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home - where the mess is on metal

What fun!
I saw on Pinterest (a truly dangerous place!)a super cute project transferring photos with a gel medium on to metal. They used metal roofing flashing (mine is 5×8) which is soooooo inexpensive (aka cheap!) and comes with a built-in stand for your project! So, I rushed out and bought a few and that was that….they sat.

Today, I wanted to make something for a friend and really wanted to use a wood block but I didn’t have one in the right size. In my search, I came across my metal friends! Before you wonder what kind of friend I am, this is not the project that I’m making for her! I wanted to test how the various mediums would work on metal before I started on hers.
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Like so many mixed media projects, it has a life of its own! I started in one direction (wish I had taken a picture because it was so far from the finished project!) and almost threw it away because it went way South at one point. But one thing I really like with mixed media is that point where it just seems to come together.

This is a mix of gesso, Mod Podge, acrylic paints, distress stains, various stamp inks and Faber Castell pens with techniques including stamping, stenciling, paper piecing and just plain ole finger painting!!
I hope you like it and that it encourages you to get creating!

Fear is the greatest obstacle to creativity ….
Be fearless!
S

some days and some people are just AWESOME!

awesome by rheddhedd
awesome, a photo by rheddhedd on Flickr.

Fun for a challenge on Splitcoast Stampers – to white emboss on Kraft card stock and color in with a watercolor or color wash technique.
I used the Hero Arts stamp Tall Flowers and the “awesome” sentiment is from the Incredible set from Technique Tuesday (Ali Edwards).
I colored using Inktense pencils and a water brush. I was really happy with the vibrancy of the colors.
Thanks for checking it out,
S

Masculine Birthday Card

Hi, I’ve been really lax in posting new projects the last few weeks … not sure where the time goes! Anyway, I’m finally here with a new one!

I have a dear friend with a birthday today. Sadly, but par for the course, I just made his card yesterday! I should make a batch of belated birthday cards to have on hand! He is as big a baseball fan as I – if not bigger, so the choice of a baseball theme was easy. I wrote on the inside : I struck out and missed your birthday –  hope it was a GRAND SLAM! Hopefully it will make up in creativity what it lacks in punctuality!!

On to the card:  I made the card base with Kraft card stock folded to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  I embossed a piece of brown card stock with my Bigshot and a Sizzix embossing folder “diamonds”. I lightly sponged it with Black Soot Distress Ink from Ranger. All of the other designer papers are from the MVP line from W R Memory Keepers.  I layered the  embossed piece on a “lightly” patterned piece (I have such a hard time covering up a great pattern!!) I would usually cut this piece about 1/4″ smaller on all sides than the base but I knew I wanted to do some faux stitching around it, so I cut it a bit smaller.

I then had fun with the patterned paper! I cut a plain piece of “typing” paper to approx 2 1/2″ by 3 3/4″. I cut the patterned paper into strip of varying widths and glued them on the diagonal to the plain paper. I trimmed off the edges and sponged them lightly with the Black Soot ink. I added brads to the 4 corners and adhered with dimensionals.  I tied hemp around and debated on having the hemp go on top of or underneath the  paper-pieced element – underneath won!  Both the brads and the hemp are from my stash of unidentified embellishments!

The baseball was stamped with a PSX stamp on white glossy card stock. I inked the stitching with a red Marvy marker and the ball with Chestnut Roan Chalk ink. I punched it out with a 1″ in punch and distressed the ball and the edges (it stood out like new white sneakers!!) with several shades of brown, blue and burgundy ink. I then covered it with Glossy Accents by Ranger. I mounted it on the same paper as the 1st layer and attached with a foam dimensional. I added my friends initials with Thickers that I sponged with the same browns, blues and burgundy ink. A little faux stitching with a white gel pen finished it off.

I’m adding this to the CAS-ual Friday Challenge this week which is to use embossing. Hope you enjoyed and that it inspires you to create!

Later,

S

Super CAS card – Lots of hearts!

Hi!

Today I’m going for a really CAS (clean and simple) card – partly for time and partly because I really like the simplicity.

I did something on this card that I didn’t realize would be a problem until I photographed it. I layered white card stock on top of a dark patterned paper. I love the effect in person but in the photo the deep blue of the patterned paper comes through the white. I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t get the white balance and went back to re-shoot it and realized that you could see the darker paper through the white if you look carefully … and the camera looks carefully! Oh well, the card works and that’s the most important part. However, lesson learned: from a blogging perspective try to avoid layering white over dark. 🙂

I used 2 stamps on this card, both of which came from the $1 bin at Michael’s! I love it when that happens – finding stamps that I really like (and use!) in the bargain bin! It balances out the ones that are a bit pricey that I just “have to ” have!!

I stamped the heart stamp across my white card stock using my stamp-a-ma-jig. Love that thing! I always thought I’d never use one – – –  until I used it the first time. It makes it so simple to get your image stamped in just the right place (especially useful when you need to repeat a stamp).  I stamped each row in a different color from a ColorBox pigment ink Queue – Jellybeans and one row with Stampin’ Up ink Brilliant Blue. Love was stamped with Stampin’ Up Tempting Turquoise. I highlighted the hearts around Love with Baby Blue Stickles for a bit of twinkle.  

