Saturday, December 17, 2011

December Sketch release!

Hard to believe that December is here, and almost over. 2011 has passed by so fast and I'm so blessed to have been able to share sketches for a full year with everyone and have such a wonderful design team!!! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have a happy and safe New Year!!!

Here is the December Sketch!!!

 I've done a few layouts like this:

The Design Team's:
Sheena's cute card!!

Angela's Festive Christmas Card!!

Cindy's spooky layout!!!

Donna's fun zoo layout!!

layout has got holiday spirit!

Tracey's lovely wedding layout

Thanks for a wonderful 2011!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Yellow Brick Road and Wood Grain tutorial

Yellow brick road tutorial (as seen above)

You will need a craft/pigment ink something with a strong opacity in a golden yellow
chip board or craft cardstock
Perfect pearls (gold) powder or in spray form
a brick pattern stamp
dye ink pad (for stamped image)

Ink chipboard with craft/pigment yellow ink pad. I did pad direct to paper to get a nice bright color.

Dab on perfect pearls powder (or mist, your preference)

Choose a dye based ink pad color of your choice (I choose an orange) and stamp your chipboard. Perfect pearls will lift off your chipboard onto your stamp. be sure to clean stamp if you don't want pearl color in your stamp pad.

Add a little more perfect pearls to soften stamped image and you're done! We're off to see the wizard!!!

Technique can also be achieved with the tutorial below if you have an embossing folder that is a brick pattern. (which i don't) but same rules would apply to the brick embossing folder as the wood grain below but no sanding would be required. you'd ink your embossing folder as a 2nd to last step.

Start with a plain piece of chipboard or cardstock (with a craft or brown core)
Heavily ink embossing folder

Place chipboard into embossing folder and run thru diecut or embossing machine.
This is your rough version.

Ink the top or embossed area with another color of brown ink (lighter) and then sand for a smoother finish.

and you're done!