Friday, April 30, 2010

Spooky Through the Trees

I've been in an embossing mood lately. It started with trying to replicate some Michelle Zindorf cards. I am no brayer master but I enjoy trying. Anyway I wanted to pair my Cornish Heritage Farms tree background stamps with the tree trio from Through the Trees.

Black and Red were my school colors growing up and I'm rather partial to the combo. Of course I think kraft looks great with everything (I use almost as much kraft as I use white!) so the colors were easy for me to pair up.

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I started by stamping the tree background stamp in Going Gray ink on kraft paper. After the ink dried, I stamped the tree trio in versa mark, then black ink and heat embossed black powder to give it a really black look. I finished the image by stamping some of the birds from Through the trees in red. Since the ink will not stick to the embossed areas, it gives the impression that some of the birds are in the middle of the trees.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Texas Cards

So I think I have been here long enough to semi-not-exactly-sort of jump on the Texas bandwagon errr should I say covered wagon? I am not in love with Texas but this wonderful spring we are having as put me in like with Texas :) Of course once the memories of cool April breezes and bountiful wildflowers have melted into 100+ degree days of bathwater warm swimming pools and fire ant infested backyards I will change my opinion back to definite dislike. Yes, I am a fickle friend that way but hey there's a lot of Texas lovers out there to compensate for my fair weather ways.

On to the cards....

I utilized a lot of flowersoft for these cards. It's a really fun medium. I have had 2 pots for a year and never really used them other than trying them out the first day I got them. I added 3 pots of the new ultra fine flowersoft 2 months ago and still didn't use any. The wildflowers inspired me to pull these little gems out of my stash and use them.

I paired the flowersoft with Deadbeat design stamps (3 bluebonnets), Accucut dies, some horse stamps and a few embellishments here and there.

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The horse and bluebonnets:
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Paper: Bazzil (Kraft, Red, Navy)
Stamps: Inkadinkado (horses) Deadbeat Designs (bluebonnets)
Other: Whale punches (scalloped photo corner) Accucut (scalloped card) Flowersoft (Delphinium blue) Colored Pencils

Bluebonnet Trio (I've made a card similar to this before)
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Paper: Bazzil (kraft and the violet)
Stamps: Deadbeat Designs (bluebonnet)
Other: Creative Impressions (ribbon)

Texas Flag:
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Paper: Bazzil (kraft, red, navy, white)
Dies: Accucut (Texas) Sizzix (rustic stars)
Stamps: Deadbeat Designs (bluebonnets)
Other: Flower Soft (Delphinium blue)

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Paper: Bazzil (white, red, navy)
Dies: Accucut (longhorn) Sizzix (picket fence)
Other: Flowersoft (sweet pea, Delphinium blue, citrus) Ranger/Tim Holtz (distress crackle paint Picket fence white)

The small horse card: For some reason flickr does not like my file and I'm too lazy (not knowledgeable enough) to figure out why.

Paper: Bazzil (navy, kraft)
Stamps: Inkadinkado (horses)
Other: Creative impressions (ribbon) Colored pencils

All five of these cards will be offered in a class at Felicia's Scrapbooks soon (end of May or beginning of June). Check their website or blog for class details.