Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Bister Colors Card

I just got black and mahogany Bisters and experimented with them to make this background. Mahogany results in shades of red and brown and black has shades of grey and black. The containers of Bister at I Brake for Stamps here are only $1.65, so I recommend you get them all if you want to try this fun product. I added a text background from Hero Arts, then heat embossed some flowers from Prickley Pear with white embossing powder. I layered on a white card base and added a white butterfly die cut from Memory Box.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at 613 Avenue Create and the Anything Goes with a flower challenge at One Stitch at a Time.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Celebrate NBUS Card

I am still having fun with Bister powders and for this card I experimented with embossing the watercolor paper first, then adding various Bister colored powders and spritzing with water. This created another fun background. I had some new (never before used schtuff) dies sitting on my bed, so I die cut the daisy, butterfly and dragonfly (all from Penny Black) out of another mostly red bister sheet, then added Wink of Stella brush colors to each. IRL they are sparkly and pretty, but it is hard to capture the sparkle with the camera. The celebrate die is a new one from Cherry Lynn Designs.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Treasured Times and Suzy Bee's (with a twist of Red. There is red bisters in my background and on the flower and butterfly, as well as red Wink of Stella highlights.)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Birthday Bister Beauty


Try saying that title three times:) I used my blue, yellow and brown Bister powders to make the background on this birthday card, then heat embossed with white embossing powder a background stamp from Hero Arts with small text and flowers. I die cut the fern from Penny Black and the Happy Birthday from Memory Box and the card is done.

I am entering this card in the Birthday Celebration at Crafty Catz and the anything goes challenge at Brown Sugar.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Black Bister Card - Another Favorite!


When I ordered my first batch of Bister powders from I Brake for Stamps here I decided not to order black. Then I saw a card my friend Verna made using black (check out the gallery at the link above for many of Verna's gorgeous Bister cards), and decided I had to have black. This is the first card I made with just black and I love it! Another friend said it looked like a thunderstorm. I cut a circle mask and bleached out the moon- doesn't that look cool? Then I added a die cut pine tree (Tim Holtz for Sizzix), some bird silhouettes from Impression Obsession, and the Thinking of You is by Penny Black. I attached the bister piece to a kraft card and added a couple pearls to dot the i's.

If this is your first visit to my blog and you are wondering what the heck Bister powders are, scroll down the blog for more cards using Bisters. Basically they are a water soluble powder (very inexpensive!) you sprinkle on thick card stock or water color paper, then spritz with water and amazing colors appear. The link above has a video that shows how to use them and a gallery of card samples. I am obsessed with the different looks you get each time you try it, and all the possibilities for card design. Stay tuned to my blog- more cards to come:)

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Simon Says Stamp and Inky Impressions.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Do Monsters Eat Popcorn?


It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and I am sharing a Halloween card I made with some funny stamps from Crackerbox Palace. I love to use humor in my cards and most kids I know like jokes, so this would be a great card for a special child at Halloween. It also showcases another fun fold I learned recently. I started with a black A2 card and cut 1 ¾” off the right front. I embossed and sponged a white piece with a spider web embossing folder from Cuttlebug. I cut two Spellbinders label shapes and stamped the Halloween parade and Monster joke on the smaller golden label. After attaching the two together, I scored it and attached it behind the white center piece. On the inside I stamped the punch line, some kernels of popcorn and the Happy Halloween greeting. I die cut a spider (Sizzix) and popped him up on a circle and a pop dot. The label folded piece tucks under the spider circle to close the card. This is what the inside looks like: 
Don’t forget you can save 15% off your order at Crackerbox Palace.com with my name (Karen) in the coupon code box. All I ask is that you sign up as a follower here and then go shop for all these great stamps and more.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp, the Halloween Sentiment challenge at Aud Sentimentsand the Halloween challenge at Raisin Boat.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Card for Designer's Choice Challenge at Repeat Impressions

It’s another Designer’s Choice Challenge at The House that Stamps Built, Repeat Impression’s blog. It’s Geri’s turn this time and she is challenging our team and you to make a Fall card. After you make your Fall card, you can enter it for a chance to win some awesome Repeat Impressions rubber! Please visit the blog for all the details and to see the other Rock Star's cards for this DCC challenge. I have seen them and you do not want to miss them!

I have been wanting to try a new technique (for me anyway) using baby wipes and alcohol inks on glossy paper and this card was my first attempt at this easy way to get brilliant color on your cards. I simply added drops of fall colored alcohol inks onto a folded baby wipe and swiped them across glossy paper. Then I stamped Foliage Negative and Positive with an archival black ink and cut the panels out. I punch a half circle in two of the panels and popped the perfect RI sentiment in the hole created. I added a strip of black sparkly decorative tape to complete the fall card. We are having a brilliant fall here in Wisconsin and I am loving all the gorgeous colors here.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Crafting from the Heart and Through the Craft Room Door.


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wishing You Joy Class Card



I recently shared this card with the monthly class I teach in my home. My students learned how to make a Double Dutch Door fold card and how to make a ribbon frame. Here is a tutorial on how to make a Double Dutch Door fold card. We embossed the upper part of the folded top with a snowflake embossing folder from Tim Holtz. The joy and snowflake die cut is from W Plus 9. I sold an article on how to make ribbon frames to Scrap and Stamp Arts about 4 years ago, but it was finally published this year. It reminded me how fun and easy it is to make a ribbon frame on a card. You simply cut a slit diagonally in 4 corners of a square piece. Tie a knot in the center of 4 pieces of ribbon and put a glue dot under the knot. Place it in the center of the side of the square, and put the end of the ribbon through the cut lines. Trim and attach to the back with strong two sided adhesive. Repeat on all four sides. I cut a beautiful ornament from Memory Box for the center and attached with mounting tape to raise. Here is a picture of the card opened up to the inside:
I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Incy Wincy and My Craft Creations.