CAS-ual Fridays Challenge-One Layer Wonder and Getting Comfortable With Color

Hello Everyone!

I'm back today with a card for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge-One Layer Wonder.  I decided to bring in my colored pencils again for this project since I've been having a lot of fun using them.  

I used the Beanstalks stamp set along with my Prismacolor Pencils on a card measuring 4.25" squared.  I've been liking this size lately for CAS cards.  This design would make a great card set too. 

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Trying a new color medium like my pencils got me thinking about learning about color in general.  I've been cardmaking for awhile--self-taught from classes, blogs, etc.  My main focus has always been using design principles to get that "pleasing to the eye" look on my cards.   I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of that part.   It's when I get to the part of having to choose colors that my creative process slows down.  Color concepts have been more difficult for me for some reason.   I usually look to color inspiration challenges or my Pinterest Board for ideas. This year, I've decided I really want to become more comfortable with understanding the Color Wheel.  I'd love to be able to pull together colors effortlessly for my projects without relying on a reference all the time.    

 I've had this color wheel for a long time,  and just recently decided to pick it up and start learning.  It's actually pretty easy to use.  For example, on today's card, I used the analogous colors--green, blue and blue-violet.  

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A great book that I've been reading is Dina Wakley's Art Journal Freedom.  Chapter 6 covers all the basics on using the Color Wheel and what color combos work the best together. This book has also inspired me to start art journaling which I think will help with being more creative with color.  I'm interested to see how my projects change over time as I learn more.

 

 How did you learn about color concepts?  Do you use the Color Wheel to help you?  Let me know in the comments below.

 

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Let Your Dreams Take Flight

Hi Everyone!

I'm joining in the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge for this week.  The challenge was to use colored pencils on our cards either on kraft or dark cardstock.  I was looking forward to using the colored pencils I've had for so long, but never tried LOL!  I chose to use a Smokey Shadow backdrop along with the stamp sets, Life is Beautiful and Happy Trails

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 The color really does look more vibrant on the darker paper and I really like how it turned out.  I will definitely be pulling out my pencils again to experiment.  

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 Thanks for joining me!

 

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Papertrey February Blog Hop Challenge

Hi Everyone!  I'm back with a card I'm entering in the February Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge.  They have an inspiration photo on their blog featuring rich hues and a dark background.  A little more of a challenge for me, but I was up for it.

 

I started with a Raspberry Fizz card base and added a Dark Indigo panel on top.  For the flowers, I pulled out my In Bloom stamp set and heat embossed two of the flowers with gold on Classic Kraft cardstock.  One of the sentiments from It's the Thought fit perfectly between the two die cut flowers to create that nice design "triangle".

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I felt like the card needed one more thing, so I heat embossed some of the leaves from In Bloom around the top portion of the card.  I used clear embossing powder which added just a little texture without being "too much". 

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Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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Poppystamps Challenge: Hearts Aflutter

Hi Everyone!

I'm back with a card for this month's Poppystamps Challenge--Hearts Aflutter.  I went clean and simple and pulled out a couple of older dies I had of theirs to go with the theme:

 

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I really like the stitched details and cut outs of the Wispy Hearts Die.  For the flowers, I used the Blooming Posie die and blended Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral Distress inks. I die cut another flower from vellum just to go with soft theme and backed the Cracked Pistachio flower with that one.   The background paper is from the Crate Paper Chasing Dreams 6x6 paper pad and the little open hearts are backed with some DCWV Glitzy Glitter paper.

 

If you enjoy Poppystamps dies, I recently did a post on their new Background Scribble die that has lots of examples.   You can find it here.

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With All My Heart

Hi Everyone,

Hope you're having a great weekend!  I created one last card for the Papertrey Ink challenge.  This time, I went back to 2012 and revisited the stamp set, With All my Heart. I am also entering this card in the CASology challenge for this week.

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I cut a  card base measuring 4.5" square.  I thought the design fit better on this size.  

To make the open heart, I chose some patterened paper from the Make It Market Kit: Beautiful Brushstrokes paper pad.  Using the heart shape from the Make It Market Kit: Shakers and Sprinkles, I made sure I placed it on the patterned paper in a spot to get some of the pink roses on the die cut.

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To give the heart outline some dimension, I cut out another open heart out of a foam adhesive sheet and adhered the patterned paper heart to it.

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I stamped the "Love You" heart from With All My Heart using Sweet Blush Ink.

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After assembling my card, I wanted to try using my new Nuvo Jewel Drops, so I placed some enamel dots that I took the stickiness off to test out where I wanted to place the drops.  I saw this tip online awhile ago, and I've been using it ever since.  I just keep these dots in a little bag on my desk and use them to test out my "bling" placement before I commit.  

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I love the dimension those Nuvo Drops give--  I'm definitely going to use those more often.  They almost look like candy!

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Thanks for joining me today!

 

 

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Papertrey Ink 10 Year Anniversary Challenge: Beautiful Blooms II

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I'm back with another card for the current challenge going on at Papertrey Ink.  This time, I'm revisiting 2010 with the Beautiful Blooms II stamp set.  

I really like the bold, scalloped petals and wanted to use some bright colors to showcase them.

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I made sure before I used the stamp, I erased over it a few times with my chalk eraser.  This worked perfectly along with my Sew Easy pad to get a great impression with ink.  The Misti would also be a great tool to use with this, but I was just going to fussy cut all the flowers out so I stamped them by hand.  

