Tiddly Inks DT Call!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I'm finally back to blogging! This has been a busy month for me, but August always is, with school starting again. But, I just HAD to get back in the groove because Tiddly Inks is having a DT Call! I took a DT break after Flourishes closed up shop, but Christy's images are so cute, I decided to throw my proverbial hat in the ring and see what happens. ;)
I just love images with little girls and their books. It always makes me think of my DD. This digital image, called School Girl, really is cute as a button, isn't she? I printed the image on Copic x-Press paper. She was so much fun to color with Copics, and I added some dots to her dress with a white paint marker. The layout came from the Viva la Verve August 2014 Week 1 sketch, and I followed their color challenge, too. The flowers and sentiment are Verve images that I colored, then fussy cut and rounded with a stylus. The floral strip on the gray dp is Washi tape, and you can't see it in the photo, but I used a clear Spica pen on the flower for a little sparkle.
On the inside, I used PTI dies to cut a few dp buttons, to coordinate with the sentiment on the front of the card. 

Well, I'm down to the wire on the DT Call, so I better pop over and get this baby entered! Thanks for stopping by today, and enjoy the rest of your week!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Tiddly Inks DT Call
Viva la Verve August 2014 Week 1 Sketch Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Make it Sparkle
Freshly Brewed Challenge--August Challenge #1: Buttons
Paper Issues: Mix Tape with Hazel & Ruby

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Nevermore

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Have you tried Inka Gold Metallic Rubs yet? I think they've been around for awhile, but I just discovered them a few months ago, and I love them! They are fantastic for creating a metallic look on just about anything, and it's super easy to age or distress with "rust" or "oxidation," too!
This Halloween card started out with a Serendipity Owl die cut that has been sitting in a tray on my craft table for months. I had heat embossed it with silver embossing powder, and I really liked it, but couldn't decide what to do with it. When I got this steampunk clock die, the owl immediately came to mind. I colored the owl with Copic markers and touches of Inka Gold, then I lightly sanded it to let some of the silver sparkle through. It is backed with a piece of vellum, which I colored with Copics also. The vellum seemed too pristine for the aged owl once it was in place, so I spritzed the owl lightly with Black Marble Dylusions Ink Spray. It wiped easily from the owl, remaining just on the vellum. The background text is an Impression Obsession stamp called The Raven. It's the first half of the narrative poem by Edgar Allan Poe. If you know the poem, there is a raven in it, who shows up right at midnight, who can talk. But, all he ever says is Nevermore. Creepy, right? Perfect for Halloween! And, how cool, that Graphic 45 has a Nevermore image in its Steampunk Spells pad! I used Inka Gold on a button, then tied a twine knot in it. The clock die cut is where I had fun with the Inka Gold.
I can't get over how fantastic this looks! I cut the clock face out of a dark brown cs, then used several colors of Inka Gold (colors listed below) randomly on it until I had a scorched metal look. I cut the clock hands from kraft cardstock and used less copper than on the clock face to help delineate it. It's put together with a copper brad.
On the inside, I tore the edge off a piece of My Mind's Eye dp, then continued the "scorched" look by inking the torn edge with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and Black Soot Ink. The sentiment, from a dollar bin Inkadinkado stamp set is stamped onto a pale yellow cs die cut (the wonky die cut in the Blueprints 15 Die-namics set). I colored the Halloween text with a Copic marker, and stamped the Haunted Tree stamp in the lower left corner.

And, that'll do it for me today! Thanks for stopping by!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Serendipity Stamps Challenge #33: Twine
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges #69: For the Birds
613 Avenue Create #80: Anything Goes

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Wedded Bliss

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A friend is getting married next weekend, after having been separated from his fiance for over a year while she was finishing up a teaching contract in Alaska. She finally came back home a few weeks ago, and my friend is counting down the days until the big day. I'm so happy for them!
I decided to go with an all white card for this one. (Which made for some tough photo editing--I never did get it the right shade!) After misting several intricate die cuts with Perfect Pearl mist, I layered them, popping up two. I wish you could see the shimmer in the photo. Then, I tied a 3-loop bow with a sheer ribbon and glued it to the corner, along with a pretty metal heart charm.
I used a old Flourishes stamp set for the sentiments inside. The silhouette of the bride and groom is heat embossed with a pinkish-gold sparkly embossing powder. The other stamped images were stamped with Toffee Crunch Memento Ink, and aren't nearly as brown as they look in the photo. 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a blissful day! ;)

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Gardening Tools in Pencil

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I used the Gardening Tools image on a card a few days ago, but I wanted to try coloring it with Prismacolor pencils, too. I love my Copics, but I have to say, this turned out much better in pencil. Of course, with Impression Obsession images, you can hardly go wrong in any medium. :D 
The entire image is colored with Prismacolor pencils. I added a black line around the image with a .01 Micron marker, and some clear Wink of Stella on the butterfly. And, I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch again, altering it just a bit by moving the image to the top of the card and adding the birthday tag (or is that a flag???) ;-) The birthday sentiment is embossed with black so it would show up on the busy paper it's on.
On the inside, I cut a few images from the Enchanted Garden paper and distressed the edges. The sentiment was stamped with Teal Zeal Memento ink and Pear Tart Ink, for a shadow effect.

Thanks for stopping by!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Paper Shelter Challenge #165: Photo Inspiration
Mojo Monday #353
613 Avenue Create #79: Create Your Own Challenge (image, sentiment, embossing, flowers, paper punch)
Paper Issues: Gettin' the Scoop on the Sweet Days of Summer
Sugar Pea Designs SPD06: Anything Goes
Impression Obsession Challenge: Colors of Summer!
Chocolate, Coffee, & Cards Challenge #68: Summer Days

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Back to School

Monday, July 7, 2014

It seems like summer just got started and it's almost time to go back to school! My DD goes back in just one month!!! Sheez! Already time to make cards for the teachers. :)
This is another Impression Obsession image that I've had for awhile, but never colored. Actually, until I started coloring it, I didn't even know that there was a swing in the foreground. I thought it was a collage-type image. This image took a lot less time to color than you would think. I started by laying down a Copic base in a medium red on the school house, then used Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol for the entire image. I love my Copics, but it is a lot more relaxing to color with pencils. They are easier for me to control. ;) The layout is from this week's Mojo Monday sketch. The little leaf embellies in the corner were die cut from dp a couple of times, and the layers glued together for stability, I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, then I dipped them in UTEE in my melting pot. They are attached to the card with 3D glue.

I made the inside panel by punching the top edge of the cs, then I used an MFT Blueprints 13 die to cut the perforated line and added scraps from the front of the card to the bottom. My DD is giving this to her favorite teacher, whom she has had for her challenge/gifted class for the past 3 years, so she chose the sentiment, and I have to concur--her teacher is fabulous! :-)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Mojo Monday 353
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Start From Scratch (Leaf embellies)
613 Avenue Create #79: Create Your Own Challenge (image, die cut, solid color paper, sequins, punch)
Freshly Brewed Designs: July Challenge #1-In the Sky
Corrosive Challenge #203: Forever Young
Sugar Pea Designs SPD06: Anything Goes

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