Category Archives: Oscar’s (Deb’s) Card Samples

A Little Late to the Party

Before I left for the winter in Phoenix, I had ordered the Bee Bundle from Stampin Up.   The bundle was waiting for me when I hastily returned early due to Covid-19.  I can say that the bee designer paper from this bundle,  is my all-time favourite from Stampin Up.

The stamp and die set was sitting in my “New” drawer screaming to come out and play.  I know I am very late to the party as the new 20-21 catalogue is now out, but I still wanted to see what I could do with this set.  The not late to the party part is that I designed a slimline card which is taking cardmaking by storm right now, and I used a brand new slimline wonky stitches die by Trinity stamps.

I had a tough time deciding which of the designer papers to use, so I set about making a second card so that I could use more paper and elements.  It is unusual that I have actually cut into this paper without having a second collection to hoard.

 

Wild Whisper 6 Feet Apart

It was Christmas in the Debbie drawer at work.  I even tried to disguise the bag from myself, when bringing it into my craft room Yes, there was that much.  I didn’t actually realize how much I had ordered when everything was held up due to Covid-19.  Well, it is all arriving now.

One of the most anticipated arrivals was the 6 Feet Apart Collection from Wild Whisper.  This collection is just brimming with great images and clever sentiments.

The idea I had with this card was to make the elements recyclable.  I wanted to be able to make a sample card for the store, but I also wanted these great images for a scrapbook layout later when I document what a wonderful year 2020 was…………NOT!   By putting the elements on a slimline tag from Pinkfresh Studios, I can just cut off the front of the card at a later date and add it to a Covid-19 layout…………..easy peasy.

 

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 9

I knew there was going to be trouble today.  The theme of the tutorial by Daniel West was to let your imagination wander and envision your stamps/dies/stencils in a totally different way.  This is precisely what I like to do with my supplies, but it is this very methodology that turns what should be a 10-minute card into a 4-hour card.  The funny thing was that even though I like to do this re-imagining of stamps and dies, I drew a complete blank at first.  When I finally thought of something, I said to myself…………don’t do it……………..it is too stupid and “out there”.  So of course, I set about doing exactly that.  I don’t know if the card “works” but I think there is an “E” for effort in there somewhere.

I will show you first the two dies that I started out with.  Take a moment to guess what I transformed them into.

 

 

Now you can see the finished product.  So ok, I know it is a stretch……………..Glass Catfish in an aquarium.  It is my imagination and so I can do what I want with it.  The one outstanding problem with this project is that I put so much clear glaze over the fish (Pico Embellisher), that it is unlikely to dry any time today. That is ok though as my newly acquired Spring Card Camp friend Sue Ellen says…………..drying time doesn’t count when determining how long a card takes to make.

 

I took about 10 pictures trying to get one that sort of reflected the transparent glisten of the fish.  This was the best of the lot, taken in bright sunshine while the card was sitting on my partner’s jeep tire. I know I need to get some proper photography backgrounds

Winter Floral

When I was in Phoenix, I wanted to do a class where we used the Winter Floral background stamp with the Winter Floral stencil and Winter Foliage die from Simon Says Stamp.  This is a holiday stamp but a change of colour scheme is all that is needed to make it work all year round.  My dilemma was how to have everyone in the class working at the same time, using the same stamp/die and stencil.  In preparation,  I made several samples using different techniques to see how I could have everyone doing something different with the same pre-stamped background.  That worked out pretty well, but the wheels fell off the world before I got to do the class.  I have decided that I would post the different techniques here in today’s post.

