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Here’s another idea for an elegant Christmas card that’s easy to put together if you get in a pinch…

See what I mean?

These Foil Snowflakes are pretty even from the back…

I almost put the word “cheers” on the front until I found this one.  Cheers would be good for birthday or new years.

And a peek inside.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black and Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock, plus Gold Foil Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  October Paper Pumpkin Set
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Faceted Gems, Foil Snowflakes, word die of your choice mine is retired, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets

Digits

  • The Crumb Cake base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5-1/2″, fold and burnish with a Bone Folder.
  • The top Basic Black layer is 3-5/8″ square attached with dimensionals
  • The Gold Foil layer is 3″ square attached with multipurpose glue.
  • Add the foil snowflake so that the back is showsing.  I used small dots of multipurpose glue to attach.  Add Faceted Gem to center.
  • The lower Basic Black layer is 3-1/2″ x 1-3/8″ attached to card front with dimensionals.
  • The Gold Foil layer is 3-3/8″ x 1-1/4″ attached with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut two word dies from Thick Very Vanilla adding Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to back before die cutting.  Peel protective paper from one word and lay on top of the other.  Peel protective paper from bottom layer and add to card front.
  • Inside the Basic Black layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Add to card with SNAIL.
  • Cut one foil snowflake in half and add to bottom of this layer gold side up.  I used small dots of multipurpose glue for this.

Hope you enjoyed this post.  I’m doing all my last minute packing and leaving at stupid o’clock in the morning.  Flying is such a hassle anymore.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

and making you stronger.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B

Snowflakes ‘n Gingham?

Mixing snowflakes and gingham?  Sure!  Why not?

This reminds me of wearing cowboy boots with lace…always a good look!

Glamour close up shot…

That snowflakes are just gorgeous.

and a peek inside.

Actually this card is very easy to make and would make a good choice for multiples…not that I like making multiples!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Smoky Slate Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and VersaMark Ink
  • Stamps:  Hearts Come Home
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon, Linen Thread, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies, Silver Embossing Powder

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″.  Score at 4-1/4″, fold and burnish with a Bone Folder.
  • Cut the lower edge of the base card and at the same time add the line of dots.
  • Cut one set of Thick Whisper White snowflakes.  I laid these flakes upside down on my Silicon Craft Sheet and ran SNAIL on the back.  You could also add a strip of Adhesive Paper to the back of the cardstock before cutting out the flakes. Trim at sides.  Add flakes over the bottom of the card front..
  • Use Embossing Buddy before applying VersaMark Ink for sentiment. Sprinkle with Silver Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Add a band of Smoky Slate Gingham just below the line of dots using SNAIL.
  • Make several loops with the gingham ribbon and tie center with Linen Thread then add over band at left side with glue dots.  I have a video on YouTube here showing steps to make a bow like this.
  • Inside the Smoky Slate layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment and attach over Smoky Slate with SNAIL.

See?  This really is a very simple card.

It’s Friday again and we are having 75 degree gorgeous fall weather.  Now that I have everything made and pretty much packed for OnStage Convention in Salt Lake City next week, I hope to relax and enjoy the week with Sweetums.

How your weekend plans are awesome…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

This speaks to me today…

Stay REALLY inky and be REALLY HaPpY!

 

 

B

A Vision In Gold…

This monochromatic Christmas card may be traditional but still carries a punch…

maybe it’s the snowflakes…

or maybe it’s the gold satin ribbon…

whatever it is…it works!

and a peek inside.

Yesterday I gathered up all the Christmas cards made so far (no duplicates) and there are 33!  I think two a day might be the rule for the next month!

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for this one…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Gold Foil Cardstock plus Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Hearts Come Home
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies, Linen Thread

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score, fold and burnish with Bone Folder at 4-1/4″.
  • Cut two pieces of Gold Foil.  One at 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ and the second at 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ for the inside.
  • Cut top DSP layer at 3-3/4″ x 1-3/4″.  Add to Gold Foil layer at top with SNAIL.
  • Cut lower DSP layer at 3-3/4″ x 2-1/2″ and add at bottom of Gold Foil layer with SNAIL.
  • Add snowflakes cut from Gold Foil.  I used SNAIL.  Trim sides.
  • Wrap a band of ribbon around this layer where the two DSP patterns overlap.  Attach on back with SNAIL.
  • Add Gold Foil/DSP layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Make a bow with several loops then tie center with Linen Thread.  Add to bank at right with glue dots.
  • Inside SNAIL smaller Gold Foil layer down centered.  Cut Thick Whisper White layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black then add with SNAIL over Gold Foil.
  • Cut one snowflake from Gold Foil and add with SNAIL to bottom right corner.

