Sunday, 19 July 2015

AAA Cards - Water World

The challenge at AAA Cards this Water World - and it is a technique game focused on die cutting. Yay! - die cutting - one of my favourite techniques!

This week, I challenged myself to not only use die cutting - but to "stretch my dies" and use some of my co-coordinating as stand alone images. I thought the whale from Clearly Besotted would be perfect for this and here is what I came up with:

I die cut the whale and the spray from white cardstock and sponged them with Distress Inks (I used my new favourite, Hickory Smoke, for the whale!). I then created the background using the SSS Stitched rectangle die, the CB wave die, some inlaid die cutting and some more Distress Ink sponging. I also die cut two more layers of waves - one from white cardstock that was sponged with Distress Ink, and one from vellum that I used for the greeting (embossed in Liquid Platinum). 

And then for the assembling. Believe it or not, this card only has one layer or dimensional adhesive - the frame, whale, spray and dark water are all popped up. Finishing touches were a googly eye, a hand drawn smile, and a generous coating of Wink of Stella for the whale. 

While my supplies were out, I also came up with a couple of cards using the negative of the whale cuts as well:

For the first card, I used a Be Creative adhesive sheet and some microfine glitter to create the card. And for the second card, I used some acetate and alcohol inks to create a fun semi-transparent card front. I did have to double up the inked acetate behind the whale so that the greeting would show up a little bit more (it was stamped in white Stayz On).

So now it's your turn to play along - but before you do, please check out the other DT creations where you're sure to find lots of inspirational ideas!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 5 July 2015

AAA Cards - Seeing Stars!

At AAA Cards this week, we are asking you to create cards that feature stars - these can be any type of stars: patriotic stars, night time stars, or fun graphic stars. 

For my card, I decided to do something very comic book inspired - I know that I am pushing the boundaries of CAS but here it is:

To create the card, I started out with a stencil - The Crafter's Workshop Star Shower - and I traced it with a Copic multiliner onto a piece of watercolour paper. I covered the whole paper with the Star Shower design. I then die cut the centre of the design at an angle using the SSS rectangle frame die from the Frames die set. I watercloured the centre rectangle using Koi watercolours since I wanted them to be very vibrant. When I pieced it back together, I