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February 9, 2013

Clean & Simple Card Making 2, Days 7 and 9 ~ Washi Paper and Oopsie Poopsie

Hey!  How's it goin'?
It's a cold mess in parts of the Midwest and the East Coast this weekend.  I hope everyone has power, is safe and sound, and well-stocked with provisions.  Eeeks.
I've got a quick post today.  I'm still doing a bit of funwork from my class and I have lots more to do.  Today I made my own background paper using nothing but washi tape, which I'm not sure if I'm supposed to capitalize on or not.  If someone named washi invented it, then I think I should be using a big double u.  Does anyone know?  I've seen it both ways.  Our card inspiration was provided by the fabulous Lisa Spangler.
So here's what I made:
Him's so cute.  The tape is from Lawn Fawn.  I used the fun sticker from Stickopotamus on a white and red mat.  I used Lil' Inker Designs flag additions die and stamp (curving it a little) for the sediment.  On the inside of the front I attached a same-size sheet of white card stock to cover the turned tape ends and that's it!
This card is going straight to the twins because they both adore washi tape and I do miss them.  They are into basketball now late on Saturday afternoons which is severely restricting our weekend sleepovers.  Frownie face.
Then I tried to make a card using instructions from the brilliant Julie Ebersole.  She made an awesome card using a big cityscape stamp, stamping the image in two overlapping colors and then heat embossing the third overlapping.  Sort of like this:
Cool idea.  So then I was on the telephone and instead of doing proper doodling like everyone else, I started filling in the craters in my black embossed flowers with a black Copics outliner brush pen.  Oh, very nice.  Talkie, talkie.  Oh, shoot, is that a speck?  Talkie, talkie.  Let me brush that ....  EI YI YI, NO No no no no!  By the time I swished away the speck, I had forgotten I had put black ink on the flowers, and my swish caused a smoosh and I started shizzazzing all over the place.  Dang, double-dang nabbit.
I did what anyone would do when that happens, if it's a big smoosh, which this was.  I smooshed the whole area in that not challant way one does like one meant for that to happen all along.  I won't lie, IRL it looks like carp.  But I decide to publish it anyway just cause, hey, bloopers happen!  It's all good.
Okay, before you break into groups and start tearing into the washi (or doing the washing IRL!), please welcome today's new friend, Beanie of Beanie's Place.  Beanie is brand, brand spanking new to Bloggerville and guess what?  She crafts in her own little shed, too!!  Thank you, Beanie, for joining our journey!
And thank you for playing in yesterday's word game!  I will wait a few days to see if more peeps jump in the puddle before I compile a lation.
Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy your day. LITS!

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Second card:
Paper: SU! white, black, and
  certainly celery
Stamps:  SU! and Hero Arts
Ink:  Memento black; SU!
  bordering blue, and
  certainly celery
EP:  Silhoette back
Butterflies:  K&Company
Smudge:  djkardkreations


Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Wauuu, I love elephants, but all cards are gorgeous,
hugs Tamara

Anonymous said...

Awesome cards, Darnell. ;-) I love what you did with the W/washi tape on the first one, and I guess I'm not seeing where the blips are on the second - looks good to me! Of course, my eyesight isn't the best, so maybe go with that part. ;-) I love the colors and stamps you used, anyway!

Barb said...

I'm loving both cards. The first is fun & ridiculously cute with it's washi (I don't capitalize it lol) layers and the second is gorgeous with its stamped layers and gorgeous color choices. Holy carp! My Britcoms (I do capitalize that lol) are starting!

Carol L said...

The twinks will be happy to get this elephant card, but I just love the stamped images on the 2nd card! Beautiful work!

Michelle said...

Gorgeous, Darnell! I think you're being to hard on yourself on that second card, the smooshing looks intended, and the card looks awesome! Your twinks are going to love that colourful elephant card! He makes me smile! :-)

Hannelie said...

I got myself a LOT of washi, and now I don't get the hang of it :(
But I love your background, great way to use them!

karen m said...

I love both these cards - the flowers looks stunning and the elephant is so cute! I must try this fabulous technique soon - hugs xx

Rosemary said...

Fun set of cards, darnell! I haveto say that I dont see your mistake on the second card..... I only see a lovely card!

Di said...

Lovely elephant card Darnell - and I spy nuffink at all untoward with your delightful second card. It's beeeeautiful! Hugs, Di xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell.
I love elephants and don't see enough of them on cards, in my opinion! the bright cheery colours works so well,
Your floral card is beautiful, I love the way the colours fade into the background.

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, just had to look it up - wa means Japanese and shi means paper, so I don't think it needs a capital .... most of the time anyway. The elephant is fabulous, bright, cheery and lovely - bet the twinks love it too.

