Friday, August 8, 2014

Letters and Ombre Oh My!

  Hello crafters!
You know what?! It's Friday!!! Normally this would not be cause for me to rejoice as my days off rarely include the weekends, however, we are taking the little camping so yeah for three day weekends!
The inspiration in online card classes is really causing me to push out of my comfort zone. Sometimes I like the cards, sometimes I don't but it's all a learning experience and for that I'm grateful.
***Heads up: This post is a little longer than normal. Okay a lot longer. I'm trying to share more about how I get from point A to point B. If you aren't interested, no problem, look at the pretty pictures and head out. I'm won't have boo boo feelings ;) ***
First up: A different take on alphabet stamps
This is probably the ugliest photo ever but my camera refused to do any better. Maybe I'll try taking it again in the sunlight tomorrow morning, but I'm not making any promises. ;)
I used Lawn Fawn's Milo's ABCs set. The example in class was a variety of different letters with a specific message stamped out, like a wordsearch. I loved the idea but I'm way too lazy to reposition all those letters. At least I'm honest ha!
I decided to go with a repeat word, I wanted it to read like "BEautiful" (don't pretend you haven't seen those t-shirts.) I stamped the "be" in black and the "autiful" in green hills shadow ink by Hero Arts.
 To create my background I alternated stamping different generations of Hero Art's wet cement shadow ink. To get the variation on a single impression I would stamp off but not push all the way down, that way some came off and some didn't. I rather like the way to turned out.
Originally I wanted to cut the background apart and leave a little gap of green between them. I didn't dig it. When I started reassembling I realized I liked the card better without the second strip. The stamped panel was added with dimensional adhesive.  I added some Freckled Fawn enamel dots in hot pink to finish it off.
Super different card for me and I'm not sure I'm sold on awesome but I think it's good and that's enough :)
Second card: Ombre Background

So while I'm not sold on card number one I really do love this one. The card in the class was a beautiful soft ombre with a vellum sentiment. I loved the color she used but I wanted something more vibrant. I stamped Hero Art's Tweed background on water color paper and heat embossed with white. For the ombre I rubbed on picked raspberry and salty ocean distress ink. The combination is a super vibrant purple I just love. I wanted white WHITE on the bottom of the card so that's where I started. I used a paint brush with clean water and just worked my way up through the color wetting it. The blending it does on it's own :)
For the sentiment I knew I wanted bolder because brights and black make my heart pitter patter. Plus I have a love/hate relationship with vellum. Like I love it on other people's cards and hate it on mine ha! I used Simon Says Stamp Talk Bubbles 2 to die cut the bubbles. Then I used a combination of sentiments from Simon Says Stamp's Pillow Talk and Card Exchanging Friends to create my own sentiment. The hearts are also a combination of stamps from those two sets. I stamped them, fussy cut them (a little time consuming but I didn't have access to my tiny hearts dies so you do what you have to do) The talk bubbles and hearts were added with dimensional adhesive then the hearts were coated in glossy accents so they would really pop!
I super extra puffy heart the way this one came out. It just LOOKS like me and according to a wonderful designer friend of mine that is kind of important. :)
Thanks for dropping by! Sorry for chatting your ear off haha!

1 comment:

  1. Your second card is perfectly stunning! The first one is not too shabby!