Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Stitches & Swirls Thank You Note and a Tutorial.

I usually only post on The Paper Temptress blog once every two weeks but one of the design team members was sick and caring for sick children so I offered to post for her.  I ended up not only making a card but doing a tutorial too!  I hope you enjoy it!
It's always nice to have Thank You notes on hand so I decided to make one for today's post.  I thought it would be fun to show you how to make your own designer paper.  I used a great stamp set by Paperty Ink called Stitches & Swirls.
I used gray ink on the card that I made.  The stamp set is made of clear polymer so it didn't really show up with the gray ink so I made another background using black ink on the stamp shown here:
I used my favorite paper for copics which is Cryogen White.  Cryogen is kind of sparkly when seen at certain angles in the light.  First step is to make sure that you have scratch paper underneath the paper you are stamping on.  Instead of stamping the image in the center of the card, I stamped it in the bottom left-hand corner.  As you can see, some of the ink stamped onto the scratch paper underneath.  The two papers are almost exactly the same so I moved the Cryogen over so you could see the scratch paper.
I turned the paper over and stamped the image again onto the bottom left hand corner.  I placed the one I finished on the left side of the photo so you can kind of see how the stamped image on the right is similar to how I stamped it on the first one.

I colored the flowers and leaves with copics and tries to give it somewhat of a soft touch.
I colored the flowers and leaves with copics and tries to give it somewhat of a soft touch.  I used Amethyst for the frame and the word "Thanks".  I love the shimmer of the paper.  A great hint is to cut out the center of the frame just smaller than the paper that you are framing so that you can use it for other projects as shown in the photo below.

Here is the finished card again.  I added some lace, floral ribbon and some little pearls for a final touch.
Thank you for stopping by!   I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial today.  Have a great week!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Thinking of You

I LOVE butterflies!  Don't you?
I cut the butterfly out of Black Onyz.  I then used the cut-out to trace the outline on Heavenly White #80 and cut it out.  I colored it with copics as shown in the photo below.  I love how wonderfully smooth Heavenly White is... amazing for copics use! 
 I glued the black outline onto the colored paper and bent the wings so that the butterfly would look as though it was about to fly right off the paper!   The butterfly is mounted onto Razzleberry cardstock.  Doesn't it look yummy??!!!
I like the quote "Thinking of you" because it can be used for many occasions such as everyday, sympathy or offering a friend some strength during a rough time.
Thank you for stopping by!   Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
Other products used:
Cheery Lynn die- Exotic Butterfly med.#3
Copics RV000, RV02, RV52, V12, V15, V17
Stamp: Stampin' Up Gifts of Kindness
The dimensions of the card are 3.45" x 4.25"

Saturday, March 1, 2014

With Sympathy

None of us ever want to need a reason to have a sympathy card but in reality we will know someone who loses a loved one so it's always good to keep one or two on hand.   I like to have my sympathy cards convey a soft and comforting feeling.  Butterflies are often used for sympathy cards as a symbol that the loved one has emerged from a cocoon and is flying as free as a butterfly in heaven.  Sadly a dear friend of mine's daughter passed away so I made this card for her.  She has some rough times ahead of her but I'll be there for her especially since it's a road I am continuing to travel.
I used Basis Pink for the background and embossed it with QuicKutz Frame embossing folder.  I stamped the image onto Cryogen White and colored the image with copics.  I used Magenta Vellum for the frame behind the image and the butterflies.  I used one fabric rosette and made the leaves out of Mica/Metallic Emerald.  I LOVE this paper!  I frequently use it for making leaves.
Quick hint: Cut out the center of the vellum before adhering to the back of the image.  You can use that vellum for other projects or to punch out butterflies like I did.

I love how that fabric rosette looks on the card.  I also bent the butterflies in the center before I adhered them to the card so they look like they are flying.  The mini pearl centers are a nice touch.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Copics = RV00, R81, R83, R85, YG63, G24
Image = Stampin Up's Apothecary Art
Sentiment = My Cute Stamps: Ashley's Blossoms
Fabric flower = The Paper Studio's Pink Large Rosette
Martha Stewart Punches = butterflies and leaves