Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Vintage Elephant Noel Card

I'm Card Captain of the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group for this week, so for 5 days I'll be showing you several works using Michael Strong's stamps. I hope you'll find them inspiring.

My 3rd card for this week is a Vintage Elephant Noel Card.

It's a Vintage style Noel (Christmas) card in non-traditional colors, and I assume that the Elephant carrying the holiday's gifts isn't the traditional Santa's sleigh either (lol).












I used a Kraft card basis, and contrasting shades of brown with strong turquoise for a non-traditional, and therefore more special color combo.
The Noel sentiment was made of wood and colored on mat gold, enhanced by a dark brown framing paper and a turquoise bling.

The patterned background paper is in shabby chic style, complementing the other elements.
It was inked all around, to give it a distinct, eye-catching frame.











I stamped it on a contrasting turquoise CS using VersaFine Ink - Black Onyx, and cut it with scissors, then added a tiny bling to enhance the eye.
The Noel sentiment, as well as the Elephant, were glued 3D for extra dimension – you can see how it actually adds volume to the card.
Several blings were added for extra glam.













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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Vintage Letter Thank You Card

I'm Card Captain of the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group for this week, so for 5 days I'll be showing you several works using Michael Strong's stamps. I hope you'll find them inspiring.

My 2nd card for this week is a Thank You card in Vintage colors, using a Kraft card basis and Kraft CS for the stamped sentiment, which is the dictionary definition of the word Todah (i.e. thank you, in Hebrew).

The patterned paper background paper is in shabby chic style, and the patterned paper used for the Rosette was designed with old letters and post cards.











I stamped it on a contrasting light blue paper using VersaFine Ink - Black Onyx, and cut it using Michael Strong's Mini Wings Metal Die Cutter Set -  they are so easy and fun to use!










I also used Tim Holtz Rosette (large) with a snowflake on top of it, which was cut out of a Vintage patterned paper, as a tribute for Christmas and for a dramatic 3D look.
Both the Rosette and the stamped tag with the sentiment were inked all around, to give them a distinct, eye-catching frame.

I glues the Rosette, The sentiment and the Hummingbird 3D, and added several colorful blings.

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Japanese Fan and Flowers Card

I'm Card Captain of the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group for this week, so for 5 days I'll be showing you several works using Michael Strong's stamps. I hope you'll find them inspiring.

My 1st card for this week is a Christmas card in non-traditional colors, using Japanese themed elements.

















I used Michael Strong's Cloisonné Silhouette Fan stamp (medium) from the Cloisonné Silhouette Fan set.
I heat embossed it in white, and accented it with colorful blings.


















I also used Tim Holtz Snowflake Rosette for a dramatic 3D look.
I think it actually makes everything pop out!

















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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Friday, November 6, 2015

Bird and Flower Inspiration Card

I'm Card Captain of the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group for this week, so for 5 days I'll be showing you several works using Michael Strong's stamps. I hope you'll find them inspiring.
My 5th card for this week is a clean and simple Bird and Flower Inspire Card.

















I used Michael Strong's Cloisonné Flower stamp (small) from the MiniShapes set, which I heat embossed and cut, then adhered it 3D.
I used a patterned paper for the background (for a change… lol) along with a swirly Bird die cut, an Inspire stamp and several blings.





















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Merry Christmas Card with Washi Tape and Christmas Tree with Tutorial

I'm Card Captain of the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group for this week, so for 5 days I'll be showing you several works using Michael Strong's stamps. I hope you'll find them inspiring.

My 4th card for this week is a Merry Christmas Card with Washi Tape and 
Christmas Tree.

It is followed by a step-by-step tutorial, with photos.

I hope you'll try it and enjoy it… It takes less time to make the card than to post 
about it (lol)


Today's card is all about making the background papers yourself.
This technique is fun and easy, and it enables you to create various backgrounds, to make different cards.

I made the main background by stamping Snowflakesfrom Designs by Ryn on a leather textured red CS.



















I also stamped the sentiment "Merry Christmas" on a scrap of the same red leather textured CS, and inked its edges using Platinum ink, the same ink I used to stamp the Snowflakes, to enhance it.
I also added 2 brads, all shiny and bright.
Then I used a piece of plain white CS, which I wrapped with several stripes of Washi Tape in Christmas related colors and themes.
You can use any combination of Washi Tape, I simply picked those which will pop out and will be contrasted to the red background. Once you're satisfied with the size of the wrapped CS, you can trim its edge off.

