A couple of months back. I took a class with Heather Telford. She is on the Design Teams for both Penny Black and Darkroom Door. She showed us how to create beautiful and colourful backgrounds using Distress Ink Stains on watercolour paper. These are the cards I made at home. The stamp sets are from Darkroom Door - Background Stamp – Tribal and Rubber Stamp Set – African Trees.
I stamped the images first and let dry for five minutes. Next using a wide brush and plain water I wet the paper surface. Next using the same brush I blending various shades of yellow, orange and red. Once dry, I glued image to the card base and added a sentiment.
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I love this challenge because I challenged myself to make a Christmas Card designed specifically for a boy. I used Tim Holtz’s Christmas Stamps. Their were 4 stamps in this group: tree, snowman, toy soldier, and snowflake. Note: You can also buy them as individual stamps. I stamped and coloured the soldier 4 times. I used the dull image for the base and inked the areas around the soldier with various brown distress inked. The actual soldier, I coloured with Copics. I then fussy cut his head, hat, gloves, boots, and crossed embellishments and layered them on the base using foam dimensionals. I also distressed the card stock around the toy soldier image and added amber gems and natural twine.
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Hello everyone. I was invited to be a guest designer for the month of June by the DT team at Outlawz. You can join for free! They have a fabulous blog – full of challenges, tutorials, forum, freebies, gallery and more. I am designing for their Thursday Twist Challenges. This challenge is “open” with a added twist each week. This week’s Twist is “Masculine.” I designed two different cards for this challenge. Click on the link below to find out more about this fabulous group!
Card 1: I started with am image from Bugaboo – Gus Birthday – Old Fart. I coloured him with Copic markers. I also printed a Santa’s hat so I could convert the “Birthday” card into a “Christmas” card. I fussy cut him out and layered him on top of a black banner and patterned card stock. For the final touch I added a sentiment from Whimsy Stamps called, “Merry and Bright Digital Sentiments“.
Card 2: I made a collage card using Tim Holtz’s, “Rainman die” and Stamps by Ryn, “Raindrops”. I used patterned kraft paper and popped the image up with dimensional tape. I also use distress inks to add depth. The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps called, “Friend Quotes – Digital Stamp.”
We tend to make more female cards than male cards. With Father’s Day coming we are challenging you to make either a Father’s Day card, or a card more suitable for a guy. For this challenge I used an adorable stamp by Dr. Digi’s House of Stamps called, Summer Holidays.” I coloured the image using my Spectrum Noir markers. I fussy cut him out and put him aside. Next using a retired map background stamp by JustRite I stamped a piece of 4.25 x 5.5 white and kraft card stock. I coloured the backgrounds with Distress Inks. I made one card suitable for a Happy Retirement card and the other to wish someone a great holiday.
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For our current challenge, the Design Team decided on a musical theme. For my card, I automatically thought of Christmas Carols. I started with card stock with a collage of song sheets. I added a little distress ink – Tea Dye and Vintage Photo. Next I found this adorable stamp by Heather Ellis. Heather designs for MFT, releasing a new Pure Innocence stamp every month, but this stamp is now retired. Good news though – you can however still get it in a digi stamp format at Heather’s Etsy site at https://www.etsy.com/shop/digistampcharacters . I coloured the little Caroler using my Copics markers, fussy cut him out, then layered him on the card base on top of a small stitched circle (MFT die) . The die cut sentiment is from Impression Obsession.
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