Cards

A New Card for a New Baby

Hi all! Just stopping in today to share a recent card. After what has been a loooong while, I  got back into my craft room twice in the last month! That’s a total win for me.

Baby Ezra card

Most recently I made a card for a friend who has a brand new baby at home, named Ezra. It’s just a simple watercolor background with Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas on the front to spell Ezra’s name. The hello sentiment is cut from a stamp in another set I had lying around.

Baby Ezra card

Clean and simple. Short and sweet.

Baby Ezra card

I hope your week is off to a good start!

kimberly

DIY, Inspiration

Ice Dyeing and Exciting News!

Wow. It’s been a loooong time. I’ve really been neglecting this blog, and I’m sorry about that! I hope some of you are still hanging in there with me! I do have a fairly good excuse for my absence this time: I’ve been busy growing a human!

Baby O

Look at that little thumb sucker!

I found out in late April that I was pregnant, and this little one zapped my energy (and my desire to eat or keep food down) for quite a while. Now we’re doing pretty good, cruising through the very end of the second trimester and prepping for his or her arrival in a few short months. In the meantime, though, I’ve done very little card making or crafting, and even my soapmaking ended up on the back burner. The good news now is that I’m feeling a little more energized and a lot less nauseous lately! So, I’ve started to do some little DIY projects here and there that I plan to start sharing here soon.

The first of the projects I want to share is an ice dyeing experiment I tried (and re-tried) last week.

Ice dying

My friend gifted me a massive, amazing, pregnancy pillow (that I now can’t imagine living without) and the all-white pillowcase was screaming at me to do something with it. After some pinterest searching, I decided that I loved the look of Ice-dyed fabrics. They’re not in-your-face tie-dye. To me they seem a bit more subtle than that, and you end up with great results using minimal effort. The set it and forget it aspect really appealed to me.

Ice dying

Here’s how I did it:

Materials:

  1. white fabric
  2. soda ash (this is an optional ingredient, but I would recommend it. It helps your fabric to absorb the dye and is said to make colors more vibrant overall)
  3. ice
  4. fabric dye (after one failed attempt using indigo powder, I got smart and ordered this stuff, which worked fantastically)
  5. dish rack
  6. wash tub
  7. plastic gloves (important! I learned this the hard way…)
  8. spoon

Ice dying

Ice dying

Instructions:

  1. Put your fabric(s) in your was tub (or sink) and soak according to soda ash package instructions. I soaked mine in a ratio of 1 cup soda ash to 1 gallon water for 15 minutes.
  2. When time is up, wring out all the extra moisture from your fabric(s), but do not rinse.
  3. Spread your damp fabric on top of your dish rack that sits atop your wash tub. Add some twists and turns here and there to give the end product a nice, interesting look. You could position your dish rack over your sink but I’d recommend doing it over a wash tub because you don’t want to stain your sink. As the ice melts, the water and dye will drip into your bin.
  4. Cover the fabric in lots of ice. Lots!
  5. Put your gloves on if you haven’t already.
  6. Using a spoon (metal is best), sprinkle your dye on top of the ice. If you want a less saturated look, use way less dye than I did. I went a little overboard, I think.  Feel free to add lots of different colors here, too!
  7. Now you wait. Let the project sit for about 24 hours before you give it a good rinse with cold water until the water runs clear.
  8.  Throw your fabric in the washer with detergent on a cold cycle and then send it through the dryer or hang to dry.
  9. All done! Enjoy your new colorful project!

Ice dying
It’s so fun to watch the magic happen!

Ice dying
I have a few more onesies and some other colors of dye, so you know what I’ll be doing this weekend!

Ice dying

Let me know if you try this technique for dying fabrics. I’d love to see how your project turns out!

kimberly

Cards

Father’s Day Card

 

Father's Day card

It’s almost Father’s Day, which means the weekend is approaching! This Father’s day card includes some watercolor and my favorite Journaling Alpha dies, which are great for creating sentiments when you have zero fathers day-specific stamps or dies…

Father's Day card

I did several watercolor washes on a Canson watercolor paper panel in various shades of blue and green. I also added some blue spatters with the watercolor and white spatters with some white acrylic paint. While that dried, I cut out the letters to spell father from some white cardstock and fun foam, and layered the cardstock on top of the foam with some multi matte adhesive, and set those aside. When the panel was dry, I figured out where I wanted the words happy and day to go. This part of the sentiment comes from the Bold Blooms stamp set, I just cut the stamp apart to separate the words. Yep. Cut it apart. Photo polymer stamps are easy to cut apart and they will fit back together nicely once mounted onto an acrylic block if you want to stamp the whole thing again, so it’s really no big deal if you want to do some stamp surgery!

