Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Studio Calico Sandlot Reveal

I am still in a very relaxed mood from being away on the weekend. It's been only a short two and a half days but I realized just how much I missed wandering around unknown places, taking some photos for nothing but my very own pleasure, eating out and all-around enjoying some carefree moments. So much I didn't noticed my should-be scheduled post didn't really actually go up… but here you go!

In case you don't now, the 27th is reveal day at Studio Calico which means I am able to share some cards I made with their latest kits. Kits arrived unusually late this time so I had little time to play but, anyway, I had so much fun digging through the supplies and picking favorites.

The first thing I did this time was playing with the digital file that Paige Evans designed. I mean just look at that geometric background pattern...


I have a classic grey washi tape with this pattern on and even bought a similar Ikea linen earlier this year - both favorites. Making a spray mask from the cut file was a given in my book. The card base ended up on this cute teacher card:

Studio Calico Sandlot kit card by @pixnglue

I combined the background with Color Theory sequins in Coral Bay and a stamped banner from a new stamp set called Teacher's Pet. The "teacher" die-cut? Well, that Paper Sushi girl and her work for Studio Calico… love it! The patterned paper strips are from the Sandlot main card kit.

Next up, is a card made from the card add-on Squint. I tried my hands on a modern version of a sympathy card with clean lines and some watercoloring. There's a 4x6 stamp set included which has some beautiful layered flowers in there. I had colored them with the Neocolor II crayons and lightly brushed a little water on to stamp the flowers on watercolor paper.

Studio Calico Sandlot kit card by @pixnglue

I like how soft the flower image turned out and how the base stamp ran a little and made it more artistic looking. When everything was dry, I stamped a sentiment from the same 4x6 set and sew everything down on the patterned paper.

Of course I also made a main card kit only card. Shanna designed two gorgeous spiral patterns for the paper pad and I decided to make one my focal point for a card. With just two other papers layered underneath and a Copic colored stamped sentiment this card is fast to make and something which also beginners could successfully recreate without a lot of embellishments.

Studio Calico Sandlot kit card by @pixnglue

And than, there was the gumball machine stamp. Yes! Gumball. Machine. Stamp!! I was nearly jumping with joy and completely giddy when I first saw the Creative Team kit sneak. Judging from the comments, I wasn't the only one :)

Studio Calico Sandlot kit card by @pixnglue

The card is a combination of supplies from the main card kit (the card base, acetate, twine and stamps) and the card kit add-on (the enamel dots and large shipping tag). I first stamped the gumball machine in Color Theory Well-Red ink on the shipping tag, then cut out the "glass" with a craft knife to back it with a piece of acetate from the card main. To make the acetate stay put and add some texture to card, I attempted to sew around the whole image. Well, after some fine minutes of hand cranking the sewing machine, the outline had to do… ;) Finally, the enamel dots made for a fun gumball surrogate behind the tag. If you want to try this, just make sure you sketch the window on a piece of cardstock and stick the enamel dots a little over the line for a more realistic look.

Now, how do you like? In case you want some more inspiration for using the card, scrapbook or Project Life kits you can always refer back to the Studio Calico kit gallery.

Have a fabulous night/day everyone!

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