Sunday, February 27, 2011

It's VSN Time!

Are any of y'all participating in Virtual Stamp Night on Splitcoast?  You still have until Monday at 8:00 EST to play and upload your creations.  I like to play because it's always fun to see what I can make in 45 minutes.  Here are a couple of cards I made for it; I'll share a couple more tomorrow.
This was definitely my favorite of the bunch!  It was for Snail's challenge of embossing (either heat or dry) vellum.  I definitely need to put vellum on my shopping list, because I only have this confetti kind from a long-ago craft project.  I was puzzled for a bit until I saw this Sugar Nellie image in my stamp index, and thought a sparkly vellum moon would be so much fun.  I stamped her on the vellum and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Then I used Wild Honey distress ink to ink up the moon.  I stamped her again on white paper, and colored her in using distress inks and an aquapainter.  I was going to go with a "wish big" type sentiment, but then I just couldn't resist "I love you to the moon and back..." from PTI's Out on a Limb sentiments.  I stamped the "I love you" using Barn Door distress ink and the rest of the sentiment with Fresh Ink Lemonade, then clear embossed.  I cut the sentiment strip extra long, folded the flaps over, and adhered them to the inside of the card.  Then I used some blue & white twine to hang the moon on, securing it to the back with tape because I'm classy that way (and I was running out of time).

Embossed vellum turns out to be really hard to photograph, so here's another angle for ya:

Not Quite Navy is definitely one of my favorite colors of all time, and I used it again on this card for Resqbarbie's sketch challenge. 
Would you believe me if I told you I watercolored this card using only 3 distress ink colors (tumbled rose, peeled paint, and vintage photograph)?  Well, ok, you probably would.   But I still love it and this SU stamp!  I guess technically I used four colors, because I sponged the edges with Antique Linen.  The PTI Mega Mixed Messages sentiment is stamped with NQN ink onto Soft Suede (which is another current favorite that I need to order more of!), then punched out with the modern label punch.

Anyone watching the Oscars tonight?  I'm hoping for King's Speech to win.  We saw it last week and it was definitely the best movie of the year.  Social Network just didn't do it for me, but I am hoping Aaron Sorkin will win for best screenplay in return for Sports Night never winning anything.  Yes, that is exactly how I think the Academy Awards should work.   :)


Barbara said...

This is gorgeous!!! I'm so excited because I only recently got this stamp. Thanks..

Angela said...

First: super-cute cards! Love the cute-cuteness of the first, and the elegant-ness of the second.
Next: I'm commenting on this post during the Oscars. Because I like you that much.
Back to the show!

Crafty Cre8tions said...

WOW Meg - these are both great cards!! I love that little girl sittin on the moon and the sentiment is great. Seems like there's a lotta vellum going around lately!

I really like coloring with distress inks! So yes, I can believe 3 colors got it done for you :)
Nice work!

Emily Leiphart said...

Ok, now I know what moon card you were referring to. :P How sweet it is! Love all the embossing on vellum. I love the way you used Denise's sketch, too!

Cheryl said...

Wow - both of these are awesome!

I love the vellum on the first one.

I love how you used the sketch on the 2nd.

Beautiful work!

Lindsey said...

I LOVE your first card -- it's perfect! I'm a big fan of Elements of Style, too, and it looks fab on this card. (It's funny, I thought I'd use the hummingbird more, but this is the stamp I've used the most.)

Charlene said...

Oh, Meg...look what I've been missin'! All these lovely creations to drool over. You are outdoing yourself. Love the embossed vellum...every time I try, I wrinkle it up.

I'm happy The King's Speech won, too. ;-)