Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Card Concept #138c- Dog Days of Summer

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. Um, hello? That is one cool dog. Put some shades on me, and sit me in the sunshine like that and I'd be grinning too. 


Based on the ultra-hip pooch above, I created a clean and graphic card that channels the feel-good vibe of summer, sunshine and the colours of the photo. 

On a white A2 card base, I stamped the sunshine from Simon Says Stamp and then masked it to do my blending with the original Pink & Main blender brush and Distress Oxide inks. I added a few water splotches to the inked piece and once dry, stamped the sunglasses from Lawn Fawn onto the sun. The bottom corner had some cardstock strips added to it to match the beach towel of the inspiration picture. The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossed using WOW Clear Sparkle embossing powder. The final touches were a few enamel dots and some Glossy Accents on the sunglasses. All supplies are listed below.

Here's a closer look at the Glossy Accents on the sunglasses and the sparkle on the embossed sentiment! 


Don't forget- Choose a design style (or combine styles), create a card, and in your blog post let us know what inspired you from the photo, what style and/or styles you chose and don't forget to display our inspiration photo and link back to our challenge.

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: (Greetings Mix 2, My Sunshine (retired); Simon Says Stamp; (Circle Sentiments) Lawn Fawn
Ink: (Versafine Onyx Black) Tsukineko; (Tumbled Glass, Broken China Distress Oxide) Ranger; (Sunflower) Lawn Fawn
Paper: (white, various colours) Gina K Designs
Other: enamel dots; (Glossy Accents) Ranger; blender brush (Pink & Main)

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Pink & Main *New* Ergonomic mini Blender Brush

I was so lucky to have Pink & Main send me their new Ergonomic mini blender brush to try out! They also included the original, and a fun hibiscus stencil to use with them.


As you can see, the brushes are small, perfectly sized to fit in your hand and have the softest bristles ever. They are packaged in a little holder too, so no chance of ink smudging all over the place if you remember to put them back in the holder. Very convenient!  


The original size is perfect for a large panel of ink blending. I used Distress Oxide Inks on watercolour cardstock and was able to seamlessly blend three colours smoothly and quickly.


For the colourful panel shown in the picture above, I used the large brush to lay down a soft pink ink (all inks used here for this panel are Lawn Fawn). Then I used the mini brush for the stenciled background. This design comes in three pieces, and is intended to be layered together to create the floral background shown. The mini brush was perfect for the smaller leaves and flowers and I used it to add darker colour around the edges for a more dimensional look to the flowers and leaves. 


Isn't that pretty?

Like a lot of blender brushes out there, I think one for each colour family would be helpful. The ink dind't seem to transfer too much after giving it a good scrub on scrap paper, but you can't go wrong with more. :) They are sturdy and comfortable to use and I will be getting some more!

Thank you to Pink & Main for sending me them to try! 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Card Concept #138b- Christmas in July

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge and this time it is Christmas in July! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. Isn't that festive? Thinking about the holidays is not on my to-do list but I suppose getting an early start on holiday cards is never a bad idea. 


Today's card is a clean and simple, one layer creation that would be easy to recreate in any colour scheme you like. The striped pillow that said 'merry' was the main inspiration when starting my card, but the colours played a part too.


Using the Texture 9 stamp set by Flora & Fauna, I created some layers using stamps, ink and an acrylic block. I wanted a free hand look so I did not use my MISTI for exact placement of the dots or stripes, and instead just eyeballed it. Next I added in the snowflakes from Driving to the Holidays, and finally the sentiment stamped in black ink. The snowflakes have a dot of glitter in the center of each one. 

Not crazy about holiday colours or creating for Christmas right now? How about using cheerful orange and yellows for the stripes, clouds where the snowflakes are, and a summery sentiment instead? I may have to go try a card like that. :) 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: (Driving to the Holidays, Texture 9) Flora & Fauna
Ink: (Midnight Green) Simon Says Stamp; (Sno Cone) MFT; (Ocean Drive) WPlus9; (Lobster) Lawn Fawn; (Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Paper: (Stamper's Select White) Papertrey Ink
Other: (Diamond Stickles) Ranger

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Card Concept #138a- Tropical Treats

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! We are so excited to announce that we will be continuing our bi-weekly challenge with a few of our Designers for the summer!
We normally take a break at the end of June to give our Team the summer off, but this year several of our Designers wanted to keep the fun going all summer long.

