Thursday, March 23, 2017

Under the Sea

I'm obsessed with water secene lately. In this card, I wanted to create a dimensional background that shows the depth of the ocean. At the same time, I also wanted to create a shaker card. So I decided to combine them. However, the card got too thick after turning into shaker card, I felt it would be weird to make each layer thicker.
 
For the background, I first die cuts 3 cardstocks with different oval sizes. I stacked all four cardstocks (including the bottom most layer) together, and ink blended them with distress inks so that the color transition in all cardstocks are consistent. I spritzed some water at the end and wiped them out to create water effect.

 
 

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges.

Supplies used in this card:
  • MFT Soak up the fun stamp set (MFT)
  • MFT Inside and out stitched oval die-namics (MFT)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Texture Copics Coloring

This weekend I was up for trying out some Copics color techniques. I was inspired by Marker Geek's tutorial on how to draw texture animals and was motivated to give it a shot. So here iswhat I've got. As for the background, I tried to generate ombre effect with pigment ink. Although it is a very common technique, I have never used it in my cards before!
 



I'm submitting this card to the following challenges.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Layer It Up
Supplies used in this card:
  • Stampingbella Harry the stuffie gets happy mail (SB)
  • Mama Elephant sentimental borders stamp set (ME)
  • MFT inside and out stitched circle die-namics (MFT)
  • MFT basic stitch lines die-namics (MFT)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Bringing Sunshine

My idea in this card is to present the motion of traveling from darkness to brightness. The background of the card goes from night to sunrise to daylight, and the air balloon travels from night to day. The girl was taken to the bright world by her friend, teddy bear.
 


I'm submitting this card to the following challenges.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Make Your Own Background
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - For A Special Lady/Girl
 
Supplies used in this card:
  • Stampingbella Ramona and teddy in a ballon (SB)
  • Mama Elephant Cityscape die (ME)
  • Technique Tuesday Say it - Thanks stamp set (TT)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Let's Make A Splash

Today I tried using vellum for the first time in my cards. I was inspired by Jennifer McQuire's beautiful card. I applied distress ink cracked pistachio on top layer and peacock feathers on bottom layer. I almost trashed these vellums because inks kept coming off. The next day I looked at them again and decided to finish my card with them, although the colors are still lighter than I expected.
 
This is also my first card with Copic coloring. I really enjoyed the brightness and depth Copic markers bring!

 
 


I'm submitting this card to the following challenges.

Supplies used in this card:
  • MFT Soak up the fun stamp set (MFT)
  • Mama Elephant All prettied up dies (ME)
  • Lawn Fawn stitched hillside borders (LF)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Addicted to CAD #104 Pets

Today I have the honor to join the team at Addicted to CAS as their guest designer. Thank you so much for the invitation! The theme for #104 challenge is "Pets".

 
 

Below is the card I created for this challenge. This time I used the green colors that I don't normally use from distress inks - evergreen bough, cracked pistachio, peacock feather, broken china, and tumbled glass. After I ink blended the background, I used my watercolor brush to move the ink around, just to create some watercolor effects. Then I heat embossed the snowflakes.




Dialogs with my husband when I showed him the card.

Me: So what do you think?
Husband: What exactly is this penguin doing?
Me: err... surfing?
Husband: Oh, the background is water? Why are there snowflakes in the water?
Me: err... because it's winter?
Husband: Anyway, why does penguin surf in the winter?
Me: ... (it's called art... $*&%)


Supplies used in this card:
  • Purple Onion Designs Stacey Yacula Dash (POD)
  • Purple Onion Designs Stacey Yacula Snowflakes (POD)
  • MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX die (MFT)

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges.
 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Making Clouds With Kids

After seeing Anna's instagram post, I felt it would be fun to give it a try too. My five-year-old son had a blast learning how to make clouds. He practiced twice before he realized he should switch to lighter colors. Although the clouds in final card turned out to be too light, the whole card still looks very pretty. He was so excited after finishing the card. He's giving this card to his godmother.



 
 
I'm submitting this card to the following challenges.
 
Supplies used in this card:
  • Stampingbella Tiny Townie blossom loves balloons (SB)
  • Mama Elephant All Prettied Up dies (ME)
  • MFT inside and out stitched rectangle die-namics (MFT)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

AAA Cards #82 Winter Chill

Today I'm honored to guest design with AAA Cards challenge. The theme in #82 challenge is winter chill.
 
 
 
 
Talking about winter chill, I think about snow and ice. I thought it would be fun to learn how to make reflection effects on ice. I searched "card stamping reflection" on youtube and found a few interesting techniques to pick up.
 
So here is the card I made. For the background, I applied distress ink chipped sapphire and squeezed lemonade. I tried to be careful not to blend the two colors. When I designed the card, I wanted the yellow ring to symbolize warm friendship that keep snow and coldness away. But when I showed it to my husband and kids, one said "Beautiful moon!" and another said "Beautiful starry night!" Oh well... at least it's beautiful...
 
 


Another view of the card, in front of my backyard with 9 inches of snow accumulated.



Hope you enjoyed the card and play along at AAA Cards too.


I'm submitting this card to the following challenges.
Supplies used in this card:
  • Stampingbella Ramona shares her hot chocolate (SB)
  • SSS Winter warmth stamp set (SSS)