Now, the second card, I made the picture bigger and got out my magnifying glass - I cannot for the life of me see any carp bits! It is one gorgeous card from my perspective. Love it - another one to try out. Big hugs, Annie xx

Anonymous said...

Fab washi tape paper ... perfect patterns with the cutiephlant! Like Anne, I made the photo bigger on the second one and hunted for swish and smoosh ... nope, couldn't see it. Anyway, stunning card ... I've kept looking to see how you got so much dimension and still can't figure it out! Anita :)

Samantha Elliott said...

Loving the washi tape card but love the bottom one even more. Buutifull medarling!

Zippy said...

Fantastic cards, just love the elephant and the tape, really bright and cheerful!

The second card is gorgeous, cannot see any mistakes on it at all, really lovely.

I just love reading your posts, they always make me happy! xxx

Eliza said...

Hey Darnell,

Love the csrds especially the last one, it looks splendid.

Also you made me laugh and laugh at your comment on Julias Blog over the acutators and dashpots. I did answer earlier what an acutator was, just goes to show people don't read the comments. But I think your reasoning was heaps better and so much fun.

Thanks for the giggle.


Michelle said...

Gorgeous cards. I love the background you have created on the first card and the second is so beautiful! I love the colours.

Bonnie said...

I think I need to get some of that Washi tape! And, until you pointed it out, I didn't notice and smoosh! I thought it was shading and I like the idea of stamping those daisies in 3 colors!

Kristie Goulet said...

Your washi tape card is just awesome. Love the colors and the elephant is adorable! I didn't notice the smoosh either, yep, those things happen to the best of us! Thanks for sharing!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

that is the exact right approach to those 'design opportunities', otherwise known as smoosh - make it look like you meant it! lol! I love that technique - so much depth and I love the bright green you chose!

Craftychris said...

Loving the Washi tape card - the colours are so striking! the flower card is gorgeous too! I can't see what the problem is with it at all - it looks good to me! xx

scrappymo! said...

Love, love, love the washi tape on the first one! Can't see the smears on the second!

Methinks these are two great cards.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Both are beautiful Darnell. Love the triple stamping on the 2nd and the background & elephant on the 1st. Happy Sunday, Shirleyx

Carole said...

I love the 3 tone stamped and embossed card. I'll have to try that.

Dianne said...

Well I LOVE your mistake, it was meant to be like this, thanks for sharing..

Bobby said...

Thanks for taking us along on your funwork for class. The triple stamp card is great, invisible smooshes and all.

Marybeth said...

LOVE your timeless card Darnell! Oh wow is that pretty!
Love the elephant card too. I should make one like that for my sons girlfriend …she is from South Africa and would love that. Thanks for the inspiration.
We took our grandson to his basket ball game this sat. Our daughter is so afraid to take the baby out because of the flu.

Geri said...

Washi tape heaven! Love the combination of tape that you used. Th colors are so rich and deep, especially against a white background! The pattern on the tape and the elephant give the card almost an African jungle type feel.

Smoooosh and all, the flower card is stunning! Another A+ for design and an A+ for a great save. The font of the sentiment is so perfectly matched to the card. Well done. You sure are a good student!

alexandra s.m. said...

Love them both!
the second one has so much depth, i find myself just starring at it ;-)

Kim Heggins said...

Both cards are amazing Darnell, but I am in love with your Washi Tape card. I just got a boat load of the stuff and now I am inspired to CAS you!

Nan G said...

A swish to a smoosh, well now really.........Where?! I know I need new glasses let me borrow your magnifying glass. :) The card is loverly! And a technique I'd forgotten about. Oh, ellifant is adorable!

Jenni's Jems said...

Great cards Darnell and not finding anything bloops or otherwise on the second ,and loving the second technique ! x

Kim S said...

These are both absolutely wonderful!!

Suze Bain said...

The second card may look carp IRL but it looks fab on the screen Darnell, fabulous colours and a great looking technique. I also love your use of the wishy washy on the elephant card, it really packs a punch! Off to have a look at your wordy thing, xx

Jean said...

Love them both ~ cannot see anything wrong with the second one ~ like that technique; Isn't washi tape fun? Thanks for sharing all of the fun techniques you are learning.

Joyce said...

Great job on the homework--that elephant with the washi is so cool, and your flowers card is just stunning. I don't see any of the flaws, either.

Daria said...

I loved reading your post. Your cards are wonderful--both the fun Washi card and the beautiful floral. I love the effect you got with the layered stamping and heat embossing. If you had not mentioned it, I would not have noticed the smudge--I mean the shadow.