Monday, July 25, 2011
I wanted to capture the look of straw on this very simple tag. So I used a Tim Holtz stamp of lines to simulate the "straws", stamped and embossed. Then I went over the embossed image with butterscotch paint dabber--it was the perfect color! The Graphic 45 scarecrow image "makes" the tag--very little else was needed--an appropriate sentiment, a couple of crows here and there, and some raffia to get us in the mood of the cornfield. If I only had a brain!
I made a bird on this tag, but I can see other stencil ideas coupled with various "label" words. I used the mini label die from Tim Holtz as well as a Memory Box border die. I plan on using stickles on the SING, but I will put them on before I go to bed (whenever that will be!) The medallion at the tag top is Deadbeat stamped and embossed with blue Zing embossing powder.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Do these cards look familiar? That's because I pulled the ideas off the Hero Arts blog. This Thursday and Friday is Stamp Antonio's Hero Arts Club and our theme is Beach Party. I thought I'd share a little of what's been going on the Hero blog. Join us if you can--lots of fun and cardmaking.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
This is a photo of one of the five pages in the star book I presented yesterday at Stamp Antonio. The book was frankly copied from a sample at the store, I presume made by Mark Jetton, who owns Deadbeat Stamps. We had a nice cozy group of ladies who colored the cowgirl images with Copic markers or Prismacolors and then who put the book together. I used BoBunny papers for the pink scalloped inserts. A nice touch, not shown here, are the copper colored heat embossed edges of the book, an idea given to me by Gail and Ginny who had taken Carrie Avery's class and had learned the technique there. The embossed edges are really a touch of class to the book, and I hope to upload an image soon of those edges. We never stop learning!
Monday, July 11, 2011
Flowers, flowers, and more flowers! This little flower is made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die from text paper, and I backed it with a tiny Memory Box die cut from purple cardstock. I then added stems and leaves with a glitter technique. But the fun of this card is the background, a tecnique I borrowed from Shari Carroll from Hero Arts. You could use any clear stamp (must be a clear stamp!) I used a damask from one of the Hero Arts clear sets. Very fun! This tag is white embossed, but I think I want to do some with clear embossing and then iron off the embossing powder. I liked the white on this tag because it seems to say "shabby chic", which by the way I hope never goes out of style. The stamp at the side of the card is from a Dylusions set which I love. It is distributed by Ranger Industries.
Ding Dong the Wicked Witch! I used shades of green and purple to capture just the right touch of evil in this poisonous little tag! All hail Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz for the eeriness displayed! Very fun!
Monday, July 4, 2011
This little tag is called "The Road to Oz". I will have to pre-paste all the tags this evening with the "yellow brick road", but I think decorating the road will be fun. I did get carried away with the glitter at the top, but I like the overall design. The tag features two Tim Holtz dies--the pennants and the town. I also made a little shaker element from glass slides. I saved two pieces of the precious poppies paper (how's that for alliteration!) just to use on this tag. Hopefully Stamp Antonio will re-order this paper for anyone who didn't get any so far. I had wanted to use it in Card Factory, but it sold out! I hope participants will choose to alter the tag to suit themselves--I have several options planned regarding color and decor.
This tag is per special request from Alice. She saw the lovely sample someone left at the store--(I still don't know who)--but I would like to thank whoever it is. It is done in lovely shades of Dried Marigold, Dusty Concord, and Victorian Velvet, which show up beautifully around the white embossed flourish. I set it into an embossed Color Core background and added a Hero Arts stamp and postmark. Very lovely! Plus, this idea could be done in so many different colors! I spent the whole afternoon experimenting.