Thursday, October 3, 2019

Fall Leaves with Anthony's Paper Craft and Gina K. Designs



Hello everyone!  It's time for a new challenge over on the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog and we are up to Challenge No. 127 - and it's all about autumn, autumn colors, leaves, and acorns.  

Here is the inspiration photo the design team had to work with if you wish to play along with us - 


When I saw this photo, the first thing I thought of was the Leaf/Fern set from Anthony's Paper Craft, which is what I used on all 3 cards.  Also, on all 3 cards, I started with top folding A2 card base of white cardstock and all the cube inks used are from Gina K. Designs - Sweet Corn, Tangerine Twist, Prickly Pear, and Jet Black Amalgam Ink.    

For the first card I blended Vintage Photo Distress Ink over a checkerboard stencil.  Then I stamped the oak leaf with the Vintage Photo ink and, using a water brush I colored the leaf with the Sweet Corn and Tangerine Twist inks.  Once dry, I stamped Happy Thanksgiving from the Thanksgiving Set from Anthony's Paper Craft with the Jet Black Amalgam ink, adhered some Orange Peel Stickles by Ranger to the leaf, and a few orange sequins to the front.  





For the 2nd card, I blended the Sweet Corn ink with the Journal Texture 12 stencil from Stencil Girl Products.  Then I  cut a 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" piece of white cardstock with a stitched square die and randomly stamped the oak and maple leaves from the Leaf/Fern set using the Jet Black Amalgam ink.  I colored the leaves with a water brush and the Sweet Corn and Tangerine Twist inks.   Once dry, I adhered it to a piece of orange cardstock and then to the card front using foam tape.  Lastly, I adhered some Orange Peel Stickles to the leaves and a sticker that I had in my stash.




For my 3rd card, I started by adhering a piece of orange cardstock to my card front.  Then I used a stitched rectangle die and cut a piece of white cardstock.  Next, I stamped the 3 leaves with the Jet Black Amalgam ink, colored them in with a water brush and the Sweet Corn, Tangerine Twist, and Prickly Pear inks.  Once dry, I adhered the white cardstock to a piece of fun foam, which I then adhered to the card front.  I applied Orange Peel Stickles to each of the leaves, 3 stickers I had in my stash, and a few sequins.




And there you have it.  3 really simple card ideas using one stamp set and a few ink pads.  These cards are perfect for this time of the year and even for Thanksgiving.  

I hope you enjoyed these cards.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Give Thanks/Fall Card with Anthony's Paper Craft



Hello everyone!!  Is everyone enjoying the Fall season yet?  Here in the countryside of São Paulo, it's been overcast and chilly.  We went from 100 degrees last week to 60 this week.  And we are NOT in Fall but into Spring now.  

But, keeping in line with the chill in the air this week, today's card is an autumn-themed card using a beautiful set called Leaf/Fern Set from Anthony's Paper Craft.

I started by making a top folding A2 card from white cardstock.  I found a nice design from a digital paper pack called Honey Honey by Samantha Walker.  I printed it out and adhered it to the card front.


Using Coffee Archival Ink, I stamped one of the leaves on to another piece of white cardstock 1.5" x 5.25".  Then, using Tombow markers 946, 025, and 055, I blended the colors on the leaves.  


Next, I adhered this to a piece of brown cardstock and then to the card front.  From a sticker pack I had in my stash, I adhered the words "give" and "thanks".  


And, lastly, I applied Orange Peel Stickles to the leaves to give some shimmer and 3 small dots on the card front.  


So, I guess I actually made a Fall or Thanksgiving card - perfect for both themes.  I hope you liked this quick card.  I'd love to know...please leave a comment below!  

Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Anthony's Paper Craft - Mandala 4 Cards - One Stamp




Hello everyone.  Today I am joining my friend Debra (Meticulosity) for a joint blog post using some stamps from Anthony's Paper CraftDebra is using a new stamp set called Circle Flowers and I am also using Circle Flowers along with Mandala 5, which is the September Stamp of the Month (SOTM).

If you did not know, Anthony's Paper Craft has a Stamp Of The Month (SOTM) program.  Each month, if you add the SOTM to your cart, your whole order ships for FREE (USA only). 

I made 4 different cards using Mandala 5 and wanted to show you guys how you can get a lot of cards from using one stamp.  

