Blowing the Dust off the Gel Press

Ready for day 3 of my Spring Card Class? We were doing some gel press techniques. I have to be honest. I’ve had a gel press for about 6 years ( a gift in my goodie bag from a crop I attended) and this is the first time I’ve used it. I have no idea why I never used it before as it really is a lot of fun and it’s so unique!

We paired the gel press with some embossing as well, again something that I don’t do near enough (although it did make me realize I don’t have any clear embossing powder in my stash….say what???? )

I needed some birthday cards to send out, so I focused on that sentiment but really mixed and matched here.

The left card is using some Gina K stamps and sentiment (you’ve seen this set before from another online class I did last year), with a Plaid Crafts stencil to add an extra layer of texture to the gel pressed panel.

On the right we have some gel press and watercoloring and it is paired with a stamp and die set from SCT delivered online (this is part of an online card class from the spring that I haven’t finished yet so stay tuned for another card with this set). This one I brayed the watercolored ink and then added the panel onto the gel press. It gave me some lighter and darker parts, which I think adds some great interest to this card. I did some gold embossing and I love the gold on this!

Our flat card, which was actually my first gel press panel, I cut out the flowers using a CTMH stamp and die set (again from a previous online card class) which had been heat embossed with some gold embossing powder.

The inks were from Your Next Stamp for this one. I went with some pink/purple/teal combo, which is a little out of my wheelhouse but I love it with the gold embossing!

Get out your gel press and have some fun with it! There is no right or wrong way ( I even left a little ink on mine for the next batch).

Entered into these challenges:

Alphabet challenge: Embossing

Beyond the Blue: Flowers

Creative Fingers: Anything Goes

Classic Design Challenge: Anything Goes

Do -Al Creative Challenge: Group ( I used my gel press to create 3 different cardstock panels)

A new (favorite) technique !

For day 2 of the Spring Card Class 2022 with Kristina and Jennifer, I learned a new technique called Joseph’s Coat which is pretty cool. It when you create an inked up card panel, and then stencil over it in black ink. How cool is this!!

I created my rainbow background panel using inks from Your Next Stamp, Lawn Fawn and The Stamp Market. The star stencil I used was distressed stars from Plaid Crafts which I used with black Memento Ink. I heat embossed a sentiment from Stampin Up for the focal point and then just a few clear enamel dots.

This card was based on the Cathy Zielske example for the class. I’m pretty sure I’m going to chalk this up as a new favorite because it is just so easy and makes such an impact on your project. I love the effect!

Thanks for stopping by.

Entered into these challenges:

Alphabet Challenge: E is for embossing

Creative Inspiration: Masculine

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: Anything Goes

Seize the Birthday: Favorite Technique

TMS #651

Well, if you have been over to the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog, then you know this week’s new sketch is up!

I was playing around with some PinkFresh flower die cuts for my card!

The DP is just from my stash and the sentiment is a new one from my card class a couple of weeks ago! It’s also from PinkFresh and is from the Simplest Gestures stamp set. A little twine and some enamel dots from Your Next Stamp finish off this card!

The DT has some really great projects this week to highlight this sketch (don’t they always though!). I hope you will stop by and give them some love!

TMS #602

Here we are again…another Tuesday and another sketch up at Tuesday Morning Sketches. I love this square card sketch that Melissa has for us this week!

I decided to pull out that cute rainbow stamp/die set that we received from SCT for the Online Card Class and paired it with some paper from the May 2019 Sampler from SCT. It’s from Lawn Fawn. I also added in some Nuevo Drops and the sentiment I stamped in my new YNS Blueberry Breeze Ink!

I hope you will come on over to the blog and see the amazing creations the DT has for you this week!

Dragonfly Dreams

Hey everyone! I am really excited to announce that I am a member of the Dragonfly Dreams Design Team.

Today is our April Challenge! Our theme for you is Critters! You can create whatever you wish, as long as you have a critter on it!

Here’s my card for you this month!

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For this card I did a lot of mixing and matching! The DP is from Lawn Fawn, the image is Your Next Stamp and the little window is from Taylored Expressions! The enamel dots are from my stash. I did a little bit of ink blending behind the window.

I hope you will stop by the blog and check out the rest of the DT creations and also to play along with us!

TMS#598

Tuesday is here again folks! Here is this week’s sketch for you up on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog!

I’ve got a fun card for you that I made this weekend while I was attending the Crop and Create Delivered event with Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine.

We were treated to a fun Lunch and Learn with Lea Lawson from PinkFresh Studio and got to use these gorgeous layered stencils. I’ve never used them before but they were soooo easy. No issues lining them up and the results were gorgeous each and every time. We also got that lovely HUGS die as well.

You will see that I rotated the sketch to do my card. I used some inks from both Stampin Up and Tim Holtz and the vellum is from Lawn Fawn. I added some gold foil paper from my stash and some lovely gumdrops from Your Next Stamp.

I hope that you will join us in our challenge this week and if you’ve never used a layered stencil before, I highly recommend it!

TMS #557

Hellooooo! New day new challenge for Tuesday Morning Sketches! Here’s the sketch!

Now for my card, I played a bit with this sketch, which is ok! a sketch is kind of a starting off point and it doesn’t always have to be exact.

So let’s take a look at my card!

 

So the first thing that you will notice is that I rotated the sketch so that it is horizontal instead of vertical. I also spread out the diamonds a bit so that I had a bit more room for my images since they were a bit bigger.

I hope this inspires you and I hope that you will play along with us on the blog. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Die: Mama Elephant

Images: Kindred Stamps with the Ink Road

Copics

Enamel Dots: Pink Fresh & Your Next Stamp

Done and Gone

So I found another little kit in my stash…paper and embellishments from goodness knows how long ago.  This one was a Gossamer Blue planner kit.  I don’t do planners, so I created a few cards with the DP and a few embellishments instead.

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The stamp is from YNS and I just added a bit of copic coloring and some glossy accents to the balloon.  The sparkly bling is from Stampin UP.

Enjoy!

Flowers for You

Hello everyone!  Sorry I’ve not been on much, lots going on behind the scenes in my house that I’ve had to deal with.

Today is a new challenge on the Color Crazy Challenge Blog on which I am pleased to be a guest designer.

Our challenge this week is sponsored by Creatful Heart Stamps

I used the poppy digi stamp for my card this week, but I really wanted to play around with colors so I added some blue to the red (yes in my world poppies are blue!).  I just used some DP that I’ve had in my stash, little bits and pieces that I’ve received from swaps.  I’ve added some Wink of Stella to give a bit of sparkle to the flowers and then some Nuvo drops.  The sentiment is from Your Next Stamp.

I hope you like it and feel free to play along.  Don’t forget to stop by the blog and see what the rest of the DT has created for you!

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KBD # 108 – Thanks

Hello, Hello, Hello!

I’m a bit late posting this!  We have a new challenge up at Kitty Bee Designs!  Our sponsors this week are Lemon Shortbread

 

Sasayaki Glitter!

 

I am using a cute little image from Sasayaki for my card today!

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I just used up some small pieces of DP from my stash.  I added a bit of glitter paper for some fun.  The image is colored with copics and I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the pumpkins and the hat.  (Now the hat normally  has a little spider that hangs off of it, but I decided to cut it off for my card).  The sentiment is just a die cut  from Your Next Stamp.

Be sure to stop by the blog to see the other great projects from our DT and to link up your own THANKS projects!