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Tri Tree Watercolor…

If you are looking for a Christmas card that would be easy to mass produce and mail flat at a normal rate…this post might be just for you…

Using this technique on water color paper will give you the “blooming” effect.

A glamour close up…

Love this color combo.  Everything pops with that Lemon Lime Twist!

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper and Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Real Red, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Powder Pink and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Chirstmas Quilt and Sheet Music Background
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Spritzer

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • The DSP layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The water color paper layer is 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″.  Dampen water color paper with water spritzer.  Stamp larger tree stamp in center with Pool Party and on either side with Powder Pink.  Let the water color paper work and “bloom” with color.  You can wait or it to dry or stamp while still damp with Real Red and Lemon Lime Twist.  Let dry completely.  Add sentiment center bottom using Archival Basic Black ink.  Add tree stands in Smoky Slate.
  • Add snippets of the Music Sheet background stamp hear and there.
  • Using a brush and watered down Real Red or the Real Red marker, add splats over everything.
  • Add this water colored layer to DSP with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside the DSP layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached over DSP with SNAIL.
  • The flap of the envelope was also stamped with Music Sheet background stamp in Archival Basic Black.

Hope your Thursday is awesome!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Pray for those in the path of Irma…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

 

B

Quilted Gold…

Here is another example of my playing with the Christmas Quilt bundle…love this set.  You can make it soft and sweet or elegant and metallic…

With the addition of the gold foil, this card turns into an elegant holiday greeting.

 

Lots of different textures create interest…

 

That quilted Embossing Folder is just gorgeous.

 

Inside gold embossed message and woven gold ribbon coordinate with the card front.

I confess to not liking to mass produce cards…I just can’t do it.  But if I did, this one would look much more complicated than it really is and comes together quickly.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Gold Foil and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Christmas Quilt
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/4″ Gold Woven Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Quilt Builder Framelits Dies, Gold Embossing Powder, Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White card bas is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Gold Foil layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The next Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ embossed with Quilt Top EF and attached to Gold Foil layer with multipurpose glue
  • With stitched star framelit cut one from Gold Foil and one from Thick Whisper White CS.  Offset points and glue together.  Add to top center of card front with dimensionals..
  • Cut a 1-1/2″ square gold foil piece and cut center with open flower framelit die.  Add to stitched stars with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp “peace” in VersaMark ink on 5/8″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Thick Whisper White CS. Sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder and heat.  Placement of stamp toward top to leave room for gold foil leaves and pearls.  Cut two gold foil leaves and attach under “peace” with glue dots.  Add three Basic Pearls.  Tag one end with snips.
  • Cut a piece of Gold Foil 3/4″ x 2-5/8″.  Tag one end with snips.  Glue to “peace” piece with multipurpose glue.  Add a loop of ribbon to right side with glue dots.  Then add to bottom center of card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside the gold foil layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Embossed at the bottom with Quilt Top EF.  Add a piece of ribbon attached at back with SNAIL.  Add this layer over the gold foil layer with multipurpose glue.
  • Use Embossing Buddy where sentiment will go.  Stamp greeting with VersaMark ink, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder and heat.
  • I also embossed the envelope flap with the Quilt EF to coordinate with card front.

We are home today…well 2 a.m. this morning from our whirlwind weekend in California.  Great weekend with family for a surprise 80th birthday for Sweetums oldest brother.  He was stunned.  So sweet the memories we will keep.

Hope your holiday weekend is a sweet memory too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B

Peace Wreath…

Today’s post uses a hand drawn border and another drippy water color…

There’s also some splattering, embossing and of course, that Linen Thread bow for good measure!

A glamour close up shows off the details…

The Linen Thread bow is the natural embellishment.

And inside…

Now I’m just gonna admit up front that the slight orange tinge you see on the card front was washed off the masking tape.  I was reusing the tape.  Not a bad look, but just keep that in mind if you are reusing your masking tape.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, Old Olive and VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Silver Embossing Powder, .005 Black Micron Pen or Black Journal Pen, Small Brush

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Tape a border on water color paper to a hard surface.  Wet the water color paper with a spritzer or brush.  Stamp base of wreath with Lemon Lime Twist and tilt the paper so the wreath runs down card front.  Let dry naturally.  Really…just go away and do something else for a bit.
  • Over stamp the wreath with the base stamp in Lemon Lime Twist.  Stamp detailed wreath in Emerald Envy once and again without lining up or reinking.  Add VersaMark dots around the wreath and sprinkle with Silver Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Stamp center of wreath in Old Olive or any of the green colors a couple of times…do not line up points.
  • Stamp sentiment in VersaMark and sprinkle with Silver Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Add splatters in color of your choice.
  • Remove masking and doodle a border with Micron Pen or Journaling Pen.
  • Make Linen Bow and add at top with glue dots.  For video on making the bow go here.
  • Inside the Lemon Lime Twist layer is 3-3/4″ x 4-3/4″ add with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.  Stamp wreath several times in different colors of green at lower left corner.  Add to card with SNAIL.
  • You could also add this wreath to your envelope front to coordinate with the card front.

