Monday, April 22, 2024

Fancy Bonsai Tree

 The preschool classroom I worked in with I first moved to California was called the "Bonsai Class" - when I opened the space my in laws even bought me a little bonsai tree to decorate my classroom... I haven't been in that room for about 5 years now, but I've seen in recent photos that the tree is still in the classroom and thriving! That was all I could think of when creating this card using the Bonsai Fancy Die.

I started with the backgrounds for this card. I used Peony Ink on white cardstock to stamp the Origami Paper Bold Print. I then stamped the Words of Peace Bold Print with Periwinkle Ink onto Arctic cardstock. I created a window by die cutting the center of the Arctic cardstock with a Rounded Jewel Infinity Die and glued that panel on top of the Origami Paper panel. 

Now it's time to put together the Bonsai Die! Each of the pieces that were die cut, I also shaded the edges with a similar color ink using my small blending brushes. The leaves are cut from Meadow Cardstock and shaded with Fresh Lawn ink. The trunk is cut from Cup O Joe cardstock and shaded with Cup O Joe ink. The flowers are cut from Peony cardstock and shaded with Cotton Candy ink. And lastly the container was cut from Paradise cardstock and shaded with Bermuda ink

For the sentiment, I pulled out the beautiful Crane Wishes stamp set for the sentiment, which was stamped with Charcoal ink. The sentiment I used fits the occasion for when I received my bonsai plant, so I thought it was a full circle card moment!

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Delicate cards for any occasion

 My friend recently requested a set of cards without any sentiment, so she could use them for any occasion needed. I realized that this was the biggest. challenge. ever. I struggled! I realized that I tend to use a sentiment as a focal point of a card, or at the very least, it's the finishing touch to the card. I'm happy to report I pulled through and the two cards below were born!

The main images are from the Hero Arts Lavender and Cosmos stamp set. The flowers are stamped on Deluxe Smooth White cardstock and stamped in Intense Black ink. I colored all the images with my Polychromos pencils

The lavender card uses a background stamp called Words of Peace, which I stamped in Mist ink. I also die cut a Rounded Jewel Infinity Die from vellum to back the lavender stamp.

Isn't the cosmos stamp so pretty?! For this card, I used the Abstract Criss Cross Bold Print with Green Apple ink.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Cover Plates, Rainbow Style

 It's time for some rainbow happiness with Cover Plates! I will admit... cover plates were a craft item I often passed up because I thought they were too pricey. But, one cover plate can work in soooo many different ways, they are now a must-have for my supply! Just visit this post to see a completely different technique using the Peacock Cover Plate shown below.

Each of these cards uses a rainbow blended background. On Deluxe Smooth White Cardstock, I blended these inks in rainbow order: Pale Tomato, Papaya, Lemon Yellow, Kiwi, Paradise, and Orchid. I used my trusty Hero Arts brushes to blend.

I then die cut the Peacock Cover Plate and glued it right on top of the rainbow background.

I love this card because... look at that black glitter cardstock!! The sparkle!! I used the Flower Pattern Cover Plate cut from the glitter paper. I also sprayed the rainbow blended cardstock with Shimmer Mist to add extra sparkle.

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