Wednesday, September 25, 2019

W Plus 9 Designs: Chalkboard Effect Technique


Last week I was blessed to be invited to guest design for WPlus9 Designs. This is the card I made using an older technique to get a chalkboard effect. I have a video below that describes the process in detail.



This is so easy to do. It is important to use your embossing anti-static tool before stamping.  I heat embossed the sentiment from Onward and Upward using my MISTI, Versamark Ink and Ranger Antiquities Frosted Crystal embossing powder. I used black paper but you can use any dark paper like navy or charcoal grey. The Frosted Crystal once heat embossed leaves behing a textured, clear finish.

Once the embossing was done. I applied two layers of white chalk - you can use any kind and smeared it over the square part of the lattice die. This leaves chalk adhered to the embossed sentiment and gives the appearance of a chalk board.

For the florals I used Modern Roses and the coordinating dies. For the pinks I used Copic G00, RV11, RV13, RV14. I used G00 because I wanted to have a more muted tone of pink where the shadows are. Green is the complement of red - red and green are across from each other on the color wheel. A more minty green is the complement of this red violent combination.

For the leaves I mapped in my shadows with R00 (the complement of green) then applied YG01. I like adding either a yellow or a blue color to my leaves because I think that makes them look more natural. For the greens I used YG11, YG13, G20, G24 and YG17. I added colored pencil detail to both the flowers and the leaves. I then die cut them out and build my bouquets!


Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you get a chance to watch the video as the technique will make more sense!
Susan


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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Impression Obsession Challenge: PUMPKIN SPICE YUM


Hi, We have a new challenge up over at the Impression Obsession blog - Pumpkin Spice! Your cards can be about pumpkin spice coffee or just pumpkins. I love this time of year - ok I love pumpkin spice coffee. However, I had colored up this card with my colored pencils so we are doing this today. I am new to colored pencils. I thought this beautiful floral pumpkin trio, Bountiful Pumpkin would be a great one to try colored pencils with. I worked on Neenah Desert Storm - 90 lb with Polychromos colored pencils. I did use Prismacolor White and Indigo Blue as I like these colors in Prismacolor better. Looking at this on my screen I can see that it needs more work but I will keep practicing.

Thanks for stopping by and head over to the IO blog for more inspiration and to play along with us! 
Susan

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Impression Obsession Winter Die Cut Release Day 2


Welcome to Day 2 of the Impression Obsession Winter Die Release! Each design team member has a $25 gift certificate to give away so please leave comments on each blog!!! All comments will be open until Thursday, September 19th. The winner will be announced on Sept. 20th on the Impression Obsession Blog.

This release is amazing! I have made so many cards with it using multiple die sets in each card. Even better, I made them quickly! You can find the full release here. If you get lost on the hop - I always do - go to the blog. You probably found your way from Lynda Pleckan beautiful blog - love her cards.



So for the first card, I just had to use Typewriter Sentiments to form the background. Lots of great sentiments here for many uses! I left the words still attached with the wires and die cut them several times using Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock. I have a video below that shows my process. 



I glued each word down in a pattern that looked good using Gina K. Designs Connect Glue. You can make this kind of background with any word dies or use a dry embossing folder. I think using the dies gives a more dimensional effect. I die cut the stocking parts from patterned paper and plain card stock. I used the Snowman Accessories set to die cut the coffee travel mug and mittens - perfect stocking gifts right?  I then stuffed my stocking which is popped up with some 3M Foam tape.


I think this is my favorite card. I die cut different colors of 110 lb card stock using all of the Vintage Snowflakes. I did use three shades of pink card stock but I cannot get that third color to pop. I also used Bazzill Vellum for snow flakes in the background. I adhered all the snowflakes with Gina K Connect Glue on an A2 card made from charcoal card stock. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. This card is going to a friend or my daughter when the first snow falls where they live. 

Thanks for stopping by. You have reached the end of the hop. You can start all over by returning to the Impression Obsession Blog.

Susan

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Impression Obsession Winter Die Cut Release Day 1


Hi, Welcome to Day 1 of the Impression Obsession Winter Die Release Blog Hop!! Each design team member has a $25 gift certificate to give away so please leave comments on each blog!!! All comments will be open until Thursday, September 19th. The winner will be announced on Sept. 20th on the Impression Obsession Blog.

This release is amazing! I have made so many cards with it using multiple die sets in each card. Even better, I made them quickly! You can find the full release here. If you get lost on the hop - I always do - go to the blog. You probably found your way from Lynda Pleckan beautiful blog - love her cards.




For card number 1, I challenged myself to use as many die sets as possible and to use foil paper! I think I did ok! I cut a panel of Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock to 3.25" x 8.75". The card is cut to 6" x 9" and scored at the 3 1/2" mark. This size card will fit in a standard business envelope! I like using this size because I have more vertical room to work with. I used Retro Ornaments, Joy and Winter Foliage for this card. The foliage cluster at the top should be bigger but live and learn lol! I die cut everything from scattered paper remnants that all coordinated. I assembled the ornaments using dry adhesive. So easy to do.


For this card, I was still using turquoise as my focal color but I swapped out the purple for red. I used Coffee and Cocoa and Winter Foliage again. I did add some Copic shading to the cups and the  Marshmellow Fluff - the best topping ever. I also used my white gel pen to add a white border around the edge. I did add some clear Nuvo shimmer pen to the coffee mugs. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark using my MISTI - this time I remembered to treat my paper first with the antistatic tool! I then heat embossed with White Diamonds embossing powder. 

