Jul 27, 2008

Whatever Floats your Boat!

Hi everyone!

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Today, I'm sharing the set of 4 cards I made with Rupa's adorable set Whatever Floats your Boat. These little animals have such personality - I love the eyes!

The four animals were stamped on textured Bazzil cardstock in Versafine Black ink and colored with Koh-i-noor pencils & Gina's odorless mineral spirits. While I usually use Stampin Up's whisper white cardstock for this technique, sometimes I want a soft textured look, so I pull out some textured Bazzil cardstock to color on. If you've tried prisma pencils and have been frustrated with the blendability of some colors, try Koh-i-noors. They will shock you with how blendable they are.

I rubbed ink on the Cuttlebug embossing folders *the side with the Cuttlebug logo on* before I ran the paper through to emboss. I like to do this technique with tone on tone colors, so I used the same colored paper & inks for a subtle shading. It really helps the embossing to pop.

I punched out the stars with my well loved EK Success Star punches and then ran them through to emboss. Afterwards, I took my sponge dauber and shaded all around the star edges.

Card Details: Whatever Floats your Boat; SU papers & inks: soft sky, wasabi, river rock; SU afternoon tea dsp & ww; SU punches: corner rounder, scallop border, my way arrow, large square; Cuttlebug & embossing folders; Ranger's Inkssentials White Gel pen; Marvy Scallop square punch; Gems: EK success star punches; Making Memories 1/16 eyelets & eyelet setter; paper piercer; Black Stazon; Koh-i-noor pencils; OMS; blending stumps; Sakura glitter pen; aqua painter; Staedlter journaling pens

When you spend so much time making the outside of your cards look pretty, I think it's a nice touch to decorate the insides of the cards too! I don't always take the time to do this, but I find it adds such a polished look to my projects.

I hand drew the double lines around the white cardstock with my favorite multiliners - my black Staedlter pens. I love to use the .1 and .3 tips for this look. You may have noticed I outlined the arrow punch out on the cardfront. When I first began scrapbooking years ago, I started outlining photo & journaling mats and have always loved how it highlights the image I've matted.

I'm often asked how I get my lines so straight and I always say that I don't! That's why I usually have spaces when I draw my lines - it adds character and covers up my boo-boos. It's hand-made so it's not supposed to be perfect, right?!

After I drew my frame, I used Koh-i-noor pencils, OMS & blending stumps to color & shade. A few dots here and there around the frame, and it's finished!

Thanks for stopping by!



catdidit said...

These are just gorgeous Jessica! As all of your creations are, I just love all the special little touches you add...weird how a few dots or a line can add so much,

Jessie/knightrone said...

Wow!! This set is fabulous!!!

Cindy Haffner said...

Oh so cute, love all the details.

Rene' Sharp said...

These cards are too dear. Great job! Love how you used the Cuttlebug.

Bethany Paull said...

These are so fabulous! I love tall cards, but have never done them with rounded corners. What a great look! Love all the outlining too.

stampinc said...

I love all these cards. I really like how you did alittle something different with each one. So creative and talented.

Anita said...

Neat set of cards!


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