FMS255 Finger Painting with Ink!

Hi!  Thanks for stopping by!  Today I’m featuring a card that I designed for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Our beautiful and very talented Artisan, Amy O’Neill, created a wonderfully clean and simple sketch for us to start with.  I really enjoyed working with this sketch; it caused the ideas to really flow!

My card features a technique that I recently saw on Jennifer McGuire’s blog… creating beautiful water color backgrounds by finger painting with ink (actually, it amounts to sponge daubing, but you use your fingertips).  This technique is WONDERFUL for those of use that have a difficult time with water coloring, and it’s so much fun.  Jennifer mentions the staining on fingers, but like she says, it eventually wears off.  I loved that, and I’m a get-your-fingers-inky person, but you could use gloves if you’re squeamish.  🙂

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The process starts by heat embossing the flourish from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set with white embossing powder.  I thin used a gummy product (Rubber Cement works well, too, but use a finer brush than what comes with the product) to cover any areas that you want to remain white, as I did on the flowers and leaves. To prepared my ink colors (Pool Party, Marina Mist and Dapper Denim) I “stamped” my ink pad on a craft sheet and spritzed with water, stirred and began “daubing” the applied with fingers.  I found an old Smooch Spritz that looks like a pearlized gray and added more dabs, again with my fingers.

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After rubbing off the gummy stuff, I colored the leaves and flower petals with water color pencils and added Wink of Stella.  The little dots are 1) White Gel Pen and 2) Black Glitter Embossing Powder.  The Thank You die is a clean and simple way to add a sentiment “banner”;  this was cut in Basic Black, and then well-coated with Wink of Stella.

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I hope you enjoyed my card and that you’ll go visit Freshly Made Sketches to see what Amy and the rest of our “Clean Team” have designed to inspire you.  We invite you to play along with us this week!

Happy stamping!

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P.S.  Less than 24 hours later and my fingers are ink-free!  😉

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Blessed Fall Greeting

So glad to have a card for Freshly Made Sketches this week!  It was so much fun working with Narelle’s sketch, and I can see it working just as well flipped 90 degrees.  Narelle Farrugia is our host at FMS and she designed a fabulously versatile sketch for us.

fms254-vintage-leavesI chose to use the Vintage Leaves stamp set and the coordinating Leaflets Framelits Die along with a little clear and a little gold Wink of Stella, and I cut a second smaller leaf out of the 1-1/4 Burlap Ribbon and frayed it a bit.  To add texture, I covered a piece of Pool Party CS with the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and ran the Chocolate Chip CS through the Big Shot with the Woodgraiin embossing folder.

So, I had the main part of the sketch covered, but still had a card that was really lacking something.  I don’t know what even made me think of it, but I thought of the shaving cream technique, which I’ve seen countless tutorials on how to do it, but I’ve never tried it.  What the heck…  how messy can it be?  Well, kinda.  Blue hands kinda.  However, it was easy and very cool to do!  The piece that I used for this background was the first piece I did.  I want little bits of color and lots of white left, so I did a very gentle swirl and I love the results.

The Blessed diecut is from Simon Says Stamps.  I did three layers, the top two in Pool Party and the bottom, Chocolate Chip, was slightly offset.  I put Crystal Effects on the assembled diecut sentiment, but I have to admit, I had a really difficult time with it, which usually isn’t an issue.  Because little things bug me until I do something about them, so I’ll probably gently remove this one and put a new one on, maybe sans Crystal Effects.  🙂

fms254-narelleI hope you’re inspired by Narelle’s sketch and my interpretation of it and that you’ll go visit Freshly Made Sketches to see all of the Design Team’s fabulous creations.  Get your inspiration and play along with us this week!

Happy Stamping!

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Ring the Bells for FMS252

ARGHH!  Layers of circles!  Definitely a big challenge for me, always.  This week’s circles are courtesy of Karren Johnson.   Karren’s a very talented designer and, obviously, a really good challenge sketch maker.  🙂  So, here’s my card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

I’m not sure if my creation totally qualifies to match the sketch; I hope it’s close enough!

FMS252-Cindy-HallI needed something that I could stack and the bells, cut in a snap with the new Bell Punch from the upcoming Holiday Catalog.  I didn’t want them just floating from the bow, with nothing behind it, so I used the pine branch from the stamp set Christmas Pines.  For a little texture and dimension, I popped the top bell with dimensionals and I embossed the greeting with clear embossing powder.

File this one as very easy and very mail-friendly!

FMS252 KarrenI hope you love the challenge of circles, and that you’ll join Karren and the rest of the Design Team at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Happy Stamping!

