Online Card Class – Day 7

I’ve experimented with adding spot color to a black and white stamped image. I used gel pens and Distress Markers.



OCC- Optical Illusion


This is one of my riffs on creating the illusion of dimension and depth on a single layer card.  The one above was a happy accident and was quite different from class instructions.  (Sometimes things can go wrong in a good way!)

1.  I masked the center rectangle and used to Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry,  Fresh Lemonade and Peacock Feathers)  Next, I rummaged through my stash and found a stamp of unknown origin.  It didn’t stamp as clearly as I wanted, but I wanted to move on to the next step and didn’t bother to re-stamp it.  As it happens the washed out effect seems to provide even more depth.

2.   I removed the mask and then colorized the frame area with Peacock Feathers.  I used larger-scale floral image (also unknown origin) to stamp the corners.  Because the scale of this is so much larger it gives the illusion of a distinct fore and back ground.   I colored the flowers with Distress Markers.

It’s not perfectly implemented, but conceptually, it works.  My perfectionist streak balks at this, but this was a learning example.  Perfection can occur when I am not already more than a week behind in class!

Now for my next illusion:


For this one, I once again played with a small scale background and then added a larger image over the top.  In this case, the background is an old Hero Arts Asian text image with the Crafters Workshop Mini Bamboo Stencil.  I inked the text in Studio Calico Doc Brown ink and then applied various distress inks to the stencil image.   I had some beautiful origami papers that were begging to be used and these became the small flags in the upper right corner. I used some alpha stamps in white for the text.

Rules are made to be broken…the final piece is more than one layer!

Hello Sunshine!

Well, it has not been sunny in Florida these days, and the new Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine collection helped brighten the cool and dreary days.  The CAS theme challenge over at Lawnscaping provided me with the perfect opportunity to play with my new stamps, dies and papers. I was greatly inspired by Christy’s example. She has a video tutorial, so make sure you check that out!

So with her inspiration and the Hello Sunshine collection, here is my entry into the Lawnscaping Challenge #78



Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 petit paper pad
Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn Spring Showers Die Set

OCC – CAS Faux Letterpress


I didn’t expect to like this technique, and after a couple of failures, I didn’t even expect to succeed. However, when I moved to the Kraft paper, I started to get the feel for it.

Hello – Studio Calico Sugar Rush card kit stamp set (February)
Artful Borders – Simon Says Stamp
Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink
Ranger Liquid pearls
Kraft card stock

Layered Die Cuts

I am taking the Clean and Simple Cards 3 class over at Online Card Classes, and this technique is layered die cuts. I used the Shell Set dies from Impression Obsession. (DIE077-W), and I used Distress Inks and Markers to colorize the cut outs.

This technique creates a single layer card that appears to have layers. I did add the pearls and gems–the card demanded this! So, it is not exactly a single layer.


Studio Calico March Kit – Under the Weather


Studio Calico March Kit - Under the Weather

I created this card for the Studio Calico Color Theory Class. I used the SC March Office Hours Main Kit as inspiration for the design and content of the card. The wood veneer umbrella, cloud, raindrop images and gray twine were part of that kit.

For the patterned yellow background, I used a border stamp comprised of hexagons that was in the February Taffy Add-On Kit. I used the new Studio Calico Sunny Day stamp pad alternating with a first and second generation stamping. I am really impressed with how vivid and crisp these stamp pads are for both outline, semi-solid and textual elements.

Additional accents include Stickles Glitter Glue (raindrops) and Liquid Pearls (Cloud)