Thursday, January 31, 2013

Clean & Simple Card Making (2) Day 4

I am trying so hard to be a good student, and not fall behind on my homework.  I will work early and late, if I need to, but will NOT pull any all nighters for this class.  I am so over that stage of life, thank goodness.  I have three cards for today's lesson.

I pretty much followed the layout of Julie's card for this card.  She showed us how to paint the image with a bit of water.  I am not showing my attempt at that technique.  Trust me, you don't want to see.  This is the card I made after I decided to skip the water coloring tip.  I also decided not to flick ink all over my nice white card, but instead settled for some small silver pearls.  She used a really beautiful Hero Arts Dogwood stamp, with lots of detail.  That stamp is going on my list.  I only wish it wasn't a wood stamp.  I have been eying that stamp on and off for over a year, and the only reason I haven't bought it is because of the wood.  My clear stamps have totally spoiled me.

This next card is basically the same card as above, but is supposed to look like a blueprint--with white ink on a dark blue base.  I felt like this card had a more serene feel, and so I made it a sympathy card--always good to have those on hand.

The next video was a clean and simple chalk board card.  Unlike some of the other videos I have seen with this technique, we were encouraged to keep our card clean--no smudges or double stamping.   Kristina showed us how to lay out our stamps on the card stock and then pick up the entire scene with a stamp press, so we could stamp one time and everything was in the right place.  What a great trick, and now I see why a stamp press is so much more handy than a normal block.  She also showed us how to ground our image using an embossing folder just on the bottom of the card, and how to use a t-square to frame our images with a white gel pen.  I am entering this card into the current Passion for Papertrey challenge, which is 'black and white'.

My last little project for today is another Valentines pillow box, for this week's Make it Monday #102:  Pillow Box Stamping and Assembly. I am really loving the kraft, red, white and black color scheme on these boxes.

One last note--as the current challenge at Simon Says Stamp is 'Anything Goes', I will be entering all of these projects (and everything else I create this week) into that challenge.

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Harvest Berries, Verve Big Wish
Paper:  White
Ink:  SU Brilliant Blue
Other:  Lil Inkers Stitched Sentiment Flag, pearls

With Sympathy
Stamps:  Harvest Berries, Peaceful Garden
Paper: Enchanted Evening
Ink: Fresh Snow
Other:  Lil Inkers Stitched Sentiment Flag, pearls

Just Sittin' Here
Stamps:  On My Couch and Additions
Paper:  True Black
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  White Embossing Powder, Gel Pen, rhinestone, SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Pillow Box
Stamps:  Framed Out #11 & 12
Paper:  Kraft
Ink:  Versacolor Tuxedo Black, Fresh Snow, SU Real Red
Other:  Pillow Box Die

Thanks for Visiting


  1. Oh my gosh even more wonderful, you are putting me to shame this week with all your fantastic cards Joyce! All of them are simply so inspiring!

  2. OMG, these are ALL awesome! You can go to the head of the falling behind for turned out some great cards!!

  3. This is packed full of goodness! Wow!

  4. Now, Joyce, I'm going to have to CASE YOU! I never thought to use Harvest Berries for this technique, and I love it! I love your little sitting room scene, so cute!

  5. They both look perfect to me! You seem to be learning a lot , I would be bad with the homework. Love the negative one too. Love your pillow box, they are so fun to make. I did like you today and just added a few things to one post , love your idea on that.

  6. I'm with you, Joyce, not staying up all night, not getting up at dark o'clock! You did a fabulous job of CASEing the CAS cards in today's lesson!!

  7. I can't imagine flicking ink on your CAS white card - the pearls are perfect! Sounds like you are getting a lot of tips and techniques in the class!

  8. Great cards, Joyce! And I love your pillow box stamped with the new Framed Out set-- very sweet!

  9. Joyce, all of your cards are fabulous! I love your sweet scene, it is so inviting to come over and have a nice hot spot of tea. Your beautiful blue flowers are amazing but I do agree with the not flicking ink, this is just fabulous the way it is.


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