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FMS251 Wonderful Year

Guess who’s hosting at Freshly Made Sketches this week?  I’m excited to share a sketch for everyone to play with, and to share my own design based on it.FMS251 Cindy Hall

 

It’s a pretty simple sketch with only a few layers, and when I designed the sketch, I wanted something that I could use a large sentiment with.  I chose the Wonderful Year stamp set (awesome stamp set!), which fit perfectly on my white oval.  I used Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Markers to ink up my stamp.

FMS251-Wonderful-YearThe stamp and Pretty Pines Thinlits do all the work.  I really love the little extra cuts in the pinecones for texture.  The DSP is from the Warmth and Cherry DSP Stack, and I combined it with Gold Foil to add some color and shine.  This is a wonderful card to make for out-of-town family and friends as it is flat and mail-friendly.

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I hope you’re inspired by my card and the other awesome creations by the Design Team at Freshly Made Sketches, and that you’ll play along with us this week.  I love making a sketch and seeing what your creative minds come up with!

Happy Stamping!

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Just a Note (for you!)

I absolutely love the Flowering Flourishes Bundle!  Both the stamp set and the thinlet dies are so versatile and super simple to create with, either separately or together, but for this one I strongly recommend buying the bundle.  Also, although you can create a better cutting experience with intricate dies by adding addition sheets of paper or with wax paper, again, I recommend the Precision Plate if you like to take the work out of stamping.  I’ve put the bundle to use on this week’s sketch for Freshly Made Sketches by our super-awesome Guest Designer, Cecile Ribon.  If you haven’t checked out Cecile’s blog yet, I urge you to do so, because she is an amazing designer.

FMS250-Cindy-Hall-3I started by masking off the shape of the background piece and sponged it with Pool Party from the outsides in, leaving a slightly lighter spot in the middle and then stamped the sentiment in black.  FMS250-Flourish-Thinlets-2After cutting out the flower and leaves with the die, I did a little trimming on the leaves, added some Wink of Stella and a rhinestone to the flower for a little more pop and finished with clear droplets.

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I hope you love Cecile’s fresh and clean sketch as much as I do!  Please come see what the ‘Clean Team’ at Freshly Made Sketches has created for lots of inspiration, and hopefully, you’ll be inspired to play along with us this week!

Happy Stamping!

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Supplies: Stamp Set: Flourishing Phrases;  Paper: Whisper White Thick Card Stock, Rose Red, Delightful Dijon and Old Olive;  Ink: Pool Party and Black;  Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Precision Cutting Plate, Flourish Thinlets Dies, Wink of Stella, Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Glue Pen.  Non-SU:  Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets.

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Friendship

It’s time for another sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our host is Kim Singdahlsen.  I really admire Kim’s style and talent, and that carries through to her sketch designs.  This week’s sketch is fabulous and it has so many ways to use it, make sure you add this one to your book of favorites

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I chose to use the Sheltering Tree stamp set for the main panel, with the leaves overlapping on to the base card.  I stamped the leaves twice, once with Old Olive and then with Garden Green. I stuck a few heart sequins from my stash of retired items in the tree.  For a final step, I re-stamped the tree with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear powder.  It gives it lovely dimension.

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I also re-stamped the sentiment and heat embossed with clear.  It needed one more thing.  I added a heart that was made with Blushing Bride card stock and  a retired (I know, I’m sorry!  I hope you have these items or something similar!) heart shaped mini punch.  A little Wink of Stella and a good coat of Crystal Effects makes the most beautiful enamel-look heart.

FMS249 Kim SI hope you were inspired by Kim’s awesome sketch and my simple card!  Please check out Freshly Made Sketches to see the wide variety of stunning designs by our ‘Clean Team’, and if you’re up to the challenge, we’ll see you in our gallery!  🙂

Happy Stamping!

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FMS249 – Botanical Builder Framelits

It’s so easy to make a quick card with a great set of Framelits, and with Botanical Builders Framelits there are endless ways to use them.  This week’s sketch for the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches is by our creative and inspirational designer, Linda Callahan, is sure to inspire you.  It was perfect inspiration for me to use my Botanical Builders.

FMS248-Botanical-BuildersFor this card, I simply arranged some die cut flowers and leaves on a piece of woodgrain embossed and smoky slate sponged white card stock.  I used Candy Dots, a Candy Dot Brad and rhinestones for the flower centers and I added some Wink of Stella to random flower parts.  The sentiment, from Sheltering Tree stamp set, is stamped on white and then “shadowed” with a piece of Smoky Slate card stock.FMS248-Botanical-Builders-AI hope you find some inspiration in Linda’s sketch and the card I designed, as well as with the Design Team cards over at Freshly Made Sketches.

FMS248 LindaI hope to see your design in our gallery this week!  In the meanwhile, Happy Stamping!

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