Wednesday, February 10, 2016

{Neat & Tangled} Lumberjack Love

I'm back with a fun card for Valentine's Day. This one features Lumberjack Love stamps and coordinating dies, as well as the Wholehearted cover plate. I coloured the girl and boy's hair and skin with Copic markers but everything else is paper pieced with patterned papers from Heidi Swapp's Dreamy 6x6 paper pad!

This cute couple was the perfect opportunity to combine Copic colouring and paper piecing, especially since the soft watercolour-like pastels of the papers worked well for their outfits, as well as the background. I used the MISTI stamping tool to stamp the sentiment twice, first on the card base and again on the patterned paper panel, before die cutting the hearts from it.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

{Winnie & Walter} February Leading Lady: Take 1 + Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! I'm so excited to be Winnie & Walter's Leading Lady this month!! Every Saturday, I'll be sharing projects with a weekly theme. Today's theme is stencilling. I made two cards, each one with a completely different stencilling technique, and two of my favourite ways to use stencils.

My first card uses The Leaf Effect stencil with embossing paste tinted with three shades of green distress inks. It's a great technique that allows me to customize the colour of the paste. In this case, I created greenery for the hanging birdhouse. The In a Word: Home die was sponged using purple distress inks.

The birdhouse and bird, from Happiest of Holidays and used here to show versatility in a non-holiday design, were coloured with Copic markers. I applied a generous coat of Wink of Stella on the bird. Since I was partially stamping sweet home on some of the embossing paste, I didn't want it to react and bleed so I used archival ink. I also used my MISTI stamping tool to make sure it lined up and, if it didn't stamp well the first time, stamp it again in the same spot.

My second card uses the Madison stencil with daubers and a rainbow of distress inks to create a bold background that allows simple flowers and leaves from Anna's Flora to shine without added colour. All I did was add some sparkling clear sequins for a bit of shine. The sentiment was created with a combination of stamps and dies from The Big, the Bold and Friends and The Big, the Bold and Party Cutaways.

Here are the two cards shown side-by-side to show how stencils can be used in two very different ways. I love the option of creating a lot of texture versus keeping it flat.


Winnie & Walter has given me a $30 gift card to share with my readers! All you need to do is comment on all four of my Leading Lady posts this month and you'll be entered to win. Good luck! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you'll join me again for Take 2 next Saturday!

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