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Nov
11
Friday, November 11, 2011

I have been trying to get motivated to finish up my Christmas cards. So today I sat down and worked on one with an image from “Close to My Heart” called “St. Nick”# B1356. In fact I used all of the stamps in the set on the this card.

Here is the card;
“St. Nick”
 
And here is a closeup of the main image “St. Nick”;
 
 

The images were colored using Copic markers on “Cryogen Iradescent Paper’.That is the sparkle that you see in the image. It is right in the paper and shows through the Copic markers. The colors that I used were;

        Hat; R22,R24,R27,R29
        Face; E000,E01,R20
        Holly; YG05;YG09
        Beard; C1

I used Spellbinder dies to cut out the image and the mat. Both dies were from the Petite Circle series. The patterned paper is from a set from “Close to My Heart” called “Wonderland” # X7146B.

The background on the main card was accomplished using one of the new “Hero Arts” stamp and embossing set called “Holly”.
To cut out the smaller images, I used my “Glass Mat” and a new xacto knife.

I think it’s a very cute card which does not take much time to assemble.

If you have a question about the card or products used, please let me know.

All of your comments are as always appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L. 

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Nov
06
Sunday, November 6, 2011

Todays card is done with a little different technique. The technique is called “Burnished Velvet”.
First I’ll show you the card;
 


“Happy Birthday”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The card it’s self is self explanatory. Although the glitter does not show well in the picture, believe me it really glitters when you see it first hand.But, the stamping of the image of the flower is the technique called “Burnished Velvet”. To stamp the image I used a “Glue Essentials” Glue pad. The pad looks like a standard ink pad, but with one difference. The glue pad need to have glue applied everytime you use it. It does not require a lot of glue, but needs to be applied each time you use it.

After you apply the glue to the pad, you are ready to stamp you image. Stamp the image on the paper. This is very important wait 15 minutes for the next step.

After the 15 minutes is up, we are going to do the “Burnished Velvet” technique. The product I used here is  “Jewel Glitter Ritz” it is a Micro Fine Glitter. The glitter is different in that it has very little excess powder in it. You might as well say it’s pure glitter, and it goes a long way.

Once the 15 minute is done, the glitter can be applied. Take a very small amount of glitter and apply it to the image in several places. With your finger and very light pressure rub the glitter into the image. Once the image is completely cover, tap the rest of the glitter off. Using a large makeup brush the rest of the glitter off the image.

The glitter comes in 60 different colors. So, you should be able to find a color to go with your project. This glitter and technique works on both ligh and dark color cardstock.

Give this technique a try, you’ll love the effect.

If you have a question, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

Nov
01
Monday, November 1, 2011

Todays card is called a “Criss Cross Card”.Very simple card to make once you do the cutting. I saw the idea on the “Split Coast Stampers” site. Here is where you can get the instructions.

The image is from “Close to My Heart” and the stamp set is called”Enjoy Every Moment” #C1395. The set is from the Spring/Summer 2011 catalog. As you will notice the image is mounted upside down, but that’s how the grow on the fence in my yard. And, here is the card;

“Criss Cross Card”

 The card was colored with with Copic Markers using the following makers;

Flowers; B00,B01, B04
Leaves; G02, G05

The mats were cut with a Spellbinder die set called “Labels Four”. I did sham stiching on the body of the patterned paper with a blue multiliner pen. Some glass half pearls were added to the front of the card.

Very simple card, but I think it turned out alright.

What do you think?

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

Oct
29

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I had to get a start on my “Christmas Cards”. I only have about twenty (20) made so far, so this one will make 21.
This card is from a “Close to My Heart” stamp set call
“Snow Days”. It a cute stamp set as you can see from the link to my store. For this card I used the house. Here is the card I came up with;
“Snow Days”

And here is a better view of the house it’s self.

“Close Up”


I cut out the image and the mat using Spellbinder Dies. The patterned paper used was from “Close to My Heart” called “Wonderland” part number X7146B. It has 3 sheets of double sided patterned paper (2 of each) and matching cardstock. Well worth the price of $9.95.

The image was colored with Copic markers.

The snow effect on the image was created with a “Marvy Snow Marker”. I like this snow pen alot better than then “Liquid Applique”, because the Marvy marker can be heat set after only 15 minutes. The Liquid Applique needs to dry over night.

The snowflakes I used a “Martha Stewart” punch that I cut out of silver paper that I ran through the Cuddlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.

All and all, I am pretty satisfied with the card, but the important thing is what is your opinion?

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

Oct
17
Monday,October 17, 2011It seems like I have gotten off on a flower kick. At least coloring them with my Copic markers. As you all should realize by now Copics is my favorite coloring medium. It is so fast and easy to color with and the color selection is outstanding, over 300 colors.

 

Today’s image is from “Close to My Heart” called “Enjoy Every Moment” CTMH# C1395. It has three (3) stamps in the set, Lilies, Morning Glories, and Daisies. Very versatile set.
And here is today’s card;
“Beautiful Lily” 

After coloring the image I cut out the mats using a Spellbinder die set “Labels Eight”, in different sizes. The two bottom mats where embossed using a Sizzix embossing folder. They were then colored using direct to paper with an ink pad.

A little ink was stippled onto the body of the card. Then I added some “Liquid Pearls” as embelishment.

