Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Spectember Trio

My next three cards were created to enter into a fun event named “Spectember” sponsored for Spectrum Noir products. I started using the SN alcohol markers a little over a year ago and LOVE them! Didn’t have enough cash to start with Copics, so picked up a few SN sets when they were on sale at JoAnnes and am hooked. I’m slowly working to catch up on the challenges. Here are cards for Day 12, 13 and 14.

The Day 12 challenge is “Ink It Up.” I grabbed orange, rust and brown ink pads and refills. After making sure the pads were juicy, I dabbed them onto a vintage Embossing Arts wood mount leaf and stamped the image onto scraps of kraft paper, getting a bold image. I fussy-cut the leaves and set them aside then used instructions HERE to make a waterfall card. (They are a little tedious, but otherwise pretty easy to make and have a nice WOW factor. This one will be sent to my 97-year-old MIL.) The Happy Fall sentiment is from a Power Poppy digi set named “Autumn’s Opulence.”  The other sentiments are from a We Are 3 Digital Sentiment set named "Autumn Sentiments."  When finished, I created a matching envelope by reinking the leaf and stamped it across a square envelope.
It is hard to show the beauty of a waterfall card with static photos, but I have never done a video (might have to put that task on my bucket list!) So I placed the photos in order, from card front, then flap 1, 2 and 3, and the pull tab fully extended. I also provided a close up of the wonderful sentiment on the final segment. 
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Songs and Rhymes- See You In September
Scribbles Designs Challenge- #81: Use Kraft Paper
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #599- Autumn
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #404-405 Anything Goes                   

The Day 13 challenge is “Color Outside the Lines.” To be honest, this was a difficult challenge for me because I usually like to be precise in my coloring and cardmaking. So… I made a collage card (yikes) and used ink and a sponge to distress the torn edges of the paper framing the image (double yikes!)
The wonderful motorcycle image is a cling stamp from a company named Deep Red Stamps (I’ve found it is available through Amazon and several other sites.) I used assorted stamps, ink pads, and sponges to decorate an A2 sized piece of tan parchment paper. In several places, I made masks with torn paper and post-it notes to add more color and interest with sponging. I then tore the edges of the stamped card, tore and crumpled a rectangle of brown wax paper from my stash (who knows where I found it?!!), layered it beneath the stamped image and used a plain ol’ stapler to bind the card together. (By this time I was totally out of control with the whole concept of being organized and precise!) The sentiment was computer-generated.
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge – Distressing Ink or Paper
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 37 Anything Goes                                  

The Day 14 challenge is “Get Your Bling On.” I used a vintage PSX wood mount stamp, black pigment ink and black embossing powder with holographic glitter. (My jar is old, from Embossing Arts. I did some checking and it looks like both Hero Arts and Ranger have a similar product. It is fun to use, but is kind of hard on marker tips. Usually, I use chalks when I use it. But I like the rich deep color that my Spectrum Noir markers provided.) I added a few highlights on the bird's eye and the berries with a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. I took a few closeups in different light to try to show the wonderful sparkle this embossing powder adds to an image… but they really don’t do it justice. In real life, the sparkles shift and dance in the light. The inside sentiment is computer generated.
Entered into: 
The Paper Shelter- #397 Embossing of Any Kind 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Bling It On                                      
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Embossing (wet or dry)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #455 Anything Goes                 


  1. Hi Kathy your cards are stunning I love them all. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. Lovely cards Kathy. Thank you for joining the challenges at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge and Outlawz

  3. LOVE that cardinal ... just gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

  4. Great card! Thanks for playing with us at Polkadoodles. DT Beata

  5. Fabulous cards, the waterfall card is great. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Scribbles Designs, we hope to see you back again.


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