This was so much fun to make and I can see myself mass producing this one.

Hope you and your family are enjoying a peaceful Labor Day.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

and I’ll need it as we’re flying in today from California on a “red eye”!

Hope you are inky and HaPpY!

B

Merry Cheer…

So yesterday we talked about making a tree stamp from the Build A Border Thinlits Dies with fun foam.  If you didn’t see yesterday’s post, you can see it here.

Today I’ve created a forest of Christmas trees in the snow made from Embossing Paste mixed with Dazzling Diamonds…Oh boy is this ever pretty in person!

Here’s the fun foam stamp again on water color paper all moody and drippy.

In this close up you get an idea of the dimension of the snow with the Embossing Paste.  The “snow” was made with Craft White Ink and a stylus.

I love this card, but truthfully if I were to remake it, I’d leave off the suggestions of the sun.  If you make this card, see what you think before adding the sun.

Alright, let’s get to those Stuff ‘N Digits so you can get started…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Marina Mist, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow (retired) you could substitute Always Artichoke
  • Stamps:  Lovely As A Tree, fun foam trees and Seasonal Lantern (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Craft White Ink, Round brush or Aqua Painter, masking or painter’s tape

Digits

  • The Lemon Lime Twist base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Tape water color paper border onto a flat surface.  Wet the surface of the water color paper with a spritzer or brush.  Stamp a set of trees across the paper in Lemon Lime Twist.  Tilt paper so that color can “bloom” toward the bottom.  Let dry naturally and completely.
  • Stamp over trees again in Lemon Lime Twist with evergreen tree from Lovely As A Tree.  Over stamp again in Old Olive and then Mossy Meadow or any darker green.
  • Using brush, wet water color paper between trees and all of sky area.  Drop Marina Mist reinker in space between trees and tilt paper to let the color run toward the sky area.  You can encourage movement with a wet brush and add more color if you need it.  You can also create clouds with a smooshed tissue absorbing color here and there.  Let dry completely and naturally.
  • Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black ink
  • Mix a small amount of Embossing Paste with a bit of Dazzling Diamonds.  Add to tree limbs with the Piercing Tool or anything you feel comfortable working with.  Let dry.
  • Add snow in the sky and on trees with White Craft Ink refill.  This does take overnight to dry at least!
  • Add water color art to card front with multipurpose glue.

These are so much fun to make…but I wouldn’t want to mass produce them…no way!

We are expecting rain from Texas and Louisana this afternoon and tomorrow.  Nothing like what the folks in those states have experienced though.  What a tragedy.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

nothing.

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!

B

Nostalgic Christmas…

There was not going to be any resisting this nostalgic stamp set Wonderful Life…I mean it just spoke to me and how I feel about Christmas.

So I made this…

This is just so sweet!  And…if you happen to be planning a holiday wedding, this set is perfect.

Everything but the background was colored with an Aqua Pen and Reinker…

After taping a border with post it notes, the background was sponged with Soft Sky.  Once the background was done, the post it notes were removed and the border was hand drawn with a black Micron Pen (.005)

And inside the gifts were repeated to coordinate with the card front.  This is a flat card that would not require extra postage.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla and Real Red Cardstock
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Archival Basic Black, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Marina Mist
  • Stamps:  Wonderful Lif
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Aqua Painter or Blender Pen, Micron Black .005 Pen, Post It Notes or masking tape

Digits

  • The Thick Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Real Red layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Thick Very Vanilla layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp  all images in Archival Basic Black including the sentiment.  Add Post It notes or masking tape around all edges to create a 1/2″ border on all sides.
  • Color all images with an Aqua Painter or a Blender Pen if you are more comfortable with it.
  • After all images are colored, sponge Soft Sky in the background keeping it from going over the colored images as much as possible.
  • Remove mask and hand draw border following masking line with black Micron Pen.
  • Don’t forget to sign your artwork!
  • Inside the Real Red layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.  Stamp gift image and sentiment in Archival Basic Black, then color to coordinate with card front.

