Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Spirograph Spraying

     I may be dating myself here, but who remembers playing with Spirograph sets? I had lots of fun making the designs with these so of course there's one in my stash of kid's toys. None of my kids every appreciated this toy as much as I did. When I saw today's sketch at splitcoaststampers sketch challenge I thought it would be fun to try out the spirographs as a mask with spray. 
I laid my Spirograph circles down and then laid a sheet of scrap paper to cover the rest of the card. I then sprayed with Distress Ink Spray Stain-Broken China here

I moved the sheet to the other side and sprayed again in the second color-Picked Raspberry

I gave the whole card a spray with Heidi Swapp sheer Color Shine Spray and embossed my sentiments in colored ep.
Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper: White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Distress Spray Stain: Broken China, Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo ep
Techniques: Masking

Here's a simpler one without the split panel. I punched the snowflakes out of glossy paper then laid them down as masks. I sprayed Heidi Swapp Sweet Mint and White sprays and a few spritzes of Broken China Distress spray then removed my masks. I put tiny snowflakes in the centers. I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment and did three layers to get it distinct. I added some gems to the snowflake centers.

Stamps: Ornamental Pine
Paper: Bermuda Bay, White
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Punches: MS, SU and Recollections Snowflakes, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Sheer and Sweet Mint Sprays, Distress Ink Spray Stain-Broken China, rhinestones, MISTI
Techniques: Masking
Here's another spirograph design but with the same spray colors as the snowflake card. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Two Tone Inlay With A Flourish!

This is a reworking of my most popular post Two Tone Inlays. I bought the Flourish Frame bundle from SU with this layout and technique in mind and I am thrilled with the results. I love this new set with all the great sentiments and the intricate flourish!
Here are the finished two tone inlaid cards

Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
Paper: Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Memento Black
Accessories: Flourish Thinlits, Tombow glue
Techniques: Inlaid Diecut

 I cut two white, a Pool Party and a black 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card bases and one each of the same colors cut 4x5 1/4" (If you want to do a card using the reverse diecuts you'll need one more 4 x 5 1/4" piece in one of the colors) 

Cut your first piece laying the flourish on an angle in the corner making sure the flourish goes off the edges. Remove the diecut piece carefully keeping as many of the small pieces in place as possible if you plan to use them in place as I did.

Lay one of the reverse pieces from your first cut over the top of your second piece. Then place the die into the space above (or below if you use the top piece) then diecut your 2nd color. Remove the diecut flourish again. 

Repeat with the third color

Here I'm showing how I carefully remove the already cut piece while holding the die in place (I like to do this to prevent any accidental second cutting of the already cut piece)

Get your base ready and then flip over your first reverse diecut top piece and add glue (I'm using Tombow Monomulti Liquid)

Line your piece up leaving an 1/8" margin around the top and sides. 

Inlay your next 3rd color diecut piece. I had a tiny piece of reverse that wasn't attached to the main piece that I had to carefully put back into place. Stamp your sentiment and you're done with the first card! Now you've got two more to do just the same way!

And here are two made with the leftover reverse pieces (I had to cut an extra base and extra diecut to get another reversee due to gluing a black piece in the reverse direction by mistake) I included it so you can see how the reverse diecut looks reversed!
I just take one of the leftover bottom reverse pieces and glue it to the bottom of my white base leaving the 1/8" margins. I then glued the top reverse piece (from diecutting a fourth 4 x 5 1/4" colored piece) leaving a space where the diecut would be. I embossed my sentiments in white on the black pieces. I love making cards where you get multiple cards!
Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
Paper: Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Flourish Thinlits, White ep
Techniques: Reverse Diecut, Embossing

Saturday, November 5, 2016

From The Scrap Pile!

I was able to participate in the new month of challenges at splitcoast called Falliday Fest. I had a lot of fun, but generated a lot of scraps too! This was my leaping off point. I start out by sorting into color families and then just try to make little collages.
This week's Mixability Challenge took us to a fun blog- StampingMathilda where Godlieve Tijskens has a feature called Sunday Scraps. This was right up my alley and perfect since I had so many scraps on hand. I grabbed these and a few things I had sorted into small boxes and generated a bunch of fun collage style cards. 

Sorry for the bad photo...was too lazy to go down to the light box. I had specific inspiration for this one. I had picked up the metal scrap on a walk and when I saw this beautiful card of Godlieve's I knew I had to do something with my metal lattice. I didn't have any flowers handy so I went with the butterfly adding some glossy accents.
Discovered that You can use a marker through dry wall tape.

I had colored on a leaf diecut with Elegant Writers and activated with water. I also used some Vintage Photo distress ink. I crumpled the leaf and added copper ink

I learned a trick from Dina aka Dini a long while ago and have used it ever since. I keep a piece of white cardstock on my desk and that's what gets all my sponging, stamping off etc. I must have made a red white and blue card at some point. I loved how Godlieve used punched squares of her scraps and that's the start of this. I wanted to make a few more thank you's for the military card drive featured during the Falliday Fest Operation Quiet Comfort

Another fun idea I pulled from Godlieve was to arrange a patchwork look and stamp on some of the squares.

I had a large blue pile!

One of my favorite color combos