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Cas(e) This Sketch #211 Guest Designer

Sending love card
I’m so excited to announce that I’m a guest designer for this week’s Cas(e) This Sketch challenge! If you’ve never participated in the challenge before, it’s great fun! Every week there is a new sketch to inspire your creativity. Here is this week’s sketch:
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For my card, I decided to stamp a few images from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set with Versa Mark Ink and then emboss them with white embossing powder. I then added several layers of a watercolor wash in some blue and green tones, letting each layer dry in-between.  Sending love floral watercolor

Once my panel was dry, I embellished the edges using a stitched rectangle die. I then die-cut a sentiment using a Sending die and some slate gray card stock. Before I adhered the sentiment, I stamped the word love from a Wplus9 Hand Lettered Hello stamp set with Versa Fine Onyx Black ink. I popped the Sending part of the sentiment on using multi matte medium glue. That stuff never does me wrong.

I added a few clear droplets to finish everything off.

Sending love SSS altenew

I can’t wait to see what everyone creates for the challenge this week!

Sending love card

kimberly

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Sending Lots of Love

Sending lots of love

Hello again! Today I’m sharing a card that is very similar to one I created a few weeks ago

Sending lots of love

I started with an A2-sized card base and masked off about 1 and a half inches at the bottom, and then began stamping various floral images from the Altenew Hello Sunshine stamp set. I used SSS Intense Black Ink for this, because I knew I’d be coloring the images in with my Copic markers after I finished all the stamping.

Sending lots of love

I colored everything with a combination of Copic colors and I really ended up loving the color scheme. I then outlined each image with a gray marker (N2) to make everything stand out a bit more. After that, I added a line of liquid platinum embossing powder across the bottom of the card to delineate the space between where the white space and the stamped part of the card met.

Sending lots of love

For the sentiment, I die cut the SSS Sending wafer die from some dark gray card stock several times and stacked them up (using spray adhesive to stick them together). I stamped the lots of love part of the sentiment on the panel before adhering my Sending die cut just above it.

Sending lots of love

I also entered this card into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge. You can read more about the challenge (and enter a card!) by clicking here.

Sending lots of love

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

kimberly

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Coffee Love Card Set

Coffee card set

Are any of you big coffee drinkers? I will say that I’m not a big lover of the caffeinated beverage, but I do indulge in some coffee every once in a while – as long as it has a lot of cream and sugar in it! Even though I’m not an every day coffee drinker, I love the illustrated/line drawing quality of this stamp set, so I made sure to order it a few weeks ago!

Coffee cards

And for this small set of 4.25″x4.25″ cards, I did what I generally like to do – stamp a few images and add a watercolor wash. I find it’s a good way for me to “break in” a new stamp set lately. So, I cut my watercolor panels (I like Canson watercolor paper) and stamped a few different images and sentiments on each panel from the Coffee Love stamp set. I used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink for this, because it’s waterproof.

Love you more than coffee

I used my Gansai Tambi Watercolor set and various cool and warm brown tones to create different colored washes on each panel. Once they were all dry, I used a stitched square die to cut each panel a bit smaller, and then mounted each onto a card base cut from Neenah Desert Storm card stock. Altenew coffee card set

I added some clear sequins to each panel to finish everything off!

Coffee card set

Make it a great week! :)

kimberly

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Pretty Floral Patterns with Altenew Stamps

I do love a good piece of patterned paper, but I think I love being able to make custom patterned paper using lots of my own stamps even more. Case in point, this project! I used the Hello Sunshine stamp set from Altenew to create this (almost) one layer card. There are so many great floral images in this set and it’s hard not to want to use them all at once, so DIY patterned paper is always a good solution to be able to incorporate a lot of images at once.

Altenew hello sunshine birthday card

I started off by making off the bottom of my card to leave a bit of white space and add some interest to the card (just like I did here). I then selected several images from my stamp set and started stamping them in a pattern all over the paper using Intense Black Ink. One of the keys to making your DIY patterned paper look legit is to make sure you stamp some images so that they are running off of the edges of the paper.

Altenew hello sunshine birthday card

After I had finished stamping the panel, I removed my mask at the bottom and colored in the images with my Copic markers. I added a gray outline around each image as well, just to give them a bit more of a pop. (BTW – the color scheme I chose was loosely inspired by this pin.)

