Monday, January 14, 2019

CAS January 2019 Stencil Challenge - Spotlight Technique

This past weekend I had a chance to create a card for the CAS January 2019 Stencil challenge. The challenge is below:

Sponging through a stencil in a CAS "Clean and Simple" style which mean minimal embellishments and leave white space. This isn't always easy, at least for me, for sometimes I don't know when to quit.

The card I made is a 5" X 5" cut from Whisper White Thick. The kittens in the pot were each stamped 3X (once on the card, once on masking paper and once on a scrap piece of white) all with Memento Black Ink, the preferred ink for alcohol markers. I cut out the 3 masks and put the masks over the kittens on the card front.

Next, I sponged the brick stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks (set of 4 different stencils) with a 1/6 portion of a Stampin' Sponge with Sahara Sand ink fading off the top left hand corner. The "floor" was sponged with Sahara Sand, as well, with it slightly darker for shadows. I drew a horizontal line between the brick wall and the floor with the Black Stampin' Write Marker.

The kittens and pot were colored with Stampin 'N Blends (alcohol markers) with the colors listed below. I then fussy cut the kittens and pots out cutting off the flowers. They were placed over each kitten on the card front and popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals. The floral images in the back were left black & white so that the kittens were "spotlighted".

The sentiment is from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" Stamp set.

A matching 5" X 5" envelope can easily be made with the Envelope Punch Board.

I made a second card which doesn't really fit the CAS Challenge rules for white space but I was very happy the way it came out!

I colored in the flowers with various Stampin' N Blends and use DSP wood paper for the floor. I did sponge Early Espresso under the pots to give a shadow. The whole top half is popped up off of the floor. The colors are a bit more vibrant and no white space.

I want to give credit to Debrabella from Stampingbella for her inspiration for this card.
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

As You See It Challenge #191 Bokeh Balloons Again?!!!

I am very happy to be submitting a card for the As You See It Challenge #191, a sketch challenge:
I created this bokeh background for a new home card I had in mind for a family member who has just relocated to Florida from snowy Buffalo! I used 3 Stampin' Up! colors: Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick and ink-blended them with cut Stampin' sponges onto a A2 size of Whisper White Thick cardstock.
Using a stencil I made with the Balloon Punch and a piece of window sheet, I sponge daubed Whisper White Craft Ink to give the bokek effect:
"In photography, bokeh (/ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay; Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light".
It cut the frame with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits which are so great because the stitches are on both sides of the cut. I glued the frame to the A2 card base and popped up the center with fun foam to keep a perfectly even layer when mailed. The sentiment is from the "At Home with You" stamp set heat embossed with white unto Basic Black card stock.
I finished with a couple of the same balloons punched out of vellum and added the sentiments. This gives you a place to adhere the balloons for glue shows through vellum. And lastly some epoxy hearts colored with Dark Poppy Parade Stamp 'n Blend.
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The sentiment inside the card says "Enjoy!" from the "Dear Doily" Stamp set.

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