Wednesday, May 19, 2010

With Love Sprinkled On Top

For those of you who have kids, have you ever wondered how they can make such a big mess in so little time?  The only thing I can think of is ... they're related to me...  
This is what my table looked like when I finished the card I have for you today, I even tried to put some stuff away as I went along and had to bring it back out because I wasn't done with it!

I don't have a separate craft room or studio but I was lucky enough when we remodeled our kitchen to add a desk and bank of cabinets to the wall you can see in the photo for craft supplies.   The table was custom built to be 8' x 4' with lots of craft storage under it and I must admit I'm infringing ever so slightly in the kitchen cabinet area.  Ever so slightly!  
I had every intention of working on my air brushing skills today and needed a project.  I checked some of the challenges to get inspired and had a mixture of Tiddly Inks NO designer paper, Tuesday Taggers Birthday Tag in Brown & Cream colors and Tuesday Morning Sketches Your Favorite Color Combo and glitter on my mind.  

Hey, I think my favorite color combo is Brown and Cream today!  I started trying to air brush a Spellbinder's embossing stencil on cream colored card stock.  I've bent the thing so badly it didn't work out, plan B.  I decided I'd try sponging the ink from a stamp pad and it worked pretty well.  

I should probably add I made the card body first.  My friend Julie was over the other day and she brought the cutest card she'd made, it was a tri-fold she'd come up with.  She told me she'd used every technique I"d shown her so far, she had and it was so cute!   I took her tri-fold idea and made a tag shaped card body because that was one of the elements in the Tuesday Taggers challenge.

The image I used is from Tiddly Inks which I re-sized and printed so it would fit in a rectangle Spellbinder's die.  This digi stamp comes on one sheet with other images around it as part of a set.  I'm not very good with Photo Shop Elements yet and enjoy using Microsoft Publisher for digi stamps.  I had some parts of the other images on the right edge of my cut out rectangle.  I remembered what Marianne Walker said in the Copic Certification class I took in April, "the only difference between a professional artist and an amateur is a professional knows how to hide their mistakes."  

I'm not a professional but, to hide my lack of skill using Photo Shop (mistakes) I decided to use my Papertrey Ink ric rak die on the edge of my focal image panel.  

The cupcake fairy is colored with Copic markers and I air brushed around her to take the white off the card stock I used.  I also added Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds glitter to her wings and cupcake.
Can you see the glitter?  It's was everywhere!  

Next I added a punched circle in Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate and used my eyelet setting tools to make a hole in the middle of it.  It needed balance so I added three Dew Drops after coloring the bottoms using E59 (Walnut) and attached them with SU Crystal Effects.  
As you can see from the photo I used the Spellbinder's embossing stencil on the inside flap too.  I did go back and spray it with the air brush and E53 marker so it matched what I'd done to the focal image a little better.  I added an brown organdy bow to finish the front.  I don't have a Bow Easy so I asked my husband if he'd hold two of my sketch markers so I could tie a bow around them.
All that was left was finishing the inside, I used stamps from Papertrey Ink's Birthday Basics set and a little more rick rack.   

I hope you have some time today to do something fun too!


26 comments:

Sarah said...

Oh that is just so DARLING! I love everything about it, the glitter, the coloring, the image, the background, the trifold design... : )

Irena said...

Great card, lovely colors, wonderful papers :)

Trinity Paper Arts said...

Jan, Your writing about the card is as great as the card itself. I too don't have that coveted craft room but have found being out with my family and being able to stamp at the same time is ever so much better than the convenience of the "room". Thanks, I really enjoyed your post. Blessings, Louise

Deb said...

oh wow, that is an amazing card, so love the trifold and the tag shape! hugs Debx

Shelley said...

Great card! I really love the trifold & your coloring is beautiful.

Melissa Craig said...

Jan this is fabulous!! I love the shaped and clever fold card! The brown and cream is a great color combo, so rich. Wonderful!!

My table looks like a whirlwind hit it after just one card so I can totally relate!!

Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Emma Lockley said...

wow certainly worth all the mess Jan! i love your airbrushed lace affect backing paper, and your colouring! wow........
Thank you so much for joining us at Tiddly Inks this week : )
love emma xxx

Tammy said...

This is so adorable Jan! I love the trifold tag design and your colors are just beautiful!

Larissa said...

Wow gorgeous project! I love the effect of the airbrushing! Thanks for joining us at the Tiddly Inks challenge! Hope to see you again next week.

Hugs,
Larissa

Zoechaos said...

Very cute, love the spellbinder stencil you have used as well. Thank you for celebrating with us this week.

Lysa said...

That is a beautiful background- i have that stencil & will have to give it a try!

Thanks for playing along with us at Tiddly Inks!

jimlynn said...

Just TOO cute! Just a precious card. I'll have to remember that about hiding my mistakes! LOL. Love that table - must be wonderful to have the storage underneath.

helloholley said...

This is so stinkin' cute....I love the shape of the card,too...great job!!....
oh,and don't even get me started about messy crafting areas!!.....I just cleaned mine up ...after cleaning it up 2 weeks ago.....how can lil' o' me....make such a big o' mess???? ;)

Clarky J said...

Wow this is fabulous thanks for coming to the party at TT this week x Janet

Netty said...

Gorgeous, Annette x

Michelle said...

Lovely tag Jan, gorgeous stamp. Thanks for joining in the fun on our bloggerversary at Tuesday Taggers.
x Michelle

Lissa said...

I've actually been working on cleaning up my space today... *blush* It's been horrible... :P I LOVE the airbrush effect you did. And those colors!!! Makes me want to get a spray set for my Copics... hmmm... Happy Thursday to me?? LOL! If I'd asked my Hubby to hold two markers so I could make a bow, he'd look at me like I was nuts! He'd do it, but he'd forever thinking I was crazy...

Thanks for playing with the Tiddly Inkers this week! I can't wait to see what you come up with next week!

HUGS!

Carrie said...

wow!!
This card/tag is just amazing. I love the colours sentiment everythig!!
Thanks for joining us over at Tiddly Inks xx

Carrie said...

WOW!!
this is just beautiful..I love the colours it makes it look so elegant!!

Thanks for joining ius over at Tiddly inks xx

Carrie said...

THis is just too darn cute!!

Christy/Tiddly Inks Digitals said...

Jan! This is gorgeous!!!! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Tammy said...

This is so beautiful, Jan!!!!

Thank you for joining us at Tiddly Inks this week and hope to see you again!!

Sally H said...

Oooh Yum! Thanks for joining us at TT this week!

Theresa said...

Your card is fabulous! It's terrible that we make such a mess for 1 card...it takes me a week to clean up and then start again. I don't bother to clean up anymore!!

Thanks for playing along at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Theresa, DT

PatR said...

Gorgeous tag perfect for our birthday party xx

Angela said...

Wow, I love this! Your coloring is just beautiful; well done! Thanks for playing along with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches!