SU! 2018 Holiday Card Swap #2

Hello! Happy Saturday!

I trust you are all doing well today! It’s a wonderful day to be alive!

Time to move on and show you the rest of the cards from the Holiday Card Swap I just did! I realized I should have named the other post with Holiday since there are more than just one swap. but, oh well…a learning lesson!

What do you imagine when you think Halloween and owls? Yes, THIS! Right?!

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Halloween was the easiest to create a card for using the Still Night stamp set and thinlits! No surprise there, I am sure! This one came together so perfectly! I did struggle with a sentiment, though. I needed to use only current SU! stuff and I don’t have a current Halloween sentiment. I only have Paper Pumpkin Halloween sentiments. The ones that come with the Still Night, just didn’t sound Halloweenish to me. And, I am not really a creepy sort of Halloween gal, so I wanted to stay on the cuter side of things. That’s when I grabbed the Make a Difference Alphabet and made up my own…’Hoo!’ I thought about doing ‘Who?’ but figured that was too predictable. Something original was what I was going for and that is what an owl says. Right? I used the Gorgeous Grape ink for the sentiment and distressed it with the grape as well.

Hmmm, got sidetracked with the sentiment and I haven’t even told you about the card! That’s ok, all in good time!

I apparently did not remember to take pictures of this next step, so words alone will have to do. If you have questions, feel free to ask them in the comments and I will answer them!

I cut out a 3” circle from the white cardboard that lines the DSP. I needed something firm. I used that as my stencil for my moon. Then I grabbed a page of Very Vanilla and laid the stencil on it. Grabbed the daubers and ink for my Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie and began to use circular motions to bring the color into the circle. I started with the Crushed Curry and then blended in the Pumpkin Pie. This was fun to do and each full moon came out uniquely different, yet stunning. I really like the moons! I then cut them out so that I could put them on the Night of Navy. One of the best colors ever! I typically use it for anything I want to look like nighttime! It’s better than black for that! Besides, I knew I was using the black for the silhouette of the branch and owl. The base is Pumpkin Pie card stock distress with Gorgeous Grape ink.

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As you can see, I changed up the owl from my prototype to the actual card that was made and sent for the swap. It came down to a time factor! I was subbing so much and running dangerously close to my deadline. The prototype had been stamped with Versamark, clear embossing powder poured on it, then shook off, then heat set. Plus, running it through the Big Shot with the thinlit. That is a lot of steps! I needed to cut out some steps! So, I went with the black owl that looks like he wants to take off. It’s not as striking, yet it is easier to see. I think the black owl with the clear embossing powder is harder to see.

I may have taken out 3 steps, but there was still the cutting of the owl. You have a different sandwich of Big Shot plates that you have to use for detailed thinlits. It helps to make them come out better and yet, you still have to run it through a few times! Plus, the bristle brush and mat really help get all those pieces out.

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When you don’t, this happens…which has it’s place, just not on this card…

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When you do, this happens…

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Sometimes a few hang on for dear life and then you just have to take your paper piercer and push it out! Or a fingernail can work at times too, depending on the size. those toes needed the piercer!

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Oh, I almost forgot! On the sentiment…do you see those 3 black pearls?? We don’t sell them, by the way. Do you want to know how I did that? A Sharpie! Yep, I colored them on their mat and then transferred them to the sentiment oval. I have done it with rhinestones to give them color, so why not pearls? It worked and I like how it turned out. At first I left it all plain and then I thought it needed a bit more so I also did the silver thread in loops under the sentiment. I am still working on perfecting that technique! Not sure why I struggle with it. I know it’s all the rage right now, but mine never seems to come out just right…or maybe that is my problem…it isn’t supposed to be just right, it is supposed to be messy. I need to set aside that OCD tendency for this technique, I guess! LOL

I left the inside blank so that the giver of the card can write what they want. Sometimes, I just really like it that way! I did use the stamp with the 3 little dots on it to decorate the corner of the inside with some Tuxedo Black and some Gorgeous Grape. Kept it simple.

That was it for this card. Prototype changed, as is typical for me. Let me know what you think! Which do you like better??

Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along!

Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share your creations with me!

Blessings, June

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SU! Card Swap #1 – Masking Technique

Hello, All!

I trust you are all doing well today! It’s a wonderful day to be alive!

Yep, consistency is what I am working on with this blog, and I am not quite there. Thank you for your patience! Actually, I am typing these in Word while sitting in a car. My son is in the Hunter Safety class for 2 hours and it’s not really worth driving all the way back home and then going back to get him. I figure my time is better spent doing this versus driving an hour in round trips.

Today I bring you the technique I used to make the Grateful card from my last post for the Holiday Catalog card swap I just did. I used the leaves from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.

Today, I am here to show you HOW I made the diagonal strip of fall leaves. I took pictures as I was making the 11 cards for the swap. This is one of the few cards that I did not deviate from the prototype. Amazing!

To start off with, I used painter’s tape to stick my card stock down and make the angle of the strip that I wanted. This works great…just make sure to clean up the ink on the painter’s tape, after stamping, with a Kleenex, wipe, or something other than your shirt sleeve or hand. Yes, I am speaking from experience. 🙂 When you get it all over your hand, it wipes back onto your card stock and then you have to cut the leaf strip out and glue it down to your card! And, yes, I did that, too!

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This card was not without its struggles! It also almost got completely altered due to frustration with the thinness of the tape…it bleeds through, folks! I had no idea! And, although it says it won’t stick, must mean to walls only, it not only stuck to my card stock, it pulled off a layer and so I had to cut the strip off and adhere it to a fresh piece. Man! Was I ever getting so very frustrated!

Then I had a break through idea…stick the corners of the cut card stock under the tape and stick the fresh card stock under that! Brilliant! It not only solved the thin tape issue, it also solved the tearing card stock and I didn’t have to cut the strip off anymore! It made things go much faster and it came out great!

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Ok, now on to the stamping…

First, I created a few masks. What are masks, you ask? They are stamped images on post-it note paper and then cut out, because I don’t have the Seasonal Layers thinlits that go with this set (I remedied that this week for future use) I had to fussy-cut out the leaves. It’s work, but worth it. The mask goes over a stamped image to be able to stamp over it and give dimension to your pattern.

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I used Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Real Red, Grapefruit Grove, Pumpkin Pie, and Mossy Meadow for my colors. I started with the big leaves first and then added the little ones in…then I switched that to see which way works better. I am not sure if there was a better way…I just made it work.

As you can see above, I stamped the leaves and then covered them with masks and then stamped over them in other colors and sizes. I used lighter colors for the large leaves and then stamped the spines in a darker color. I used the stamp of the inner parts of the flowers to make the little “seeds” that blow in the wind during the fall.

The nice thing about fall leaves is that they are not all perfect. Some leaves have parts missing and some have different shades. Any mistakes I made to my stamping didn’t glare out at me because falls leaves are as imperfect as my stamping can be at times…yet, I bet even you can’t tell where my goofs are! If you see any, please comment below…let’s see how you do at finding my mistakes! Maybe there will even be a prize in your future…;)

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Overall, this card did turn out lovely and although I had some frustrations, I did not alter the card from the prototype and that is a rarity. Nothing better came to me, so I had to find a way to make it work…and I did! See finished card HERE

Have fun using this technique now that you don’t have to muddle through! Learn from my muddling and you will have it made! Share with me how you use this technique with your cards and scrapbook pages. Hmmm, yes, scrapbook pages…now I am going to have use this technique to do that too! Lots of ideas already rolling in my head for my Dad’s Life Album!! I’ll show you soon!

Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along!

Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June