Aurora Borealis inspired scene card

Hello crafty friends,

It's Black Friday as this goes live, but hopefully some of us are sleeping in, drinking coffee, and doing some online shopping instead of sitting outside in cold weather and battling crowds.  I even have a craft sale to share with you in this post if you are into crafty goodness.  Since you are reading this I feel there's a great chance you are!! :)  Enabler alert!

I'll stop the rambling now to share the secrets of this card.  I have to tell you that this background has definitely been a work in progress for awhile.  I searched high and low for ways that other crafters have made an Aurora Borealis background for a card.  I turned to a technique that I used to use for decorating cakes - airbrushing.  I still have a Kopykake airmaster system that has been sitting around gathering dust for years.  I had the thought that the Ranger alcohol inks are a very thin medium that wouldn't clog up an airbrush so I decided to give it a go.

I would not want to discourage anyone by saying it's necessary to have an expensive airbrush to recreate this, but to get this effect an airbrush is the only way I know to get this appearance and there are lots of price points out there and one thing I can't say is that I've tried all these.   I've added a link below to one that is similar to the type of airbrush I used - under $50.  I added links to the system I have vs. the Copic one (if you already have Copics it's a viable alternative).  I've seen videos done by a well known coloring artist, Sandy Allnock,  where she's used the Copic airbrush.  I tend to trust her judgment :)

Beyond the background, here's what I did for the focal point of the house.  I used a curved die to make two snow banks from white cardstock.  I stamped the house stamp onto a separate piece of cardstock, colored it with Copics, then fussy cut around it before gluing down on the right hand side in front of the "rear"snow bank and then placing the "front" snow bank on top.  I hope that makes sense.

I stamped the sentiment in black ink on the left side snow bank and layered the background piece onto a white card base, leaving some room around the sides for a frame.

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Here is another card where I used an airbrush to create a background, but the color is more spread out than concentrated in very specific places as shown above.

The paper used for this technique is important since it involves using lots of liquid (mainly the alcohol content, which evaporates off pretty quickly).  If you are not going to emboss on the background, Yupo paper is ideal.  What I used below is a coated paper called Futura coated (link is at the end of the post).  It will take the liquid without warping like Yupo does with alcohol inks AND has the added benefit that you can use heat embossing if you are careful (like you would be with vellum).  Yupo paper cannot take the heat from a heating tool and will more or less go into  meltdown :D

The best part of all, is that this coated paper is less expensive than the Yupo since a 10 pack of 5"x 7" Ranger Yupo is about 10 dollars.  A  package of 50 sheets (80 lb glossy white) of the coated paper is $11.25.  So quite a savings - link is at the end of this post.  Of course that only makes sense if you will be doing a lot of alcohol inked backgrounds.  I originally bought this paper for another purpose and still had a lot left so I'm happy to have found a great use for it.

If I had been thinking about it, I would have used greens in the background below since Tinkerbell is my favorite fairy - oh well next time.  Like the stamps used below?  I have linked up to those as well.

I am adding a short video (no voiceover on this one) that demos the airbrushing process used to create the card backgrounds above.  Since there are many types of airbrushing tools, it would be difficult to apply what works with my airbrush to every other system.  It is truly a skill acquired by lots of practice to get used to the flow of ink and controlling it by increasing or decreasing distance between the airbrush to your surface and how much air pressure is coming through.

Since it is, after all, Black Friday, below is the sale announcement I mentioned where you can save up to 20% off on Christmas stamps, including the newest release through November 28, 2017 and get free shipping on your order at So Suzy Stamps.  The stamps I used today will be linked at the bottom.

See all the latest release Christmas stamps here

Masculine cards for Tic Tac Toe challenge #25

Hello crafty friends,

Hope you are having a great week and enjoying Thanksgiving with your family and friends!  My inspiration card for the TTTC challenge is based on the top row: masculine - gray/black - stripes.  Also, be sure to visit the challenge (link above) and see what the rest of Design Team X has created this week to inspire you.

In the various forums and groups that I participate in about card making I often hear that making masculine cards is very challenging.  Today I am sharing a few cards created with guys in mind, including one for a young boy.