Here's the CS wrapped with Washi Tape:



















And as Washi Tape sometimes has a tendency to become loose (it doesn't always stick to its place), I wrapped it behind both sides of the CS, and I adhered the 3D double sided foam tape on the back side of the CS exactly ON the Washi Tape's ends, so the foam tape secures them:
















I stamped and heat embossed it on a scrap of the same red leather textured CS, then I cut it and added a few pearls for some more glam.
I adhered the Snowflakes background paper to the card basis, then the Washi Tape background paper and the decorated piece with the sentiment, using a double sided foam tape for a 3D effect.
I added the Christmas Tree on top of the Washi Tape background paper, also 3D. You can see it in 2 different color combos.

You can see the 3D effect here:



















It sure feels like the right time to create Christmas Card.

We don't celebrate Christmas in Israel, but I'd like to send Christmas cards to my friends worldwide who celebrate Christmas.





















Please let me know if you liked my tutorial, if it was clear (I'm always happy to answer questions), and if it made you want to create something similar.

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Seahorse and Fish Congratulations Card

I'm Card Captain of the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group for this week, so for 5 days I'll be showing you several works using Michael Strong's stamps. I hope you'll find them inspiring.
My 3rd card for this week is a Seahorse and Fish Congratulations Card.

















The red background paper is a leather textured CS.
I cut the 2 paper squares from my son's Scuba Diving license brochure, it had such a unique nautical themed pattern, I just had to re-use it.
I cut the Seahorse using Michael Strong Sea Horses Metal Die Cutter, it cuts like butter.
I colored the Seahorse using ProMarkers, and added a bling for its eye.

I added stamps, a used postal stamp with a colorful fish (it's a perfect match), and several pearls to add some glam.

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

An Ocean of Fun and Adventure Card


I'm Card Captain of the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group for this week, so for 5 days I'll be showing you several works using Michael Strong's stamps. I hope you'll find them inspiring.

My 2nd card for this week is An Ocean of Fun and Adventure Card.











My son just got his Scuba Diving license in the mail, so I simply had to recycle the lovely nautical themed paper which came with it.
I created the background by stamping over that paper, and added some Washi Tape and a postal stamp.
I stamped Michael Strong's Fish, heat embossed it and cut it, then I added a few pearls which seem like the bubbles coming out of its mouth.

Then I pearls and blings to add some glam.

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Monday, November 2, 2015

Dragonfly and Dragonfly Fairy Thank You Card

I'm Card Captain of the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group for this week, so for 5 days I'll be showing you several works using Michael Strong's stamps. I hope you'll find them inspiring.
My 1st card for this week is a Dragonfly and Dragonfly Fairy Thank You Card, with a home-made background.












I used Michael Strong's Cloisonné Dragonfly stamp (small) from the Mini Wings set.
I used the adorable Dragonfly Fairy stamp from Designs by Ryn .
I also used a Hebrew stamp which shows the Dictionary definition of Todah (i.e. Thank You).
I created the background using several colors of Glimmer Mist.
I also used Michael Strong's Honeycomb stencil.
I used Michael Strong Mini Wings Metal Die Cutter, it cuts like butter.
Then I added stamps, Distress inks, and several blings to add some glam.

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Spring Flowers, Winter Showers Canvas

I'm Card Captain of the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group for this week, so for 5 days I'll be showing you several works using Michael Strong's stamps. I hope you'll find them inspiring.

As I promised, after today's post there will be a small Giveaway (a surprise), a token of gratitude to those of you who took the time to leave comments to my posts this week. Your feedback means a lot to me.
I'll give you a few more days to wonder around and maybe to leave more comments, and then I'll announce the winner.
And now to today's art work – an 8x8 inches (20x20 cms) canvas, which was actually my entry to the Spring Challenge – and I won!

















I also used 2 stencils and 2 stamps made by Designed by Ryn, I think they're adorable and very versatile.
I used Maidenhair Fern and Flowing Branches stencils, and Trickling Water 2 and Raindrop set stamps.


















First, I colored the canvas using acrylic paint.
Then I used the Flowing Branches stencil with 2 coats of modeling paste.
When it dried completely, I colored it using 3 colors of Ranger's Distress Ink.
Then I added punched Sakura flowers from upcycled magazines, all over the tree branches. If you take a close look you can see several eyes within the flowers.




















I used the Maidenhair Fern stencil to add more interest to the background.
Then I stamped both Trickling Water 2 and Raindrop set stamps for a richer look.
The main idea was to show the Spring Flowers welcoming the beginning of the spring, while the Winter Raindrops were still in the background and were still present.
















I added Mike's Butterfly, stamped with black ink on vibrant red CS, its wings not attached, so it seems to be flying in the air.
I added some blings to add glam, and some washi tape on both sides of the canvas to connect between them.

















You can see the 3D effect, in the branches, in the raised flowers, and in the flying Butterfly.
I also added the word SPRING in contrasting black, written with my new Daymo.


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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly