Dinosaurs Up to the Challenge

These dinosaur cards were inspired by this Mojo Monday challenge #444. I really like this particular challenge. It has resulted in SO many awesome cards! Go take a look for yourself!

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The official art term of the day that relates to this challenge is triptych. A Triptych is a work of art divided into three parts. This was a very common way to create artwork for Christian religious displays above altars in the Renaissance period. These paintings even folded closed, like a giant card!

Enough history… let’s move on to ancient history!

I decided that I wanted to feature dinosaurs in this challenge. Have I mentioned that No Bones About It from Stampin’ Up is one of my favorite stamp sets? I’m excited that it is not retiring when the new catalog comes out! I already have it, of course, but not retiring means people will continue to use it and post more ideas using the set. Wahoo!

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This card (above) is my official entry for the challenge, but I couldn’t help make another and still another!

All three cards use a technique of stamping on a solid colored paper to create my own patterned paper. Wanda Cullen also used this idea for this challenge, and I loved it!

The best advice I ever got about stamping my own paper was from my Stampin’ Up demonstrator, Jan. She says that if you want a background to look “random” you shouldn’t stamp it randomly at all! Start with a triangle, then wherever you have two points of a triangle, add a third point. Keep building up until you have the whole paper covered in triangles. This works so well! Thanks for the awesome advice Jan!

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I realized after the first card that I had chosen an herbivore dinosaur to go with the leafy background, so I chose a carnivorous dinosaur to go with the bony background, thus completing the food chain.

The third and final card was also supposed to be a triptych, but it didn’t behave itself in the slightest. Three white panels were too bright with the background, so it got cut down to one. The circles started their own little party and invited a wacky spiral shape to join in the fun (more about that in my next post). In the end, this is my favorite of the three cards.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon

Other: Circle Dies, Dimensionals, Silver Cardstock, Cricut Explore Air

Luck Strikes

It’s your lucky day, readers! Two posts in the same day! Has lightning struck twice? No, I’m just in a card challenge frenzy! There were so many inspiring ideas this week that I just had to participate in them all.

This card was inspired by the Mojo Monday challenge for this week.

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Having just created a star themed card last week, I decided to go with a different shape: Lightning Bolts! Spring isn’t just about sunny days and flowers, we also need those Spring showers to help green everything up!

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To tie everything in this card together, I put a black border around everything. It all started with those cute little raindrops in the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper, then spread to the clouds from Balloon Celebrations, which I drew by hand since there wasn’t a coordinating outline stamp. I would like to point out that these lines are not quite perfect ON PURPOSE. The raindrops are a little off center with their outlines, so I tried to match that style.

Where was I? Oh, black borders. Yes. I also added thin black borders around each of the paper panels. Black is a really stark and strong color, so thin, thin border stand out just as well as a thicker border would in a different color.

In the end, all these black borders around things give this card a bit of a comic book look.

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Tips:

All the lightning bolts are the same stamp! I just shortened them to different lengths and drew a solid black line across the top of the shape.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: Wildflower Fields (c) Stampin’ Up

Stamp Sets: And Many More, Balloon Celebration, Calling All Heroes (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Tuxedo Black (c) Memento

Other: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, Dimensionals

Happy Spring

Happy Spring everyone! It was 75 degrees today and sunny with just a few puffy white clouds. It couldn’t have been a nicer spring day!

This card was inspired by nice weather and the current Global Design Project theme.

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For this card I used a stamp set from Papertrey called Spring Borders. The adorable little bunnies come all in a row, but I cut them all apart so they could each be on their own little circle. The stamp set also comes with a line of grass, which I layered on the bottom of the circle to make lots of grass (in Wild Wasabi). I drew in little flower fluffs with Stampin’ Write markers (Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry).

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The rabbits are colored with a  variety of the neutral colored Stampin’ Write markers… I no longer remember which ones, I’m afraid. I used all of them, then picked out the bunnies I liked best.

This was a surprisingly fussy little card. There are tiny dimensionals behind the rabbits, lots of coloring with very fine tipped markers, and then the circles have to be placed so precisely!

In the end I’m very pleased with it.

Even photographing this card was fussy. I couldn’t get the lighting right, and then things looked blurry or too washed out. Never fear, though, my helpful photography assistant and got everything straightened out.

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Materials used:

Ink: Tuxedo Black (c) Memento, Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up

Markers: Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Neutral Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Circle Dies, 1 13/15 inch Tag Punch, Dimensionals, Corner Rounding Punch (c) Becky Higgins, Green Ribbon

 

Lucky Stars Thank You Card

Inspiration for my card today comes from the Mojo Monday design sketch #442. This is my first official entry in a contest! Yay!

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I wanted to try out some of the new papers designer series paper I got recently, so I pulled out this cute Melon Mambo star paper from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack. The Going Global Stamp Set had some perfect star themed stamps to go with it.

This was starting to look like an adventuresome card, so it needed an explorer. I chose this cute little penguin to go adventuring under the stars. Voila, a card is born! Or rather made.

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Okay, okay… I know it isn’t really winter any more… I just think this penguin stamp is so cute!

I put black around the edges of the melon mambo papers to give them a little more weight. They just looked a little wimpy without them. I love how bold this turned out!

For the first time, I thought I’d try my hand at making one of these images that shows all the different materials I used. These are great  for all visual learner types like me.

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Materials Used:

Ink: Versamark Basic Black

Stamps: Going Global and Snow Place Stamp Sets (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White

Other: Medium Star Punch, Dimensionals