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Embossing Vellum

September 18, 2017

Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, glad you’re here!  I’m working on Christmas cards, trying to get a head start, and vellum is perfect to give cards a snowy look.  But it’s not always easy to work with, so I have a few tips on how to make vellum a focal point on your next card.

Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement

I’ve trimmed my vellum down with the Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp.  Then I used embossing folders to add texture and dimension to the panel.  You need to die cut the vellum before you emboss it, or the die cut machine will flatten out the texture.  I’ve also learned that embossing can tear the paper, so it took me a couple tries to get the pressure right with my machine.  You might need to add a piece of paper or two under your cutting plate for more pressure.  I used embossing folders from Darice, and Bazzill’s 40 lb vellum, but use whatever you have.

Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement  Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement

I decided the trees didn’t show up enough, so I’m adding color with Picket Fence Distress Ink and a Waterbrush.  I rubbed the ink pad onto my craft mat, and used the Waterbrush to pick up the color and apply it to the back of the panel.  By putting it on the back of the vellum, it won’t rub off, and it helps hide any mistakes I make.  If you don’t have a Waterbrush, you can use a paintbrush and water.

Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement  Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement

The water warps the vellum, so use as little as possible. If you have Copics, or other alcohol markers, they add color without warping.  But I don’t have white (do they make white?) so I used Distress Ink instead.  I love the watercolor look of the white trees.  I tried adding white behind the snowflakes, too, and I love it with and without the paint.

Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement

Vellum is challenging to attach, because you don’t want the adhesive to show.  I glued Iridescent Jewels from Little Things By Lucy’s Cards to each snowflake, and now I have lots of places to hide adhesive!  I added drops of Glossy Accents behind each snowflake, and centered my panel on my card base.  Don’t forget to lay a couple of acrylic blocks on the panel until the glue dries.  Then I stamped my sentiment (this is from the Hip Holiday stamp set by Catherine Pooler) in Versamark, and heat embossed it in white.  I attached it to the card with foam tape, and I’ve got one Christmas card ready to mail!

Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement

On this panel, I didn’t add any color to the vellum.  I die cut a frame from white cardstock, like I did here,  and I used the frame and a pencil to mark the center of my card base, so I could add sequins from Neat & Tangled inside the frame.  Next I attached the vellum to the frame with B Creative Tape, a very strong adhesive.  When I attached the frame to the card base with foam tape, I didn’t cover any of the sequins.  I used Hero Arts’ Winter Scene for the sentiment, and I heat embossed it in white.

Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement  Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement

With this last card, I ran into a little bit of trouble.  I attached the vellum to the card base with spray adhesive, and it left small dots that showed through the panel.  Note to self:  when attaching vellum with spray adhesive, use a busy background!  So to distract from it, I added snowflakes with a toothpick and white acrylic paint.  The cardinals are from Memory Box, cut from velvet paper I bought at Michaels.  I added a small white frame, and another white sentiment from Hero Arts’ Winter Scene stamp set.

Do you make your own Christmas cards?  Have you started already?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon.

 

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Stacked Die Cuts

September 15, 2017

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for coming by today.  I’m working on sending cards to people in my life who need a little boost, and I’ve got a very simple card to share with you.  I’m making it for my son, but it’s easy to customize for anyone.

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement  Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

For this card, you need a set of layered dies.  This set is by Darice, but use whichever ones you have.  And pretty much any shape will work, as long as you have a few different sizes.  I laid the largest circle on the card base, to see how much of the circle would hang off.  Then I laid the dies on watercolor cardstock and cut them out.

Looking back, I probably should have used a smoother paper, because ink blending covers better on smooth paper.  Oh well, it adds texture, right?

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement  Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

On the largest circle, I used a Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to the edges of the die cut.  You’re going to cover up the middle, so you don’t need to color the whole surface.  For the second circle, I wanted a darker shade of blue, but I don’t have enough shades of blue for all six die cuts.  So I pressed my Tumbled Glass Ink pad directly to the paper, and then smoothed it out with the Blending Tool.  In the photo, I’ve already smoothed out the color on half of the circle, and you can see it’s darker than the first die cut. By the way, I’m working on a craft sheet by Ranger today, to keep my desk clean.

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

For the rest of the circles, I used the same technique with Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon.  Six different colors, and only three inks!  If you have a large paper collection, you can skip all the coloring, but I wanted lots of blue to keep this masculine, and I don’t have enough colors.

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

I attached the cards directly to my card base with tape runner, and stamped a sentiment from Avery Elle in the top corner.  I always want to add lots of shimmer and embellishments, but since this is for my son, I’m trying to keep it very simple.

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

This is a second version of the same idea, using several different colors of cardstock.  Much faster without the ink blending!  I die cut a frame using Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp, and cut the largest square from the middle.  Then I attached the frame with foam tape for dimension.  The sentiment is by Catherine Pooler.  I added some Clear Wink Of Stella shimmer pen to some of the squares for added interest, and adhered the panel to a black card base.

This card is so simple to make, and it doesn’t take long.  The hardest part is choosing colors!

Are you planning to send cards this week to celebrate the National Day Of Encouragement?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with more ideas!

