Category Archives: Oscar’s (Deb’s) Card Samples
As I mentioned in the last post, my mojo went AWOL at the Scrapbook Carnival. Somewhat unluckily for my wallet, my shopping mojo was still in high gear, but that is a story for another post. Anyway, I am quite sure that people who stopped to chat at my crafting spot thought this card was destined for the big round file. It sat there half done for two days, while I tried to decide what was wrong with it.
Today, I think I figured out the problems and corrected them. I think this card could be a birthday, sympathy, wedding or Christmas card, depending on what sentiment I put on the inside.
I had a blast at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival that was on at Spruce Meadows for the last two days. It was great to see so many scrapbooking friends out there and some Stitching and Quilting friends as well, as it is a combined carnival. The only drawback for me was that I lost a circle die and my mojo. I did some alcohol backgrounds and some lift ink techniques that I liked, but no amount of fixing and fiddling made them come together into cards that I liked. Part of the problem was that the work space allotted was very small. This probably also contributed to me losing my die. The rest of the problem was lack of mojo. I didn’t want to abandon the projects, so I took a look at them again today, to see if they could be salvaged. I am happy to say that it was a different experience today. While my circle die seems to be gone forever and I had to use a slightly smaller one to finish my card, I like the result.
This card is once again made with the Stained Glass Suite from Stampin Up. This time, however, it is paired up with Stampin Up “Subtle” embossing folder and a Lift Ink technique. I think I am going to get a lot of use out of the “Subtle” embossing folder as it just adds a little something to the overall design without competing with the main images. The rhinestones from Studio Katia reflect all the colours of the alcohol ink.
It occurred to me after I created the cards in the last post, that there was supposed to be matching dies for the Stained Glass stamps. I will spare you the details……………………but panic ensued as I could not find the alleged dies anywhere in my craft room. Eventually, they turned up.
I am happy they did as they are wonderfully intricate and delicate and are amazing as a complement to the stamp set. The card came together perfectly until I heat embossed the sentiment. I put the moth too close to the flame, as it were, and I warped the vellum a bit. To fix that, I decided to run the card through my Bigshot to flatten it. Bad Idea! It did flatten it a bit, but in the process also flattened the delicate die cut. While it still looks good; it did look better and more dimensional before I steamrolled it. Live and learn.
Today I wanted to use the Stained Glass paper and stamp set from Stampin Up. I did not actually notice this set on my first view through the catalogue. I think it was because the paper looked just black and off-white and the stamp set had smallish images with sentiments in an Old English font. On my second glance through the catalogue, I did notice the Old English font which I like. Looking at the set more closely, I realised that the paper was printed vellum with stained glass motifs. I began to think of the multiple uses of a set like this, from elegant birthday cards to respectful sympathy cards. I also realised that the smallish images in the stamp set enhance the stained glass scenes on the vellum, without overpowering them.
I made three cards, that all turned out well.
The challenge this week is to create a card with faux gilding. At first glance, I thought the only possibility in my Papertrey Ink stash would be the feather. In fact, I have down real gilding using this stamp set before. I happened to find the What the Doodle Ornament Set and bonus, it was brand new. Not only, did it work for this challenge, but it also satisfied my need to not have unused stamps in my stash,
It actually worked even better than I expected. What slowed me down in getting it posted though, was finding a frame that enhanced but did not overpower the ornament. I tried the Papertrey Ink Marquee frame first, but it was a bit too ornate to showcase the ornament well.
Here is the card:
This weeks theme is to add glitter to a card in an inlay technique.
This theme was perfect for me as I seem to have given away all the elegant cards from my stash and need to replenish. I have hundreds of cards in my stash, but was hard pressed to come up with a suitable elegant birthday card for my Mom’s birthday. I actually had to adapt an extra Mother’s day card that I had previously made. Luckily, it turned out well.
Today’s card turned out well and will be the start of my new elegant cards stash.
I just picked up the Tropical Suite from Stampin Up and I am already declaring it my all time favourite Stampin Up set. I love everything about it, from the colours to the versatility of the dies, and on to the great 6 X 6 patterned paper pack.
The other thing that is great about it, is that I was able to pair it up with images and dies from Heartfelt Creations and Sizzix. I have found that usually Heartfelt Creations does not play well with others. By this I mean that trying to pair stamps and dies from other companies, with stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations often results in failure. The card looks like a nerd dating a Kardashian…………………they just don’t go together. It worked on this card though.
Take a look:
I was thinking today how my very first shaker card was pretty much a disaster. I had sequins flying all over, mostly stuck on the foam tape rather than in the little shaker well, where they were supposed to be. The end result was a very crooked card that looked like an unmade bed. You know those times where you just throw the cover over your PJs and the book you were in the midst of reading and walk away. I have made many shakers since then, and they turn out generally well, so I decided to tackle making a card with Chibitronics.
In the interest of full disclosure, this is actually my second Chibitronics card. Making a circuit is not that difficult really, but figuring out where to attach the lights so that they light up in the right place for your card design is a tad tricky. I found that “haste makes waste” (in this case wasted copper tape). In the end, it was helpful to take the time to do a rough stamping of the design on the cardstock that the circuit is going to be adhered to. That way I could make sure that I had room for the lights and the copper tape to the battery and back without crossing each other. There is a real sense of satisfaction when you touch the copper tape and “voila” the lights come on.
This card is going to be a birthday card for my granddaughter who turns seven tomorrow. She is going camping this weekend, and even though fireflies do not exist in our climate, hopefully, she can find something equally amazing to look at on her trip.
I have been working on this Make it Monday card since about 9:00 AM and it is now 12:30 PM. It has made me realize that I am an unlikely candidate to be published in the TAKE TEN magazine. This is a magazine where the cards shown all take ten minutes or less to make. It took me more time than that to pick a colour scheme AND THAT part was essentially provided in the instruction video!
All is well that ends well, though, and I was quite happy with the result.
Concord and 9th is a step above most stamp companies in the way they design sets for extreme versatility. They are also trendsetters rather than trend followers. I have a large stash, as many of us cardmakers do, and it is not every day that a company comes up with an image that I not only don’t have, but also must add to my stash. The stamp set I am using today is an example of this. I definitely, did not have a geode in my stash of stamp images. I have always loved the look of geodes (If you ever get to Cave Creek, Arizona check out the ginormous ones in the rock shop), so this stamp set was an obvious choice. On top of that, it is an appreciation, encouragement, sympathy, love and get well card all rolled up in one stamp set.
I used alcohol inks on Yupo paper for these and it was so much fun to experiment with different colour combinations. I used Seth Apter/Emerald Creek Dirty Sand and Hammered Metal embossing powders to make the “skin” of the geode. It worked out very well as the “heat unstable” Yupo warped just enough to give the rock a more organic look.