stay Salty


Today I am sharing a clean and simple birthday card based on this layout from CAS(E) this Sketch #280. I chose this theme for a good friend who sails the East Coast and Florida panhandle now that he and his wife are retired! 

 CAS(E) this sketch! CTS #280

I die cut a white card stock panel just a bit smaller than the A-2 top folding card base. Using the Essentials by Ellen stamp/die set, “Stay Salty”, I randomly stamped the waves in Distress Oxide Ink (Salty Ocean), spritzed it with shimmer spray and then flicked diluted ink and pearlized watercolor onto the area. The sailboat image was stamped, colored, die cut and finished off with a bit of Wink of Stella. I stamped the sentiment onto the wave panel with VersaFine Ink and heat embossed it with clear powder. The wave/sentiment panel was adhered to the card base with double-sided tape and the sail boat was popped off the card with foam tape.

I really like this CTS#280 layout and sketched out several additional cards for future use - sometimes I struggle with the sketch and at other times it just clicks for me and the creative energy starts flowing! 🙂 

Be sure to check out all of the other great takes on this sketch over on the CTS blog.

Thanks for spending time with me today!