Lattice Layered Floral Tag

Good Saturday morning.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Mix-Ability challenge to use at least two mediums.  Anna Wight was the host this week and she challenged us to create a layered floral tag.  For my tag I used color washing with Distress Ink reinker, PanPastel and Copic  markers.  The tag was made using the Poppystamps Pinpoint Main Street Tags,  Taylored Expressions Lattice Cutting Plate, Elizabeth Craft Designs Bunch of Flowers1 and Curvy Leaves.

I started by cutting the tag base using the largest die in the set. I cut the lattice layer, cut it again with the tag die and then attached it to the tag base with double stick tape.  I used the two largest tag dies to cut a frame and attached it over the the lattice using double stick tape.  The frame covered up the raw cut edges of the lattice and added another element of interest to the project.

KC Elizabeth Craft Bunch of Flowers 1 4 front

I cut the flower layers using white cardstock and color washed them with a brush using pink reinker mixed with water. My photos don’t  show much variation of color from the center out to the petals.  The light pink ink dried much lighter than when it was wet.  I actually added color to the center of the flowers and some on the petals with a pink Copic marker.  Check out my Color Washed Tutorial if you would like to see step by step color washing where I used a darker ink that allowed more variation of color.  I cut the leaves using white cardstock and colored them green using a mini applicator and green PanPastel.  I followed up by applying a yellow green ink with a Copic marker to add a more natural appearance to the leaves and also seal the pastel.

I formed the flowers using my Susan’s Garden Tool Kit stylus and molding pad and attached the three different sized layers together using glossy accents.  I lightly formed the leaves with the stylus and molding pad.  I arranged the foliage in place and attached to the tag base with glossy accents.  The flowers were attached in place using glossy accents.  I added the three tiny white snow pearls for the finishing touch.

KC Elizabeth Craft Bunch of Flowers 1 4 side

I had lots of fun combining the different mediums for my flowers and leaves.  It is always fun for me to play in the challenges on Splitcoaststampers and this challenge inspired me to get out both my PanPastel and Copic markers which I haven’t used in a long time.  I have learned so much playing in the Splitcoaststampers challenges over the 12 years that I have been a member and have gained so much from the wonderful community of paper crafters.  If you are new to Splitcoaststampers and would like to check out the challenges, galleries and resources just click here to go to the home page.  There is more information, inspiration and fun there than you could ever imagine.  You can start your own gallery to upload your artwork and you’ll find people there who love to encourage you.  I hope I see you there.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Tag size”  5.00” x 3.25”

Leafy Framed Scene

Good Monday morning.  I love the Poppystamps Leafy Frame and thought it would be pretty framing an outdoor nature scene.  I created the scene using the Art Impressions Watercolor Tree Set, Watercolor Foliage Set and Watercolor Flower Set

KC Poppy Stamps Leafy Frame 1 right   

I cut a piece of white cardstock just a little bit smaller than the frame to create my scene on.  I started the scene by sponging in the blue water using an ink blending tool and  used a mini applicator to sponge in the green ground border.  I filled in the ground area with the leaves stamp from the foliage set to add a bit of texture.  I used a brown marker to apply ink to the tree, masked off a portion of the ground area and stamped the tree.  I wanted the tree to appear behind all the foliage and didn’t want the bottom of the trunk to show. I used small inked portions of the leaves stamp to apply the leaves to the tree and then lightly sponged green ink over the leaves using a mini applicator to fill in.

KC Poppy Stamps Leafy Frame 1 center

I applied green ink with a marker to the top portion of the small vines from the foliage set and stamped it several times across the ground area. I added the tiny flowers across the vines using a stamp from the flower set.  I finished the scene by heat setting the scene and then applying a light shade of blue ink with ink blending tool to fill in the sky area. I attached the scene layer to the card base with ATG adhesive and then applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.  I love looking through the leafy branch opening to the pretty and colorful scene.

KC Poppy Stamps Leafy Frame 1 left

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a great week.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

All Things Wintry and More Blog Candy

Good Sunday morning.  I know many of you have already experienced lots of cold snowy weather this winter but we have had record high temperatures here in Florida. I did have to wear my windbreaker jacket to work several mornings last week since our temps dropped down to the high 40s overnight. Oh….and we ran the heat for about five minutes.  LOL! I am hoping we may have some colder weather in the next month or two just for a change. 

My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge and the site provided for inspiration was the Winter White Pinterest Board.  I really enjoyed all the gorgeous wintry pictures on this site and was inspired by several of the scenes with snow covered birdhouses, branches and the contrast of the beautiful red cardinals. I created my scene using the Poppystamps Leafy Frame, the Memory Box Birdhouse Village, the branches were made using the Impression Obsession Wide Tree and the birds are from the Cardinals set.

KC Memory Box Birdhouse Village 4 right 

I applied mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base. I cut the branches and the roof and base of the birdhouse using Kraft cardstock.  I applied versa with my versa marker to all of those pieces and embossed with white embossing powder. I used a black Copic marker to color the beaks of the cardinals and lightly rounded their bodies with my stylus and molding pad. I cut the main portion of the house with red cardstock and assembled the pieces with glossy accents.  I didn’t want this to look like a Christmas card but I couldn’t resist adding a small evergreen sprig to the perch.

