Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Would You Like To See Some Sneak Peaks?

Clear Dollar Stamps that is!

I wrote my text right after I made these cards because it was weeks ago so this post is rather long...

You can purchase these stamps at Clear Dollar Stamps and the new release called "In The Bug" November 1st. As the name implies the set has lots of fun stuff to put "in the bug"!

And for now I gotta go, the tile guy is here doing my floor and I'm in the way!

I made this card for our Clear Dollar Stamps design team sketch challenge using November 1st new release stamps.

The stamped image is a combination of sets made by Clear Dollar Stamps. These are the sets I used: Sometime’s You’re The Bug, Heaven Bound and the new Nov. 1st release “In The Bug”.

When I saw the new “In The Bug” set I knew I had to have it! I absolutely love coloring this Bug and to be able to put people and other things in it would be fun. I set about my first design team assignment and discovered that this wasn’t just going to be the usual job of masking that I’d thought. It was going to be a challenge! As it turns out I stamped the images that go inside the Bug first and then put the masks on them and stamped the Bug over them. It took a little practice and thank you Clear Dollar Stamps for making them just that, CLEAR!

After letting the ink dry I colored my image with Copic makers. I used BV00, BV08, BV11, C0, C1, C3, C8, R29, R00, R46, R29, R21, R24, E43, E50, E55, E53, YR23, YR31, YR32 and a Copic Spica Clear glitter marker on the rear view mirror.

I stamped “Life is a journey…” from the Heaven Bound set after I colored the bug.

I then needed to follow the sketch challenge and finish my card.

This is a 6”x6” card, the base is Stampin’ Up! Lavender Lace, the black is just a Basic Black, the pattern paper is from my stash, Provo Craft Star Bright (copyrighted 2002 {told you I can’t buy anymore patterned paper!}). The white paper is Mohawk Satin finish Radiant White. I think it’s a good choice with my Copic markers when I use Versafine inks.

I ran the Lavender Lace triangle through my Zip’ E Mate in the swirl Cuttlebug embossing folder. My triangle was a little big to fit the embossing folder so I thought, hey it’s only paper… and folded the edge that stuck out back into the embossing folder and ran it through. If you look closely you can see that in the upper right corner the swirl is debossed. But only if you look closely! I then made sure that my Cuttlebugged panel was exactly the same size as my patterned paper triangle. I had to use a ruler and draw a couple of lines so I could go back and straighten it up with my paper trimmer.

I next started matting everything in black. I laid all my pieces out on the card body and needed to find something to balance the sketch. I came across these clear acrylic star snaps made by Paperbilities in my stash of goodies. Cool! My patterned paper has stars and swirls on it. The only problem with them is they had white eyelets in them. I really wanted black to stay with my color scheme. I checked my eyelet/brad stash and found some nice ones that were the right size and depth to work just fine. I love it when a plan comes together! Now I needed something on the bottom. I thought this card might be nice for someone who’s moving or leaving home to go out on their own, so I chose “Let God steer you in the right direction” as the sentiment to finish it off and make it all


Stamps – Sometimes You’re The Bug, Heaven Bound, In The Bug all by Clear Dollar Stamps

Paper – Stampin’ Up! Lavender Lace, Basic Black, Provo Craft Star Bright patterned paper, Mohawk Satin finish Radiant White.

Ink – Versa Fine Onyx Black

Accessories – Copic markers BV00, BV08, BV11, C0, C1, C3, C8, R24, R29, R00, R46, R24, E43, E50, E55, E53, YR23, YR31, YR32 and a Copic Spica Clear glitter marker. Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder, Paperbilities eyelet snapsThis card was a Clear Dollar Stamps design team challenge. Laurie gave us several challenges this month and I combined two of them for this card. It’s the color challenge and sparkle challenge.

The color challenge was Teal, Mellow Moss & Gray. My paper colors are Via Vellum Cyan, Thepapermill.com Light Pine and Neenah Graystone Linen.

The stamps are all by Clear Dollar Stamps, the November 1st release “In The Bug”, Sometimes You’re The Bug and Bugs & Kisses. I masked and stamped the images, colored them with Copic markers and set it aside for a few days to “rest”.

I was really waiting on the cabinet guy to arrive and needed something to do because I was feeling anxious and then had to put it away. Coloring is good therapy!

I came back to it and pulled the three colors of card stock and looked through my sketch book. I thought the World Card Making Day sketch from Splitcoaststampers might be fun to try with this big image. This card fits an A7 envelope.

I love the polka dotted bag in the bug and wanted to play off of that in the design of my card so I used the Cuttlebug dots embossing folder. I scored my green sheet of paper, put it in the embossing folder and folded over the paper that stuck out and ran it through my Zip’e Mate. I didn’t want the embossed dots under the strips of Gray and Cyan paper and basically wondered what would happen if I… It’s only paper.

I matted the strips of Gray onto the Cyan and attached them to the green base, trimmed it up and attached that to the Cyan card body. I then stamped the “To Bug You…” on the last strip. The stamp actually says “Sorry To Bug You”, but not me… I’m working on becoming a pest! I used a post it note on the stamp to cover the “sorry” part and inked the stamp, peeled off the post it note and stamped it.

I thought it needed more dots so I used my ¼” hole punch and punched a scrap of Cyan paper 5 times. Ran the tiny dots through my Xyron X and stuck them on the card, I added clear Dew Drops on top of them with Crystal Effects. (I’m getting better at it!) The two on the right side of the card were an after thought, I was trying to draw your eye across the card. Did it work?

I then added Stickles Ice to the bumper, rear view mirror and tail lights of the bug. When I use Stickles on something like this I usually use a very small paint brush to move the glitter glue around where I want it.


Joan Ervin said...

Your cards are fabulous, Jan...I love the *Bug* image and all the fin accessories!!! Thanks for all the great directions, too!!! Yeaaaaa...you get tile today!!!

Linsey R said...

How very adorable, Jan! I love all these fun elements that go with the totally cool bug! You really made them work to their fullest potential--so cute! I love the purple sketch card so much!! Wonderful sneak peeks, TFS and I hope you love your new tile! :)

Linda Borneman said...

Hi Jan! Great work on these bug cards...your purple sketch challenge is amazing! The patterned paper and Cuttlebugged background, along with your coloring makes for one pretty card! Love it! I love the polka dotta bug card, too! And that shiny bumper...now, how creative is that! Very clever!!

Linda Anderson said...

Oh my goodness Jan, how adorable!!! That is one cute "Bug!!"


Tiffany's Epiphanies said...

love your cards!

Unknown said...

Cute BUG cards, I love those sets with the little accessories to go with it! Fantastic cards and great bright colors!

Kevin Renz said...

Great card Jan! All the details are awesome and all the details in your post too. That is a good idea to write up the post while its fresh in your mind.

Lorelie Kim said...

Your "bug" cards are FAB! Your coloring is awesome!

I haven't been online much, escept to post on my blog for my DT committments due to my FIL suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer. It's been a difficult journey to date...have never experienced this type of pain before and I'm trying to cope the best I can. Been trying to keep busy...

Laurie Wilson said...

What fun! You got creative with those images to go in the bug, love the bright and cheery colors you use!

Unknown said...

Too cute! My mom would adore this card....her whole house would be purple if she had her way!