Thursday, July 3, 2014

Merry Monday & Quirky Crafts Challenges

I know, I know, just when I get everybody expecting my Merry Monday cards on Sunday I start posting them on Thursdays. Sorry. I hate to be predictable ;) I have two cards to share, one for the white-on-white challenge at Merry Monday, and both for the Stencils/Masks challenge at Quirky Crafts. 

For both cards I tried some new stuff. The Christmas card I used snow paint on the stencil. It gave dimension very much like embossing paste:

Supplies: Tim Holtz stencil; Aleene's Glitter Snow paint; Inkadinkado Angel stamp & white detail, moonstone EP; Versamark; Flourishes "joy" stamp; Labels 4 Nesties; wilton doily; pearls & lace from stash

Since it was so hard to get a good photograph I did an auto-contrast edit in Picasa to show the details a little better:

Embossing shine & look at the great texture from the snow paint!

For my second card, I combined masking & stenciling - I wouldn't necessarily do it again, though, because BOY WHAT A MESS! I masked off the butterfly shape and stenciled on top, and the moisture in the embossing paste meant the post-it tore when I peeled it off. It did work, just that I got yellow EVERYWHERE.

Supplies: Making Memories stencil; PTI stamps; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, and Spiced Marmalade distress inks; yellow glitter fabric paint; Wplus9 banner die; Recollections pleated ribbon; Dreamweaver embossing paste; Ranger Yellow re-inker

I mixed several drops of Yellow ink into a dab of embossing paste with a toothpick, and then applied it to the stencil with my fingers. I suppose I was going to have yellow all over the place anyhow :) I peeled the butterfly mask off right away, as I've noticed the paste works really well as glue once it's dried. After it WAS dry, I stamped the layers of the butterfly. 

The boys are finally settling into a summer routine of sorts, so we're a little bit calmer. To celebrate, Riley and Rob are both sick (and now I'm coming down with it too - feels like I swallowed glass). It's always something, right? At least everybody's in a half-decent mood from all the sinus medication!



chrissy xx said...

GOrgeous Christmas card! I LOve your image, doily and these pretty pearls.

I've only used a stencil once, looked so easy at a Craft show when the demonstrator did it..Mine ended up in the bin lol..Yours? GOrgeous. LOving your colours and pretty ribbon.{Might, just might try again}

jimlynn said...

Jessi, your Christmas card is so gorgeous! I love the image you used and that paint really does look like embossing paste! The pearls and doily just tops it all off beautifully.
You second card....I had to laugh because I always seem to have problems this way too! Yours turned out beautiful though with all the wonderful yellow. Love the ribbon treatment.
Hope you start feeling better soon.

Marcia Hill said...

LOVE both of your cards! There is so much detail in your first card, and I absolutely adore that angel! I also have that stamp, but forget to use it...thanks for reminding me to get it out! Love how you did your backgrounds on both cards too! :0)

Lindsey said...

Predictable is not the first word I associate with you. ;) The first card... wow! So classy, and I'm glad you showed the Picasa'd photo -- I'd almost missed the angel in the first one. And the butterfly card? AmAzInG!

Annette Allen said...

wow totally fabulous cards.. loving all the white..

Marie Bingaman said...

Hia Jessi! I love your Merry Monday card....thank goodness you showed the auto contrast, cause I totally missed the angel the first time! ;)

Bonnie said...

All are beautiful cards, Jessi! All the mess paid off with very unique and beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

Barbara Godden said...

Both cards are awesome, So glad you made the white on white card so I could see it. The yellow one was easy and gorgeous it's such a happy colour.

Dana said...

Wow!! Fabulous cards!! The white on white is gorgeous!! And the second card - amazing!! Well worth the mess!!! lol!!

Wendy said...

Beautiful card, Jess! Just love the embossed angel and your design of this! Pretty diecuts & beautifully embossed panels! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Monday! :)

walchowDesign said...

Two beautiful cards! Love all the different texture on the white card and love how the engel's embossing stands out.

As for the yellow card, love all the yellows on this card with the beautiful stitched ribbon as the border and I think your butterfly sits beautifully on your sun rays, Jessi!

Greta said...

2 brilliant cards, Jessi! Wowzer!

fairyrocks said...

Well, you know I love the white on white. And I want to try the yellow on a layout. Ifeel a lift coming on. Thanks!!