"Thinking of You"

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Well, I made it through Thanksgiving. I gained a few pounds, but who has not. I guess working in my craft room isn't counted as exercise.

Todays card is the second most demanded type of card that my better half asks me for, "Thinking of You". Here is the most recent one I made;

"Thinking of You"

The image used is from a "Close to My Heart" stamp set called "Childhood Portrait" #D1373. You can see the full set here.

As you can see, the image is a silhouette that I stamped using "Chocolate Ink". All of the images in this set are silhouettes. I love the silhouette type stamps because I can use them to make card very quick. No coloring.

My hand is not that steady so I used a 2" square acrylic stamp block placed over my stamped image, and using a "Chocolate Marker" drew dashed lines around the block centered over the image. The sentiment was stamped with " Juniper" ink. The small and large hearts where stamped then cut out.

I curled the upper right and lower left corner of the stamped mat by slightly moistening the paper then rolling them slightly.

The card is very simple and quick to make. I hope you will give it a try.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Happy Thanksgiving"

Friday,November 25, 2011

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I always look forward to the holidays, because one of my favorite activities is eating. I can realy chow down. Yesterday was no exception.

So in honor of this theme, here is a simple 5"X5" card that I made;

"Life is Good"

The image used is from a stamp set from "Close to My Heart" and is called "Remarkable Wreath" # C1473 and the price is $13.95. If you wish to purchase this stamp set you may do so at my "Close to My Heart" store.

As I stated above the overall measurements for the card is 5"X5". I stamped the image on a 2 3/4" SQ piece of Colonial White piece of cardstock. The wreath was stamped twice, with a slight rotation between and was stamp with a Chocolate ink. The leaves were stamp in Honey ink and the sentiment was stamped in Ponderrosa Pine.

All of the papers used were from "Close to My Heart". I finished off the card with some baker twine and some light green gems.

I hope you enjoy the card and will leave a comment.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"St. Nick"

Friday, November 11, 2011

I have been trying to get motivated to finish up my Christmas cards. So today I sat down and worked on one with an image from "Close to My Heart" called "St. Nick"# B1356. In fact I used all of the stamps in the set on the this card.

Here is the card;

"St. Nick"

And here is a closeup of the main image "St. Nick";

The images were colored using Copic markers on "Cryogen Iradescent Paper'.That is the sparkle that you see in the image. It is right in the paper and shows through the Copic markers. The colors that I used were;

Hat; R22,R24,R27,R29
Face; E000,E01,R20
Holly; YG05;YG09
Beard; C1

I used Spellbinder dies to cut out the image and the mat. Both dies were from the Petite Circle series. The patterned paper is from a set from "Close to My Heart" called "Wonderland" # X7146B.

The background on the main card was accomplished using one of the new "Hero Arts" stamp and embossing set called "Holly".
To cut out the smaller images, I used my "Glass Mat" and a new xacto knife.

I think it's a very cute card which does not take much time to assemble.

If you have a question about the card or products used, please let me know.

All of your comments are as always appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Happy Birthday Glitter Ritz"

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Todays card is done with a little different technique. The technique is called "Burnished Velvet".

First I'll show you the card;

"Happy Birthday"

The card it's self is self explanatory. Although the glitter does not show well in the picture, believe me it really glitters when you see it first hand.But, the stamping of the image of the flower is the technique called "Burnished Velvet". To stamp the image I used a "Glue Essentials" Glue pad. The pad looks like a standard ink pad, but with one difference. The glue pad need to have glue applied everytime you use it. It does not require a lot of glue, but needs to be applied each time you use it.

After you apply the glue to the pad, you are ready to stamp you image. Stamp the image on the paper. This is very important wait 15 minutes for the next step.

After the 15 minutes is up, we are going to do the "Burnished Velvet" technique. The product I used here is "Jewel Glitter Ritz" it is a Micro Fine Glitter. The glitter is different in that it has very little excess powder in it. You might as well say it's pure glitter, and it goes a long way.

Once the 15 minute is done, the glitter can be applied. Take a very small amount of glitter and apply it to the image in several places. With your finger and very light pressure rub the glitter into the image. Once the image is completely cover, tap the rest of the glitter off. Using a large makeup brush the rest of the glitter off the image.

The glitter comes in 60 different colors. So, you should be able to find a color to go with your project. This glitter and technique works on both ligh and dark color cardstock.

Give this technique a try, you'll love the effect.

If you have a question, please don't hesitate to ask.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Birthday Criss Cross"

Monday, November 1, 2011

Todays card is called a "Criss Cross Card".Very simple card to make once you do the cutting. I saw the idea on the "Split Coast Stampers" site. Here is where you can get the instructions.

The image is from "Close to My Heart" and the stamp set is called"Enjoy Every Moment" #C1395. The set is from the Spring/Summer 2011 catalog. As you will notice the image is mounted upside down, but that's how the grow on the fence in my yard. And, here is the card;

"Criss Cross Card"

The card was colored with with Copic Markers using the following makers;

Flowers; B00,B01, B04
Leaves; G02, G05

The mats were cut with a Spellbinder die set called "Labels Four". I did sham stiching on the body of the patterned paper with a blue multiliner pen. Some glass half pearls were added to the front of the card.

Very simple card, but I think it turned out alright.

What do you think?

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.