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Sunflowers Artist’s Trading Cards

  • Napkin – Hoffmaster “Sweet Sunflowers”
  • Stamp – Indigo Blu “Bunnies Dinkie”
  • Copper embossing powder
  • Sequins – 28 Lilac Lane
  • Cardstock – Neenah

I participated in a swap that had a “sunshine” theme recently with a group of online friends (some of whom I’ve actually met!). We trade these baseball card-sized Artist’s Trading Cards (ATCs) with each other from time to time. This time around the theme was “Here Comes the Sun.”

I made my cards using a pretty cocktail napkin as a base, adhering it to cardstock with gel medium which makes a nice texture.

 

I heat embossed the stamped sentiment onto vellum, cut it out and added it to the cards strategically so I didn’t cover the flowers completely. I’ve had this stamp for quite a while and have always liked the sentiment on it. Finally I arranged sequins from my stash around for a little visual interest. You can get a closer look at one here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges:

Shopping Our Stash #358 – Summer Color Palette

Crafty Gal’s Corner – Challenge #167 ~ Summer Colours

 


An almost single layer card

  • Stamps –
    • Art Gone Wild “Fancy Florals”
    • Kodomo “Happy Birthday”
  • Ink – Ranger Distress – Picked Raspberry
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs, Inc.
  • Glitter – Ranger Stickles – Diamond
  • Cardstock – Neenah Solar White and BoBunny Back-To-Back Dots

I created this card as a one-layer card with the exception of the sentiment. I stamped the flower stamp, masking it so I could overlap flowers. I added the more solid “background” on the left-hand side by applying ink to my Gelli Plate. I cut around some of the flowers on the right side for some visual initerest. For the flower centers, I added glitter with Stickles, and then scattered a few sequins around the flowers for a little more shine. Finally I added the birthday sentiment. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges:

Crafty Creations Challenge #367 – Anything Goes

Paper Players Challenge #394 – Clean and Simple “Bloom”

 

 

 


Distress Oxide Watercolor Florals

  • Inks – Ranger Distress Oxides:
    • Background – Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
    • Flowers – Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Lucky Clover
    • Sentiment – VersaFine Clair: Medieval Blue
  • Stamps –
    • Hero Arts – F2665 – “A Real Field Wildflower” and H3259 – “Real Fuchsia”
    • Avery Elle – “Loads of Wishes”
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities
  • Metallic embellishments – made with Imagine “irRESISTible” Silver Pico embellishing drops
  • Cardstock –
    • BoBunny Ocean Double-Dot
    • Neenah Solar White

It was fun to pull out these wood-mounted stamps that I’ve had for years (copyrights on the stamps are 2003 and 2005, when I most likely purchased them)! I started out by making the backgrounds with Distress Oxide inks and water in some of my favorite color combinations. Then I applied ink directly to the rubber stamps and spritzed them with water, then stamped onto the backgrounds. These stamps lend themselves well to a watercolor effect. For a clean and simple card, I just added a die-cut (split one between the two cards), and stamped a sentiment. For a final flourish, I added some subtle bling with the irRESISTible drops and mounted onto a white card base. Thanks for visiting.

Challenges:

Always Fun Challenge #56 – Flowers

Crafty Friends Challenge #82 – Flowers

 


Hello with Distress Oxide Background

  • Stamps – Honey Bee Stamps “Zen Floral”
  • Dies – Honey Bee Stamps Honey Cuts “Zen Floral” and “Hello”
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Oxides: Peacock Feathers, Worn Lipstick and Squeezed Lemonade
  • Copic markers
  • Cardstock scraps
  • Sequins – Simon Says Stamp “Moonshine”

For this card, I used this floral stamp set in two different was. First I created the background, beginning with covering a piece of watercolor paper with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink, direct to paper. This ink covers the paper so smoothly and thoroughly with just a few swipes! I then stamped the border stamp from the Zen Floral set with another color of the oxide inks with a spritz of water, which activates the ink. I used Worn Lipstick ink for the top border and Squeezed Lemonade on the bottom. I then cut the “Hello” die-cuts and stamped and colored more flowers using Copic markers, picking up the colors in the borders. I arranged the flowers and sequins around the greeting. Ta da! Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges:  Happy Little Stampers – April Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

 


Happy Easter!

  • Patterned paper – Authentique Jubilee Collection: Jubilee Six and Jubilee Three
  • Die – Lawn Fawn “Outside In Stitched Scalloped
  • Cardstock – KaiserCraft
  • Paper flowers
  • Ranger Distress Mica Spray – Tarnished Brass
  • Rose – Maya Road

For this card I layered the “Happy Easter” panel from the Authentique Jubilee “Jubilee Six” paper onto a pink scalloped panel that I cut with the Lawn Fawn die. I layered that onto another pretty Authentique paper from the Jubilee collection called “Jubilee Three.” I tied the ribbon around the layers and adhered the whole thing to a pink card base.

I colored the flowers to match the papers. For the larger flower, I sprayed it with mica spray and topped it with a smaller paper flower that I colored with a Copic marker (R81). I added a pink plastic button for the flower center and adhered the flower bundle to the base of the card above the ribbon. I added the small plastic rose to the top left of the card.

Thanks for visiting and Happy Easter!


Chipmunk assisting Fairy

 

  • Stamps –
    • Designs by Ryn “Faeries”
    • The Cat’s Pajamas
  • Dies –
    • Elizabeth Craft Designs “Stitched Squares”
    • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Little Leaf Sets”
    • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Seventeen”
  • Patterned papers – BoBunny “Chiffon Vintage” and Pink Paislee “Back 2 School”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Copic markers
  • Ranger Distress Inks – Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade
  • Wink of Stella

I’m not always attracted to images with fairies, but I really liked this one with a fairy and a chipmunk! I’m sure that’s a big surprise to those of you who are familiar with my critter infatuation! I colored the image with Copic markers and edged all of the die-cut elements with Walnut Stain Distress ink. I colored the leaf die-cuts with Distress inks as well. I added a couple of layers of sparkle to the fairy’s wings with the Wink of Stella pen for the glitter effect. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge: Get Creative Challenges – Challenge #67- Fantasy, Mythological


Fancy Fold Anniversary Card

 

  • Stamps –
    • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Entomology”
    • Simon Says Stamp “Happy & Smile”
  • Dies – Sizzix “Royal Flip-its”
  • Patterned papers – Graphic45 “Nature Sketchbook” 8 X 8″ paper pad
  • Embossing powder – Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Twilight Jade Slate”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I believe this card is technically called a flip card, although I’ve also seen it referred to as a flop card! I wouldn’t call it a flop–I’ve made much worse cards! Anyhoo, it is constructed so that when you open it up the butterfly on the front flips and the sentiment is behind it. You can get the idea in the photo below.

I heat-embossed the moth on the front with a subtly iridescent powder, which isn’t overly evident in the top photo. This Graphic45 paper collection is so pretty, it was hard to choose which patterns to use! I’ve been coveting it for a long time! But I really was drawn to the greens of these two papers. Thanks for visiting.

Challenges:

Crafty Gal’s Corner – Challenge #161 – Make it Green

Double “D” Challenges Blog – Just Wing it