As I said earlier, I mounted the white stock on the blue dotted pattern paper and mounted that on a white card base.

A fun self challenge, buy a bargain stamp like these and see how many different ways you can use it! It’s lots of fun and you feel really good about the money you saved!

Thanks for looking and I hope (as always) that you have been encouraged to be creative.

Later,

S

Just Saying……

Covers it all!

Hi and if you’ve visited before, WELCOME BACK and if it’s your first visit, WELCOME (and I hope you’ll like it here and come back often!).

This has been a crazy week, so I’m showing a card I made last month for a friend’s birthday. In spite of how many birthday cards I seem to make, I really like cards like this that you can use for different situations. These are great cards to keep in your “grab and go” (or the OMG, I forgot!) stash! I leave the inside blank until I’m ready to use it and then it only takes a few  minutes to finish the inside with the appropriate greeting.

The flower stamp I used is from a cling stamp set by Ditto for Hampton Arts. Cute set of 2 flowers, but for the life of me I can’t find a name for the set!!  I even tried my trick of scanning the barcode with my phone and got the “sorry we don’t have this item in our database” – grrrrrrr!

I stamped the flower multiple times on black card stock with my old friend VersaMark ink and embossed with a yellow EP from All Night Media. Really bright yellow, almost neon but lots of fun on black! Be really careful when embossing on black to get all the stray EP off or you will have lots of bright yellow flecks where you don’t want them! There are some tools out that are supposed to help with this but I have yet to try them. You can use a dryer sheet but I honestly haven’t found that to be a big help. Having said that, I don’t know how big a mess it might be if I wasn’t using it…. 🙂  If you use one that you really like, leave me a comment and let me know.

After embossing, I cut the card stock down using Nestabilities Deckled Rectangles and my big shot. Honestly, I’m an eyeballer most of the time (which explains why my cards are often a bit crooked!). Not to say I don’t measure but with this project, I choose the size of the Nestie by picking out the part of the stamped area that I liked. I tried laying out the larger die and I didn’t like what was framed so I went with the smaller one which gave me more yellow card stock showing. I did measure the yellow card stock 1/4″ smaller than the black base card stock.

I love the “just saying” stamp. It’s from the Grand Greetings set by Lawn Fawn. I have developed a Lawn Fawn addiction! The stamp actually says “Just saying HELLO” but I only inked the just saying part. If you haven’t seen this set, you should take a look at it – really fun large sentiments.

I finished it off with a slim black ribbon, which I still can’t really decide if I like or not –  but what’ the point in second guessing it now – right? My friend Patsy liked it and that’s what matters since it was her birthday!

That’s today’s card, hope you like it and it inspires you to create something.

Later,

S

Another birthday card – must be June!

Welcome back!

Hope you had a good weekend. Mine was way too short. (how does that happen?)

Today’s card is another birthday card! However, it could easily be used for other things by changing the sentiment. For example, you could add a “you’re so sweet” or “Hey Cupcake!” or maybe “Hi Sweetie” or even “Everything is better with a cupcake!” or “life is sweet” or “how sweet it is” or just plain “celebrate”  ….. you get the idea. BUT, in this case, it is another birthday card!!

I got to use one of my favorite techniques again – emboss resist. I never get tired of this! (I hope you don’t either!) I stamped the cupcakes with a couple of cupcake stamps from Inkadinkado’s  set “Birthday Cupcakes” on white card stock with VersaMark ink. I embossed some with clear embossing powder and some with pink (clear is from Stampin’ Up – I really like their clear ep and the pink is Blushing Pink from Stampendous).  Using an ink blending tool, I covered the card stock with Worn Lipstick Distress ink. I use an almost dry baby wipe to remove any excess in from the embossed areas. I find if the baby wipe is too damp, it makes the card stock curl. I then let it dry completely before stamping a few more cupcakes with VersaMark and embossed with All Night Media’s blue embossing powder. You have to let it dry really well or when you sprinkle the blue powder, it will stick to anything that is wet…. trust me…..  🙂

I attached a blue polka dot ribbon to the front of the card stock with my tape gun  – wrapping the edges around the back about 1/2 in on each side…. no need to waste ribbon where it won’t be seen!

I attached the embossed stock to the red card base. I stamped the sentiment “Sweet birthday wishes” also from the Birthday Cupcakes set on the same red card stock with VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder. I mounted it over the ribbon with foam dimensionals. I added the heart from “Lovely Hearts” a fun set of hearts by EK Success and the jewels that are from a big container in my stash!! I really don’t know who makes them …. but they sure are cute and come in really handy!  The icing on the cake (so to speak!) is Stickles from Ranger in Cotton Candy.

That’s the card! Hope you like it and that it inspire you to create.  Please subscribe if you’re having fun so you can get updates as I get to them.

Later,

S