 

  1. GLITTER PASTE.  Stamp background.  Apply the Layered Winter Floral Stencils and colour with a sponge dauber or blending brush.  Apply iridescent glitter paste to the “petals” stencil and let dry. Add the Thank you sentiment to the matching shadow die.  Add a mat in the same colour as the shadow die-cut and apply to a card base.  Add some Nuvo drops to the flower centres and berries.IMG_1820
  2. FLOCKING. Stamp background in black ink.  Apply Thermoweb Transfer Gel duo to the petals through the stencil. Remove stencil promptly and let dry.  Apply Rina K Flock transfer sheet to the petals when the Duo Gel is dry and transparent.  Run the background with the Flock transfer sheet (nice side up) through a laminator or a die cutting machine.  Peel up the transfer sheet revealing flocked flowers.  Add the Winter florals die cut and the Birthday Wishes sentiment and pop up on the card.  Add a black mat and adhere to a card base.  Add some white or iridescent pearls.  This card is 5.5 X 5.5 inches.IMG_1827
  3. BLACK/WHITE HEAT EMBOSSING.  Stamp background in black Versafine ink.  Add clear embossing powder and heat set.  Pop up the Winter Floral  die-cut,  cut out of white cardstock on to the cardfront.  Add versamark ink to the sentiment and cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.   Add the sentiment greeting to the circular die cut. Add iridescent gems and black Nuvo dropsIMG_1823
  4. Stamp background on watercolour cardstock.  Paint the scene using any watercolour media (I used Arteza brush markers).   Pop up the Winter Foliage die-cut,  cut out of white cardstock on to the card front and add the circular sentiment greeting. Spray the entire card front with Sparkle Shimmer Spritz.  Add some white pearls from Studio Katia.IMG_1824
  5. Stamp background on Bristol Smooth cardstock.  Use a dauber or Blending brush through the different layers of stencils.  Pop up the Winter Foliage die-cut,  cut out of white cardstock on to the card front and add the circular sentiment greeting. Spray the entire card front with Sparkle Shimmer Spritz. Add some pink gems and green sequinsIMG_1821
  6. Stamp background on watercolour paper with Versafine black ink.  Cover with clear embossing powder immediately and heat set  Using Nuvo Shimmer Powders, sprinkle tiny amounts of the appropriate colours inside the embossed lines.  Spray generously with water to get the colour “exploding” and moving.  Die cut the Winter Foliage circle from Watercolour cardstock.  Add a small amount of Nuvo Shimmer Powder in any colour and spray with water.  When dry pop up the diecut and add the sentiment as before.  Add sequins that match the Nuvo Shimmer colours on the card front.IMG_1822
  7. Stamp the background stamp with Versamark ink on black watercolour cardstock (any black cardstock will work too)  Cover with silver embossing powder and heat set.  Paint the flowers using Altenew Metallic Watercolors.  Cut out the sentiment and shadow from black watercolour cardstock.  Paint the sentiment in Copper metallic ink.  Pop up and apply to the centre of the card. Apply the card front to a 5.5 X 5.5 card base.IMG_1826

So there you are……..seven techniques and none of them looks the least bit Christmasy even though it was intended as a holiday stamp.

 

 

 

Post from the Twilight Zone

It is incredibly hard to believe what has happened in this world since my last post.  From here on in, I am going to try and make this a Covid-19 free zone.  You have been told enough times to wash your hands and self-isolate.  I don’t think I need to remind you………….just do it.

I am so thankful for my little scrapbook/cardmaking hobby right now.  Not only is it fun and creative, but it is also accessible from the safety of my home.  As I have said to my friends, “I might just find out if I really do have a stash that will last a lifetime.”

Anyway, I thought I would post some layouts from my wonderful weekend trip to the Grand Canyon and the Grand Canyon Railroad.  It was the last major thing we did before the world as we knew it, stopped.  It was so much fun, and I will always be grateful to have been able to do it.

I just completed these two pages and had so much fun putting them together.  First of all, I was able to dust off my relatively new Cameo and cut out those cute railroad tracks.  I admit I was afraid to start on them.  I felt that if they didn’t cut well for whatever reason, that I would fall into an even blacker mood than I was already in  I am happy to report though, that they cut beautifully.

This layout is definitely  “out of order” from a time perspective.  When I scrapbook, I fancy myself as being like a movie director, who routinely shoots scenes out of order for various reasons ( Look at that, I managed to sound both British and pompous in one sentence, but I digress.)  On the train ride back, we were “robbed” by some outlaws for tips.  Yes, it was expected and corny as could be, but I had fun being in this little melodrama, and I had a lot of fun documenting it in this layout.  Take a look:

Rediscovering Foiling

I had brought my foiling supplies down to El Mirage, AZ when I dropped off my car in November, so I haven’t been able to do any foiling projects for quite a while.

