Sunday, April 30, 2017

Who Loves You?

Here's my card for the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I turned the layout into a simple nighttime scene featuring stamps from Paper Smooches.

Who Loves You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
I made the large round element into a moon by cutting a circle from yellow cardstock and debossing it with a polka dotted pattern.  It was adhered to a blue card base and trimmed so the side of the circle was flush with the edge of the cardfront.  I stamped the large owl from the Hooties stamp set aqnd colored it with Copic markers, then cut it out with the matching Owl Icons die.  The image was adhered to the cardfront using foam tape for dimension.  I stamped the set's "who loves you?" sentiment on a kraft fishtail flag "branch" and placed it on the cardfront, positioning it just beneath the owl image.  A few white sequin "stars" completed the design.

Materials Used
Hooties stamp set, Owl Icons dies (Paper Smooches); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Blueberry Sky and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); So Saffron cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Polka Dots embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts); white sequins; foam tape

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Just a Note to Brighten Your Day

Here's my card for the current Mix It Up challenge at SugarPea Designs.  I took my inspiration from the umbrellas on the challenge graphic and put together this simple design using SPD's Whatever the Weather stamps and dies.

Brighten Your Day card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs
I started out by creating a pale blue inked background with distress ink and an ink blending tool.  I tried to fade out the color as I got farther from the center of the colored area and think that I may have actually managed to do that!  Before adding anything else to the panel, I used the raindrop die from the Whatever the Weather die on the panel--I love the look of the simple detail from the broken lines.

I topped the inked and cut background with a pair of shimmery white clouds and a contrasting red umbrella, positioned over the raindrop lines.  A few clear sequin "raindrops" were positioned beneath the clouds for a fun accent.  The "just a note to brighten your day" sentiment was stamped to the left of the cluster of die cuts using coordinating blue ink.  The finished panel was adhered to a turquoise card base. 

Materials Used:
Whatever the Weather stamp set, Whatever the Weather dies (SugarPea Designs); Memento Bahama Blue ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Mermaid Lagoon distress ink (Ranger); Tempting Turquoise, Real Red and Shimmery White cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Recollections Silver cardstock (Michaels); Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); foam tape

Friday, April 28, 2017

Dude, Let's Party

Here's my card for the current challenge at The Paper Players.  I used the sketch along with an image I colored during March's Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Dude, Let's Party card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs
I can't resist cute bunny images and the Lil' Inker Designs Bunny Buddies set sure is cute!  The balloon-holding bunny was colored with Copic markers, then cut out with the matching die.  I used foam tape to adhere the image to a kraft stitched rectangle die cut (I did a little creative die cutting to shorten the rectangle just a bit).  The rectangle was adhered to a wide strip of dotted patterned paper.  After edging the patterned panel with kraft cardstock, I adhered the panel to the center of a red card base.  The set's "dude, let's party" sentiment was stamped on a narrow turquoise blue cardstock strip. I framed the text with a copper brad on each side, then placed it on the cardfront, tucking it just beneath the raised bunny image.

Materials Used:
Bunny Buddies stamp set, Bunny Buddies and Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukinenko/IMAGINE Crafts); markers (Copic); Poppy Parade cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Hawaiian Shores and Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Boy Crazy 6x6 paper pad (My Mind's Eye); copper brads; foam tape

Thursday, April 27, 2017

It's Your Day to Shine

The current challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9 is to create a one layer design.  I tend to do pretty uncluttered designs, but I usually end up layering an element or two for dimension, so this was a real challenge for me!  Here's what I came up with using Concord & 9th's Shine Brighter stamp set.

It's Your Day to Shine card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Concord & 9th
I stamped the light bulb elements and sentiment on a white panel using black pigment ink.  The images were heat embossed with black embossing powder so that I could watercolor them, yet another challenge for me!  I did my watercoloring with Clean Color markers and an aqua brush.  The light bulb got a super pale blue wash, then a pale yellow glow around it.  The glow fades out a little more IRL than in the photo so it doesn't look as harsh in person.  I was pretty pleased with how it turned out, given my limited watercoloring skills.  For a fun sparkle, I coated the yellow with a bit of clear glitter from a glitter pen.  I really wanted to accent the image with a few sequins, but I kept with the one layer restriction . . . 

Materials Used:
Shine Brighter stamp set (Concord & 9th); Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko/IMAGINE Crafts); Clean Color markers (Zig); clear Sparkle glitter pen (Spectrum Noir); black embossing powder (Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Color Throwdown 440-Geometric Grid Birthday

It's time for another Color Throwdown!  Wanda is our hostess this week with a fun color combination--purple, yellow, and green.  I paired the colors with the current sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch for a simple birthday card design.

