Sunday, April 24, 2016

Goodbye, Farewell - April Blog Hop with NC Demos

Welcome to the April NC Demos Blog Hop.   If you just arrived from Melissa's blog, isn't her Kleenex box cool?!!

Our theme this month gave us a lot of leeway.  We could choose cards that feature the retiring products, Mother's Day cards or Feminine cards.  My choice was retiring products.  I lost about 18 stamp sets not to mention several thinlits and punches.  Many of them did not surprise me since they had been around a while but I am still going to miss many of them! 

The first few cards I used a new technique that I had never done before - the Whitewash Technique.  There are several You-Tube videos that you can find to show the technique.  Basically, you stamp and emboss the image.  Next paint the image with the white re-inker (I used Aqua Brush.)  After that dries, add a little color to the image with a marker.  Then use your blender pen or Aqua Brush and blend the colors.  After it dries, you can go back and add a little more color as needed.

My first card uses Swallowtail stamp for the butterfly.  I also used the retiring DSP Typeset and the sentiment from And Many More (which is a great set for sentiments.)



The next two cards are made with Vivid Vases, a single stamp.


On this card, I also used the Curvy Corner Trio Punch which I love!



 This beauty uses three retiring stamp sets - Trust God, Everything Eleanor and the single stamp, Blended Blooms as well as the retiring Candy Dots.

Next I did a couple of cards using the blending technique with my sponges using Serene Silhouettes.


Next it was time for a little watercoloring.  I spritzed my Shimmery White cardstock with water and then using my Aqua Brush, colored Melon Mambo, Tangelo Twist and Daffodil Delight all over the card.  I cut another piece of cardstock using the Hexagon Hive Thinlit and adhere it on top of the watercolored piece.  The sentiment is from Feels Good.


 This is one of the cards we made in Stamp Club this month using the single stamp, Blooms for You.  The "seize the cake" sentiment is from the retiring set, Something to Say.



This final card also uses Blooms For You, Everything Eleanor (sentiment) and the Decorative Dots embossing folder.  This is one of the cards I made from pieces of the Paper Pumpkin April kit.


Hope you enjoyed my portion of the blog hop.  Continue along heading to Laurie Meir's blog next.



Below is a list of all the participants and their links:


Thanks for stopping by!

5 comments:

WAGSTAMPS said...

Great cards Sharon.

Pam Staples said...

Wow! Gorgeous projects and I love all the retiring product samples. I love the butterfly card. Sharon, thanks for participating in the blog hop.

Jo Anne Hewins said...

Wow! You have been busy! I love all of your samples. Thanks for sharing them.

Laurie Meier said...

Sharon - Your designs always inspire me. Thanks so much for sharing. I am definitely going to try the whitewash technique. The butterfly card is stunning!

Sue Root said...

All of your cards are wonderful, but I particularly love the way you colored the butterfly. As Laurie said, stunning!