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posted this in Designer greeting cards on November 16th, 2017

Giving Thanks

Here’s a Thanksgiving theme card that I made using some great stamps from Unity stamp company and wonderful papers from Paper Temptress.  The papers are just so shimmery that I wish the image captured the real beauty of them!

The sentiment and the pumpkin where printed out on Neenah solar white classic crest.  The base of the card is a wonderful sheet of Mica/Metallic in Flame.  I then used two layers of gorgeous cardstock underneath the pumpkin stamp, the black is actually a beautiful shimmery Incandescent paper called Nero.  Underneath the Nero is some wonderful Mica/Metallic paper called Citrine.

posted this in Designer greeting cards on November 15th, 2017

Beautiful Simplicity, and a Freebie

Hi everyone,m Ginny here.  I wanted to share a card(s) I made for formy recentt trip to  Ilion NY  for the Split Coast Stampers event in October, I joined the Black and White swap. I love working in Black and White – do you?  I used a classic Audry Hepburn image –                                        a favorite of mine for card making.

Perfect printing on luxurious paper made this card really pop!

I printed this image on Heavenly White 80# paper  by Paper Temptress

my go-to for print, stamping, and coloring.

I use a cheap Canon Pixma printer- and it does a wonderful job for me.  I paid about $60.00 for the printer. I also re-ink my cartridges.

I layered her on Silver Metalic Paper

I had to take her picture on a turquoise background!

 

The card base is a deep rich Black – Neenah Eclipse

 

And for you and your card making:

All papers were from the yummy yummy online store Paper Temptress

Thanks for stopping by

Ginny M

posted this in Designer greeting cards on November 12th, 2017

Oh Bethlehem

I was trying to decide on a card for my post.  Patricia posted on facebook yesterday how beautiful some of the Paper Temptress cardstocks did with alcohol ink.  Sounded  like the perfect idea for my post.  The base for this card is  Pop Tones Whip Cream.  The shimmery silver for the second layer and the buildings and star are all from Silver Metallic Glossy.

I used the alcohol ink on Pearl Glimmer for the background for the main image.  It took the alcohol ink beautifully and has a shimmer to it.

posted this in Designer greeting cards, Easy and fast! on November 11th, 2017

Jack-o-Lantern

Here’s a quick and easy jack-o-lantern card to make, which can also be made as a pumpkin for Fall/Thanksgiving cards.

For this card, I started out using Amber Mica Metallic cardstock. I used the Pumpkin Fold-It die set to create the card.  Included in the set are various shapes for the face and layering pieces for the pumpkin.  The stem is cut out of Kraft/Brown bag cardstock, and the face is my favorite Epic Black cardstock.  I inked the pumpkin with Memento Tangelo ink and then with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink.  The card front is embossed using an embossing folder, which gives it a little extra dimension.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

posted this in Designer greeting cards on November 2nd, 2017

Happy Dia De Los Muertos

Here’s a quick and cute card that combines some great Hambly Studio Overlays from Paper Temptress to make a bright and fun festive card for Dia de los Muertos.  Some time ago, I shared a card and talked about Dia de los Muertos (and I am sure I have shared many more cards, but at least once I talked about the actual holiday, which is quite popular where I grew up in south Texas).   Today is actually day 2 of the holiday.

 

It works perfect with these bright and beautiful papers from Paper Temptress for this holiday.  I started with Basis Black for my background.  Again, when I don’t have cardstock that gives me 6″ cards, I just take an 8.5×11″ sheet, fold it half and make a 5.5″ square card like this one shown.  I then added super cute layers of Hambly Studio overlays.  The first layer is pink bows called Pink Bow Ties.  Then I made a 3 layer sandwich of Neenah solar white, my stamped image, also on Neenah solar white, and a cut out from the Hambly Studio Overlay called Urban Chic Frames in lime.

Cheers, Holley

posted this in Designer greeting cards on November 1st, 2017

Reverse Coloring

Hi There, This is Ginny Maxam.  Today I am going to demonstrate what I call ‘reverse coloring’!  for my card, I used  Heavenly White 120# Ultrasmooth in the 12×12 size, to print on and make my card base! I use a low-end Canon Pixma printer as my go-to workhorse printer and easily handles this #120 heavyweight paper  if yours can’t go to a #100 or #80 (80 is not so great for a base but wonderful for a printing layer).  This paper no matter what size or weight you choose is a preferred smooth paper for Alcohol marker coloring, my Spectrum Noir’s work wonderfully

My image design came from Graciellie Designs  Beautiful Birthday Wishes

I created my image using a watercolor wash background

 

The reverse comes into play with this card because I have to color with white!

 

Next, I color in black

Gold:

I work this until I feel I have enough black, white and gold.  I added Stickles Diamond and a few sequins. I also added yellow to the bubble body with a distress marker.

