Sunday, April 25, 2010

Born to be Wild

Here's my post for the May Guest Designer's a great sketch, and I love the chance to take a shot at this spot.
My card uses "Bye Bye Boy" the image- it reminds me a lot of my little guy, even tho he's a little bit older now, but he seemed to be born always moving and always on the go.  I colored it with Copics and airbrushed the background.
The cardstock and paper were actually just generic scraps I found in my scrap pile...then I knew I wanted to add something related to the image as my "circles" that were in the sketch.   It finally came to me-  I will make bicycle tires!   I did a sort of Spirelli work (I think) on white scalloped circles-  I've never actually done Spirelli, but this is what I imagine that it might look like.   Then I overlayed black "tires" cut out with Nestabilities, and added brads for the hubcaps.
I hope you like it, and maybe even inspires you to take a nice bike ride on a lovely Spring day!   (or chase after your small children, trying to leave town on a bike)...have a great day!

Ceramic Tiles

This card I made using a technique I call the Ceramic Tile technique...I don't know if that's really a bona fide technique, but I'm gonna call it one.   I used an old Stampin Up Hydrangea stamp in Night of Navy on Whisper White (4"x6").   I then cut the image into 1 inch squares (being careful to keep them in exact order)...I then sponged each square on all 4 sides (being careful to keep them in exact order)...then I gued them down to another piece of Whisper White, leaving a little tiny "grout line" between them (being careful to keep them in exact order- can you tell that I made the mistake of screwing up the order once?   You definitely do not want to do that!)
Anyhow, after all of your pieces are attached to the larger white piece, then hold your VersaMark pad upside down and pounce it all over your work to make sure it is all covered.   Then coat with clear embossing powder and heat it to may have to repeat this step a time or two to make sure you have a congruent glossy coat over all.
When I was done with that, I attached to a slightly bigger piece of Night of Navy, which was sponged around the edges with White.   Then after the ribbon was attached, I affixed it to the 5"x7" card base, also Night of Navy.  
I love this look- you could surely make a smaller version for an A2 sized card, just be sure to start with an even measurement so you can keep your squares the same size...1" squares work very nicely.

Have a wonderful day!

Purse-onal Birthday Card

I made this cute little purse/card for a friend's's just the right size for a little Ghiardelli or other type of flat chocolate, or maybe a gift card instead.   In fact I am going to make up a bunch of these for my friends' birthdays for the next few's a great way to use up some DSP scraps.
I know I saw something like this on SplitCoast, but I can't find it, so I apologize for not giving credit where its due.
It's made with 2 Top Note diecuts of DSP (I used some old Groovy Guava), cut another of Chocolate Chip, then manually cut off 4 corners.  I cut strips of Chocolate Chip about 1 1/4" wide, then rounded the ends, folded and taped them together for the handles...attached with little brads   White gel pen is the "stitching".   Then I made a narrow little "box" and sandwiched it all together with ScorPal tape for strength.   I made the little insert to fit inside, and folded the bottom up to make a little pocket to hold a goodie or giftcard (that part is optional).
Thanks for checking it out...have a great day!