So I have two more posts before leaving for convention in Salt Lake City.  I’ve prepared three more to run next week, but don’t have one ready for Friday of next week yet.  Would you rather I prepare a normal post or have a live session/interview (with other demos) on Friday from convention?  I’ll go with the vote!  This will also tell me who reads to the end of the post!!!!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

exactly.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B

Elegant Neutrals…

I do love color but sometimes just neutrals with maybe a little bling works great for an elegant look…

well…maybe a lot of bling!

Love all the texture…

This one won’t cost extra postage either.

And a peek inside.

Seriously I’m not an elegant person, but sometimes it’s fun to shoot for it.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and Copper Foil
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and VersaMark Ink
  • Stamps:  Watercolor Christmas
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/8″ Gold Ribbon, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlets Dies, Gold and Silver Embossing Powders, Textured Snowflake Embossing Folder

Digits

  • The Basic Black base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score and fold at 5-1/2″ with a bone folder.
  • Cut a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  • Cut a piece of Copper Foil 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Emboss in center with Textured Snowflake Embossing Folder.  Sand just the raised snowflake slightly.  Swipe entire piece with Archival Basic Black Ink Pad.  Let dry.  Add  VersMark with the ink pad all over panel.  Sprinkle with Gold and Silver Embossing Powders and heat.  Add this panel to the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper with multipurpose glue and weight these layers down until dry.
  • Cut 7 snowflakes with Swirly Snowflakes Thinlets Dies.  Glue together with glue dots or multipurpose glue to make 3 sets of two and a single flake for the card inside.
  • Cut three lengths of 1/8″ Gold Ribbon.  Attach at back with Tear Tape and on card front with glue dot.  Add more Tear Tape to back and add this panel to card base.  Attach three sets of snowflakes at end o 3/8″ ribbon with glue dots.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  With Multipurpose Glue add 1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper at bottom of layers.  Add single snowflake with glue dot over strip.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • This snowflake could be embossed on the left side of the envelope to coordinate with the card front.

Everything from my studio is packed and ready to fly next week.  Now to catch up on house chores, grocery shopping and cooking for Sweetums and then pack for myself.  This time next week I’ll be in Lydia’s class and loving it!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

It’s going to be an awesome month…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

B

Pink Christmas…

HaPpY HaLlOwEeN!

Did I scare you?

Are your ready for all the trick or treaters with their cute costumes?  I just love seeing them.  We have so many here in our little community there’s hardly time to do anything else but answer the door!

Today’s post is another nontraditional Christmas colored card…but I think you’ll like it…

Pink ‘n silver?   Yep.

Love this embossing folder…

Pretty Dazzling Diamonds snow flakes…

and a peek inside!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this one…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Powder Pink Cardstock, plus Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  Powder Pink and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Hearts Come Home (sentiment & message)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Powder Pink 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon, Linen Thread, Sponge Brayer, Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlets Dies, Decorative Label Punch

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5-1/2″, fold and burnish with a bone folder.
  • Cut Dazzling Diamonds layer 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ and attach to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut Powder Pink DS 4″ x 5″.    Emboss with Winter Wonder EF placed more toward bottom to make room for ribbon band at top.  Using a sponge brayer and the Powder Pink ink pad, color over the embossed area until you have the color you like.
  • Cut a piece of 1/2″ Powder Pink ribbon then attach in top back of this layer.  Attach this layer over Glimmer Paper with multipurpose glue.  You may need to weight this down until it’s dry.
  • Make several loops with ribbon then tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add to ribbon band with glue dots.
  • Cut seven snowflakes from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper with the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlets.  Glue six of them together with multipurpose glue alternating the points.  Add to card front with glue dots.
  • Punch a label from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper then cut in half horizontally.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on scrap Thick Whisper White CS.  Punch out.  With multipurpose glue add two halves to back of sentiment.  Add final snowflake with small dimensionals to side of sentiment.
  • Inside the Powder Pink layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 3″.  Add small band of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper at bottom.  Stamp message at top of this layer in Archival Basic Black.  Add snowflake to band at bottom right.