My first card is a Golden 50th Anniversary card.  I adhered a piece of gold cardstock to my white card base.  Then I die cut a piece of black cardstock with a stitched rectangle die and embossed Mandala 5 on two of the corners with gold embossing powder.  I adhered this to the card front, put 50 using gold foam letters on a piece of black cardstock, which was layered on gold cardstock and adhered on the front.  Last was a few gold sequins.


My next 3 cards are 4" note cards and I was able to get all 3 cards made with 1 sheet of 12" x 12" kraft cardstock.  I cut 3 pieces, 4" x 8", and scored them in half, for my card bases.  With the other 4" pieces, I die cut them using a stitched die. 

After distressing all the pieces with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger), I heat embossed Mandala 5 with some Fine Detail White Embossing Powder by Sweet Stamps (one of my fav).  I adhered a piece of fun foam to the back and then I adhered these to the card fronts.  Next, using the same white embossing powder, I heat embossed the sentiments - Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, and Congratulations - all from Circle Flowers, a brand new set.  I die cut the sentiments using a circle die and a banner die and then I adhered them to the card front. 






Well, that's just a few ideas for using this one Mandala stamp.  There are actually several mandala images that you can use in the same way.  Super simple with just embossing powder on kraft paper.  

Please remember to stop by Debra's blog post - HERE - and show her some love.  As always, I appreciate you stopping by and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

~Michael 
For my next card, 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

A Very So-FISH-Ticated Card


Hello everyone.  I had to make a "fish/sea" card for my card swapping group and I thought I would take you along on my process.  I'm using supplies I have had in my stash for some time but most of them are still available to buy.  Cool!  

I started by making a top folding A2 card base.  Then I needed paper for the "water" look.  I found a paper pad in my stash called Sweet Nectar from K&Company which has papers with a textured look but without any actual texture to the paper.  This way, I can stamp and color without any problems.  I adhered the light blue to the card front.


Next, I die cut a piece of white cardstock with a 4" x 5.25" stitched rectangle die. Then I die cut it again using the Confetti Plate die by Spellbinders.  This will be my top layer.


Since I want to stamp in the circle sections, I placed it on top of my card front and lightly traced where I plan to stamp.


Next, using my Misti, I stamped images from "whale hello there" and "fish tales", both by Memory Box, into the various traced areas.  If I thought the image might go into another space, I used a piece of scrap xerox paper to mask off that area.  


Using the Misti allows me to stamp several images at the same time, several times, and to work in sections.


Next, I erased the pencil marks and colored in my fish using Ultra Fine BIC Markers.


I then stamped "i shore do miss you" on the stitched piece and then adhered it to my card front.  You could also use foam tape to have it raised up but, due to the postal costs, I decided to leave it flat.



Now, I could have just stopped here.  But I can't.  I added different colored Stickles (Ranger) to the fish and a few clear crystals.  Now, I am done!  




Thursday, September 19, 2019

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie - Back To School with Bugaboo Stamps



Hello everyone!  As I say every year, I cannot believe it's September....summer is over (for you guys in the USA)....and it's back to school for the kids.  Over on the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog we are celebrating the "back to school" theme with Challenge No. 126 and here is the inspiration photo the design team had to work with - 




I started with a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock to which I adhered a piece of decorative paper from the Bundle of Joy A New Girl Collection from Echo Park.  I used one of the sheets called Alphabet Antics because of the letters on the sheet - perfect for a back to school theme.



Next up was my image.  Using Gimp (a free image editor), I merged two digital stamps into one - book stack and book sitter - both from Bugaboo Stamps.

After printing it to the size I needed, I die cut the image, along with a solid piece of cardstock, using dies from the A2 Matting Basics A and A2 Matting Basics B sets (Spellbinders).


Then I colored the image, adhered it to the solid cardstock, and then adhered this to the card front.  


Lastly, I printed out the words "back to school" on white cardstock, trimmed them, adhered them to cardstock, trimmed again, and adhered them to the card front. 


And here is the final card....ready to be placed into someone's lunchbox or book bag.  Or as a thank you note to a teacher.


I hope you guys like this card.  I'd love to know.  Feel free to leave a comment below!  And, if you join us during the next two weeks for this challenge, please let me know so I can check out your card.  

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and, until next time, hugs from Brasil!

~Michael