Friday, April 29, 2016

Skipping Stones Design April Challenge

I can’t believe it’s the end of April already! I mean, seriously!

Today is a new monthly challenge at Skipping Stones Design and we’re using a sketch!

Yesterday is for Remembering

I (of course) didn’t stick totally to the sketch pictured below, but used it as inspiration when creating my card  and loosely kept with the sketch.

To start, I masked off three circles and used an ink blending tool to color the three circles with Cantaloupe Crisp, Coastal Cabana and Perfect Plum. Next, I pulled out Breathtaking Butterflies and stamped the top with the smaller butterfly image in Calypso Coral, followed by Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss.

Yesterday Close Up

The sentiment was stamped in Smoky Slate and I added a sequin to each circle for texture.

Make to visit the Skipping Stones Design Blog to see what the other designers came up with, and then participate in the challenge!


Saturday, April 9, 2016

SSD April Tip & Technique Hop!

It’s time for a new Blog Hop at Skipping Stones Design full of tips and techniques!

Make sure to visit to rest of the team to see their blogs and what they came up with!

Butterfly Life

For my card today, I pulled out my MISTI, a tool that has quickly become a huge resource to me! This may  not be a fully “named” technique, but I love that while I have stamps already on my MISTI I can play with the ink colors when inking up a stamp.


After getting the placement of butterflies from Breathtaking Butterflies where I wanted them around the sentiment, I inked up the butterflies, coordinating between three colors. I was able to apply the ink directly to the stamp in a variation of colors creating a unique look.


I used Hello Honey, Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe to ink up the stamps and then repeated the same process to fill in the blank areas after my first pass of stamps.

Butterfly Life Close Up

I then mounted the stamped panel onto a Smoky Slate card base and added a few sequins to accent the images. My tip for you today, is to place your sentiment first, and then frame the sentiment with  images. It will showcase your sentiment even more!

Don’t forget to visit the rest of the Design Team and see what they have to inspire you!