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Monday, December 18, 2017

two cards to share...

Hey there crafty peeps!  I have two cards to share today.  I made them for the current Simon Says Stamp flickr challenge, but thought I would go ahead and share them here in the old blog.  Both cards were made with some fantastic Simon Says Stamp products.  The first one uses the Wise Men Still Seek Him die.  When I saw that die I had to have it and I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it as soon as it arrived in my mailbox.  I started by inking up a white cardstock panel with Distress Oxide inks in Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Salty Ocean, Broken China and Black Soot. Once that was done I splattered on white acrylic paint that I mixed with some water.  Once the panel was dry I die cut it with an AJVD Stitched Dot Rectangle die and then stamped the Nativity scene (from an older Hero Arts set) in VersaFine Onyx Black.  Then I die cut the sentiment four times from scrap cardstock and then once from my panel.  This was a little scary because I didn't want to have to start all over again.  Thankfully I got it right the first time.  I covered the back of the panel where the die cutting was with washi tape and then inserted all of the words and little bits.  This took a bit of time, but was totally worth it!   I love how this card turned out!!  Going to add this to the current Fab Friday challenge of free for all

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The second card was made using the Simon Says Stamp Fractile Leave and Stained Glass Greetings stamp sets.  I fell in love with Fractile Leaves stamp set when I debuted in September and finally made it mine during Simon Says Stamps Black Friday sale.   I suppose this is more of a spring, summer, fall type of stamp set, but I wanted to use it to create a wintry design.  I stamped the leaves in watermark ink and then embossed with white embossing powder.  I have two of the Simon Says Stamp Daniel Smith watercolor dot palettes (Holiday and Shari Carroll) and I used a blue from each palette to color the leaves.  I then added the gray/blue color around the leaves.  The word peace was embossed in white on vellum and trimmed down to fit the panel.  I finished with the little word strip sentiment that was embossed in white on dark gray cardstock and some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins.  Going to add this tone to the current Fusion challenge as this works for the color inspiration portion of the challenge.



Have a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Card 1:  Cardstock:  White, kraft; Stamps:  Hero Arts; Dies:  Simon Says Stamp and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Distress Oxide and VersaFine

Card 2:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, Ranger watercolor, dark gray; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Ink:  VersaMark watermark ink; Embossing Powder:  Hero Arts white; Watercolor medium:  Daniel Smith watercolors; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear


10 comments:

Greta said...

I loved both of these on Flickr, Rosemary, but oh my goodness--that nativity card is probably my all-time favorite Christmas card! Absolutely gorgeous creation & perfect use of that wonderful die! Love the leaves, too--beautiful done in blues!

Nancy said...

Two beautiful cards with stunning coloring. Both techniques are just beautiful. I am trying a bit more with the Distress oxide Inks too. They blend so well. Releieved to hear you weren't involved in the train accident, So sad. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!!!

Anita in France said...

Two beauties, Rosemary ... the camouflaged die cut is just gorgeous with that fabulous nativity scene ... and I love the cool frosty look you created with those fractile leaves and delicious stained glass sentiment! Hugs, Anita :)

Kimberly Skinner said...

Rosemary, your cards are gorgeous. That nativity card is simply stunning!

Heather said...

Goodness, both cards are absolutely gorgeous, but the nativity is definitely my fave - what an awesome die! Thanks so much for sharing at Fab Friday! Merry Christmas!

stampwithamyk said...

Oh wow, that is just beautiful! Love the die cut sentiment and your background image is perfect. Thanks for joining us at Fab Friday, hope to see you again soon!

Lisa Elton said...

These are fabulous Rosemary! Your nativity card is STUNNING, I absolutely LOVE it!!

TK said...

Truly stunning! Man, I want that die, those stamps, your "eye" for beauty! Superb!

Olga Jewell said...

Absolutely gorgeous and Merry Christmas!!

cm said...

Both your cards are breath-taken-away gorgeous! LOVE your Nativity scene and your blue fractal leaves...swooning! Thank you for sharing this gem in the FUSION gallery! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
~carol