I have begun to pack…all presentation materials, all supplies for Lydia Feidler’s class on Wednesday, 100 swamps, and several “roomie” gifts are all nestled inside a rolling scrap/stamp case.  Do I have my clothes ready you ask?   Well, nooooo.  But I will!

Hope you have only sweet Trick or Treaters at your house tonight…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

she makes a much cuter witch than I do…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

B

Lovely Birthday…

November will arrive this week and like I mentioned to you last week, this is a BIG birthday month for me which includes several masculine birthdays.

Believe it or not the masculine cards were made first!  You probably think I have cards stacked all over my studio, but I don’t.  I REALLY do mail my cards.  All.  The.  Time.  LIke…everyday!

This week I’ll concentrate on the sweet, feminine cards like this one…

This Designer Series Paper is from the Whole Lot of Lovely set…one of my favorites!

This layer opens up to reveal the sentiment…

This sentiment is from Birthday Blooms.

How sweet and feminine is this card?  And it’s for someone really special.  On the back of the card there is a layer of DSP and Whisper White to write a personal message.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Powder Pink and Soft Sky Cardstock, plus Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper (DSP)
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Birthday Blooms (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Ribbon (Seam Binding used here), Clear Faceted Gems, small round magnets (holds top layer closed)

Digits

  • The Powder Pink base card is 4-1/4″ x 8-1/4″.  Score on long side at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″.  Fold and burnished with bone folder.
  • Cut a layer of Soft Sky CS 2-5/8″ x 4-1/8″.  Cut a piece of DSP 2-1/2″ x 4″.  Attach to Soft Sky layer with SNAIL.
  • Add a piece of ribbon around top of these two layers attached with SNAIL.  Loop ribbon several times, tie center with Linen Thread and attach to ribbon band with glue dots.  Add this completed layer to front panel of card.
  • Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach inside card with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of DSP 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Attach over Whisper White inside card with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of Soft Sky 2-1/2″ x 7″.  Score at 3-1/2″.  Cut a piece of Whisper White CS 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Attach inside Soft Sky cardstock with the fold facing to the right.  Close this piece and add a layer of Whisper White 2-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ with SNAIL.  Cut a piece of DSP 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ to place over the Whisper White.  Add this small card to the main card base 1/2″ in from right side and 1/4″ up from bottom edge with SNAIL.
  • Add the Faceted Gem on the left side of the small card.  Add small round magnets to the front panel of the larger card and inside the front panel of the smaller card.  It works best to put the magnets together, add a glue dot and place on the inside of the smaller card, then add another glue dot to the back of the second magnet and close the panel.
  • On the back of the main card cut a layer of DSP 4″ x 5-1/4″ then add with SNAIL.  Cut a piece of Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Add with SNAIL over the DSP.  Perfect place to add your personal message.

The continue to specialishness (is that a word?) of this card, DSP was added to the envelope flap to coordinate with the card front.

After spending a weekend inside due to cold, rainy weather I can report all my swaps and roomie gifts are complete.  I have actually started to pack supplies for a class I’m taking on Wednesday and my presentation at OnStage!  There is the daily posts to make, photograph and post up for this and next week, but that’s doable…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

works every time.

Stay inky….be HaPpY!

B

Merry Bling!…

You know how you can give someone directions on how to drive to a particular place?  Probably you could have sent them three or four different ways but they would still end up where you sent them.

That’s the way it is with the “eclipse” technique that has been all the rage in stamping lately.  There are several waysto achieve the look but you still end up with the eclipse “look”.

So today I have a pretty home décor piece for the Christmas holiday decorating season done in the eclipse technique of my choice…

How lucky I was able to capture some of the Dazzling Diamonds glittering in this photo…never easy to do!

A glamour close up and more glittery goodness…

The opening in this frame is 5″ x 10″…perfect for this technique and most greetings for the holidays.

I’ve used my favorite color combination (blues and greens).

