Saturday, January 4, 2020

December - January Swap Cards

I have been privileged to know card makers from all over the world for well over a decade and we participate in monthly card swaps. These are the cards I did for the December/January swap.

1. Alphabet Swap Letter H ~ H is for Hello
I used Distress Inks and a Mini Ink Blending Tool to create the background and topped it with Picket Fence Studios "Men Sitting On A Fence" die. Once it was all layered I realized the "Hello" die I wanted to use from Altenew was too big for the front of the card so I centered it on the inside.

Outside of Card

Inside of Card
2. Technique - Black Magic
With this technique you stamp an image on dark cardstock with white pigment ink, heat set it, and color over the white with colored pencils. Normally you would use a fairly solid image (floral, damask, swirl, silhouette, etc.) but I really wanted to see how Hero Arts "Waves Background" would look on blue cardstock. I used Hero Arts "Unicorn" ink and Prismacolor Pencils to add colors to the waves. The final step in the technique is to add highlights with a white gel pen (which I added to the peaks) and I gave it a tiny spritz of Imagine "Sheer Shimmer Spray" to give the water some shimmer.


All that was left was to stamp the whale and sentiment from Picket Fence Studios "A Dose of Vitamin Sea" on white cardstock. I colored the whale with Copic Markers and fussy cut him out. The sentiment was die cut with Art Impressions "Oval Double Stitched" die. The spouting water splashes are some bling from my stash.

3. Anything Goes ~ Winter Wishes
I have had this sweet "Baby Penguin" from Hero Arts for awhile and he was just so cute I made two cards with him. The first has a Distress Ink background with "Icicle" Stickles accents. The actual Penguin is a layered stamp inked with Hero Arts inks. The sentiment was stamped on white cardstock and layered on blue cardstock. They were punched with SU! punches from my stash.


4. Theme: Winter ~ Winter Wishes Shaker Card
Once again I used the "Baby Penguin" from Hero Arts and the coordinating inks from Hero Arts to stamp the little cutie. I made a shaker card to put him into with some snowy glitter from Wal*Mart and a snowy paper scrap from my stash in the background. The outside of the card was sprinkled with "Icicle" Stickles and Imagine "Sheer Shimmer Spray". I stamped the sentiment with Unicorn ink from Hero Arts, punched it out with a SU! punch and inked the edges with the same ink.


5. Sketch
I had fun interpreting this Sketch (see below). First I used Distress Inks to create a soft wintery background. Not wanting to cover it up, I decided to make layer 2 with Dreamweaver "Pearlescent Embossing Paste" over Tim Holtz "Snowflakes" layering stencil. While it was still wet, I added a tiny bit of holographic glitter with Tim Holtz "Glitter Duster" to the snowflakes.  For layer 3 I chose to add some tinsel ribbon that was given to me and I stamped layers 4 & 5 on vellum so the background would show through.

Sketch Card

Picket Fence Studios "A Gnome Winter" image and sentiment were heat embossed on vellum with Ranger "Detail White" embossing powder and die cut with Art Impressions "Oval Double Stitched" and "Circle Double Stitched" dies. I used Copic Markers to color the back of the gnome, inked the edges of the vellum with matching Distress Ink and added accents with a white gel pen.

Original Sketch

These cards were a lot of fun to work on. I really love the technique and can't wait to try it again. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hugs, Eileen 

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