Saturday, May 24, 2014

Easel cards -- second attempt!

Happy Saturday morning!  Before the day gets crazily underway, I wanted to post my second easel card attempts.  This card features the soon to be gone "Happy Watercolor" stamp set from the Occasions catalog which expires June 1st.  So,... if you need this beautiful set :), get her now!

On the first card below, we used the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities markers (wonderful new alcohol markers coming out in the new catalog) to color the poppy in.  The club ladies loved these new markers and were surprised at how easily they colored this gorgeous poppy.  The easel card was created by scoring an 11 x 4 1/4" black card base at 5 1/2 and 9".  I then took a 2 x 4 1/4" strip of white card stock, used the wide scallop framelit to cut the edge, then used the coordinating embossing folder from the "delicate designs" pack to emboss the scalloped pattern.  We then used a brayer to add  Cherry Cobbler ink to the embossed design -- "brayered embossing" technique.  Colors used in this first card are: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Whisper White card stock.  The Labels Framelits were used to create the graduated die cuts.

For this second card, I was showing the ladies how you could create an abstract kind of look just using stamps from this stamp set.  The set contains a brush stroke looking stamp -- that when stamped looks like a brush was swiped across the paper.  It's a look that you kind of have to get used to -- if you tend to always think inside the box, the abstract look might throw you off.  Interestingly, one gal at my class really liked the look and made her card this way, while the others colored their poppy.  Goes to show you, different strokes for different folks!  We don't all see art in exactly the same way, which is what makes life interesting, right? :)  For this card, we used Strawberry Slush card stock and ink rather than Cherry Cobbler.  Also shown here, is the soon to retire Strawberry Slush ruffle stretch trim.  Beautiful feminine ribbon that I'm sorry to see go!

There is a big Blowout sale going on right now -- select retiring products are 25-50% off while supplies last!  Whoo Hoooo!  To see what's on sale, click the shop button on my website, pull up the retiring list, and scroll on down looking for the red numbers which indicate the items on sale.  Gotta love a sale! :)

Ok! off to plant my flowers!  Happy Memorial Day weekend, Everyone!  May you have a few creative moments to yourself!

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