Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge: Lawn Fawn Cards & New Techniques

Hello there!  It took me a bit longer than planned, but I'm back with three more cards that I created over the long weekend for a couple different fun online challenges including the Simon Says Stamp Wedesday Challenge Blog where this week anything goes and the Lawnscaping Challenge No. 106 which challenges followers to create Lawn Fawn Cards using techniques you've never tried before.  This was just the push I needed to get out of my comfort zone and finally try some cool things that I've been pinning in recent weeks.

Card No. 1:  For this card I decided to try a debossing technique using some Lawn Fawn cloud dies and an embossing mat.  I am ashamed to admit that I bought some Spellbinder embossing mats years ago that I had never even opened until now.  I think I forgot what I was supposed to do with them, but then this weekend Jennifer McGuire shared a video HERE that reinvigorated me to try them.  After I debossed the surface repeatedly with the three cloud dies, I cut them again from masking material, laid them over the other clouds and airbrushed my background.  It's hard to tell in my photo, but I love the way it looks like the clouds have been embossed in person without all the extra bulk.  :)

Card No. 2:  For this card I tried another technique that was new to me which is mirror stamping (learned from Chari Moss HERE).  The adorable flamingo only faces to the left so I stamped an extra using the back of my woodgrain backdrops stamp and then traced over it with a Copic Multiliner pen after I was done coloring him (and he was completely dry).

For the heart I die-cut a heart from masking material and then blended three colors of distress ink (linked below) using my mini ink blending tool.  I used those same inks to dye the scalloped die-cuts to match.  As a final finishing touch I created a custom sentiment (another first for me) using Lawn Fawn's Harold's ABC stamps.  :)

Card No. 3:  My last card was created with two challenges in mind.  I made a thank you card for the challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog as well as trying yet another new technique for the Lawnscaping Challenge No. 106.

For my "new" technique I colored my images using a stippling technique inspired once again by the amazing Jennifer McGuire seen HERE (if you don't follow her, you really must--She's seriously inspiring).  I found the stippling to be especially awesome for coloring in the cow's spots because I kept making them bleed past the outlines when I colored them in the standard way with the same colors.

I cut my speech bubble using a Lawn Fawn border die and then inked it up with some Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge distress ink.  I then stamped over it using the Woodgrain Backdrops stamp and cut the Scripty Thanks sentiment from it using the negative space.  I finished it off with another custom stamped sentiment using the same Harold's ABC's alphabet set.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge BlogSimon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Make sure to head over to the Lawnscaping Challenge Blog, the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog to see all the inspiration from this week's challenges.  There are so many adorable and cool ideas!  I would encourage you to play along too--They have some pretty cool prizes up for grabs!  ;)

Supplies Used (available at Simon Says Stamp)

Supplies Used (available at Scrapbook.com)


  1. Oh goodness these cards are all fantastic!!! The first card is adorable! Love the coloring and the colors on those balloons are just cheery! The cloud background is fantastic seriously! The second card is sweet. I love how you were able to mimic and mirror the flamingo. I really LOVE the colors on that heart!! And on that last card, just adore the cute farm scene! All the animals are colored in nicely with that stippling you did. Really gives a lot of texture. I am so proud of you that created homemade custom sentiments! It was fun right? :)
    Good job on all your cards Mendi.

  2. Gee Whiz, Mendi - Is there anything that you can't do???? These cards just lit up my morning!! Love the first one - love the pops of color from the balloons against your beautiful blue sky with clouds!! Your second card is something I really must try - thank you for the super good idea!! You did amazing with your blending and tying everything together with your sentiment and scallops!! Fun, fun card!! And lastly, but definitely not leastly, those animals look fresh from the farm and so full of color and fun!! Love the way you did the wood grain on the speech bubble - so marvelous and all 3 of these are just so super impressive!!! Kudos to you, AGAIN!!!

  3. Oh my good gracious! These cards are so fabulous, each new technigue is so great and I just love how colorful and happy all these cards are.

  4. Love all your three cards, I think I couldn't choose a favorite! Love the debossing look an the first one, it has to be amazing in person. Oh, and your coloring is fantastic!!
    Thank so much for playing the Lawnscaping challenge :)

    1. Thank you Yainea. That means so much coming from you. I'm a huge fan of yours! :)

  5. Love your sweet colourful cards - they all made me smile ;o) I also think it is great that you tried three new techniques. I always find it kind of hard not to gravitate towards the techniques I always use. Thank you for sharing your cards with us ;o) Happy crafting!

  6. Oh these are all so wonderfully sweet and colorful! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

  7. What amazing cards, love all the techniques you used.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


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