If this set appeals to you and you are still looking for that card design for this year, this just might be it!  The coloring goes quickly and these could be mass produced quite easily.  And, this card will mail flat without extra postage…bonus!!!

We are experiencing a gorgeous fall day…in August!  Now if Starbucks would only start serving that Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Keep inky…be HaPpY!

 

B

Turquoise Christmas?

Sure…why not turquoise as a Christmas color?

See?  Who would have thought…

Do I dare mention this is another flat card?

No, I didn’t cut this sentiment stamp in to.

Do you like the color combo?  Let’s give it a try.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Pool Party Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Feeling of Christmas and Good Tidings (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  VersaMark, Pool Party Embossing Powder, Tempting Turquoise marker

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Pool Party layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The water color paper layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Wet the water color paper with a brush or spritzer.  Stamp the background stamp with Pool party and let dry…no heat gun so the water color paper can do its magic.
  • Once dry, stamp background again in Lemon Lime Twist.  Then stamp wreath in Archival Basic Black.
  • Color leaves with Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive and Tempting Turquoise.  Color bow Turquoise.
  • Stamp berries in VersaMark, sprinkle with Pool Party Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Add sentiment at bottom in Tempting Turquoise.
  • Add this layer to card front with multirpurpose glue.

Can you see this card in pinks, red and orange with silver berries. Or in Autumn colors too.  Oh! the possibilities!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always.

Get inky…be HaPpY!

 

B

Holiday Metallics…

Throwing caution to the wind, I followed an idea that came to me using a dark background with several shades of embossing powder.  See what you think…

Now that’s drama isn’t it?

This is another flat card with lots of eye candy.  Don’t get me wrong…I love layers!  But when you are mailing lots of cards, it can get expensive really quick.

This sentiment is retired, but there are several offerings in the Holiday Catalog that would be as pretty…I just don’t have them yet.

This is a two-step stamp so I used that to my advantage and created a background with Craft White Ink before stamping the wreath.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits if you’d like to give this one a try…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Early Espresso Cardstock, plus Gold Foil Cardstock
  • Ink:  Craft White, VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Feeling of Christmas
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White, Gold, Silver Embossing Powder, White Paint Pen, Embossing Buddy

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Gold Foil layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • The Early Espresso layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Use your Embossing Buddy all over the surface of this layer.
  • Stamp the wreath background in Craft White Ink and dry with heat gun.  Stamp wreath in VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with Silver EP and heat.  Stamp berries in VersaMark around the wreath, sprinkle with Gold EP and heat.
  • Use the White Paint Pen to color bow and add highlights to berries.
  • Stamp sentiment at bottom of card front in White Craft Ink, sprinkle with White EP and heat.
  • Attach this layer over Gold Foil layer with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside there is a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ layer of Gold Foil with a Thick Whisper White layer on top 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached with multipurpose glue.

Another dramatic but flat card for easy mailing during the holidays.

Hope you are having an awesome day.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Have a good tone, but come back Monday!

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

B

Good Tidings…

So today I guess I’ll jump in like Hobby Lobby and Michaels who have had their Christmas, Thanksgiving and Halloween decorations up since the middle of June and show you a few Christmas card ideas…

Hope you don’t mind.

Love the traditional look of this one.

Lots going on with this single layered card.

and a peek inside!

I haven’t done this technique in quite a while and really enjoyed putting this card together in these traditional holiday colors.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Powder Pink, Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Soft Suede and Baked Brown Sugar (retired, you could substitute Crumb Cake)
  • Stamps:  Good Tidings and Sheet Music Background
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Black Micron Pen or Journaling Pen, Post It Notes, sponge

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The top front layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Add Post It Notes to create border.  Stamp holly in Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive.  Stamp berries in Powder Pink and Real Red.
  • Using sponge create background color.  Add music notes in Soft Suede.
  • Remove Post It Notes and stamp sentiment in Early Espresso in top left corner.
  • Add freestyle border with Micron or Journaling Pen.
  • Inside the technique was repeated using the smaller holly stamps.

This is a flat card with a lot of interest…but no extra postage!

I love the look of this technique and if you have never tried it, I hope you’ll give it a go.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

yep, so go for it!

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

B

Peeps Christmas “Shoebox”…

Today I’d like to highlight the “shoebox” swap we had yesterday in the studio with some of my stampin’ “peeps”…

It’s amazing we finished the desk calendar shown yesterday plus all these projects in a little over two hours so everyone went home with six pieces and all so different which really surprised all of us since there was no coordination at all beforehand.

