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Just Add Ink Challenge #188

Just Add Ink has a new challenge this week.  They are asking for a card with a bit of grunge.  For this challenge I started with base card made from soft suede cardstock. I then cut another panel of soft suede that was 5mm smaller than the base card.  This panel, I embossed with the wood grain folder. I then cut two panels of very vanilla cardstock. The first panel I stamped all over with an extreme elements stamp using soft suede ink.  Then using the simply scored scoring tool, I scored a line 5mm inside from the edge all the way around.  Using a craft knife I cut 3 sides and folded the panel down and then score it and then folded the panel in half so that the stamped image was showing and adhered.  On the other panel I stamped a star with versamark and used early espresso embossing powder.  I adhered the star panel to the base card and then adhered the grunge frame over the top.  On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla I stamped another star using versamark and embossed using gold embossing powder.  I trimmed the star and adhered it to the star in the frame. Off setting it so that you could see all the points.  Inside the frame I added 4 circles punch out using the owl punch.  I then stamped the birthday wishes sentiment using early espresso embossing powder.  Using a scrap piece of soft suede I adhered a line under the sentiment and added early espresso circles created using the owl punch.  I highlighted the edges of the frame and the sentiment with scraps of Early Espresso cardstock.  I then stamped the edge of a very vanilla envelope with the extreme elements stamp and highlighted it with a strip of early espresso cardstock.

20131026-223255.jpgStamps: Extreme Elements (retired), So Happy for you (retired), Simply Stars
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories:  VersaMark, Early Espresso embossing powder, Gold embossing Powder, heat gun, embossing buddy, Owl Punch, craft knife, dimensionals, Wood Grain embossing folder, simply scored scoring tool

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Just Add Ink has a new challenge this week. I thought it would be good to use this sketch with a new technique that I have been seeing online recently. The technique is where you use masking tape to add ink to your card. You ink up the masking tape and adhere it to the cardstock you want to stamp. For this challenge I adhered the masking tape in thin strips, using 4 of the current Stampin Up in colours, Pistachio Pudding, Baked Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush. I added a sentiment and acorns using versamark, early espresso embossing powder and a heat gun. I also made an envelope using some retired DSP, to tie in with the brown of the base card. Overall I think the card turned out well.

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20131020-213801.jpgStamps: Just Thank You, Wonderfall
Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Baked Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush
Accessories:  Thin masking tape, VersaMark, Early Espresson embossing powder, heat gun, embossing buddy

At Sunny Challenges & Creations they are asking for shaped card entries. I thought I would use this challenge to give me some inspiration for my daughter’s birthday card. I used the largest 3 frames from the Label Collection framelits. The largest was used on a Whisper White base card and on a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. The second largest frame was used on some Print Poetry DSP. The inner frame was the third largest and I embossed this frame with the Cloudy Day embossing folder. I then created the minion using the owl punch and one of the flowers from the Itty Bitty Punch set. I got the idea for the minion and balloons from Diana Gibbs. I improvised a little by changing the minion’s outfit colour, using a white gel pen to add stitching and giving him a mono eye and with the balloons, I used the retired Blossom Petal Builder punch to make the balloons.  Inside the card I made a pocket for a gift card we are giving her and used the sentiment from the Tag It stamp set.  To make it pop a bit.  I added a Cherry Cobbler scallop trim and some small coloured dots from the owl punch.  I think it makes it look very celebratory.

 

20130825-182552.jpgStamps: For the Birds, Tag It
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Print Poetry DSP Stack
Ink: Basic Black, Old Olive, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories:  Labels Collection Framelit Die,  Blossom Petal Builder punch, Scallop Border Punch, Owl Punch, White Gel pen, Big Shot

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Just Add Ink # 134

Just Add Ink have a Theme Challenge this week.  I decided to make a Christmas card using some of Stampin Up’s  new stamps Dies, DSP and embossing powders.