This project took maybe 45 minutes to complete start to finish.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Watercolor Christmas (sentiment)  The tree stamp was made using the Card Front Builder Framelits and Fun Foam.  Cut two sets of trees each two layers of Fun Foam glued together with multipurpose glue to make your own stamps.

  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large Letters Framelits Dies, 2-Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Thick Fun Foam or make two layers of thin, Multipurpose Adhesive Strips, Water Spritzer, Frame (mine came from Hobby Lobby)

Digits

  • Cut a piece of watercolor paper the size of your frame opening.  Mine is 5″ x 10″.
  • Load your three-tree stamp with Lemon Lime Twist Ink, spritz stamp three times and stamp.  Go ahead and stamp all your Lemon Lime Trees across the paper.
  • Now spritz your stamped trees to encourage “blooming”…

  • Once that layer is dry enough (you can soak up drips with tissue), load up just the left edge of your second set of your three-tree stamp in Tranquil Tide.  Spitz stamp three times and stamp just to the right of your first Lemon Lime Twist tree.  Spritz these trees with water to help them “bloom and bleed”.
  • Once that ink is dry, stamp another row of Lemon Lime Twist trees right over the bleeding/blooming trees to get a clean image.
  • Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • Add Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to back of Fun Foam.  Cut the letters from thick Fun Foam (I used white foam).
  • Add Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to back of watercolor piece where you will be cutting letters.
  • Set letters up on inked watercolor paper.  Be sure to leave room for double letters.  Cut letters.  Before removing letters from watercolor paper, add 2-Way Glue over trees and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.  Pretty!
  • Cut a backing piece for watercolor paper from packing sheet inside Designer Series Paper.  Remove protective paper from Adhesive Sheet on back of watercolor paper and add watercolored piece to DSP backing piece.
  • Remove protective paper from Fun Foam letters and add to coordinating letters on watercolor sheet.  Add watercolored letters to Fun Foam.
  • Set finished piece inside frame.  I removed the glass from my frame.

My plans are to make several of these that say different things for the Christmas holidays.  Hope you will give this seasonal décor piece a try…it was so much fun to make!

It’s Friday!   Yay…except we are expecting a very cold, rainy day tomorrow.  Good weather for finishing up OnStage projects!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

B

Christmas Night…

Just the name of this stamp set bundle made me want to buy it…Hearts Come Home.  So I did.

Here’s my first post using this set…

And, yes, it does fold to fit in a normal envelope!

 

How sweet is that little church?

This layer for your personal message is located on the back of the card.

I am such a sucker for these village scenes.  Big starry sky and glittery moon…yep, I love them!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Soft Sky, Thick Whisper White, Gold Foil and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Cardstock plus watercolor paper and Designer Series Paper Year of Cheer
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black plus watercolor of your choice for the sky.  I used Phthalo Blue
  • Stamps:  Hearts Come Home
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies, 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, White Watercolor and or White paint or Gel pen

Digits:

  • The Soft Sky base card is 4-1/4″ x 8″.  Score 1-1/4″ and 2-1/2″ on long edge.  Turn card and score at opposite end at 1-1/4″ and 2-1/2″
  • Cut 4 DSP layers 1″ x 4″.  Cut 4 Gold Foil layers 1-1/8″ x 4-1/8″.  Layer all eight pieces with multipurpose glueCut a piece of watercolor paper 2-7/8″ x 4″.
  • Dampen the paper and apply watercolor.  While still wet, scrunch up a tissue and remove some of the color to create a textured look to the sky.  When dry add splats of White watercolor paint or White paint pen or White Gel Pen.  I used watercolor first and made some larger “stars” with White Paint Pen.
  • Punch 1-1/4″ Circle of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  Add to top right corner of sky overlapping edges.  Trim excess from back.  Add the watercolor layer to center of card.
  • Add two of the DSP strips to the center  panels where the card folds out.
  • Cut the village buildings from Soft Sky left over from cutting the base.  It’s a 3″ x 4-1/4″ piece.  Glue a piece of Gold Foil to back of Church and house then trim excess.  Stamp sentiment in bottom center with Archival Basic Black ink.
  • Lay card flat.  Fold one side in mountain fold and the other side flat.  Add Tear Tape to back of village layer and place one side down on the folded card side overlapping by an inch.  Attach the other side to the flattened side.
  • Add DSP strips to the panels where the village attached to cover where they meet.
  • Yay!  Look what you made!
  • Next cut a piece of Thick Whisper White 2-7/8″ x 4″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • To add to envelope, fold one side in and the other out.  Fits perfectly!

