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For the Splitcoast Inspiration Challenge (IC801), we’re headed to a lovely Pinterest Board & I found so many pictures I loved. I kept coming back to THIS picture, though, so I used it for my inspiration. All the lovely watercolors in the palette reminded me of this multi circle die. As side note, I always see the pretty little ceramic palettes w/ watercolors in them & they look so good. Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to have breakable things like that in my craft room. So plastic it is! (And kind of messy at that.)

On my cards, I first die cut the large background die w/ all the circles out of watercolor paper, then used watercolors to paint in the circles & lightly color the background. When I put it together, I decided the w/c bg on top of the w/c circles was just too much, so I die cut a plain white version & did a mix-match ending up w/ 2 cards. The top backgrounds on both cards are popped up a little higher than the circle insets.

On this card, I die cut the fab new script word w/ shadow out of black & again in white, then switched them up. The rest of the greeting is white embossed on black. Then I added a few sequins.

I did basically the same on the companion card, but switched up the You die cut & used a different greeting to go w/ it. On both cards, I used a corner rounder to trim the card edges. A small one on the first card, & a med on this card.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

Supplies:

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Stamps: Build a Phrase #1
Paper:  Staples 110# white, 90# watercolor, black
Ink: Colorbox frost white pigment
Accessories:  Rubbernecker Stamps: You script w/ Shadow, Circle Bg w/ Stitch Rectangle Stitch,dies, white embossing powder, watercolors 





Welcome to April!  And it’s time for the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club April  Christmas Challenge! We have a year of new Christmas Challenges!  You’ll need to be Fan Club member but that’s easy…just click the blue link to find out how. Bet you’re wondering what the challenge theme is..I’d love to tell you but you’ll have to go see for yourself. Hint..I’m really loving the new theme for this year. This post should have been up on April 1st, so I’m a little late.

For my snowman Christmas card, after coloring & die cutting the snowman & presents, I popped them up a bit on a stitched oval then added the stamped greeting on a strip underneath. The blue paper was attached behind them & I added some stickles to all the centers of the snowflakes on the paper.

Here are the Copics I used:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

Supplies:

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Stamps: Snowmen w/ Presents 
Paper:  Staples 110# white, X-Press It, dp (DCWV-Blue Noel)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  Rubbernecker Stamps: Snowman w/ Presents,  Rectangle X Stitch, Rectangle Stitch, Oval Stitch dies, Copic Sketch Markers, Stickles





It’s my pleasure to host the Splitcoast Inspiration Challenge (IC800) this week & the site I chose is Design Stack & their Pinterest Boards. I found THIS cute pic & used it for my inspiration.

For my card, I also have a fun & useful tutorial. It’s really simple & I’m a little surprised it took me this long to figure it out. This revelation actually came about because of a little accident & I had an “aha” moment when it happened.  My tutorial involves the mirror image little cat on the far left. But the best part is, not only is he a stamped mirror image of the cat on the right, he was also die cut using the same die. So after I colored & die cut the cat on the right & the 3 in the center, I really wanted a mirror image cat. I’ve done the mirror image stamping quite a bit so that part was easy. Since these are clear stamps, I reasoned that the back of a larger clear stamp would be the best choice for my mirror image. I will mention, right off the bat, a Misti is essential to this technique. So here’s what I did: (click on any pic to enlarge)



Up to this point is the normal process for mirror image stamping. The difference is since it’s in the Misti & I didn’t clean off the ink on the original image (that was the accident part), it stamped the image on both sides of the card stock.



This where the “aha” moment kicked in. Since it was stamped using the Misti, the stamped image is exactly in the same spot on both sides. I taped the die to the right (normal) side..the side the die actually fits.


Finished! I did 2 of these to show you the right side & the mirror side. With this little trick it’s now possible to die cut a mirror image. Yay! No fussy cutting! I will mention that I made sure to have a smooth surface (I used the metal shim under mine) for the mirror image (cutting side). Otherwise you’ll have ridges if your cutting plate is well used.

The background was stamped w/ the Color Fuse inks & another coffee set. Here are the Copics I used.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 


Supplies:

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps: Cats in Coffee Cups, Splatter Stains, Watercolor Bg set 
 Paper: Staples 110# white, chocolate brown, turquoise,X-Press It Blending Card
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Rubbernecker Stamps: Color Fuse ink set #3, set #9
Accessories:  Rubbernecker Stamps: Rectangle Stitch dies, MISTI, Copic Sketch Markers, Crossover II