Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Styled Woodlands Card

Hi everyone!  For those of you that follow me on Facebook you might know I took a little vacation to Washington DC.  Good to have some time away with Jay and our nieces to see our nations capital.  Jay and I have been to Washington before, but we thought it was a good age to take the girls to see some of the things they will be studying in school this year.  I thought I would share a few highlights of the trip before I get to today's tutorial.

The new Barnes Foundation Museum in Philadelphia - I saw part of the Barnes collection in Dallas about 10-15 years ago and was eager to see the new museum.  It did not disappoint.
Baltimore - Ft McHenry, where we got to unfurl a flag, the same size as the flag Frances Scott Key saw in the morning, after the battle with the British in 1814.  He then penned the words to The Star- Spangled Banner, our national anthem.
On to Washington DC - Mt Vernon (George Washington's farm).  So worth the fee to get in...absolutely stunning gardens.

And then into the city - first time for all of us to ride the elevator to the top of the Washington Monument.
A day at the National Gallery.
So much I could write about this place.  I love how the door frames of each room, frame one of our favorite paintings...4 rooms away.
 Here she is from Maddie's view point...Symphony in White No 1: The White Girl
 We even rode the double-decker bus to get around to all the monuments...that was fun.
One of my favorite photos was taken in the Lincoln Memorial...the two of them, off to the side, sitting against a column waiting patiently for Jay and I to finish reading Lincoln's speech.
On one of our walks to the metro we found this heart shaped leaf on the ground.  We thought it was a good symbol of the trip, since we loved Washington.

So today I have one more card to share that was created for Stamper Anonymous using the new Styled Woodlands Stamp set.  I created a card front using Ranger watercolor paper, the Christmas Layering Stencil and a mini blending tool.
Once I finished the stenciling, I inked the edges of the card front and set it aside to prepare the wreath stamp.  I used a variety of Distress Markers to color directly onto the rubber.
One tip I would give about coloring with markers - Don't be afraid to mix one color right over another. You might notice that some of the leaves are two colors of green.  I thought this would add more depth to the stamped image, and it did. 
Once you have the stamp colored (my favorite part), spritz a fine mist of water over the top to reactivate the ink. Then stamp on card front.
The addition of the Wild Honey really made a difference in the final stamping.
I cut an extra piece of watercolor paper so I could make a second stamping (without re-inking the stamp).  It is lighter, but it still usable so I have set this aside for another project.
 I added the small sentiment to the center of the wreath with Black Soot Archival Ink.
Then stitched the card front to a red cardstock foundation.
The stamp set comes with a bow for the wreath.  I used Sticky Embossing Powder to add the Platinum glitter to the bow, then added it to the card with a bit of foam tape to raise it up.   If you have never used Sticky Embossing Powder before and would like to know more, check out this "how-to" post from 2012.

I also used the Distress Spritzer to add fleck of the Walnut Stain Distress Ink over the card front.
Super simple but one of my favorites.  I love how easy it is to get this watercolor look.  If you are by chance thinking about creating multiple cards it might be worth it to create a custom stamp pad.  Tim created a great step by step tutorial showing you how, as part of his 12 tags series a few years back. 

Thanks everyone for stopping by and also enduring my vacation photos!
now carry on,

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Carved Halloween

Back with another card made with one of the new Stampers Anonymous stamp sets.

I used Mini Distress Ink kit #8 to create a monoprint on Ranger Watercolor paper using the new Halloween Layering Stencil.  Love how the colors of this set just looks like Halloween!
I stamped the owl from the Carved Halloween set with Black Archival ink onto the monoprint.
Then stitched the monoprint to purple Core'dinations Kraft-core cardstock.
I added this little spider hanging from the top.  Love this little guy!
I also added Glossy Accents to the eyes of the owl and the back of the spider to give them a bit more detail.
Mushroom Alcohol ink was added to a Plaquette to give it more of a Halloween feel; then tied around the card with green Jute String.
I wanted to break up the monoprint just a bit so I ripped a piece of paper from an old book.  After a bit of Distress ink - Vintage Photo, I used the Distress Marker Spritzer to add speckles to the paper.  A super easy aging technique.  I also added a couple Tiny Attacher staples to keep the Jute String in place.
A little more Distress Marker Spritzer to give a background a spooky effect and were done.  Gosh I love using that Spritzer tool!

What a fun card.  Not too scary with all that color, in fact I think it's just right!

now carry on,