KC Memory Box Birdhouse Village 4 center

I cut the wide tree branches into a couple smaller sections and attached them end in under the frame using glossy accents.  The birdhouse was attached with mounting tape and the sitting birds were attached with rolled up glue dots. I wanted the top bird to look like it was flying into the scene so I attached it with a tiny piece of mounting tape so it would be held further away from the frame.  I applied glue to the branches and birdhouse with a fine line applicator and sprinkled on white flower soft to add snowy fluff..  When I was finished I was sort of sad that I did that because it muddled up the branches.  I need to remind myself at times that “less is really more”.  LOL! But I feel like I captured the feel of cold and snowy winter from the inspiration site.  I especially love how it appears we are looking through nature’s decorative frosty frame to see the scene.  If you like to see gorgeous winter scenes you should definitely check out the Winter White board.

KC Memory Box Birdhouse Village 4 left

Hint:  I used my Sizzix Precision Base Plate to cut the frame due to the tiny intricate pattern and it cut perfectly.  Whew!  I find it so frustrating to waste a piece of cardstock when cutting the decorative and intricate dies. I go back and forth using the precision plate with my magnetic platform or using my metal adapter plate with the two cutting plates.  In either case I try to hold the die and cardstock in place after running it through my Big Shot the first time and turn it and run it through in the opposite direction and have found doing that really helps.  Are you impatiently waiting like me for the Sizzix Big Shot Express to finally be released?  I can hardly wait.  LOL!

I had the Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Layers on my wish list at Ellen’s for a while and when I put it in my shopping cart I accidentally put two.  I didn’t realize it when I completed my order (duh) and was surprised when I received my order.  My lack of paying attention will benefit one lucky person winning the extra set as a blog candy gift.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by 5:00 pm Friday the 15th to qualify for a random drawing.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you will enjoy your Sunday no matter how cold or warm the temps are where you live.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Fast and Easy Tags

Good Sunday morning.  I have some fast and easy tags to share with you today.  I love how crisp white images look against a red background for Christmas projects.  The addition of a multi loop gingham bow and a few evergreen sprigs are the perfect finish.  I used the Impression Obsession Skates, Ornament Flourish and the Savvy Dies Deer and Sleigh for the main images, the Martha Stewart Branch Punch and the Poppystamps Pinpoint Main Street Tags for the tag base.

KC Tags Group 1

The white images were attached to the tag base with mounting tape.

KC Ornament

I tied a multi loop bow for each tag and attached with glue dots.  The  green branches were tucked in around the bow and attached with glossy accents. I use my paper piercer to push/scoot the tip end of the branches in under the bow.  That also helps the branch stand up a little instead of laying flat.  

KC Skate

I hand cut pieces of green and white cardstock to make the packages for the sleigh. I trimmed a super thin strip of red cardstock with my Tonic trimmer and attached it to the packages for ribbon,  I ran the strip of cardstock across my finger to soften and gently formed the tiny package bow and attached it with glossy accents. 

KC Sleigh

I think these are so cute.  Not much time involved and yet make much more of a statement on a package than a plain tag.  The set would also be a great little gift.

KC Tags Group 2

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great Sunday.

Tag size:  2.50” x 1.50”

In The Meadow Tags

Good Saturday morning.  I have another grouping of tags to share with you today.  I am going to make a couple sets of these to give as a  gift.  This is the first time I have pulled out the Savvy Woodland Meadow set this holiday season. The precious little images are perfect to make mini tags.  I made the larger house tag using the tree and deer and paired them with one of the houses from the Impression Obsession Town Builder set. The stars were made using the Impression Obsession Sun and Moon set.The tags were made using the Poppystamps Pinpoint Main Street Tags

KC Savvy Woodland MEadow Tags 5 group 2

I cut cut the three tags and cut a second set of each to use to cut the snow ground layer using my deckle scissors.  I attached the snow layers to the tags with thin strips of mounting tape.

KC Savvy Woodland MEadow Tags 5  house

The house was cut once in red and again in white.  I cut the white roof off and attached it over top of the red with glossy accents.  I attached a little bit of green evergreen sprigs and red punched circles to create a little decoration for the roof top. I attached the house and trees in behind the snow layer using rolled mini glue dots. The deer was cut from Kraft cardstock, sponged lightly with vintage photo ink using a mini applicator and attached to the front of the snow layer with mounting tape.

KC Savvy Woodland MEadow Tags 5 snowman

The little snowman was cut in white and I colored the stick arms using a brown marker.  I hand cut his little hat and attached to his head with glossy accents.  The little scarf was attached using glue dots.  I just had to add a little evergreen and punched berry to his hat.

KC Savvy Woodland MEadow Tags 5 deer

I punched out a 1/16” circle and attached to the deer’s nose to give him the Rudolph look. He was tucked in behind the snow layer along with the two trees.  I added a star to one tree on each tag and applied yellow stickles to add touch of sparkle. I had several leftover punched snowflakes on my desk and decided it would look cute to add one to each tag.

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Tag sizes:  Deer and Snowman Tags 1 1/2” x 7/8”    House Tag  2 1/4” x 1 1/4”