Stamps: Heart of Christmas, Scentsational Seasonal Season
Paper:   Whisper White, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Festival of Prints DSP Stack
Ink: Close to Cocoa (retired), Early Espresso
Accessories:  Holiday Collection Framelit Die,  Versa Mark, Early espresso Embossing Powder, Sugar and Spice Scented Embossing Powder, Rhinestone, Owl Punch (for small dots), dimensional, Heat Gun, Big Shot

I started with a base card made from Early Espresso cardstock.  I then added a piece of Festival of Prints DSP that was slightly smaller than the base card.  Next I stamped a piece of Whisper White cardstock with Versa Mark using the Heart of Christmas stamp.  With some Early Espresso embossing powder and a heat gun,  I embossed the sentiment on to the Whisper White cardstock.  I then stamped and embossed the steam image from the Scentsational Season stampset using Close to Cocoa, Versa Mark, Sugar and Spice embossing powder and a heat gun.  On a scrap piece of Whisper White, I stamped the mug image from the Scentsational Season stamp set and cut out the image with the framelit die.  I adhered the cup to the Whisper White cardstock with dimensionals and then adhered the Whisper White cardstock to the base card.  I finished off by adding a strip of Festival Prints DSP, a rhinestone and 4 Cherry Cobbler dots, which I punched out with the Owl punch. 

Sorry the picture isn’t better, I need to learn to take photos of embossed cards 🙂

Just Add Ink # 127

Just Add Ink have a Colour Challenge this week.  I decided to make a card and little gift bag and I thought I would play with some of my retired stamps, inks and DSP.

Stamps: Happy Moments (retired)
Paper:   Whisper White, Basic Black, Pattern Pack II DSP
Ink: Going Gray (retired), Brocade Blue (retired) Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal (retired)
Accessories:  Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Label Collection Die, Rhinestones, Scorepal, Ribbon, Cropadile

I started with a base card made from Basic Black cardstock.  I then added a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was slight smaller than the base card.  Next I added a piece of Patterns Pack II DSP (retired).  With the DSP I used the colours Brocade Blue, Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal and Basic Grey as I decide to play with the colours.  I then used a scrap strip of Whisper White cardstock to which I stamped happy birthday multiple times.  I decided not to use the stampamajig as I wanted the words to be a little uneven.  Adds a bit a character, I think.  I then used the Beautiful Wings Embosslit die to cut out multiple butterflies in various colours.  I cut the Black butterflies in half and used them as highlights behind the White Butterflies.  I added the Butterflies to the card going from largest to smallest.  To make the gift bag I used a 21cm x 27 cm Basic Black cardstock which I scored using the scorepal.  I adhered the box together using sticky strip and added Patterns Pack II DSP (retired) to the flap.  I trimmed the flap using a template I made with the Labels Collection framelit die.  I punched two holes using the cropadile and added matching ribbon.  To finish off, I added Happy Birthday stamped on the smallest of the labels created using the Labels Collection framelit die.  I distressed the label by sponging and added some butterflies and a rhinestone.

Erik’s Birthday Card

Stamps: Extreme Elements, Organic Outlines, Afterthoughts, Pennant Parade  Paper:   Garden Green,  Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Basic Gray, Pear Pizzaz, Real Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breese, Old Olive, Basic Black Accessories:  Owl Punch, 1 3/8 ” Circle Punch, 1 1/4 ” Circle Punch, Blossom Builder Punch, Boho Blossom Punch, Ornament Punch, dimensional, White Gel Pen

I thought I would post the Birthday Card I made for my son.  He loves Angry Birds at the moment so I thought I would make a card with Angry Birds on it.  I had a look on the internet to see what others have done and looked at the app on my phone and this is what I came up with.  I made a tri-fold card using 12″ x 12″ Garden Green cardstock.  I cut the cardstock in half, and then scored it at the 4″ and 8″ using my scoring pal.  It is amazing how easy it makes scoring.  I then trimmed 3 panels of Whisper White cardstock to be slightly smaller than each panel of the Garden Green base card.  I stamped all three panels with one of the stamps from the Extreme Elements stamp set.  On the first panel I used Baja Breese ink, the second I used Cherry Cobbler ink and on the last panel I used Old Olive ink.  With the last panel I left the centre white so that I can write on my son’s card.  I then stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment and Wish Big using Basic Black ink.

