Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Today's Featured Artist: Lily Pad Cards (and multiple giveaways!)

Over the past couple of weeks, I have become obsessed with the fun challenges and video tutorials from Lily Pad Cards.  Though I am an avid scrapbooker, I've really gotten into card making lately, and it's always fun to see the many talented resources out there for inspiration.  This is one of those sites!

I actually used the video below to create a card for a challenge on another site.  It was super quick to make and the impact and texture of the card was great!  Thanks Lily Pad Cards!!

How to Video: Use Your Scraps
Welcome back to another Sunday video! A couple of weeks back I made a card for one of our Friday Challenges and I got many requests for a how-to video. So today I am making a similar card using my scraps. I used strips of cardstock paper, embossing and distressing to make the panels on this card:

I used my favorite color combinations for blending distress inks on each panel. Here they are listed from light to dark:
GREENS: Shabby Shutters,crushed olive,forest moss
ORANGE/REDS: spiced marmalade, barn door, fired brick
BLUES: tumbled glass, broken china, faded jeans
(scroll down at the bottom for a linked list of supplies)

and here is a closer look:

I am sure you’ve seen me using a pillow to wipe the cardstock before I emboss. For those of you new to embossing, this is called embossing pillow/buddy/pal/bag (linked in the supply list at the bottom). It actually helps embossing powder to stick only where it is supposed to. When you don’t use your embossing buddy you might get bad results like the bottom left corner on my card… check out that leaf … Well, the truth is that I used my embossing buddy BUT I was in a rush and I think I missed that spot.

I promise (well, I’ll try…)  to stay away  from my distress inks next Sunday! LOL! Lately I am obsessed with them!  You can enjoy the video here or on YouTube and then scroll down for a list of supplies. If you are inspired by the colors or the layout  then don’t forget to add you card over at Lily Pad Frickr Group using the tag LPCVideo13.


Lily Pad Cards has also graciously agreed to donate
FIVE (five!!!!!) giveaways 
to our very lucky readers.

AS for a prize, the are offering a 3-month InLinkz subscription. If you've ever posted creations for a challenge, then I'm sure you're familiar with the InLinks tool. 

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What a generous donation!  

Comment below for a chance to win a 3 month subscription!  We'll announce the winners of the giveaway next Thursday morning!


China Doll said...

Cards... a great way to use up all of your left-over scrap paper :-)

Nubia said...

Isn't that the truth!

Elena Lai Etcheverry said...

this tutorial is awesome! where are all the comments! lets get the word out!

chris said...

I love this card,I'm going to make them with friends!! Miss you

H Barnes said...

GREAT TUTORIAL! I will most certainly do this! Thanks!!!

LadyBird said...

I love cards! I'm better about " cyber writing" but love giving and receiving a beautiful card! It's like a mini master piece!
M. :)

lynette evans said... it!

BreAnn said...

Gorgeous card! The tutorial is great - can't wait to try it!

Roberta said...

Love the card! So pretty!!

Ladydoc said...

Great stff and the nicest people at Lily Pad, too. Love them!

Ladydoc said...

Great stuff, I've got to learn to proof read!

larells said...

Love the tutorial to use scraps. What kind of embossing powder was used? What is the "pillow" you talk of? Thanks