Today my grandson, Skyler, turned 14! Wow he's getting so big and maturing so fast. He'll be in high school next year! WoW!!! He is learning how to play the electric guitar and so that's what inspired this card. A very specialHAPPY BIRTHDAYto you Sky! :)
Well, I finally figured out why the digital images I made had a gray background after posting them here. For those of you who want to know how to change this, you have to go into your Google photo settings and turn OFF photo enhancing. It's taken me two days to finally figure this out.
This is a new background technique I decided to try. You ink up your different shaped acrylic blocks with Distress Ink and use them as a stamp on photo paper. Then I added some stamps and clouds to the card. I've been having fun with this technique. One thing to remember when stamping on photo paper though: DO NOT USE ACRYLIC STAMPS ON PHOTO PAPER. Iread this somewhere and they really didn't say why, but until I read about it more, or find out otherwise, I'll take their advice. There must be a reason for it...I'm thinking maybe something to do with the polymer in the stamp reacting with the chemicals on the photo paper? If anyone knows, please let me know. The large dragon fly is called "Whimsical Dragonfly #A2379E" and is made by Rubber Stampede. The smaller dragonfly is called "Dragonfly Border" and is made by Katie & Co. There are actually 3 of them on the stamp, but I cut one off and I can use it as a single stamp, or attach it back on and use it as a border.
Here's a couple more card I made using the ACRYLIC BLOCK STAMPING technique. The horse stamp is made by Inkadinkado. I actually made a little boo boo in the upper left corner of the stamped image, so I added the leaves to cover it up. Surprise, surprise, I like it this way!!! The little leaves were some that I picked up at Michaels Craft Store years ago and never used. Yep, so there's hope for all those little things we've been collecting for years for our cards and wonder if we'll ever get to them!!!
My friend Larry's birthday is today!
A few weeks ago he bought a motorbike and the first day on it had a little accident and got hurt. So, of course, I HAD to make him a motorcycle card!!! But he's doing better now and is somewhat getting back to the land of the living. Happy Trails, Larry!!! I've seen a lot of different ways that people emboss tin foil, but the way I do it is to put a little glue around the edge of a piece of card stock and glue the tin foil to it and then run it through the embossing folder. That way the card underneath the tin foil is embossed as well and the tin foil will hold its shape.
This is a thank you card I made for my brother, Ron. A couple of weeks ago he gave me a scanner and an iPad...wasn't that sweet of him!!! Thank you, Ron!!! I'm having a lot of fun with my new iPad.
Again, I used the "Create a Stamp With a Punch" technique on this card too. I'm having sooooo much fun with that technique.
Thank you again, Jodi, for the technique...it is beyond fun!!! :)
I just checked and the little butterfly stamp that I used for the background doesn't have a name on it. The stamp itself is a red rubber and it's mounted on a large clear acrylic block. The stamp is one of many that I got after a friend of mine passed away. My friend, Joanne, and I stamped together for about 15 years!!! She was 88 years young and I miss her sooooo!!! We always had sooooo much fun together. After she went to Heaven, her daughters had me over to her house for several days to help clean out her stamp room and they told me I could take as much of her stamp paraphernalia as I would like. It was pretty sad...but now I'm glad I have a lot of her things to remember her by. A special thank you to Sandy and Mary Jo. Joanne was an AWESOME friend and I will ALWAYS miss her!!!
The butterfly on the front of the card came from artbyjean.blogspot.com. She has some BEAUTIFUL images on her site. I added some little white pearl beads for the eyes, some bling on the body and I made an antenna out of gold wire. I also added a black butterfly under the main butterfly. In real life the main butterfly doesn't blend in with the background like it does here.
Here's a technique I found on a blog called www.stampwithjodi.com. This is my version of her idea: 1. Start out with two pieces of paper...one piece of card stock cut to the size you want to use and the other a piece of computer paper cut to the same size as the card stock. 2. I took a Spellbinder's die (You can also use a punch the shape of a flower, heart, etc....pretty much any shape you want.) and I placed it on the computer paper where I wanted it and cut it out. 3. Then I placed the computer paper that I just punched over the card stock and lined them up. I placed a couple of pieces of drafting tape around the edges on either side so the papers wouldn't shift while I'm doing the next steps. 4. I stamped a background image over the opening in the computer paper (It stamps onto the card stock.) You want to use an ink that will not bleed when you sponge over it. I used StazOn Jet Black ink. Make sure the ink is dry before you sponge over it. I happened to use a music background from Penny Black called Music Background 2025M. You can use many different types of background images with this technique. 5. Next I sponged around the flower image with a pink pigment ink. 6. Remove the computer paper, but save it for your next card you make like this. 7. Layer the card stock on your choice of colors and stamp on your greeting. I used a Hero Arts stamp called 73423 Wavy Birthday. 8. On this card I also added a little flower that I got at Michaels Craft Store, a little button, and some baker's twine for the bow.
