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As I have said, I make a lot of cards. Usually one or two a day. Here are some I have made. Some of the ideas I copied from others but many are original. Hope you enjoy looking at them.
October 5, 2017
Using the same stamp to make different cards
We all know that stamps can get expensive so we want to use them as often as possible. I have found that the digi stamps are much more useful in that you can use them as often as you want without wearing them out and they can be any size you want them to be. (As I have mentioned before, they are also much cheaper than regular stamps.) If you are using a graphic program such as Printmaster V7 Platinum it is easy to put one in front of the other without having to mask, as long as they are Ping images. ( I use Photoshop to convert JPG images to PNG images if they don’t come both ways, which they often do. Here are two Halloween images from Bugaboo Stamps that I have made into different cards primarily by changing the sentiment. In the first two, in addition to changing the sentiment and the color of the moon and star I primarily changed the color around the little ghost’s eyes. It doesn’t show up that well here but on the second image he is a little green around the eyes to go with overindulging in Halloween candy.
In the second set of cards, besides the change in sentiment, the only change is I made the cat have orange eyes in the first card giving him a bit of a deranged look. The next card has regular eyes but he somehow just looks frazzled from his fall. Simple steps but obviously different cards.
May 2, 2017
I have been hard at work making my usual one to three cards a day. Once again my favorites have been digi stamps. I continue to love the images of Sarah Kay. I am an active member of the online site Splitcoaststampers and I wanted to be able to submit some of my Sarah Kay cards to the site for their challenges and gallery but I was afraid they were copyrighted so I wrote to the Sarah Kay website and found that a gentleman named John Sands has the copyright on all of her work. He gave me permission to upload one of the cards I had sent to him for his viewing but I am waiting to see if his permission applies to the others I have made using her image. I am pretty sure I am safe using them here on my blog so I will continue to do so unless told otherwise. I also have found a couple of other new sites for digi stamps that I like: Sassy Cheryl’s Stamps and Graciellie (she has a shop on Etsy.)
Been hard at work making a lot more cards of various kinds. As usual I make one or two a day. Most of my new cards are made using digital images from Mo’s Digital Pencil and all are colored with Copic Ciao Markers. I now have 71 colors of the available 180 markers in the Ciao version. In the original version there are 358 colors available. I am now officially addicted to them. The Ciao markers are fairly expensive in that I pay about $3.59 each (vs $5.25 for the originals or $5.29 for Sketch markers.) However you can buy the Various refills for $4.96 each and they will refill my Ciao markers 13-15 times each. (Purchased from the The Carpediem Store. ) (Another good source is MerriArtist) I use the X-press Blending Card paper which does a fantastic job of letting you blend the colors. It is expensive at almost $18 for 25 sheets but you can buy 125 sheets for less than $42 so that is the way to go. I get four cards out of each sheet of paper so I am set with paper for some time.
Don’t you love her determintion?
Missing my friend
Off on her own
It’s a thank you card
How true this is!
Flowers fill the soul
The long suffering puppy
Just waiting for the rain!
PB and Jellyfish
Of course it fits. Perfectly!
This is a “bobble head”
Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter 2017
All of these were made from Digi Stamps and colored with Copic Markers. I haven’t sent out Valentine’s Cards, other than store bought for a long time. I sent out 14 this year, all different and made by me. I am well on my way to the same amount of Easter Cards.
Easter “Puppy” Digi Stamp with background painted with Copic Markers
Digi Stamp from “A Day for Daisies” painted with Copic Markers with an embossed Anna Griffin background
Little boy Easter cards are hard to find. This is a digi stamp, painted with Copic Markers, balloon added and printed on a background made from a HungryJpg bundle.
Another boy Easter card, embellished with a BoBunny flag and painted with Copic Markers
A digi stamp from “A Day for Daisies”, Copic Markers and designer paper for the backgrorund
Digi stamp from Tiddly Inks, Copic markers, Ribbon and Designer Paper background
Christmas 2016 and before
Well, Christmas is almost over. I have made over two dozen cards for Christmas but it is time to move on and think of other things. First just a couple more Christmas cards then it has to stop. (I do love my new Tim Holtz large branch punch and hate to stop using it. I will have to think of something besides Christmas trees to use it for.)
Saw this picture of the three cats napping on Pinterest and just had to make a Christmas card out of it. Used my big branch punch for the basket. I also used it to make the three trees below.
This little fairy is from my Digi Stamp Collection from A Day For Daisies. Her wings sparkle in the light with the use of Wink of Stella. I thought I would use some different colors than we usually think of for fairies. Plus I was tired of using nothing but Christmas colors for the past month. Once again I used my Zig Watercolor brushes. The main picture is raised with fun foam to make it stand out and then double matted with two shades of green card stock.
I made this for a challenge by Tiddly Inks. The idea was to make a Thank You card using one of their stamps. This one is a digi stamp called “Monstrous Party” but I thought they looked like Martians or moon people.
Again,these two cards are hand painted digi stamps I downloaded from Bugaboo Stamps. The reindeer has a guilty look on his face. In my opinion. I think he stole the candy cane from Santa.
I got a terrific bargain in a whole box of Anna Griffin embossing folders. I made this one with the “Thistle” folder and colored it with crayons (rubbed all over while the paper was still on the embossing folder so it didn’t get crushed) then used a sponge with alcohol inks to color the background. I added the ribbon and a button with a gold thread tie. I love how formal and fancy it looks.
This is another card I made using an Anna Griffin embossing folder. I colored it with Distress Inks on a sponge and then covered the whole thing with Perfect Pearls to give it a sheen. I added the feathers to the ribbon and lace with feather dies I cut from a Spellbinders Shapeabilities die set.
Both of these cards were made from “digi stamps” I got from a web site called “Tiddly Inks.” They were both colored using Zig Watercolor brushes. On the fairy I added Perfect Pearls to her wings to make them have a sheen but on the teacher I used sparkling embossing powder. It doesn’t show in the picture though.
I really think this is one of the prettiest cards I have made. I got the idea from Pinterest but made it my own. The feathers are stamped and embossed on velum. The blue one was inked on the backside under the silver embossing and then I used Perfect Pearls on the top. I masked off part of the card and used a large stamp for the words on the left side. It is so soft and delicate that I just love it. I may just keep it for myself!
Hand painted digi stamp. I use the Zig Clean Color Real Brushes to do these.
A side fold with lovely paper underneath . Isn’t it pretty with the embossing and the butterfly stamp?
Another hand painted digi stamp from “A Day For Daisies.”
I put different colors on parts of the stamp and stamped multiple times. The lines on the outside are hand drawn. Inspired by a card by Misty’s Mess.
I used this as a sympathy card.
Figuring out how to make all these little flaps was a bear. Three different kinds of Designer paper were used.
An example of Triple Stamping
Multi inked stamps and designer paper from Stampin Up “Flowering Fields.”
I used dies for the “Dream” and the velum leaves.
Ink brayed onto an acrylic block was then stamped onto paper to make this background. I then embossed images on top.
Designer paper with die cut letters and bunny cut with a Cricut “print and cut” from clip art downloaded from the web.
Hand painted from a digi stamp from “A Day For Daisies.” This card just makes me smile.
This is made with the Tim Holtz collection of birds. They always make me laugh. I love using watercolor paper for them so I can color and blend them easily. I used my Zig watercolor brushes for the birds and sponged on Distress inks for the background. I copied the whole thing from something I saw on Pinterest made by Heis Sheridan.
This is a much more formal and serious card. I made a paper mask to form the square in the middle so I could stamp in just that area. Again, I copied this from an idea I saw on Pinterest by Mom-and-Me Paper Art.