Category Archives: Papertrey

birthday stars

Hello friends!  How is your summer shaping up?  It’s been very hot here lately – and the humidity level on top of the high temperatures has made it difficult to do anything outside.  I hope you are staying cool wherever you are.

Today I am showing a cute birthday card – with a great background I cut with  my Silhouette!  First the card:

 Brithday Star card

Now about that star background!!  I am taking an online Silhouette class with Kerri Bradford and love it.  If you are just starting out with this machine or have struggled to find your way around all the features I strongly suggest taking a class or two.  There are so many out there and I’ve found them well worth the money.  It will save to so much time and aggravation.  I stumbled across Kerri’s classes and am so glad I did.  The first one I took, called “Getting to Know You”, will get you started.  The second class that I am currently taking is called “Oh The Places You’ll Go” and one of the things she teaches is how to create your own backgrounds – completely from scratch!

We started with a blank file and first created this star in a circle background.   She went step by step on how to create the ring, bring in the star shape, group and weld it all together to create the full background.

 star background

Next, we created a different star within a circle, added it to the shape we created in the first step and did a background of alternating star/circle shapes.  This is the one I used for the background for the card.  You can make the backgrounds as large as your mat can accommodate.  Here each circle is about 1″ in diameter.

 alternating star background

To finish the card I used some cute patterned paper from DCWV called The Birthday Wishes Stack.

Thanks for stopping by today!

 

 

embossed watercolored background

Hello crafty friends!  Here is another watercolor card – a little different technique this time.

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I stamped the background with versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.  Once that was set I sprayed two colors of Zia Color Wash Sprays over the embossed panel and let dry.  The same technique was used for the sentiment panel a swell.  Crochet thread was wrapped around the back panel before adding the sentiment.  If you look closely, there are tiny pearls on the scalloped portion of the sentiment.  The background is from Rubbernecker and the sentiment from Papertrey.  I used Canson 140 lb watercolor paper.

Having a fun time with my watercolors!

using wood

I’m showing something a little different today.  I made this card for the last weeks SCS challenge which calls for using wood on a card.  That material may sound unusual for cardmaking but it did not require the use of actual wood.  However, I remembered that I had some wood veneer samples sent to me awhile ago from Dowlen Wood and Paper Crafts.   There were some small pieces of real wood veneer – some mounted on thin chipboard, some not.

So…I made this clean and simple card:

wood heart

I used a piece of wood veneer that had been mounted on chipboard and die cut a heart our of the center.  The decorative paper (from Basic Grey) was placed behind the panel  using foam tape to provide a bit of dimension.  The sentiment on the front and the script text on the back panel are from Papertrey.  The flowers are from prima.

 

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blue blossoms

Here is another example of stamping on colored cardstock then using prisma pencils to color in the image.

blue blossoms

I colored the blossoms with a white pencil, then used a light and dark shade of blue over the white. Prisma pencils in Powder Blue and Copenhagen were used.  I used a “spatter” stamp in white ink to add a little detail to the main panel.  The sentiment is from Papertrey and was stamped and embossed in white.  The pearls started out white and I used a copic marker to color them to match the blue used on the card.

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watercolored tulips

Hello friends!  I’ve been working with my watercolors lately and trying different brushes to create simple shapes.   I like the clean and simple look and am learning to just let the brushes and paints do their thing!

Here is my simple watercolored tulip card.

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I used Arches watercolor paper along with Sakura Koi watercolor paints.  A round brush was used to make the petals while a dagger brush used to make the leaves.  The sentiment is from Papertrey and was stamped with memento ink.

I also did this same card using shades of purple, but it did not come out as nice as the one above, but I will show it to you anyway!!  Here is the purple version.

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