Friday, September 30, 2016

"Autumn is a second spring..."

Hello Crafty Friends!  

It is my turn to post at Quietfire Design and I am sharing a colorful autumn card using one of Quietfire Design's new stamps "Autumn is a second spring":

Autumn is a Second Spring - Mounted
The card has a bright autumn background and the steps to create the background are listed on the Quietfire Design post.  You can see in the view below the dry embossed and heat embossed leaves on the background:
Love the bright colors of Autumn! How fun it is creating cards for this time of year.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the bright, autumn card!
Have a happy, crafty day!
Big hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, AG
Simon Says Stamp Monday, Powder Power

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tim Holtz September 2016 tag

Hello Crafty Friends!

How is your fall thus far?  The leaves are slowly starting to change here and the nighttime air is getting crisp.  Walks through the woods have resulted in me taking several breaks to admire the vibrant, beautiful maple leaves.  Fall is such a colorful time of year!

The colors of the maple leaves inspired the background of my September Tim Holtz tag.  The alcohol ink background was created using the colors of fall: red pepper, sunshine yellow and a tiny bit of lettuce.  After drying, TH stencil (Flourish) was used with blending solution.  Stamps from the TH Alcohol Ink Kit and Jet Black Archival Ink was applied.
Next the Distress Patina tag background was created using Distress Paints (Picket Fence, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Tarnished Brass).  After drying, TH newsprint background stamp (X1-2858) was stamped using Fired Brick.  Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain was applied to the edges.
Love that background stamp!!

The alcohol ink background was cut to size and mounted on the tag.  Crackle paint was used with the mini Herringbone along two edges for a faux stitch appearance.
Here is how it looked when dry:
The word band had alcohol ink in Lettuce applied and was mounted on TH ribbon.
Lettuce was also used on an ornate metallic frame from the Industrious Stickers set.  The flowers are also TH and I think it is from the Life Chronicles Book Kit.  Stickles (Diamond and Seafoam) were added at will.
So, that is my version of the September 2016 TH tag.  Hope you liked it!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day!
Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Autumn leaf card- Inking Technique

Hello Crafty Friends! 

Autumn is here and to share the spirit and beauty of the season, I created an Autumn card using the gorgeous Autumn die from Suzanne Cannon's 4 Seasons die set. The card captures the beautiful colors of fall and is fun to make. Kids would love to create this card with you! So grab a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy the instructions...

Instructions:
  1. Create 5.5" x 5.5" top folding card from Kraft card stock. Cut 5.25" square from Brick Red Soft Finish Cardstock, apply Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink along edges and mount to card using double-sided adhesive tape.
  2. Grab a leaf from a tree that fills your card front well. (I used an oak leaf.) Randomly apply fall color Memento inks to leaf starting with lightest color, then the darker colors. (Tip: Working from light to dark keeps the lighter ink pads clean. Inks used are named in the supply list.)
  3. Place leaf face down onto White Soft Finish Cardstock and use a brayer to flatten it and print the impression. (Hold the leave in place so it won't slip and blur the impression.)
  4. Cut the leaf-printed cardstock down to 4.75" x 4.75". Mount on 4 7/8" square gold card stock using double-sided adhesive tape. Mount onto card base with double-sided adhesive tape.
  5. Die cut Autumn from Brick Red cardstock and also from a piece of white craft foam sheet. Apply Rhubarb Stalk ink to the edges of the Brick Red Autumn die cut.
  6. Mount both die cuts onto card front using glue. It looks best when the Brick Red is slightly offset over the white foam as shown in the close-up below.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:
Other products used:
  • Memento inks in Rhubarb Stalk, Dandelion, Bamboo Leaves, Tangelo
  • Brayer
  • Leaf
  • White craft foam (~1/8" thick)
  • Kraft brown cardstock, gold cardstock
  • 3M Liquid Adhesive
Thanks for stopping by! I do hope you enjoyed the Autumn leaf card!
Have a happy, crafty day.
Kathy Jo

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Roses in December

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my day to share a project at Quietfire Design and I chose to create a card using one of the lovely new stamps, God gave us memory
God Gave Us Memory - Mounted
I really like that quote- even on the coldest winter's day we can still fondly remember roses.  I will need to remember that when I am begrudgingly shoveling snow!  :)
The tent fold card had many layers of Graphic 45 papers (Secret Garden).  The paper is from my extra-awesome-favorite-paper pad-stash and I use it sparingly.  However, the lovely stamp needed lovely papers so pulled out the treasured pad and cautiously cut the required pieces.

The roses were applied at will...it is for the winter so the more the merrier!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card and I hope that every day you have fond memories of roses!

Big Crafty Hugs,
Kathy Jo

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