Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cranes In Flight Explosion Card

Here's a card I created for the Michael Strong's Yahoo group June-July 2013 challenge - an explosion card with Cranes in flight.
This is a pop-up card, which I decorated both inside and outside.

From the outside the card seems subtle, yet rich in details: the embossed cranes in 2 sizes, the background papers, the faux stitches and the colorful blings in various sizes.
But the inside reveals a whole bunch of cranes in white and turquoise - all embossed in gold - bursting in flight.
I like the movement effect of this card.
I left some space at the card's lower front part to write a message.

Supplies used:
White CS for the card's basis and for the Cranes
Turquoise CS for the card's background and for the Cranes
Patterned background paper (in and out) - Prima - Nature Garden Collection (A4)
Embossing Ink
Gold EP
Blings in various sizes and colors
White Gel pen
Double sided foam tape

I layered the background papers.
You can see that inside the card, the patterned paper was cut to create a shelf, onto which the Cranes were adhered.
All the Cranes - 10 of them! - were stamped on white and turquoise CS, heat embossed with gold EP and cut with scissors.
On the outside, the Cranes were glued 3D for extra dimension.
In the inside, they were glued onto the background, on the shelf and to each other, to create a sense of motion and flight.
I used the white Gel pen to frame the patterned paper, both inside and outside the card, with faux stitches.
I left some space at the lower part of the card to add a sentiment or greeting.
I added blings in various sizes and colors, to add some glam.
I also added tiny clear blings for the Cranes eyes (outside).

You can see in each photo a different angle of the card, so you can see how the cranes are attached to it.
Can you imagine them flying?

(You can enlarge each photo by clicking on it)
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Friday, July 19, 2013

Michael Strong Sea themed Blog Hop - Canvas and Giveaway

Welcome to the Michael Strong Sea themed Blog Hop!

You must have arrived here from Shelly's Blog with her lovely artwork, showing what to do with the new release of Michael Strong Cloisonne Sea Turtle/Seaweed stamps.

As I don't have that stamp set yet, I used other sea themed Michael Strong stamps.
I created a Mixed Media canvas, using whichever sea themed supplies I had around.

Supplies used:
White canvas - 8X8 inches (20X20 cms)

Acrylic paints
Background sea themed paper - from a magazine
White paper and CS
Yellow CS
Orange CS
Manila CS
EKSuccess - Dotted Wave Edger Punch
Michael Strong Cloisonné Fish stamp (large)
Michael Strong Cloisonné Seastar stamp (small)
Michael Strong Cloisonné Shell stamp (small)
Washi Tape - colorful bubbles
Washi Tape - blue with white stripes and red dots
Embossing ink
Orange EP
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
VersaFine ink - Vintage Sepia
Yellow Stickles
Red Gem and golden metal large brad
White and light blue sticky back half pearls
Blings - in various colors and sizes
Diamond Glaze
3D double sided foam tape

I'm giving this canvas to my DH, and I have a very special wish for him.
The sentiment "If I had three wishes … my first would be for you" was printed on white paper, which was adhered to bright yellow CS punched using the EKSuccess - Dotted Wave Edger Punch.
I used the punched CS in 2 opposite directions.

To create the basic background, I colored the canvas using acrylic paints - black, green, light blue, red and yellow.
The coloring was meant to cover the canvas. Most of it will be covered later so the design wasn't important.

I left the edges of the canvas white on purpose, as I later covered them with Washi Tape with colorful bubbles all over it.
The bubbles fit into the sea (water) theme, and their bright colors add a vivid frame to the canvas.

Then I added the background sea themed paper, which was cut out of a magazine. It seems to fit here perfectly.
I added 2 stripes of Washi Tape - blue with white stripes and red dots, to match the sea waves and to coordinate with the other colors.
As you can see, all the stamped images were glued 3D for extra dimension.

Each stamped image was treated differently.

The Flower, which functions here as the sun, was stamped on white CS using VersaFine ink - Vintage Sepia, and was colored with ProMarkers.
I accented its inner circle using yellow Stickles, then I added a red gem and golden metal large brad to complete its hot, sunny appearance.

I stamped the Fish using Embossing ink on orange CS, then heat embossed it with orange EP.
I carefully cut it with scissors, and added a tiny turquoise bling as its eye.
I also added white sticky back half pearls, to resemble bubbles coming out of its mouth.

I stamped several images of the Shell and the Seastar on Manila CS, using VersaFine ink - Onyx Black.
I covered them with Diamond Glaze to give them a shiny look, and waited for them to dry.
I added each one of them a light blue sticky back half pearl, for decoration.

Finally, I added several blings in various colors and sizes, for extra glam.

Our summer is very hot and humid.
Oh, I wish I could stay in an air conditioned room all day and get creative! How about you?
For more inspiration, please hop to my friend Hetty's Blog where you'll find an adorable creative idea along with a tutorial.

Before you hop to your next step, please take a look here.
I'm offering a small Giveaway.

The Giveaway includes:
12 Crafty Individuals 6x6 patterned papers - Travel in Italy
Prima clear stamps - Travel
A bag of embellishments - ribbons, lace, flowers and real vintage buttons
Purple flower stickers
White paper doilies
Old book pages in Hebrew - printed in 1950!

In order to have a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment to this post, including your email address (so I can contact you).
I'll draw one lucky name next weekend. I will ship worldwide.
If you're a follower of my blog, either via email, Bloglovin or any other way, please mention it in your comment for an extra chance to win.
One comment per person, please.

Heck of a Challenge - The Sea

(You can enlarge each photo by clicking on it)
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly