Friday, November 19, 2010

Birthdays and Glossy Cardstock

My granddaughter created another birthday cake. This was for my husband's birthday. He loves western movies, especially the old black and white movies. So this is the cake she made in his honor.

The hat is molded rice krispie treats covered with fondant. The sheriff badge is rolled fondant.

Here is another view that shows the movie reel. She drew circles on waxed paper, then filled the circles with melted chocolate. When the chocolate set she used these for the top and bottom of the reel. The circles on top of the reel were white chocolate melts. The film cascading around the cake was rolled fondant that was painted with black food coloring.

It was difficult to put candles on this cake so I made some cupcakes. My husband and my 2 youngest grandsons are in this next picture and the oldest is helping blow out the candles. I guess there were too many candles for my husband to blow out by himself. Isn't this a great picture? Lots of hot air!

This next post shows a technique with glossy card stock, white embossing powder and Adirondack dye inks. If you're in a hurry this is the technique to do. It makes a quick but elegant card.

The Hero Arts stamp was embossed with white embossing powder and place about 1" above the bottom edge of the cardstock. Using a make-up wedge I lightly swirled Conch Shell, Peach Bellini and Beach Glass Adirondack dye inks over the entire surface. Don't overlap the inks because they will get muddy in color. Light color inks are the best when you try this for the first time. I used a soft tissue to wipe off the embossed image to remove any ink residue. A few pearls in the center of the flowers add a little elegance to these cards. The verse, butterfly and dragon flies were stamped with dye ink. Since this is glossy cardstock be careful when you stamp the black, the cardstock is slippery and it takes a minute or two for the ink to dry. If you're in a hurry you can heat set the black.

The next photo shows one card with darker dye inks and on the other card I used gold alcohol ink with blender added to the felt.

The darker dye inks can be blotchy so swirl very lightly and test on scrap paper before applying to the glossy cardstock. Try'll like it! Leave me a comment after you try it.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Holiday Set

I thought I would share a photo of the entire set of 10 cards made with stickers, ribbon and brads that were bought at Hobby Lobby.

Here is photo #1:

This is photo #2:

This next photo shows the verses on the inside of the cards:

Have you started your Christmas cards? Perhaps this will inspire you to get creative.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Holidays 9 & 10

On these last two cards I have used the remaining 5 stickers. It is amazing what you can create with stickers, ribbon, brads, Nestabilities and Cuttlebug embossing folders. I didn't use a single stamp on the outside of these cards.

This is card #9:

If you are looking for the stickers they are the 2 holly leaves on the top corners of the card.

Card #10:

That completes the set of 10 cards. Remember all those stickers you just had to buy? Well get them out and start creating. I stamped verses on the inside of the cards and will post a photo next time.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Holiday 7 & 8

I have used 18 different stickers on the last 6 cards. Cards 7 & 8 use 2 more stickers, one for the tree and one for the gingerbread man.

Here is card #7:

I inked the raised image of the Cuttlebug folder with dye ink before I embossed it. After embossing the house and trees were green and recessed (debossed). I used the debossed side of the dotted swiss Cuttlebug folder to match the debossed house.

Card #8:

A Cuttlebug wreath folder was used to embossed the "whitewashed " cardstock. After sanding the leafy raised areas, I applied red colored pencil to the poinsettias. I used a craft knife to cut out the center of the wreath.

There are 5 stickers left and two more cards that I will post tomorrow.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Holidays 5 & 6

A jolly Santa and a snowman are cards 5 & 6. It was really fun trying to find different layouts to compliment the stickers. I didn't want to add too many embellishments so I tried to stick with the ribbon and brads that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. A few pearls were added for a little more "bling" without taking away from the simplicity of the card.

This is card #5:

The Snowman is card #6:

More cards tomorrow. If you have any questions leave a comment or e-mail me. Are you in the holiday mood yet?

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.