Monday, November 30, 2015

Special blessings...

It seems that the entire world does the "I'm thankful for..." in the lead up to Thanksgiving but for me the time to reflect & count my blessings is Advent. This week, my husband is going to see some friends of ours & I wanted to make a card to tell them how special they are since I can't be there myself.

I love this stamp set, I was able to buy it during Simon Says Stamp Stamptember event this year & have already used it several times!  Our friends, my husband & myself are all band geeks so this set couldn't have been more perfect for them.  I blended Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar & Antique Linen Distress Ink through a damask stencil (Hero Arts I think) on watercolor paper & then lightly sprayed Perfect Pearl for a soft look.  The marchers are stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink on specialty stamping paper, cut out with Cameo, then colored in with Copic & Distress Markers & embellished with Stickles on the instruments & hats.  The ribbon is Tim Holtz crinkle ribbon colored with Distress Markers (as shown by Tammy Tutterow here) & topped off with a gemstone colored with Butterscotch & Gold alcohol ink.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Back in saddle's been a rough Autumn with health issues & complications but I think have finally settled out & get back to the serious play of crafting ;-)...  First up have a set of thank-you cards for the nurses & medics that have treated me in the past few months.  I did all 3 in the same simple design with Distress inks & a few embellishments:

I think my favorite part is the clear embossing of the leaves on the card base which was a happy accident.  I sponged Distress Embossing Ink through a leaf stencil (by Echo Park) and then intended to coat with Sticky Embossing Powder (in order to use foil leafing) but on the first one grabbed the clear powder instead.  I decided I liked the clear/ faux resist look better because it allowed the watercoloring to stand out so I used clear powder on the other two as well!