Posts Tagged ‘archival inks’

Jingle Bells

Are you finished with your Christmas shopping yet? I’m ALMOST done. I’m also almost done with my Christmas cards. Today’s card share is not my “official” card for this year but I do love it. We made this last night at my card class at The Haughton House. It’s always fun to teach my ladies some inking techniques. My fingers are still a little blue today and not just because it’s cold!

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells |

This is a variation on a card I made a few months ago for OWH. Since this one isn’t going to OWH, I added shimmer spray and lumpy rhinestones :) You can’t see it in the picture but the stamped panel is sprayed with a shimmery blue spray in addition to the inked blue background. To make the background we smeared some Distress Inks onto my craft mat, misted the ink with water, then smeared white cardstock around in the puddle.   We dried it with a heat gun then stamped on the image, the sprayed with the shimmer spray.  It’s so pretty in person!

Jingle Bells card close up |

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Thank You

We had a great class last night at The Haughton House.  I taught my ladies three cards featuring the Cuttlebug for diecutting and dry embossing.   It was so much fun we’re going to have second run of this same class – if you’re local and you’d like to attend, call The Haughton House and let Faith know ASAP! The date will be Tuesday, June 5th, 6:30 PM.

Here’s one of the three cards we made last night:


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About this card:  The stamps are from the We R Memory Keepers Anthologie collection and are stamped with Ranger Archival ink in Jet Black.  The butterfly is colored with a Zig marker in Ocean. The layered tags are both cut on the Cuttlebug using an “embossing plus” folder which cuts the tags and embosses them at the same time.  We used white cardstock and Worldwin Sand cardstock.  We adhered them with pop dots and then added the Bo Bunny Double Dot ribbon in Concord.  The background papers are both from Bo Bunny Ambrosia collection and are matted with more Worldwin Sand.

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Peace on Earth

Is it too early to start on Christmas cards? Nope! Especially not for Operation Write Home, they need them in hand by October so they can make the trip to the troops and back to their families by Christmas! So this week’s Midweek Throwdown at OWH is Christmas in July!

I’m still on my rub-on kick and I recently was gifted with some Christmas rub-ons in a swap, and then I went shopping in my old bedroom (aka Mom’s scrappin’ room) and got some gorgeous Christmas papers (thanks, Mom!).  I was a little leery of the glitter, since that is a safety hazard for troops, but I rubbed and rubbed on it with my fingernails and it didn’t come off – it is really embedded in the clear laquer on this paper.


About this card:  The rub-on is from Making Memories (I think), which I put on white cardstock and then distressed with Distress Ink Antique Linen and Ranger Archival Dye Jumbo Inkpad-Sepia.  The glittered background is from My Mind’s Eye  (I think!) and I also sponged those edges with Archival Ink Sepia, and did the same to my white card base.  I matted both panels with SU! Chocolate Chip cardstock and then added a bit of Gold Cord

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Father’s Day Lattice Frame

I’m trying to get a bunch of Father’s Day cards done and get my box in the mail since I know OWH is short on them right now.  I’m also still trying to use up things from my “bits box” of random half-completed card parts.  Today’s card uses two things from the bits box: embossed leaves and a lattice frame.


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About this card: The sentiment is from Stampabilities and is stamped on generic ivory cardstock with Archival Ink ink Sepia.  The lattice frame was cut on my Silhouette SD from the same ivory cardstock.  The leaves from Stampin’ Up! Autumn Leaf Prints were stamped in Versamark and embossed with a variety of metallic and earthtone powders then cut out and adhered over the frame.  The background paper is from SU! Paisley Petals design series paper.

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Ride ‘Em

I recently treated myself to a Silhouette SD (it was on sale!) and have been cutting up a storm of card parts.   I’ve had a bit of a learning curve, but I’m getting the hang of the system and I am loving some of the stuff it can do!

Here’s today’s card…


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About this card: Cowboy cut with my Silhouette SD from Stampin’ Up! Basic Black cardstock.  The background is a generic beige cardstock that I sponged at the top with SU! Bashful Blue and at the bottom with Archival Ink Sepia, then all around the edges lightly with SU! Basic Black.  I added four pewter brads to the corners to complete the card.

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Mother’s Day

I counted up the comments for February and came to 53, so adding that to the 55 from January makes 108 cards I owe Operation Write Home.  Y’all believe in making a girl work, dontcha?

Never fear, I have been making card after card! Total made so far is 81, so I’m a little behind but not too bad.

Today’s card is another for Mother’s Day. 