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StampNation Challenge

September 13, 2017

I’ve got another challenge from StampNation to share with you today, with a mood board for inspiration.  All the fall cards are making me crave fall foods.  Maybe this weekend I can make a big pot of chili and watch a little football.  Yes, I love a good football game, and I scream at the TV while my husband falls asleep on the couch.  It’s a strange household!

I hope you check out the mood board and create some fall cards for any occasion this season.  Birthday?  Wedding?  Thank you card?  What will you create?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon.

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Watercolor Stamping

September 11, 2017

Watercolor Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, glad you’re here!  I’ve been busy for the last week fighting technical difficulties, and it’s so good to be back.  I’ve got a fall card to share with you, and if you’re not good at watercolor (like me!), you’ll love this tutorial.

Watercolor Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I’m using Distress Inks today, in Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, and Vintage Photo.   They’re great for this technique, because they blend so well with water, but use any dye inks you have.  I added some of the ink to the stamp, and you can see that the colors don’t quite touch.  This keeps your pads from contaminating each other, but as long as you start with the lightest color, it shouldn’t be a problem.  Next I misted the stamp with water, and stamped it onto watercolor paper.  Let it sit for a moment or two to let the ink soak into the paper.  By the way, I’m using the Leaf Motif stamp set by Catherine Pooler, but any stamps will work.

Watercolor Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

The water helps the colors blend into each other, and it makes the details softer.  The more water you use, the less pattern you’ll see.  I experimented with how much water I used, so some of the leaves have more pattern than others. And can you see the ink smudge over the red leaf?  I’ll have to fix that!

Watercolor Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I filled in with more leaves from the Leaf Motif stamp set, and acorns from Catherine Pooler’s Autumn Blessings stamp set.  No more smudge!  Now it’s time for the sentiment.

Watercolor Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I trimmed down my panel using the Stitched Rectangle dies from Simon Says stamp, and die cut my sentiment using the Thankful die by Catherine Pooler.  I attached the panel to my chocolate brown card base with tape runner.  Next, I glued each of the tiny pieces back into place inside the letters, and leaving the die cut in place makes it easy to get perfect placement.  After all the pieces were in, I removed the die cut word.

Watercolor Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I stamped the rest of the sentiment from the Autumn Blessings stamp set, and heat embossed it in white onto a strip of red cardstock.  Then I added it to the card with foam tape.  I used brown bakers twine from my stash for a final touch.

And I found out something I didn’t know before.  Did you know September 12 is the National Day of Encouragement?  I love that, and I love sending handmade encouragement to others.  But my question is, why should we limit encouragement to one day?  So many people are hurting right now, and I know you know at least a few people who are having a hard time.  I’m challenging you to take time this week to send out handmade encouragement to the people you know who need it the most.  I’ll be posting lots of inspiration this week, and I’d love to hear if you’re planning to join me!  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon.

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Christmas Gift Tags

August 31, 2017

Christmas Gift Tags -Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for stopping by.  I’m working on tags for Christmas gifts, and I’ve got a few different versions to share with you today.  I found a pack of kraft cardstock gift tags in my stash that I bought at Michael’s a few years ago.  Might as well use them up, right?

Christmas Gift Tags -Colorful Encouragement

I wanted to try something simple, so I stamped a few snowflakes on the tag with Yeti pigment ink from Lawn Fawn.  Any white pigment ink will work, just use whatever you have.  After it dried, I stamped the same snowflake in Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink, and offset it a little.  For the “To” and “From,” I used an Emboss It pen from Ranger.  This is a marker with embossing ink, and it lets you emboss anything.  I added white embossing powder over my sentiments, and melted it with my heat tool.  I added a gem to the center of each blue snowflake, and finished it off with white satin ribbon from Walmart.

Christmas Gift Tags -Colorful Encouragement

On this tag, I used a octagonal template that works with a MISTI or other stamp postioner to let you create amazing layered designs.  I used a leaf stamp from Catherine Pooler’s Leaf Motifs set to stamp a poinsettia with white pigment ink, and then over it with Candied Apple Distress Ink.  When the ink was dry, I added lines on the petals with a silver marker, and 3 gems in the center of the flower.  I embossed “To” and “From” in white again, and added silver ribbon.

Christmas Gift Tags -Colorful Encouragement

This tag only took me 5 minutes to make.  These gorgeous dimensional snowflake stickers are from Hobby Lobby, and I added 2 to the tag.  I used my EK Success Powder Tool on the back of the stickers, so the overhanging parts don’t stick to anything else.  Finally I wrote “To” and “From” with a white gel pen, and added more silver ribbon.  Easiest tag ever!

Christmas Gift Tags -Colorful Encouragement

This last tag is my favorite, and it started with a sticker, too.  I found these dimensional poinsettias at Hobby Lobby, but they don’t come with leaves.  I die cut leaves from Catherine Pooler’s Leaf Dies, using a dark green cardstock.  A metallic or glitter green paper would be beautiful, but I don’t have any right now.  So I added clear embossing powder instead, and attached them to the card with Glossy Accents.  I stamped “To” and “From” with JustRite’s Joy To The World Medallion Labels, and heat embossed them in white.  Last I added gold ribbon, and all of my tags are done!

I love making simple tags like these, and they make such an impact on the final gift.  Do you make your own tags?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time!

 

 

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