Monday, May 29, 2017

Only Fish In The Sea

Living on the east coast, we have our fair share of ocean side visits.  I'm inspired by all the little creatures and plant life that I see when looking into tide pools when the tide is out.
Today's project features many colors from the Basis Cardstock line that are currently on sale for the month of May.  There are colors that meet your every creative need and they cut like butter using steel dies.  

Here's a snapshot of products I used in today's post.
Basis Cardstock in the following colors: Aqua, Grey, Coral, White and Red and  Core' Dinations Cardstock.

I started by cutting a wavy patterned die out of the Aqua colored Basis Cardstock and adhered it to a piece of patterned paper using Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.
I cut many of the sea weed shapes out of white Basis Cardstock and added color using Distress Inks.

Once they were colored I added some shimmer using  Heidi Swapp shimmer sprays. 

The crab was created using red Basis Cardstock for the top die and  red Vintage Collection Core'Dinations for the bottom layer.  I just love the texture on the Core'Dinations cardstock!

I played around with design layouts and settled on this one.  I cut one of the wavy lines out of the die cut panel to allow room for a sentiment.  I then stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it using silver embossing powder.  

Once the front panel was complete, I adhered it onto an A2 sized, top folding card made white Basis Cardstock.

Don't forget to include a fun colored coordinating Basis Envelope.  They come in all the same great colors and you can mix and match them to create your own assortment of envelopes!
I hope you enjoyed today's project.  You can find further details when you visit my blog.  
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Friday, May 26, 2017

Flying by with a....

Father's Day wish!

It's coming, and quickly. For this post, I decided to go with a Lori Whitlock file (found in the Silhouette Store) for a Father's Day card.

 From the Basis pack, I grabbed yellow, light blue, white, gray, black, and red.
 With my Sizzix Big Shot and Darice folders, I was able to emboss clouds for a little bit of texture.

 I felt the white clouds were to plain so I decided to emboss them with swirls.
 Next I started to assemble the pieces together
I needed some accent pieces and found a great match in the Craft Market stack I have on hand.
 Finished card:

All cardstock and glue can be found at CutCardStock

Thursday, May 25, 2017

You're Spec-tacular!

Hi Friends!! kel here today :) Having 3 boys means I'm always in need of boy cards for them to give out for one reason or another! 

For this super fun card I used a few colors from the Basis Cardstock collection.  I took a card front in Basis 80# Gold, and then two pieces in Basis 80# Aqua and Basis 80# Natural to make this card.  Super fun and super easy to put together!

First, I lined up the pairs of glasses to make sure I centered them nicely on the Basis 80# Natural piece.

After stamping it a few times to make sure the images were nice and dark (yay Misti!)...

... I stacked the pieces together and glued them down.

Then I added the sentiment, which came in two pieces for versatility in the set!  

The last thing I did was add some super fun aqua colored pearls.

The final card came out really cute... err... mannnnnnnly.  haha!  I don't think my kids would appreciate me giving them "cute" cards!!!

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lovies, =o) kel

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Man Cards

I don't know about you, but I never have enough cards for the men in my life. I decided I would make a set of cards that I can send to my favorite guys.

I started with a Basis A-2 White Folded Invitation, Basis Brown Cardstock (4.25" x 5.5"), Basis Light Brown Cardstock (3.75" x 5"), Basis Green Cardstock (3 1/8" x 4 1/8"), Savoy 100% Cotton Cardstock and a Brown Bag Kraft A2 Envelope. (I ended up making four cards.)

I embossed the Basis Light Brown cardstock with a woodgrain embossing folder and inked it with VersaMark Ink to create a tone on tone effect to bring out the woodgrain.


I used Ground Espresso Distress Ink to in the edges of the woodgrain paper.

I stamped the Crazy Bird and sentiment on the Savoy 100 % Cotton Cardstock and watercolored it with my Gansai Tambi watercolors.

I tied a piece of twine around the bottom of the wood grained cardstock.

I layered the pieces adding brads and foam squares.  I love how they turned out. I actually made a set of 4 cards. I should be ready for the next set of birthdays.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy Father's Day Brush Calligraphy Envelope Art

Most envelope art has to work within the parameters of including address and postage, but as I'm pretty sure I will be hand-delivering it, I may as well have fun with the envelope as well as the card. (You can see the tutorial for that here.)

I started with a plain white envelope that would fit my A2 size card. I then cut down a piece of Basis light brown 80 lb cover stock so that there was a slim white border when applied to the front of the envelope.

To see my entire process, be sure to watch the Youtube video below:

I have this wood grain texture stamp in my stash that I bought online a long time ago from Ali Express and used that with some Versamark to create a watermark effect on the paper.

I then took out my blending tool and some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo so I could blend a darker color brown around the outside, leaving a halo of lighter brown in the middle. The wood grain texture remains. I also activated the ink and affected the watermark with some water droplets.

Once the panel was good and dry, I went in with a Pentel Pocket Brush and wrote "Happy Father's Day" in brush script caps. I also added some illustration and white highlights with a Sakura gel pen for character.

I liked the panel just how it was, accompanied with the card, and stuck it onto the white envelope with my ATG gun to be sure it wouldn't peel away.

And there you have a super quick and easy way to spruce up a basic white envelope for a handmade, hand-delivered card for Father's Day.

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- Haley
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