Teacher Cards

With April around the corner, I thought that I would get a jump on making teacher thank you cards. Reverse Confetti has this great apple set that I love using and thought I would make several versions of the card for all my kid’s teachers.

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I also entered this card in the Reverse Confetti Sketch Challenge #46.

For this card I started by stamping the apple image and die cutting the pieces. I love the script on the apple and it was helpful using my Misti to ensure that my image was crisp.

I then die cut the apple pieces and some foam, and adhered the foam to the back of all the die cuts to help pop them off the page. I shaded the apple and leaves a little with some colored pencils to help give it a little more dimension.

I had a little notebook die I received from a friend that I used on some pattern paper to make it look like a school page. I then tool some washi and added to the side as well as some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Red Berry.

Here is a look at the other card I made with the same technique just different paper.

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For my second technique, I wanted to use my distress crayons. I purchased these a while back but really haven’t played with them that much.

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For this one, I started with some card-stock and coated it with some white gesso. After the gesso dried, I randomly colored the page with my distress crayons and blended it in with my finger.

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I then took this ABC Cover Panel from Reverse Confetti and die cut the page. I love the look of this ABC Panel!

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I adhered the cover panel onto some Neenha Solar White 110 pound card stock and attached the same apples from above. An easy and fun little teacher card. Thanks for stopping by.

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P.S. I also entered these cards in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.


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Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop

I’m playing along with the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and love seeing all the gorgeous cards. The theme is Spring and of course you need to use coffee, tea or cocoa image on your project. The hop will run from March 24-31 and is full of inspiration and prizes.
On my card I’m using this beautiful coffee cup Love To Go stamp from Unity Stamp Co.
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 I used a stencil and Nuvo Glimmer Paste for the background. I love how sparkly this paste is and the color is so bright, perfect for spring.
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I stamped the cup in Versamark and clear heat embossed it on some Bristol Smooth paper. I then watercolored it with my Zig Clean Color Brushes. I love these colors together. I cut down the sentiment and image, rounded the corners, and attached it to the to background, and then to some kraft cardstock cut to A2 size to complete my card.
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I hope you enjoy my card, you can never have enough coffee or love! Enjoy checking out the rest of this fun bloghop and have a wonderful day which hopefully started with some coffee!.

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Mother’s Day Card

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of March which means its officially spring and Mother’s Day is coming up. In anticipation of both, I’ve been coloring a lot of flowers.

Altenew has a wonderful selection of both layering images and images to color. Today, I’m playing along with their Inspiration Challenge and decided to color some flowers from their Beautiful Day Stamp Set.

I started by using my distress inks in Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed and Barn Door and stamped the flowers on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper. I then took some Tombow Dual Brush Markers and some Zig Clean Color Brush Pens and watercolored the flowers.

IMG_3096I used a rectangle die and cut the base down. Since I was making a Mother’s Day card, I found the perfect sentiment in Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus stamp set. Once I stamped it in Versamark Ink and clear embossed it, I added some Black Nuvo Crystal Drops to complete my card.

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Thanks!


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Lucky Card

I’m playing along with The Ton’s March Challenge and decided to make a card for St. Patrick’s day.

fullsizeoutput_2720I used the Dahlia Close Up and heat embossed it in Brutus Monroe Gilded on Bristol Smooth paper. I then took my Zig markers in lightly traced a four leaf clover and tried to color the inside a bit lighter. It doesn’t really show up but below is an example I tried with Color Bursts to give you an idea of what I was trying to do.

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The four leaf clover became a little blurred after I sprayed it with some gold shimmer spray. But I still love the look.

I didn’t have a “Lucky” sentiment, so I took the Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script and Perfectly Planned stamped out the sentiment and embossed in clear embossing powder. I added some gold washi to highlight the gold embossing. Can you ever have too much gold?

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And there you have it a fun spring card! Thanks for reading and have a lucky day!

 


Supplies:


Strathmore BristolBrutus Monroe Gildedthe ton Dahlia

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A Simple but Fun Birthday Card

I love making birthday cards and here is a simple technique to try using things that you probably already have in your stash.

