here's how I got started...

here's how I got started...
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Friday, August 1, 2014

NOT 4 ¼ x 5 ½...

there are NO rules when you...

make art!

who says that cards need to always be 4 ¼ x 5 ½?

if you're a blog friend, you KNOW that I HATE to waste anything...

I had a scrap of manila card stock that was about 3 ½ x 6 ¾ inches...

it was a leftover from a larger manila cardstock sheet...
I had already done the archival reinker/alcohol technique (dandelion & tree branch reinkers with a drop of gold metallic mixative)...
I used most of it, but this leftover piece was looking at me...

this was super quick, since the background was already started...

I wanted to play with this NEW SiSi...
it's the chrysanthemum...
the stamp & the coordinating stencil are both in the package...


and I hadn't used my fav LACE border in more than 24 hours!
I KNOW...shocking!



here's the steps...

use jet black archival to stamp the chrysanthemum toward the left side of the card...

place the coordinating stencil over the stamped image & add orange blossom archival with the blending tool, to color the flower...

the add leaf green to the stem & leaves...again, with the blending tool...

LOVE the new mini round one for stenciling!

having the perfectly sized coordinating stencil makes this 
super F A S T...
because it masks off the background...

use tree branch archival to add the basically bricks stencil over most of the card...
I kept it pretty light...
don't worry about the very top or bottom...





stencil the new mini butterfly...using dandelion...

with the butterfly stencil still in place, add polka dots using jet black...
I use the polka dots border stamp from LCS034 (seriously art) LOTS...it's unmounted & PERFECT to stamp thru stencils...

the mini butterfly is on the NEW pansy SiSi...



next, stamp the lace border on the top, using fern green archival...

then, turn the stamp upside down & use it again on the bottom of the card...
it's stamped again with fern green...

stamp the sentiment (on the set with the lace) with jet black right over that bottom lace...

stencil the little bird with orange blossom archival, so he's sitting on the bottom lace border...
with the stencil in place, use watering can archival on a text stamp to add text to the bird...

use the iced spruce distress marker with the detailer water brush to add a shadow under the flower petals and to shade the stem & leaves...

I like to scribble the marker onto the craft sheet & add the ink with the water brush...it's much more subtle shading that way...

since I stamped in archival ink, the water will not make the image smear or bleed...and this is why distress inks & archival inks are PERFECT partners!

ink an unmounted text stamp lightly with watering can & add LIGHT random stamping over the bricks...

add some black glaze pen dots & some pen stitching...

who says a card MUST open?

remember...art has NO RULES!

I mounted this on a green card stock scrap & I'll write my note on the back...

this is a fun size because it fits in a business size envelope...
the recipient will be surprised that it's a CARD...not a letter!

here's the simple, completely FLAT card...

and it's made from scraps!



this is a fun design  & it's easy to change the stamped sentiment to fit any occasion...

best of all...it's an unusual size BUT...no special mailer is needed..just drop it in a business size envelope!

next stop on the art adventure takes me to Connecticut on August 16 & 17th...


so that means getting kits made...

and ordering more supplies...

like this many (216) of my archival reinkers...


I had enough to share...

so I did a FLASH GIVEAWAY on my FACEBOOK PAGE...

be watching...it was a blast, so I'll do it again!
Tonya won a set of all 12 reinkers!

I invite you to "LIKE" the page  so updates are added to your newsfeed...

happy AUGUST my friends!

it's a new month for us to...

make art!
wendy



22 comments:

jezebel said...

I love this Wendy! I will be seeing you in Westbrook Connecticut and I can't wait.

Scrapthat said...

So pretty Wendy!

Dorothy said...

Great use of scraps!! It is so pretty!!

SusanK said...

Yep, yep, yep! Love it all!!!

Wilma said...

Beautiful card and the laceborder stamp, well I sure need that one :)

Good luck and have fun with making the kits!!

Sue said...

Beautiful use of scraps!

Caroline D. said...

Cards can be 4.5 x 5.5??? LOL I always make 6x6 cards! Funny how we all have our go-to 'stuff'. Your card is just gorgeous... I swooned (honest! LOL) when I saw it on facebook, but then when reading about it here, I would have never guessed it was from scraps. Thanks for sharing with us!

ellen vargo said...

The best thing ever is the envelope score/punch board... you can make whatever size envelope you need. I've been using mine recently - Love it! Gorgeous card, BTW... :)

Debby said...

Gorgeous card! Love how you create all of those different subtle layers. I have that envelope score/punch board and it is a great tool! I use it for most of the cards I make.

Buttons said...

And you've done it again! Love this, no matter what the size. That lace stamp is a serious NEED for everyone methinks :) Hope Connecticut is wonderful and warm. Jenny x

Lisa said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I just love the beautiful design!! Thanks for the amazing inspiration!! Have a great weekend :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Helen said...

beautiful card, Wendy, as always. Hoping to spend some time making art this weekend myself.

stampsandscrapbooks said...

Great card, Wendy! Looking forward to seeing you in Connecticut BOTH days! :)

Redanne said...

Uh oh, I think I NEED to have the Chrysanthemum SiSi now too.... Love your card Wendy, I think you may just have started another new trend! Anne x

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

LOVE this! Can't wait to get my hands on that vintage lace stamp - absolutely exquisite! Wish the SA order for the store would hurry up and GET HERE!

Carol McCready said...

I love your card. I think the size is perfect.

Julie Steed said...

I do love your lace border. Another wonderful project and two cheers for another repurposed piece as well.

Marilyn C. said...

Great use of leftovers! I'm with you on not wasting anything. I have a comment about your flash giveaway on FB. I don't do FB so I miss out on your giveaways when it's only on FB. I want a chance to win also!! Please share your giveaways on your blog also.

michelle said...

I love this card and I love the no rules it always works best for me!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

That card came out awesome! And ... Andrea & I will see you next week in CT! Soooo excited to see our cruise neighbors again!

Beautiful Bouquets said...

Fabulous and I love to use up scraps it is a fun way to make something a little different sometimes x

Denise x

isisimaginings.com said...

Wow, stunning card! I love the little bird. Hope you had a great time.