Thursday, April 19, 2018

3D Butterfly Card With BIC Markers



Good morning everyone!  Gosh, I am typing this up at 4am.  Could not sleep.  Creative juices flowing.  How many of you guys go through the same thing?  It's crazy and I am very happy that I have a pitcher of iced coffee waiting for me!  LOL

Today I have a card I made for a friend who loves butterflies.  I have made a card like this [here] but I had the idea to make the butterflies 3D and had to get this idea out of my head.  I used Butterflies 1 and 2 from Anthony's Paper Craft again but this time with watercolor paper and BIC markers, which blended beautifully on the paper.  I hope you guys like how this came out as much as I do!

I started by cutting a piece of white cardstock with the large stitched rectangle die from the Stitched Shapes Bundle (Simon Says Stamp).  I placed the cardstock in my Misti, centered Butterflies 2 (Anthony's Paper Craft) on the cardstock, closed the lid and stamped the image several times with London Fog Memento Ink.  This ink might bead up or look blotchy but give it some time to dry and it will look fine.



Next, I placed Butterflies 1 (Anthony's Paper Craft) over the solid stamped image, closed the lid, and then stamped this image using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. 


On a piece of watercolor paper, I stamped Butterflies 1 again and colored the butterflies with my BIC markers.  I love how some of these colors blended.  


I then fussy cut the butterflies using a fine tip scissor by Martha Stewart and then I ran a black N15 Tombow marker around the edge to get rid of the white border.


I adhered the cardstock to a piece of fun foam and then to the card front.  I then adhered all the butterflies making sure I did not glue all the wings down - gives more dimension to the butterflies. Lastly, I added some stickles to parts of the butterflies for some glimmer.    




I hope you enjoyed this card.  Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.  I have one more idea festering in my head with this stamp that I hope to have done soon.  Thanks for stopping by the blog and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge 91 with Unity Stamp and an Ice Cream Truck!


Hello everyone!!!  I think my mojo took another holiday because I have been trying to make some cards for days and nothing in my head was working!!  Maybe, because I have been making so many mini albums, that my fingers have forgotten how to make a card?  Is that possible?  LOL

I saw over on the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog that the current challenge, Cookie Challenge 91 - is all about transportation.  This ice cream truck stamp set was sitting on my desk and, since this is a form of transportation, I was able to pop this clean and simple card out of my head! 

I cut a piece of white cardstock using the large stitched rectangle from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes (Simon Says Stamp).  Then I placed the Journal Texture No. 2 stencil (StencilGirl Products) down on the cardstock and distressed over it with Spun Sugar Distress Ink by Ranger.



Next, I stamped the ice cream truck from the More Than Ice Cream set (Unity Stamps) on a piece of white cardstock and colored it with a variety of BIC markers.  


Then I fussy cut the ice cream truck (really, not that hard).   I also stamped the ice cream truck on top of the stenciled area because I wanted to keep the music notes coming out of the truck.  I also stamped the sentiment under the image. 


Lastly, I adhered the white cardstock to my card front and I adhered some pop dots behind the ice cream truck and adhered it on top of the stamped image.  Done!!


I hope you enjoyed this quick card!!  Perfect for the summer which may or may not appear this year.  LOL . Please feel free to leave a comment below letting me know what you think of the card!!  I appreciate you stopping by the blog and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Samantha's Selfie Card with Bloobel Digi Stamps


Hello everyone!  Today I have a fast, fun, and quirky post.  I was recently introduced to a new (for me) digi stamp company called Bloobel by my friend Anne in Australia. The images might not be for everyone but, being a bit odd and different, I fell in love with them immediately!!  LOL

This is Samantha.  I call her Sam.  
Sam loves to take selfies.  
She also wants to be a Hollywood star.
The other night she heard on the radio that "some people at NASA" were looking at the stars.
Sam, not being the brightest bulb in the chandelier,  and not knowing who or what NASA is, decided that, since she wants to be a star, she is going to send her selfie to NASA.

So I made her this card.  LOL

I printed Selfie Portrait on to a piece of white cardstock.  I then colored her with Copic markers.  I colored her hair with E13 (Light Suntan) and then went back with E15 (Dark Suntan), her face with R00 (Pinkish White), her lips with FRV1 (Fluorescent Pink), her shirt with FYG1 (Fluorescent Yellow) and her eye with black and B23 (Phthalo Blue).

