Sunday, September 5, 2010

Corner Bookmark

Once again I was inspired by a fellow Angel. This time it was Angie's bookmark seen here. We've never done those in class, so I figured it was the perfect "non-card" project for the evening.

Once again, we used the Scor-Pal and Scor-Bug to add texture. In class we colored with Copic Markers, but I made the sample using Tombow Markers so they could see the difference in how well Copics blend (I had samples of both). This sample uses Tombows.

Isn't that smug look on the golfball's face hilarious?!?! :-)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Color Over Technique

When I saw this card by fellow Angel Trudy, I knew I wanted to try the technique. I've seen it several times over the years, but can you believe I never tried it myself?!?!? So, after a quick consult with Trudy and the inspiration of Debra Miller's layout on page 9 of Serendipity, here's the final result. The ladies in class really liked how pretty and unusual it is, yet it is soooo easy!

We stamped in Brilliance Moonlight White on TAC's brown cardstock. We colored with Prismacolor pencils without blending anything. We just colored!
The lovely pearls are from our Gem Collection, and the beautiful paper is Maggie. Of course the great texture comes from the Scor-Pal and Scor-Bug then lightly sanding with sanding blocks. ;-)

Friday, September 3, 2010

CASEd Card

Lucky me! I got the second card in this post from Carol in the swap I mentioned in the last few posts. I really liked it a lot and wanted to CASE it for my Nestabilities class--how perfect! I just changed a few things, and voila! A card using Nesties!

Hopefully you ca see the embossed frame around the Nesties as well. I stamped the frame and THEN cut with the Nesties die. Each gal at class got a white panel with the stamping/cutting/embossing already done. It was up to them to stamp the pumpkin image.

We used watercolor crayons on the stamp, then spritzed with water before stamping. It's a great effect! Because the brown Scrapper's Floss wasn't dark enough, we colored the floss with Copics. The background leaves are stamped in Versamark.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Another Swap (and class) Card

In the same swap I mentioned yesterday, I swapped this card. Again, since it worked so well for a class focusing on Nestabilities, I used it!

I tried to get a few close-ups so you would see the ribbon behind the oval and see the embossed edge of the Nestie. Can you see them?!?!?!

The Thank You stamp is a PWP (only $2.95!), and it fits almost perfectly with our oval Clever Lever Punch. The background is done with 2 images from Damask Backgrounder. I love how the Bordeaux Palette ink matches the Bazzill!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Swap (and class) Card

A few weeks ago I participated in a swap for Paper Wings. We were to use images from the newly-released Catalogue. I liked the two cards I swapped, so I decided to use them for our August stamp class focusing on Nestabilities. The gals who were there like them too! :-)

If you look carefully on these cards, the dark layer is actually a dark green Bazzill. Oh, and I know I cut off the very tips of the green layered Nestie--that's why I kept this one as my sample. ;-)
I used Copics to color the cattails--made it quick and easy. The main image is from Joy, Found--a fantastic new set. It's certainly a must have.

Tooting my own horn...

Even though I have a post scheduled for later this evening, I wanted to "toot my horn" a little bit to let you know that The Angel Company (TAC) asked if I would design the projects for the Stamp of the Month for the corporate website this month! Of course I was honored and said YES!

I usually create as inspiration hits, so it was a new challenge for me to be told what stamp set I had to use and given a deadline. I ended up falling in love with the set--it's called "Autumn Leaves," and I found it to be so versatile. You can view my projects here and click on each one for a larger image.

This first card below did not make it onto the TAC website. That's okay--I wasn't even sure I liked it that much anyway! LOL I like the simplicity of it, but I think it's lacking pizzazz.

The close up is so you can see the embossed frame on the orange cardstock. Can you see it?
All the projects below made it to the website so remember to click here to see the full project. I just wanted to show a few details that TAC can't show due to space limitations.
The tag in the photo below is popped up with Pop Dots, and I colored the pumpkin with Prismacolor pencils and OMS (oderless mineral spirits). Later you'll see one colored with Copics, and it gives a different look/feel.

I'm showing you the note cube below so you can see the "rock and roll" technique that I did to add the L'Amore Red and Burnt Umber to the Sunflower ink. Did you notice the ribbon is different on the TAC website? I told them to feel free to change it to brown! I thought it needed more contrast. Because I was allowed to use only TAC products, I had to use the ribbon in this photo when I sent it in--I was completely out of ALL my brown TAC ribbon!!!
This little jar was photographed from the left side, so I figured I'd show you the right side as well as a close up of the pumpkin. This is the one I colored using Copic Markers.

The card below has some dimension that I thought you might want to see.
Hope you enjoy! :-)