Altenew hello sunshine birthday card

Once everything was colored, I heat embossed a line of liquid platinum embossing powder where the pattern stamping met the white area of the card, and then used the “happy” part of my Painted Happy Birthday die for the sentiment (layering several slate gray-colored die cuts on top of each other). I finished by stamping the word birthday using a stamp that I pilfered from another stamp set that I can’t remember the name of at the moment!

Altenew hello sunshine birthday card

Happy Paper Crafting!

kimberly

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Hello Sunshine // Air Plant Love

My love affair with air plants continues. So much so that I fashioned an air plant out of an image from the LLD Sweet Succulents stamp set for this card!

Hello Sunshine mft sweet succulents

To start, I stamped one of the succulents from the stamp set, colored it with my copics and cut it out using it’s coordinating die.  I then separated some twine into very thin strands and affixed three strands to the back of the succulent image with some tape. I made it so that two of the strands came down around the bottom of the succulent and could then be pulled up so that they laid on top of the image. The third strand stayed at the back. This way, when I collected the three strands together it looked as if the succulent was hanging in the air, supported by the strings.

Hello Sunshine

I got out some of my scalloped-edge paper from Paper Source and stamped the Hello Sunshine sentiment (from the Altenew Hello Sunshine set) in my favorite VersaFine Black Onyx ink.I then affixed the succulent to the card with some foam tape and gathered up the strings. I tied a knot toward the top, just for a little added interest, and affixed the rest of the twine onto the back of the card with some tape. I tied a bit of extra string around where the knot was so that some loose ends of string hung down.

MFT sweet succulents hello sunshine card

I mounted the scalloped panel onto a card base cut from Neenah Desert Storm card stock. I decided it looked a little to plain, so I added a bunch of random dots here and there using a Pico Embellisher in Tuxedo Black. I contemplated adding sequins, but I figured I should leave well enough alone!

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Baby Boy Congrats Card

Are you doing the November Daily Marker 30 Day challenge? I’ve been trying my hardest to keep up! My goal is to color and post something to my Instagram feed every day this month which will be a feat. I wasn’t able to do something every single day for the previous challenges, but I have high hopes for this one! In keeping up with the challenge, I almost forgot to post this congratulations card I made a few weeks ago!

Baby boy cardTO start off this card, I stamped the rattle image from  the Tim Holtz Baby Blueprint set onto a large tag die. I also heat embossed the edges of the tag using Versamark ink and some liquid platinum embossing powder.

Baby boy cardI also threaded some twine through the hole in the tag and tied little knots at the end to give the string a bit more interest. Then I set the finished tag aside and got to work on the card base.
Baby boy cardTo make a quick and easy background that was still visually interesting, I found several rolls of washi tape that went well together and just stuck strips of each tape down onto the card. I made sure all of the colors and patterns would work well for a baby boy card. This is a really quick and simple way to add pop to an otherwise simple card and I really love washi tape, I don’t know why I don’t use it more often! Baby boy cardI stamped the congrats! sentiment from the Altenew Label Love stamp set, added some fun foam to the back of the sentiment strip and the tag, and mounted both onto the card base.Baby boy cardNow we wait for the little one to arrive!

kimberly

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Blended Background Birthday Card

Birthday cardThis one might be a new favorite! I tried a new-to-me technique with distress ink blending for the background on this card and I love the effect. Birthday cardI started by blending a mix of Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries and Abandoned Coral distress inks onto a piece of Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper. I then created the mottled/washed-out effect (I just made that term up) onto the panel by adding puddles of water here and there and letting the water dry on its own instead of picking up the color with a paper towel right after, as I normally do. It’s not a novel concept by any means, but it was the first time I’d tried it out and I love the softer, more diffused effect it gives. I was turned onto the technique after reading a post over on the Wplus9 blog (watch the video, too!).
Birthday cardWhile the panel dried, I stamped (with Versamark ink) and heat embossed a flower and some foliage from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set onto a piece of vellum. I used the coordinating dies to cut out the images and then arranged them on the dried watercolor panel. Did I mention I used a stitched frame die to add some detail to the  panel? I did that, too, before I adhered the floral images with some strategically-placed glue dots. Birthday card

I also die cut the word Happy with the Winnie & Walter Happy die from some white cardstock and fun foam. I heat embossed the birthday part of the sentiment in white onto a piece of black cardstock. I adhered the panel to an A2-sized white card base and finished everything off with – you guessed it – some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets! Birthday cardI took quite a few photos of this card…I think because I like it so much. I hope you like it, too!

kimberly