Grey. Gloomy. Sunless. That pretty much sums up the weather lately. Sunday was a rare exception with sunshine and warm temps…warm enough to get out of the house and walk at our favorite park. But today….the skies are grey. Good thing I have paper supplies that allow me to create my own sunshine!
Just Add Sunshine
I have a wonderful paper collection from K & Company. Mira, by Brenda Walton, has been around for a long time, but the colors and patterns are fresh and contemporary. The artwork in the collection reminds me of a lot of the mixed media art that I love so much…only the work has all been done for me. When I’m desperate for sunshine colors and a mood lifter, it’s my go to collection. When it was completely overcast and rainy on Friday, I knocked out a few cards, and basked in virtual sunshine.
The really amazing thing about this card is that there is not one single stamped image on it! The images were torn from the 12 x 12 paper sheet, inked, distressed and glued down. If you do a lot of paper tearing, you probably already know this trick, but on the off chance that you don’t, I’ll tell you a secret. To get paper to tear right where you want it to tear, “paint” around it with a small brush dipped in water. Let it set for a minute or two, and it will tear beautifully along the dampened paper line. The SOAR ticket is from Tim Holtz’ wonderful adage tickets. And the cabochon is from Webster’s Pages. Some vintage sheet music, inked up, some twine and some inky spatters and voila! The front of the card is complete.
Inside, it’s equally sunny: This card is a great congratulatory card: job promotion, good grades at school, project completed, etc. The “shine on ” sentiment is from a stamp set by Ali Edwards. Lots of fun, sunny sayings and wonderful fonts!
Still Longing for Sunshine?
Take a look at this fun anniversary card. Again, the elements were cut from the paper: I fussy cut the paper lanterns, inked them up with Versamark, clear embossed them to make them stronger and then hit them with a little bit of Stickles to make them shine. They were mounted on foam tape, then attached to the fun twine. The butterflies were treated in a similar manner. I won’t drag on about all the details, but you can ask me if you have any questions. And here’s the inside: I flicked some Tattered Angels spray onto the paper to add that fun spattered effect.
I’ve Got Sunshine, on a Cloudy Day…
And, just one more card, and then I’m off to face the dreaded treadmill:
This one’s my favorite. I love the metal medallion, and the insert I created by stamping, embossing, using faux batik and then embossing again with UTEE. It looks like cracked glass. I love it! If you’re interested, I can maybe do a tutorial on how to do this technique. Just let me know. I hope I’ve been able to add some sunshine to your day. These colors and images surely brighten my world.
Thanks again for taking the time to read my little blog. If you’ve hung with me for this long today, special thanks are in order…that was a lot of pictures to get through. Your comments mean the world to me…each one is savored and replied to, and knowing that you are with me on this creative journey makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers. Until next time….
Products used in these projects:
K & Company Specialty Paper Collection, Mira; Ranger Industries: Distress Inks, UTEE, Stickles, Memory Pins, Adage Tickets; Martha Stewart: Butterfly Punch; Spellbinders: Medallion 4, fancy labels die; Lawn Fawn: bakers twine: Webster’s pages: cabochons and lace trims; Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist; Ali Edwards: Sunshine Stamp; Crafty Secrets: Born to Fly Stamp Set; Pearls and Vintage sheet music from my stash.