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February 2012

More Color Wash and Belleek

I have fallen in love with the color wash flowers.  It is such a simple technique yet adds so much to the appearance of the blossom.  The softness of the flower color mixed with the soft embossed background color is a new favorite combination for me. You can check out the Belleek Inspired technique here and my step by step color wash flower tutorial here.

KC Martha Stewart Punched Flowers 3 right

I inked up my brayer with Soft Sky ink and applied it to the embossing folder. I love the soft blue on the vanilla cardstock. I cut a frame using two different Nestabilities dies and attached it to the embossed background using mounting tape. 

KC Martha Stewart Punched Flowers 3 center

I punched several flowers, brushed each flower with water and then lightly touched the center of the flower with a brush filled with a touch of reinker.  The color runs across the center of the flower and up the petals.

KC Martha Stewart Punched Flowers 3 left

I attached the die cut foliage to the card base with Glossy Accents and then arranged the flowers. I added creamed colored half pearls to the center of each flower for a delicate finish. 

I hope your week is going well.  I want to thank you for checking in with my post and giving such sweet and supportive comments.


Paper:  Vanilla   Ink:   Soft Sky   Accessories:  Martha Stewart Flower Punch, Stampin’ Up! Triple Flower Punch, Nestabilities Large and Small Labels One, Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish, Sizzix Textile Embossing Folder Stylus, Mat, Needle Nose Pliers, Half Pearls

Raspberry Fizz

Check out the clearance prices on the cards remaining in my Card Sale! Thanks for all of your purchases and for helping me clear out my stamping area!

I got home in time from work last night and was able  to play in the Clean and Simple Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  The challenge was to create a project using Stampin’ Up! Rich Razzleberry and White.  I don’t have Razzleberry so I substituted with Papertrey Raspberry Fizz.  I’d say they are the same color.

Shop By Color - Rich Razzleberry  Shop By Color - Whisper White

I punched a white strip of card stock to be popped up on the plain white background with mounting tape.  The decorative punch is so pretty and adds interest to the design. 

KC Martha Stewart Punch Flower 2 right

I die cut several pieces of flourish and distressed with a stylus to create a little dimension and shape to the leaves. I attached the foliage to the card front using Glossy Accents.

KC Martha Stewart Punch Flowers 2 center

I punched the flowers and curled the leaves with a pair of needle nose pliers. I then pushed down in the center of each flower with the stylus against a mat to form the center flower. I attached the flowers around the foliage with Glossy accents and placed a tiny white pearl into the center of each flower to finish. I love the bright pop of color against the all white background.

KC Martha Stewart Punch Flowers 2 left

I hope you are having a good week.  Thanks for stopping by.


Paper: White, Raspberry Fizz
Accessories: Martha Stewart Flower Punch and Deco Fan PATP Border Punch,. My Favorite Things Leafy Flourish, Needle Nose Pliers (to shape leaves), Glossy Accents, Stylus, Mat, Mounting Tape   Card Size:  5.5” x 4.25”

Lavender Butterflies and Color Wash Flowers

Please check out my Cards For Sale.

Good Monday morning!  I hope you had a restful and relaxing weekend. I am sharing another flower card using the Belleek inspired embossing technique. It creates such a lovely background for florals.  I also used my color wash technique on the little flowers for this project.

KC Butterflies are Free 7 right

I stamped the butterflies with versa on the lavender cardstock,  embossed with gold embossing powder and cut out to pop up on the card front.  I punched several flowers out of plain white cardstock, wet then well with a brush and lightly dotted lavender ink into the centers and let it run up the petals.  I used a wet brush to help the process along.  The trick is to be sure you have plenty of water on the flower so it can easily run.  

KC Butterflies are Free 7 center

I heat set the flowers and then formed the petals with needle nose pliers and then pushed down on the flower center on a mat with a stylus to form the center flower.  I die cut foliage and attached it to the lattice layer with Glossy Accents.  I attached the flowers to the foliage and lattice and then applied tiny white pearls in the flower centers. The butterflies were the final finishing touch to complete the card.  I really love how this turned out.  I may have like it better with white butterflies.  Next time!

KC Butterflies are Free 7 left

I hope you have a great week. Thanks for looking in today.  Thanks to those of you who shopped and purchased at my card sale.