Thanks for stopping by and head over to see what Vicki Garrett has made !
Susan

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Monday, September 9, 2019

KIndling Wood: Impression Obsession


Hi, We are exploring die cutting today over at the Impression Obsession blog. I love die cutting because it makes cards so easy to complete! Today I used the Olive Basket and Birch Trees and Branch together. I wanted to make a basket of kindling like we used to have by our wood stove when we lived in Upstate NY.

I die cut all the pieces from Neenah Solar White. I used Copic Sketch Markers to color the basket. You could use any medium to color this as it is so pretty. For the twigs I used my Life Changing Blender Brushes with Tea Bag and Hickory Smoke Distress Oxides to give them that birch tree look.
Then sentiment is from Warm My Heart and I heat embossed it with white heat embossing powder onto charcoal grey cardstock. Head over to the Impression Obsession Blog for more inspiration!

Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by;
Susan

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Reverse Confetti September Release Blog Hop


Hi, Welcome to Release Day for Reverse Confetti's Holiday Release. I am so thrilled to be joining the blog hop for this new release. I had so much fun working with Peony, With a Thankful Heart, and Sentimentally Yours. The new paper pad This and That is perfect for this season and I kid you not I think Jen matches some of the colors directly to Copic markers! This pad was so easy to work with. If you get lost on the hop, you can go back to the Reverse Confetti Blog.


The Blog Hop
For my first card, I used the Peony set. There is one blossom included in the set along with some gorgeous foliage. However, I wanted multiple flowers in my bouquet so I used a technique I learned from Kathy Racoosin. I stamped the peony out 3 times and colored them in with various BV and RV markers. I then cut two of the blossoms up into smaller sections so that I had three flowers. 

I colored in the foliage with YG11, YG13, YG17 and G20, G24 and YG01 and a smidge of RO1. I fussy cut these out since I had fussy cut the peonies. However, there are accompanying dies for all images. 

I then used the Diagnonal Stitched cover panel to cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Fog Gray Card Stock. I trimmed this to 4" x 5.25" and mounted it onto an A2 side folding card. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and used White embossing powder to heat emboss the sentiment from Sentimentally Yours. I popped this up with some 3M foam tape.



For my second card, I used With A Thankful Heart along with some of the papers from This and That. I colored in the pumpkin and the blossoms with my Copics. The purple in the paper is a spot on match for V06! I used the accompanying Confetti Cuts to cut the additional blossom overlays. I love how Reverse Confetti gives you another set of the florals to use separately or to pop up on the image. 



I used the Stitched Note and Frames cover plate to cut out the polka dot paper. I wanted a bit of textured and a piece that fit my design so I used this die. Using this also left me with extra pieces to use on a card. I used a flat dry adhesive to tape down the the rectangle and the pumpkin. I mounted the floral pieces with 3M foam tape but you can use any foam tape you have. I then pieced all of this together in my MISTI and got the sentiment in place using my Creative Corners. I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Susan



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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Wreath of Fall Colors: Impression Obsession Fall Colors Challenge


Hi, I have a quick Fall card for today inspired by Impression Obsession's new challenge - Fall Colors. You can find more inspiration and information and links over at the Impression Obsession Blog.

So for my card I used Birch Tree Circle for all the die cutting. I die cut the wreath wring from white card stock and double layered it. To make the leaves, I inked up a panel of Bristol with Persimmon, Carved Pumpking and Old Wood Distress Oxides. I let this dry and die cut several sets of leaves. I also die cut the leaves from a scrap of green card stock. I adhered the leaves onto the wreath with Gina K Connect Glue. Once everything was dry I added 3M Foam tape to the wreath to pop it off the grey panel. Then sentiment is from Gourdous - new fav set that I need to pull out and color.

Thanks for stopping by;
Susan

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

More Cute Dies from Impression Obsession


Hi,
Welcome to the Impression Obsession Fall Die Cut Release. You can find more on the hop and the other designers at the Impression Obsession Blog. All the new dies are here.

ALSO - right now for Labor Day through September 2nd there is a sale - 20% off! Enter code LABOR for the discount.

As with any hop there are prizes. Each designer has a $25 gift certificate to give away. Please leave a comment on my blog to enter for a chance to win!

Today I am focusing on Halloween cards because there are several fantastic Halloween themed dies in this release. First up, I used Two Kitties, Spider Web Panel (my fav new die) and Boo! It was very easy to make. I used a piece of OLD orange patterened paper cut to an A2 panel. I die cut the largest Checkered Frame twice out of black card stock and layered them together to give this more dimension.

I then glued the Spider Web Panel to the orange card stock. I die cut the kitties out of black card stock with a bit of orange for their bows. The dies for the bows are included in the set.

For the die cut sentiment Boo - I die cut this twice from black card stock and adhered the layers together. I had to die cut this four times so I could have three plain O's. In the actual die the last O is embellished! I added some clear Wink of Stella and that was it!


I just had to use the Spider Web Panel again  - just so cute and I am not a Halloween person. I used my Life Changing Blender next to largest brush to add Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot to an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White. I added some water droplets and quickly removed some color. I die cut the bat from black and grey card stock and gave him Googly eyes. I popped the ghost up with 3M foam tape. I heat embossed a Halloween sentiment using silver embossing powder. I added a few clear sequins and that was done.


So head on over to the blog. Tons of inspiration there. Also leave a comment here for a chance to win the $25 gift certificate.

Thanks for stopping by;
Susan

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