Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Playing with a New Ink.

I have really just started using the new Hybrid types of ink.  Some I love better than others- one thing I don't have is 'Full Set Syndrome' - So I am sticking with blacks for now.  This is
 Today's  card Using a hybrid ink:

I've also used the weekend color pallet over Christian Card Makers Group ( I look closer in real life)

Out of the 4  Hybrid inks that I have tried, so far I like the Gina K best. It dries faster and has a great black color. 

This gorgeous stamp is a Beeswax Stamp 

The Idea of the hybrid inks is to be able to use any type of coloring medium that you like.  Which if you enjoy using may types of coloring products, this is a great advantage! 

Beautiful red rubber, I had no trouble getting a great image from the first stamping!

The first stamp on vellum

Start of the coloring

I decided a few minutes into this card, I did not want to go with vellum. It was not giving me the look I wanted. I restamped Heavenly White 

After I finished coloring the image, I fussy cut it and placed it on top of the same in stamped on the blush colored paper  - you can tell the center of the window is white, while the rest is pink

A fun card to make and I may make kits from this for the Studio.

I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Monday, July 30, 2018

Getting the most use from your supplies and a couple of tips

This weekend over at Christian Card Makers FB color challenge for the weekend was in shades of purple.  Not Barney Purple, but deep rich, earthy shades of purple.   I also used This weeks new sketch  challenge.  I will show you the card and then the process - I've got a couple of supply tips to share too!

This is the palette for this weekends challenge - Love these colors, but I had such a small amount of purples in my stash 

Here is the Sketch I used ( by the former Verve Company)

I used a favorite Magenta Stamp, # 14.069
A beautiful Dogwood border, that just stamps up so beautifully!

I used a little white pen to add some highlights

Here is a tip, When using rubber stamps you may notice that over time some of your rubber can get a hard feeling, this can be caused by a number of things, age, where it is stored and how it is cleaned.

Here is another fun Magenta stamp that I purchased at a tag sale 

The rubber was very hard and slick.  This little 1.00 hardware store item will bring back your stamps almost every time!

It is a foam sanding block!  I have been using these for years!  If the stamp is really bad and I have had to give it a deep sanding, I wipe the rubber with a little glycerin and let it sit over night and then wipe off with a damp towel.  a bottle of glycerin  can be found in your drug store for a few dollars.

To give my bright white a little color, I used my "purples" distress tool.  I did not add any more ink, I just rubbed the sentiment until I had the desired amount of color!

I stamped a piece of scrap paper  and then punched a little flower, and distressed again with the dry distress tool

and lastly, a favorite thing of mine to do:

Stamp the envelope!

I hope you find my little tips useful in your crafting arsenal!
Have a wonderful day!
Ginny M

Thursday, July 26, 2018

A fun card for a color and sketch challenge and a freebie!

This last weekend over at Christian Card Makers FB group I hosted a color challenge. I do this every weekend and it is always fun to see what everyone comes up with 

Here is my card:

Here is the process:

The color prompt was from  Color Palette.com 

I had a set of paper in mind, this shouts K&Co. at me!
So using my chopped index I locate my paper:

It is all stored here in two sets of drawers - about 200 chopped 12x12 stacks

I tried several types of in for my beautiful Magenta  Stamp

and Settled on using Archival in  Cobalt, I colored using pencils and a little white pen

Used my stamp tool for the sentiment- love I can safely stamp many times until I get the ink just right!  you can see my first attempt at teh sunflower was in gold heat emboss - did not work!

The card base is Strathmore 110# felt, a little bit  micro beads for the center

Fun!  I highly recommend trying thing like color prompts and sketch challenges, they are a great way to help our creativity grow!

Thanks for stopping by and here is your freebie for the day!

Ginny M

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

A Little Twist using Digitals and a Freebie

During the month of July I needed to make a "bridge" card for a swap.  Since it was hot, I was thinking a beautiful winter scene would be great!  So I made my cards using a Gecko Galz  Digital background paper and a a digi stamp from my stash.  Here is the card.

I used a half sheet of digi paper to create a sky and placed it behind the scene after I created some transparency in the scene.

I also added a little hand coloring and glimmer

My Sentiment is by TLC 

The Gecko Galz paper pack - Yummy!

The image before it becme a card, I did this in publisher

And if your would like this for your card making:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!
Ginny M

Sunday, July 22, 2018

A Nice Deal and a Freebie

Since I do alot of card making for charitable groups and I'm the church card lady, I make a lot of
cards!  So I am always looking for a good deal on quality paper.  This weekend I stopped at 'Joann's' for their weekend sale.
I found a great deal on 110# base weight card stock.  for $7.99 I was able to pick up a 100 sheet package of papers in lovely color families - I purchased three.  They have a pastel pack, but I rarely do pastels.  These papers are from their fairly new line called Park Lane.

I got a great fold using a scoring tool:

The paper stands up beautifully.  I will pre-cut and use these papers to make A2 cards.

I though I would share this product this is a totally un-solicited, un-sponsored mention of a product I think is a great deal!

My gift to you today!

Have a great day,
Ginny M

Friday, July 20, 2018

Paper Piecing Fashion Fun and Freebies

Over the last couple of weeks I have had a fun little project in the works.  I'm always in the need of birthday cards and this seemed to be a great idea for birthday cards.

I found this stamp on ebay, it is a post modern design:

And then I looked for paper in my stash ,it called for a small scale print,  pink and gray would be perfect

I stamped pout the first round on White card stock - nothing fancy, this was going to be my base layer.

Next old fashioned heat embossing:

I then fussy cut my parts( while watching a show with my mom, a nice lap project, all you need is scissors,  and glued them to the base.

On my back ground paper I heat embossed a Tim Holtz damask pattern, distressed the edges and assembled my cards with a few embellishments

oops, you can see I still need to color her hair!

And for you today I have another fashion plate"

you can right click and save and remember because she is digital 

you can flip her to me you perspective needs

or you can change her proportions altogether!

And here is another treat:

I hope you enjoy these freebies and have a wonderful weekend!

Ginny M