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It’s my pleasure to host the Splitcoast Inspiration Challenge (IC809) this week & we’re headed to a blog called Sumcoco. They also have a lovely & very crafty Pinterest Board where I found THIS picture.

For my daisies card, I had already stamped & colored my daisies & leaves as a group, so I fussy cut them then added them to a cutaway rectangle I die cut. Then I did a version of the eclipse technique w/ the YOU die. I die cut it directly out of the flower & white area, then added it on top of the shadow portion of the die (cut out of white). I also die cut 3 more of the YOU part to stack under the flower version to give it a little dimension. Also notice that I put back the insert pieces of the YOU that are usually discarded. I like that the white shadow die cut added a bit of separation between the flower & the die cut word.  You can see the steps I did in the pic below.

For the background, I used a repeating brick wall stencil & the pink & green inks to make it. Since the pink & green are opposite colors they don’t blend well, so I kept them fairly separate in order to avoid making the colors muddy.
This pic below is my practice sheet. For me, it helps to work out the colors I might want to use ahead of time. It’s just on copy paper & done pretty quickly. You can see I went w/ the top color combo but I’m saving this sheet because I’ll want to try the second, blue combo later.


Here are the Copics I used:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies:

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps – Daisy Day Dreams
Paper:  Staples 110# white, X-Press It
Ink: Memento tuxedo black,  Color Fuse inks, set #5 set #10
Accessories:  Rubbernecker: Rectangle Stitch, You Script w/ Shadow dies,Brick Wall Stencil MISTI, Copic Sketch Markers, Rhinestones, Crossover II 



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


For the Inspiration Challenge, we are headed to Retro Stage, a vintage inspired clothing store. I was inspired by THIS dress. Ok..I changed the color from blues to purples & the snowflakes into hydrangea petals, but otherwise, they’re identical!

Since I had already stamped the hydrangeas together & colored them, I used my out of the box technique to die cut them. I took a few extra pics of this, & you can also click the green link to take you to the original tutorial.

First step, pick the die you want to use & determine which parts of your image will go “outside of the box” or circle, in this case. I used my craft knife to cut around those areas & lift them above the die (the stem is also cut out & on top of the die). Only the parts under the die will be cut when I run it thru the machine.

Here it is after I ran it thru the machine.

You can see, only the areas on the right which were under the die, were cut by the machine.
For the lg background, I sponged it using the purple inks, going from darker at the bottom & fading to the white on top. A little water was splattered on it to add the spots. The die cut hydrangea petals were sprinkled around & the greeting added along w/ some gems.

For the lg background, I sponged it using the purple inks, going from darker at the bottom & fading to the white on top. A little water was splattered on it to add the spots. The die cut hydrangea petals were sprinkled around & the greeting added along w/ some gems.
Here are the Copics I used.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 


Supplies:

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps: Heavenly Hydrangeas, Poetic Peonies  (greeting)
Paper: X-Press It, Staples 110# white
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Rubbernecker Color Fuse inks set #6, set #8
Accessories:  Rubbernecker Stamps: Heavenly HydrangeaRectangle Stitch, Circle Stitch dies, Copic Sketch Markers, Rhinestones