Stamps: Rubbernecker Butterflies are Free 538 and Butterfly Inchies 427 (Inchies match several butterflies in the larger Butterflies are Free set)
Paper: Lavender Lace, White
Ink: Lavender Lace, Versa
Accessories: Martha Stewart Lattice Punch, EK Success Mini Daisy Punch, My Favorite Things Leafy Flourish Die, Gold Embossing Powder, Sizzix Corner and Lattice 2 Pack Embossing Folder , Mounting Tape, Glue Dots, Glossy Accents, Snips, Pearls, Needle Nose Pliers

Craft A Scene Winter Project and Card For Sale

Good Sunday morning.  I would like to invite you to check out my newly posted CARD SALE.

The February Craft A Scene challenge is to make a winter scene. I created window looking out at a snowy barn scene using the small barn image from my Kittie Kits Farm Life Set. 

Kittie Feb 26 12 Winter Window right

I stamped the image on watercolor paper and a second time on scrap paper to create a mask.  I masked the barn and stamped small evergreens around to create a forest background.  I watercolored the barn and heat set. I painted the roof top  and tiny icicles with white craft ink and embossed with white embossing powder. I sponged a brown path up to the barn door and then painted white and embossed the ground area.  I sponged blue ink to create the sky.

Kittie Feb 26 12 Winter Window front

I created the brick wall using the Tim Holtz brick embossing folder.  I used the red ink pad directly on the raised embossed bricks to color.  I sponged brown ink around the mortar areas.  I die cut the window and attached mounting tape to the back edges and layered it over the barn scene.

Kittie Feb 26 12 Winter Window right

I embellished the window with a tiny pine bough and red ribbon for the perfect finishing touch.  I have a few winter scene tutorials  if you would like to see how I create my scenes.  Winter Scene Tutorial and Winter Scene with Masking

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Kittie Kits Farm Life and The Moose is Loose      Ink:  Black Brilliance, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Broken China     Paper:  Vanilla, Watercolor, Ruby Red     Accessories:  Poppy Stamps Grand Madison Window, White Embossing Powder, Brushes, Martha Stewart Branch Punch, Satin, Glossy Accents

Rubbernecker Design Team Spring Hop

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Welcome to the Rubbernecker Design Team Spring Blog Hop. Rubbernecker  has a wide variety of stamps for your Spring and Easter projects!
The Stampin’ Sisterhood has created wonderful projects to share with you today and give you a glimpse at some of the beautiful spring images.

I have listed the hop route below my project for you to follow.  You will find it listed at every stop along the way. As always you will want to leave a comment at every blog post to have a chance to win any Rubbernecker stamp set of your choice. The winner will be announced on the Stampin’ Sisterhood Blog Friday, March 3.

My project today was made using the darling Chick with Chicklettes image from the Friend Collection.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Black Brilliance and heat set.  I watercolored the image with reinkers mixed with water and cut out each individual chick to pop up in front of the fence.

KC Chicks with Chicklettes 1 right

I die cut the fence and clouds using white cardstock and the tree using watercolor paper.  I watercolored the tree trunk and branches with brown ink and the leaves with green. I attached the tree to the card base using rolled up glue dots so it would stand out a little from the card base  to add dimension.  I added tiny flower blooms for an extra touch of spring.  I attached the clouds in behind the tree limbs.

KC Chicks with Chicklettes 1 center

I attached the fence to the card base and then added sprigs of foliage to the ground area.  I attached the chicks in behind the grass and then added more colorful spring flowers.  I thought they were the perfect finishing touch to this project.

KC Chicks with Chicklettes 1 left

Who wouldn’t love the sweet face on that big chick!!

        Julia Aston


Stamps:  Rubbernecker Friends Collection Chick with Chicklettes      Paper:  White, Pink, Watercolor, Aqua, Yellow     Ink:  Black Brilliance, Vintage Photo, Shabby Shutters, Lemonade     Accessories:  Memory Box Arboscello Tree and Puffy Clouds Dies, My Favorite Things Woodgrain Fence, Martha Stewart Branch Punch, Fiskars 1/4” Flower Punch, Stylus, Mat, Glossy Accents, Glue Dots, Brush