Set A: 4" x 9¼" Cards
The front panel was created using stamps from the Cinema Borders & Backgrounds and Art Nouveau inked with Lagoon CS Hybrid Ink on a white panel. Afterwards, I heat set the ink and brushed over the paper with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain. It gives a brushed look on the glossy paper that I'll call the "glossy staining technique." The background on the inside panel is Ash CS Hybrid Ink on a bubble stencil. I inked the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Movies are such a part of everyday life and everyone has their favorites. I pulled out some of my favorite classic movie quotes and the Cinema digital collection to make the front panel. The fonts used in the kit can be found in the blog post on the first of each month.
I love exploring the cutaparts and extra little goodies added to the embellishment package. This card is a waterfall card made with cutapart squares and the 1 mm silver tape. The background is a white panel colored with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical (powered mica paint) in Sweet Violet Purple Teal with images stamped in Lagoon and Ash CS Hybrid Ink.
For this card, I just accentuated the elements provided in the Greetings to Go kit. I inked the white panel with CS Hybrid ink in Orchid and Ash. I added silver 1 mm tape to the reels and Ranger Holographic embossing power to the "lighted" section. White flowers from my stash were colored with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical in Sweet Violet Purple Teal.
This technique is a new favorite! Fold a scrap of Aqua Print in half (the fold becomes the center vein of the leaf). Use the CS Picnic Thin Lines embossing folder to add lines at a 45 degree angle to the fold. While still folded, use a portion of a circle punch to create the basic leaf shape. Cut out a curve at one end to create the leaf "tip." Ink the edges and center seam. Pinch to add dimension.
Set B: 4 ¼" x 5 ½" Cards
My go-to source for inspiration is the CS member forum challenges. The Monthly Card Sketch challenge is my favorite! Not only do you get a sketch, but members submit many different interpretations of the same concept. As a bonus, I usually have most of the supplies on hand. This month's card sketch is a wonderful CAS (clean and simple) card from Marya. I liked it so much I made two cards using it.
The background was made with Izink in four steps:
- Apply silver Izink through the Get The Picture masking stencil onto mixed media paper.
- Clear emboss the projector image (Collection UM) over the stenciled area.
- Drip Turquoise, Topaz, and Opaline Izinks randomly over the background. Blend with water spray and damp towel.
- A mixture of Opaline and Geranium Izinks was added to the edges.
Set C: 4 ½ x 6 ¼ Cards
For this card, I wanted a simple night sky. Stars from a Cape Cod unmounted were embossed with CS Hematite embossing powder. I used a light layer of Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Silent Night Silver brushed on and then covered with gloss gel medium in a light coat to give a shiny texture to the sky. A larger star was embossed with Lindy Stamp Gang Silver Moon Turquoise to make it stand out. The large stars are silver foil cut with the Sizzix Stars #2 die.
The "I'm ready for my close up" sentiment spoke to me of formal occasions like a graduation or a wedding. I made the dress from the aqua paper embossed with, you guessed it, the Tin Tiles embossing folder. It was lightly painted with gesso and sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Glory of the Seas Gold mist. I cut the dress freehand and added the Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace punch along the hem. Mini pearls from the Bookshelves kit and 1 mm gold tape dressed it up. The waistband is twisted sheer wine ribbon. The background foil was made using the Tin Tiles Embossing Folder.
- The star background embossed in CS Hematite has only one panel since I embossed the image upside-down on the other side.
- The bottom layer was from an experiment with embossing powder over texture paste. It had a cool effect, but was too "heavy" to use for a whole card base.
- The brighter blue strip was heat embossed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Hydrangea Blue Moon through the Geometrics Stencil from above, but the color did not work for that particular card.
- The white block is a glassine envelope embossed with the Tin Tiles embossing folder. It became too delicate to use as an envelope.
- The car image was the first one I printed in black, but it was too dark on the silver paper.
- The rest is a collage of leftover die cut stars and ribbon pieces.
Masculine Inspirations in Paper & Crafts
Elements from the Cinema Club Scrap Kit, digital collection, and Borders & Backgrounds stamps were used in addition to the supplies I was provided as Guest Artist.
- Greetings to Go Pack
- Embellishment Pack
- Collection Unmounted Rubber Stamp sheet
- Greeting Unmounted Rubber Stamp sheet
- Art Nouveau Unmounted Rubber Stamp sheet
- Extra 8.5 x 11" plain papers from the monthly kit
The artist may also choose to incorporate items from their own craft stash, as well as different inks and art mediums. We do our best to make note these additions in the card descriptions whenever possible.