2018 Card Design Superstar – Clean and Simple

Good afternoon! I had a design idea bouncing around in my head this morning so I decided to create a second card for the 2018 Card Design Superstar Contest at My Favorite Things. I’m posting this project in the category for Clean and Simple Genius.

Rowhouse Greetings | Gnome Me by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

For this project, I chose one of the images from the Gnome Me stamp set which I paired with a retired MFT die and a sentiment from MFT’s Aim for the Clouds stamps set. The second die used for the yellow strip is one that I received as a free gift from MFT for placing an order last month. I added a few dew drops from Honey Bee Stamps – this is my new favorite embellishment!

This will be my last post of the day (promise!). There’s a basket of laundry calling my name and I have to get ready for my class tomorrow at Queen’s Ink so time to put crafting aside for now.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Bazzill Basics in Mexican Poppy and Devil Red; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: You Gnome Me by My Favorite Things; Aim for the Clouds by My Favorite Things
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Dies: Die-namics You Gnome Me by My Favorite Things; Die-namics Friend [retired] by My Favorite Things; Essential Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics by My Favorite Things
Embellishments: Honey Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, E97, BV20 (skin); C00, C1 C3 (beard); R32, R35, R39, R46 (hat); B18, B24, (pants); V20, 0 (shirt); Y19 (buttons); T6 (suspenders & boots); B18, B21, B24 (flower pot); B01, BV01, YG07, YG09, RV63, Y19 (flowers)

 

2018 Card Design Superstar – Coloring Virtuoso

Happy Monday! Today I’m posting my entry for the 2018 Card Design Superstar Contest at My Favorite Things. I’m entering this project in the category for Coloring Virtuoso.

Over the past few months, I’ve been incorporating stencils into my card designs. The Cloud Stencil from MFT Stamps is one of my favorites and I’ve used it in other projects. To create the background, I blended Distress Oxide Inks in Peeled Paint and Twisted Citron, adding  a little Antique Linen to help make the transition between the land and sky. I stenciled the clouds with Tumbled Glass, turning the stencil to add variety to the cloud formations. When I got to the top of the card, I lightly blended Faded Jeans over the top clouds to make the sky appear a bit stormy.

Rowhouse Greetings | BB Puddle Jumper by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

I decided to use BB Puddle Jumper as the main image. I’ve colored this one before so I felt confident that I could pull the central image together quickly. For the sentiment, I grabbed a retired stamp set out of my stash – I Love You More by MFT Stamps. I wanted a sentiment that had some impact, but would not cover up the stenciled clouds. I used Brutus Monroe embossing ink and Gilded embossing powder to add a little sunshine to my design. I added one of the ducklings from BB Rain or Shine to balance out the design.

That’s all for now! Hope I’ve inspired you to pick up your markers and color today. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: BB Puddle Jumper by My Favorite Things; BB Rain or Shine by My Favorite Things; I Love You More [retired] by My Favorite Things
Dies: Die-namics BB Puddle Jumper by My Favorite Things
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink; Ranger Distress Oxides in Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, and Faded Jeans
Stencil: Cloud Stencil by My Favorite Things
Embellishments: Ultra Fine Embossing Powder in Gilded by Brutus Monroe; Fairy Sparkle Sequins by 28 Lilac Lane
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, E93, V20 (skin); E50, E55, E57 (hair); B91, B93, B95, B97 (jacket & boots); Y11, YG01, YG03, YG06, YG07 (umbrella); Y02, Y15, Y19, Y38, YR04 (duckling)

Game Day by House Mouse Designs

Football season is underway here in the United States. Although I live near the stadium, I can’t say that I follow the game. At best, I can tell you the name of the home team and that they wear purple. My dad at age ninety is still a big football fan and when I was a child, all of us would sitting around the TV on Sunday afternoons to watch the game. This was in the days before televisions had remotes so one of us kids was usually charged with the task of flipping the channels and adjusting the rabbit ears to get the best reception.

