Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Anthony's Paper Craft - Round 3D Ornament Christmas Card


Happy Wednesday/Hump Day everyone!  So....I have some exciting news!!  A few weeks ago I got a Facebook message from Anthony Gilbert who owns Anthony's Paper Craft, a rubber stamp company in Cleveland, Ohio.  He told me that he loved my work and asked me if I would like to be part of his design team.  Um....YES!  I have to admit, not having to apply for a design team because the owner loves your work - completely made my month!  

I am in the middle of making a bunch of cards for Christmas and Hanukkah and today's project is using the Round Ornament.  I fell in love with this stamp as soon as I saw it because it reminded me of my StenDoodle technique and I knew I would be able to use lots of color and make it 3D.   

Let me show you how it's done.  I started by adhering a piece of decorative Christmas paper from my stash to my card front.  Then I cut a piece of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle die.  Now for a phrase...the other day I found a stack (trust me, a stack) of peel off stickers I had bought years ago and had never used.  I found one from Magenta Style called Christmas Words Gold and decided to use the phrase "Deck The Halls" under the ornament.


I then stamped the Round Ornament image twice on white cardstock.  Because I wanted the ornament a little bit larger for my card front and I wanted to make it 3D, I scanned the image, printed two of them on white cardstock, and then cut them out with my Scan N Cut.   

Note:  Although Anthony's Paper Craft does not have dies to match the images, many of them cut out beautifully with the Scan N Cut.  Trust me!!


Next...I colored!!  One of the ornaments I colored completely using 5 Sharpie fine point markers - red, green, yellow, blue, and peach.  For the 2nd ornament, I colored only the two flowers and then cut them out.


Next, I put some pop dots behind each of the cut out flowers and adhered them to the ornament - giving a 3D effect.


And, finally, the last few steps - I adhered the ornament to the card front by using pop dots behind the ornament and glue on the chain.  Then I adhered some really small crystals to the ornament and the chain to make it pop.


I hope you enjoyed my first project with Anthony's Paper Craft.  I'd love to know...leave me a comment below!  And if you try this project also let me know.  I would love to see it.  Until next time...

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Friday, November 10, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge 75 - Fall Colors with Inkadinkado and Hero Arts Ombré Inks



Hello everyone!!  While I was putting away the Halloween stamps last week I found a small stamp set of leaves that I had never inked up and figured they would have to wait until next year.  Then I saw this "fall leaves" challenge by the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog and had to go pull them out!!   

I have to admit that it feels a little strange to be working on a fall card since it is Spring here but I am happy to be back playing with the amazing ladies for the current Retro Rubber Challenge 75- Fall Colors -  


I started by stamping the leaves from Leaves (99489) (Inkadinkado) (circa 2009) onto a piece of a yellow post-it note to make a mask.  Then I grabbed 3 of my Ombré inks (Hero Arts) in autumn colors - Light Ruby to Royal Red (AF319), Butter Bar to Orange Soda (AF309), and Ombré Autumn (AF366).

I started by stamping the largest leaf in the Light Ruby to Royal Red ink on a piece of white cardstock, 3 5/8" x 4n7/8".  


I then placed the mask over the leaf and stamped the next leaves using Butter to Orange and Ombré Autumn inks.


I continued masking and stamping until I had stamped the leaves across the whole piece of cardstock. 


I then put the cardstock in my Mistii (My Sweet Petunia) and stamped the word "gratitude" from Harvest Expressions (98555/Inkadinkado) with Onyx Black Versafine ink.


Lastly, I made my card base.  I started with an A2 piece of white cardstock.  I adhered a piece of autumn colored textured cardstock to the front, then a layer of black cardstock with a stitched border, and then the white cardstock with the leaves.  The final act was to adhere a few orange metallic sequins to the card front.


Done!!  I left the inside blank so it can be written on.  I'm glad I finally got some ink on these leaf stamps.  I think they are really beautiful with these "autumn" colored Ombré inks!  I'd love to know what you think of the card.  Let me know by leaving a comment below!  

Thanks for stopping by the blog and...until next time....

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Halloween "Batty" Card No. 2


Hello everyone!!  I seriously need to find more hours in my day or maybe more days in my week.  But I have a feeling most of us feel this way.  So much to do and so little time to get it all done!  Anyway, as promised, I am back today with one more "batty" Halloween card.  I wasn't planning on making two cards with the bat stamps but, while I was making yesterday's card another Halloween card with bats popped up in my Facebook feed - it was THIS one from my friend Justin's blog.  He had embossed bats with black embossing powder on black cardstock.  I had never thought of doing that and had to give it a go too!  

