Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Swapping is Fun

I recently signed up to particpate in a few swaps. I used the Bundle of Joy card from my last post for one of them. Here are two more for two different groups in Patti's (will_work4stamps) A Year of Cards swap. I signed up for December in one group and October in the other. I really like how both of these turned out, and I can't wait to see what all of the other ladies bring...
On the December card, I used the polished stone technique with Night of Navy, Buckaroo Blue, Cool Caribbean and Encore Silver reinkers. I stamped the trees with Black Stazon, then highlighted the ground with a 2-way Glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Finally, I accented with navy narrow organdy ribbon, but it just didn't look right, so I melted the ribbon and added a white knot as well.
For the October card, I embossed the Spooky Skyline wheel with Irridescent Ice embossing powder. Then I cut out 24 of those cute little Jack-O-Lanterns (What was I thinking?! My fingers still have indentations from the scissors!) and popped them up on Stampin' Dimensionals. I really like this color combo for Halloween - Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Vintage Violet. It was inspired by the Halloween Night designer paper that was available last fall.

Friday, March 9, 2007

I Love Stampin!

I recently signed up for a swap, and as I was designing the card (even though it took me hours to be happy with it) I thought to myself, "I LOVE STAMPIN!" It is such a relaxing hobby. I love being creative, and I love to show my work to my family and friends. I love to hear back from someone who has received one of my cards, especially when they tell me "I save all your cards!" Man, I just love what I do!!

Here's the card that created all the love....

I tried a couple of new things on this card. First of all, I can't believe it took me this long to try stamping with bleach! It was super easy (aside from the headache I got from the fumes. Note to self - open a window next time!), and I love how it looks! In case you can't tell, I stamped the swirly border on the right with the bleach. Isn't it neat?

I also watercolored the bear image using re-inkers rather than crayons or pencils. I LOVE how it turned out! This is by far my best and most vibrant watercolored image to date.

Lastly, I did reverse masking and masking to create the highlighted square around the bear. Wow, that turned out better than I expected, and again - it was so EASY!

Hope you enjoy looking at the card as much as I enjoyed creating it!