December 22, 2010

Last Minute New Home Card

My mom came by to visit last week and just before she needed to leave, she says, “Oh, actually I need a new house card for someone I’m seeing tomorrow!” Seriously!?!? Now it isn’t like she doesn’t understand how long it takes to make a card. But I guess she just forgot to ask sooner! So here is what you get when you have no time to do anything special and when what comes to your mind first is what goes!

new home card1

Oh and did I mention this card was for a GUY!!! Yeesh!! I used some ANCIENT SU! DP for the background-Very masculine. The roof is made of woodgrain stamped and lightly sponged (because I sponged AFTER making it) cardstock. The window and doors are stamped in chocolate using PTI’s Home Made stamp set. I sponged the door panels for some depth. The door knob was cut from silver shimmer paper.

I gotta tell you, getting the letters centered on that BARELY large enough tag was tricky. Took me like 10 minutes because I needed to cut a frame out of vellum to help line it up… I do like the end product. Not love, but like. My mom was pretty impressed though. I just wished I’d had more time. Maybe the door would have opened to reveal the sentiment or… Winking smile

Enjoy, Rebecca

PTI Woodgrain, Home Made, JustRite fonts
Ink: cocoa, chocolate, hunter, sage-SU!
Paper: hunter, cocoa, chocolate, ivory, silver CS-SU!, DP-SU!
Accessories: tag die-Spellbinders, sage marker-SU!, foam dots- Jody Morrow

December 16, 2010

Pink snow anyone?

I just love using pink for wintery scenes. I actually HATE winter but I don’t mind crafting that focuses on winter because I am warm and snuggy in my house while I work! And snowflakes are so pretty!

pink snowflake PI

The background was stamped with a music background in sweet blush ink. Then white ink was swiped along the edges for a frosty look. I toned down the super white doily with distress ink because they white was just too stark, especially since my ‘snow’ turned out a bit yellow/ivoryish.

Speaking of the snow, I used Tim Holtz recipe for UTEE snow. You mix 2 parts white UTEE with 1 part clear UTEE, a dash of white glitter and moisten that to a paste with Glossy Accents or similar clear drying dimensional glue. Then apply very carefully, use gloves if you aren’t using a tool or spatula, wherever snow would naturally fall on your image. It is great too for placing on the top edges of chipboard letters or other dimensional objects as it sits along the top edge nicely. That is how Tim used it on a 12 Days of Christmas tag a couple years ago. I actually used one part each white and clear UTEE but I wished I hadn’t because I think it would be whiter otherwise.

pink snowflake PI image closeup

I paper pieced the main areas of the image except the skirt. The rest is coloured with Copics except her mitten which was cut from felt. I coloured over her coat to brighten it some because it was too peachy. It actually looks less peachy IRL than it does in the photo. The first mitten I cut from felt didn't look so great because the ink smudged so I just cut the shape by hand without any outline and did the same with the pompoms on her hat.  I airbrushed the background but I sure wished I had done so before I paper pieced it because the mask I created sat up higher off the base paper than it normally would leaving funny edges without ink and making it hard to get into the small grooves like the one between the girls legs and the edge of the snowman’s body. Oh well…

pink snowflake PI flake closeup

The snowflake was cut using MFT new snowflake dies from shimmery white paper. I sponged the base snowflake and the top snowflake with the same pink ink. I looked high and low for a white/clear rhinestone brad but I only had coloured. So I know what I am getting the next time I go to Michaels! For the background, I wanted it to appear that snow was falling so I took a fine tipped glue pen and put tiny dots of glue over the image and added white glitter. In case you are wondering, the snow accumulated only on the snowman and not the little girl because the snowman has been outside much longer!

Enjoy, Rebecca

MFT Pure Innocence, CHF music scrapblock
Ink: Memento black, PTI sweet blush and white
Paper: sweet blush CS-PTI, white CS-Xpress it blending card, doily-Wilton, Jolly by Golly DP-Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: Zva rhinestone, MFT dies, Crystal Effects, UTEE white and clear, Snow Glitter-Stampendous, rickrack-stash, pink and white felt-stash, Label 1 Nesties, Copics: Bkgd-B12,45 Skirt-B91,93,95,45, Shadows C1 Branch, boots-E47,49 Face E00,21,93, Pink tone over jacket to brighten, shading-RV21, RV23 Stockings-E53,31, Buttons-C7, 100, Snowman shading-BG10