I made an A2 card of white cardstock, adhered a piece of black cardstock, then a piece of hot pink cardstock that I cut with a stitched rectangle die and, finally, the image of Samatha.  I applied some Clear Wink of Stella to her lips and above her eyes, which is hard to see in the photo. 

Lastly, I printed the phrase "Sending my selfie to NASA, because I'm a star." that I found on Pinterest and loved.  I cut the phrase in pieces and adhered to the card front with fun foam.  

Done!  Like I said, fast and fun.  If you have a friend that loves to take selfies of themselves, this is a great image to have in your arsenal.  Hope you enjoyed this quirky card and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Monday, March 19, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches 328 With Anthony's Paper Craft



Hello everyone.  I hope y'all had a great weekend! Ours was busy as usual.  Saturday night we went to Arte & Fato for the photo exhibition.  There was a really nice turnout and it feels great to see people voting and donating food.  But we got home really late.  And last night we had our friend Rociel over for dinner and we were up late chatting.  It was his first time tasting Mac N Cheese and he loved mine!!  Good grief my butt is dragging.  I think tonight will be an early one.      

Today I have a super easy card for you that I made for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge Blog.  This is Challenge No. 328 and this is the sketch I had to work with - 



I have wanted to use this Teddy Bear stamp from Anthony's Paper Craft for the longest time and this sketch is just perfect for it.  And so easy!

I started with my white card base and adhered a piece of navy blue cardstock to the front.  Then, using the large stitched rectangle die from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes set (SSS), I cut a piece of plaid designer paper and adhered that to the navy blue cardstock. 


Next, I stamped the Teddy Bear on a piece of white cardstock, used my Scan N Cut to cut him out, and then colored him in with a few Copic markers.  I used E13 (Light Suntan) on the body and then blended along the edges with E15 (Dark Suntan). For the nose, I used R30 (Pale Yellowish Pink).  

I cut two banners, one in navy blue and the other in white cardstock, and I stamped the "Happy Birthday" from Greetings Set 1, on the white banner.  


Lastly, I adhered the Teddy Bear with some fun foam, I trimmed the sentiment, adhered it, and then I adhered 3 blue sequins to finish the card.  

   
Done!  I think this is an adorable baby boy card and the sketch made it so easy to make.  I hope you love it too.  Feel free to leave a comment below!  Thanks and until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Sunday, March 18, 2018

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie - Challenge 89 - Music



Hello hello hello everyone!!  So has everyone in the States starting to see even a hint of Spring yet?  We are still super hot here heading into Fall but I am not going to complain!  

I've been really busy lately helping Ruy with the photo club that he and his BFF, Bruna, started here in town.  They have almost 25 members so far, many of which are showing their photo in the club's 3rd photo exhibition, the theme of which is about a strong woman (or women) that they admire.  This exhibition is being held in a cool restaurant/pub here in town that plays live music by local artists.  And they have the best burgers in town.  So I've been there a lot.  LOL

Now for today's card, which I made for Challenge 89 over on the "If You Give A Crafter A Cookie" Challenge Blog, which is all about music.


I have a friend here that is (a) going on a trip soon and (b) loves music.  So I decided to make a card for her that would incorporate both music and travel.    

My card base is 5" square out of some manila colored cardstock.  For my background image, I stamped the Music Cover-a-Card (IO Stamps) stamp on a piece of Kraft cardstock using Coffee Archival Ink (Ranger).


Next, using Compass Blueprint (Holtz/Sizzix/Retired), I stamped the compass 4 times and the phrase banner once, with Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger).  


I die cut a piece of black cardstock with the 4" Stitched Square (Gina Marie Designs), I used the 3.5" stitched square die to cut one of the compass images out in full, and then I cut the rest of the images using the matching dies.  


Now to put it all together.  I distressed all the edges using Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger).  Then I adhered the Music background to the card front.  Then the black cardstock to the center.  Then I adhered the full compass image on to the black cardstock and, finally, the remaining pieces using foam tape.    


Lastly, I stamped the phrase in the phrase banner and adhered this to the front.  


Done!! 

I really like how this came out and hope my friend does too!  And, I hope you enjoyed this quick card.  Feel free to leave me a comment below.  And, as always -  

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael