"Thoughts of Christmas"

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Okay, so I am focused of Christmas. It usually take me a while to get in the spirit, but this year I'm trying to get a head start.

The card that I have posted today is from the "Penny Black" Christmas series. It's a very Christmasy, if that's a word, and very simple to do.

Here is the card;

"Thoughts of Christmas"

The image was stamped on and ivory cardstock and stamped in a Brilliance "Coffee Bean" ink. The edges were torn and edges with the same ink. I added colored to the pine boughs with Copic markers and added sparkle to the boughs with a clear Spica marker.

The fun part of this card is the flower. It is a stamp set from "Heartfelt Creations" from a set called "Lily Petals". What makes it so easy to use is that they also sell a matching Spellbinder set that works with this stamp called "Perfect Petals". Very easy to do, no cutting by hand. The flower was made up of two petal sizes, six of each size. After they were stamped and cut, I curled the petals slightly. After assembly the flower was sprayed with Glimmer Mist.

One other fact is that the card is a center fold.

Hope you enjoy todays posting, and leave a comment.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"First Christmas Card"

Sunday, October 17, 2010

It's time to start thinking about Christmas cards. We, the wife and I, usually send out about 50 to 70 cards each year, so I thought I would get a head start.

Today I am posting a card that was done with an image from "Just-Rite Stamps". They are so simple to use and color that I just can't resist using them.

Here is my first card;

"Seasons Greetings"

Just about all of the papers used for this card were from "The PaperTemptress". The papers used were "Gold Sparkle #111"for the matting on the image and sentiment, "Heavenly White"for the image and the sentiment, and "Red Pepper Columns" for the card body. The flower is from "Prima" it adds a nice touch.

The other paper that I used was the holly background paper from "BoBunny" called "St. Nick Holly Berry". It's a very nice double sided paper with stripes on the other side.

The image of course was colored with my trusty Copic markers. The colors used were;

Face; E000,E0,R20
Suit and Hat. R22, R24,R27,R29
Hat Trim; BG10
Beard; C01

It's a fairly simple card, but it's not one that I will send to everyone. Only the people that I know would enjoy a hand made card.

That's it for today, now back to my "HoneyDo List"

Hope you enjoy todays card. Your comments are always welcome.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Boo To You"

Friday, October 8, 2010

Well, we are getting to the spooky season. So, in honor of Halloween I have posted this card to get you in the mood.

The stamp used for this card is from "Outline Stamps" and "The Stamping Studio". I have always thought of "Outline Stamp' as a company that made stamps that you stamped multiple copies of, colored and than cut out and stacked with pop-dots to form the image. That's not the case with some of thier newer stamps. As you can see from this card.
The image was stamped on Cryogen cardstock, which I bought from "The Paper Temptress". I love to color on this paper. And, of course I colored it with my Copic markers.

Here is the card;

"Boo To U"

The spider web and the sentiment were stamped on vellum. I cut them out with an EK Success punch called "Grass". Most of the ladies that I stamp with call it "Mouse Nibbles". The edges were touched up with a black Sharpie.
A little Spica pen color was added to the owl wings and the flower to give it some sparkle.

Hope you enjoy it and that you will leave a comment.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Copic Airbrushed Seascape"

Sunday, October 3, 2010
Last Thursday at our weekly stamp club meeting I decided to do a couple of airbrushed seascapes. I did not have my compressor with me, but I did have my ABS1 system and a can of air.

The scenes are made up of stamps that I recieved from "Raisinboat Stamps". They are silouette stamps so they work quite well with airbrushed backgrounds.

Here are the two cards that I made;

"Relax by the Sea"

And here is the second card;

"Lighthouse by the Sea"

To airbrush the backgrounds, I use text weight paper as a shield. I rip the paper to the shape that I need for the scene. Save the torn pieces, because you will need them for the reverse shield. Very simple, but effective.
All of the stamping of the images from the stamp sets was done in a Memento, Tuxcedo Black. Where ever I did not get a good solid black image I filled in with a black Copic marker.
Where I wanted sea gulls, I used as black Copic Multiliner pen.
The waves and the foam along the surf line were made using a white gel pen.The other embelishments were hemp twine and some seashells. The seashells were painted with a Krylon Copper Leafing pen.
Don't be afraid of trying airbrushing with you Copics, it's easy, give it a try.
Hope you enjoy and are inpired to give it a try.
Now I back to my honey do list, home improvement.
Your comments are always appreciated, and I enjoy reading them.
Have a GREAT DAY!!!
Bob L.