Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ariel, The Little Mermaid

A buddy of mine loves the Little Mermaid, so I decided to make a bday card for him.
The eels were fun critters to use, and I am happy with how it turned out.

I cut down some watercolor paper to a 4x4in square and liberally added water. Then, I added several different sprays of blue- the first few sprays were from a cheap blue from ACMoore that I had laying around and the top layers were from Lindy's Stamp Gang so the glitter and shine would sit on top. I added some darker blues and grays as well since it would better convey deep water. While messy, this was pretty fun, however, waiting for it to dry was not haha. 

I stamped and copic-colored the images of 2 stamps sets: The Greeting Farm's Little Mermaids set, and Lawn Fawn's You Are Sublime.

I also used a coral die since I had lots of scraps floating around and the shine on the paper was too nice to waste. Reduce, reuse, recycle!

I later added a birthday sentiment but gave it away before getting a pic... I need to get better at that!
Thanks for coming by and hope 2019 is starting off well for ya :D


Monday, January 7, 2019

Belated Xmas Cards x3

Belated Xmas Cards x3

I was out of the country and didn't get a chance to post these holiday cards! 
and a close up of the shaker and paper trees

My red card uses Simon Says Stamp's Stained Glass greetings. I heat embossed them using Lime Green Tinsel Embossing Powder from Ranger, along with a small "wishing you" in Alabaster White Embossing Powder from Brutus Monroe. 
The forest background stamp is from Impression Obsession and embossed in the same Lime Green powder. I will be using this again in different colors with a black background as it looks great.

My shaker card was a lot more time consuming.. First I prepared several sheets of green paper to cut with my tree dies (from Simon Says Stamp). I used some green sparkle felt, a sheet of metallic green paper, a sheet of green shine paper from ACMoore and lastly, a paper that I made myself using several sprays from Lindy's Stamp Gang. The spray adds a lot of glitter, and I used a few shades of green as I was cutting a bunch of trees from the paper and wanted them to be varied. 

I then worked on the shaker part. First, I cut the tree in the middle. I chose this shape because it was big enough where the parts could shake around, but also had some straight lines too- I would later surround the back with foam tape and the straight lines made it a bit easier to deal with. Anyway, after cutting the tree cutout, I used a snowflake embossing folder on the paper. Then, I glued a piece of acetate on the back of the paper. Then, I surrounded the perimeter with 2 layers of foam tape. Then, I filled the middle with shaker bits. Then, I added a layer of acetate on the back to seal it in. I prefer to do this so that I can then take the whole piece of paper, turn it upside down and stick it exactly where I want to on my card base. If you want to skip this step, you can lay the cardbase upside down on your foam tape, but it probably won't be lined up perfectly straight... Good luck though! I think the extra 2 inches of acetate is well worth it- I actually just used leftover wrapping from some packages I had laying around. 

The last step was some glitter stickle drops in the middle of the snowflakes. I made a few of these to hand out, so I varied them a bit, but they all followed these steps. 

Hope everyone had an awesome holiday!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Snow Gear See Through card

I created a mouse that wants to go snowboarding. In order to put his gear on, the recipient must close the card. I think the helmet fits him perfectly. 

The equipment and sentiment are from Simon Says Stamp's Snow Gear set. The mouse is from Mama Elephant's Lunar Animals set. I colored using copic markers in a fall orange color, but I feel it is still a winter card since snow came so early this year. 

I die cut the scalloped circle from the front of the card and adhered acetate on the back. I die cut two more gray panels to make the white snow stand out more and ensure a 'clean and simple' look.

I cut two helmets and glued them to each side of the acetate ensuring that when the card was closed they fit in the correct spot over the mouse. To do this, it was easiest to put the helmet on the mouse (colored side down) and put a drop of glue on it.. then, I carefully closed the card. Let that dry. Then, I knew exactly where to line up the helmet for the front of the card.

I embossed the sentiment using Ranger Tinsel Embossing Powder. In some of my other posts I have specific details for embossing-- it is fun and really adds a lot when you view the card in person!

Hope you enjoyed this see through card :)


Monday, November 19, 2018

Origami Squirrel Golden Acorns

Hello! Please follow me on instagram at @Coolpaperart for more fun pics!
Today I have a unique card to share using some origami. The squirrel can be taken out as a surprise gift for the recipient!


Folding the squirrel took a bit of time. The designer is John Montroll and I grew up with many of his origami books- he is a great artist. I messed up the first one b/c the paper was a bit too small. If you fold and refold the same spots, sometimes the paper will wear down and make a hole. The larger the paper, the easier it is to work on details, like little arms and feet etc, so I used a larger square. The end product was actually a good size for the 6x6 inch card. 

For the background, I used an acorn stencil from Echo Park and used several different pastes on it. I used a variety of products from Viva, Lindy's Stamp Gang and Tim Holtz. The Viva pastes were ready to go, but for the gold and another shade of brown, I took the sprays and added them to some white texture paste that I had. 

 I embossed the sentiment (from Simon Says Stamp seasons set) on vellum and adhered it to the back of the paper, leaving a bit of space for my squirrel to fit behind it. Then I popped it onto a piece of brown cardstock from Bazzil.  

Happy Autumn!


Friday, November 9, 2018

One Layer Wedding Card

Good morning. Today I am sharing a one layer stamped wedding card.

Technically, the dove stickers add a bit of dimension, but stamping-wise, it is still a one layer card.. and with no masking necessary thanks to this awesome stamp set! The layered stamp set is called Fresh Cut Wreath by a company called WPlus9.

I scored my card so the front would be a little shorter- this enabled me to add some nice glitter tape to the inside. It can be seen when the card is closed and also 'classes' up the inside of the card when the bride and groom open it up- They are fancy like that and deserve it :)

If there is a washi tape or something I really want to use on a card, I like to use this technique. *Sometimes* though, I have accidentally scored my card wrong and used this trick to save the card.. don't tell anybody... haha.  If you prefer, you could always trim the card down a bit.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by and please check back soon!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Watch Your Step!

I thought this was a creepy, yet fun card to give in October. Would be good for the person in your life that loves creepy or spooky things. 

The background is blended using sand colored distress inks and a bit of brown. The scorpion is from Hero Arts' Desert Fox stamp set. I stamped using Versamark ink, a glue-like ink, and then used Brutus Monroe's black fine embossing powder on top. Some of my earlier posts have specific directions for heat embossing, but I recommend you treat the area first with an anti-static tool so powder only sticks to your image. I did a few rounds of embossing. Then, I used some purple embossing powder from Lindy's Stamp Gang for the unique scorpion. The matching sentiment comes from Paper Smooches. 


Tech Ninja

Hi, I made a birthday card for my tech-ninja friend. He is a computer wiz with his trusted tool, his laptop.

I used Altenew's Ninja Invasion layering stamps and used a stamp positioning tool to make sure that the swords were aligned properly. 
I then created a mask of each ninja with a post it note and covered them up. Then, I placed the circuit board stencil from ACMoore on top. I sprayed lightly with some green spray from Lindy's Stamp Gang and removed the stencil. 
The sentiment is simple, so that the ninjas steal the show. I stuck it to a piece of black design paper from Blick and then adhered it to my card-base to create a top folding card.