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Super cheerful colors!

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Thanks for joining me today!

 

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Papertrey Ink 10 Year Anniversary Challenge: Spiral Bouquet

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I'm back again with another card for Papertrey Ink's current challenge.  They are celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a fun challenge to use stamp sets from every year they've been in business.  Today I'm using a stamp set from 2007--their first year, called Spiral Bouquet.  Right away, I thought "background" with all the great swirled floral images.  To offset the formal look of the stamp set, I decided to add a sentiment from Side By Side Sentiments just to balance it out.  That's one of the great things about Papertrey Ink.  They offer so much variety, so it's fun to mix and match sets!

 

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Papertrey Ink 10 Year Anniversary Challenge: On My Couch

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I'm traveling back to 2009 with this stamp set from Papertrey Ink called On My Couch.  Papertrey Ink is currently celebrating their 10 year anniversary with fun challenges using stamp sets from over the years.  I chose this set because when I bought it, I loved creating little home scenes with furniture and accessories on my cards.  Perfect for a new neighbor or friend that needs comfort.

I pulled out some patterned paper from the Stamp-a-Faire 2014 paper pack to create a 40s vintage theme.  I used a Monthly Moments Journal Card 2 for my scene and colored in all the elements with Copics.

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I have seen others doing this really cute paper strip accent on the inside of their cards and thought I'd try that with some gingham paper from Authentique.  

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Thanks for joining me--I'll be back with another card for this challenge tomorrow.

 

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Papertrey Ink 10 Year Anniversary Challenge: Garden of Life

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Papertrey Ink is celebrating it's 10 year anniversary with some really fun challenges on their blog this week.  For each year they have been in business, they have featured a few different stamp sets from that year on their blog every day.  The challenge is to create a project using one of that year's stamp sets or draw inspiration from one of the sets to make something on your own. 

I'm really excited for this challenge because I get to reach for some older stamp sets (some that haven't seen ink yet :) ) and have some fun.  Papertrey Ink was one of the first companies I started buying stamps from when I discovered this wonderful hobby.  Just for fun, I went back to check my old orders and the first order I placed was for Background Basics Retro, Vintage Ornaments, and many bags of their colorful buttons. I think I pull out the Vintage Ornaments stamps and dies every year to make Christmas cards!

For my first card, I used the Garden of Life stamp set.  I actually just recently purchased this, which shows how timeless Papertrey Ink stamps are.  The set is from 2008, but I just bought it a couple of years ago.  I loved the hand drawn flowers.  I used them to create a background for this card, but they would be great for watercoloring or ink blending.  Perfect for all the current trends.

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Come back soon as I'll be making my way through the years with my Papertrey Ink stamps the rest of this week!

 

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Ways to Use It: Poppystamps Background Scribble Craft Die

Hi Everyone!

I recently purchased this Background Scribble die from Poppystamps and wanted to share some great ways I found to use it.  

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My goal this year is to really dig into my stash and use what I have, but also supplement with some fun new things every once in awhile.  This die caught my eye because of how big it was.  It can fill the front of a standard notecard or work as a nice focal point on a scrapbook page.  Plus, I can't resist a scribbled look--it's so free-flowing and artistic!  

When I buy something new, I want to really think about the different ways I can use it for it to be worth the purchase.  

For this die, I knew it would be great to highlight a large sentiment or maybe a cluster of flowers, but what else?  Here's a little bit of my process to figure it out:

  1.  Brainstorm what I think of when I first look at this die.
  2. Gather up all the stamps I currently own that would compliment.
  3. Create lots of fun cards!

This is my brainstorm list--it's very "stream of consciousness", but so helpful.

  • Movement, tornado pun, weather
  • Pencil writing
  • Hopping rabbit
  • Crayons
  • Rainbow blending 
  • Paintbrush
  • Needle and thread
  • Cut out in foil as a background

After pulling all the stamps I thought would work with this die, I got to work creating.

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For this first card, I used the "movement" idea with the fairies flying all around.  You could substitute butterflies, birds, or even balloons and it would work.

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I added sparkle by covering the scribble die with Versamark ink, then heat embossing it using Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder.  Perfect for those sweet little fairies!

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For this card,  I cut about a quarter of the die cut off to create a "spring" to show the rabbit hopping.  I happened to have a rabbit stamp that worked, but you could use a frog or even a little envelope die cut to show a letter bouncing in to say "hi".  

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This card was fun to make using ink blending.  I chose the crayon idea, but you could use paint brushes, or an artists' palette to go with the color theme.

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Instead of a pencil writing, I used this cute little piping bag from Lawn Fawn for this card.

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These are just a few ideas I tried, but I'm excited to try some more.  This die is very intricate, so I recommend using a metal shim in your die cutting machine and running it through a couple of times.  Doing this will give you a perfectly clean cut.  For adhesive, I used Glossy Accents with a Fineline applicator, but if I did it over again, I would use Stick-It adhesive sheets instead.  They are a lot less messy.   I talk more about this in my Making It Easy Series: Delightful Die Cutting.

I encourage you to try out my brainstorming process for stamps or dies that you're thinking about buying or have already purchased.  I plan on doing more of these "ways to use it" posts in the future.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me or comment below.  I have all the supplies I used for my projects listed below.  Thanks for joining me today!


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