Sunday, May 31, 2015

AIR Party and Rudolph Days (Projects 39 to 41)

AIR15 is going along swimmingly over at Artsy Inkers.  And I made these cards for challenges over there. And since I made a bunch of Christmas cards, I'm going to join the fun at Rudolph Days.

Before I get to the cards, I have an update from my last post.  I mentioned cutting up the flower stamp, but I forgot to mention that I lost the smallest flower.  I looked, and looked, and looked and could not find that sucker.  So I gave it up for lost.  Then when I was working on these cards, I pulled my bone folder and there was the little flower stuck to it. 

The first piece was for the Paint It Challenge. The challenge requires that you create a background using the technique explained Here. Basically, you take a piece of dark cardstock, and stamp and clear emboss a background. Then you cover the whole piece with acrylic paint and when it is almost completely dry, you wipe the paint off the embossed areas.

I used a piece of dark red cardstock and stamped with a bunch of Stampendous Christmas foliage stamps. I used a metallic paint in champagne.

To finish the card, I die cut a snippet and stamped with an Inkadinkado sentiment. I inked the edges with a Spica glitter marker and added some gems. You will notice that I was not paying attention when I attached the ribbon, so the sentiment is hanging off the bottom. Oh well. The green ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon (last October's club assortment) and the cream is from my stash.

This next piece isn't a card yet. I made it for the Warm-Up challenge, which was kinda evil. You had to start a timer with 20 minutes before clicking the link to the cite that explained the technique to be used. Here's the link. I spent a good 5 of my minutes picking the die to use. I actually cut both the reindeer (Cottage Cutz) and some flowers. I did the reindeer first and didn't get the flower piece finished before the timer went off. Eventually I'll finish that piece.

For my color choice I was inspired by Darnell's lovely poinsettia card. So I used Distress Inks in Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn, Barn Door and Fired Brick to create an ombre effect. The background stamp is by the Stampin Place and I reversed the ink order for inking the stamp. You will notice that the legs did not want to stay put while I was inking the piece. And I am still debating whether I want to go back with some white paint to clean it up. My buddies over at AI all seem to like the effect, but I'm not so sure.

Since the last piece involved inking and stamping over the die cut, I had a ready made reindeer. So I decided to make a card for the Clean and Simple challenge using the reindeer. I used a corner punch by Fiskar and then inked the corners of the card base. I glued on the reindeer and then stamped a sentiment by Fiskar. The white base looks textured in the picture but I think that is because I photoed it on my screened in porch. It is just plain cardstock.

I just realized I used a snippet to cut the reindeer, so I'm going to pop over to the Playground.
I'm entering these piece here:
Pixie's Snippet Playground
Rudolph Days

Thanks for stopping by and please come again.  And the party is going on at Artsy Inkers through June 7, so there is still time for you to head over there and join the fun.  


  1. Good for you at getting so many cards done. I really enjoyed that when i played along with you miss the old Two Peas and Artsy Inkers is a good way to keep in touch!
    Your Christmas cards are lovely...I especially like they one where youpoainted over the embossed images and then wiped off to reveal the red cardstock. Brilliant idea!

    Thanks for taking part in the May Rudolph Days Challenge.

  2. I'm glad you found your stamp Sarah! I always pray to St. Anthony when I lose something, he's never failed me yet. lol I am so loving your cards Sarah!! The first one is so cool looking! I never thought about embossing on dark paper with clear embossing powder and then painting the paper-love that idea! I love the second piece too, even if the legs aren't all white, it still is a cool technique and it looks great too, this will make a fabulous card. I love how you used your inked up deer stencil to make a card for the third card, it is such a simple and clean CAS card Sarah. You where a busy lady!! Hugs, Brenda

  3. I love all of these Sarah! My favourite is actually the snippets card :)


    Di xx

  4. Hi Sarah. I am so loving both of these looks, and thanks for including the links to #1's beautiful look. You did some fantastic backgrounds (you KNOW I like backgrounds!) and each card has such a lovely & unique look. Well done, YOU! (oh yeah, I do the same thing with losing stuff. I hunt & hunt, and then give it up. Usually when I'm looking for something else, if I'm lucky, the lost item may show up! )Big Hugs & hope all has been well. TFS