To make the Red Angry Bird I used the 1 3/8″ circle punch.  I punched out two circles, one in Whisper White and the other in Real Red.  I offset the white circle for the tummy and then trimmed with my paper snips.  I punched out two real red petals using the Blossom Petal Builder punch and trimmed and put them behind at the top.  For the eyes I used the Owl Punch.  The Blossom Petal Builder punch for the beak and the Boho Blossom Punch for the black tail.  I then sponged the edges of the real red cardstock and used the white gel pen to add some character.  I added the Red Angry bird to the first panel using dimensional.

To make the Black Angry Bird I used the 1 3/8″ circle punch.  I punched out two circles, one in Basic Black and the other in Basic Gray .  I offset the basic Gray circle for the tummy and then trimmed with my paper snips.  For the eyes I used the Owl Punch, the Blossom Petal Builder punch for the beak and I trimmed the eyebrows and mohawk freehand and added some white gel for highlights.  For the Green Pig I used the 1 3/8″ circle punch.  I used the Owl Punch to make the eyes, the ears and the nostrils.  The snout, eyebrows and mouth were cut freehand and the white gel pen was used to highlight the snout and the edge of the pig.  I then sponged the edges to add dimension.

To make the Yellow Bird I used the Ornament Punch for the body and the tummy, the Blossom Petal Builder punch to make the beak, the Boho Flower punch for the black tail.  I used the Owl Punch for the eyes and the black heart for the back of the head.  I trimmed the eyebrow by hand.  I sponged the edges of the bird and used the white gel pen to highlight the edge.  For the small blue bird I used the 1 1/4″ punch.  The Owl punch for the eyes and the heart for the top of the head.  Boho Flower punch for the black tail and I trimmed the beak free hand.  I finished of the bird by sponging the edges and adding white gel highlights.

 

Just Add Ink # 124

Just Add Ink have a colour challenge this week.  My son’s birthday will be in the coming week and I thought these colours would be great for the mini clipboard I was going to decorate for him.

Stamps: Extreme Elements, Beware Pirates (retired)
Paper:   Garden Green,  Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Garden Green
Accessories:  Mini Clip Board, Notepad, Tombow Glue, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet die, pen

I started with a mini clipboard 12.5 cm x 19.3 cm.  I adhered some Early Espresso Cardstock to the mini clipboard with Tombow glue.  I then covered a notepad with some Garden Green cardstock.  Next, I adhered some Marina Mist cardstock to a notepad that came with the mini clipboard.  I stamped some Whisper White cardstock using one of the stamps from the Extreme Elements stamp set, using Marina Mist and Early Espresso Ink.  I adhered the stamped Whisper White cardstock to the Marina Mist cardstock that I adhered previously to the Notepad.  I stamped  one of the stamps from the Beware Pirate stamp set on to a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I flicked the edges of the cardstock along the Marina Mist stamp pad to distress the edges slightly.  I then trimmed some Early Espresso to mount behind the Whisper White cardstock and then adhered it to the Notepad.  I also trimmed a strip of Marina Mist cardstock to form a loop for the pen and adhered it to the side of the back page of Notepad.  This keeps the pen with the notepad.  I then clipped the finished notepad to the clipboard.  To finish off the clipboard,  I adhered some Marina Mist letters for my son’s name.  I had cut out the letters using the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet die.

 There you have my take on this week’s challenge.  I now have to make a few more for my son’s friends that he invited to his birthday party next week.  I thought they would make nice surprises in the party gift bags.  I got the Notepad, Clipboard and pen for $2 dollars at a little shop down in Lilydale.

