Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hello Friend and Enjoy Your Day Cards


I have a couple of cards to share with you today. Two completely different cards. :)

The first one is my take on this one. I was really struck by the colors she used with the Hero Arts stencil. And just for fun, I added a liberal spritzing of Perfect Pearls mixed with water in my mini spritzer. I also used a die I received as some very happy mail a couple of months ago from my good friend, Alanna. She is so sweet! Thank you once again, Alanna! She makes some terrific CAS cards, too! I finally figured out a way to use the die...I think! LOL I actually made this card a week or two ago, but wasn't sure I really liked it. It's growing on me and hey, it just might inspire someone else, so I'm gonna go ahead and share. I really like how the blending and all that came out. I'm just thinking the card design needs work. (See why I am such a copycat-this stuff frustrates me).
 I had originally made the stenciled piece a full card front size. But I used the friend die on the bottom portion. I didn't like how it looked and thought to futz with the die cut, but messed it up. So, I was left with the size you see and couldn't figure out what to do to showcase it well. I then used the organdy ribbon and tied a bow. That looked silly, so off that went. I cut the friend in black and liked how that popped, but it needed more, so I tried the hello from Close To My Heart's Have a Happy Day Set. Eh, it works, I think. I added the black gems at the top to help balance it. All in all, I do like it. Sort of. 

And for the other card...I was inspired by different cards I saw on a google search of this Lawn Fawn Let's Play stamp set. One card I saw, the blogger watercolored using Inktense pencils. Oooooh, I have some of those! So I sat down to play. I don't have the dies for this set, so everything is fussy cut. (I didn't cut in between the lines attaching the swing to the frame and seat. I watercolored that part and glued the dog on top.)  I also inked the images in black pigment ink and clear heat embossed, so my colors would stay in the lines. This one produces a smile for sure! It's pretty vibrant. 

The clouds are from another Lawn Fawn set, Hello Sunshine. (Can you tell I realllllly like Lawn Fawn stamps these days? I'm acquiring quite the collection). I stamped in versamark ink  on vellum and clear heat embossed. They looked a little lost in the sky, so I tried watercoloring on them with white watercolor from a set I have (no white Inktense pencil in my set of 12). You can't see it very well in the photo, but the white looks kind of neat in person. 

That's it from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day!



Pop's Cards said...

Good morning I love the stenciling on the first one, I so want to play with stencils, and the second one is my fave as I love Lawn Fawn the very best they are so cute, I love that card, you will be needing my address to send me it them :0))))) hugs Pops x

Kelly Latevola said...

I love the shimmery stencil on the first card. I always struggle with how to use large background pieces. I love how the black pops off the page. Your second card is absolutely adorable. Watercoloring is so fun :)

KayM said...

Amazing cards Jeanne!! The first one is so elegant and I love the stenciling and colors! The die looks great cut out in the black too! So sweet of Alanna to send it to you! The second card is simply adorable! I have that cute set, but haven't used it yet! The intense pencils look great! I've never used them, but you've piqued my interest! Such a cute little scene you have created! Happy day my friend! :)

cm said...

I second the others: your first card, with that oh-so-pretty big, bold stenciling really is a standout! The die cut works wonderfully! Classy and eye-catching! Your second card is sheer delight, and the techniques you've used...marvelous! I'm so dreadful at fussy cutting that seeing your talent with that skill adds to the impact. Two more gems, my friend!

Sharli Schaitberger said...

Ooo, I really like them BOTH - they are both so creative and darling! The first one - your "hello" is a great balance for the large die cut sentiment - and on the second one, I was smitten with the way your sky turned out - like the whipsy clouds that sometimes streak the sky on a windy summer day. Excellent! Yes, I can see that you have a knack for the Lawn Fawn designs! Excellent work!!!!!

Marika said...

Two great cards! I loved the first one, the inking and blending is beautifully done and I loved the design! The bold die cut is so striking! And what a lovely scene! Have a great day, Jeanne!

Alanna said...

The background on your first card is so beautiful Jeanne. I just love the look of it and you used that fun friend die perfectly. I'm glad you were able to put it to use. :) And thanks for the shout out. You're too sweet.

And your second card just makes me smile. I love how you cut everything out. That little doggy looks so content and your sky background looks awesome. I love seeing your cards with the Lawn Fawn sets as you really make them shine.

Barb said...

Your cards are lovely! Great use of watercoloring!