Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I colored it with Spectrum Noir pens and used the blender pen to make the barn look weathered. The Spectrum Noir pens are alcohol pens and give you the ability to blend colors so nicely. I found them here at my favorite on-line craft store:
After stamping and coloring the image, I cut out the image along the top of the barn/tree/land and darkened the edge with a black marker.
Then I used some blue ink from a stamp pad triangle set to create the blue sky on white card stock. I attached the colored image to the sky, cut it into a rectangle shape, and layered it on brown card stock. It is hard to see here, but it gave the tree/land/barn edge a little extra dimension.
I also cut strips of red paper (by Recollections at Michaels, it has little brown specs in it), and I distressed the edges of each strip in a dark brown ink. The strips are adhered to brown card stock, then layered on cream paper. A little more layering with brown and red, a few bronze colored bards in the corners, and a little brown polka dot ribbon finished it off.
Monday, May 7, 2012
The ODBD's May challenge is to use any five elements (to celebrate Cinco De Mayo) so this card was made using 1.)layers of paper, 2.) ribbon, 3.) a die-cut circle, 4.) a brad, and 5.) birthday stickers found on my favorite craft supply website here: http://www.shopbeecreative.com/Sticker-Sheet--Happy-Icons-Words_p_113.html
This card was made using a rubber stamp from Stamper's Best "Hoot Owl Set", colored with Spectrum Noir colors. The "Thinking of You" stamp is from Hero Arts OWH set found here: http://shop.heroarts.com/products/productdetail/Year+Round+Sentiments/part_number=CL582/15184.108.40.206.1007703.0.0.0.0?pp=12&
Thursday, May 3, 2012
I start with a regular A2 size card front, often out of paper that is not my favorite, but sometimes just with white card stock (the heavier it is the easier it is to stitch through.) I take all my scraps and select five or six that coordinate somewhat, and I love ones that look like an old time fabric. I cut the scraps into squares that are 1 1/16th inch and then the fun begins with arranging them on the card front.
I keep the idea of a grandmother's quilt from long ago in my mind for inspiration (when they used to use up old clothing scraps.) I use adhesive to attach the squares to the card front. I try to put the squares close together so the paper below does not show through when it does not match, but sometimes it is nice to see a border around all the squares when it does match.
Then I use my piercing tool to poke holes all around the outside edge of the card, about an 1/8 inch from the edge. I also pierce holes around all the squares so that I can stitch between them (again thinking of the olden days doing hand stitching, so it does not have to be perfect.) The more holes you pierce, the more detailed the card will be.
Then I use embroidery thread to hand stitch around the whole thing. I love the variegated threads (if they match the papers somewhat) because seeing the lighter and darker shades of the thread adds to the texture of the card.
Have fun using up your scraps!
This card was made using a Cricut to makes the envelopes, printed wood grain paper, and some eyelets. The Cricut cartridge "Going Places" has the envelope outline and once cut, I glued the outlines onto contrasting papers. Operation Write Home asked for "Brown cards", so this was one of my creations .