Thursday, February 2, 2017

More NBUS Cards

I've now worked 2 shifts to help the full-time nurse since my 4 months off.  Things went fine, but my next 2 shifts will be covering for her, so I'm back on my own.  Trying not to think about it & glad I have a week off now!  
There are so many videos--sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the ideas.  However, I was energized & inspired by Jennifer McGuire's Ombre Backgrounds.  Emboss resist is a technique I use a lot & I have tons of neglected background stamps. I'd been trying to figure out what to do for a sympathy card to send overseas & thought Jennifer's design was perfect.  I already had in mind using my NBUS Avery Elle dies & bundled sage Distress Ink.  I was debating about various leaves when I came across my forgotten Hero Arts Flower Medley Background--perfect!
I finished ink blending a white embossed panel & thought I should have left the top of the card plain--no stamping.  That's why I cut the panel down & eventually ended up with the 2 strips at the bottom.  Today I looked at Jennifer's cards again & realized most of hers do have the stamping over the entire panel.  Oh well, I like how this turned out & I'll be doing it her way soon.
I'm entering Darnell's NBUS #10, CropStop & HLS CAS (using "blue" as feeling sad).

My next card was inspired by Cornelia's Stamplorations Spotlight Project using Alcohol Inks--something I seriously struggle with.  I didn't end up with a card anything like hers--maybe next time.  However, I was successful getting a panel I could actually use, so I'm thrilled!  
Yes, it looks like Fall, but I'm fine with making all kinds of cards all year long.  The gold splatters were done with Distress Stain tarnished brass. The Poppystamps leaf was die cut from another scrap of glossy photo paper & I brushed it with the tarnished brass.  Jennifer's video also reminded me of the JudiKins Irridescent Sparkle embossing powder I've had forever.  I absolutely love the look it gave the leaf!
The frame is made with Lil' Inker stitched rectangles & is attached to the card front I covered with a panel of self-adhesive cork.  This is the first time I've used this sentiment stamp from Stamplorations Boxed Blooms & Bold Sentiments set.  I'm entering Darnell's NBUS #10Stamplorations Spotlight Project Showcase & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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28 comments:

  1. Fabulous ombre and fall cards, Greta! Especially love the alcohol ink frame with the cork behind!

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  2. Your sympathy card is beautiful Greta, so classy and elegant! And wow to the gorgeous background you created for that pretty leaf. Fabulous work!!

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  3. Sounds as though going back to work here and there is working out ok. I think when your on your own it will all just fall into place.
    Two beautiful cards and I love how you have used that HA background.. I have that one but have barely used it. Sill have to re look at it. Your sympathy card looks so soft and pretty, Ilove it.

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  4. the first card is so elegant and serene... perfect for a sympathy card! love the warmth and depth of color on the second one! amazing job with both, greta!!

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  5. two wonderful cards, Greta - and love love the fall leaf card - it's gorgeous!!

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  6. your sympathy card is just stunning. Really, your emboss resist technique worked out beautifully. The sentiment with the graded colour is amazing. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

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  7. Love your sympathy card ... That shade of green is stunning and I much prefer your design. Your second card is beautiful! I love the fall colours and that leaf is stunning! Don't worry about work ... you'll be fine!

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  8. I love a simple Sympathy card. They are peaceful in difficult times for the recipient. Your framed fall leaf card is stunning. Well done with those alcohol inks.

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  9. The sympathy card is lovely and I like the look of the two strips. Clean and simple. The fall card is beautiful. The inks are perfect fall colors and the leaf is lovely. Two fantastic cards.

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  10. Both your cards are gorgeous. I especially love the design of your first card; using lots of white space. The two stripes with that floral pattern at the bottom is just perfect. The design of your second card and choice of colours are lovely too.

    And at work; you will do great!
    Have a lovely weekend!

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  11. Both gorgeous, Greta! Love your cut panel card, and all the wonderful inking on your Fall masterpiece!

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  12. What a perfect sympathy card. Subtle and gentle colours and loving the two strips at the bottom. Well done on trying out the AI's. Very unique cards and thank you for shring x

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  13. Oh, wow! Your sympathy card is just perfect, Greta! Love the soft green color, design and sentiment! I'm very tempted to case it!:). And, your fall card is lovely with the alcohol inked background! A wonderful pretty leaf against the cork! Happy that you survived work! Not sure how I'd do after two years now. I think I could still do an I.V., though.:)

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  14. The sympathy card looks lovely to me. I like the use of white space, the soft colours and that die cut title. The alcohol technique card captures Autumn colours brilliantly and the cork provided the perfect foil for them. Love the little flicks of gold. Good luck with your two days flying solo.

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  15. Two gorgeous cards - really like that cork background!

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  16. That definitely is a perfect sympathy card and the colours are lovely. I'm probably going to make you go even more green now by saying that I also got the Art Impressions long stemmed rose at the same time as the rose bud! Hugs Mrs A.

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  17. Such a lovely card! I love everything about it--the colors chosen; the maple leaf (size, color and type of leaf); and esp., the cork base.

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  18. You got some fun and lovely cards there!

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  19. What a beautiful CAS sympathy card! I like the two panels across the bottom like that! Thanks for linking up to CropStop!

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  20. Two beautiful and very different cards, that show your skill with ink.

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  21. I love the first one Greta. What a gorgeous colour. I really like how you did your design.

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  22. They really are two very beautiful cards Greta. I love the hombre effect on the first card and the richness of the colours on the second and the way you've used the cork behind the leaf is very clever. Barbxx

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  23. Two beautiful cards, Greta! Your ombre sympathy card is stunning!

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  24. Absolutely lovely, Greta. Thanks so much for sharing your art with us again. It's always such a blessing to me when you do. Have a wonderful week.
    Karen
    Word Art Wednesday

    www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com - my personal blog

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  25. Love that elegant and decadent sympathy card. The other card does have a fall look to it but that's okay. I like how the leaf looks almost real.

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  26. These are both outstanding, Greta! I really like how your first card ended up, too! And I think Jennifer would also love it! Your fall card is downright stunning!! Thanks for playing again in #10! Hugs, Darnell

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  27. Two great cards. But the first card blinded me with beauty! I love ombre sentiment. The bottom of the card is amazing. Cutting off a narrow strip of him added a lot of expression to the card
    Hugs,
    BożenA

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