It's no secret that I love to pickup something for nothing and turn it into a masterpiece. Today's items were found at an after Christmas sale for 50 cents!
Stop by the SWAT blog to see how I made these decorative houses.
Washi: Love My Tapes
Stamps:Prima, Inkadinkado, Stamps Happen Inc, J. Mauck
Mist:Heidi Swapp, Tattered Angels, Dylusions
Surface Protectant:Mod Podge
The embossed Princess and Crown on this banner were made using a stencil by Funfare. I thought they matched the sweet Eiffel Tower image I've been hoarding since...2011! Not to mention the Making Memories Flowers from 07 or 08.
Well, the month got away from me and I didn't get all my Valentine's cards posted before the big day. But they are still pretty and so VERY fun to share. These cards were made with my Memorable Seasons Kit for February.
~ Forever ~
I find it easiest to put together more than one card using the same set of supplies, just with a few changes. Clearly these cards share a heart doily!!!
The majority of the paper is Crate Paper: Kiss Kiss with a few bits from former kits. Pink and aqua are one of the few combinations that make me like pink. The extra bit of red just spices things up.
Little did I know that when I posted this Mermaid Valentine card using Funfare Stencils that the technique I used to make the ocean and waves would interest so many people!
~ Oceans of Love ~
I am thrilled to share with you exactly how I did it.
It was a long and artsy process so settle in for a LIST of photos.
Paper Supplies in Inches:
Heavy cardstock for card, 4x6
Medium to heavy weight cardstock for image base, 3.5 x 5.5
Scraps of paper for tearing. 7x3
Tear your paper scrap in half. Tear slowly and with lots of "dips".
Don't feel silly practicing this! The torn paper is the key to the wave look.
White embossing powder (Zing), white pigment ink (Clearsnap), and three colors of mist. I used a mint green (Heidi Swapp), a teal (Tattered Angels)
and London Blue (Dylusions).
For tools you will need sponges or cotton rounds and a pointed stick (mine is for applying rubons).
Adhere the torn paper strip with the strait edge 1/4 of the way from the top. Apply the adhesive just to the ends so that no debris remains on the image base.
Mist the sponge with the lightest color and spread it on the base in a circular motion. The color should cover all the paper beneath the torn strip.
Repeat the process with the medium color but do not cover the entire paper.
Sprinkle the darkest color onto the base by removing the spritzer and tapping the tube. Be sure to cover the top of the base with a scrap paper to catch oops drips. Leave the drops on the paper about 10 seconds before spreading them in a circular motion.
The base needs to be completely dry before begin this next step.
Using the pigment ink daub the base right at the edge of the torn paper. The width of the ink strip will be the width of the white caps on the waves.
Dust the ink with embossing powder. Tap off the extra and use a paintbrush to remove any unwanted portions. Use the stick to scrape circular lines in the powder. Heat to set.
Place the mermaid stencil over the ocean and apply ink.
Dust with embossing powder, heat to set.
To complete my mermaid I used Clearsnap ink and WOW embossing powder. The Sentiment is MME and the sticker is Heidi Swapp. All papers used are Craft Smith.
I can't wait to see this technique showing up on projects!