Thursday, June 19, 2014

IO Challenge- Are We There Yet?

Greetings everyone. Today the IO challenge is all about travel cards. I instantly knew that I wanted to use the Classic Truck image (G1866) with some of my new watercolors.  It really is a fun image to color.  I made a card out of heavy watercolor paper, stamped the image with black India ink, then colored the image with some Peerless watercolors.  To finish the card, I added  the Road Less Traveled saying (D3613).

Need more travel inspiration?  Check out the other designers:
Laura Fulcher - you are here
Vicki Garrett

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Crab Card

I just realized that I forgot to share a card I posted over on the Outside the Box blog the other day.  It uses the Memory Box wave stencil, their new Coastal Crab die, and some netting I used from a clementines bag.  If you want to see the full instructions, you can see it on their blog here.

Hope you are all doing well!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

IO Challenge-Masculine Cards

About five years ago, I taught a masculine card class and was determined to include a floral card into the mix.  After all, my favorite stamps tend to be flowers, leaves, butterflies, and dragonflies.  Why buy something special just to make a "guy" card?

For my card today, I used some of my favorite stamps and changed the color palette so that it would be a good masculiene card.

You may not have noticed, but I use this leaf stamp a LOT (Silhouette 2 E552).  It is just such a practical stamp to have/use.  I started with kraft cardstock, stamped the Medallion Cover a Card (CC032) on top with Memento Luxe Toffee Crunch ink and then stamped the leaves on top with Colorbox Chalk Creamy Brown ink.

When I finished stamping the leaves, the card looked like this:

I wanted to add a bit more interest to the leaves, so I added several shades of  brown Prismacolor pencil on top of the stamped leaves so that they looked like this:

To finish the card, I stamped the Dragonfly (D1339) and saying (Thanks B5630) with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle ink.

You know what finishes a proper masculine card?  Glitter and metallic paper!  Honestly, my point of view is to use what you like.  You don't have to restrict yourself just because it is a card for a man.  I stamped the dragonfly once again onto scrap kraft cardstock and embossed the wings with clear embossing powder.  I colored them with two shades of sparkly Wink of Stella pens, cut them out, and glued them onto the card so that the wings pop up off of the card.  The mix of the shiny embossing powder and luminescent paint really made the wings look like dragonfly wings.

Need a bit more masculine inspiration? Check out the other designers!
Laura Fulcher - you are here
Vicki Garrett