Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Make It Monday 212 -Fussy Cutting

Fussy cutting is such a funny name for a basic technique!  But it does make sense when you see it in action.  It's a way of precision trimming around an image or a sentiment by moving the paper instead of your scissors. I always used to just eyeball how close to make my trimming, but Ashley Cannon-Newell showed us such a great trick:  to first do some tracing with pencil around the area to be trimmed.  So simple!  And it makes the process of fussy cutting much easier.  I used this process on the "Thanks" and paired it with an equally bold rose which was heat embossed in white and colored with a variety of yellow/gold toned Copic pens. 

Cardstock: PTI stampers select white
Sentiment:  PTI Thanks All Ways
Image:  PTI Rose
Various Copics

Monday, May 4, 2015

Make It Monday #211


The challenge:  to use gelatos for a softened background effect.   I decided to turn my "Mums the Word" stamp set into peonies instead.  Just for fun, now that I have a Misti, I tried using Sweet Blush ink.  I rarely use it because it is so pale, it just doesn't show up on a card.  But this time I stamped multiple times with the Misti and I really liked the effect.  By the time I added the leaves, it was clear that a monochrome background with a subtle pink gelato was the best choice. 
I'm not usually one for subtlety, but this just seemed the right way to go.
-- added a hint of accent with translucent sequins, and done.

Image:  PTI Mum's The Word
Ink:  PTI Simply Chartreuse, Sweet Blush
Paper:  PTI Linen Cardstock
Gelato:  Faber-Castell pale pink