Next, I stipple on yellow for the bee and some veining into his wings:

 

Here is my finished card!

If you haven’t tried printing on heavy cardstock like this Heavenly White 120# Ultrasmooth, I suggest you try it, It is wonderful for  CAS one layer cards!

Have a great day!

Ginny M

 

posted this in Designer greeting cards on November 1st, 2017

Masculine Cards on Kraft Paper, Alcohol Marker Coloring and Freebies

I needed two masculine cards for family members in the mail today talk about feeling rushed!

I pulled up a couple of favorite digitals and thought these would look great on Kraft paper and colored with alcohol markers;

I’ll show you the cards and then go over the details.

Showing you the end results first can give you a better idea as to whether or not you like the finished product – before investing time and supplies.  Because I was pressed for time, doing two cards at once with the same manly man color palette helped me save time and really made making these cards very enjoyable.

I printed these cards on Neenah desert Storm 80# paper from Paper Temptress  This paper is super smooth and holds the ink in a clean crisp perfection.

This is my favorite Kraft paper to work on any hand stamped ink works as well as my inkjet printer.  Also when you purchase from Pat ( the Paper Temptress) you have the option of buying 5 sheets or larger packs al the way up to 90!

I create my palette swatch and start coloring – the markers work so well with this paper- super-smooth blending – you can’t blend on many lower quality kraft papers.

All colored up

I pulled papers from my stash and created the backgrounds, dry embossing a printed paper and distressing

A little trick – easy way to create a stronger edge – run the edge of paper on the edge of the ink pad

Using the best papers and taking your time coloring will help you create a little work of art, but here is another tip:

Use the Best Glue Ever, especially on your heavy, textured, embossed, inked, foiled, and distressed papers.

A long time ago at stamp camp we were told to use score tape, “you have to use score tape or the adhesive will never hold on the heavy, textured, embossed, inked, foiled, and distressed papers.  Well Best Glue Ever holds it all perfectly with a tiny amount/

And a BIG bonus here, if you lay it down crooked – you have a few seconds to fix it!

while my markers were out I whipped up the second card.  The white areas in both of these cards is a white ‘Posca” pen.

I actually got these in the mailbox with a few minutes to spare!

             

 

 

 

 

For making cards for the guys in your life:

 I hope you try these out and try the products I have demonstrated for you, no craft room should be without them!

Needless to say, I have sent all my old kraft papers to a new home and all my score tape – along with a drawer full of no longer needed and used adhesives!

Have a great day!

Thanks for stopping by,

Ginny M

posted this in Designer greeting cards on October 29th, 2017

Cable Knit Christmas

Christmas is sneaking up so I thought I would share my first Christmas card.

The base is Brown Basis.   The wreath was also cut from the Brown Basis.  I thought the Green Basis would make a great second layer.  The Green Basis was also used as second layer on the sentiment.  I used Kraft Treasures for the cable knit layer.  It has a little texture and worked perfectly.

Olive Basis seemed to be the perfect cardstock for the greenery.  Gold Pearl Linen was used for the sentiment.  Last but not least was the shiny Red Ribbon Bow.

posted this in Designer greeting cards, Halloween Cards on October 28th, 2017

Meet Morta Moon

Here’s another brand new stamp that would be great for Halloween from Sandra Caldwell. This image is called Morta Moon #1887.  I thought this image would look perfect in a greenish yellow tint.  I paired it with some gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress.

The gorgeous papers I am using on this card are a background of basis black.  I then layered it with a wonderful piece of Hambly Studio Overlays.  These are wonderful clear overlays that you can place on top of your cards and add dimension, stamp on, put images in front of or behind, trim, or use as embellishments by cutting.  I am using Lime Mini Graph.  They are also available in awesome 6×6″ packages.  For my image, I printed it out on Heavenly white and colored it with Copic Markers.

Hope this Halloween card gives you a Fright–or at least a smile 🙂

posted this in Designer greeting cards, Halloween Cards on October 22nd, 2017

If I only had a brain.

Here’s a funny card to give you all a laugh today.  You all know I just love images with BRAINS in them, as well as, sentiments with the word brain, lol.  So I totally had to get these.   If you ever come across a brain stamp or a sentiment, let me know where it is!  I’d love to find out if it’s one that I don’t have.  I had successful brain surgery 7.5 years ago and I celebrate every year in February.

I am using wonderful papers from Paper Temptress on this project today. The base of the base of the card is Basis Black, which I embossed with a Darice embossing folder.  Then I stamped my images onto Neenah Solar White Classic Crest Paper in Mememto Ink.  After letting the ink dry (I give it at least a day), I colored the brain and the eyeballs in with copic markers.  I layered the papers with wonderful silver lustre.