This was so much fun to make.  I’m thinking of several projects with this set that I hope to share with you next week.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

yes we do…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

B

Frost on the Pumpkin…

What is it about pumpkins?  And the pumpkin patch where there are hundreds to pick from but you always find just the right ones.

We should ask Charlie Brown…

Here’s my little pumpkin patch card for today…

These two are just right!

A glamour close up…

Lots of layers and texture.

And a peek inside.

These little oval pumpkins were cut from a piece of watercolor paper that went all wrong for the project I had planned but worked out perfectly for this one.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive and Watercolor Paper
  • Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Leaflet Framelits, Layered Ovals Framelits, Leaf Punch, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5-1/2″, fold and burnish with a bone folder.
  • The Bermuda Bay layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Ink the raised pattern on the Pinewood Planks EF with the Bermuda Bay Ink Pad, enclose the cardstock and run through the Big Shot to create the wood background.  Add to card base with SNAIL.
  • Cut two large leaves one in Whisper White and one in Bermuda Bay.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on the White one and attach over the Bermuda Bay leaf with SNAIL so that the Bermuda Bay leaf shows on one side.  Attach to top of card front with multipurpose glue.  The smaller leaf was cut from a scrap of watercolored paper and attached with dimensionals.  Tie a Linen Thread bow around the stem of this leaf.
  • Cut three ovals from Pumpkin Pie CS or watercolor paper in a larger size than three more smaller ovals.  Emboss with Layered Leaves EF.  Punch the Leaves with Leaf Punch (Painted Harvest Bundle) from scrap of Old Olive.  Trim to leave one leaf and stem.
  • To make the pumpkins add SNAIL to top right of one oval, place second oval slightly slanted from top toward center over SNAIL.  Add third oval on top with dimensionals.  Add stem/leaf with glue dot.  Add both pumpkins to lower left corner of card front.
  • Inside the Bermuda Bay layer is 4-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.  Emboss with Pinewood Planks EF and Bermuda Bay Ink just at the bottom.  Add to card with SNAIL.

Hope your “hump day” has been awesome…I finished with my FaceTime rehearsals today for OnStage.  Feeling pretty confident about my presentation and hope everyone enjoys the samples I’ve created with this brand new stamp set for Spring!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

well…that sounds fine with me.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

B

Starry Night…

Today’s post reflects a cold starry night and the joy of the season…

This starry night was created with a watercolor background.

Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper makes the perfect snow covered evergreens.

And a peek inside…

Watercolor paper and watercolors give you incredible moody backgrounds and are so simple to create.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Watercolor Paper and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, VersaMark and your choice of watercolor  If you wanted a substitute, Pacific Point Reinker will work too.
  • Stamps:  Watercolor Christmas
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Foam Adhesive Strips, Build A Card Front Framelits, Low Tack Artist Tape, White Embossing Powder

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5-1/2″, fold and burnish with a bone folder.
  • The Watercolor Paper layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″.  Mask this layer with Low Tack Tape.  Spitz to dampen surface and paint with watercolor of your choice.  I used Phthalo Blue.  While your color is still wet, use a scrunched up tissue to give texture to the color.  Flick the white (I used Titanium White Watercolor) on the whole piece and then a white paint or gel pen to add bigger “stars”.
  • Let dry naturally.
  • Remove tape and stamp sentiment in VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Cut a strip of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper the length of your background.  Add curves using snips.
  • Cut trees from Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper.  Add single tree with multipurpose glue and two top trees with dimensionals.
  • Inside stamp the sentiment in Archival Basic Black and add a single tree with multipurpose glue.

You would not believe the condition of my studio.  There are projects lined up on every possible surface in preparation for OnStage in Salt Lake City two weeks from today!  Oh my goodness I need to shift into another gear!

Here is your “B-ism” for today…

seriously…

Keep those fingers inky…be HaPpY!

B