Thursday, March 27, 2014

OCC - Textural Effects

    My final card used embossing paste to give texture to a single layered card.  I loved using the embossing paste with  a stencil.  It is so easy to use and it looks so nice when finished!  For added color, I sprinkled blue and white glitter over the paste to add just a hint of color to the left side of the card.





 
Thanks once again for stopping by.
 
Susan

OCC - Textural Effects

     This card uses dry embossing.  Specifically, this card uses selective dry embossing that leaves a portion of the design flat while the remainder is embossed. I liked this technique and it opens up a whole new way to use all those embossing folders I have!






Thanks for visiting,
Susan

OCC - Creative Coloring

     This is one of  the last few cards I made for the on-line card class -  Clean and Simple One Layer Cards.  This card uses creative coloring to achieve a water color effect.  Copic markers were used to create the flowers on this card.  This is a fun technique, but  I'm not really pleased with how this card turned out.  This card just didn't turn out the way I had envisioned it.  However  the copic markers really do create a nice water color effect.





 
 
Thanks for visiting,
Susan

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

OCC- Masked Background

     This card was so much fun to make!  The technique used  to create this  plaid background was masking.  The only stamping on this card was the sentiment.  I used distress inks and an ink  blender tool to create the plaid background. I added a little sparkle to the card with a Wink of Stella brush and applied it to both the stripes and the blue border. 






 
Thanks for stopping by.
 
Susan

OCC - Optical Illusions- Stamp Layering

     Today's one layer card uses stamp layering to create a quick and easy card.  For this this card, I started by stamping a wood grain background with grey ink.  I then stamped rows of triangles in bright hues of green, yellow and orange.  What I like about this technique is that the pattern of the background stamp appears through the colored triangles.  The sentiment stamped in black ink, really stands out against the layered background. To finish the card I lined the inside edge of the card with green Washi tape.




 
I used the following stamp sets on this card, The Craft's Meow - Happy as a Lark, My Favorite  Things - Trendy  Triangles and Vertical Greetings.
 
Have a great day!
Susan
 
 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Avery Elle Embellishment Challenge

      Tonight I have a card to share  that I made for this weeks Avery Elle Challenge.  The theme for this this weeks challenge is embellishment.  My embellishment is this pretty flower using the Avery Elle flower and leaf die. 

 
 
Challenge 2 
 
 
I used  inlaid die cutting for the flower background and the sentiment.  So the leaves would stand out a little better, I outlined them with a little black ink.  The stamps and dies used on this card are from Rounded Diamonds  and the sentiment is from Thanks a Bunch. Both stamp sets are from Avery Elle.
 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
 
Susan
 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Faux Layered Die Cuts




     I decided it was time to learn some new card making techniques so I enrolled in the online card class , Clean and Simple Card Making.  The first lesson  taught is how to make Faux Effects.  For this card,  I practiced  the technique of inlaid die-cuts.   This technique involves inlaying die cuts back into the cardstock they were originally cut from.  The result is a smooth, one layered card.  This was my first attempt  using this technique and although it's a little tricky, I like the end results. 







 
 
 
I used Memory Box dies and cardstock along with some Echo Park Dots and Stripes paper.  One thing I noticed is that  a little thicker cardstock would have worked a little  bit better, but being my first try at this technique I was happy with the results. 
 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
 
 
Susan

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Avery Elle Birthday Challenge

     The card I am sharing today was made for the new  Avery Elle Challenge Blog.  The theme for this weeks challenge is  Birthday.



 
 
 
I used two different stamp  sets on this card; Bright Days Clear and Framed Fonts Clear.  To get the wood grain effect, I used a technique called velveteen stamping.   Using white pigment ink I stamped a wood grain pattern onto white card stock.  I  then used dye ink to stamp the rays and the wood grain pattern came through the ink.  Isn't this a cool effect?   Since I like birthday cards that are bright and sparkly, I added some diamond Stickles. My husband recently watch the Beatles 50th anniversary show on  CBS  and  in addition to the music,  he loved the art work of Peter Max.  I think this card has a little of that Peter Max vibe to it so this will be perfect for his birthday. 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!
 
Susan

Poppystamps Challenge - Bling

     Today I am playing along with the monthly  Poppystamps Challenge .  The challenge for this month is to using bling, such as sequins, gl...