Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Vintage Harley - MOJO238

I can't believe I finally managed to do another MOJO Monday card sketch.  With as busy as life gets for this working Mom, this seems to happen once in a blue moon.  I do want to take the time to do sketch and color challenges more frequently.  They're really fun.   Here's the card I came up with the MOJO238 sketch. 

A lot was involved in this card.  I was determined to make a masculine card and use embossed metal.   I picked up some Quickutz metal sheets that have an adhesive layer on the back.  I ran it through a Cuttlebug embossing folder and inked it up using Tim Holtz/Ranger Alcohol Inks and Versa Magic Liquid Chalk.   I rubbed some of the extra off of the raised portion using some Alcohol Blending Solution (Tim Holtz/Ranger product) and a simple white eraser.

The alternating squares (or circles rather) were made using several punches and Stampin' Up Cardstock.   I used Creative Memories star punches, a Creative Memories circle punch, and a 1 1/8" EK Success circle punch.  I added a little subtle shading to the yellow Cajun Craze (retired SU color) stars and the Always Artichoke green circles using Stampin' Up dye ink and those wonderful artist sponges that Stampin' Up also sells.

The accent image is stamped using this great vintage motorcycle stamp by Bombshell Stamps and colored with Copics.  I stamped using Tuxedo Black Mememto Ink.  The orange shading on the circle is done with Dusty Durango SU dye ink (retired color).  I added additional circles of Night of Navy cardstock and a silver circle cut out of the same metal I used for the squares.   The tags were cut using an original Sizzix die.  The brad is by Karen Foster.  The ribbon, card base, and greeting stamps are all Stampin' Up. 

Here's the cards sketch from MOJO Monday - Sketch MOJO238

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Triple Layer Flower Cards

It's been incredibly busy for me and my blog feels neglected.   Here are some cards from my archives that I made last Fall.  I just had to had that flower stamp when Stampin Up came out with it.  I love how you can use the punches to quickly create a three layered look (or more).

Other than a couple of ribbon scraps and a couple of Cuttlebug Embossing folders, all supplies and tools are Stampin' Up

Here are some close ups.  I stamped the inside of the cards too. 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Tag: Wonderfully Wonky Birthday Cake

This is for a swap on Scrapshare.  The group is to make 7 and I chose a birthday theme.   I started with this great cake die from Quickutz and it reminded me of some of Tim Burton's movies.  I used that as inspiration for the background.   I created the frame using Make the Cut (MTC) software and cut it with my KNK Zing.  This one took me a while to get done, but I love the results.  

The printed papers are from Basic Grey's Green at Heart collection.  The cake stand is made out of this glossy pearl paper that I picked up at the art department.  The black cardstock is by American Crafts.  Every single colored piece is inked with Tim Holtz / Ranger Distress Inks.  It's very subtle inking but just enough shading to give the pieces some dimension and life.

I used a lot of bling and glitter on these.  The Quickutz die has a lot of voids in great patterns.  I took advantage of those voids and either added bling or glitter.   The glittered is applied by running a backing paper through the Xyron face up and then applying very fine craft glitter. 

Here's the entire grouping.   I love this look.  I made 7 for the swap and a few extra for cards. 

The swap called for the back to be finished too.   I used a 6x6 background stamp by Impression Obsession on the back of the scrap piece from cutting the green frame on the front of the tag.   I stamped using Stampin Up's Lucky Limeade Classic Ink and sponged the outsides with the same ink. 

I couldn't resist this shot as I finally compiled all the birthday cakes.  

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Love Tag

This is another tag for a swap hosted by JenniferD on Scrapshare.   The swap is for a single embellished large tag.   The theme for this group was to add a quote or sentiment.   I wanted to do a white on white tag and found a great stamp for it.

The stamp is a clear stamp by Fiskars.  I used Memento ink.  the papers are Very Vanilla and Close to Cocoa by Stampin up and some beige shimmer paper that I picked up in the art department at the craft store.   Dies used include Spellbinders and Quickuts for the swirls.   The accents include Ribbon by Stampin' Up, Prima flowers, Stampin' Up brads, and pearl accents.  Lastly, I used a Tim Hotz/Sizzix embossing folder for the textured back ground.

Here are a couple of close ups of the tag that show the dimension.   Behind each shape cut there is a close to cocoa layer popped up with Stampin' Up Dimensionals.   It looks like a shaddow in the picture, but if you look closely you can see the bottom layer is actually another layer of cardstock.   The ribbon is sandwiched between the embossed vanilla layer and the cocoa backing layer.

The swap group is a "make four".   Each tag turned out a bit different.   Here they all are.

And here's a close up of all four tags.  You can see the cocoa backing layer a bit better in this shot.

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