 I subscribe to a monthly stamp of the month club at Brutus Monroe (not affiliated BTW) and get a small  2" x 3" stamp set for $5.  I have really enjoyed the ones I've received over the last several months, and when I saw this week's board I knew which one of these sets I was going to use.  The sentiment is just the kind of thing a guy might say.  You know the type - they don't like to be mushy (like my brother) and find unique ways to express their love.  So far several of the stamps I've received from this subscription have already become my go to's for guy cards.

I stamped the taco three times onto Neenah solar white cardstock and colored with Copic markers.  Then I fussy cut each one.

I kept things simple with a base layer of black & white striped patterned paper and used a die cut square of gray cardstock on top of that.  Since the sentiment is very small, I stamped it multiple times onto the gray cardstock with Versamark Dazzle ink (frost), which leaves a slightly shimmery finish.

I stamped the sentiment onto white cardstock in gray ink and die cut it with a small rectangle stitched die from My Favorite Things.  I used dimensional pop up dots under it before adhering to the gray card.

I placed two of the tacos down onto the gray cardstock and glued them in place.  I added pop dots to the 3rd taco that I placed in the front of the other two and then put the layered panel on top of an A6 sized white card base (finished size is 4.5" x 6.25").

As mentioned earlier - here are photos of other cards that were made with Brutus Monroe stamps from the stamp of the month membership.  The robot card does have die cuts for part of the sentiment that are from Concord & 9th (the "2U" part).

The card below has a background I made from using a Sizzix die.  I cut the die into a piece of acetate a few times, then used it as a stencil to create the background by blending several Distress Oxide inks.  The game consoles were stamped onto gray cardstock, then colored in the buttons and screen with Prismacolor pencils.  I blended them out with Gamsol for a smoother final finish.

The background on the card below was created by using the little word stamps all over the white background with light gray ink.  The robots were colored with Copics.

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Season's Greetings card for two challenges

Hello crafty friends,

Popping in for a quick post.

It's been awhile since I've participated in card challenges. I took an opportunity between other posts to create this simple and elegant card.

Mama Elephant has some gorgeous sentiment sets like the one I used today. that make a wonderful focal point all on their own.  Just a few snowflakes stamped around it were enough to really make it shine.  I used So Suzy Stamps for the snowflakes.

Using simple masking I blended two blue inks together along with some silver that I blended in as streaks with a dry brush and created a solid band of silver at one end of the shape to meet the sketch requirement at CAS(E) this sketch #248 challenge.  Metallic elements on a card can be particularly challenging to capture in a photo and the best angle to see the gorgeous sentiment in silver embossing was for me to pick it up and hold at "just" the right angle for a close up (below).

I chose the colors for this design to also meet the color scheme of the current Color Throwdown challenge #469.

Inspiration photos from CAS(E) this sketch and the Color Throwdown


Thank you so much for stopping by!  If you'd like to save this to your Pinterest board for inspiration here's a perfect Pin-able image to use:


Cute frog card for Tic Tac Toe challenge #23

Hello crafty friends,

It's time for a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge and this time I've busted out of my usual comfort zone and created a single layer (well mostly ha ha) CAS card that was colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I have been getting some practice in with this "new to me" medium and I already appreciate the ease of using the pencils and using Gamsol to blend the colors.

This week I chose the diagonal starting at the bottom left to top right:  CAS - free - twine.  To check out the inspiration from the rest of the talented design team, please visit the challenge blog here and I hope to see you in the gallery playing along with us!!

The little bug up in the corner is actually a bee stamp from Honeybee Stamps along with the dotted lines.  I just colored it so it looked more like a little fuzzy bug instead of a bee.

I was inspired to do this card entirely from a stamp I found at Michael's earlier this week with this frog on a lily pad.  I thought it was so darn cute and since my best friend also happens to love frogs, I'm sure it's going to end up on a future birthday card for sure!

Thanks for dropping by today!!


Trio of Christmas Cards for So Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

Thanks for stopping by today.  I am sharing three easy to make cards.   I have a one-layer, one with just an additional layer and one with additional embellishments which don't take very long at all.

