Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fly Me to the Stars!

When I thought of using this special paper which shows stamped images as a holograph I felt the Stampendous Hot Rocketz set was perfect. I guess after watching the northern lights for years I think of traveling in outer space with the movement of wonderful colors of light. Don't you love it when you like the combination of stamps and paper?

The special paper for this card has a black coating over top of holograph paper. The holograph shines through mostly in silver and gold colors unfortunately althought that is what I saw in the camera the photo came out with green images...oh well perhaps you will get to try it yourself and see the sparkle. The process is simple. Stamp with Encore metallic ink, heatset, then rubbed off the black coating and ink allowing the stamped images to shine through. This is a fun different effect. Another sparkling card is a good thing in my mind!

I hope you leave me comment if you know the name of this paper...thanks! I'm off to post this link for another Stampendous Challenge.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Making a few cards

June brings some special occasions that need a one-of-a-kind card. This first one is a birthday card for my sister. I used this week's Stampendous sketch challenge as well as the add-on reques for a stamped background. The star lilies are a cling stamp and background stamp is from the "just a little note" clear set from Stampendous. The paper is punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.

I used the theme of itty bitsy stamps from Anne Gaal's monthly challenge to create a card for a friend who is battling breast cancer. The background is created with a gold web spray paint. The mat is stamped with Hero Arts "flower plate" stamp. The inchies are from several small sets.

This card's background is made with alcohol inks smooched on a craft sheet and stamped with archival coffee ink. The butterfly is a Hero Arts clear stamp from the "antique engravings" set and the mat is " flower plate". The sentiment is by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps-"dream silhouettes" clear set.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Happy Birthday wishes!

One of my collegues is having a birthday soon so of course I made her a card using this week's sketch from Stampendous. I took this photo at an angle to show the 3-dimensional look of the flower.The flower is first embossed and watercolored. After the entire flower is fussy cut, each petal is cut to the outer edge of the flower's center. Then each petal is rolled around a pencil to give it shape. It is only attached in the center. Rhinestone gems are added to the center. The flower's base is edged with dots using a circle plastic canvas as the guide. I love the look of the my new peacock feather by Stampendous with the flower. What a great prize for winning
an earlier challege. Stampendous challenges are fun, give them a try!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Recycle that paper!

It is always fun to incorporate recyled items into card making. It is just one of my many efforts to save adding items from our big landfill. I thank Stampendous for offering such a great challenge that incorporates some recyling items into their sketch challenge this week.

Here I used a piece of a box that had been damaged as the center piece of the background and accenting it with glitter and the lining of a couple security envelopes. Using the Stampendous flower flourish stamp was lots of fun and I enjoyed adding some bling with additional layers of flowers as well as a tad of of extra doodling, glitter and metal accent beads. I lightly tapped my sharpie markers on top of the background's embossed dots to add color. Happy stamping!