Saturday, 20 October 2012

Swimming By

As a member of the QKR Stampede design team, I have the opportunity to choose images which provide a coloring challenge. This creation features Digi2303 Tropical Fish, but almost any QKR Stampede image has amazing coloring potential. I had a great time working with the colors for this project on a cloudy October morning since it had me thinking of tropical island breezes, inviting turquoise water and swimsuits rather than my reality of sweat pants, socks AND slippers - LOL.

The "Copic Coloring Guide, Level 2: Nature" by Colleen Schaan and Marianne Walker is one of the best crafting investments I've ever made. Using the tutorial entitled, "Alternative Blending and Shading Groups", I was able to understand the 10+2 rule for shading and how to blend outside one color family. I highly recommend this book.

The colors used on this project were taken right from those suggested in the tutorial. Copic colors for this project are as follows:
Blue Fish: B000, B00, B12, B24, BV00, BV11, BV23, R46
Orange Fish: Y11, Y15, YR15, YR18, R46

Otherwise, this was a very simple project which came together in a snap. Print the image, color it, cut and emboss with a Spellbinder and sponge with Distress Ink. Cut a piece of black card just a bit bigger and adhere to card front. Add a computer generated sentiment, a few dots of Stickles and it's finished!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Beary Godmother

Welcome to the QKR Stampede Blog Challenge #10 Animal Madness! Come join the fun and try to win some great QKR images!

As I might have said previously, LOL, I love QKR Stampede images for their coloring potential. This is Digi24002 Wizard Bear and she's made even sweeter with the Digi22502 Beary Godmother sentiment. Isn't that just it way it goes with wishes granted by somebody wearing baggy tights?

Here's how this card came together....
  1. Cut a card at 5 x 7 inches;
  2. Cut a piece of the same card at the same size and run through the Madison Cuttlebug folder. Trim the edges and cut out the centre panel with a craft knife.
  3. Cut a piece of patterned paper just a shade smaller than the embossed panel and adhere all layers;
  4. Print image and color with copics: #31, E34, RV00, RV11, BG10, Y26 and Spica Blossom. Trim and adhere to card front;
  5. Print sentiment, cut out and emboss with Spellbinder. Sponge with Distress Ink, and adhere;
  6. Finish with Liquid Pearls in Pastel Raspberry and you're finished.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Burnished Velvet Poinsettia

Burnished Velvet is a technique I often choose for a special card. Basically, you cover a piece of light cardstock with wide Scor-Tape, and then rub in transparent micro-glitter. The more you rub, the sparklier (is that a word?) the glitter gets. For this project, I stamped the cardstock first and then applied the tape.

Here's how this card came together...


Heartfelt Creations HCPC 2291 Regal Poinsettia 2 Precut Set
Heartfelt Creations HCD 713 Decorative Lace Border Die
Stardream Metallic Cardstock, red and white
Stampin Up Cardstock, vanilla and navy
VersaMark Ink
Silver Heat Embossing Powder
Distress Ink Sapphire
5" Scor-Tape
Micro-fine Glitter
Silver Thread


  1. Cut red cardstock to 7 1/4  x 10 1/2 inches and score to create 5 1/4 x 7 1/4  inch card;
  2. Cut vanilla cardstock to 5 x7  inch and stamp randomly with Distress Ink;
  3. Cover stamping with 5x7 inch piece of Scor-Tape and remove protective layer. Adhere to red cardstock;
  4. Cut navy cardstock with Lace Die and carefully place over Scor-Tape;
  5. Sprinkle Warm Highlights Micro-fine Glitter over all and tap off excess;
  6. Cut white cardstock with Lace Die. Run ribbon through lace, and adhere over navy lace, offsetting slightly. Trim lace pieces to fit;
  7. Stamp two sizes of flowers and one leaf image with VersaMark on navy cardstock and heat emboss with silver. Trim and shape flowers;
  8. Carefully apply glue to centres of flowers and sprinkle on red Micro-fine Glitter;
  9. Apply small piece of Scor-Tape on front of card and layer rounds of silver thread over tacky spot;
  10. Adhere flowers.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Poinsettia Tri-Color

My creative mojo has been hiding this last month while I nursed my cat through a severe reaction to her annual vaccination. But, after weeks of intensive care, it looks like she's on the mend and my thoughts are more often returning to my craft room. Good thing cause Christmas is approaching - it's already mid-October! This card features three of my very favorite things: Heartfelt Creations stamps, Distress Inks and Spellbinders. Here's how this card came together....


Stardream Metallic Cardstock
Heartfelt Creations HCPC 2291 Regal Poinsettia 2 Precut Stamp Set
Watercolor Paper
VersaMark Ink
Silver Heat Embossing Powder
Distress Ink Set Winter 2011
Water Brush
Judikins Diamond Glaze
Red Foil
Spellbinders Die Templates, Labels 4
Scor-Pal scoring tool
Pop Dots
Fancy Button
Silver Braid

  1. Cut silver cardstock to 7 1/4  x 10 1/2 inches and score to create 5 1/4 x 7 1/4  inch card;
  2. Cut green cardstock to 5 x7  inch;
  3. With Scor-Pal, score green cardstock diagonally, every inch, turn 180 degrees and repeat scoring;
  4. Cut red foil with die and cut in half horizontally;
  5. Adhere foil to green leaving a 1/4 inch gap;
  6. Adhere silver braid to green, wrapping ends to back;
  7. Adhere green to silver;
  8. Cut piece of watercolor paper larger than die. Sponge Distress Inks, graduating each color into the next. Allow to dry;
  9. Stamp Poinsettia with VersaMark and heat emboss with silver;
  10. Place die as desired and cut;
  11. Using Waterbrush and Red Distress Ink, color in flower centre. When dry, adhere crystals and float with Diamond Glaze. Adhere over red foil;
  12. Adhere crystals to background, at each place where lines cross;
  13. Cut fancy shape with any Spellbinders die and top with fancy button.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Down the Chimney

This is one of my QKR Stampede Design Team projects for October. Santa will soon be coming down the chimney so, for those who love creating paper art, it's time to get the preparations rolling. Here's a project that features QKR Stampede's digital image entitled Stockings Hung. I chose this image for the opportunity to try coloring a brick wall with Copics.

Here's how this project came together....

Start with a 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 inch green card base, folded in half. Top with a piece of gold paper cut at 5 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches, and a pattered paper cut at 5 x 7.

Print the image, trim, sponge edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink, and color with Copics, as follows:
Brick: E04, E07, E08
Mantle: E31, 33, 34, 35
Boots: C5, C7, C9, 100
Pants: R24. R27, R29
Stockings: YG67, Y28, R59, B37, E18

Add Marvy Liquid Applique, allow to dry for 24 hours, and heat set to puff.

Using the largest die in Spellbinders Card Creator Fancy Ribbon Threader, cut a piece of gold. String with burgundy ribbon and adhere to left side of card.

Cut a piece of gold paper just a bitg bigger than the image, and a piece of green just a bit bigger again, adhere layers and add image. Adhere to front of card, along the side of the ribbon.

Print greeting with QKR Stampede's digi Merry Christmas. Trim, color with Copics, sponge with Distress Ink Antique Linen. Cut a green background just a big larger and adhere sentiment and backing to card.

Finish with a ribbon bow and dots of black glitter in the fireplace.