Just Add Ink # 123

Just Add Ink have a Sketch Challenge this week.  When I first looked at the sketch I was a bit stumped about how I was going to approach this sketch and then I decided to look through my stash of scrap papers and here is what I came up with.

Stamps: Apothecary
Paper:   Old Olive,  Jolly Holiday DSP (retired), Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Owl Punch 1 ” Circle Punch, Paper Piercer, Glue Pen, Swiss Dot embossing folder, black marker

I started with some scrap Old Olive cardstock that was 9.5 cm x 30.5 cm.  I then trimmed and embossed some Whisper White cardstock to be slightly smaller than the base card and adhered it to the base card.  I then added the 1″ Cherry Cobbler circle, a piece of Jolly holiday DSP and a piece of Basic Gray cardstock.  I stamped the Birthday Greeting from the apothecary stamp set on to some scrap Whisper White cardstock and then added a slightly bigger piece of Old Olive as backing to the sentiment.  I added the sentiment to the base card.  I felt that the card seemed a bit simple, so I decided to tweak the card by piercing the corner of the grey cardstock.  It is better to think of these things before adhering to cardstock :).  As a result, the piercing did not look so clean so I used a black marker to define the holes better.  I then punched out what seemed like a million little black eyes using the Owl Punch.  I adhered the black dots over every second pierced hole.  I think the effect looks good.  I wouldn’t have thought of it, if I had pierced the paper before adhering it to cardstock.

 There you have my take on this week’s challenge. 

A CASEd card

Stamps: Well Scripted  Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Old Olive Ink: Blushing Bride, Old Olive, Early Espresso Accessories:  Victoria Embossing folder, Framed Tulip embossing folder, Antique Brad , Blossom Petal Builder

 

I was looking on you tube the other day and came across a really beautiful card and I decided to case it.  I did take the liberty of using different colours, sentiment stamp and embossing folder.  This card is fairly simple to make and I think it has a real wow factor to it.  I started with a whisper white base card which was trimmed to be in proportion with the embossed piece of whisper white cardstock.  Just remember you should stamp your sentiment before adhering your flower.  I got a little carried away with making my flower and did it afterwards and it was a bit fiddly to stamp.  I then embossed 2 pieces of blushing bride cardstock which I then punched out 8 Petals using the Blossom Petal builder.  Using a piece of sponge, I then went over the embossed image with some blushing bride ink.  It really adds some depth, however you could follow the instructions on youtube and brayer the card.  I believe that both are affective.  I then adhered 4 petals to the base card and then curled 4 petals using my bone folder before adding them to the flower.  I then punched out 2 old olive leaves and sponged the edges to add some depth.  I tucked the leaves a little under the flower.  I finished off the flower using an antique brad.

Clean and Simple have a new sketch this week.  I decided to vary the sketch slightly as the flower I wanted to use was a little bit too big to leave the square in the middle.

 

Stamps: Happy Moments (retired)

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Bella Rose DSP(retired
Ink: Black
Accessories: Blossom Punch, Owl Punch (for small dots and circles in the centre of the flower), Devine Swirl embossing folder, Swiss Dot embossing folder

I started with a base card made from Basic Black cardstock and added a layer of Swiss Dot embossed Whisper White cardstock.  I then punched out series of small dots using the Owl Punch.  I adhered the dots around the edge of the embossed cardstock.  With a square piece of Bella Rose DSP, I adhered a piece of Basic Black cardstock  behind it and then adhered it to the base card.  Next, I punched two flowers with the Blossom Punch and two circle using the Owl Punch.  With the black blossom I cut out all the petals so that I could adhere them behind the white blossom.  I embossed the flower using the Devine Swirl Embossing folder.  I added the two circles to the centre of the card and then I cut the petal down to the centre circles.  I then used the Bone Folder to shape the petals.  I adhered the flower to the base card using two dimensional to give it a little extra height.   To finish off the card i added the birthday sentiment from the Happy Moments stampset.