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PP_participantI was inspired to create a couple of cards by the OnlineCardClasses.Com new class called Pattern Play. It is all about choosing, mixing and matching patterns in your cardmaking. The two cards I’ve created are for Day 1.  

When I was done both cards, I realized that I did not use a single stamp Happy-Bday-PatternPaper-Webwhen creating these cards. Not one!

My main goal was to use the same large polka dot pattern paper in two separate cards. Because it has so many  different colors of dots, I was able to choose two different color schemes when selecting the other papers.  All patterned paper is from Fancy Pants 6×6 paper pad called “Down by the Shore.” Love the nautical theme and colors!Patterned-Paper-Web

The first one is more nautical-inspired with the red, navy, tan and shades of blue dots from the paper. I added the navy stripe and a smaller red polka dot paper. For the sentiment, I used a leftover banner die cut that was sitting on my desk. I just backed it with matching navy paper and inked the edges to match my color scheme.  I think this would do well as a masculine birthday card.

This second one showcases how hard it is to cut polka dot paper. I ended up with the sliver of orange dots at the top of the paper (Jennifer TOLD us to avoid this, LOL) so I added orange in the embellishments to run with it. Alternatively, I could have trimHello-Patterned-Paper-Webmed down the card and made it a smaller size. It would have looked more designed, but at 11pm at night, I was done with it!

So would you have trimmed it down, or just highlighted the oops?

Thanks for coming by!

Stephanie

 

 

Happy Birthday Card ingredients:
Pattern Paper by Fancy Pants, Down by the Shore collection
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake (kraft)
Banner: (Banner Words Birthday Design ID #37897) Silhouette online store
Misc: Fired Brick Distress ink, red pearls and gems, Black marker
 
Hello Card ingredients:
Pattern Paper by Fancy Pants, Down by the Shore collection
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake (kraft)
Misc: Hello Flair button by Studio Calico, orange gems

Shimmery Salted Distress Ink Technique

Shimmery-Distress-Salt-Technique-WebThis technique was demonstrated by Kristina Werner in Online Card Classes Clean & Simple 2 Day 8.  (Do yourself a big favor and check these classes out!) I love inky techniques, but I’m not so sure this is card can be classified as clean and simple. There is no white on the card…I usually think of clean and simple as a white or neutral background. Purple is definitely not neutral.

While the technique to create backgrounds with distress ink is pretty standard (as developed by Tim Holtz), Kristina added the artsy twist of throwing salt on the background. I have added one more twist…

My version is to smoosh distress ink pads onto a non-stick craft sheet, spritz the inky puddles with water, then moosh your watercolor paper into it. Yes, watercolor paper makes a difference. The ink soaks into regular cardstock and it comes out very splotchy and not artsy.

After getting the background color on, flip the paper over and sprinkle with salt. I had a baggie of flake salt, but table salt, kosher salt and probably sea salt will work. Let it sit and dry. (Don’t be tempted to play with the salt. Leave it!) The salt soaks up moisture and color leaving some interesting patterns on the paper.

Because I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I decided to spritz the drying, salt covered background with Mr. Huey’s Shine color mist spray by Studio Calico.  It kind of fizzed a bit and looked shimmery. I wasn’t sure what a heat gun would do, so I left it to air (slow!) dry overnight.Distress-Salt-Shimmer-Close

Other than cropping the background to fit the card and inking the edges with some distress ink, this is what we got…. Unexpected, but really neat with a bit of shimmer. I could see doing this for winter backgrounds.

 

To finish the card, I stamped the background using solid images and Archival Jet Black ink. I spritzed purple cardstock with more Mr. Huey’s shine, added a black sheer ribbon and adhered my background with foam adhesive.

The sentiment was stamped with Versamark clear ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder for a slightly elegant look.

Below are some resources for working with Ranger Distress inks:

  • Tim Holtz the Distress Ink Master
  • Shari Carroll has a great video here
  • Jennifer McGuire did a whole series of videos for Two Peas in a Bucket using Ranger products. The link to her video on Distress Ink Basics is here

 
Have you had any experiments turn out pretty good in crafting?  Let me know in the comments!
 
Thanks for coming by today!

 Stephanie

 

Ingredients:

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes (Stampin’ Up!), Sentiment (Hero Arts Everyday Sayings)

Paper: Watercolor (yellow cover by Strathmore), Purple (color name unknown) Bazzill

Ink: Distress Ink by Ranger in Dusty Concord, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass, Archival Jet Black, Versamark

Misc: Salt, Sheer black ribbon (Celebrate It Basic Narrows/Michaels), Mr. Huey’s Shine Color Mist spray (Studio Calico), Silver embossing powder (Martha Stewart), Dimensionals by Stampin’ Up!

Clean and Simple Card

TNPLH-CAS-WebHi, All!

Today’s card is inspired by a sketch at Clean & Simple 2, a class by Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Julie Ebersole and a cast of creative card makers at Online Card Classes. These classes are jam-packed with design ideas, stamping techniques and amazing samples. I highly recommend any classes they offer.

I love lots of embellishments and layers, so I tend to struggle with producing cards in a Clean and Simple style. I am learning good design principles, so that helps with every style of card making.  Here’s my attempt at clean and simple:

Is Clean and Simple your “thing?”

Thanks for coming by today!

Stephanie

 

Ingredients:

Paper: Crumb Cake cardstock (Stampin’ Up!)

Stamps: All Star Sneakers (Stamper’s Best), Sentiment (from exclusive Studio Calico Dec 2012 kit, “34th Street“), Arrows (Follow Your Heart/Be Amazing by My Mind’s Eye)

Ink: Tuxedo Black, Love Letter (Tsukineko Memento)

Misc: Foam Adhesive (Stampin’ Up!)