2017/05/07

Live Your Dream with Passion


Hi Stamping Friends,

It’s time to play along with Happy Little Stampers (HLS) Mixed Media Challenge again. The May Challenge Theme is SPLATS.

For more details and other DTs’ inspirations, please check out the Challenge Blog. Anything mixed media could be linked up to our challenge as long as it follows our theme. Be sure to join for a chance to win $15.
  

When I saw the word - SPLATS, I instantly thought of Alcohol Inks and Tim Holtz’s signature technique – Alcohol Ink Splatter. The following are how I made my tag.

Tag Details

1. Apply Alcohol Ink Monoprint Technique on glossy paper for the background.

2. Apply Alcohol Ink Splatters Technique to create two flowers on tag as shown.

3. Stamp text background.

4. Apply Pearlescent Embossing Pastes over two overlapping stencils at the center of two flowers, respectively.

5. Stamp butterflies and sentiment in black on tag. Stamp two butterflies on vellum paper, die cut the vellum butterflies and attach.


I’m excited that I dug out Alcohol Inks and revisited Tim's two Alcohol Inks Techniques, together with the stenciling technique. Hope my tag is inspirational to you. Please drop me a note if you like my tag. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day.
 
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2017/04/23

Beautiful Baby



Hi Stamping Friends,

I made this monochromatic CAS baby card for a subordinate. I covered the baby onesie with clear Wink of Stella. I must say that the inlaid shiny baby onesie is very pretty. Hope the subtle sweet card is delightful to you. Thanks for stopping by.



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My choice is stenciling in two ways, one with embossing paste and the other with sponging the Distress Ink.
In my card, B is for a beautiful baby.
  
  

 

2017/04/14

Forever Begins Now


Hi Stamping Friends,
I made this card for a subordinate. As can be seen, this wedding card is Clean and Simple style. I did apply several techniques like Dry Emboss, Heat Emboss, Inlaid Die-cutting and Distress Inks blending to enrich the visual effect. Hope this card is eye-pleasing to you. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day.
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My choice is Emboss, both dry and heat.
    
Even though I did not use the Smile word in my card, I’m sure wedding is an occasion that everybody will smile with joy.
    

2017/04/07

Life can be Tough


Hi Stamping Friends,

It is time to play along with Happy Little Stamper Mixed Media Challenge again! April Challenge Theme is SPRAYS which I’m sure everyone addicted to Mixed Media Art is quite familiar with.


For more details and other DTs’ inspirational artworks, please check out the Challenge Blog. Anything mixed media could be linked up to our challenge as long as it follows our theme. Be sure to join for a chance to win $15.

        
The following are how I made my tag.


1. Sprayed Distress Spray Stains – Ripe Persimmon & Dried Marigold on flower stencil, then flipped the wet side over cardstock.
2. Sprayed Distress Spray Stains – Crushed Olive & Mowed Lawn on flower stencil. Rolled paper towel to absorb inks.
The two-tone stenciling background is as shown.

3. Stamped envelope background and bird collage background as shown.


4. Applied translucent embossing paste over stencil.
After dry, sponged white ink over the indentation to create a mosaic look.

5. Print texts and cut out to affix to the tag as shown on top.


I must confess that March has been a tough month for me. I was facing some challenges in my work while my father has been in hospital due to hip fracture. “Life can be tough. You are tougher.”  Somehow this sentence flashed into my mind many times and has brought me some strength. Yes, Life can be tough and I’m tougher! Spring is coming. Things will get better.

Hope my tag is inspirational to you. If you like my tag, please drop me a note. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers.


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2017/03/07

Every Girl Deserves a Fairy Tale

 
 
Hi Stamping Friends,

It is time to play along with Happy Little Stamper Mixed Media Challenge again! March Challenge Theme is Books.
For more details and other DTs’ inspirations, please check out the Challenge Blog. Anything mixed media could be linked up to our challenge as long as it follows our theme. Be sure to join for a chance to win $15.
  
My tag has three elements echoing BOOKs: dictionary background, emboss resist on a circle dictionary panel and a sentiment about Fairy Tale. The following are how I made this tag.

1. Stamped dictionary background on tag.
 
2. Applied three colors of Infusions together with  Gel Medium on tag.

3. After dry, stamped several grunge elements using Distress Paints.

4. After dry, applied Pearlescent Embossing Paste through a stencil over the tag. Die cut a circle panel. Stamped dictionary background. Heat embossed silhouette couple with VersaMark.  Applied Distress Ink to create Emboss Resist effect. Trimmed circle panel and attached to tag as shown.

5. Heat embossed sentiments in white on black cardstock and cut in pieces. Made three DIY rolled flowers.

6. Assembled the tag as shown on top with a zoom-in below.

Hope my tag is inspirational to you. I’m happy that I played something new - Infusions and something old – Distress Paints and Pearlescent Embossing Paste, and something very old - rolled flowers dies and sentiment stamp. I’m also happy with how the tag turned out.
 
Do you agree that “Every girl deserves a fairy tale”?  I do agree.  Hope you like my tag. Thanks for stopping by.
 
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     Infusions are something new in this tag.


2017/02/27

Happy Ever After


I made this card for my niece. The wedding will be held in Chicago. Duo to long distance, we won’t be able to attend. I hope this card will express our most sincere wishes to the young couple.

This is the first mixed media CAS wedding card I’ve ever made. I kind of love how it turned out and I truly hope my niece will like it.

Hope this card brings you love and happiness. Thanks for stopping by.


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   I was inspired by the color of pink and the heart shape.
 
  
Edited on 4/8/2017

The card was chosen as one of the Top 5 Favorites by House of Cards DTs. What a happy surprise! Thanks, DTs.

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