Hope you like todays card and will leave a comment. All comments are appreciated and posted.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

Oct
10
Monday, October 10,2011
It’s been a little hectic with the move to the new company that I am now demonstrating for, but I think I have most everything figured out.

 

I have been making quit a few cards but mostly for gatherings. So, I have not been sitting idle all of this time.

 

The card that I am posting today is from a set from my old company. I called the card “Wait for Me”. Here is the card;

 

“Wait for Me”

 

 

I used a “Stamp’n Up” embossing folder to embellish the main mat on the card. I then added “Liquid Pearls” to the inside edge of the pattern, for a little contrast. The sentiment was printed using my HP printer. Sometimes I wished that I had a bigger selection of sentiments. But, if I did have enough to satisfy me, I would have to buy a larger house to hold them all.

 

The embellishments in the top left and bottom right, were from my stash. I believe they are from “Prima”.

 

The clouds, grass, and road were airbrushed in to finish the scene.

Well that’s about it from here. I hope everyone is in good health and happy.

 

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

 

Bob L.

 

Sep
20
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Today’s card is my first Christmas card for the season. I call it a button tree, you will see why when you see the picture.
So with out further ado, here it is;
“Xmas Button Tree”

The original stamp set is from “Close to My Heart” and is called “Happy Cluster” CTMH # C1471.

The body of the card is 4 1/4″ X 11″ and is scored at 4 1/4″and 8 1/2″. This leaves a 2 1/2″ flap at the bottom. The ovals were cut using a Spellbinder Large Scalloped Oval.

The background paper used is from “BoBunny” and is called “St. Nick Noel”. I don’t know if it’s still available, but works very well with Xmas themes.

The buttons were from my button jar. You can never tell what you will find in that jar.

I guess when I send this one out, it will cost some extra postage. Oh well, you can be cheap all of the time.

If you have any question about this card, don’t hesitate to ask.

Your comments are always appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

Sep
17
Saturday, September 17, 2011

Well after about a month I’m back up and running.
 
I was very surprised when the company that I had been demonstrating for, “The Angel Company” for twelve (12) years closed up business without any notice. It made it pretty ruff, because I had taken a bunch of customer order, and had to return the money. I signed up with “Close to My Heart” and I am, so far very happy with them.
They have a great line of products and very low prices on thier product.
Any who, this is one of the cards that I demonstrated at my last gathering;
“Gnome House”

 
The image is from “Close to My Heart” from a set called “Gnome Garden” number C1470. It has nine stamps in the set and cost $13.95.
 
I wanted the card to be decorative on the edge, so I used ther Spellbinder “Label 8″ to cut the edge of the card body and both pieces of the mat paper.  Gives it a little different look. The only thing that you have to do different is to cut the card body down from 5 1/2″ to 5 1/8” so that it will fit inside of the die.
 
The image was colored with Copic markers;
       Roof and door frame B02,B05,
       Door ; E33,E15
       Walls; Y11,Y17
       Grass; G00, G02
 
The hinges and door knob were colored with a “Gell Roll” gold glitter pen. It’s hard to see in the picture but it’s there.
 
The corner of the stamp mat and the mat where cut with a “Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper”in the “Cloud” pattern. These Corner Chompers are great and have two patterns on each.
 
Hope you enjoy todays creation, and will leave a comment. All comments are appreciated.
 
Have a GREAT DAY!!!
Bob L.
Aug
10
Wednesday, August 10,2011

Well, the weather is getting to hot to work out side, so it’s time to stay in my craftroom. The temperatures have been in the high 90 degrees for the last couple of weeks. So, it’s inside time for me.

The card that I have posted today is from “The Angel Company” called “Enjoy the Ride” TAC #RPH-2. It’s from a series of stamps by the artist Phyllis Harris, who designs exclusively for “The Angel Company”. There are five different set in the series.

Here is the card;
“Enjoy the Ride”

I colored the image with Copic markers of course. Then I stamped and cut masks for the dog and the girl. Once I had the masks inplace, I cut some Post-It sheets to give me a cloud shape. With my airbrush I airbrushed in some clouds. Next was the grass in the middle ground, using the Post-It sheets again. the last application with the airbrush, was the path way. I left the Post-Its for the middle ground in place for this.

A Martha Stewart edge punch was used to make the white border at the bottom of the background mat.A little green Stickles was added, and walla the card was finished.

Hope you enjoy the card as much as I enjoyed making it. Your comments are always appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

Jul
12
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Seeing that everyone around here has either the sniffles or some other ailment, I thought that the saying “An Apple a Day” was appropriate.
Todays cute little card is from a stamp that I borrowed from a friend. Don’t know where it came from or what the name of the stamp is. If anyone knows let me know.
Here is the card;
“An Apple a Day”
 

 

It was colored with Copic Markers in the following colors;
 
     Apples,  R-29, R27,R24,R22
      Leaves,  G09
      Basket,   E55,E29
       Signo White Gel Pen

The black swirls on the card are from a Quik-Kutz 4″X4″ die. The mat for the basket was cut using a Spellbinder die called “Heart Circle”.

I added some Silver Stickles to the swirls and I was done. The mats in the top left and bottom right were adhered to the main mat then trimmed with a scissors.

Very simple care to use for a “Get Well” card to a friend.

Hope you enjoy todays card. Remember all comments are welcome and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.