Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Card: Save Santa A Trip, Be Naughty!



This is a CAS (Clean and Simple) Christmas Card using a favorite Art Impressions rubber stamp and colored with Copic markers. The green card stock is embossed with a snowflake embossing folder on my Cuttlebug. The red frame is Martha Stewart (punch around the page) paper punch. The sentiment was created on my MacBook using the Avery app for labels. This is a top fold card. There is a tiny bow made of red thread on the top.

Wishing everyone a very 
MERRY CHRISTMAS 
and a 
HEALTHY, HAPPY NEW YEAR!



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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Halloween, Clean And Simple, Bird Crazy, Cards

Here are three clean and simple, Halloween cards created using Tim Holtz, Bird Crazy, rubber stamps. Like so many other crafters, I enjoy working with these Bird Crazy images. They are very easy to color and cut out. The expressions on the faces of these crazy birds are hilarious. I used many ideas from other people's cards on Pinterest.  

Each of these cards feature a tiny dangling spider or ghost. From top to bottom they are gate fold, top fold and side fold. I cut out witch legs from another stamp for the last two cards. I used the Aviary app to add a digital frame on each card.


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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Clean and Simple Watercolor Cards!


Here are a few more examples of my journey on learning the basics of water coloring.  I am enjoying this very much in spite of the fact that I have created so many muddy messes because I am too impatient to allow the watercolor medium to DRY completely before adding another color!  My bad! 

The first five cards are from Art Impressions using their rubber stamps and WC markers. Please visit their website and videos if you want to see lovely, true examples of what I'm working towards.










The next two cards were created using Rubber Stampede and Stamps N' More rubber stamps. I stamped the images with Memento Black Tuxedo ink and used a  Crayola kids, cake watercolor kit from Walmart.





These last two cards used Stampin' Up images with the same ink and watercolor. Martha Stewart punch around the page paper punches were also used.





So much to learn...so much fun!
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Saturday, June 20, 2015

WATERCOLORING IMAGES AS A FOCAL POINT ON CARD

Now I remember why I decided to call this blog "Card Factory."   Once I get started on trying something new, I go overboard and into mass production and an assembly line.  

I am thoroughly enjoying playing and learning how to color using a variety of watercolor mediums...markers, pencils, and a kid's paint box. I have a miscellaneous set of brushes in a variety of sizes and shapes and have been watching a few blogs for information and ideas.  I am using an old floor tile as a palette to mix colors. All lots of FUN!  Being retired I am not too serious about anything, so enjoyment is the key here for me. 

Some of the images (1-5) are from old Stamping' Up sets and are probably retired.  They were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and did not bleed when colored with markers from my palette. I used watercolor paper and and torn paper technique.  My usual (CAS) Clean and Simple style is featured here.

The last five images are from Art Impressions and are actually three cards with the last two featuring the "Front and Back" images that are hilarious and always a surprise to the recipient! 

So I'm having fun and learning something new... to me.
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Watercolor Beginnings With Rubber Stamps and Markers, Clean and Simple

I have a new technique that I want to learn. It's water coloring on a small scale to use as a focal point on my cards.  I Googled it and found tutorials by Art Impressions. They are one of my favorite RS Stores and I have always been happy with my purchases. 

This is entirely new to me and I'm fascinated and excited about all there is to learn.  I'll be watching more tutorials and practicing as I am learning. Here is what I have done so far...


















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Sunday, April 26, 2015

THANK YOU CARDS, CLEAN AND SIMPLE...









Here are three clean and simple thank you cards created using spellbinders rectangular dies, and an oval scallop punch by Marvy, with Spirelli technique and craft thread. There is paper piercing in the corners of the two rectangular cards. The image is an acrylic stamp from the dollar bin at Michael's. The bows are made from craft thread. 

As always, thanks for stopping by and more to come.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Clean and Simple Thank You, Get Well and Valentine Cards!













These clean and simple cards were created by using a Spirelli paper punch, craft thread, cuddle bug folders and ideas from Pinterest. I am a big fan of Pinterest and can always find inspiration and new ideas there for all my craft needs.

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Birthday Cards, Clean and Simple!












As you can see, these birthday cards are clean and simple and easy to do. Some feature teabag folding which was created by stamping a symmetrical image four times  on  pink copy paper and doing a simple teabag fold and then gluing four pieces together. The Martha Stewart happy birthday punch was also used, as well as cuddle bug embossing folders. 
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