Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hot ninja love

I look for lots of excuses to color now that I've gotten into Copics.  So the Free Digital Stamps blog is a daily stop, and today they pointed out a fun freebie and challenge from Making Our Mark - Ninja Challenge!  The chibi ninja freebie was too cute to pass up, and somehow I managed to make this card in under two hours (a record!).

You'll notice that I had to alter the image slightly to turn him into Cupid Ninja, holding a heart instead of a throwing star.  Watch out!  Love is out to get you!!

Cupid Ninja was printed on Cryogen White cardstock (the sparkle is awesome under dark coloring!) and colored with R46, N3, N6, 110, E50, E00, and the heart in RV29 and white Signo pen.  After I cut him out I inked the edge with the 110 marker so he wouldn't have any glaring bright highlights anywhere - ninja is of the shadows, after all.  Bazzill Black Tie embossed with the Tim Holtz Regal Flourishes folder.  Font is Arabolical, printed on vellum and adhered to Bazzill Fire Hearts, edge inked with RV29.  All on top of black glitter cardstock, and a card base of Bazzill Fire Hearts.  And as if the black glitter isn't enough I smeared some Burgundy Stickles around the top and bottom.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Little Devils

I have a little thing for rubber duckies.  There's a whole row of them sitting around my bathtub, some of them in costume, and a few devils as well.  So when Create with TLC posted their "Just Ducky" freebie stamp, of course I had a driving need to use it.  They look all sweet and innocent on the surface, but we know better.  And the current challenge at Copic Creations fit in perfectly, No. 33 - Reflections.  The ABC Challenge B is for Blue also fit this nicely.

To make the reflection part easier, I used Photoshop.   Copied the ducks and inverted them, then toned down the black to a light gray and added a brush filter to blur it slightly.  Ran a cat's-eye metallic ink over the edge.

Copics used:  Y08, Y11, Y15, Y17, YR02, BG01, B21, G20.
The horns are Copic C3 topped with a gray Sakura Glaze pen topped with clear Sakura glitter pen.
A little black Glaze on the eyes, and Signo white uni-ball to accent.

Background was stamped with SEI Turquoise, Tiffany, and Ocean Deep, with a little Cumquats on the upper right corner.  These are small stamp pads so I just took the pads themselves and lightly swiped them over the paper in a brushing motion, I think it's a fun effect.  The blue denim paper is embossed with the Tim Holtz Swirls folder.  Font is kokekoko light, devil horns from a digiscrap kit by KelliesKreations.  And Icicle Stickles smudged around the top.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Flower Power" Vintage challenge card

The challenge on Tiffany Doodles this month is "Flower Power!"  Tiffany has some gorgeous flower stamps, but I've really been into retro images lately (DH would question "lately" and restate it as "always" lol) - the Anne Taintor kind with an overly happy image and a cheeky, cynical, smart-assed caption.  After some thinking, I decided to use the "Coffee Break" stamp from Create with TLC.  It's also perfect for the Vintage challenge at Creatalicious.

The retro flower vase is from Dover's Floral Illustrations.  I've loved Dover Publications for years.  They are an amazing resource for crafters, and they have so many books that come with all the images on CD!  If you're into digistamps you NEED to check out Dover.  They also have a weekly email newsletter with free samples - definitely check them out!

The caption/sentiment is obviously derived from the mastercard ads.  At first I was thinking of this maybe as a girlfriend to girlfriend card - I had some vague thought like a "yes he's an idiot but at least you took him for what he's worth" card ... or something along those lines, I didn't have a real plan.  But DH took one look and said obviously it's an anniversary card - and of course he's right:  more like "our love is perfect and for everything else there's credit."  And it could easily be from him to her or from her to him, depending on how the personalized note is written.

The paper has a pearlescent sheen, perfect for an anniversary card.  I took the same flower bouquet image, enlarged it, and printed it lightly in gray for the background.  Image is colored with Copics:

Flowers:  Y08, Y11, Y15, Y17, E34, B63, YG21, YG23, G24, G29, RV02, RV25, R43, YR02, YR07, C1, N3.  And white Signo pen.
Cup & saucer:  W1, N3
Woman:  E00, E02, R20, E53, YR21, Y11, E34, B21, B26

Font is BlackJack.
And Diamond Stickles (of course) to accent the inside.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Happy birthday cake!

I love cake.  There's a lot of bad cake out there, but when it's good it's in the higher echelons of comfort food, as far as I'm concerned.  So the "Let Them Eat Cake" image from Tiffany Doodles really speaks to me.  Mostly it says "You are hungry! Eat cake!"  But I managed to contain myself for a little bit and use it for this birthday card for my friend Bonnie.

I wanted to emboss each of the layers, so instead of cutting out by hand (which I hate), I turned it into a cutting file for my Gazelle.  Tiffany's images are nice and clean so they convert easily.  Embossed and colored with Copics.  Background card is stamped front and back with a balloon image for a little more interest.

Embossing folders: Tim Holtz Regal Flourishes, Tim Holtz Swirls; Cuttlebug Spots and Dots
Candle flame:  Copics and Sakura glitter pen
Swirl:  From Dover's Decorative Wreaths and Frames
Border between cake layers:  Fruit Punch Stickles

The sentiment ("Life is better with Cake") was made in Photoshop Elements, using "I'm Bored" font, printed on vellum, and decorated with Sakura Glaze pens.  The same font was used for the Happy Birthday inside the card.  You can download all the word art here.

My favorite part is that the paper used for the cake has a pearlescent finish (I wish I knew exactly what it is but I got it in a 'grab bag' box from Arc Crafts).  This is a terrible picture, but the Copics allow the pearlescense to show through!

Made a quick envelope out of pink polka dot paper, and as a finishing touch, a seal from aluminum tape (yes, Home Depot has carding and scrapping supplies!) embossed with the same Regal Flourishes folder, and colored with Copics.  Isn't it cool?