Cat In The Hat Jack by Jenny Gropp

Oooh spooky!!! Well, maybe more cute than spooky.

We have a Halloween card to share today from Jenny Gropp using  Cat in the Hat Jack #G1967, Stencil Alpha Separated Die #DIE173-XX, Square Cut Out Border Die #DIE172-I

 
 
 
On the inside liner, I used the Alphabet Stencil Dies to spell Boo! along with the Square Cut Out Border along the side.

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Road Less Traveled by Laura Fulcher

Laura Fulcher made a sweet card for our current "Are We There Yet " Challenge using Classic Truck (G1866) and Road Less Traveled (D3613).

Greetings everyone. Today the IO challenge is all about travel cards. I instantly knew that I wanted to use the Classic Truck image (G1866) with some of my new watercolors.  It really is a fun image to color.  I made a card out of heavy watercolor paper, stamped the image with black India ink, then colored the image with some Peerless watercolors.  To finish the card, I added  the Road Less Traveled saying (D3613).


Dragonfly Thanks by Laura Fulcher

Love this masculine card from Laura Fulcher! Laura uses D1339 Dragonfly, B5630 Thanks, E5552 Silhouette 2 and CC032 Medallion Cover a Card.

 

About five years ago, I taught a masculine card class and was determined to include a floral card into the mix.  After all, my favorite stamps tend to be flowers, leaves, butterflies, and dragonflies.  Why buy something special just to make a "guy" card?

For my card today, I used some of my favorite stamps and changed the color palette so that it would be a good masculiene card.

You may not have noticed, but I use this leaf stamp a LOT (Silhouette 2 E552).  It is just such a practical stamp to have/use.  I started with kraft cardstock, stamped the Medallion Cover a Card (CC032) on top with Memento Luxe Toffee Crunch ink and then stamped the leaves on top with Colorbox Chalk Creamy Brown ink.

When I finished stamping the leaves, the card looked like this:


I wanted to add a bit more interest to the leaves, so I added several shades of  brown Prismacolor pencil on top of the stamped leaves so that they looked like this:


To finish the card, I stamped the Dragonfly (D1339) and saying (Thanks B5630) with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle ink.
 
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3-D Butterfly Card by Jenny Gropp

Jenny Gropp shares how she made this beautiful 3-D Butterfly card.

Jenny used Blank Canvas #H9216, Two Bunnies #H1948, Happiness is #D14201
,Fence Border #DIE08-J, Square Shaker Frame #DIE002-Z, Pocket Watch DIE088-R, Fancy Butterfly DIE059-N

 I do love to pull out the Copics for an image like this! This is a Gary Robertson image called Two Bunnies. Scenes like this are a favorite of mine and others that are colorers. And I also know not everyone wants to sit and color for a long time, so I wanted to show that you can always change up your image. I cut this image right in half...which cut my coloring time right in half too! In the background I stamped the new Canvas Background with the Happiness is a Butterfly sentiment.

 

 Here you can see the other half of the image. 

 Above you can see the Copic Markers I used to color the image. I stamped the butterfly a second time so I could pop it up on the panel adding some dimension.

 Using the Pocket Watch Die I found the perfect little die cut to use for my butterfly body! 

 

 On the inside.... you can see I cut the fancy butterfly out of the white liner paper and then backed  the opening with printed paper. I cut the butterfly again in brown to pop in to place. You can see below the finished inside.

 I also used the Fence Border Die along the left side. I cut off the fence post tops and then wove a patterned paper strip through it.

  Stamps by Impression Obsession: Blank Canvas #H9216, Two Bunnies #H1948, Happiness is #D14201
Dies by Impression Obsession: Fence Border #DIE08-J, Square Shaker Frame #DIE002-Z, Pocket Watch DIE088-R, Fancy Butterfly DIE059-N
Paper: My Mind's Eye 6x6 Lavender Collection, Aqua, Brown, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Scattered Straw
Other: Spellbinder's #S4-318 Fleur de Lis Squares, Perfect Layer Rulers, Collall - Dimensional Silicone, Ribbon by May Arts, Bow Easy Tool, Foam Tape, Misc. Button

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Embrace Life Card Tutorial by Dina Kowal

We have a fabulous Mixed Media card from Dina Kowal to share today.

Dina uses the G1810 Church & MC176 Mini Messages for her card.

I had a leftover background from my last spray painting session with my daughter, so I used that for my background - that is done on a cereal box, with several layers of spray paint. The pattern is made by laying a stencil into the wet paint, and removing it - this pulls away one layer and reveals whatever colors are beneath.

 The image is from Impression Obsession (G1910 Church), and it's colored with Polychromos Pencils & oderless mineral sprits and Liquitex Paint markers on a sheet of canvas.

 The sentiment is from an I.O. clear set (MC176 Mini Messages) and is stamped on a 1-inch Art Square from Inchie Arts.

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Heavenly Peace by Dina Kowal

We have a gorgeous Christmas card to share today from Dina Kowal.

Dina's card features one of Gary Robertson's images, Cardinals by Window, with one of her Christmas sentiments (DK Designs), Heavenly Peace.

Dimension and texture added with some white Flower Soft and Martha Stewart glitter.

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Trick or Treat Card Tutorial by Jenny Gropp

 

 
I started with the Owl Tree image as my "flying" part of the challenge. The background in the image was so dark... it made me think of Halloween, so that's the direction I took. 

 I cut the owl out using a circle nestie and sized to fit behind the Circle Frame Die. I airbrushed a little W5 around the edge. I also colored all other leaves and branches with the W1... leaving the owl only white.

 The Owl and Sleepy Hollow are popped up with foam tape for dimension. I really tried to NOT put a bow on it... but I caved. It just looked naked with out a bit of ribbon! I ragged the black seam binding to fit more in to the Halloween theme. I added a little glossy accents to the owls for a little extra shine.
Here's the inside with the branches stamped down the side. And I snuck a little black cat in the mix... every Halloween card needs a little black kitty. 


Stamps & dies by Impression Obsession - H1921 Owl Tree, C14137 Sleepy Hollow, CL285 Clear Set Bump in the Night, CL136 Fall Borders, DIE083-K Cat Set, DIE018-V Border Duo 2, DIE001-Z Circle Shaker Frame
Paper/inks: Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor 6x6 pad, Black, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Gray, Versafine Onyx Black
Other: Perfect Layer Rulers, Bow Easy Tools, Copic Markers, Black Seam Binding, Glossy Accents, Foam Tape

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