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This project was designed by Jeanette Stepanske who has been stamping for a little over a year.  She makes some of the most beautiful, personalized projects and constantly amazes me with her ideas.  This little “book” filled with peppermint M&Ms measures 3″ x 4″ and ties shut with ribbon.

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Barbara Philpott  who is in my downline designed this 3-D tree ornament using the Star of Light stamps set.  Four stars were stamped on Very Vanilla Cardstock, stamped and embossed with Copper Embossing Powder and cut out with Starlight Thinlits.  She scored each piece in the center then we folded, burnished and glued the pieces together including a loop of Copper Thread in the center before gluing the last section.  Mine immediately went on the tree!

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and the inside…

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We will all need “thank you” cards after the holidays are done and Jan Guider has designed a classic navy/white card combining embossing, with a Swirly Bird piece and the “thanks” thinlit then added punched and sponged flowers.  Add the bit of bling with the pearls and you have the perfect card.

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How pretty is this New Year’s card?  Carol Mitchell designed this card for the group using the stamp set Here’s to Cheers.  Here’s a peek inside…

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Perfect card for greeting the new year.  If I told you Carol has only been stamping for maybe four months…you’d probably not believe me…but it’s true!

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How elegant and simple is this black/gold combination card?  Patty Hickman who is in my downline designed this card for the group.  She had already paper-pierced the front (thankgoodness!)  And here’s a peek inside…

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Isn’t it pretty?  The black/vanilla color combination along with the gold is so striking in person.

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And Dana Beaty who only be stamping for a couple of months brought everyone these chocolate/pecan pretzel treats.  We didn’t even have to make them…she did all the work for us!

So now you see what I mean when saying we had such an awesome collection of totally different projects to take home.  Not to mention the unbelievable food that was shared.  Turned out to be the best Christmas party in the history of Rambling Rose Studio!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing these projects…wish you could have been here!

 

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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thankgoodness.

Hope you are inky like me…and HaPpY!

 

 

B

Hooty Christmas Wishes…

Who loves owls?  Me!  And I bet you do too.  What could be cuter than two owls from the Cozy Critters stamp set?  Love that fox in this set too.

I created a small night scene for this nocturnal pair with some sponging, a big full moon and some stars and then added the happy greeting from the Greetings From Santa stamp set.

Maybe what gives it that little special “something” is the window sheet encased in the card front…

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Aren’t they the cutest sitting there in the moonlight?  And here’s the card opened…

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A little masking and out comes the moon and stars!

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus By the Shore Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive
  • Stamps:  Cozy Critters and Greeting from Santa (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Window Sheet, Owl Punch, Confetti Stars Border Punch, Post It Note for masking, sponge, Circle Framlits and 1-3/4″ Circle Punch

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • Score card front at 2-3/4″.
  • Cut a piece of DSP 4-1/8″ x 2-5/8″ and attach to top card front with SNAIL.
  • Center a 3″ Circle Framelit over 2-3/4″ score line and cut card front and DSP at same time.
  • Cut a piece of window sheet 4″ x 2-5/8″.  Glue with Multipurpose Glue to inside top of card front.  Fold on score line and attach bottom of card front over window sheet with glue or SNAIL.
  • Using a 1-3/4″ Circle Punch cut a sheet of post it note.  Add the circle where you want your moon positioned on inside top of card.  Mask top and bottom.  Sponge Island Indigo with moon mask in place.
  • Remove moon mask and using the negative piece of post it, sponge moon with Daffodil Delight and More Mustard around edges.  Remove mask.
  • Punch stars from Whisper White and attach over sky using Multipurpose Glue.
  • Cut a 2-5/8″ x 4-1/8″ piece of DSP for bottom of inside card and attach with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White 2-1/2″ x 4″.  Stamp sentiment and attach over DSP with SNAIL.
  • On scrap Whisper White stamp two owls and color with markers.  Stamp one branch in Old Olive.  Punch out owls and “fussy cut” branch.
  • Add branch and one owl with Multipurpose glue.  Add second owl with dimensionals placed on back of head.

The window with the night sky showing makes this card just a little something different.  I’m not sure I’d want to mass produce this card, but I’ll enjoy sending it to someone special who loves owls as much as me!

Got a little “day trip” planned tomorrow to a quaint little town for a Christmas celebration with a couple of friends in Franklin, Tennessee.  Ever been there?  It’s such a cute town especially at Christmastime.

Hope you will enjoy your weekend too.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Stay inky and be HaPpY!

B