I love the look of foiling, although the process can be nerve-wracking.   This time, however, the process, for the most part, went smoothly.   I found a relatively new foil plate and a nearly new frame foil plate in my stash that I wanted to use.  I also just got a gorgeous new foiling sentiment die set, designed by Yana Smakula that I wanted to put into action.  This sentiment set is unique in that the sentiment words are basically a single line stroke.  This makes the sentiment so dainty and elegant.

I was pretty happy with the results ( I must have been as I have a whole little bag of sentiments in every foil colour).  Anyway, Take a look.

Miss Your Face

Today I am showcasing a card that I will be teaching at Pueblo El Mirage Resort next Monday.  I recently ordered a card kit from My Favorite Things for the first time.  The theme of the kit is Message in a bottle and it is uber cute.  The word “uber” is top of mind with me right now, as we “Ubered” our way back and forth from our BnB to Creativation. LOL  I think I could really become accustomed to having my own driver.  It was uber convenient for sure.  Ok back to the card.

It is a great kit but the components are also available separately.  It has a stencil to create the background waves.  It has the dies to cut out the shape of the bottle and its’ cork top.  It has a stamp set of messages to go in the bottle and even three flag dies to cut out three messages at a time.  All I had to add from my stash was a few seaweeds from a Hero Arts Kit I have, sequins from Lucie’s Little things, iridescent bubbles from Studio Katia and Sand from Brutus Monroe and ink.  So ok, that is quite a bit from my stash, but I love the result.

What………..not a Christmas Card

Once again I sit here in disbelief that I haven’t done a blogpost since December 8th.  At least it adds to evidence that I feel like I have been in a non-stop tornado for weeks.  It should be slowing down now, but I am gearing up for my trek south for the winter, so it is still a whirlwind for me.

I wanted to make a few cards as samples for Scrapendipity before I left.  It felt good NOT to be making a Christmas Card.  I thought I would make a couple of cards with the add ons from the December Hero Arts Monthly Kit.  The main kit while lovely, would not be on my personal favourites list.  I did like several of the add ons and had a hard time just picking a couple to be sent with my kit.

The one I am showing here is the World Window Fancy Die.  I wanted to make a Valentine’s card that wasn’t too “pretty” or mushy.  To achieve this, I stuck to earthy colours and reined in the bling (ok just a bit).  I really like the outcome.

A Clever and Versatile Alphabet Set

I recently bought the Layered Floral Alpha Set from Waffle Flower.  This stamp set is comprised of two 9 1/2 by 12 stamps sets.  It is by far the biggest stamp set in my collection.  It may also be amongst the most clever stamp sets I own.  With very little room for error, I can make a floral alphabet in any colour scheme I choose.  The stamp set contains lining up guides that ensure that the various floral elements are stamping in exactly the right spots.  Additionally, it stamps out the whole alphabet at once and cuts the letters out with just one die.

I wanted a floral alphabet mostly for titles on scrapbook layouts of flower gardens and parks that I have visited, but I have some ideas forming for some birthday cards using these letters as well.  This is why I have formed the word “cake” in the samples below.

The first image shows what the stamp image looks like after it is fully stamped but before it is cut out with the die.  The second image shows some of the individual letters after the die-cutting, done in two different colour combinations forming the word cake.

 

Take a look:

 

 

Not a card for Mass Production

I finally got caught up enough on things I had to do and cards that I had to make for one reason or another, so I could finally take a look at my Hero Arts kit for November.  It is once again a Christmas kit but more traditional than the 50″s theme of last month’s kit.

I started with what appears to be the most scene-stealing piece of the kit, which is the Fancy Die Door Front.   Holy intricate Batman…….it took me hours to painstakingly colour all those bricks with my Copic markers.  When that was done, the door swag required some fine colouring as well.  Then I realized that I had really just begun as the door opens and needs a full scene behind as well.  I decided that since I had spent so much time on it already, a few more minutes to pop the whole thing up to add some shadow and dimension seemed to make sense as well.

I am happy with the final result, but it was so much work, that I will find it difficult to actually mail it to someone this Christmas.