Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stretch Your Stamps 2

Hi everyone ~
I've been really enjoying the online card class Stretch Your Stamps 2 but have had little time to create over the past week. So, I finally carved out some time to play, and I have 3 cards to share:


My first card was strongly inspired by Debby Hughes (Day 7), who worked with graphic stamps and random patterns with stamp kissing. I've owned this AE Rounded Diamonds set for about a year, so I was really grateful to get some fun ideas about how to use it on a card. 
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On Day 2, Jen McGuire created a card using a background stamp, but I was excited to use my new Hero Arts Stencil for this card, and the Avery Elle Rounded Diamonds die set for the aperture.

 

When I saw this word die by Lil' Inkers, I just had to have it! I didn't buy the coordinating stamp set, so I paired it with one from PTI's Flower Fusion 1. I'm sure there are a number of sentiments in my collection that will work for it, too...so it's all good. I mean, 'seriously', how many more stamp sets do I need? I know you understand!
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My last card was created after a lesson by Jen Rzaza, using this Clearly Besotted Stamps Set with Distress Inks and debossing outline images.


Here is a close-up:



After I stamped the flower, I pulled some of the ink into each petal with a thin brush, and debossed the entire image with the matching die. I love this angled panel, and I thought it looked great with the fanned out thread and Altenew sentiment. I also water colored the leaves and buds and popped on a few small gems.

So, that's it for me today. I hope everyone has had a great week, and  that your weekend is fun and relaxing! Thanks for stopping by ~
Barb

20 comments:

Barb said...

So glad you finally had time to play, Barb! Gorgeous cards! All three are so beautifully created!

Lin said...

Your cards are great interpretations of our lessons, Barb! I hope you'll find more time this weekend to play some more!

Laura B. said...

Wonderful cards inspired by the class, Barb! Love what you made!

shirley-bee said...

Seriously, these are fab, Barb ;). Not tried the kissing technique yet - I love your muted colour scheme.

donna mikasa said...

Wow, Barb! I'm soooo impressed with your homework! All of your cards deserve an A+. Seriously!

Dawn Turley said...

Awesome work Barb, Your cards are fabulous.

Rosemary said...

wonderful set of cards, barb... love the cool, graphic design of the first one!

Loll Thompson said...

Looks like you're having lots of fun with the course Barb ... three fabulous cards! Loll xx

Betty Keefe said...

wonderful set of cards Barb - especially love the last one!

Deepti said...

These are so beautiful :) glad u could get time to create and share these beauties with us !

KayM said...

OH you have been a busy stamper Barb! These are all gorgeous! The geometric design on the first on is just wonderful! The stenciled background on the second one is so lovely and I do love that word die too! Just beautiful! The third with the debossed technique is really pretty! I love how you pulled out the color with your brush! Lovely work my friend! ((Hugs))

Tracey McNeely said...

Barb look at you go, these are all fantastic And you are so good with your homework! I really like the stenciled background and the debossing is gorgeous!

Anita in France said...

So great to see your homework, Barb ... a trio of simply fabulous cards ... gorgeously graphic first one, love the soft stencilled background with the gold 'seriously', and the last with the delicate debossed bloom and the cool grey and black elements is just so striking! Anita :)

Kristie Goulet said...

These are beautiful Barb!!!

Judy Tuck said...

Beautiful cards Barb! Glad you finally found some free time.

Cris G said...

Yay, Barb! You are a good student, and a talented one, too :). Your last card is an absolute wonder!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Thanks you for an eye-popping array of inspiration, Barb!! You get a A++++ on your homework and I'm grateful for the lesson from you! Hugs, Darnell

Sarah Gray said...

These cards are fantastic, Barb! I love that word die and the stencil on your second card and the fab angled panel on your third. You are definitely making the most of class :)

Diane said...

Wonderful card designs Barb.

Hugs diane

cm said...

You have aced these assignments, Barb! Beauty galore in each one, earning you head-of-the-class status, especially for making me smile brightly at how pretty these are! These 3 of the cards that, for the life of me, I could NOT do...the 'random' graphic pattern stymied me (I'm evidently neat and orderly...except where my disastrous crafting area is concerned), the background image was a no go, because such a stamp I've not got (great writing.....yeesh), and the floral debossing, same thing: stash-limitations. Then again, I could have used butterflies...I have one or twelve of them around! Truly fabulous!!
~c