Rowhouse Greetings | Game Day by House Mouse Designs

In the House Mouse world, Maxwell and Amanda have it a little easier. And their game day even includes snacks!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Bazzill Cardstock in Mexican Poppy; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics; Apricot Dot by American Crafts
Stamp: Game Day by House Mouse Designs
Embellishments: April Showers Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E30, E33, E35, BV20 (mice); Y02, Y15, Y19, BG000, BG01, BG02, N0, N1 (popcorn box); E30, E31 (popcorn); E33, E35, E37, E39, BV20, BV23 (football); W1, W4, W5, BV20 (shoe); YG03, YG17 (grass); C3, C5, C7, C9, 100, BG72, BV20 (television); C0, BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG10 (television screen); BV20, BV23, C5, E00 (remote); Y15, Y19, YR04, YG00, YG01, YG03, BV20 (soda can); Y02, Y15, Y19, BG000, BG01, BG02 BV20 (straws); W1, W2 (wall); E20, W2, W4, W5 (carpet)

September Art Du Jour Project Details

Yesterday was my last Art du Jour at Queen’s Ink for this year. I’m away next month and the store has a different format for this event in November and December. So I wanted to take time today share the details on yesterday’s cards.

For my first card, I used the Skeleton Lady stamp by Stampendous. Unfortunately, it’s a retired image, but it’s an oldy but goody that’s perfect for a Halloween card. The stamp includes the entire scene so you can pull the card top together with just a little stamping and coloring. Initially, I stamped the image with Memento but the result wasn’t as crisp as I wanted. For my second attempt, I stamped with Versafine. Since Versafine is not Copic safe, I quickly covered the wet ink with clear embossing powder and heat set it. This gave a glossy appearance that enhanced the overall appearance. I scribbled (literally!) some color on the image with my markers as a color wash. I used the Antique Frames die set from Penny Black to create the deckled appearance on the edges and paired it with a paper from Authentique.

For my second card, I used the simple, but lovely Grateful stamp set by Avery Elle. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The acorns were stamped with Memento. Of course, even though there were only two acorns to color, I still managed to use six markers. The E markers were used for the acorn cap; the Y markers for the body.

Hope you enjoyed these projects. Thank you to everyone who joined me for Art du Jour this year. It’s been fun getting to know everyone and I’ve learned a lot from each and every one of you!

Although I won’t be participating in Art du Jour until January, I will still be offering monthly Copic classes at Queen’s Ink. Be sure to check my teaching schedule to stay informed on upcoming classes.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Rowhouse Greetings | Skeleton Lady by Stampendous Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Nightfall Five (*) by Authentique
Stamp: Skeleton Lady by Stampendous
Ink: Versafine in Onyx Black
Die: Antique Frames by Penny Black
Embellishments: Ranger Embossing Powder in Clear
Copics: RV63, RV66, B63, B66, Y35, E30, E33, BG000, BG01
Rowhouse Greetings | Grateful by Avery Elle Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Penny’s Paper Doll Family (*) by Graphic 45
Stamp: Grateful (*) by Avery Elle
Ink: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versafine in Onyx Black
Die: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Ranger Embossing Powder in Clear
Copics: Y21, Y26, Y28, E33, E35, E39

September Art du Jour at The Queen’s Ink – Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Join me at The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, September 11th for Art du Jour! Kate, Kim and I will have a variety of make and take cards, tags, and ATCs to help you build up your stash at this open house style event. We’ll be on hand from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM so stop by on your lunch hour, on your way home from work, or stay all day! Work at your own pace and relax! Projects are $3.00 each and new projects are available each month.

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone(301) 497-9449 | websitehttps://queensink.com
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 10:30 AM – 4:30PM

This will be my last month at Art du Jour for the rest of the year. I’ll be away most of October and Queen’s Ink has special workshops planned for November and December in place of the usual Art du Jour format. So here are my last two Art du Jour cards for this year, featuring images from Stampendous and Avery Elle.

Hope to see you there!

Rowhouse Greetings | Skeleton Lady by Stampendous

Rowhouse Greetings | Grateful by Avery Elle