Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas Llamas

Here's an example of another card that uses masking:

Using Black Licorice ink pad, stamp llama head and neck on left side of Whip Cream panel. Mask left half and bottom of panel with post-it notes and stamp head on right side, slightly angled toward other image. Remove post-it notes.

Stamp hat and bow with Pomegranate Splash ink on scrap of Whip Cream card stock. Color with marker. Stamp scarf and holly leaves on scrap of Whip Cream card stock using Kiwi Slice ink. Cut images out and glue in place. Stamp sentiment on scrap of Pomegranate Splash card stock with Clear Embossing Ink. Sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat emboss. Allow to cool and cut around sentiment.

Fold Whip Cream card stock to form card base. Adhere Christmas Cheer Print strip to Pomegranate card stock, then adhere unit to front of card base. Adhere llama panel to Kiwi Slice mat, then adhere to front of card. Pop up sentiment with foam squares.

Inside: Stamp sentiment with Pomegranate ink. Adhere or stamp holly leaves near sentiment.

Monday, November 20, 2017

QR Code Test

I'm experimenting with a new way to manage my class card instructions on stampkeeper.com. One of the options is to create a QR code. So.... let's see what happens!

Supposedly you can scan this code with your smart phone, and it will take you to my project. If anyone tries it, let me know what happens!!

Friday, November 17, 2017

November Technique Blog Hop

NOVEMBER - Masking Magic

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

This month we’re going to explore masking techniques.  There are so many variations of masking, it would be difficult to list them all here.  But, since pictures speak louder than words, we’ll let our team show you the masking techniques they opted to try. Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one yourself.  If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

Our amazing sponsor this month is Jodie Park of Close to My Heart. Please take a moment to check out her store here. The awesome prize this month is:
We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. The winner will be announced on Sunday, November 26, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday. The winner will have until December 14, 2017, to claim his or her prize.

You should have arrived here from Kim's blog, Katydid Cards.  If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.

Now, let's get on with it!!
Masking is a simple technique used to give the impression of depth. You can mask with pretty much anything...copy paper, post-it notes, scraps of card stock or washi tape, etc., and you can mask stamped images or shapes. This is a card I stamped recently for a friend in Alaska. The llama and skunk were stamped first, then masked so the mountains could appear "behind" them. Then the closer mountains were also masked and the farther mountains added. 

Here's how I put this one together:
For small images I use post-it notes for the masks, but for larger or more complex images, I like using this removable tape. Stamp your front image(s) on cardstock and also on the removable tape, then cut out the shapes from the tape. 

Place the mask over the stamped image to protect it.

Next, stamp images that will be in the background.

It's going to look pretty messy with all the layers of masks and ink...

But the scene is revealed when the masks are removed.

I colored this with Copic markers, then cut it out with my Scan 'n' Cut. (The insides of a couple of clouds disappeared in the process, but I wasn't about to start all over again!!)

For this card I used Fun Stampers Journey sets Creature Comforts (SS-0308), No Prob-LLAMA (SS-0481), and Climbing Mountains (SS-0322).

I really like using masking when I make simple, one-layer cards. It seems to take the stamping up a notch. For this card, I just taped off both sides and sponged color down the center of the card before stamping.

Here the yellow bird was stamped first, then masked. The other two were stamped over the mask, then all I had to do was color.

I made this one quite awhile ago - the masking is subtle, just torn paper held in place at different angles with a little color sponged over the edge to create a background.

I hope you enjoyed these samples - and I know you'll love Amanda's as well when you hop over to her blog next. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another great technique!

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost along the way:

Friday, November 3, 2017

A Card Class, a Unicorn and a New Coach

I've been rather remiss about posting here on my blog - it just seems life kind of gets in the way now and then. My 87-year-old mother has recently moved in with us, so I have lots more days of driving to town for doctor appointments, but it sure is nice having her close.

I haven't had much chance to create just for the fun of it, but my craft cave has been well used and shows it. I can't walk through without pieces of tape and vinyl sticking to my socks!
I've been working on a vinyl wall decoration for my grand-daughter's 5th birthday. She's getting a brand new surprise bedroom for her birthday this month, so her bedroom will be ready for her new baby sister in February. Hopefully I'll be able to show the finished project later, but this is where we stand right now. I want to make some smaller ones too, but this was the BIG project, ready to ship on Monday.

We (my friend and downline, Denise Wieger, and I) also had our big October class last Saturday. It was lots of fun, as always. We have the BEST group of ladies who attend! Three cards each, door prizes, and plenty of food made getting ready quite a job, but it was worth it. Cassie Anaya won the Halloween Haunted House, but of course I forgot to get a picture!
(Yes, those are "tarantulas" on the tray - after all, it WAS just a couple of days before Halloween.) 

I'd also like to welcome my newest downline Fun Stampers Journey Coach, Sue Lind! She took advantage of the AMAZING sign-up deal to get a $25 starter kit and a $50 Platinum die-cutting machine. This opportunity continues till the end of November.

I'll try to post a little more regularly this month, but who knows!!