I started with an A2 top folding card base, adhered a piece of orange cardstock to the card front, and then distressed the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.


Next, I cut a piece of black cardstock with one of my stitched rectangle dies.  Then I stamped the bat image from my Halloween Wishes set several times using Versamark ink.  


Then I grabbed my heat gun, some Black Sparkle embossing powder by Ranger, and heat embossed the bats.  LOVED how they came out!  Once they cooled I adhered a piece of black fun foam to the back and then adhered this to the card front.


Next, I stamped the two banner images from my Halloween set - the smaller one onto white cardstock and the larger one onto orange cardstock.  Then I stamped the phrase from my Happy Halloween set on the smaller banner - all with Onyx Black Versafine ink.  Once dry I cut the two banners out and adhered the smaller banner on top of the larger banner.




I then put some pop dots on the back and adhered it to the card front.



The last thing I did....because the card was calling for them...was to glue down some small googly eyes on each bat. 


Done!  I really love how this card came out and it's a really quick card to make.  Thanks Justin for the inspiration!!  Let me know what you think of the card by leaving a comment below!!  

As always, thanks for stopping by the blog.  Until next time....

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My New Halloween Stamps And A "Batty" Halloween Card



Hello everyone!  It's been a crazy couple of weeks and I am very excited to announce that I have come out with a small line of Halloween stamps here in Brasil.  Long story short....I was asked to give a charity class next weekend and they asked me for Halloween projects.  I knew I could never get stamps here in time so I finally took one of those ideas in my head and made it a reality.  My friend Francine here has a rubber stamp company called Scraplooving and I have always loved her images.  So I tossed the idea out to her of me designing some Halloween images that she could make for the class (and to sell).  She said let's run with this and before I knew it, I was sketching ideas, which is really not that easy for someone who is not an artist, and the next thing I knew....I had rubber stamps in my hands that I made!  Crazy!  

Here are the designs I have come out with - 


I wanted to share a card I made yesterday using some of the stamps.  If you wanted to recreate the card I am sure you have a bat image (or two) in your stash.  LOL

I started by stamping the two bat images (from HERE and HERE) with Onyx Black Versafine ink onto white cardstock.  Then had the Scan N Cut cut the images for me.


Next, I went through my stash of papers and adhered this paper to my A2 card front.


Next, I cut a piece of black cardstock using the largest die from the Nested Stitched Scallop Rectangle set and I also cut a piece of designer paper with the largest die from the Rectangle Frame set - both from Cottage Cutz.  Then I stamped the phrase "Halloween Wishes" from THIS set using Onyx Black Versafine ink and adhered the designer paper to the black cardstock, which I then adhered to the card front.


Next I adhered the bats around the front of the card, above the phrase.  


And the last thing I did...just to add a splash of color, was to adhere 3 purple sequins to the card front.  Done!!


I hope you enjoyed this card.  Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.  And please stop back tomorrow when I will have another "bat" themed Halloween card for you!  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Addicted To CAS No. 120 With Florals and Gina K. Designs


Hello everyone!  Thank you so much for all the love given to the "googly-eyed skulls" card that I made for the current challenge on the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  Remember, you have until September 22nd to add your own card to the "Anything Goes" challenge.  

Today I have a super simple and special card - for a special lady.  A friend of mine asked me to make a card for her aunt Maria.  Maria loves to garden and is always telling people here "Onde uma flor cresce há esperança.", which basically translates to "where a flower grows there is hope".  When she told me this I immediately thought of this set by Gina K. Designs that has the same sentiment!!  

Then I saw that the current challenge over on the Addicted to CAS Challenge Blog is all about "florals".  So that's where I am also entering this card.



I started by placing a piece of white cardstock into my Misti.  Using black ink I stamped the two images from the Hopeful Flowers Duo set by Gina K. Designs.  



Then I cut (1) the cardstock using the large stitched rectangle die from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes set by Simon Says Stamp, (2) colored the flowers yellow (Maria's favorite color) with a Sharpie marker, and (3) adhered small crystals to the small dots in the image.


After this, I made a top folding A2 card base out of purple cardstock to which I adhered the white cardstock with the images.  Lastly, I adhered 3 purple sequins to the front and a piece of white cardstock to the inside.  


Done!  I told you....super simple.  I hope you enjoyed this card and tutorial. Feel free to leave me a comment below - I do normally answer all comments left and love reading them.  Until the next time....

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael