Thursday, September 29, 2011

A cuppa

I got a new stamp set from Michael Strong Stamps. It is called Hetty's Coffee Cup. On this card I used the small cup for the background and the large cup for the focal image.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Raspberry circles

I quite like this Chinese coin background stamp. It has tiny bats on the coins symbolizing happiness. The background was clear embossed on white cardstock and colored with beet root juice. Yes, really :-) The Cloisonne Circle stamp (Michael Strong) was white embossed over Twinkling H2Os. The circle was popped out over the die cut. It is a very simple card but the stamps are so interesting that it works in my opinion.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Autumn Leaves

It is getting to be autumn here. The pistachio trees are starting to turn their amazing bright colors and the liquid amber trees are just getting color on the tip-top of them. They inspired me to make this card.The focal image is one of the Cloisonne Cameo stamps from Michael Strong. The leaves are all stamped with his Cloisonne Circle and die cut using Sizzix and Cuttlebug leaves. The stamps were white embossed and colored with Distress inks.

I thought it would be fun to see the circles with the leaves cut out. Of course you can die cut the plain paper and then stamp. I just did it the other way on these.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A change of palette

It was fun to work in a very different palette than I usually use. There is more peach to the background print and a bit more to the circles than I could catch with my camera. The 3 circles are Michael Strong stamps. The smaller circles are from his Cloisonne Medallion set and the large circle is his Cloisonne Circle. I mounted the large circle on black to match the look of the medallions. The stamped images are embossed in black EP. I love the grayish sage green of the base and background print. Sure wish I could find an ink pad that color!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Nightingale song

Here is a pretty simple card. The Michael Strong Cloisonne Circle was embossed in gold EP and colored using watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. I mounted the circle on an acrylic gold painted die cut circle. I went on die cutting for the rust background shape and the line of gold dots. That old DCWV paper with the birds and flowers from the Far East stack still does it for me. Gold Leafing pen was used to edge the print paper layer and the base.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Time to Celebrate

I've seen some great clock face cards of late and was inspired to make my own. The Roman numeral face is a digital image which I sized specifically to work with this Michael Strong Cloisonne Circle stamp. The sentiment is one of the dollar stamps I picked up at Joann's. Both the Michael Strong stamp and the sentiment were white embossed on black cardstock. Did lots of digital cuts layered and trimmed on this card.