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Thursday, April 22, 2010

More Cards!

Hi Everyone!
I am very excited because I have some new stamps for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, retirement, graduation, and First Communion and I have been trying most of them out.

These cards were created with a Hero Arts stamp called "Sally’s Bouquet". I love this stamp because it can be used for so many occasions. I colored the flowers in with my new water colors called "Twinkling H20’s". My friend, Toni, introduced me to them and I had to have some of my own. I need lots of work on my coloring as I don’t have shading down at all, but I am still happy with the cards I created.

I fell in love with the strawberry paper from Cosmo Cricket. Actually I fell in love with the entire line, but I was "good" and only bought a couple of sheets of the strawberry paper. (For now.)

When I bought the paper I planned to use my Accucut strawberry die to make a strawberry to put on the card, but it turned out that the strawberry was too big for the card that I wanted to make. My solution was an easy one. I used the die to cut out my strawberry and then used my scanner to reduce it by 50%. Then I cut out the copy and a strawberry from some scrapbook paper at the same time. I was so happy with the result. I plan to use that same technique with some of my other large dies

I used a "Happy Mother’s Day" stamp from Great Impressions on the card. The tag was cut from a Sizzix die. The ladybug is a button from Favorite Findings. I LOVE Favorite Findings buttons and just learned the other day that my friend, Susan, also loves them.

The First Communion stamps arrived in the mail yesterday in a drawstring bag. That was the first time I ever got a package in the mail that was a drawstring bag!
The stamps are from DRS Designs. They are larger than I expected them to be so I used them on a 5" x 7" card. I used gold ink from Color Box to stamp the chalice and the words. I colored the chalice in with my new "Autumn butternut" Twinkling H20 water color. I added Glossy Accents to the host and love how that made the host pop out.
Isn’t this giraffe photo holder adorable! I found it on sale in the Sears frame department. This cupcake photo holder came from Home Goods. Both of the holders are being used to hold cards on my computer table.
That’s all for today! Talk to you soon.


jcappetta said...

Great cards as usual. I am intrigued by the Twinkling H2Os. Never heard of them. Are they difficult to use? I am not very good at shading so would these be easier to use than pencils or the super expensive Copics?


Carol Hartery said...

Hi Janet!
I bought the Twinkling H20s at InkAbout It. I dipped a very thin water color paint brush in water and then rubbed it across the Twinkling H20. The colors are vibrant and dry quickly.
I do not have any Copics. I do have several kinds of pencils and some Marvy Le Plume II markers that are sold in sets in the chain stores.
I have an empty paint pallet that I bought in the paint section of Michaels. I put some water in the largest well.
I scribble a Marvy marker in one of the wells. Then I dip a thin water color brush in the water and then in the scribbled marker. It creates a water color paint.
I have to work slowly when I color with the markers and the Twinkling H20s. As I said in my posting I am not good at shading, but I know that sooner or later I will get better at it. Hope this helps. Question...when I respond to your question do you get an e-mail telling you that I responded to it?
Thanks. Carol