I used the following stamps on the above cards:

Here's how they were made:

Card #1:

This is a one layer card.  Started with an A2 white card base (4.25" x 5.5").  First I placed the three ornament stamps and sentiment on the card (inside my MISTI) to determine the spacing and placement.  I then inked up the bulbs separately with 3 different Catherine Pooler inks in Party Dress (pink), Aquatini (aqua), and Flirty Fuchsia (purple).  I used Lime Rickey (green) on the sentiment and pine branch.   I stamped the pine branch across the top about 3 times, just stamping the bottom half at the top of the card.  To make the pine branch look more realistic I used a Marvy Olive Brown marker direct on the stamp in random places to add color variation.  The MISTI helped a lot with making sure I could stamp multiple times to get this effect.

I drew in the hangers for the ornaments with a gel pen (metallic color) and embellished the ornaments with stickles on the fuchsia ornament, pink Nuvo drops on the pink one and applied sparkle to the turquoise ornament by brushing on a layer of Spectrum Noir Clear sparkle marker.

Stamps used: (also linked at bottom of post)
Pine Branch
Ornament Bulb Stripe
Ornament bulb swirl
Ornament Swirl round
Christmas Simple

Card #2:

Used a patterned paper with trees in the background.  Stamped the horse & sleigh in blue ink (Distress Oxide) at the bottom left and the peace sentiment at the top right corner.  I added a stripe of Nuvo mousse at the top and bottom of the panel.  To do this cleanly, I used some post it tape about 1/4" in from the edge at the top and bottom.  Using a light hand and an ink blending tool, I swiped on a thin layer of the mousse.  It added a nice, elegant touch to the card without a lot of fuss.  I layered the patterned paper on top of a card base made of dark blue cardstock.   The exact paper I used doesn't appear to be available,  so an alternative would be to use a stencil or a tree stamp to create a similar background or you might like this digital Christmas paper set from Etsy.

Stamps used:
Card #2 (Bottom left)
Sleigh & horse

Card #3:

Starting with a piece of white cardstock (approximately 3.75" W x 4.5" H - stamped the pine branch using Memento green dye ink.  To add the silver strands of tinsel (much like the old fashioned kind I remember from my childhood) I used a Heidi Swapp Minc pen to draw in the tinsel hanging off the branches.  Once it was dry I put silver heat reactive foil (either Minc or Decofoil - don't recall which I used) on top of the card front and ran it through my Minc machine (any heat laminator you might have should accomplish the same thing).  the sentiment was stamped in Versamark, then I added silver detailed embossing powder and melted the powder with a heat tool.

I layered the white cardstock on top of plaid patterned paper, then attached this to an ivory card base. If I had been paying closer attention at the time, I would have used the ivory as the top layer too. In the end it still looked ok.  The "embellishment" is some silver metallic pipe cleaner that I bent to form a frame (took about 1-1/2 pieces to do this).  I adhered the pipe cleaner with low temp hot glue because it seemed like the best way to make sure it stayed in place.  I finished it off by adding 4 die cut snowflakes (cut out of an holographic silver cardstock to decorate each corner of the frame.

Stamps used on card #3
Pine Branch
Tinsel Cheer

Snarky Christmas Blog Hop for Justine's 12 Days of Christmas

Hello crafty friends,

Welcome to the So Suzy Stamps Snarky Blog Hop where funny and humorous Christmas cards take over! I am hopping along with Justine’s 12 Days of Christmas Series. If you haven’t checked it out yet, click here.  Justine has been busy creating a dozen Christmas Card video tutorials to inspire you this holiday, and best of all there are prizes to be won every day. All you have to do to be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate is comment on each of the blogs! Good luck! We will pick two winners on November 9th!

If you have arrived here from Tracy's blog you are in the right place.  Below is the order of the hop in case you need to start back at the beginning.

Hop Participants and Links:

Teresa > you are here

If you were to only buy one stamp from this new release you can’t go wrong with the bowl stamp.  It is so versatile that I’ve used it on several of my own projects, including Halloween (as a cauldron), a bowl for a fish or flowers, and as I‘ve used it here, a snow globe.  

Now for a look at the inside of this card!

Isn’t this funny!  I’m more a fan of red wine to begin with so of course running out of white would be just fine with me lol.

I’ve created a video for this project since it’s fairly involved and some of it is difficult to convey just in writing.  I will have a list of the products used at the end of this post.  I do use affiliate links for these (it doesn’t cost you anything extra if you shop using them) and appreciate you supporting my work on the blog. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Next on the hop is Cornelia.  Don't forget to leave a comment so you are entered into the drawing.