Father's Day card

Anyway, I stamped happy and day on my panel in black ink, and then mounted my die cut letters. I felt the panel still needed something, so I distressed the edges a bit with a distresser tool and then mounted it onto  piece of vellum that I tore the edges from to make the whole thing look even more distressed. Unfortunately, the photos don’t pick up that detail. I mounted everything onto an A2-sized card base and called it finished!

Father's Day card

Do any of you have special plans for Father’s Day?

kimberly

 

 

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Cards

Thinking of You // Blue Flowers and Black Dots

Thinking of you

Last week I took a few days off of work and stayed at my parents house to hang out with my grandmother while my parents went on a cruise to Bermuda (I’m still jealous!). During that time, I tried to do a lot of relaxing and figured I’d just take a week off from card making and blogging and I’d be right back at it the following week. The universe had other plans though, and last Friday I came down with some kind of fantastic cold that is still kicking my butt a week later! I muscled through a few days of work this week, but threw in the towel today and stayed home to drink up the last of my DayQuil and binge watch The Americans.

A sick day means I can write a short post about this card – silver linings.

This is a pretty simple one, using the Thinking of You sentiment from the SSS Sending Happy Thoughts set, stamped in VersaMark Onyx Black ink. On separate cardstock, I stamped some Painted Flowers, using Moon Rocks for the outline and Sea Glass and Ocean Waves inks for the interior layers of the flowers. I stamped an inner layer of each leave with some fog ink. I then cut the images out and arranged them on my A2-sized panel. For a finishing touch, I added a whole bunch of black dots using a black Pico Embellisher.

Thinking of you

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

kimberly

Cards

Antique Rose & Watercolor Sympathy Card

Is it Friday yet?
Watercolor sympathy card
I’m popping in today to share a sympathy card that is inspired by this one that I shared not too long ago. I simply stamped and heat-embossed an Antique Rose with white embossing powder then painted a wash all over (deepening the color in some places) on some Canson watercolor paper (affiliate link). After painting on several layers of a blue and green wash, I added some paint splatters with watered down white acrylic paint. The splatters don’t show up too well here, but it created a nice soft effect.

Watercolor sympathy card

The sentiment was created by stacking several with sympathy die cuts on top of each other. I used multi medium matte for all of this, and used the same glue to adhere the finished sentiment to the right side of the panel.

Watercolor sympathy card

Happy almost Friday!

kimberly

Cards

Another Simple Sympathy Card

These are, for me, the least fun cards to make. But, sometimes the challenge of making a sympathy card that conveys a message of heartfelt condolence (while not being a total downer) is a worthwhile one to take on.

Simple sympathy card

I really love a simple watercolor wash for the background of a sympathy card. I find the ethereal nature of the watercolor effect to be really soothing yet poignant at the same time. So, the few sympathy cards I’ve made in the last few years have really given me the opportunity to play with watercolor washes – building up layers, mixing colors, messing up and starting over. All of that good stuff. And, if you just let the water do the work for you, you end up not overthinking the end result, which is nice when you are working on this kind of card.

Simple sympathy card

I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors on some Canson watercolor paper for the panel. As I said, I let the water do most of the work and painted several layers, letting each layer dry before adding more color.

Simple sympathy card

I cut out the dried panel using a stitched rectangle die. For the sentiment, I used a With Sympathy die from Simon Says Stamp. This one is quite delicate, and I find I always like the end result best if I layer up several die cuts on top of each other (I typically adhere them together with spray adhesive.).  I used some double sided tape to adhere the panel to an off-white colored 4Bar card base and called it a day. I debated sequins, but decided it would be best to leave this one un-embellished.

Simple sympathy card

 

kimberly

Cards

Masculine Retirement Card

Retirement card

Just stopping by today to share another retirement card. This is another one that I made by heat-embossing a background and adding a watercolor wash.

Retirement card

For the background, I stamped the Simon Says Stamp Abstract Triangles stamp with VersaMark ink and used clear embossing powder and my heat tool to heat emboss the design. I then used several blues from my Gansai Tambi watercolors to add a wash over the top. To piece together the sentiment, I used the Winnie & Walter In a Word: Happy Cutaway die. I cut the word out several times from some white card stock and stacked it up to give it some dimension. It’s not so easy to find a word die for the word “retirement” (who knew?) so I created a custom sentiment on my computer and cut it out using my Silhouette Cameo. I don’t use that awesome little machine nearly enough! I added a strip of slate cardstock and some vellum behind the word just to ground it a bit – it was getting lost among all the triangles!

Retirement card

I tried to make this card appropriate for a male recipient, and I think it worked out pretty well! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of a good emboss-resist and watercolor background.

Happy Hump Day!

kimberly