My dear friend, Betty Keefe, directed my attention to a sketch challenge, which can be foundhere, and this particular sort of sketch always motivates me to join in. So, I created something for the season with my Hero Arts stamps and a sentiment from Clearly Besotted which came free with some other stamps I ordered.
Another design to add to the growing ways to make a grid card is to mix big with small squares, like this:
The biggest square is in the middle. This has to be adhered after the four small squares have been fitted onto the card on each side otherwise it is difficult to get it in the middle.
This pink one has been made in the same design as the blue one.
This is where I keep all my punched out scraps so that they are ready to use and easy to find! In the top drawer I have butterflies, then the next three drawers
have square inchies in three different sizes and the fifth drawer has
banners and strips of patterned paper which I could use on any card or
project that needs it, at any time.
Thanks for your visit.
Haven't been here in a month, so way time to update this blog. I have changed the title and added 'Scrap' cards. Fact is, I love creating with snippets of paper that I keep in my Paper trays.
The die-cut bird was paper pieced - the smallest pieces of paper that were big enough to line up to cover the bird were used. The flowers are from a Collage stamp from Hero Arts and I stamped six on the same paper strips that coordinated with the bird. I stamped some faux stitching in the corners as I thought it suited this style of card.
I made this a while back. I love mixing and matching colors and patterns in paper style to form a big puzzle. I look at every piece and if my instinct says it shouldn't be there, I will replace it before I glue the pieces to my backing sheet. The size is A4 which is 11.5 x 8 inches.
I mixed greens with turquoise and brown together with neutrals.
Have a creative week!
I have already shared these cards over on my other blog - the Craft Nest, so this is just a post to put them on the blog they really belong in.
This is a discovery which came about quite by accident. Look at the following two pictures.
The first one is a card project I made on a watercolorpaper panel with distress inks (see 'One').
I didn't like it but as you know I never throw anything away, I put it
to one side for a future grid project. Then I thought I could stamp over
the top of it with this solid background stamp and get a different
effect. So I inked it up with Old paper distress and stamped over the
top but the result was not to be desired. I noticed I still had ink on
my stamp so stamped it again onto a regular piece of beige cardstock
(see 'Two'). And what did I notice - I had picked up the ink from the
watercolor paper panel which gave me a nice effect. So instead of inking the paper, the paper inks your stamp!
This is a card I made using this technique and the above watercolor
panel. I sprayed my stamp with water and let the paper ink my stamp up.
Lovely to use all those small stamps that hardly get used, too. I think
that this works best with a shadow stamp of some kind.
This is my second card with this stamp. No technique here. This is for the Birthday challenge over on the Hero Arts Blog.
Have a lovely weekend and thank you so much for your visit!
I am wondering how many different designs I will be able to find with this versatile stamp. Here I stamped the stamp with Victorian Velvet, just a touch of the ink sprayed with water gave me such cover, I would not have minded it being a bit lighter. I punched out some tiny squares and attached to the centres.
I love pink and I love flowers and thats what I achieved.
There are so many different ways of making a grid design. I found a Super solids background stamp for a bargain on Ebay and this is one versatile stamp from Hero Arts.
I stamped the grid in Broken China distress ink, very lightly, and sprayed with water. Then I overstamped onto a scrap of paper which was already stamped with the green leaves. I stamped the flowers and the sentiment with the bird and added embellishments.
If you want to see another card I have made with this grid stamp, please look here.
This stamp set hardly gets used because I can't come up with a design that I really like with it.
Then I thought of alcohol inks and a grid. My first experiment is with white embossing powder, I could also do it in gold or silver... So I still have some options open with this beautiful floral set.
Of course it is a Hero Arts set, can never go wrong with them!
Have a very blessed Sunday and thank you to all the people who leave me such encouraging feedback; it just makes me happy!
Thank you for those of you that showed interest in the Book. It wasn't as popular as I thought it might be - that is everyone's personal taste, so there was a bigger chance to win for everyone who took part.
It is my husband's birthday tomorrow, so I asked him to pick out a paper. I put all your names on a piece of paper and in a bowl. I also entered somebody who sent me an E-mail that her computer wasn't working at it should be and if I would enter her, which I did.
So, without further ado, my winner is:
IRENE - who said:
I have long been admirer of your work, infact
you inspired me to make inchie cards. I would love the chance to win
your stunning book.
and she happened to be the last one to comment - that is the luck of the draw!
So happy for you Irene. I will contact you for your address.
and I picked out a name to receive a card from me, which was
Penny (who sent me an e-mail).
Thanks everybody - I will be having more give-aways I'm sure in the future.
I have finished my Home Decor project for the month of February. Do you remember I posted this one for January and I said that I wanted to make one for every month of the year to fill a wall? Well, I am advancing and I want to give somebody else the opportunity to do the same, if they so wish. So I bought another book to give away.
So this is my give-away (see below) and an extra thank-you to all the people who take the time to visit me and leave me a comment on my grid cards.
This is a nearly brand new copy of the Book I am using to make my projects. It has 191 pages and is 24x18cm large, which is a big book! If you are interested in winning this, just leave me a comment. I have to be able to find you if you win so it has to be clear who you are with either an e-mail or blog address. I will leave this open until next Friday.