Thursday, April 18, 2013

My Etsy Shop!

I now have an Etsy Shop where I sell some of my cards. For now, I'm sticking with my nerdier designs, ones that reference video games, cartoons, science, scifi and fantasy, and other nerdy pursuits. Here are the cards I have listed thus far:

Pokeball 5.5-inch card
Pokeball 3-inch card
Metroid 3-inch card

I hope you follow my shop! Keep an eye out because I am adding more products regularly. I have so many ideas for cards and die-cuts, I can't wait to make and list them all!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

"Hello!" butterflies card

I've been in a watercolor mood lately, so I used some watercolor paper for the background of this card. I really like the texture it adds; it's very different from plain cardstock. I used two colors of Distress Inks to color the watercolor paper.

For the butterflies, I stamped them on normal cardstock, and I colored them in using a waterbrush and a combination of Distress Inks and American Crafts Stamp Markers. My craft mat makes for a great palette: I added color to it, spritzed it with water, and had pools of different colors to draw from. I simply used a water brush to pick up and apply colors as I saw fit. I fussy-cut the butterflies and used glue dots to adhere them to my card base.

For the sentiment, I took the word "Hello" from a set by My Mind's Eye and stamped it in black onto a scrap piece of white cardstock. I snipped out a flag by hand and attached it using foam squares.

I didn't have twine in the color I wanted, so I took some hemp twine and dyed in "Peacock Feathers" Distress Ink. To do this, I pressed the inkpad onto my craft mat, spritzed it with some water, and rubbed the twine into the pool of color until it was dyed the whole way through. I wrapped it around a few times, tied a little bow, and secured the bow using another glue dot. Finally, I rounded the bottom corners and matted this piece to my card base.


Cardstock: Recollections
Watercolor paper: Strathmore
Stamps: sentiment from My Mind's Eye Sweetest Thing Tangerine "Hello", butterflies from studio G
Ink: black Ranger Archival Ink, "Peeled Paint", "Peacock Feathers", and "Shaded Lilac" Distress Ink
Markers: "Key Lime" and "Aqua" Stamp Markers (American Crafts)
Hemp twine
Corner rounder: We R Memory Keepers


Unscripted Sketches #204