Thursday, June 30, 2011

SCC Week 1 Card 3 - Sending You...

Time flies and it's already the 4th day of Summer Card Camp. Today Kristina shared on the design principles that she uses on her cards. It was a pretty comprehensive video with illustrations from the cards that she made.

Basing on one of her 3 sketches, I chose to do a symmetrical card using the week's color combo.

There were a few things that I knew I wanted to incorporate in today's card. One was using Lawn Fawn Fanciful Frames set and creating a garden scene. I stamped the frame on pattern paper and cut the frame out. Then I worked on my scene by inking the top portion of a smaller piece of white cardstock with tumbled glass and broken china. I stamped my flower stamps using concord crush and pink cheeks and used a green marker to color the stems. Placed my frame using foam adhesive onto card front, added stickles to the center of the purple flowers and glossy accent to the pink ones as I do not have pink or clear stickles.

I wonder if anyone has days when they just can't figure out how to finish the card. It was certainly such day for me. I couldn't figure out the placement of the sentiment.  As the frame was relatively big and I was using white cardstock, I had to balance the card so that it doesn't look top heavy or the card looking empty at the bottom. After several tries, I knew I was getting no where and thought to check out the camp blog gallery to see if I could get any inspiration. Lo & behold, it was right there and I quickly went down to execute it.

I proceeded to trim a purple and pink cardstock to 1 1/2 and 1 1/4" respectively. Stamped my sentiment with versamark and white embossed. Layered the sentiment strip to the purple one, rounded the corners using the 1/4" chomper, added blue twine and adhered to card front. Rounded the 2 right corners of the base card with 1/2" chomper and finished the card by sponging the edges with tea dye.

Supplies Used:
Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Plum Pudding, Hibiscus Burst, My Mind's Eye Lime Twist
Inks - Archival Jet Black, Stampin' Up Concord Crush, Powder Puff Pink Cheeks, Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Tea Dye
Stamps - Lawn Fawn Fanciful Frames, PTI Wild Garden, PTI Big & Bold Wishes (Sentiment)
Others - WRMK Corner Chomper, Pink Paislee Twine, White Embossing Powder, Pop Dots, Marvy Le Plume II Markers, Milled Lavender Stickles, Glossy Accent, Pop Dots

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SSC Week 1 Card 2 - Sending Birthday Wishes

Today's camp had a video tutorial by Jennifer McGuire. I didn't have the stuffs required to do a card using similar technique, I thought I still do a card using the color challenge and heat embossing.

I had an idea of what I wanted to do with the card but somehow ideas and execution are 2 complete separate matters. I still took a while at it but there was definitely much improvement with the time.

I started by scoring 2 lines on my white card base. Then I proceeded to trim the papers into strips (1 1/4x3 inch) in the different colors. Stamped the images with versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The strips of papers were initially each stamped with different floral images but I didn't really like how they turned out so I redid them.

Sponged the edges of the strips with white ink and I adhered them between the 2 scored lines that I made. As I had no ribbons on hand, I decided to wrap the card with white twine.  After tying the twine, I stamped my sentiment on a mini tag, sponged edges with tea dye distress ink (only brown ink I have) and adhered with pop dots. I finished up the card by adding a twine bow with glossy accent.

Talking about twines, I'm definitely going to check out other twines. I'm not sure if other twines are similar but the 'hair' from my roll of twine is always coming out even when I'm just trying to wrap round the card. As it is, I'm trying hard to have a tight pull on the twine and more hair comes when I trying to tie a knot and it sticks on my stamps, etc.

Supplies Used:
Paper - PTI Orange Zest, Spring Rain, Raspberry Fizz, Plum Pudding, Stamper's Select White
Inks - Hero Arts White Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink Tea Dye
Stamps - PTI Wild Garden, PTI Beautiful Blooms II
Others - Clear Embossing Powder, AC White Twine, Foam Adhesives

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Card Camp 2011 Week 1 + PTI MIM Polaroid 2-Step Masking Challenge

Today is the start of the Summer Card Camp 2011 which I signed up for. It's being hosted by 2 very talented and sweet ladies Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire. I've actively checked out their blogs which are full of tutorials on card making and techniques. And as a newbie in paper crafting, I figure out I'll definitely be learning even more on this camp.

This is the SCC color challenge of week 1.

I don't wanna reveal how long I spent doing the card but it was pretty long. Besides figuring out on how I want to take on the color challenge, I also wanted to try participating in PTI's Make It Monday - Polaroid 2-Step Masking Challenge. Talk about being overly ambitious :P I'm also still slowly increasing my stamp and ink collection so had to make do with whatever I had.

Anyway here is my card for both of the challenges.

I did the polaroid masking and masked the center. Sponged the edges of the white card (3x4inch) with tumbled glass. Then I masked the edges and stamped in my Daffodil image twice. Colored in with color pencils as I don't have copics. I then cut out one of the daffodil and popped it up with foam adhesive. I sponged the edges of the card with spun sugar and adhered it to a lavender cardstock (3.75x4.5inch).  Sponged the edges again with spun sugar, added white twine and adhered to card base.

The sentiment was stamped, cut out, edges sponged with spun sugar and popped on foam adhesives.

Supplies Used:
Papers - PTI Stamper's Select White, Raspberry Fizz, Bazzil Lavender
Inks - Distress Ink Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Versafine Onyx Black, Archival Jet Black
Stamps - Wplus9 A Special Lady, LF Bannerific, PTI Beautiful Blessings
Others - Foam Adhesives, AC White Twine, Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle

Card 1 - Thinking of You

For the past 6 months, besides actively reading blogs on scrapbooking & card making, I was also increasing my stamps collection. From zero stamp sets, I've owned quite a few now, mostly from Technique Tuesday by Ali Edwards, Lawn Fawn and now PaperTrey Ink. Although hubs knows about them, he doesn't know how much has been spent and I decide it shall remain this way :P

Anyway I was reading about the PaperTrey Ink bloghop and chanced upon Jess Larsen's blog. There was a video showcasing one of the cards she was doing using double embossing technique and was inspired to try making one of my own. I had gotten to know this technique slightly more than a couple months back through Britta Swiderski. Her blog has many tutorials on using distress inks. I only tried it now as I didn't have a stamp set that I felt was suitable for the technique.

OK, back on the card... This is technically my first card especially with distress inks. I thought I'll summarize what I did so that I can review & improve as I go along making more cards.

I started by blending spun sugar to the entire card. Heat set it and stamped the sentiment by HA & the medallion stamps  by PTI using versamark. Clear embossed the images and work victorian velvet in and adding dusty concord to around the edges of the card. Lastly, I flickered some water to finish the look.

This card is far from perfect but I do kinda like how it turned out.

P.S I don't have a craft room or a craft table so was working on my coffee table in the living room.

Papers - PTI Stamper's Select White
Inks - Distress Inks Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord, Versamark
Stamps - PTI Mehndi Medallion, Hero Arts Thinking of You
Other - Clear embossing powder, heat gun