And, here's one more sample of what I did with a heart die. On this one I stamped a heart stamp from Rubber Stamp Tapestry in the middle of my heart cut and added some little dots with a marker. I also cut the corners with a Martha Stewart heart corner punch.
Here's another card using the same technique shown above except I didn't put a small flower in the middle and I used a sentiment that came from the $1.00 bin in Michael's Craft Store. P. S. For those of you who don't know, drafting tape is wonderful if you need a tape that will stick to paper, but is not permanent. I use it all the time and as long as you don't stick it down really hard it is removable and will not remove your paper with it.
Here's what my computer paper looks like after cutting out the die and stamping and sponging for two cards.
And again, one more card using the above technique...this one's for a little boy at church. This time I stamped a giraffe over the template, placed a mask over the giraffe, and then sponged around the edge and also stamped the greenery. Then I outlined the template with a black pen. The giraffe looks almost red here, but he's really orange. The butterfly is really pretty on the card, but you can't see the beautiful colors on it. It matches the card so well, but the camera didn't pick it up.
This is an interesting technique I saw online some time ago and thought I'd try it. I don't remember what it's called, so I call it Upside-Down Stamping: You start with one of your clear acrylic stamps. I used a leaf stamp. First of all you place your stamp on your acrylic block upside down. Yes, upside down! I had a hard time getting the stamp to stick on the wrong side, so I added a small piece of double sided tape to the acrylic block and that worked. Ink up the wrong side of the stamp and this will give you a solid image of the shape of the back of the stamp. Stamp it in different areas on your card with whatever color ink you like. I used tan, orange, and green. Then turn the stamp right side up and stamp the actual shape over the images you just stamped. On this card I chose to stamp the leaf shape with black. You can use any colors you like. You just have to make sure your actual image is stamped with a darker coordinating color than the solid image is. I also added some smaller leaf images to fill in the blank spaces and also used a dot stamp in orange to fill in the rest of the blank areas. On the top of the card I added a die cut butterfly and some bling on the butterfly. On the white card behind the butterfly I just added some little dots in tan to take away the stark look of the white card. I am sorry I don't remember where I saw this technique. I would love to give the credit to the person who thought of it, but I am online a LOT looking for ideas/techniques and weeks/months later I remember something I saw and then sit down and make a card from what I remembered. This was a fun background to make and I suppose you could try it with other shapes such as flowers as well. Let your imagination go wild and enjoy!!!
I just figured out the website where I found this technique and it's: www.janesdoodles.blogspot.com
Here's a sample of what I'm talking about:
Here's another card I made using the same technique. It's pretty much done the same way as the first one except I used three leaf stamps on this one.
I've seen lots of cards online using hexagons and I've seen a lot of hexagon stamps. Not having any myself, I went online looking for a hexagon. I found a simple hexagon shape, printed it out onto card stock and then traced it onto the back of three different kinds of background paper and this is what I came up with. I really like the way it came out and I have lots of ideas for more. I added some bling in the center of two of the hexagons and a simple sentiment at the bottom.
I made this for a friend of mine named Joe who has COPD and just had a heart attack. Joe isn't doing well at all. They don't expect him to live. He and his wife and family could all use your prayers right about now. We are hoping and praying that he heals and can go home. I simply punched out a heart shape on glitter paper and then zigzag cut it down the middle. Next I added a band aid and drew on the mouth and added wiggly eyes. The sentiment was done in my card program.
Update: Joe passed away this last week on September 17th, 2013. Joe went to be with Jesus...you WILL be missed, Joe! Here's the sympathy card I made for Phyllis, Joe's wife.
The little birthday girl and the present were made with free online images from one of my all-time favorite stamp sites: Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps. She has some of the most awesome stamps on the net!!! The background and the banner I think were from another online site called Mein Lila Park. She makes some really awesome backgrounds, etc. You really need to check out these two sites.
This is another image from Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps. I added the sentiment at the top and the bottom. I also added a leaf on the bottom left side and an acorn at the top right. Thank you Mary Ellen for always sharing so much of your talent with us!!! You are appreciated!!!
I saw a card similar to this online and thought I'd do my best to make one similar. I hand cut circles and ovals for the eyes and nose and used a half scallop circle for the mustache. I like the way it turned out and will make one for my grandson who has a birthday coming up...he LOVES video games!
These next three cards are all similar except for the sentiments. I simply printed out the sentiment in my card program and added a butterfly that was punched out of glitter paper. I added three little seed beads on the butterfly to give him some character.
I like the way this card turned out. I made it for a little boy at church who has a birthday coming up, but I'll probably also duplicate it for one of my grandsons. The checkered roadway was an image I found on the net and I simply added a CARS sticker to it. I did the sentiment at top in my card program.