Thursday, December 5, 2019

Foiled Christmas Card

Today I am playing along with the Non-Traditional Christmas challenge over at Mod Squad Challenge.  I used Gina K foil-mate products in Holiday Flora and Joyful Holiday for the background and sentiment respectively.  I layered everything with Gina K Plum Punch and Black Onyx cardstock.  A very simple design but the gorgeous foiling packs a lot of punch though difficult to photograph.

Happy Stamping,
Dana M

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Mixed Media Challenge

I am playing along with the September Challenge at Pinkfresh Studios.  You can choose to include the tag line, color palette or both.  I chose to go with the tag line and included mixed media in my card.  I created the background with Distress Oxide inks.  I die cut the Botanical Branch die from Pinkfresh Studios 3 times and layered them for some dimension.  Once I adhered that to my background I trimmed the excess.  I added a simple sentiment from the Pinkfresh Studios Scripted Bold Sentiments 1 stamp set.  Well there you have it, a clean and simple card with a mixed media element.

Happy Stamping,
Dana M

Monday, April 15, 2019

PinkFresh Studios Frame Challenge

Hi All!  Today I am playing along with the April Challenge at PinkFresh Studios.  The challenge this month is frames and shakers and/or a lovely color palette.  I decided to use both on my card.  I began by die cutting the beautiful leaf frame and then aligned and stamped the oval in the center of the frame.  I stamped the sprigs and selectively stamped the dots from one of the sprigs to get the bit of orange splatter.  Finally I stamped the sentiment and mounted to a pink panel.  A pretty straight forward card, the hardest part was getting everything positioned as I wanted it.

  PinkFresh Studios: Oval Foliage Wreath & Magical Christmas
  PinkFresh Studios: Oval Foliage Wreath
  Stampin' Up: Marina Mist, Lost Lagoon, Flirty Flamingo, Primrose Petals & Peekaboo Peach
  Neenah: Solar White #80 & #110
  Stampin' Up: Flirty Flamingo

Happy Stamping,
Dana M

Monday, April 8, 2019

Simple Love

Hi, today I am playing along the April Theme and Sketch Challenge at Stamplorations.  I decided to follow both the fun sketch and the theme to use stamps and watercolors.  I'm not much of a watercolorist so I opted to watercolor wash a couple of panels.  I was the lucky winner of a super playful and sweet sentiment stamp (Typografia Romantique: I Love You) by Stamplorations and I chose that as my focal image.  On the background panel I stamped & embossed a couple of leaf images from the Awesomely Artistic Stampin' Up set to represent the arrows in the sketch.  I love the movement of the watercolor but in hindsight I would have made the focal panel darker or perhaps embossed in black so it would stand out more.  All in all I am happy with the card and had fun playing with the watercolors.

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

CAS Smile

Hello!  I'm playing along with the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge again as I had so much fun with the faux stained glass technique with the card from my last post.  The challenge requires that you make a clean and simple card using the 3 prompts on the badge.  The March challenge is to create a card using a faux stained glass technique, stamping and at least one of the mixed media options listed on the blog.  For my third element, I used an alcohol panel I created on Yupo paper and ink lifted with the Botanical Background stamp by Brutus Monroe/Unity.

I used a bold smile die by My Favorite Things to die cut 4 white panels.  I layered them over the alcohol background and flooded the "SMILE" with Crystal Glaze.  I added a thin strip of the alcohol panel below the sentiment.  I battled over adding a little something more but decided to keep it very CAS.  I hope you can see the subtle but fun effect from the lift ink and the shine from the Crystal Glaze.

Happy Stamping!
Dana M

Monday, March 18, 2019

Art Deco For CAS Mix Up Challenge

Hello!  Today I'm playing along with the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.  The challenge requires that you make a clean and simple card using the 3 prompts on the badge.  The March challenge is to create a card using a faux stained glass technique, stamping and at least one of the mixed media options listed on the blog.  I added die cutting, heat embossing, alcohol inks and metal (if metallic paper counts).

I started by embossing one of the Divine Deco dies by Spellbinders to create an impression of the image on my cardstock.  I colored it in using brown and teal Copic markers.  I cut a few dies and layered them on top and filled in the spaces with Crystal Glaze to create the faux stained glass effect.  It is wonderfully shiny IRL.  I topped it with another die cut from copper metallic cardstock.  I heat embossed the sentiment from Hero Arts February 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit and used some strong adhesive to attach my Art Deco embellishment.  That was layered on a thin border of the copper metallic cardstock and finally added to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" card base.  I have been enjoying playing with Art Deco elements these days and the faux stained glass technique is so fun.

Happy Stamping!
Dana M

Friday, March 8, 2019

Deco Dance

Today I'm playing along with the challenge at A Blog Named Hero.  The prompt is Love is in the Air with an inspiration color challenge.  I immediately fell in love with the Hero Arts February My Monthly Hero.  It has a beautiful Art Deco theme and I have always been drawn to that style. I created a blended Distress Oxide panel and die cut it with the Dancing Music Notes add on die that coordinates with the kit.  I layered that over a black panel on top of the card base.  I die cut a heart from a white panel, added some black splatters, a sentiment (Hero Arts Everyday Sentiments) strip and a scattering of the music notes from the background panel.  Finally,  I stamped the dancers from the kit and remembered AFTER I fussy cut them that the kit has coordinating dies.  The dancers were layered that on top with some foam squares.  I always seem to be short on anniversary cards so I'm glad to add another to my stash.  I usually try to keep anniversary cards fairly gender neutral, but I like the pink and purple colors here.

Happy Stamping,