8/27/12

It’s gonna be a bright sunshiny day

Unless you are in Florida, of course. I was hopeful that the hurricane would make it up this way, I could use a little wind and rain, but it’s not to be this time. But the season is not over yet so I won’t give up hope.

So, in celebration of the sunshiny days we have been having lately, here are a couple of cards that I hope will brighten your day.

The sun rays on this card were made by sponging Memento Cantaloupe ink using a piece of cardstock as a mask, a technique I saw on Gina K’s Stamp TV here. It is really pretty easy to do and I love the way it turned out. The landscape die is from Memory Box and I think the cloud is from them, too. The sentiment is Hero Arts.

The trees are colored using Copic markers and I die cut another border using a paper with parallel lines texture, cut out just the house and colored it with a brown (E25, maybe) Copic marker. I left a long “tail” on the house so I could attach it to the back of the landscape, after cutting off the original house. I tried just coloring the house with a Copic marker, but I didn’t like the effect at all.

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These sun rays were embossing using a Papertrey impressions plate and then I just cut them in long triangular shapes using my paper trimmer. I did sponge a little ink along the edges for a little contrast, too. Same Memory Box die for the landscape and the larger MB cloud die (cut out of white felt), and another Hero Arts sentiment.

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Sun rays seem to be all the rage now and I did buy the sunshine impression plate from Papertrey and a couple of clear sets that have sun rays and verses in them – one from Papertrey and one from Avery Elle, a brand new online stamp company. I have not made cards with either set yet, but I did get one of the sun rays out of the Avery Elle set and stamp with it just to see how well it inked up since it was a clear stamp, and sometimes they can be a little difficult at first. I was totally impressed! I used some Cantaloupe Memento ink and it stamped perfectly the very first time, no blotchiness at all. Love it!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a sunshiny kind of day.

8/21/12

Border punches…not just for borders anymore

They do make beautiful borders but I decided to try something a little different with this one. What do you think? Yep, that is a Tonic Studios border punch on the center piece. It is the Simplicity Daisy Border 2 Punch, one of the new geared punches released at CHA Summer 2012. These things punch through paper like buttah!

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I started with a 3-5/8” square, lined up each of the 4 sides of the square with the “First Punch” line on the punch and punched once, and then just punched the rest of it as usual. There are only 3 punches per side. It won’t completely detach from the outside edges, but I just trimmed it away with scissors, leaving a little straight part between the corner designs. It doesn’t make a prefect square but I really like the look of the finished design.

I stamped the sentiment from a JustRite stamp set, added a little color with my Copic marker and punched it out with a circle punch. The scalloped border behind it is also a Tonic Studios border punch (Dotty Border), but I decided not to get too fancy with that one this time. Sometimes simpler is better.

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave me a comment! I love hearing from you, you know.

8/13/12

Butterflies everywhere

IMG_0356This time I used the Tonic Studios Border Punch System and the Butterflies Accent Punch for the border. The border punch system makes it so easy to line up the punch to get a straight line. The punches are usually spaced a little farther apart, but instead of lining it up with the guides, I just started in the center of the paper and lined up the center of the center butterfly (it punches 3 butterflies at a time) with the edge of the punch itself to get them closer together.

The big butterfly is also a Tonic Studios punch, the Butterfly Multi Detail Punch. It’s amazing how well these punches work, even on thicker cardstock. I have another brand of butterfly punch that has a very similar design, but it rarely punches cleanly. These work perfectly every time. The pink paper is from Papertrey and it’s really thick, but I had not trouble at all with the punch.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts and it is stamped on a Nestabilities die cut. It’s difficult to see in the photo, but there is the same yellow polka dot paper behind the butterfly border, and I just added a small strip of the same paper above the border.

Thanks for stopping by and why not hop over and have a look at the Tonic Studios Facebook page – there are a lot of beautiful cards in the albums there, too.