Making your own barnwood is so easy, and you only need the basics – stamp, paper and ink! I inked up the Hardwood background stamp with Soft Suede ink, laid the stamp ink side up on my table, and pressed a piece of Real Red cardstock face down on the stamp. I repeated this with narrow strips of Real Red cardstock to create the crossbars. Then I glued the strips on the main piece, let it dry and punched out a circle. I put the piece over my Very Vanilla card base and lightly penciled inside the hole.
After removing the barnwood, I stamped my chicken in Soft Suede ink, let it dry, and colored her in with my colored pencils, and blended the color with a blender pen.
I finished off the front of the barnwood with a rosette and glued the whole piece on top. Pretty cute, eh?
She reminds me of the chickens on my grandma’s farm when I was a kid. I used to get to collect the fresh laid eggs from the henhouse. And the henhouse was a bright red, just like this barnwood card!
Want a simple way to add interest and variety to a stamp image? See the two flowers on the tag and card? Same stamp, different ink and different punch, and voila, two different flowers. There’s no rule that says you have to use a punch that cuts out an entire image. The flowers are still complementary, but have added interest.
Details: Friends and Flowers stamp set; 7/8″ scallop circle, 1 1/4″ scallop circle, Festive Flower Builder and Scalloped Tag Topper punches; Mint Macaron cardstock and Envelope Paper; Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, and Tangelo Twist ink; rhinestones; Wink of Stella (on the white stripes); Pool Party 3/8″ glitter ribbon
I think carving in wood is okay for Earth Day, especially if it’s faux carving – what do you think? To make your own ‘carved in wood’ message, stamp your sentiment on your card. Cut or punch out a shape of your choice on a post it note that covers the sentiment (this is called a mask). Place mask over your sentiment, and sponge around edges using a circular motion. Ink and stamp the Hardwood stamp over the top of everything, and remove the mask.
Love this frosted watercolor technique, and it’s easy to do! Follow along…
1. Stamp Sweetbriar Rose inked in Soft Suede on Kraft paper.
2. Being careful to stay within the lines, color image with Blender Pen dipped in Craft White Ink. (If you go outside the lines, the white ink will become pink tinted, not a bad thing, but we’re going for a more white look.)
3. Heat set with heat tool, or let sit for 10 minutes or so to dry.
4. Add more Craft White Ink for shading and dimension.
5. Heat set or let dry.
6. Wrap Gold Thread around left side of focal piece five times. (Anchor on back of piece with a swipe of SNAIL.)
7. Layer Kraft piece on Soft Suede mat with multipurpose glue.
I’ve been seeing this technique popping up all over the Internet, and had to give it a try. Super easy, and it adds a really cool watercolor effect to your projects. And it uses Lovely As A Tree – bonus!
April showers bring May flowers – Happy May Day! When I was a kid, we used to pick spring flowers from our neighbors’ yards, put them in a paper cone, hang them on the doorknob of our neighbors, press the bell, and run and hide. Our neighbors probably would have like it better if the flowers weren’t already their own 🙂
These 3D flowers are created by simple circles. Punch or die cut any size circles you wish from shimmer white card stock. Snip from one edge to the middle. Apply a little Tombow adhesive to the top of one of the cut edges, and overlap the edges as little or as much as you’d like to make a conical shape out of your circle. The flower centers are a narrow strip of the shimmer white card stock that I fringed with paper snips, rolled up, and glued to the center of the flowers.
And the whitewashed barn boards are easy to do; I’ll share those instructions at my next class.
The Painter’s Tape Technique is a fun one to revisit. Lay a strip of painter’s tape across the surface of an ink pad. Lift straight up and then straight down on your card stock. Swap in Pool Party, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake for the retiring Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding and Baked Brown Sugar colors.
A super quick and easy way to get a big wow is a shaker card, and using a Project Life Everyday Adventure card pack speeds it up even more. I chose the ‘Celebrate Every Day’ card and applied a border of raised adhesive cut from the edge of a sheet of Dimensionals. The sequins are from a strand of Bermuda Bay sequin trim. Then I stuck a piece of window sheet cut to 4″ x 4″ on top and covered the edges with washi tape from the Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack, and mounted the shaker onto a piece of Whisper White card stock base. The matching envelope was done on the Envelope Punch Board. And the final touch was to emboss a 4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder and mount it on the front of the envelope. A little washi tape acted as my envelope closure on the back.
Those Butterfly Framelits have got to be one of my all-time favorite framelits. This one’s a little rusty! Layers of embossing powder and classic ink give it that vintage look. Complete directions can be found over at my Facebook page.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been partial to fireflies, or lightning bugs, or flying pyrotechnic displays in my backyard. Whatever you call them, fireflies make me think of summertime, my grandparents’ backyard and the 4th of July. The display at the top was my inspiration for this card:
In real life, the card front has lots of depth and color, but try as I may, I could not capture that in a photo – guess I need photography lessons. I sponged Pool Party all over my watercolor paper, then added Lost Lagoon, Island Indigo and Mossy Meadow. Then I used a very sophisticated and expensive tool – NOT – I used a brand new pencil and dipped the eraser into Hello Honey to make the fireflies. I added some Pool Party dots for fun. Then I matted the top layer on matching card stock.
Wish you could see the card front in real life, as it is much more colorful, and looks like the fireflies are emerging at dusk. It also has a bokeh effect, which I was also aiming for. I debated about adding a sentiment, and I still might, but thought it took away from the naturalness. What do you think? Do the layers stand on their own, or is it too plain? Let me know by commenting below. Happy 4th!