Cards

Concord & 9th November Release Week 4 // Geometrics

I can’t believe this is my final week as a guest designer for Concord & 9th! It’s been a lot of fun creating projects from the November release, and I hope you all have enjoyed following along. It feels good to finally be making cards consistently again!

Today I’m sharing projects made using the Geometrics stamp and die sets. I think these are my favorites! Both the stamps and dies are really versatile.

C9 November release week 4

I even made two cards this week! For the first, I used elements from the Geometrics stamp set and made a Venn-diagram on a square panel and filled the circles with things that are awesome, obviously. I watercolored most of the elements and then put everything together onto some craft cardstock, finishing up with some sequins, of course.

C9 November release week 4

The second card was a bit more tedious, but I really like how it turned out. I die-cut a bunch of triangles from the Geometrics die set from some watercolor paper scraps I had used for another project (which I’ll share soon!). I organized all of the triangles onto a A2 panel. Any parts of the triangles that hung over the edge of the panel I cut off and tried my best to make everything look neat and tidy.

C9 November release week 4

I used the sentiment words from the die set for the sentiment as well, which I mounted onto a circle-cut piece of watercolor paper so that the sentiment would stand out from the background a bit. I contemplated adding sequins to this one too, but didn’t end up going for it.

C9 November release week 4

Voila! Two final cards to wrap up this month’s stint as a guest designer!

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Geometric Thank You Card

Just popping in to share a quick post today of a one-layer thank you card. For this, I used a new favorite stamp set: Sohcahtoa from Altenew. I have a thing for triangles, so this set really does it for me!

Sohcahtoa thank you card

I wanted to keep the card really graphic, so I kept with a black and white theme – stamping my images with VersaFine Onyx Black ink in a random (but visually pleasing!) pattern. I then added a sentiment, embossed in white on black cardstock.

Sohcahtoa thank you card

As a finishing touch, I used my Pico Embellisher in Tuxedo Black to add some dots here and there.

Sohcahtoa thank you cardI made a few of these in other colors, but so far I like the black and white best. I’ll keep experimenting, though!

Sohcahtoa thank you card

kimberly

Nails

Midweek Manicure // Southwestern Chic

I think this is one of my favorite designs so far (I’ve probably said that before…).  I just have a southwestern/Aztec preference going on lately (jewelry, iphone case, blouses). This week’s mani is inspired once again by @ninanailedit on instagram. Love her stuff.

Southwestern Nails

I used:

  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Royal Blush (index and pinky finger)
  • Orly Luxe (thumb)
  • Ulta Snow White (base for middle and ring finger)
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in Black (for the design on middle and ring fingers)

 Aztec Nails(after a few days of wear)

Using the pen made this design a lot easier (for me). And I’ll say again that what’s great about the pens is that they are water based. If you mess up, you can just wipe your mistakes away with a damp cotton swab. I wore this design OUT.  At the risk of being redundant, I might be trying variations on this theme again and again. What’s your favorite motif of the moment?

Happy Painting!

kimberly

 

 

Nails

Midweek Manicure // Angles in Blue

As I was getting ready to leave work today I made an amazing discovery. It was 5pm, but it was STILL LIGHT OUT! Maybe I’m late to the party on this one, but I was pretty excited. Oh, the possibilities. Warmer weather, longer dog walks, daylight, daylight, daylight. The realization just made me happy.

Blue Geometric Nails

This week I used tape and three different polishes for a geometric mani. I’ve had the color “Can’t Find My Czechbook” by OPI for quite a while now and I’ve been dying to try it, but sometimes I have to wait for the right inspiration. It’s a really nice cream polish in a sort of muted robin’s egg color.

I used:

  • Professional 10 Nail Lacquer in Moonlight (nude/beige color)
  • OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook
  • China Glaze First Mate (dark blue)
  • Scotch tape
  • Seche Vite top coat

Blue Triangles Mani

After a base coat, I painted two coats of Moonlight on all of my nails. After letting this dry completely (45 minutes to an hour), I taped off a portion of my nail to expose only a diagonal section running from one side of the nail bed to the end of my nail on the opposite side. I then painted this exposed portion with Can’t Find My Czechbook and removed the tape right away. After that coat of polish was also completely dry, I taped off the opposite portion of my nail and painted on the dark blue First Mate color, then pulled off the tape right away. The reason you need to let each coat dry completely is so that the tape doesn’t stick to the polish underneath (trust me, been there..just let it dry). Another good tip is to stick the scotch tape onto the palm of your hand first, then pull it off and put it on your nail, this makes the tape a little less sticky, so there’s even less chance of mucking something up!

Happy Hump Day!

kimberly