Geometric Grid Birthday card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I started out by heat embossing the Geometric Grid Background from My Favorite Things on to a watercolor paper panel.  Once the embossing was done, I used distress inks and ink applicators to ink up the panel in the challenge colors.  After edging the inked strip with yellow cardstock, I adhered it to a green card base.  The "happy birthday" sentiment from the Essential Sentiments stamp set was heat embossed in white on a purple fishtail flag strip.  I used foam tape to adhere the sentiment to the cardfront, covering up my not so great ink blending transition from green to purple . . . A trio of matte white enamel dots were arranged around the sentiment for a fun accent and a contrast to the sharp edges of the triangles and fishtail flag banner.

To play along, just create a paper crafted project using these colors as a starting point and add a direct link to your finished project using the linky tool found at the end of this week's CTD post.  As always, if you don’t have exact color matches, something close works just fine.  Just be sure that the challenge colors are the dominant ones in your project.  And, if you upload your project to an online gallery, use the keyword CTD440.  If you upload your projects on social media, go ahead and use the hashtag #ctd440 and #colorthrowdown.  You can find us on Instagram (and on Facebook!) with the username colorthrowdown.

Before you get started, here’s some inspiration from the talented Color Throwdown team, our April guestie Jeanne Jachna, and this week’s guest star stamper, Rosemary Dennis

** Amy Rohl **  Amy Rysavy ** Barbara ** Broni ** 
 ** Jodi ** Lisa ** Lynn ** Vickie ** Wanda **
** April guestie Jeanne Jachna **
** Guest Star Stamper Rosemary Dennis **

Materials Used:
Geometric Grid Background and Essential Sentiments stamp sets, Sour Apple cardstock, Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Dusty Concord, Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutters, and Mustard Seed distress inks (Ranger); Bright Buttercup cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Purplicious cardstock (Clear and Simple Stamps); Recollections Snow embossing powder (Michaels); white matte enamel dots (Eyelet Outlet); foam tape

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

You're Spectacular

Here's my card for the current My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge, coming in again just before the deadline.  I turned the sketch on its side to create this simple graphic design using the Geek Is Chic stamp set and coordinating Geek Is Chic Glasses dies.

You're Spectacular card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
I built the card on a Grout Gray cardfront.  I adhered a wide black cardstock panel across the middle of the cardfront, then added a gray on pale gray grid patterned paper to the center.  To add color and contrast, I adhered a red cardstock strip near the bottom of the grid patterned panel.  The "I think you're spectacular" sentiment was stamped on a narrow pale gray fishtail flag strip, then adhered at the bottom of the red strip.

I represented the layout's small round element with a pair of die cut glasses.  The glasses were cut from red cardstock and from craft foam.  I layered the two pieces for dimension.  They were adhered to the right side of the grid panel to finish the design.

Materials Used:
Geek Is Chic stamp set, Grout Gray cardstock, Die-namics Geek Is Chic Glasses and Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Real Red and Basic Black cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Good Fellows 6x6 paper pad (Fancy Pants Designs); craft foam

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mojo Monday 494-Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-digi stamps from Verve Stamps

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  I used the Rise and Shine digi set that Julee shared earlier this month in the Verve shop for my very appropriate for Monday design.  It's even more appropriate for me than usual since I'm heading back to work (part time) today after a little over a two week break due to medical leave.  I'm pretty sure it's going to take me a few days to adjust to going to work again!

I used one of the set's mug images along with the "rise and shine sentiment" to put together my card. The colored mug image was hand cut, then placed on a yellow pierced circle die cut using foam tape.  To tie the image and sentiment together, I used a pierced square die to cut out the text.  The pieces were arranged on a pale blue card base over a vibrant striped rectangular panel.  Each piece was matted on yellow for a cohesive look.  I cut one more pierced piece--a long fishtail flag--from yellow cardstock.  After cutting it in half, I tucked the pieces underneath the top and bottom edges of the striped rectangular panel to finish the card.

Head on over to the Mojo Monday blog for more inspiration from the design team and to add your own take on this week's sketch!  You can also find all of the Mojo Makers at their blogs here:
Materials Used:
Rise and Shine digi stamps (Verve Stamps); markers (Copic) Sno Cone cardstock, Die-namics Pierced Circle STAX, Pierced Square STAX, and Pierced Fishtail Flag STAX dies (My Favorite Things); Lemon Tart cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Sunny Days Ahead 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); foam tape
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