Sapphire Snowflakes

Always on the look out for a new and different, at least to me, card challenge I came across Rainbow Card Challenge. This months concept is to use monochromatic in Sparkling Sapphire. My water colors have a blue that I think of as sapphire so the focal flakes are colored with that allowed to dry before they were attached to the bg. The bg had been smooched with shimmer powder in a blue activated with water. Once dry I dry brushed with the sapphire water color. Added Silhouette cut snowflakes and sentiment. Splattered with white and the sapphire. Trimmed the layering weight focal image to fit just inside the white cs base.

Challenges I am sharing this with

Rainbow Card Challenge: Sparkling Sapphire

Pammies Inky Pinkies: Anything Goes

Celestial Scene

I used all four of my new stencils on this one. The first three are with black modeling paste and the third is white acrylic paint all on gold sticker material. Once dry went back in with white gel pen to define the mess I made with my stencil. The black paper is from the packaging the stencils came in. It really is a hot mess but works for an abstract kind of thing.

What fun to have new stencils.

Challenge I am entering

Pammies Inky Pinkies: Anything Goes

Trace a Stencil

This is one of my favorite stencils. I used a fine line gel pen to trace each element. The additions are with thicker black gel pens, a white gel pen and three kinds of gold. One gold is painted on with acrylic gold, free hand with fine paintbrush. Another is the last breath of a gold pen pressed through stencil and the third is a new to me modeling paste in gold actually painted on. This was a fun project but took quite a bit of time. The hardest for me was to keep coming up with things to fill in with . Going back to an area that was treated but adding more was interesting. Kind of different to keep fussing. Mounted on gold sticker paper then white cs base.

Challenges I am sharing this with

Use Your Stuff: Tic Tac Toe New technique + Fav color + Bling (trace a stencil + gold + gold)

Always Fun: Anything Goes

Creative Crafters: Anything Goes

Interesting frame

When I very first started using mixed media, it was suggested to me to always make three of what ever I was working on. It has served me well. Some of the creations get saved for latter and some go in new directions from my original concept. This one is the latter. Once I had added cranberry ink to glass mat and brayer it on a em the first squish was the dark gray cs. Then I used copy paper which is the base here and the last was layering weight cs, used prior. With the challenge to frame something in mind, I trimmed down the gray and mounted on the same ef image copy paper. Added the tag with stamped sentiment and snowflake flourish. Snowflake and mat layer of sentiment have glitter embossing powder. All is mounted on white cs base.

Challenges I am sharing this with

The FLower Challenge: Use a Sentiment The ef does have flowers in the base of the gift

Inkspirational: Frame It

Sunday Stamps: In the Middle

Winter Birthdays

Winter birthdays are a little difficult to create but that gets compounded when it is for a guy, too. I had not played with the ef from Couture Creations called Nuevo so the mountain side got inked straight with the ink pad in light blue, skipping the brayer all together. Ran some mid weight copy paper through embossing machine and this is what I got, trimmed it down and mounted on white cs cut to 4×6.5 base. Added the Silhouette cut sentiment and stamped in light blue sentiment on a white tag. The Silhouette cut snowflakes are to cover a blob of ink but they make this card quite wintery.

Tip: Make your own envelops when you have created an odd sized card. My sister gave me an envelope making thing-a-ma-gig and I use it for all my envelopes. I got a ream of 12×18 copy paper in bright white and 105gsm. It cuts down to any size I need. The piece used above was scrape paper from making envelopes for my Christmas cards. Be sure to check your finished envelop against this chart to confirm it won’t require extra postage: Letter Size Mail Dimensional Standards Template

Challenge I am entering

CAS on Sunday: Use Big Sentiment