Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Club Scrap Botanicals Blog Hop and a Freebie!

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Welcome to the Club Scrap Blog Hop featuring the April Botanicals KitIf you arrived here from Kay's Keepsakes blog then you are in the right spot, if not you might want to hop back to see what Karen has created at the Club Scrap Blog. There you can find the complete list of participating bloggers so you don't miss a thing!

Each month over at the Club Scrap Forum, Marya and Anne Marie challenge folks to create cards based on a sketch.

Once these cards are created, participants upload the artwork to the Club Scrap Swaps and Challenges Gallery and share their creations with others in the Card Sketch Challenge Thread for that month.

Follow these step to create this set of four cards.

1. Choose four 8.5x11" papers from the Botanicals Deluxe kit.

2. Cut papers following the free downloadable instructions.

ALCM April 2015 Card Sketch

3. Arrange the pieces following the sketch.

4. Punch out nine small daisies from the remaining scraps of each paper color.

5. Attach daisies to each of the 2.5x2.5" squares. Then add Silver Dazzles from the Constellations kit to the centers of each flower.

6. Add a sentiment from the Watercolor Blossoms UM stamp set Retreat 2013 to each of the .5x2.75" strips.  Note - I used acrylic paints to add the sentiment to the brown paper and CS Hybrid Earth Ink to the remaining strips.

7. Layer the remaining panels and pieces onto the card bases. Add black foam adhesive squares giving dimension to the square and sentiment elements.

Here are the completed cards.

I also made a double lidded card box to house my card set. The original idea came from this blog post, but I altered the dimensions to suit my cards. Join me tomorrow at the Club Scrap Blog to see lots of photos, and get step by step instructions and a free template to create a Double Hinged Card Box.

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to download your free instructions!!

Up next on the hop is Anne Marie's Blog.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spotlight Technique

Over the past several weeks I have been infatuated with the Spotlight Technique.

I first saw this video tutorial on Pinterest, and it totally blew me away. Loved the look and feel with just a portion of the image being "spotlighted" using color.

I used this as the jumping off point I created a card using the Weathered Florals Stamp set and shared it over at the Club Scrap Blog.

I made another card using the a single stemmed flower from the Oopsie Daisy UM Borders and Backgrounds stamp set. This time I raised the "spotlighted" area and left out the mat. I have to admit,  this stamping technique can be tricky when it comes to getting the image lined up correctly so that the raised panel was square with the original stamped image.

Then today while visiting Pinterest, one of my friends shared a card using a twist on the Spotlight Technique, as if it couldn't get any cooler? It did... check out the artist's card HERE. This version took the worry about the image being lined up properly out of the equation YIPPEE!

I immediately sat down to try it using some of my favorite Club Scrap floral stamp sets, Hydrangeas, Botanicals and Oopsie Daisy.  

And here is the resulting card.

I really hope you are inspired to give these techniques a try.

Supplies used:
Club Scrap Stamp sets BotanicalsHydrangeas, Oopsie Daisy, Weathered Florals
Club Scrap paper - Serengeti Aqua and Brown, Lakes Mint, and Picnic Dark Pink
Club Scrap Inks - Ash Hybrid Ink
LePlume markers
Flower charm and pearls from my stash
Ranger spritzer tool used with Broken China Distress Marker

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Happy Spring Embossed Resist Card

Today I am sharing this emboss resist card using Club Scrap's Spring WOW UM rubber stamps.

After a long winter here in the Northeast, I needed a bit of color to get me in the spirit of the spring season.

Follow these steps to create this card.

1. Use the word collage stamp to create the resist.

2. Stamp the image on white paper with white pigment ink pad.

3. Heat emboss with Club Scrap ultra fine clear embossing powder.

4. Color the panel using Ranger Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, and Mowed Lawn.

5. Use the spritz and flick technique to create water drop marks in the Distress inks which react with water. Use a paper towel to dab off any excess inks that may still be on the embossed words.

6. Add stamped flowers from the UM Spring WOW set and accent areas of the image with white gel pen.

7. Punch flowers using Fiskars, Recollections and Martha Stewart daisy punches and create an embellishment paired with some sheer purple ribbon. The center is a Silver Dazzle sticker included with the Club Scrap Constellations kit.

Dark Purple - Sonoma kit
Dark Pink and Light Blue - Picnic kit
8. Complete the finished A2 sized card.

Card base Light Blue paper from the Picnic Kit.

Thanks for stopping by.

Club Scrap Picnic Kit Papers
Club Scrap Constellations Silver Dazzle Stickers
Club Scrap Spring WOW UM Stamps
Club Scrap White Pigment Ink Pad

Ranger Distress Ink Pads
Fiskars Daisy Punch
Martha Stewart Daisy Punch
Recollections Small Daisy Punch