Monday, September 11, 2017

The JOY of Card-Making

Hello friends!
I have been trying out some new techniques/supplies as you can see from my last post.
While I was truly truly enjoying the card-making process, I also thought of the reasons why I keep coming back for more. More stamping, more supplies, more products, more new looks, more techniques,....the lists go on.

Artsy Shapes by Simon Says Stamp
Today's card is one of those that gives me JOY.
Whether you are a novice or a pro in stamping, this set offers tons of play and style.
 If you like artsy fartsy....this is it! 

Happy birthday #1

 First, I applied Alcohol Ink and Blending Solution to the Bazzill Vellum (this vellum costs more because it is heavy-duty) like I normally do. Then I added (another NEW to me) Silver Metallic Mixture to the mix. The silver shiny effect is awesome! I was absolutely delighted when I played with it! I will have to get the Gold Metallic Mixative next. I figure it's not cheaper to buy both, so I tried silver first and now I am convinced that I "need" both. πŸ˜‰
happy birthday #3

We all know Rome was not built in a day, now I can truly say that it also takes time to hone your skills, learn new techniques, find your unique styles and enjoy the creative process. I am not a novice in card-making any more. Honestly, I spent the last 8 years learning and being passionate about this hobby. I live and breathe in ....STAMPS (lol 😁) least my family thinks so. Today's card was not something I could have come up with 8 years ago.

About the small pieces of  Artsy Shapes, I stamped them in Distress Oxide 
with the help of MISTI. I then clear-embossed and fussy cut them. I added hand-stitching details with the help of Designer Ruler, pape-piercer and DMC Strings.

happy birthday #4

I am proud to be where I am and find it such a privilege to share my stamping here with you. Mind you, I do not claim to be an expert....( no, siree!). I only want to point out that when you admire/look at a handmade card, there is a lot, a lot, a lot of... love and time (and good chunk of money!!) πŸ˜‰on a piece of so-called "art".
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If you don't have any and love to try out Alcohol Ink, this is the time to get those!

happy birthday #2

I really love the font from Simon Says Stamp Big Greetings.

This card will make someone special's birthday extra happy! 

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Thanks so much for stopping by!


Joan B said...

wow this is beautiful

Craftychris said...

Love this - it's wonderful! xxx

Vicki Finger said...

Love this so much Virginia! I've been wanting to get the metallic alcohol inks to try them out. Thanks for sharing a great card.

Sheila H said...

Virginia, I have always been in awe of your artistry. As time goes go, I am even more enthralled by your ever growing talent. You never fail to create masterpieces. This card is no exception.

Lisa Elton said...

What a cool card!!

Dawn T said...

So very pretty Virginia. A great card.

Aneta said...

Wow! I love it! You used the stamps perfectly here!

Brenda said...

Oh Virginia, this is such a beautiful card. I love the colours you chose and those Artsy shapes you stamped and sewed on are so fun! I haven't made a card in forever and I miss it so much. Nothing is really stopping me, maybe just lack of motivation and bad head space! I need to visit your blog daily and I am sure I will get back into making cards again! Thank you for being so inspirational!

Miriam Prantner said...

That background looks amazing! I see some of those metallics in my future....

Purple Princess said...

So pretty!!

HJ said...

Love this beautiful card, Virginia. It is so rich in texture and color and really says a lot of love has gone into it. Love the addition of the metallic mixtative. I'm always learning new tips and techniques from you and happy I found your blog. Enjoy your day!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Gorgeous vellum piece, Virginia, and I love all the shapes you strung!! It's fun to see how we've evolved as card-makers - you've become a master, my friend!

conil said...

This bit of eye candy just brings a huge smile to my face. Haven't used alcohol inks on vellum for a long time but think I just might pull them out. Your card reminds me of just how gorgeous they can be together. The metallic hand stitching makes your banner elements so special and beautiful. Such a pretty card.

Patt H. said...

Virginia, your expertise never fails to amaze me! Love this gorgeous creations & want u to know I have learned so much from reading your blog & watching how your wonderful projects ate created. Thanks for sharing!

Deborah Kaye said...

Absolutely beautiful. Love the background and the stamped images are perfect!

Sue D said...

Very pretty. I like the addition of the silver.

Cindy C. said...

Wow so many beautiful details, clearly we see your passion of card-making!!

Joan V said...

Wow,wow, this card is so fun. I love all the details and products that you used. This truly is a piece of art.