Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Paintings by Monet, Cards by Me

I had some note cards with Monet's paintings on them and I wanted to do something with them to make them mine, but without detracting from Monet.

The first card is his painting "Haystacks of Giverny".

I printed on vellum a quote by Monet "Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love." and then put it over the painting. I debated whether or not it would obscure the painting too much, and finally decided it looked good.

The second card is one of his Japanese Bridge Over Pond series. I had to cut some off of the left side to fit the square card. I punched the smaller SU square punch and then the larger one to leave a thin frame around a square of the water lilies. I matted the whole thing on a pink that brought out the color and used pop dots on the small square to add some dimensionality.

The third is one of his Poplar paintings. I stamped Get Well Soon on vellum and put it in the bottom corner. The stamp is a SU stamp, but I don't remember what the set is called. The picture looks like there is a salmon mat and then a purple, but that is a problem with the scan; there isn't any purple in it.

One card is one of a sailboat in Argenteuil. I used the SU scalloped oval to punch out the people on the boat and matted the image on a blue that went well with the boat. I then put the punched piece on pop dots for dimensionality.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Friendship Blossom

I made a card that could have been used as a sympathy card two weeks ago, but I didn't realize I'd need it so soon. A friend's son was killed yesterday so I put the finishing touches on it.  My heart just breaks for my friend and her husband.  Somehow a card just isn't enough, but I can put my love and hugs into this for her.

Paper: Baja Breeze from SU, black and white
Ink: Basic Black from SU, Versamark
Accessories: Crystal Effects, Liquid Pearls, white EP, Nesties
Stamps: SU set
Sentiment: SU

Friday, June 17, 2011

Father's Day Cards

I made 3 Father's Day cards this year (like always!).  I'm triply blessed!

The first one is made from some scrapbook paper that I've had forever. I cut out along the bottom around the race cars and then glued it onto a sheet of green paper

that matched (almost too perfectly, since you can't see where the green front wing of the
race car ends and the background paper begins) the color of one of the race cars. The c
ard is 9.5" x 4" to fit in a regular legal sized envelope. Walmart has them in such nice colors! I then cut a mat out of the same green that was wider than the sentiment so that it mimicked the card being wider than the white paper.

Stamp: Thinking of Father from SU!
Cardstock: AC Cardstock, primaries
Paper: ???
Ink: SU's Basic Black

The second card utilizes an image I've had for a couple of years. I really liked the image and so

couldn't bear to use it, but finally found the perfect card to make with it. The image came from a make and take at the Grapevine or Mesquite convention with Judy of B & J's Art Stamps, so all the stamps are theirs. I should have bought the main stamp because I like it so much. Maybe this year! The background was stamped with one of their background stamps, of which I have several. I love the brushed look! Judy has us stamp the whole background with a light color (in this case a yellow color) and then around the edges with a darker color (Indian Rouge and Patina Beauty). Once the background is stamped, we stamped the Indian with black, covered the whole thing with sparkly EP and heat gunned it. Next we stamped in the Patina Beauty two background stamps in the corners. Finally, we used Versamark to emboss the edges of the card with bronze EP. I put this on teal paper.

The last card was an easy card, nice and simple. At the Arlington convention this month, I bought some paper from Scrapbookers Painted Page. One of the papers I bought was of a sea plane on a lake. My step-father likes planes and I thought this would make a great card for him. I used a whole

sheet of 8.5" x 11" piece of cardstock and folded it in half to make a larger card. I used a red color from AC (American Crafts). I glued the paper on the cardstock and then punched an oval through the front of the card using the SU medium oval punch. I masked the oval and stamped the word JOY on the inside of the card through the oval. The JOY came from SU's Small Words set.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ocean Cards

I wanted to make an ocean birthday card for my aunt, but didn't like the first attempt, or the second attempt, or...

I finally came up with 3 variations...which do you like best and why?

The first card has a turtle. In the first, failed, attempts the grass didn't look very good when it was embossed with the bubbles. So with the turtle card, I only embossed part way down, but I'm not sure I like the abrupt stop of the bubbles.

The second card has a seahorse and different grass. The grass held up better to the embossing, so I think I like this one best.

The third card doesn't have the bubbles embossed on it. I will put it on the same orange background as the others once I've decided if I am going to emboss it or not.

Here is the inside.

For all cards:

Paper: SU Bordering Blue, DCWV orange
Ink: Adarondack's Lettuce
Embossing folder: Cuttlebug bubbles
Animals: Spellbinders Shapabilities From the Sea
Chalk: SU Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Olive Green
Stamp: Inspired by Nature by SU for the second and third cards and Potted Grasses from Stamp A Mania.

Monday, June 13, 2011

I'm Back

Hi all - I took a break from making cards, but last weekend my mom was here and we went to the Arlington Scrapbooking and Stamping convention. That got me back in a creative mood. So here is the first of a few cards:

I've had this background stamp from SU for just about ever and never really knew what to do with it. I stamped and colored one and cut it out with Provocraft scissors and put it
on a red card, but didn't send it because I just didn't like it. It had no focus. Then, at the convention, I saw a card made with the stamp as a background with 2 girls

and the sentiment was something like "Friendship survives long distance" and I instantly thought of my bestest friend who lives (and has lived) far away. So, I wrote around the edge - on all four sides - "Long Distance doesn't separate friends..."

Stamp: SU Highways and Byways
Inks: various copics
Scissors: Provocraft
Card: DCWV