Wednesday, September 26, 2018

WWC189 - Heidi's All About Holidays Challenge
Many cardmakers are already working on their Christmas projects. If that includes you, Heidi brings us the perfect challenge this week.

My card for this challenge features a colour combo I really love: copper and Merry Merlot.
I think the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is just made for the metallic foil papers such as the copper I have used here. The middle opening is cut out with an oval from the Stitched Shapes framelits.

On the Very Vanilla cardstock, I stamped the tree from the Timeless Tidings stamp set in Shaded Spruce. The sentiment is from the same set, stamped in Merry Merlot.

This seemed to me to be a perfect opportunity to use the star shape from the Snowflakes & Stars Wire Elements. I threaded a length of thick black Baker's Twine through it.

And that's it! A really simple card, but that yummy embossed copper takes this to another level.

Did you notice the little tree? I was playing around with the tree from the In the Woods Framelits and wanted to try this out. I used a palette knife to "frost" the tree with embossing paste. This one is made with the copper glimmer paper, and I'm picturing in my mind a grouping of trees in each of the glimmer paper colours.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

WWC188 - Helen's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge
Do you struggle with making cards for the men in your life? Well, this week the Watercooler Artists will give you a lot of inspiration!

I tend to gravitate to images and colours from nature when it comes to a masculine design. Lately, I've been somewhat obsessed - OK, a LOT obsessed - with making mono prints on a gelli plate. The papers are piling up and if I want to keep making them, I have to start using up the ones I've already done.

So I used a gelli-printed background for my card this week.
The background is what is called a clean-up print in gelli-world. That just means there were bits of paint left over from each print pulled from the plate, and not cleaning your plate in between pulls is a good thing! I used various colours of Golden Fluid acrylic paints.

For the trees, I used that fabulous line of bare branched trees from the Winter Woods stamp set, and stamped them in Early Espresso. The sentiment is from Colourful Seasons, and I stamped it first with Mossy Meadow and then traced over it with a fine point black Sharpie to make it stand out a bit more.

I like to back image panels with a fine border of black cardstock to make the colours pop. Next, I stamped the Buffalo Check background stamp with Mossy Meadow ink on the Mossy Meadow cardstock card base.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

WWC187 - Kath's All About Occasions Challenges
Occasions happen all year long, and it's nice to have a stash of cards all ready to go at a moments notice.

This week I'm sharing a card I made at the request of my sister. She needed a wedding card for the daughter of a friend of her's. The wedding couple, she said, are outdoor enthusiasts and animal lovers.

Perfect opportunity to use the Animal Outing stamp set.
 I started by stamping the giraffe image onto Whisper White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Using the silicone craft mat and the Stamparatus, it was a breeze to do a reverse stamped image.

To dress up the bride and groom, I found a piece of white tulle ribbon with pearls along each edge in my stash. Perfect for a veil! For the groom, I cut a piece of the black glitter ribbon and tied a piece of thick black Baker's Twine around it.

The heart was puched from a piece of retired glimmer paper. I stamped an arch of leaves using the branch stamp from Animal Outing and Soft Sea Foam and Shaded Spruce. The sentiment is also from Animal Outing, but I replaced the word "we" by stamping "you" from another set in Bermuda Bay on a scrap piece of Whisper White, then cut it out. It's popped up with a dimensional.

A Bermuda Bay mat under the image panel makes it stand out from the DSP from Serene Scenery (ret.). The card base is also Bermuda Bay.

To finish everything off, I added a sprinkling of Black Rhinestones to the branches.

What occasion do you have coming up in your life? Go visit Watercooler Wednesday and check out all the amazing creations from the other Watercooler Artists.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

WWC186 - Marsha's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
This week's theme, hosted by Marsha, is feminine. The "anything goes" means it can be for any occasion - or for just because.
I am again this week using the Galvanized metallic paper. There's just something about it that has me constantly looking at it. And I just love how it looks with the Blackberry Bliss cardstock.

The embossing folder is Swirls & Curls. As if it doesn't already have enough texture, I added the die cut trees from the  In The Woods framelits, cut from the Galvanized metallic foil.

For the sentiment, I stamped the words from Jar of Love and the dots from Timeless Tidings with Blackberry Bliss ink on Shimmery White cardstock, and punched with the Everyday Label punch. It is popped up over a strip of Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon. For a bit more glitter, I added some black rhinestones.

Now it's your turn to show us your interpretation of a feminine project. For more inspiration, visit Watercooler Wednesday and check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the team.

WWC211 - Kath's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge It's a feminine theme this week from Kath. A perfect opportunity to play with my new butte...