More Graduation Inspiration

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Another Graduation Inspiration Card Duo

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope y’all had a nice weekend.  Mine was full of celebration, good food, fun times, and a little relaxation.  Now back to the daily grind 😉  Still in the spirit of graduation, I have a couple more cards of that nature for you.  Take a look:

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Another simple design.  The fun part was stamping the graduation caps over and over again to create my own custom background paper.  I added a touch of gold glitter glue to the tassels of each cap for a little more pizzazz 🙂

That’s all I’ve got for you today!  I hope you enjoyed it.  Have a lovely day!

It’s Your Birthday Card – Lace Doilies and Handmade Backgrounds

Hello again!  I’ve really been enjoying all the time I’ve had recently to make fun cards.  It’s very refreshing!  Today’s card was pretty quick and easy to make and turned out to be quite striking.  Take a look:

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This card measures 4 x 5.5″ and is of the most basic construction – 2 layers of paper and a raised sentiment.  The cool thing is, I made that lovely blue paper in the background!  I started by stamping the large lace doily onto white paper and embossing it in black.  Then, I used my Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean, and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks with my blending tool to create a nice gradient.  I spritzed it with water, heat set it, then stamped the two smaller doilies with StazOn Stone Gray.  The sentiment is raised on a Spellbinders tag die cut that I heat embossed twice with silver powder.  The heat embossing gives a bit more dimension than just die cutting silver paper.

And, of course, I had to make the inside match!  I kept it simple with a couple stamps and small sentiment:

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That’s it for today, folks!  Thanks for stopping by, have a good one!

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A Bit of Loveliness Today

Hello, everyone!  Today I have a card for you that I’m very proud of; it’s one of my favorites.  Take a look:

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First, I took a piece of cream textile-look paper and stamped my damask flourish repeatedly in Bundled Sage distress ink, embossing the whole thing with clear powder.  It looked like wallpaper and I had a hard time covering it up!  I distressed the edges then layered on all my various borders, papers, and ribbon before gluing the whole thing onto a piece of dark green cardstock.  Then I added the flourish, rhinestones, and birthday sentiment to finish it off!

Let me know what you think!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Another Birthday Card, Custom Background Paper, and DIY Washi Tape

Happy Friday, everybody!  I have another birthday card for you today, but not just any birthday card.  This birthday card is based on this week’s Mojo Monday sketch, has custom-made background paper, and features washi tape that I made myself!  Whew!  That’s a lot for one card to handle 😉

First, the Mojo Monday sketch:

And now, the card:

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Cool, right?  I started with the background paper – a sheet of clean cream cardstock, taped around the edges to leave a border.  I used my ink blending tool in a swirling motion to apply first salty ocean and then walnut stain distress ink, then spritzed the paper with water, flicking a few bigger drops for a splatter effect.  When the ink had reacted just enough, I dabbed off the excess water with a paper towel and then used my heat tool to dry the paper completely.  Then, I stamped the patterns with vintage photo distress ink and StazOn Stone Gray, removed the tape, and buffed the edges with more vintage photo.  I layered it onto a piece of grey-brown cardstock and sat back to admire my handiwork…and realized that I didn’t want to cover it up!  I started this process with the Mojo Monday sketch in mind, and now I couldn’t go on because I didn’t want to cover up the special paper.  Eesh.  So, I set it aside for the night, and when I came back to it in the morning I had an idea!  Washi tape and vellum!  They’re just transparent enough not to totally overpower the background while still adding pattern and layers.  Next problem – I don’t own any washi tape 😛  Easy solution – make my own!  Then I get the exact pattern and colors I want.  Perfect.  The rest of the card went smoothly after I found the right button 🙂

Here’s a closer pic of the background paper, to try to capture some of the intricacies:

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Sometime soon I’ll make tutorials for you guys on the techniques I used to make the background paper and DIY washi tape.  Then you can have fun with it, too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

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Little Angels

Happy Friday, everyone!  I want to start by saying thank you for all the support of yesterday’s post!  I was just thrilled to my little toes by your response.  Thanks to everyone who shared it on Facebook and pinned it on Pinterest- I really appreciate your help spreading the word 🙂

Now, on to something new.  Check it out:

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Isn’t the little carriage adorable?  With the dry embossed top and little lace shade…sweetness, if I do say so myself!  And the flowers, pink buttons, and green rhinestones make me happy.  Here’s the inside:

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I created the background using Tim Holtz’ wrinkle-free distress technique (my new addiction) with mowed lawn and picked raspberry.  I’m a fan of pink and green for baby girl cards.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!