5.22.2018

Coffee Card

Are you a coffee drinker? I sure am :-) For quite a while I had to give it up due to stomach problems, but Thank You Jesus I'm able to drink it again!



I love how this little cup of coffee turned out! I stamped it using a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. Next I used my copic markers to color it in. Then I fussy cut it out.





To put this card together, I simply used three different pattern papers to create the background. Placed the diecut coffee cup on with some foam adhesive. Then i stamped the accompanying sentiment on some pattern paper, trimmed it down and cut the one edge at an angle and attached it with my Tiny Attacher. Finally I added some dash lines along the one edge to kind of mimic the staples.



- Jessica

5.21.2018

Anemone Birthday Card

I just love the new Anemone stamp and die set that I bought a couple weeks ago. It's such a great flower to add to cards: not too fussy but with just the right amount of details. Right after I got the set I diecut all the shapes in groups of 3-4 so I'll have them ready when needed.



This card started out with the embossed cardstock. I had used a plain white sheet but wanted to add some color to make it pop. I used two different products to achieve this. First I spritzed it all over using a couple of Tattered Angels mists. I don't know if they still make those, but they are my favorite mists I've ever used. Then I lightly buffed some distress oxide inks onto the embossing. I really like how this turned out.





Then I took those floral diecut shapes, stamped them and used my copic markers to color them in. I love my copics, but the more I use them the more I realize I need some more colors!





Finally I stamped the sentiment on some watercolored paper and added a few gems. Notice that I've been doing this a lot lately, ha!



- Jessica

5.17.2018

Triangle Card

I don't know about you, but I still struggle with masculine cards. Honestly my personal style is super feminine and it's what I'm drawn to. Also, most cards I send are to women. But here and there throughout the year I need some cards to send to the guys in my life.





I've learned one style that usually works for me is to go to geometrics while using mostly blues/greens. Today's card started off by ink blending some Distress Oxide Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio. Yes, the same colors I used on my Mother's Day card. I just love how they blend together. Then I spritzed the cardstock with water and dabbed up some of the ink. Next I took a triangle mask from Simon Says Stamp and laid it over the paper and misted heavily and once again dabbed up the ink. It's subtle, but you can definitely see where the mask was on the cardstock.






Next I stamped a birthday sentiment on some cardstock that had an ink pad smooched onto it. I trimmed it at an angle and attached it with my Tiny Attacher. Finally I had some printed acetate triangles (I think from a December Daily kit) that I attached with some adhesive behind the sentiment strip. In a way, it's a pretty basic card but at the same time there's a lot to it.



- Jessica

5.16.2018

Wildflower Jar

I've had the idea for this card for quite a while now but just never took the time to try and create it. The idea came back to me when I was thinking of a card design for a birthday card for a friend at church.





On some textured vellum I stamped a mason jar using an older stamp from Papertrey Ink. I then cut it out. Next I stamped a few flowers and colored them in quickly with some watercolor brush pens. I used some green and white twine to create the stems of the flowers. Then I threw in some greenery elements that were on my desk from Christmas. All of that was placed on a white cardstock that I'd ran through an embossing folder. I just love that bit of texture in the background. Finally I stamped the sentiment on some paper I'd watercolored on and added a few gems.








- Jessica

5.15.2018

Inspired By

I have another Inspired By series card today. It is the card I made for my mom for this past Mother's Day. I loved how it turned out and I definitely want to try it again. Here is the link to the card/technique I was inspired by.




Laura Bassen created such a lovely card with distress oxide inks, a mask and the nuvo shimmer paste in moonstone. I used the same technique, only using inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio. Also, I used the Merilyn stencil from Simon Says Stamp (SSS).




Next I stamped a flower and leaf set using the Even More Spring Flowers from SSS. I stamped it in the Barely Beige ink from SSS using my MISTI. Then I colored the images using my Faber Castell Polychromo pencils. I then placed the sheet back into my MISTI and stamped the images using VersaMark ink (after I'd dusted it with anti-static powder). While the ink was still sticky I used Ranger embossing powder in Liquid Platinum and heat set them.




Since I hadn't bought the coordinating dies for my stamps I simply fussy cut them by hand. To finish the card up I stamped the sentiment using the So Happy set from Avery Elle on a scratch piece of watercolor I'd created ages ago and then added a few gems.




- Jessica