Good Morning Monday – Handling mundane tasks

Good morning! The clocks have changed and I’m all messed up with the rest of the poor souls that must adjust to the daylight savings arrangement. Yesterday I started yawning at 6:30 and at 7 pm I felt like I was ready for bed!!! It gets dark by 5 and I feel very rushed. But enough about that, today is gorgeous. It is so bright and sunny and the temperature is rising as I type.

Running an Etsy shop is a lot of fun but there are tasks that are a little less glamorous. Today is one of those days, in which I am working on creating more card bases for new cards. As a one-person shop, I learned a long time ago that in order to speed up my production, I have to create systems that support the process of creation. One of those tasks that make the process run more smoothly is creating card bases in batches. So I will dedicate an hour or so to cutting high-quality cardstock and scoring them in preparation for cardmaking.

As we are fast-moving towards the winter holiday season, I decided I would like to put a few Christmas and winter-themed cards in my shop. Ordinarily, I would have all of them completed by now and would be marketing them on social media. However, this being my first year back, I am unfortunately behind which means I probably won’t capture the holiday sales as I would like.

I am always surprised by the joy I continue to have learning new techniques and buying new products and I realize that first and foremost, I am a crafter and that I still enjoy creating with my hands just for the fun of it. Despite the boatload of Christmas-themed stamps and products I currently own, I did manage to do a little shopping. This pile of new goodies is waiting for me to play with them before I commit some to new cards. So I am keeping the pile on the corner of my desk as I work on the card bases almost as an incentive.

One thing that I like to do when doing something that can be a bit monotonous such as cutting, scoring, and folding cards, is to listen to a good audiobook. It makes the time go by so quickly and I get some reading time in. Today, I am starting a new book by the incredible Stacey Abrams. It’s a legal thriller and I own the book but also have the audiobook for those hands-free moments like this.

I hope you are having a lovely Monday!

Inky Play Friday – Playin’ with my Copics!

Happy Inky Play Friday! I set my distress inks aside for a Copic coloring session. I have this fantastic stamp of a grouping of pumpkins that I bought earlier this year. Autumn makes me think of fluffy blankets, beautiful tea mugs, and pumpkins. We used to carve pumpkins when my boys were younger but as they have lost interest, I moved on to baking with pumpkins. I have a yummy pumpkin cookie recipe that totally fills the house with an amazing aroma.

After stamping the images and letting them dry, I went on my Silhouette and designed then print and cut the sentiments so I can use these on some cards. I printed it in a couple of different colors so that I could have options.

I love finding color combinations for things in nature. I went onto Pinterest to look for pumpkin pictures and to see what color combinations I could find before coloring them. The contrast in this inky play versus the distress inks is so pronounced. When I use the distress inks there is less precision and a lot of random results but with my Copics, I can control the color better. Some days it’s nice to have more control but I am loving stretching my comfort zone with less predictable mediums.

Next, I used a really cool leaf embossing folder to create a dimensional backdrop for the pumpkin display. I decided to create them in a couple of different colors to see how it changes the mood of the cards.

I used my dimensional dots to raise the pumpkin image on the front of the card. They are so much fun to use and they really made the image pop.

I am going to continue to color some more today and try out the different backgrounds.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Inky Play Friday – Painting with Distress Inks

It’s that time…time to play with some inks! Today I am painting with Distress Oxide ink pads. I am always so inspired to craft when I watch craft videos on YouTube. I have been really into my oxide ink pads for the past few months so I have been watching videos where crafters are using them in a variety of ways.

The first thing I did was select some coordinating colors that would look nice on the blue background. Then I heat embossed the ornaments and sentiment with white embossing powder. Then I applied blueprint sketch color onto the back. At first, I was going for a solid background then I started to like the way the lighter areas almost looked like a glowing effect and left it.

Next, was the fun part – painting with the ink. So I rubbed a bit of twisted citron onto my glass mat, gave it a few squirts of water, and then painted the first ornament. It was so relaxing and easy because the embossing keeps your color right where it’s supposed to be. If you haven’t painted with your Distress ink pads, you really should, it’s very fun.

For the first card, I drew the strings with a sparkle pop pen and then used Wink of Stella to give the ornaments a hint of shimmer.

For the second card, I searched my stash for coordinating glitter pens to color in some of the ornaments for a cool contrast.

Here is a close-up so you can see the glitter pens on the second card. I love how they came out. It reminds me of old-fashioned glass ornaments my mother used to hang on the Christmas tree.

I will be sure to incorporate these techniques in future cards because it was really fun.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Inky Play Friday!

Hey friends, it’s Friday, my favorite day of the week! I hope you are ready for some inky play. I rolled up my sleeves, broke out my distress oxide inks, Fintec paints, a new embossing folder, and some sequins to create a Halloween card.

Inspiration

I was inspired by Cathy Zielski’s video, The Best Halloween Embossing folder. I saw her video and knew that I had to have this adorable embossing folder. I have been having a moment with all of my old embossing folders and have been quickly snatching up the new 3D embossing folders that are on the market now. So when I saw her card I ordered the embossing folder to add to my collection. (Warning: Watching craft videos on YouTube can be dangerous for your bank account!)

Inky Play

I realized after I got started that Cathy embossed after she laid down the color. I realized it once I grabbed some of my blending brushes and the same three Distress Oxide Inks that Cathy used in her video and got to work laying down the color. I think the way she did it allows you to saturate the paper more easily because it is a flat surface. So next time I will try it that way to see if I notice a difference. I think it was because I was so excited to see the embossed paper, was the reason I did that first.

I love how the Distress Oxides rich and vibrant colors totally transform the white cardstock. It’s so beautiful to see it in person.

The black soot color was so smoky looking and perfect for a Halloween card.

I did not have a fan brush that Cathy had to apply the water droplets for the reactive effect so I used a regular brush and the result was not as good. I ended up having a few large spots that I didn’t like. I went over them with ink to try to cover them up but then decided I would address them at the end of the process.

I grabbed my Finetec paint set and used the gold color to splatter on the card and it the result was so pretty. Then I cut out the sentiment in gold and black cardstock. I used my new set of black Stampin Up Dimensionals to raise the sentiment. Then I assembled the card.

I wasn’t happy about a couple of the large splatters from the water flicks so I dug out some of my sequins. Because I have so many from when they were ‘the it’ embellishment that I never used and well why not?

I can’t tell you how much I love this card. There is so much to love – the dimension from the embossed ghost, the layered sentiment, the gold splatters, and the bling, bling sequins.

I decided to make a couple more cards to send to some family and friends after I made the first one. The process always goes more smoothly the more you do it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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