Saturday, February 20, 2016

RAK card redesign

I had made a series of cards with the flying pig angel motif in honor of my brother Pat. It involved cutting several pieces and assembly until I realized that I could make a stamp for the angel wings and halo. The embossing powders are easy to apply, and glittering is much easier.
I love that I can use my Silhouette to cut stamping material to make the wings and halo!
This is the current iteration. Included in every RAK gift that I send out, to honor a kind and generous man who died too soon.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

RAK and cards and stuff

The little shop where I used to sell my cards has changed format. Once a mail room and gift shop, it is now a dollar store that sells lotto tickets. In the past 3 months over 30 cards were stolen from my card rack. Soooooo, I have removed the rack from the store. It's ok, the demographic has changed and I didn't expect that my cards would do well, but seriously.
So what to do with the remaining cards? Well, I have been purging my craft room- selling on eBay those more expensive things that I no longer use, and giving away others. Honestly, it is more about destashing than making money.
Into each of the packages, I include a card. Cards made for friends or family are personal, but those on sale were more generic. It just makes me happy to see a little of my art travelling around the country. I hope that it brings my recipient a smile.
That said, not much time spent on making new cards, until tonight. I gave away some stamps on a Facebook group. I was out of generic cards, so I made a new one in honor of the Valentine season. I may make others because I like the look. I was inspired by someone in the facebook group.
The sentiment is from Gina K Designs. and the dies cut? Cant find it. Let me know if you recognize it. I thought it was Memory box, but cant find it there. I cut a couple of repeats and used as many as would fit on the card, I like how it turned out!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Amanda's Birthday

I made this for Amanda's birthday season. I hardly ever get cards in the mail on time, but that;s another story. She and I are huge fans of Moroccan and Indian motifs, so I thought she would like this.
I first used the reverse (matte) side of aluminum foil that I had glued to a piece of cardstock. I ran the sandwich through the Bigshot using the Moroccan Set embossing folder from Sizzix. I ran a bit of sponge and black acrylic paint to give it an aged look. Then, I colored highlights of the image with my copic and Bic Mark-It pens. (I have done this with mirrored cardstock before, but the alcohol distressed the surface. No problems with the aluminum foil, and MUCH cheaper.

Finally, I stamped the African elephant image from PSX (ca. 1991 sorry folks!) Then, I decorated the elephant and popped it up as the focal point. I was really pleased with the result. What do you think?!
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