Monday, August 29, 2016

Birthday Blooms in Red

The peony blossom in Birthday Blooms is such a fun image to color! There are many coloring mediums that work well with it, but today I chose Copic Sketch markers. The alcohol ink blends easily which makes shading easy, and the colors are just so vivid. I really wanted the image to pop, and the birthday girl's favorite color is red, so that's today's color choice.

If you are going to color with alcohol ink, be sure to stamp your image using a water-based ink, such as the Memento Tuxedo Black used here. If you use Basic Black Archival, or StazOn Jet Black, the ink will smear when you color over it.

These are the Copic colors used (I forgot to grab the Y35 Maize used for the stamen):

Here's the "How To"
 Image: Whisper White 2-7/8" x 3-3/4"
 Mat: Real Red 3" x 3-7/8"
 Glimmer mat: Gold Glimmer Paper 3-1/4" x 4-1/8"
 Greeting: Whisper White 1-1/2" x 3-1/2"
 DSP: Real Red from Brights Collection (retired) 4" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Whisper White Thick 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Stamp peony on Whisper White and color with your choice of coloring medium. Adhere to Real Red mat and then to glimmer paper mat. Note: Use a sticky tape such as Tear & Tape adhesive when fastening anything to Glimmer paper.
  2. Attach DSP to card base, and doily to right side of DSP. (Retired Tea Lace Doily used here.)
  3. Adhere matted image to card base, leaving an equal border of DSP showing at top, left, and bottom.
  4. Stamp banner and greeting using Basic Black Archival ink and die cut with Bunch of Banners Framelits. Attach to card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Sweet Sugarplum Christmas

Today is Heart's Delight Cards 8th blogaversary! I can't believe it's been eight years since starting this adventure. 'Time sure flies when you're having fun' couldn't be more true! I started blogging mainly so I could show my long-distance BFF (who I blame, er, credit for my obsession) what I was making. It still tickles me silly that other people actually take time out of their day to visit here. Thank you, whoever and wherever you are!

Continuing my love for non-traditional Christmas colors, this sweet card uses Sweet Sugarplum and coordinating colors. That ruched ribbon didn't come that way - you can do it yourself by pulling up a thread on each side of the ribbon. It works really well with the ribbons in the Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack. Easy peasy!

Here's the "How To"
 Reindeer: Whisper White Thick 2" x 3"
 DSP background: Fruit Stand 3-3/4" x 5"
 Mat behind DSP: Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Sweet Sugarplum 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Stamp medallion in Sweet Sugarplum on DSP. Pull up threads to gather ribbon and adhere to DSP, wrapping ends to back.
  2. Attach DSP to white mat, and then to card base.
  3. Stamp reindeer in Rich Razzleberry on Whisper White Thick and die-cut using reindeer from Santa's Sleigh Framelits. Attach to card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  4. Stamp greeting from Greetings From Santa in Rich Razzleberry below ribbon.
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Thanks

There are only seven more days (counting today) that the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and Beautiful Branches Thinlits will be available. I am so loving this set!!! This card is going out to one of the new stamping friends I recently made, here in Tennessee. Turns out, people like to stamp and be creative here, too! (Just kidding - I knew that would be the case, lol.)

Smiley from Millan.Net

I believe everybody is born with creativity already inside them. For some people it flows out naturally, others need to be shown how to tap into it. But EVERYBODY has it! People who say, "Oh, I'm just not creative" make me a little sad. They are creating all day, and just don't know it! They created the outfit they put on in the morning, and the meal they prepared that night. That's artistry too, and they don't realize it!

I used the baby wipe "ink pad" technique for the leaves. The rock n roll technique was tried first, but I didn't like the hard edge between the colors. If you haven't done the baby wipe technique, it's really simple. Fold up a baby wipe, placed several drops of ink refill randomly on the wipe (Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Crushed Curry used here), and use it as an ink pad! Just be sure to put the wipe on something to protect your work surface.

The Copper Foil is sooooo gorgeous, and sooooo hard to photograph! Here's a shot with it turned more toward the light source.

Here's the "How To"
 Leaves: scraps of Whisper White
 Tree: Copper Foil Sheet 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"
 Embossed background: Whisper White Thick 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
 Card base: Pumpkin Pie 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Stamps leaves and cut with coordinating die from Beautiful Branches Thinlits dies.
  2. Cut tree from Copper Foil. Note: I keep a new cutting pad just for use as the top pad when die cutting any foil. That way the scars from an old pad aren't impressed into the foil. Learned that one the hard way, lol.
  3. Stamp greeting on lower right of Whisper White Thick cardstock having bottom of greeting approximately 1-1/4" from bottom of cardstock, then emboss with Woodland embossing folder.
  4. Using Tear & Tape adhesive, adhere burlap ribbon to bottom edge; trim ends even with background. Adhere both to card base.
  5. Attach tree toward left of card, using Fine-Tip Glue Pen. Attach leaves to burlap ribbon using Glue Dots.
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