Thursday, September 27, 2012

Day 7 Homework for Kick Start

Whaaat? So I skipped from Day 1 to Day 7. That's because this is an inspiration class, and that takes more time than a specific "go make this" challenge or new skill. At least in my world it does. This one has actually been cooking for 2+ days, as we needed to involve another person and have a plan. These things take time, people.

The challenge was to select a partner in crime, then select some stamps that both of you own. Then we were to go off on our own and make a card using the same stamps. The idea is that people have different styles, and when working with a specific item (or items), will come up with different ways to use them.

My partner is crime is Melissa Shea of Love My Scraps, and we chose these two Hero Arts stamps:

The Lattice background:

 and the Friendly Flags stamp set:

Then we went to our corners and started to work. Here is the first card I made:

I stamped the lattice background in Versamark on a white base, then heat-embossed it with clear EP. I then stamped two of the triangles three times each on a white scrap using Distress Black Soot, clear-embossed them, then cut them out. Now I had parts-is-parts.

I colored the triangles with Hero Arts Neon inks, then layered the pairs and stuck them to the card front. The pearls between the flags are Doodlebug, and the ones on the sentiment panel were colored with Copics. I really wanted to use the neon Copics, hoping to match the ink, but they dried dull, so these were done with regular Copics.

Then I decided this card was too obvious, as in: using these stamps in an obvious way. So even though it is a perfectly good card, I challenged myself to make a second card, just to see if I could, and this is what came out:

I stamped the Lattice stamp in SU Bashful Blue ink onto a scrap of white, then used the A*Muse cloud dies on it. Then I used a technique shared by Lisa Spangler so use a piece of scrap paper to make a hill. I cut the hill, then used the negative (top) piece to mask the card, then applied Distress Mowed Lawn ink to it with a blending tool. I moved the mask to the left to make the second hill. I didn't make them different colors on purpose, but I like how that turned out. :)

Now, about those trees. I wanted to make them Fall colors, and I inked up a few in several ink colors, then planned to go over them lightly with the Mowed Lawn ink. Let's just say that they are green now, and they were relegated to the back row. I started again with more trees and only inked their edges with Mowed Lawn. They got pop dots. I drew the tree trunks with my Brushed Corduroy Distress marker, and wiped my mostly-browns (or maybe it was my mostly-yellows) blending pad along the edge of the panel for some definition.

I originally had the sentiment on a white strip of card stock, but it was too in-your-face, so I embossed it with some white EP onto Vellum. I cleverly (almost) disguised the glue dots with pearls. I need to get some larger pearls.

So those are the cards I made with these two stamp sets.  Now please pop over to Melissa's blog post to see what she created!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. You win!! I only came up the obvious! And truth be told, I thought I was clever, haha! Love the banners and I especially love what you did with the clouds and tress. Well done!

  2. Nicely done! Great embossing on the first and fab clouds and cool trees for the second card. Yay for Leslie & Mel!

  3. I personally like both, even the more obvious one. I got his set planning to use it for trees too! I like the pop of orange on the scene card though, and the lattice on the clouds. Very nice!

  4. Great job with your challenge! I think you both made wonderful cards.

  5. I think they are both great. I love the lattice stamp on the clouds. Vellum is such a pain to attach - you do know they make smaller glue dots, right?

  6. Adorable cards, both. I came here from Melissa's blog.

  7. Genius. They are both beautiful. :-)

  8. Both cards are wonderful! Love your banners becoming trees.


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