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I was shopping at Target (don’t you love the dollar spot!) and spotted this fun glitter for only $1! So of course I had to pick it up.

I used Bristol Smooth as my card base and took a flat paint brush and Gansai Tambi Watercolor in Dark Pink #34. I then painted stripes not worrying too much if they were perfect or straight. I took some double sided Scor-Tape and sprinkled the glitter over the lines. Its best to then burnish (rub with your finger) the glitter so that it adheres to the tape and the excess falls away.

I then die cut the birthday sentiment (or you can use any sentiment you like) several times and glued them together and put some glossy accents on the top.

And there you have it, a simple birthday card that’s both quick and easy.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


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Strathmore Bristol

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Playing along with The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge

I don’t know about you, but I love coloring. However, when you have two active kids, its difficult to take time for much of anything. I’ve been trying to keep up this month with 30 Day Coloring Challenge hosted by Kathy at the Daily Marker.

Its been nice to have an excuse to go into my craft room, after the kids are in bed, and take out some stamps and figure out a small project to color. The added bonus will also be that I will have tons of images to make into cards.  Here are a couple I’ve done so far.

 

IMG_3037I love these flowers from Unity Stamp Co. They are big, bold, and the stamp packets (Better with Friends and Blow Your Mind) also have these amazing texture stamps to add some depth to your card. I stamped the flowers on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper, embossed them with Brutus Monroe Gilded and Sterling Embossing Powder. Then I used my Zig Clean Color Brush Pens to color the images. I like to color the bottom of the flower and then take my waterbrush and pull the color to the rest of the petal leaving the top a lighter. Once these were dry, I used Distress Ink in Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire to blend a background and stamp some texture onto the card stock. I’m thinking about making this a Mother’s Day card, and will post an update once its finished.

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Have I mentioned that I might be a bit obsessed with beautiful flowers? This is The Ton’s Floral Border Background stamp and I partially stamped it and embossed it in white. I made a slight mistake with choosing my medium since the paper I used wasn’t very conducive to watercoloring. So instead, I used several colors to try to make the color move. In the end I like the effect it has on the flowers. Again, I used a darker color in the inside of the flowers and lighter towards the edge. I masked the flowers and used Distress Spray in Broken China and then sprayed some Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Spray in Delphinium Turquoise to give it some shimmer.

As an added bonus, I was even able to get my girls and husband to sit and color a bit. We are having lots of fun making a little time for some relaxing coloring! Thank you to Kathy for hosting this wonderful challenge that I can also get my kids involved in!

 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Ericka

 

 

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When your awesome creative vision doesn’t match your card

I was playing this weekend with The Ton Stamp February Challenge which is Love. My only problem was that I didn’t have any “love” stamps from The Ton except for this tiny “Love You” stamp which was part of the Flutter Mini Set.

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Did I say that it was tiny? Its really tiny but then I like tiny things and I had a awesome way to use this tiny sentiment. My creative vision included creating a stencil (using my Silhouette) out the word “Love” and then stamp the small “Love You” inside the bigger word.

So far it was going well. But then it all went really wrong and nothing I could do made it better.

I added the stamp sentiment and butterfly in the place of the “O” but it looked too plain. So then I mirror imaged the butterfly and added that, but didn’t like the swirled stencil background. So then I clear embossed the letters to help make the “Love” stand out and made the background darker so it wasn’t too busy. The card was still missing something, so added more texture using a small dot stamp and some “Love You” washi tape. This is what I ended up with and it wasn’t too pretty. It definitely wasn’t the cool creation I planned in my head.

So I scrapped the idea and instead came up with this.

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I still used the small “Love You” sentiment but instead chose to use the Floral Border and cut a section out after I heat embossed it in white. I used the Zig Clean Color Real Brush to watercolor the flowers and give it a softer look so that the  Love You panel (blended with Salty Ocean Distress Ink) still stood out.

Not quiet the “ultra” creative vision that I had in my head, but I guess sometimes its good to know when to just start over.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.

Ericka

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Zig Clean Color Real Brush

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Distressed Ink Salty Ocean