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About this card:  The cardbase, bird, and wreath are all Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla cardstock.  I used the 2 Step Bird punch to create the bird and the branches which I glued down in a wreath shape on a piece of SU! Springtime Vintage design series paper.  That panel is double matted with SU! Crumb Cake and a generic pink cardstock.  The sentiment from SU! Something to Celebrate is stamped in Archival Ink Sepia.

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Louisiana Brown Pelican

Today’s card is the first Father’s Day card of the season.   I’m getting a head start, aren’t I!?  It’s also another old OWH S&S Sketch – this is actually sketch #1! Yes, I will eventually be doing all the sketches!!

This is another watercolored image, a pelican that I colored to resemble the state bird of Louisiana, the Brown Pelican.  If you aren’t familiar, here is a beautiful photograph of one.  And here’s my stamped guy:


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About this card:  The pelican from Inkadinkado was stamped in Archival Ink Jet Black on Stampin’ Up! Whisper White paper.  I colored it with Derwent watercolor pencils and then sponged around the main image with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I matted it with rust cardstock from Bazzill and generic tan cardstock, and tied on a bit of hemp twine from my local dollar store.   This panel is on dimensionals as well.  The background paper is from My Mind’s Eye Penny Lane collection, and the right hand strip is an old Anna Griffin paper.  I stamped the sentiment from SU! Teeny Tiny Wishes in SU! Early Espresso on more generic tan cardstock, then punched it twice with the Decorative Label punch.  I accented that with large brads from SU! in Chocolate Chip.

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Spring Flowers

Last week my sweet husband surprised me with a new box of my much-loved watercolor pencils.  Apparently he’d been listening when I complained that my set of 24 wasn’t enough color variation – he got me a set of 72! I have so many greens to chose from now, I don’t even know what to do with myself!

Of course I immediately stamped myself a stack of images to color and have been doing so in the evenings when we watch TV.  (I don’t know about you but I cannot just sit and watch TV. I have to have something to keep my hands busy.)

Today’s card makes use of one of those images.  I also used a recent OWH Stars & Stamps Sketch, # 52, and made this an all occasion card for today’s S&S Midweek Throwdown.  And I love the spring colors.


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About this card:  I stamped the flower arrangement from Stampin’ Up! Slice of Life set in Archival Ink Jet Black on SU! Whisper White cardstock.  I colored it with my new Derwent Watercolor Pencils and water brush pen.  Once dry, I accented the flower centers with a Sakura white gel pen.  I punched the image with a 2 1/2″ circle punch.  I used Spellbinders Eyelet die on light blue Bazzill cardstock to create a frame and a slot punch to thread through some pink SU! satin ribbon.   The upper background panel is a scrap of designer paper from Daisy D’s Girlfriend series.  The bottom panel is a coordinating generic blue paper that was dry embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder.  I matted everything with more Whisper White then mounted it to my prefab pink cardbase.

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Mother’s Day Quilt

I’ve been experimenting a bit with quilt-inspired cards for Mother’s Day.  I have some others to show you next week, but today’s card is one of the first I worked on.  I really like the soft green color scheme – a nice break from all the pink of Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day cards I’ve seen lately.


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About this card:  The quilt is made up of scraps of various designer papers cut into squares and glued down on a base paper, which is then run through my Big Shot using the Top Note die.   The ribbon is from the Paper Studio.  The sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes set is stamped in Archival Ink Sepia then punched with the Word Window punch and mounted on a bit of pink Bazzill cardstock punched with the modern label punch.  I accented it with two adhesive pearls.   I used the 2 step bird punch to punch leaves and stem for the flower from light green Bazzill cardstock, and the bird’s wing actually is the flower base.  The flower petals are generic white cardstock cut on my Big Shot with the Daisies #2 die.  The same light green Bazzill cardstock makes up the base panel, it is matted with a generic dark green paper. 

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Mother’s Day

Here’s my first Mother’s Day card of the season!  I’m probably going to make quite a few more like this one, I like the style of it and it’s fairly easy to reproduce.

I like the way the stamped damask relates to the pattern in the designer paper.


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About this card:  The card base is a prefab peach card, onto which I layered generic tan cardstock and some pretty designer paper from Jo’s Stash.  The ribbon is crochet trim from Stampin’ Up! The main panel is has the sentiment from SU! Something to Celebrate set stamped in Archival Ink Sepia.  I then overstamped it using Inkadinkado’s Bold Damask in Versamark, and used a sponge dauber to apply SU! chalk in Apricot Appeal.

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