Playing With New Ideas

28 02 2017

One of the things I like about paper is all the possibilities there are to branch out and try new things. So I’ve been playing a little the last couple of days.

First, I decided to play with Kraft paper. I used markers and pencils. I wasn’t really happy with the outcome, so I kept changing it, trying to make it feel right. I’m still not sure I like the result. I think it would have been better if I’d used just pencils.

Here’s the progression of me trying to fix it. I just don’t think there’s enough contrast between the main focus (the bird) and the back ground. I tried to fix it by lightening the background.

 

I try to learn from my mistakes, so this next card I just used pencils for coloring. I like it better, but it’s still not my favorite. I think it’s too dark still and the contrast between the light house and the rest just doesn’t do it for me. I need to adjust my color selection due to the darker paper. I think pencils are good, but choosing lighter colors to work with will be better next time.

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For the next project I jumped back to white paper, but I wanted to try mixing my copics and prismacolor pencils. I recently watched a few videos of this technique and loved the results that artist got. I still need more work, again, I think it’s color choice and figuring out how the colors will work together. I had to color the image three times before I was happy with the results, but FINALLY, I got to something I liked ok.

 

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XOXO





Butterflies equal Spring, Right?

20 02 2017

We had another 70* or so day, so my spring card making must be working ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s a cute butterfly box card I made for a friend. I’ve been itching to make this for a while and finally the time was right ๐Ÿ™‚

I cut the butterflies out on colored paper then embellished with copics, using the examples Mary used in the kit (found here at SVG Cuts).

Thanks for stopping by and happy almost spring!





Spring Box Card

19 02 2017

I’m kind of in love with box cards. This one is part of the Springtime Box cards kit from SVG Cuts.

One of the things I like about floral box cards is the ability to give flowers that last longer than traditional flowers and don’t cause allergic reactions ๐Ÿ˜‰

This card is nice and simple to put together. You can do it quickly, or take some time adding details to the stems and flowers.

I cut the tulip bulbs out on white cardstock then used my copics to color them ๐Ÿ™‚ I used my prismacolor pencils to add shading and highlighting on the stems. The little paper beside it is for the greeting. I’ll add this to the back after it’s signed. This kit also contains envelopes for each card. Let’s face it, non-traditional cards don’t fit into traditional envelopes ๐Ÿ™‚

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XOXO

 





Digital Stamp with Digital Die

17 02 2017

I have a Silhouette Cameo digital cutting machine. They make it VERY easy to buy things from them. Luckily, they also have a very large selection and variety ๐Ÿ™‚

They’re starting to carry “digital stamps with coordinating digital dies.”

Years ago, when I started stamping, we bought a stamp. We did cool things with it, but if we wanted to cut itย out, we used scissors and sometimes an exacto knife.

Then die cutting machines started becoming popular. But they were big and heavy and expensive. So were the dies. And we had to find somewhere to store all those things. We gave up valuable paper storage space for those suckers. But, we wanted those letters and simple dies cut out, andย idn’t want to spend all of our time cutting them. As die cutting machines shrunk, so did their price, which probably helped boost their popularity. And then, holy cow, someone had the brilliant idea to introduce embossing folders! I love these things. And now we have physical stamps we can buy and store and coordinating dies we can buy to cut the images out for us. Hallelujah! No more scissor hand cramps!

But the digital world was taking off and getting more affordable, too. Years ago I bought something called a Wishblade, by Xyron.ย ย It was one of the precursors to the Silhouette family of digital cutters, but was more than twice the price of today’s machines. I have to say, that machine was pretty cool, but my Cameo is so much better! With these machines we have the ability to create our own shapes. Use an unlimited amount of fonts for whatever we need. We can make 3D things, cards, scrapbook pages, and probably more that I can’t think of right now. We can completely design a card, from bottom to top on the computer, print it out then cut out what we need and assemble it, like I did today.

So it’s not a surprise that digital stamps are now coming with digital dies.

You may be wondering what the big deal is. Can’t you just make your own outline around the image? Yes, you can ๐Ÿ™‚ And I do – a lot. But what I’ve found is neat about these so far (and I haven’t tried many yet) is that the image has already been made user friendly for digital stampers.

Here’s what I mean by that.

Most images made for use with digital cutters are meant to be cut out on paper, so they’re not filled with any color – they’re just lines, they’re completely transparent.

In the card above, if the cute little treat girl had been transparent, one, she would have been a little difficult to cut out because of all the tiny pieces. Two, I would need to somehow fill her in so she wasn’t see through and probably adjust the line weight. Sometimes that’s easy and sometimes that’s not. It depends on the image. Then I could create an outline around her with no problem.

Creating and marketing them as digital stamps means a lot of that work is already done for you, so you don’t have to spend precious crafting time prepping an image to do your bidding ๐Ÿ˜‰ That being said, I think I would like a smaller white border around her. I can totally do that. I already have. That’s what’s so wonderful about working digitally. It’s SO flexible.

The card above was created using a pattern (the background paper) and a digi stamp and die set from the Silhouette store. I printed everything separately, colored it then let my Cameo do what it does best, and cut out those images for me. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy.

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xoxoxo

 





I think I might need another sympathy card soon…

16 02 2017

I’m planning a head.

In the foster system, when children have supervised visits with their biological parents, a parent aid is used. The parent aid transports the child, teaches parenting skills, observes how things are going, and brings the child home when the visit is over.

Our parent aid told me the other day that her brother was moved into hospice. This card is hers if we need it.

The card was created in CA2. I imported it into my Silhouette work space and printed off the pieces (base, tag, and bow). I made the flower black and white so I could use my copics to color it. The saying can be found in the Silhouette Store.

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Just a Card

14 02 2017

sepia-flower-hello-cardThis was fun to do.

At first, I colored the flower in purple and greens and I just didn’t like it. I printed that piece off again and tried for a sepia look. I’m not sure if I actually pulled off a sepia color with my markers, but I still like how it turned out. I like that it’s all browns except for the hello. The color around the flower was inked on with a sponge.

I did everything on my Silhouette Cameo, from the brown paper in the back to the hello on the bottom. The paper, mat, and flower can all be found in the Silhouette Store.

This is one of the ways I try to save time. If I print everything off, my machine cuts everything out and I don’t waste time looking for the perfect cardstock colors just to find I only have scraps left. Using the print & cut route guarantees I have the right colors.

I don’t know who this card belongs to yet, but I’m sure I’ll find someone ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

 





It’s Almost Valentine’s Day

12 02 2017

I’ve been busy this weekend making some valentine projects – yay!

  1. The corset purseย  with little roses embossed on the white is from the Silhouette Store.
  2. The bon bon gift box (the top comes off) is from SVG Cuts.
  3. And the cute little Valentine card for my son’s class is also from the Silhouette store, as is the digital paper design. This was a print & cut project ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you’re set for Valentine’s day, whether it’s extravagant or simple, it doesn’t matter. What matters is you’re with loved ones.

Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