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Today’s Prompt is Shapes

Saturday, December 26th, 2020

Hi Everyone!

It’s Susan with today’s prompt for the Random Act of Cardness – shapes.

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I had a few different ideas for this but in the end I decided to do something quick and easy. That seems to be my go-to right now so that’s what I did.

I decided to use shapes to make a couple of Holiday cards. If you’re still sending out cards then these could work for you because they don’t focus on Christmas, instead they are about the whole season.

If you’re playing along with us be sure to share over on the Scrap’n Stamp Facebook page.

I’ve got lots of pictures so lets get started.

Here is the first card.

I started by securing a piece of watercolor paper to a board and drawing a very faint pencil line down the center of the paper. Then using the MFT’s Triangle stencil I started drawing out triangles starting with the largest at the bottom and working my way up the page with smaller triangles being sure to line the top point of each one to the center line.

Here you can see all the triangles.

Be sure to erase all the lines in the middle because once you start adding color they are not always easy to get rid of and you probably don’t want to see them in your finished product.

As I’m typing this up I’m thinking this tree would look cute if I kept the top points of the triangles all lined up but made each triangle a little wonky. I’ll have to give that a try and maybe even do some non-traditional colors.

I’m not going to talk about the watercoloring because really I kept it so simple using just a couple shades of green and mixing it around on the cardstock. No fancy techniques or skills used here.  The sky is a wash of light blue. I splattered on some watered down white paint and then used a white paint pen to add some bigger snow. I decided to add the sentiment right across the middle.

This next card is also a tree but made using the MFT’s Circle Stencil.

I started with another piece of watercolor cardstock taped to a board. This helps to keep the cardstock flatter when it’s finished and it also gives a nice white edge to the piece. I drew a large triangle very lightly with a pencil and then went about filling it with circles using the stencil. You could definitely free hand all of this for a more organic look but I’m really not good at drawing circles so I used the stencil.

I painted them in using a variety of non-traditional colors and then I used a silver to fill in all the gaps. This next picture shows it a little better. I finished the card by painting in a tree trunk and then adding the background. I started with a light grey but it wasn’t light enough so I dabbed some off with a paper towel and I really liked the mottled look so I filled in the whole background that way. It was a happy accident. I stamped the sentiment on the bottom this time instead of adding snow. I felt with all the circles in the tree that the splatters would just make it look really busy.

You could make a tree out of lots of small triangles or even rectangles and squares. Ohhhh that gives me an idea. Back to my craft room I go lol.

I used a MISTI to stamp my sentiments. If you stamp directly onto watercolor cardstock a stamp-positioning tool is a must. Doesn’t have to be a MISTI but I definitely recommend some kind of tool as it always takes stamping it a few times to get a good image because the paper is not smooth.

I used my Kuretake watercolors for these cards but you could do these with any paints at all. This would be fun to let your kids do too – they could use dollar store watercolors (if you don’t want them to use yours) and they could go crazy with stencils or drawing their own scenes to paint. Could be a fun activity for thank you cards to do over the Christmas break.

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season. I know it is not what we’re all used to and it’s difficult at times but I do hope you’re enjoying it.

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See you all in 2021!

I want to wish you all the best for a HEALTHY and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

Happy Stampin’
and thanks so much for visiting!
Stay safe everyone!!
Susan
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Hey There Slim!

Saturday, October 24th, 2020

Slim line cards are all the rage lately so I thought I’d share one with you today.  Hi Everyone! This is Susan and I wanted to share with you how I made this slime line card.

Companies are coming out with all kinds of products for making slim line cards. There are dies, stencils and papers all geared to make it easier but what do you do if you don’t have those products?

I looked through my stash and decided that the Square Peek-a-Boo Window Die from My Favorite Things would be perfect to make some openings in the panel. Next I chose the Polar Bear Pals Stamps & Dies also from My Favorite Things to use mainly because I wanted to use the two stamps that look like they’re peeking in.

I used an 8 1/2 x 11″ piece of card stock for the base and the panel. Cut the card stock at 7″ along the 11″ side and score it at 3 1/2″ – this gives you the card base. With the leftover piece cut the 3 1/2″ side to 3 1 /4″ and cut the 8 1/2″ side to 8 1/4″ – this will be the panel.

I cut two squares in the panel using the Peek-a-B00 Die then using Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress inks and a blending tool I covered the panel not worrying about having perfect coverage. Next I used the Cloud Stencil and the same inks and blending tool to add some clouds over the whole panel.

I stamped the two bears you see in the window on the card base. Position the panel over the base and with a pencil mark the edges of the inside of the squares so you know where to stamp the image. I stamped a few extra images and colored them all in with Prismacolor pencils. I used the coordinating dies to cut out the extra images. I stamped the sentiments and then positioned those extra images around the card. I added the panel to the base using craft foam and called it done!

If you’ve never made a slim line card before because you thought you didn’t have the right products I want to challenge you to look through your stash with a fresh eye and choose some products that you think would work and give it a try. And please share it with us over on the Scrap’n Stamp Facebook Page – I can’t wait to see what you make.

Happy Stampin’

and thanks so much for visiting!
Stay safe everyone!!
Susan
Shopping list:
Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product.
If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much.


THANK YOU

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Hi Everyone!  Happy Thanksgiving to all that are celebrating this weekend. We did our dinner on Saturday and even with a power failure during part of the evening it was fantastic. Our daughters and their boyfriends were all here, we ate turkey, drank wine, played games and laughed a LOT.

The word prompt for today is Thanks and seeing as we’re celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada I thought it was appropriate.

My card is really easy to do. For those of you that say watercoloring is too hard you need to check out the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – they make it so easy. I started by stamping one of the flowers from MFT’s Painted Poppies stamp set with Versafine Nocturne ink twice. Next I chose two red markers and added the darker one to the base of each petal – about 1/4 of the way up. I grabbed the lighter red and overlapping where the darker color ended I added the lighter color and pulled it out further – about 1/2 of the way up the petal. I finished off the petal with a small wet paintbrush pulling the color the rest of the way leaving a little bit of white at the tips. I did this to both of the flowers. On one of them I added a yellow center.

Next I stamped out the leaves, colored them in with two shades of green marker and drew in some fine lines in the center. I fussy cut everything out. The flower with the yellow center I cut around the top two petals and layered it on top of the other flower with some craft foam. I adhered the  it all to a panel that I had die cut with MFT’s Square Peek-a-Boo Window Die. The sentiment is from Penny Blacks Sentiment Collection and is stamped with Versafine Nocturne ink – this is one of my favorite black inks. I added craft foam behind the panel and the flower and added it to a white card base.

The layers on the flower don’t show that well in the pic but it sure adds some detail in real life.

Where ever you are today and if you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or not I hope you’ll join us in today’s challenge and share it with us over on the Facebook Challenge Page.

Happy Stampin’

and thanks so much for visiting!
Stay safe everyone!!
Susan
Shopping list:
Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product.
If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much