Here's a refresher if you haven't played with us in awhile- every two weeks we will post our inspiration photo challenge and hope that you will join us by creating a card for our challenge gallery (found on The Card Concept blog). An inspiration photo is exactly that- a starting point for inspiration. Will it be the colors, the overall theme, the texture, the actual items or something else that will inspire your card?  Choose a design style (or combine styles), create a card, and in your blog post, in addition to letting us know what inspired you from the photo, please let us know what style and/or styles you chose. 

I created my card today based on the inspiration photo below. This is pure summer to me! There's just so much to love about this picture and lots to work with...I love the tropical foliage, the pops of black, and of course the flamingo! 


Using all the elements that I mentioned above, I made this clean and layered card. I think it has a touch of classy and elegant too. Don't forget you can mix and match your styles when you create a card for our challenge! 


I love digging through my stash of 6x6 pads and just knowing I have a piece or two of patterned paper in there somewhere that will work. When I found the Oasis pad by Crate Paper I cut it up and glued what I needed to an A2 white card base. I die cut the Botanical Frame from aqua cardstock and glued it to the pattered paper, and then used foam tape to adhere it to the base. The flamingo was die cut from watercolor paper and I used my Zig Clean Color markers to colour it. Once dry, I glued it to the card and added the die cut and embossed sentiment. Some sequins and a few black paint flecks finish it off. 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: (Clearly Sentimental Amazing) My Favorite Things
Ink: (Versafine) Tsukineko; (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers) Kuretake; (Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen) Tonic
Dies: (Circle Frame with Botanicals) Pinkfresh Studio; (LLD Tickled Pink flamingo) My Favorite Things; (Amazing) My Favorite Things
Paper: (Oasis 6x6 pad) Crate Paper; (True Black, Aqua Mist) Papertrey Ink; (140lb cold press watercolor paper) Canson
Other: (white embossing powder) Hero Arts; (sequins) Misc.; foam tape

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Card Concept #138- Summer Fun

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. This calls to mind a cottage on the beach, where everything is nautical-themed and there's sand in every spot imaginable. 


My clean and layered card was inspired by the tablecloth and the pattern of the rings on the plates, and of course the theme and colours in general!


There's a lot of die cutting on this card! I die cut the cover panel and adhered it over top of a white A2 card base. The circles and waves were die cut from cardstock and adhered together. The boat (from Sail Away by Simon Says Stamp and possibly retired...) was stamped, die cut, then stamped again on patterned and specialty papers and pieced together, then tucked behind the waves border. My sentiment was stamped in navy ink and matted on yellow cardstock and popped up using foam tape.

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: (Sail Away) Simon Says Stamp
Ink: (Navy) Hero Arts
Dies: (Stitched Circles Cover Panel) Reverse Confetti; (circle dies) Spellbinders; (Sail Away coordinating dies, Border Waves) Simon Says Stamp; 
Paper: (cardstock) Simon Says Stamp; (patterned papers) Lawn Fawn
Other: (Stickles glitter) Ranger

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Card Concept #137- Fun at the Lake

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. This scene just reminds me of summer camp, family vacations at the lake, and fishing down by the river at our house. I just love it. It's going to be hot out today, so maybe I'll take my fishing pole down to the river with the kids and cool off under a tree and try to catch something! Don't worry; we throw back in what we catch! :) 



My clean and layered card today draws inspiration from the lake scene and colours of the photo. It was simple to make with some quick ink blending and stamping.


On a panel of white cardstock I stamped the scene and sentiment from Newton's Nook Lake Advice set. The sentiment was heat embossed using clear powder and once everything was dry I gently blended ink over top. I used some Copic markers to colour in a few of the trees. The canoe was stamped, coloured with Copics as well, and fussy cut out. I die cut the panel using a stitched rectangle, glued it to a red cardstock matting, and glued it all to a kraft A2 card base. The final touch was adhering the canoe with foam tape. 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! Don't forget to refresh your memory on the rules of how to play along. 

Supplies: 
Stamps: (Lake Advice) Newton's Nook
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento; (Mermaid, Freshly Cut Grass) Lawn Fawn; Copic markers
Dies: (Stitched Rectangles) Simon Says Stamp
Paper: (kraft, Pure Poppy, white) Papertrey Ink
Other: foam tape

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Ink Road Stamps replay

Just a quick pop-in today to direct you to a few cards I have made recently over on the Ink Road Stamps blog! Check em' out and let me know over there what you think. :) Click directly on the photo to be taken to the post.